U.S. Congressman Ed Royce | In The News
District Update | December 5, 2016
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U.S. Congressman Ed Royce
Dear Friends,

Last week, I voted for the 21st Century Cures Act, landmark legislation to strengthen the government's search for cures to diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, and cystic fibrosis. It also reforms the nation's mental health care system and bolsters the fight against opioid abuse.

This effort is the culmination of years of feedback from doctors, nurses, scientists, and, most importantly, patients. I was glad to be a part of this victory for millions of Americans fighting diseases without a cure, mental illness, or an addiction to opioids, and look forward to the President signing this bipartisan compromise into law.

Specifically, the 21st Century Cures Act:

• Streamlines and improves the Federal Drug Administration's (FDA) review of life-saving drugs for patients with breast cancer and muscular dystrophy
• Modernizes clinical trials and removes regulatory uncertainty for the development of new medical apps
• Supports greater investments in fostering the next generation of medial researchers
•Provides $4.8 billion over 10 years to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for cancer prevention research and regenerative medicine
•Provides $500 million to the FDA over 10 years to move drugs and medical devices to patients more quickly
•Provides $1 billion over 2 years for grants to states to supplement opioid abuse prevention and treatment activities
• Reauthorizes and makes updates to grants for states to provide services to homeless individuals who are potentially suffering from serious mental illness


Ed Royce

News for Nov. 28 - Dec. 5, 2016

Rep. Royce Selected to be Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
Rep. Royce issued the following statement after the House Republican Conference ratified his selection as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the next session of Congress:

“I want to thank my colleagues, and am ready to get to work on our Better Way Agenda to keep America safe and restore our influence abroad. This year, we’ve already taken important steps to pave the way for this new approach. We’ve reauthorized and reformed a major food aid program to save money and lives. We’ve approved a long-term extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, which will soon reach the President’s desk. And we’ve started the process of revitalizing U.S. international broadcasting. Obviously, there’s a lot still to be done. America faces deadly threats from Iran, North Korea and ISIS terrorists. Working together with the talented members of our committee, and the incoming administration, I know we can rise to the challenge."

CA-39 Congressional App Challenge Winners Announced
Rep. Royce, national Co-Chair of the Congressional App Challenge, announced the winners of our Congressional district's competition: Christopher Jhaveri, Christopher Leung, Jason Kwan, and Santiago Torres of the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program at Los Altos High School.

The winning students created Election Connection, a mobile application designed to educate voters on candidates' political positions.

Rep. Royce made his announcement during the competition's Exhibit and Awards Ceremony last month at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

"I enthusiastically chaired the Congressional App Challenge this year because its mission aligns with my priorities: promoting STEM education in our schools and encouraging students to pursue technology-related interests. Congratulations to Los Altos High School and all of the participating teams. I can't wait to see what the future holds for all of the talented competitors," said Rep. Royce.

Second place was awarded to Troy High School's Neil Prajapati for his app "AntiStipulator" and Ayala High School's Noah Allen, Justin Harsono, Jeffrey Hsu, and Ramakrishna Senthil for their app "TuteeMe."

Third place was awarded to Los Altos High School's Aum Brahmbhatt, Tiffany Liao, and Breeze Hernandez for their app "BrainTrain."

A panel of independent judges determined the winning team of the competition that featured mobile applications created by students from California's 39th Congressional District. Judging was based on factors such as quality of the application's operations, implementation of the application's concept, and demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

The winning student developers and Los Altos High School will have Election Connection displayed in the United States Capitol alongside winning submissions from around the nation.

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