According to Republican Party Congressional procedures (since the Republicans control the House of Representatives), Congresswoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, who has served as the House Foreign Affairs Committee chair since 2011, had to step down having fulfilled her term of duty (because she served 2 years as chair and 4 years as ranking member). She will remain in the Congress, but not in her influential position as Committee chair. Replacing Ros-Lehtinen, who, with the exception of the Cyprus issue, had exhibited a very close stance to Turkey (and did not allow the introduction of the Armenian Genocide resolution), is Ed Royce, who is well known for his anti-Turkey positions in the U.S. House of Representatives. The appointment of Ed Royce to lead the House Foreign Affairs Committee was greatly celebrated by the Armenian lobby.
Who is Ed Royce?
Royce, a Republican U.S. Representative for California's 40th congressional district, has been serving in the House Foreign Affairs Committee since 1993. Royce, who is known for actively lobbying in his congressional district as well as harboring close relations to the Armenian lobby which both donates to his campaign and secures votes, is also the Republican co-chairman of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, and a member of the House Hellenic Caucus. According to many specialists, Royce was the least favorable candidate for Turkey that could have been appointed to the position. The Armenian lobby exerts great influence over his position when it comes to issues pertaining to Turkey.
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