Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) was named today as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. He released the following statement:
"I thank incoming Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) for entrusting me with this important post. I look forward to working with her and all the members of the Committee to fashion policies that strengthen our country," said Royce.
"The Subcommittee faces three daunting challenges: the far-reaching spread of Islamist terrorism and ideology; the proliferation of nuclear weapons and material; and a stalled trade agenda hampering U.S. economic growth. The Subcommittee will delve into all of these issues, seeking to make Americans more prosperous and safe," said Royce.
Upon making the announcement, incoming Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said:
"Congressman Royce is one of the most respected Members on our Committee and is someone the American people can count on in this capacity to help prevent extremists and other outlaws from threatening the U.S. He has been a critical partner in holding North Korea accountable for its nuclear and missile activities, its aggressive posture against U.S. allies, and its money laundering activities that directly undermine U.S. security interests. Ed was relentless in his support for the strongest possible prosecution of Viktor Bout, an arms trader known as the "Merchant of Death,' and I am very pleased to have him again take the reins on the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade subcommittee."