Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

LaMalfa Thanks the President for Disaster Relief Funding

2017/02/15

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Trump declared a federal emergency for the Oroville Dam spillway event as well as the flooding in the state caused by storms in January and February. Yesterday, Congressman LaMalfa and members of the California Delegation sent a letter to the President urging that he declare a Presidential Disaster Declaration of a Major Emergency for the Oroville Dam spillway incident that forced nearly 200,000 residents to evacuate from their homes. The federal disaster declaration directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide disaster relief efforts with 75% of the cost being funded by the federal government.

LaMalfa said: “I applaud the President’s swift action in making this emergency declaration for the people of Northern California. This decision is critical for the safety and wellbeing of the thousands of people who were forced to evacuate their homes at a moment’s notice. This funding will allow us to appropriately allocate the necessary personnel and equipment to provide relief and ensure safety. President Trump has shown that he understood the timely nature of this situation and was listening to those of us in the California delegation who requested this aid and for that, I thank him.”

The text of President Trump’s announcement of the disaster declaration is as follows:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2017

President Trump Approves California Emergency Declaration

The President today declared an emergency exists in the State of California and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the potential failure of the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville Dam beginning on February 7, 2017, and continuing.

The President's action authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, which aim to alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures. These relief efforts are authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act to save lives, to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Butte, Sutter, and Yuba.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide, at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the effects of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Timothy J. Scranton as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

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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LaMalfa Requests Disaster Funding From the President

2017/02/14

(Oroville, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending a letter to President Trump urging that he declare a Presidential Disaster Declaration of a Major Emergency after the Oroville Dam spillway suffered major damage, leading to an increased threat to public safety and causing widespread evacuations in the surrounding areas.  

LaMalfa said: “The damage to the emergency spillway and main spillway to the Oroville Dam is a major safety concern for the surrounding communities and a crisis that will persist for the foreseeable future. Residents have been forced to leave their homes and seek shelter on higher ground as the risk for a major flood continues. The mandatory evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents is the very definition of a disaster and with more rain expected as early as Wednesday, it is critical that we act swiftly to ensure federal aid is available to support and shelter evacuees as this crisis continues to develop. The wellbeing of our residents is the number one priority and we must do everything within our power to ensure their safety. I urge the President and the Governor to take this action as rapidly as possible.”

The text for the letter is as follows:

President Trump,

We are writing to urge that you act rapidly to declare a Presidential Disaster Declaration of a Major Emergency to address the threat to public safety resulting from crippling damage to Oroville Dam, located in Butte County, California. Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, a declaration would immediately direct federal resources to the area to help address a crisis of growing proportions and assist residents of three counties currently under mandatory evacuation orders.

Oroville Dam, the tallest dam in the United States and the primary component of the State Water Project, experienced significant damage to its primary spillway late last week and operation of the spillway was rapidly curtailed. As a result of decreased releases from the primary spillway, a rapid, storm-caused increase in water levels triggered the first-ever use of an adjacent emergency spillway. During operation of the emergency spillway, it also experienced erosion-related damage to a degree which could result in failure and potentially catastrophic flooding if operations were continued. State and local officials determined that failure of the emergency spillway was so imminent that they triggered a mandatory evacuation of nearly 200,000 downstream residents late last night.

While the emergency spillway did not fail last evening, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), additional storms will reach Northern California as early as Wednesday and contribute significant precipitation over the following several days. The danger of failure is likely to persist for months as California’s winter and spring runoff seasons progress, and it is extremely unclear when state agencies will be able to mitigate the danger to a degree that would allow residents to return to their homes.

A Presidential Disaster Declaration would immediately make federal aid available to support evacuation and shelter of the residents of Butte, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, as well as increase the capacity of federal, state, and local agencies to address the crisis as it develops.

We ask that you act rapidly in order to ensure that appropriate federal agencies are able to rapidly provide assistance during this challenging situation. Thank you for your timely response to this request.

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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LaMalfa Supports Joint Resolution to Scrap Anti-Second Amendment Rule

2017/02/02

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.J. Res. 40, Providing for Congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act.

LaMalfa said: “Implemented in the last months of the Obama Presidency, this rule takes away an individual’s Second Amendment rights without any hint of due process. Under this rule, many gun owners would be automatically placed on a list that prohibits them from owning or purchasing guns without even allowing them to defend themselves simply for needing help managing their finances. That is nonsense. A law-abiding citizen should not have to jump through hoops to restore and keep their access to basic constitutional rights. I was happy to support this resolution and we will continue to target and repeal misguided and harmful regulations such as this one.”

In December of 2016, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published a rule that finalizes the criteria for sending the names of certain beneficiaries to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). An individual’s name can be sent to the NICS if they receive disability insurance based on having a mental condition, are between the age 18 and the age of full retirement, and if the SSA determines that the individual needs a representative payee to manage their benefits. Once an individual’s name is added to the NICS list, there is no adequate due process for these individuals to have their name removed. This Joint Resolution will repeal this rule, and prevent a serious breach of Second Amendment and due process rights.

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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LaMalfa Supports President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

2017/02/02

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump selected Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.

LaMalfa said: “Justice Scalia was a strong conservative voice on the Supreme Court for thirty years. Now, I am happy that we will have a new face to fill his seat and carry on his legacy of upholding the original meaning of the Constitution and fighting for the values America was founded on. Neil Gorsuch will be a champion of originalist thought on the bench for many years to come. I support his nomination and my hope is that the Senate will move swiftly to confirm him.”

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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LaMalfa Supports President Trump’s Executive Actions on Immigration

2017/01/25

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Trump announced a pair of executive orders to strengthen the U.S. border and curtail illegal immigration – including the construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

LaMalfa said: “I support President Trump’s swift and decisive action to deliver on the promises he made to the American people to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. None of these are more important than securing our southern border and combating illegal immigration. These executive orders will start the process of constructing a wall along our porous southern border with Mexico, as well as tripling the number of immigration enforcement agents and providing them with the necessary resources to do their job. Additionally, the President’s executive actions temporarily halt the influx of refugees from the Middle East and defund sanctuary cities. This is a matter of national security. I am glad to see the President is taking action without hesitation and truly putting America first.”

The executive actions by the President have the following effects:

  • Start the process of constructing a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico.
  • Creates detention centers along the southern U.S. border to allow for more efficient and less expensive deportations of undocumented immigrants.
  • Increases the number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff by 5,000.
  • Triples the amount of immigration enforcement agents.
  • Bans refugees from many Middle Eastern countries and suspends visas for countries that refuse to accept deportees back into their country of origin. 
  • Strips federal grant money from cities that harbor undocumented immigrants, known as sanctuary cities.
  • Reinstates a federal program to aid Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in locating and removing undocumented illegal immigrants.

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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LaMalfa Votes to Permanently Ban Federal Funding for Abortions

2017/01/24

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act.

LaMalfa said: “Today, I was proud to join with my fellow men and women of the House to ensure that Americans are never forced to pay for abortions with their tax dollars. This bill makes permanent some of the protections we already have, such as the Hyde amendment, but until now have been forced to go through the appropriations process each year. Coupled with President Trump’s decision to reinstate the Mexico City Policy – which prevents federal funding for abortions outside our borders – this sends a clear message that Republicans are united in our mission to protect all life.”

The main provisions of H.R. 7 are as follows:

  • Establishes a government-wide permanent ban on abortion funding by codifying existing policies that prohibit federal funding for abortions.
  • Makes permanent the Hyde amendment, which prohibits abortions provided in any federal health care facility – excepting conditions of physical endangerment of a woman’s life or a pregnancy that arises from rape or incest.
  • Amends the Affordable Care Act to disallow premium assistance tax credits or health insurance tax credits for providers who cover abortions, beginning in 2018.
  • Amends the ACA to ensure multi-state health plans offered on health insurance exchanges do not cover abortions.
  • Creates greater transparency to ensure consumers are fully informed about abortion coverage and surcharges on plans sold on the exchanges.

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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LaMalfa Ready to Work with President Trump

2017/01/20

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) after attending the Presidential inauguration ceremonies, issued the following statement as Donald Trump was sworn in to become the 45th President of the United States.

LaMalfa said: “I am very pleased to welcome the Trump family to Washington, D.C. and the White House. After eight difficult years, I look forward to the opportunity to work with President Trump to accomplish big things for California and for all of America. That all the typically extravagant inauguration festivities have been drastically scaled back compared to recent years is evidence that this Administration will be focused on taking action. We will work together to bring back jobs, improve our nation’s infrastructure, replenish our military and defense capabilities, and provide better and truly affordable health care options for all Americans, especially for the hard working families that are footing so much of the burden now.”

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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LaMalfa Announces Committee Assignments for 115th Congress

2017/01/13

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after receiving his committee assignments for the 115th Congress. LaMalfa will continue serving on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Natural Resources, while also adding the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

LaMalfa said: “I am very pleased to announce I will be joining the Transportation and Infrastructure committee in addition to my responsibilities on the Agriculture and Natural Resources committees. I believe the work done on all three committees will greatly benefit Northern California priorities on highways, levees, flood control and water storage as well as our work with Agriculture and Resources, such as forestry management. The best chance for jobs is in our own backyard resources. Oversight of federal regulators is a big part of my responsibility that I look forward to.”

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said: “I am pleased to welcome Congressman LaMalfa to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Through the years, we’ve worked together on various issues of importance to his home state of California, and he has worked hard to improve Northern California and our nation’s infrastructure.  He will be a valuable addition to the committee.”

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads. The Committee also oversees other aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation. It includes a broad oversight portfolio of many federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard, Amtrak, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the General Services Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, and others.

The House Committee on Natural Resources considers legislation about American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation.

The House Committee on Agriculture oversees policy regarding the production of: food, fiber, and timber products, as well as rural development and food security.  It also sets policy on farm credit, biotechnology, and commodities exchanges.

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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House Passes Legislation to Protect American Farmers, Ranchers, and Businesses

2017/01/13

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 238, the Commodity End-User Relief Act, which erases unintended and excessive red tape that harms end-users, such as ranchers, farmers, manufacturers, and public utilities. The bill contains language authored by Congressman LaMalfa to protect public power ratepayers from cost increases by increasing the sources from which public power entities may purchase energy for future needs.  The bill would benefit those who rely on public utilities in many Northern California communities including: Redding, Biggs, Shasta Lake, Susanville, Roseville, Sacramento and others.

LaMalfa said: “Dodd-Frank imposed costly regulations on our end-users that limit their ability to do their jobs and provide affordable products. My bill, the Public Power Risk Management Act, was included in the Commodity End-User Relief Act and is designed to protect the 47 million Americans who rely on public power from rate hikes due to unnecessary regulatory policies. This legislation helps to eliminate these unintended burdens and levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and small businesses. These folks did not cause the financial crisis and we have to ensure we provide relief from these harmful policies that were originally intended to protect them.”

Highlights of H.R. 238, the Commodity End-User Relief Act:

  • Includes a cost-benefit analysis to ensure the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) produce more practical rules
  • Reduces red tape and provides relief from burdensome requirements that make it more difficult for businesses to manage risks.
  • Prevents farmers, manufacturers, and producers from carrying the burden of the regulatory response to a crisis they did not cause.
  • Codifies new practices instituted by the CFTC and other market regulators to protect customer margin.

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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House and Senate Take Initial Step Towards Repealing Obamacare

2017/01/13

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed S.Con.Res.3, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government. This bill does not alter the language to the Affordable Care Act in any way, but is a necessary step that will make it easier for Congress to repeal and replace the ACA in the coming weeks. The bill offers reconciliation instructions that expedite legislative procedures to allow Republicans to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate and only requires a simple majority of 51 votes to pass repeal legislation – where Republicans currently hold 52 seats.

LaMalfa said: “After the Senate stayed up late to pass this legislation on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, I was glad to join them on Friday along with my Republican colleagues in the House. We’ve talked about repealing Obamacare for years, and for good reason. The law has been a disaster for American families – leading to skyrocketing premiums, reduced health care options, and stifled economic opportunity for millions of Americans. All while being plagued by gross mismanagement that has led to billions of dollars down the drain. Now, Congress has the opportunity to repeal this law and replace it with something better – something that works for all Americans and returns decision-making to the patient.”

S.Con.Res.3 passed the Senate on Thursday morning by a margin of 51-48, and today passed the House by a margin of 227-198.

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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Contact Information

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

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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