Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

Rep. LaMalfa Calls for Travel Ban from Ebola-affected Countries

2014/10/17

Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) today released the following statement calling for a complete travel ban on commercial flights to and from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. “While I was happy to see the President finally address this issue, the fact is that this administration has failed to take even the most common sense steps to protect the health and safety of U.S. citizens. Americans need to be assured that their government is taking any and every action to eradicate the spread of this disease, and banning air travel from at-risk countries is one of the most basic measures that should have been taken weeks ago,” continued LaMalfa. “If the President is serious about protecting U.S. citizens, then I urge him to take immediate action to ensure we do not put any more American’s lives at risk to this deadly virus.” Representative LaMalfa is working with lawmakers in introducing legislation to impose a temporary travel ban between the United States and Ebola-stricken areas as well as suspend the issuance of visas for travel to the U.S. from affected countries until this virus is declared no longer a threat. Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.  ### Read More

Editorial: Call them what they are

2014/10/06

It sounds so logical and simple. Shouldn’t those men and women in turnouts, jumping from planes, trudging through the wilderness with axes and other hand tools they use to battle some of the most destructive blazes in history be called what they are? Wildland firefighters. They’re not. Officially, under decades-old federal policy, they’ve been classified as forestry technicians, range technicians and even biological fire technicians. There’s one exception. When they’re killed in the line of duty they’re called firefighters, usually with the words “hero” or “brave” in the same sentence. So why should it literally take an act of Congress to change those designations, which apply in the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management? It shouldn’t, but we’re talking bureaucracy here — huge bureaucracy run by seasoned power players. So Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, recently introduced a bill that would remedy the misnomer. It’s about time somebody did. Surprisingly, it’s not the first Congressional effort. A similar bill was passed by unanimous consent in 2006, but somehow got lost on its way to the Senate and never was adopted. Casey Judd, executive director of the Federal Wildland Fire Service Association, has been working to get the language changed for two decades. He contends that failing to acknowledge the firefighters with a proper title is a morale killer that has contributed to substantial exodus of trained employees to other fire departments like Cal Fire. But the federal Office of Personnel Management says it’s up to the Forest Service to make the change, while in typical bureaucratic fashion the Forest Service points right back at the OPM and says it’s their responsibility. Result? Nada. Though Judd says he doesn’t think politics are involved, it’s a good possibility that the Forest Service is reluctant to make the change because of an overall federal philosophy that trusts nature to take its course on federal lands, including the vast National Forests of the North State. Fire suppression is kind of a last resort, as evidenced in the Reading Fire that exploded out of control in 2012 after burning and spreading through Lassen Volcanic National Park for a good two weeks. Before it was finally contained it had threatened Old Station and other populated areas nearby. Cost? $17 million. LaMalfa agreed that the Forest Service philosophy — the relatively hands-off approach — “could be a subtext” to the refusal to call a firefighter a firefighter. At the same time, the Forest Service is removing roads through public lands and setting up other barriers to good forest management, he said. Land Management is a “fundamental issue” in the firefighters’ situation, Judd said. It “has everything to do with a land management agency managing the largest fire department in the world ... it’s like having a municipal fire department managed by the parks and recreation department,” he said. He contends the “huge chasm” between the managers and firefighters can lead to poor decisions on the fire line and policies that simply don’t make sense to someone without fire management training. Those issues aside, a simple classification change shouldn’t be so complicated. But it’s important to the firefighters who have battled their own bureaucracy for 20 years. If the bureaucracies are unwilling to do anything to end this silliness, Congress should step in. Once in a while it’s a good idea to step back and apply common sense to a problem. Copyright 2014 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Read More

Bill would give federal firefighters the title

2014/10/03

REDDING, California - Under a bill recently introduced in Congress, wildland firefighters could someday be called wildland firefighters. U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, has introduced a bill that would change the job title of employees in five federal land management agencies to “wildland firefighter.” In the U.S. Forest Service, firefighters are called “forestry technicians.” Because the Forest Service and other federal agencies won’t change firefighters’ title to reflect the job they do, Congress will have to force them to, said Kevin Eastman, a spokesman for LaMalfa. “Congress shouldn’t need to pass a bill to address this issue, but the fact is that the federal bureaucracy has failed to do so,” Eastman said. Casey Judd, executive director of the Federal Wildland Fire Service Association, said the issue has been a top priority for his organization for about 20 years. “It may seem silly to some, but it is a huge issue to these firefighters,” Judd said. Changing the job title could boost morale and result in better job retention among federal wildland firefighters, he said. “Failing to recognize their value means federal agencies will continue to lose trained, experienced personnel to agencies like Cal Fire, which correctly classify their firefighters,” Eastman said. The firefighters association has asked the federal Office of Personnel Management to change the job title, but officials there say it is up to the Forest Service, Judd said. And Forest Service officials say it is up to personnel management to change the title, he said. HR5677, if approved, would require the personnel management office to change the title, according to LaMalfa’s office. “The only way to light the fire is to do a bill,” Judd said. A similar bill was introduced in 2006, but it died before a full vote of Congress, he said. The forestry technician title is a remnant to a time when Forest Service employees might have fought fires as “other duties as assigned,” Judd said. But today’s federal firefighters primarily fight fire and sometimes year-round, he said. Judd estimated there are about 26,000 federal firefighters nationwide. He said the bill also would apply to firefighters for the National Park Service, U.S Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Land Management. “There are thousands of these men and women in the North State at this very moment, spending weeks of 18-hour days on fire lines in our national forests,” LaMalfa said in a statement. “If they aren’t firefighters, I don’t know what is.” Copyright 2014 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Read More

Rep. LaMalfa Authors Resolution Opposing Costly, Ineffective Firearm Microstamping Laws

2014/10/03

Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) today released the following statement regarding the introduction of H.Res. 732, a resolution expressing Congress’ opposition to state microstamping laws, stating that they are not only ineffective, but decrease access to firearms in a manner that infringes on the Second Amendment rights of Americans. Microstamping laws require that firearms imprint a serial number on shell casings fired by the firearm, increasing the cost of firearms by at least $200.   “Microstamping laws like California’s serve primarily to increase the cost of firearms for law-abiding citizens, not deter criminal activity,” said LaMalfa. “This mandate has already forced manufacturers to stop selling guns in California, threatens jobs in our state, and ultimately pushes the burden to consumers. The fact that microstamping simply does not work is widely known, even among proponents of such laws, making it clear that these laws are intended to decrease access to firearms, not stop criminals. When the University of California, certainly no bastion of gun rights, says that microstamping is ineffective, lawmakers should take heed.” “Legislatively mandating firearms microstamping, as California has done and as New York is considering, will result in a de-facto ban on firearms, seriously  infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans,” stated Lawrence G. Keane, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  “Research on firearms microstamping, including work by the patent holder, concludes it is an unreliable and unproven concept that should not be legislatively mandated. We urge all Members of the House who support and respect the Second Amendment to cosponsor Congressman LaMalfa’s resolution.” LaMalfa referred to a recent study conducted by the University of California, Davis, which determined that microstamping failed to trace shell casings to firearms 80% of the time. The UC Davis study may be found here: http://forensicscience.ucdavis.edu/pdf/microserial.pdf   Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties. ###   Read More

Thanking LaMalfa for Helping Vets

2014/10/01

As a member of this area’s veteran community I want to thank Congressman LaMalfa and his staff for their untiring efforts to bring veterans’ claims to light and have them processed. The regional office, in Oakland had been sitting on and hiding veterans’ claims for years. Some were found stacked in a broom closet. One veteran’s claim had languished in that office for over 30 years. That is right — over 30 years. Some of the Oakland staff were hiding claims to enhance their productivity results and increase their bonuses. Also the congressman and others in Congress have brought to light some of the wrongdoing in the VA hospitals and clinics and the willful disregard of some veterans’ rights and needed compensation, all so some could further their own income. Last, I, and I am sure many other veterans in this northern region, appreciate Congressman LaMalfa’s fine efforts on our behalf. Read More

Rep. LaMalfa Introduces Wildland Firefighters Bill

2014/10/01

Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) today announced that he has sponsored a bill to alter the position titles of federal firefighting personnel from “forestry technicians” to “wildland firefighters.”  H.R. 5677 requires the Office of Personnel Management to alter the designations of firefighting personnel at the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, a change that will improve morale and retention among federal firefighters. “Federal firefighters have some of the toughest jobs around, traveling long distances to work in dangerous and difficult conditions in remote areas,” said LaMalfa. “There are thousands of these men and women in the North State at this very moment, spending weeks of eighteen-hour days on fire lines in our National Forests. If they aren’t firefighters, I don’t know who is.” “Due to the ever-increasing complexities of wild land firefighting, the responsibilities of forestry technicians have changed in the past forty years. Their year-round duties continue to expand, and now include wildfire preparedness, suppression, and hazardous fuels reduction. Their classification should reflect their hard work, their bravery, and their crucial role combatting wild fires,” stated Casey Judd, President of the Federal Wildland Fire Service Association—an employee association formed in 1990 by and for federal wildland firefighters. “H.R. 5677 is a small but cost-effective step towards both improving conditions for those who protect our Nation’s natural resources, and towards providing our Nation’s taxpayers with a more efficient and effective federal wildfire response.” Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties. ### Read More

Rep. LaMalfa Honored as “Guardian of Small Business” by National Federation of Independent Businesses

2014/09/18

Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) today announced that he has received the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The nation’s largest small business advocacy association, NFIB represents 350,000 small business-owner members and gives them a voice in public policy-making. LaMalfa was chosen for the award based on his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress. “As a small business owner myself, I am humbled to receive this award,” said LaMalfa. “I have the utmost respect for small business owners: they are courageous men and women working day in and day out in the face of tough economic circumstances and overbearing government regulations. Small businesses make up the overwhelming majority of our nation’s employers, and it’s important that we get government out of the way so that they can continue creating jobs.” “The record shows that Rep. LaMalfa is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” added NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.” LaMalfa is joined by NFIB President & CEO Dan Danner: [[{"fid":"270","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"LaMalfa is joined by NFIB President & CEO Dan Danner"},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"LaMalfa is joined by NFIB President & CEO Dan Danner","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties. ### Read More

LaMalfa-cosponsored Bill Requiring Audit of Federal Reserve Passes on House Floor

2014/09/17

Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted for a measure he cosponsored to bring transparency to the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions. H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) – Congress’s investigative arm – to complete an audit of the Federal Reserve system with one year and submit a report of the its findings and conclusions to Congress. The measure would also eliminate the current audit restrictions placed on the GAO. “We must bring transparency, accountability, and responsibility to the management of this nation’s finances,” said LaMalfa. “It’s unfortunate that we even need to require an audit – the Federal Reserve was established by Congress, yet it has avoided opening its books to the American people for its entire existence.” H.R. 24 is not the first time the House has overwhelmingly supported an audit of the Federal Reserve. The House passed similar legislation in July of 2012.  “In light of recent economic crises, it is more crucial than ever that the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions be open and transparent,” LaMalfa added. “The American people have a right to know what the Federal Reserve is doing with our nation’s money supply, and I believe the Senate should take action on this measure immediately.” Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.  ### Read More

Rep. LaMalfa Questions Decision to Continue Elderberry Beetle Restrictions

2014/09/16

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding the announcement of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to withdraw its proposal to remove the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle (VELB) from the endangered species list:     The Fish & Wildlife Service sided with an extremist environmental group over a comprehensive five-year study conducted by its own scientists, and the result will be millions of dollars in added costs to flood control projects and more Californians at risk. I’m disappointed, but not surprised, to see the Service bend to the wishes of the Center for Biological Diversity, a group that has made millions suing the federal government. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: the Fish & Wildlife Service doesn’t like the facts its scientists found and instead of acting, delays for almost a decade. Then, when it’s forced to act, the Service declares that its data is too old and that it needs a new, multi-year study costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. These tactics might keep a few government bureaucrats and special interest lawyers employed, but they’ll force many more private sector workers out of a job.       The FWS Sacramento office recommended delisting the VELB in 2005 after conducting a five-year review and determining the species had fully recovered. However, the FWS refused to act for years until legal action forced it to begin the delisting process. Just months ago, the Center for Biological Diversity, which sues the government hundreds of times each year, sent a letter demanding that the FWS keep the VELB listed. Having delayed delisting the VELB for nearly a decade, the FWS now claims that its population data is too dated to use and plans to conduct a new, multi-year study. Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.  ### Read More

Rep. LaMalfa Urges Action on Forestry Reforms

2014/09/16

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today spoke on the floor of the House to demand urgency in addressing the threat of catastrophic wildfires by implementing common sense, balanced forest policies that would allow greater state and local involvement in wildfire prevention on federal lands. LaMalfa’s comments came in the wake of the Boles Fire, which has destroyed or damaged much of the town of Weed, California.  “Last night in the town of Weed, California, over 100 of my constituents’ homes were destroyed or damaged by fire, along with an elementary school and timber mill, one of the area's largest employers. Thousands of my constituents are under evacuation orders, and the fire is not yet fully contained,” said LaMalfa. “Unfortunately, this is not new to rural California and the West.  Each year, millions of acres are burned in California and throughout the United States, destroying communities and rural economies. The simple fact is that our forests are entirely unmanaged, and as a result are overgrown, unhealthy and ready burst into flame at any time.” Rep. LaMalfa cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R 1526, a measure which passed with bipartisan support to improve forest health and prevent wildfires by removing red tape from timber and fire prevention work in National forests.  The Senate has failed to consider this measure or put forward a similar proposal.  LaMalfa also is a cosponsor and strong supporter of H.R. 3992, which would end the diversion of forest management funding to firefighting by treating fires like other disasters and allowing flexible wildfire disaster funding. “Without action by Congress and this administration to advance these responsible, common sense policies, our forests will continue to burn. Our constituents will continue to see their homes and livelihoods destroyed, and rural communities across the West will continue to suffer.”   Video of LaMalfa speaking about the bill on the floor of the House of Representatives may be found here: http://youtu.be/0gd1s2DChIQ Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.  ### Read More

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Committee Assignments

Agriculture

Natural Resources

Doug LaMalfa is a fourth generation rice farmer and business owner who has lived in Northern California all his life. He and his wife, Jill, along with their four children make their home on the family farm in Richvale. Doug attended local schools and grew up learning the value of hard work and community service.

Doug earned his degree in Ag/Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He now manages the family farming business originally founded by his great-grandfather in 1931.

Doug is a strong voice for the North State’s agriculture and resources based economy and for the first district’s farms and businesses.

A conservative leader, Doug LaMalfa has opposed increasing taxes and is a stalwart defender of California’s Proposition 13. With a proven record of fighting on behalf of working families, Doug believes that taxpayers know better than bureaucrats and politicians how to spend and invest their own hard-earned money.

Doug is a strong supporter of private property rights and the author of a Constitutional Amendment to protect Californians against eminent domain abuse.

Water is the North State’s most precious natural resource and Doug LaMalfa believes in protecting our water rights and developing more water storage. He has continually advocated for increasing California’s water supply, supporting planned projects such as Sites Reservoir and the Auburn Dam. Doug has been a leader in opposing burdensome environmental regulations that place fairy shrimp and fish ahead of human needs.

Agriculture and Forestry have been the backbone of northern California’s economy for generations and Doug LaMalfa has made it a priority to educate his fellow Representatives on the importance of resource industries and the beneficial stewardship they provide. Doug successfully authored and passed California’s Forest Fire Protection Act of 2004 to allow landowners to make their rural lands fire-safe.

Doug LaMalfa’s firm beliefs are that government should do no harm and that limited government means government should do only what people cannot do for themselves, in the most efficient manner possible.


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Buck McKeon

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Gary Miller

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Ed Royce

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Ken Calvert

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John Campbell

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