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Royce Set to Become Foreign-Affairs Chair

The choice is expected to be ratified Wednesday. Royce says that right now, Iran is the biggest threat to the U.S.

Congressman Ed Royce has been chosen by the Republican Steering
Committee to chair the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Republican Royce, whose 40th District includes Los Alamitos, would succeed the termed-out Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The decision of the Steering Committee, a group of Republican leaders chaired by Speaker John Boehner, will face ratification by the full Republican Conference on Wednesday.

Royce said that right now, Iran is the most significant threat to the U.S. and its allies. He served as a conferee to the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 and has advocated stronger U.S.-Israel relations.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs has jurisdiction over the activities of the State Department, including embassy security.

Royce has been on the committee since entering Congress in 1993. He has served as chairman or ranking member of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee for the last eight years. Royce chaired the Africa Subcommittee for eight years and has been active on the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee.

Panglonymous December 04, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I sure hope he takes Representative-elect Lowenthal (CA-47) under his wing on these issues, gets him up to national security speed, so to speak. Royce did a tour in 'Nam, if I'm not mistaken. Lowenthal, not so much. :-\
Panglonymous December 05, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Correction. I looked up Cong Royce in the Wikipedia: "It took seven years for Royce to graduate [CSUF], during which Royce took at least one student deferment to avoid going to the controversial Vietnam War." Well, maybe it's better *not* to have former military in charge of national security legislating in Washington. Although, gotta say, if I had my druthers, I'd nominate this vet for the job: http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-what-its-like-to-go-to-war/ (A unique discussion with a combat veteran about what it's like to go to war, to confront evil, outside, inside, and beyond.)

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