By Daniel Strauss - 11/27/12 10:40 PM EST
"The story of Benghazi is only just beginning to be recorded. The committee will do its job to ensure there is a full accounting of all that happened within the administration," Royce said in a statement. "Al Qaeda and its affiliates have their sights on our diplomatic posts worldwide. This is a key national security issue."
The Republican congressman from California also said the committee would focus on economic issues.
"We are only as strong abroad as we are at home," Royce added. "The committee will focus on expanding economic opportunities for Americans overseas. That includes reforming our too bureaucratic export control system."
About two weeks earlier Royce announced that he had been endorsed by 11 of 14 Republicans on the committee: Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), Tim GriffinTim GriffinTea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign Lawmakers seek Purple Heart for victims of Little Rock shooting MORE (R-Ark.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Joe WilsonJoe WilsonOvernight Healthcare: Mysterious new Zika case | Mental health bill in doubt | Teletraining to fight opioids Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Green Beret: Nice attack part of orchestrated 'terror campaign' MORE (R-S.C.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Ted PoeTed PoeOvernight Tech: Dem presses Facebook on gun sales | Praise for new librarian of Congress | Fourth Amendment Caucus to push privacy concerns Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer 2.0 releases more DNC docs; China hacked banking regulator Texas lawmaker announces leukemia diagnosis MORE (R-Texas) and Ros-Lehtinen.
Three Republicans returning to the committee in the next Congress did not endorse Royce: Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Jeff FortenberryJeff FortenberryConscience rights under threat in US Overnight Healthcare: Momentum on mental health? | Zika bills head to conference | Only 10 ObamaCare co-ops left Overnight Energy: Senate Dems block energy, water bill a third time MORE (R-Neb.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.).