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OC's Ed Royce confirmed as new Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee

Fullerton Congressman Ed Royce, about to start his 10th term, will take over a key House committee.

It’s official: Republicans have chosen an Orange County Congressman to lead the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Ed Royce was the odds-on favorite to chair Foreign Affairs, since he had the blessing of the outgoing chairman. Royce sees nuclear proliferation as a top threat. And he’d like to see foreign aid tied to results.

Royce, who's served in the House since 1993, says he knows the foreign aid budget will likely be smaller.  He says when you look at the budget deficit, it’s a safe bet that everything’s going to be affected.

"The military budget’s going to shrink, the foreign aid budget’s going to shrink some," he said in an interview Wednesday. "Our goal has to make certain that we do the best with what we have left in the budget." 

Royce wants the U.S. to work with the international community to bring African war lords like Joseph Kony to what he calls the “bar of justice.” Royce says that doesn’t mean he supports the International Criminal Court. The U.S. withdrew its support of the ICC over concern U.S. soldiers would be accused of war crimes.