On November 16, 2015, JINSA presented its Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson Award to Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In attendance were JINSA leaders, over 50 active duty U.S. military including 13 active duty admirals and generals, retired military personnel, 32 members of congress, defense industry representatives, and members of the diplomatic community.
This prestigious award enables JINSA to recognize and thank those leaders whose careers have been distinguished by the principle that is the foundation of JINSA's work: the belief that the United States requires a strong military capability for both its own security and for that of trustworthy friends and allies. This was the cornerstone of the late Senator Jackson's visionary policy and it guides JINSA today.
As a longtime active member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Royce is known for his knowledge of many different regions of the world and foresight into key U.S. foreign policy issues. Combining his work on both the Financial Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, Royce is a recognized leader in Congress on anti-terrorism finance issues. He is a founding member and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Anti-Terror Finance Task Force, which seeks to strengthen efforts to fight against the funding of terrorism.
Congressman Royce has also 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. Congressman Royce will be working to see that U.S. broadcasting efforts effectively promote democracy and human rights in Iran.