Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

House Passes Legislation Including LaMalfa Water Supply Provisions

2016/05/26

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today supported an amendment to include the entirety of the House’s California drought relief bill (HR 2898) in a Senate bill, forcing any conference committee to consider the bill. The amendment, which passed on a 241-178 vote, includes both short- and long-term reforms to protect and enhance North State water rights, fast-track Sites Reservoir, and improve water management during winter storms to retain as much water as possible.

“This measure contains the strongest possible protections for Northern California’s water rights, accelerates storage projects like Sites Reservoir, and ensures that more water is stored during winter storms, when flows are highest,” said LaMalfa. “Passing this today ensures that it is considered in a conference committee and that our Senators can no longer refuse to take action on a crisis that threatens our state’s economy.”

Video of LaMalfa’s comments on the amendment may be found at the following link: https://youtu.be/rCY8H1WweJo

Congressman 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.

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Rep. LaMalfa Votes to Reduce Regulatory Burdens, Streamline Mosquito Control Permitting Process

2016/05/25

Washington, DC – Rep. LaMalfa today released the following statement on the House’s passage of H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act.

“Zika remains a serious threat in our communities with the number of Americans infected increasing.  While work continues to be done to advance a vaccine and treatment options, it is equally important that states and local districts have vector control tools, such as pesticides, on hand to protect residents and help slow the spread of this disease. Unfortunately, producers of these vital tools are forced to redirect a large portion of their time and money to comply with duplicative, unnecessary permitting requirements that were never intended under the law. The bill we passed today eliminates these barriers and ensures all those involved in mosquito control efforts can focus on advancing safe and effective methods to prevent and combat mosquito-borne illnesses, including Zika, in our neighborhoods.”

H.R. 897, which passed on a vote of 258-156, repeals EPA regulations that require permits under the Clean Water Act for the applicative of a pesticide that is already approved under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide (FIFRA).

Congressman 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.

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Rep. LaMalfa Supports Funding Bill to Combat Zika Virus

2016/05/19

Washington, DC – Rep. LaMalfa today released the following statement on the House’s passage of H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act of 2016.

“Zika poses a serious threat both domestically and internationally, and the measure we passed last night is a critical first step in our fight against this devastating virus.  H.R. 5243 provides immediate, emergency funding towards the development of vaccines so we can stop the spread of the disease, while also investing in preventative measures, including research, state readiness grants, mosquito control, and diagnostics, to help advance a cure and treat those already infected,” continued LaMalfa. “Playing politics with the public health of our country, especially after seeing the terrible impacts this virus can have, is not an option. This funding, which is completely offset, gives our experts in the field the tools and resources they need to get to work right away and effectively combat the Zika crisis before it worsens.”

H.R. 5243 appropriates $622.1 million in supplemental funding to combat the Zika virus, including $230 million to the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the development of vaccines as well as $170 million to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund mosquito control efforts, state response and readiness efforts, disease surveillance, public education, and maternal and child health programs. In addition, the bill appropriates $103 million for biomedical research, and $119.1 million to the State Department, USAID, and Global Health programs to support international efforts. 

The measure is fully offset by redirecting $352.1 million in leftover emergency funding from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, as well as $270 million in unused administrative funding within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Congressman 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.

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Rep. LaMalfa Supports Bill To Transition Medically-Trained Veterans to Civilian Workforce

2016/05/13

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in support of the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2015, H.R. 1818. The measure, which passed the House on a vote of 415-1, would assist veterans with military EMT training in obtaining the necessary certifications at the state level to become civilian EMTs.
 

“One of the biggest challenges our veterans face in transitioning to civilian life is finding a job, even though they’ve gained valuable skills in the military.  Streamlining the licensing process so that medically-trained veterans can rapidly work as EMTs helps both veterans and our communities,” said LaMalfa. “Too many veterans are returning with training and skills that can immediately be put to use, but encounter red tape that causes unreasonable delays. I’ll continue working to find ways to simplify certification requirements so veterans can find work using the tools they already have.”

Congressman 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.

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Rep. LaMalfa Introduces Legislation to Streamline Recreation Permitting Process

2016/05/05

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) announced that he has introduced the Guides and Outfitters Act (GO Act), H.R. 5129. The GO Act will continue to make recreation services available to the public and renew the authorization for outfitter and guide permits while eliminating bureaucratic red tape. The measure also caps permit fees, prevents federal agencies from imposing fees outside of federal lands, and provides categorical exclusions for previously studied uses to eliminate duplicative studies that delay permits.

“I’m proud to introduce the GO Act, making it easier for guides and outfitters to help Americans enjoy their public lands,” said LaMalfa. “Guides and outfitters should not have to navigate arbitrary rules, inconsistent practices, and unresponsive federal agencies. The current process is just too expensive and too complicated.

“Streamlining the recreation permitting process with the GO Act will lead to more recreation opportunities for the public,” LaMalfa added. “The GO Act is consistent with my commitment to increasing public access to public lands, ensuring federal agencies are responsive to the communities in which they operate, and removing unnecessary bureaucratic red tape.”

Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, which champions the responsible use of public lands and waters for all recreationists, released the following statement:

“Congressman LaMalfa should be commended for his efforts to streamline the process for special recreation permits. Over the years, a growing avalanche of complex rules, regulations, and court decisions have driven up the costs and fees charged by federal agencies to local OHV clubs, outfitters and guides, and other recreation groups for special use permits.  This important legislation will help ensure that public lands remain available for various recreational group activities.”

Congressman 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.

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Rep. LaMalfa ‎Participates in Hamilton City J-Levee Groundbreaking

2016/05/02

Hamilton City, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa ‎(R-CA) today participated in the groundbreaking of the Hamilton City J-Levee project, which will replace 6.8 miles of 110-year old levee to protect Hamilton City's 2,000 residents from flooding. The project has received over $30 million in Federal funding and is slated to receive an additional $8.5 million in the 2017 federal budget. Following passage of the 2017 federal budget, the project will have 90% of required funding on hand. 

"‎It's really exciting that after years of work, the people of Hamilton City will no longer have the threat of flooding hanging over their heads," said LaMalfa. "This community has sacrificed to contribute its own funding toward the project, and without their efforts we could never have secured federal support. ‎As construction begins, I'll continue working to ensure that the project crosses the finish line and these 6.8 miles of levee are brought to modern standards."

Hamilton City's 2,000 residents have been evacuated six times over in the last 20 years. The existing levee, constructed in 1904, provides just 10-year flood protection and any significant storm threatens to overtop it. The replacement project will bring the community to modern safety standards to protect residents and keep the vital Highway 32 connection between Interstate 5 and Highway 99 open.

Congressman 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.

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Rep. LaMalfa Votes to Protect E-Mail Privacy

2016/04/29

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted for a measure he was an original co-sponsor of, the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), which passed the House of Representatives 418-0. LaMalfa previously sponsored an amendment to the Cyber Security Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 624) ensuring that Americans’ electronic communications could not be accessed through the authorities provided by the bill, and also voted in support of Rep. Justin Amash’s amendment to end collection of Americans’ telephone call data.  

“The Fourth Amendment guarantees protections from search by the government, yet many of our current laws pertaining to electronic communications are decades older than current technology. This bill ensures that the contents of Americans’ electronic communications may not be accessed without a warrant, respecting the intent of the Fourth Amendment,” said LaMalfa. “Today’s vote signals unanimous support for increased protections for Americans’ email communications, while striking a balance between privacy and the need to pursue those who would do harm to our nation.”

Congressman 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.

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Rep. LaMalfa Supports Bill Preventing Federal Regulation of Internet Access

2016/04/18

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in support of the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act, H.R. 2666. This measure rolls back an FCC proposal to seize control of internet access and mandate Americans’ internet access costs. The bill was passed on a 241-173 vote and will now be considered by the Senate.

“The development of high-speed internet has transformed our economy and this bill promotes innovation by preventing federal control of internet access,” said LaMalfa. “The internet has led to unprecedented levels of competition and growth in the absence of government interference. Now is not the time to turn back the clock on that progress by giving an unelected commission control over how Americans may access the internet. As we strive for increased rural broadband services, more government hurdles won’t help improve access.”

Congressman 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.

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Rep. LaMalfa Comments on Klamath Dam Removal Announcement

2016/04/06

Richvale, CA – Richvale, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today commented on the agreement that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, California Governor Jerry Brown, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed. It will cost at least $250 million in taxpayer funds to remove four dams owned by billionaire Warren Buffett’s PacifiCorp, creating a so-called “non-federal entity” to oversee the project. LaMalfa released the following statement:

The overwhelming majority of residents of the Klamath Basin, those who are actually impacted, have been cut out of this process in favor of environmental extremists, bureaucrats in Sacramento and Washington, and a taxpayer bailout for billionaire Warren Buffett. 

We’ve seen government agency employees openly admit to designing this process specifically to avoid Congressional oversight, create a front company in order to avoid open government laws, and force stakeholders to sign nondisclosure agreements just to learn how they’ll be impacted. 

Those lauding today’s announcement should consider whether they’d support an administration of another party using such tactics to end-run around their elected representatives and impose policies with negative impacts on their communities.

I remain committed to working toward a comprehensive solution to the region’s water supply challenges that protects agriculture and electric ratepayers. However, dam removal does nothing to address these issues.  

When LaMalfa questioned Assistant Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor during a recent House committee hearing about the secretive planning process leading up to the agreement, Connor refused to answer whether the proposal complied with open government laws.  

Part one of LaMalfa’s exchange with Connor may be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zkEqkh3Shk

Part two may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zkEqkh3Shk

  

Congressman 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.

 

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VA Announces Community Care Call Center to Help Veterans with Choice Program Billing Issues

2016/03/17

 

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VA Announces Community Care Call Center to Help Veterans with Choice Program Billing Issues  

WASHINGTON – Veterans can now work directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to resolve debt collection issues resulting from inappropriate or delayed Choice Program billing. In step with MyVA’s efforts to modernize VA’s customer-focused, Veteran-centered services capabilities, a Community Care Call Center has been set up for Veterans experiencing adverse credit reporting or debt collection resulting from inappropriately billed Choice Program claims. Veterans experiencing these problems can call 1-877-881-7618 for assistance.

“As a result of the Veterans Choice Program, community providers have seen thousands of Veterans. We continue to work to make the program more Veteran-friendly,” said Dr. David Shulkin, Under Secretary for Health. “There should be no bureaucratic burden that stands in the way of Veterans getting care.”

The new call center will work to resolve instances of improper Veteran billing and assist community care medical providers with delayed payments. VA staff are also trained and ready to work with the medical providers to expunge adverse credit reporting on Veterans resulting from delayed payments to providers.

VA is urging Veterans to continue working with their VA primary care team to obtain necessary health care services regardless of adverse credit reporting or debt collection activity.

VA acknowledges that delayed payments and inappropriately billed claims are unacceptable and have caused stress for Veterans and providers alike. The new call center is the first step in addressing these issues. VA presented The Plan to Consolidate Community Care in October of 2015 that outlines additional solutions to streamline processes and improve timely provider payment.

 

For more details about the Veterans Choice Program and VA’s progress, visit: www.va.gov/opa/choiceact . Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program can call1-866-606-8198 to find out more about the program, confirm their eligibility and schedule an appointment.

 

 


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Rep. LaMalfa Urges Passage of California Drought Measure

2016-05-26 18:19:50


Rep. LaMalfa Passes Amendment to Keep U-2 Flying in Northern California

2016-05-20 21:08:01


Rep. LaMalfa Explores Options for Veterans in Agriculture Careers

2016-05-20 19:29:51


Rep. LaMalfa Announces Measure Rejecting Handgun Microstamping Laws

2016-05-17 22:13:34


Rep LaMalfa Speaks about the GO Act

2016-05-13 20:57:20


Rep. LaMalfa Addresses Combating the Opioid Epidemic

2016-05-13 20:43:25


Rep. LaMalfa Addresses the Media Manipulation of the Iran Deal

2016-05-13 17:55:42


Rep. LaMalfa Urges Forest Service to Listen to Locals

2016-04-28 23:09:52


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on Responsible Agriculture Policy

2016-04-28 21:47:34


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks about H.R. 2666

2016-04-22 20:23:51


Rep. LaMalfa Seeks Solutions to Salmon Predation and Energy Costs

2016-04-22 16:53:48


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on Status of the General Farm Economy

2016-04-20 16:18:38


Rep. LaMalfa Urges Forest Service to Accelerate Forest Management

2016-03-24 19:23:13


Rep. LaMalfa Rejects Proposed Water Delivery Delay

2016-03-29 20:40:37


Rep. LaMalfa Urges NMFS & FWS to Make Fact-based Decisions

2016-04-07 16:22:44


Rep. LaMalfa Questions Under Secretary Edward Avalos

2016-03-22 23:29:26


Rep. LaMalfa Questions Under Secretary Lisa Mensah about Rural Broadband Access

2016-03-18 19:18:16


Rep. LaMalfa Criticizes New Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Policy

2016-03-18 18:02:01


Rep. LaMalfa Questions Interior Department on Klamath River (Part 2)

2016-03-01 23:38:45


Rep. LaMalfa Questions Interior Department on Klamath River (Part 1)

2016-03-01 23:24:02


Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3076
Fax 202-226-0852
lamalfa.house.gov

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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Tom McClintock

CALIFORNIA's 4th DISTRICT

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

David Valadao

CALIFORNIA's 21st DISTRICT

Devin Nunes

CALIFORNIA's 22nd DISTRICT

Kevin McCarthy

CALIFORNIA's 23rd DISTRICT

Steve Knight

CALIFORNIA's 25th DISTRICT

Ed Royce

CALIFORNIA's 39th DISTRICT

Ken Calvert

CALIFORNIA's 42nd DISTRICT

Mimi Walters

CALIFORNIA's 45th DISTRICT

Dana Rohrabacher

CALIFORNIA's 48th DISTRICT

Darrell Issa

CALIFORNIA's 49th DISTRICT

Duncan Hunter

CALIFORNIA's 50th DISTRICT

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