May 10, 2015
On May 6, 2015, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (CA-39), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs briefed JINSA National Leaders on Iran. As a longtime active member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Royce is known for his knowledge of many different regions of the world and foresight into key U.S. foreign policy issues. Immediately prior to becoming Chairman of the Committee, Royce served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Royce was at the forefront of some of the most important issues facing our country. One of the Subcommittee's main focuses was the catastrophic, global threat posed by Islamist terrorism, especially the al-Qaeda network. Additionally, the Subcommittee explored issues such as the ideology that inspires terrorism; terrorist financing; terrorist sanctuaries and failed states; and capacity building of foreign forces to fight terrorism.
Royce has been a leading voice on Iran sanctions; in 2010 he served on the Conference Committee for the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act. Last year, Royce was the original cosponsor of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syrian Human Rights Act of 2012. Following the bill's passage, with Royce's support, Iranian regime officials engaging in censorship activities were targeted with asset freezes and travel bans. Royce was also a Conferee to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, and strongly supported the sanctions against Iran contained in that legislation. The Foreign Affairs Committee he chairs is responsible for overseeing broadcasting to Iran. Royce will be working to see that U.S. broadcasting efforts effectively promote democracy and human rights in Iran.
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