Last week, I joined my colleagues in the House in passing two pieces of bipartisan legislation: the Inspiring Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act and the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act.
Encouraging young women to pursue careers in science, engineering, math and technology fields will help us build a stronger workforce, economy, and nation. If given the right tools and resources, there are no limits to what women in STEM fields can accomplish. Right now only 26 percent of women who attain degrees in STEM fields work in STEM jobs; that's a major concern that I'm committed to addressing.
The INSPIRE Women Act authorizes the NASA Administrator to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to pursue careers that will further advance America’s space science and exploration efforts.
The Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act authorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) to use its entrepreneurial programs to specifically recruit women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world as business leaders.
Building a stronger education system for all is one of my top priorities. I look forward to continuing my work in this area.
News for January 10 - January 17, 2017
||Rep. Royce Recognizes Korean American Day
Rep. Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement to mark Korean American Day:
"Since January 13, 1903, when the first Korean families reached the United States, Korean Americans have taken root and thrived in our country through their strong family ties and hard work. In my own district, I am continually impressed with the Korean American community's commitment to upholding its rich heritage. The United States, and California in particular, has been strengthened by the contributions of Korean Americans in medicine, engineering, law, academia, art, and many other fields. It was my honor to champion the passage of H. Con. Res. 40, which encourages North Korea to allow Korean Americans to reunite with their family members."
Southern California is home to one of the largest Korean American communities. Learn more about Korean American Day here.
||Rep. Royce Introduces Legislation to Free Up Credit Union Lending
Rep. Royce recently authored and introduced H.R. 389, the Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act.
Specifically, the bill removes loans made for the purchase of non-owner occupied, 1-4 unit residential buildings from the lending cap currently imposed on credit unions. If enacted, the Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act would allow credit unions to lend an additional $11 billion to small businesses, freeing up much needed private sector financing for commercial businesses and rental housing at no extra cost to the taxpayer.
Southern California has one of the greatest concentrations of credit unions and credit union members. Rep. Royce has been named a "Champion in Congress" by Credit Union Magazine for his advocacy for local financial institutions and greater choice for consumers in their personal finances.
|OC Congressman Calls on Obama to Halt Transfers from Guantanamo Bay
|The excerpt below is from a CBS Los Angeles story that can be read here.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce is asking President Obama to immediately halt all transfers from Guantanamo Bay amid intelligence reports indicating detainees recently released from the prison are attempting to return to terrorism.
In a letter sent [last] Tuesday, Royce (R-Brea) said roughly 33 percent of all transferred or released detainees from the infamous detention facility “have returned to the fight.”
According to the letter, Royce says a “troubling new report” from the U.S. intelligence community shows detainees were recently transferred to a country poorly equipped to stop them from returning to battle.
Royce isn’t naming the country. In recent months detainees have been sent to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere.
He cited a Foreign Affairs Committee’s “ongoing review” that determined some recipient countries like Uruguay “lack a combination of the political will, legal framework, or institutional capability to monitor detainees.”
“Shockingly, [the Obama] administration knowingly transferred individuals to these countries after receiving such assessments, showing a systematic disregard for the work of intelligence professionals,” Royce said.
The Republican lawmaker pointed to six terrorist detainees who were transferred to Uruguay in Dec. 2014 despite laws preventing the Uruguay government from keeping tabs on former detainees “because of their refugee status”.
Royce also cited the more recent transfer of bomb-making expert Tariq al-Sawah to Bosnia, which, according to Royce, has the highest number of foreign fighters per capita in the world and a staggering 63 percent unemployment rate.
“Yet the Administration transferred al-Sawah – a man with a highly dangerous and marketable skill – to the country with no citizenship or ability to obtain legitimate employment,” said Royce. “Again, these were facts known prior to his transfer.”
Obama is expected to continue whittling down the population in his final days.
Read more here.