Rep. Royce selected as new chairman of House Foreign Affairs committee

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Royce said that the Foreign Affairs Committee would push for "a full accounting" of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in four American personnel dead.

"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 GriffinJohn (Tim) Timothy GriffinFlynn discloses lobbying that may have helped Turkey Tea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign MORE (R-Ark.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonValerie Plame: 'I'm alarmed' over escalation with Iran Paralysis of nations is empowering cities Bipartisan lawmakers condemn Iran, dispute State Department on number of protesters killed MORE (R-S.C.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeSheila Jackson Lee tops colleagues in House floor speaking days over past decade Senate Dem to reintroduce bill with new name after 'My Little Pony' confusion Texas New Members 2019 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 FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryHouse Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death House Appropriations passes defense bill that would limit funds for border wall, pull US support from Yemen war Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill MORE (R-Neb.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.).