Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

Rep. LaMalfa Releases Statement on California Water Supply Language in Water Resources Bill

2016/12/06

Washington, DC –  Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement in support of the California water resources language included included in a bill to be considered in Congress this week:

After years of bipartisan, bicameral negotiations, we’ve reached an agreement to modernize water supply in the short term and invest in storage projects to secure California’s economic future,” stated Rep. LaMalfa. “This agreement improves water supply for all Californians, North and South, while using the latest science to provide more water without harming wildlife.”

For the North State, this agreement achieves several major goals: it secures the region’s senior water rights, improves supplies for junior water right holders, and will authorize construction of Sites Reservoir, a key project needed to prepare California for the future.

“While this bill is a step in the right direction, as a negotiated agreement it does not reform environmental restrictions or dedicate resources to storage to the degrees I believe are needed,” LaMalfa added. “My colleagues and I remain committed to continuing to working on this issue and expect the President-elect to be a much more willing partner in those efforts than the current administration.”

Key North State components of the House amendment to S.612, which may be read here, include the following:

  • Ironclad protections for the North State’s senior water rights and language ensuring that any additional water provided South of the Delta is not taken from North State allocations. (Title J, Section 4005)
  • Significant improvements in deliveries for less senior North State water right holders, ensuring that even in droughts they receive at least 50% allocations. (Title J, Section 4005)
  • A new system of authorizing surface water storage projects, including Sites Reservoir, that will speed construction of the infrastructure 67% of Californians voted for in passing Proposition 1 in 2014. The bill also directs $335 million in federal funding toward storage projects. (Title J, Section 4007)
  • Language ensuring that businesses impacted by new storage projects are not only compensated fairly, but have the opportunity to construct replacement facilities on federal land. This provision is intended to protect marinas, resorts, and others who could be impacted by a raised Shasta Dam. (Title J, Section 4008)
  • Requirements that a greater portion of South of Delta water supplies be diverted and stored during winter storms, when doing so does not impact North State supplies or the environment. The current system pits North and South against one another for access to Shasta and other reservoirs during California’s dry summers. Now, the South can store additional water that was never available for use by the North and has no environmental benefit. (Title J, Section 4003)

 

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 Continue Iran Sanctions, Authorize Sanctions on Syria

2016/11/15

Washington, DC –  Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) supported measures to authorize continued sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and impose sanctions on those who support attacks on civilians in Syria. H.R. 6297, the “Iran Sanctions Extension Act”, extends authorization for the President to impose sanctions through 2026; the authorization would otherwise expire at the close of 2016. H.R. 5732, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act”, directs the Departments of State and Commerce to impose sanctions on officials of the Syrian government and any individuals or entities which provide financial or material support to Syria’s attacks on civilians.    

“For too long, the Obama administration has stood idly by while rogue nations develop weapons of mass destruction and perpetrate war crimes on innocent civilians,” LaMalfa said. “Today we provided the tools that President-elect Trump will use to end that complacency, beginning on January 20, 2017.”

“We acted today to ensure that the President-elect is able to fulfill his pledge to the American people to reject this administration’s dangerous agreement with Iran and to prevent a state sponsor of terror from ever acquiring nuclear weapons,” added LaMalfa. “We’ve also acted to cut off the financial and material lifelines that the Assad regime relies upon to continue its attacks on innocent Syrian civilians.”

H.R. 6297, the “Iran Sanctions Extension Act”, passed on a 416-1 vote, while H.R. 5732, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act”, received unanimous support.

 

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 Expresses Opposition to Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion Proposal

2016/10/28

Washington, DC –  Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement opposing proposals to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument:

“Any expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument would not only negatively impact private property rights, public access and forest management, but would occur over the objections of local residents.

“Time and time again, this administration has ignored the views of residents to impose new federal restrictions on public and private land through misuse of the Antiquities Act. Monument designations invariably restrict the public’s right to access public lands, damage property owners’ ability to access and use their land, and hurt rural economies.

“That’s why my colleagues and I passed legislation on the House floor to defund monument designations in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties and protect the rights of those who live and work in the area.

“It’s time that this administration listen to those who are actually impacted by these designations, rather than deciding that Washington knows best.”

The Interior Appropriations bill for the 2017 fiscal year, HR 5538, contains language specifically defunding any monument designation in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties (Section 453), both of which have passed resolutions opposing unilateral Presidential designations. The bill was passed by the House on a

231 – 196 vote (Roll no. 477) and is now being considered in the Senate.

LaMalfa also cosponsored HR 3389, the National Monument Designation Transparency Act, with five members of the California delegation to reform the Antiquities Act by requiring Congressional approval before designations become permanent, requiring economic analysis of proposed designations, and limiting the size of designations.  

 

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 Encourages North State Residents to Consider Adopting Wild Horses

2016/10/26

Oroville, CA –  Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement encouraging North State residents to consider adopting wild horses available following the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Gather Operations through Modoc National Forest:

“Since 1971, the Bureau of Land Management has placed more than 225,000 wild horses and burros into suitable homes, many of these from California. Adoption of these horses, which have become a treasured symbol and resource in the West, is the most sustainable and compassionate solution we have. As a result of the recent gatherings through Modoc National Forest, there are currently over 200 horses available to go to loving homes and I want to strongly encourage those interested to consider this opportunity,” continued LaMalfa. “While Devil’s Garden has been home to wild horses for over 140 years, the unfortunate reality is that overpopulation continues to devastate the health and livelihood of the horses, as well as their habitats.  To be clear, the status quo is simply unsustainable for the animals, the environment, and the taxpayers alike. While there are certainly a number of changes needed to be made to encourage better management and address overpopulation, the best case scenario right now is for concerned Americans to step up and care for these horses.”

For those interested in adopting or viewing the horses, please call Litchfield Wild Horse and Burro Facility at 530-254-6575 or 800-545-4256. You can also visit the adoption program webpage: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/adoption_program/how_to_adopt.html

For more information or questions, please contact Congressman LaMalfa’s Oroville office at (530) 534-7100.

Photo credit: US Forest Service

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 Responds to Forced Repayment of Veteran Bonuses

2016/10/25

Washington, DC –  Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement on veterans being ordered to repay bonuses offered as an incentive for service as reported by the Los Angeles Times:

“The decision to force nearly 10,000 California Army National Guard Soldiers, both retired and current, to repay their bonuses due to bureaucratic incompetence from decades ago is simply immoral and will not be accepted. These are men and women who put their lives on the line for our county, many of them serving multiple deployments. Now, years later, they are being sent to collections at the hand of bureaucrats because they accepted bonuses offered to them as an incentive to serve. The only people at fault here are the federal officials who illegally signed off on these bonuses, and they have already been given a lengthy prison sentence. I will continue working with my colleagues to fully investigate these reports and resolve this issue in a way that fully honors our veterans.  

 In the meantime, if you or someone you know is a member of California National Guard who has been  ordered to repay enlistment or educational bonuses, please call my Oroville office at  (530) 534-7100 for more information on how we can help.”

Click the link below to view the full text of the letter to the Pentagon.

PDF icon10.24.16 Letter to Pentagon about CA Coast Guard.pdf

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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Congress Overrides Obama Veto of Terror Victims’ Bill

2016/09/28

Washington, DC –  Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) voted to override President Obama’s veto of S. 2040, the Justice Against State Sponsors of Terrorism Act. The measure allows the families of victims of terrorist attacks to take legal action in the United States against nations which provided support to the perpetrators of attacks. The 348-77 House vote rejecting Obama’s veto followed a vote of 97-1 in the Senate and is the first instance in which Congress has acted to override the veto of a bill by President Obama.

“Congress acted with a unified voice to support families impacted by terrorism and reject President Obama’s veto,” said LaMalfa. “Despite the President’s backroom lobbying to block a measure that grants more rights to the families of terror victims, compassion and common sense prevailed.”

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 Unanimously Passes LaMalfa Co-sponsored Measure to Combat Identity Theft

2016/09/22

Washington, DC –  The House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) cosponsored to safeguard Social Security numbers and prevent identity theft. H.R. 5320, the Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act, ends the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) policy of mailing documents to citizens which include their full Social Security number. The bill will now be considered in the Senate.

“This bill will directly reduce identify theft by ending the Social Security Administration’s practice of mailing documents including Americans’ complete Social Security numbers. There were nearly 500,000 complaints of identity theft in the United States last year, many involving stolen Social Security numbers,” said LaMalfa. “Halting the careless mailing of sensitive information closes this vulnerability, protecting seniors and others from identify theft.”

Despite the known dangers of identity theft, in 2015 the Social Security Administration mailed hundreds of millions of documents containing complete Social Security numbers. The Social Security Inspector General found that 51% of the mailing addresses used by the SSA in 2015 were incorrect, exposing millions of Americans to fraud.

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 Applauds Funding to Expand Educational Opportunities for Rural Students

2016/09/19

Washington, DC –  Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today announced that Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA, has been awarded a $313,592 Distance Learning Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development.

“In a time of significant advances in technology, it’s critical that we ensure rural residents have the infrastructure and resources to keep up,” said LaMalfa. “This funding will go a long way to strengthen the work that Lassen Community College is doing to expand affordable higher education and increase workforce development opportunities throughout the community.”

Under the grant, Lassen Community College will establish video-conferencing connections between the College and six local high schools, including a teen center on the Susanville Indian Rancheria, intended to enhance academic experiences for students in rurally isolated 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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Rep. LaMalfa Votes to Protect Veterans’ Benefits & Reform VA Bureaucracy

2016/09/15

Washington, DC – Rep. LaMalfa voted in favor of H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016, which passed the House of Representatives on a 310-116 vote. The measure includes several reforms of the Department of Veterans Affairs, ensuring that employees may be fired for poor performance or misconduct, creating a system to protect whistleblowers, and protecting veterans’ rights during the benefit claim appeal process.

LaMalfa released the following statement on the bill:

“Honoring the service of our veterans requires us to make sure veterans have a VA that works for them, not against them. VA employees who misbehave or perform poorly should be relieved of their duties immediately, not allowed to continue failing to fulfill their responsibilities. It’s a simple principle that shouldn’t require a bill and ought to apply throughout the government.

“We’ve also taken action to accelerate the benefit appeals process and ensure that veterans’ rights are protected at every step. While VA officials often mention the reduction in the claims backlog, there are now nearly half a million appeals pending within the VA. VA officials testified before Congress that in 2015, veterans had to wait an average of three years to appeal decisions on their benefits. This bill is an important step to ending that unacceptable delay.”

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. Doug LaMalfa Votes to End Costly Tax Increase on Middle Class & Seniors

2016/09/13

Washington, DC – Rep. LaMalfa today voted in favor of H.R. 3590, the Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act, a bill to repeal a costly Obamacare tax increase on out of pocket medical expenses. Stopping the tax from being implemented is estimated by the Joint Tax Committee to save seniors several hundred dollars annually. The bill passed on a 261-147 vote and will now be considered in the Senate.

LaMalfa released the following statement on the vote:

“We took action today to reverse a tax increase on out of pocket medical expenses for middle class families and prevent it from being imposed on seniors. At a time when so many in this country are battling high health care costs, the last thing we should be doing is creating another unnecessary financial burden on seniors and those struggling with serious medical conditions.

“Since its passage, Obamacare has brought with it an onslaught of new taxes, skyrocketing premiums, increased out-of-pockets costs, and even more difficulty accessing quality care. I have voted repeatedly to repeal this broken system and replace it with one that actually offers workable solutions. However, in the meantime, I will continue to work to provide relief to everyday Americans who cannot afford to struggle anymore under this law.” 

Currently, the IRS allows Americans with high health care costs to deduct certain out-of-pocket expenses from their taxes. Prior to Obamacare, individuals could deduct costs exceeding 7.5% of their Adjusted Gross Income. The law changed that to 10% of one’s AGI for Americans under 65, with the same increase is set to go into effect for seniors starting on January 1, 2017. 

According to Americans for Tax Reform, in 2012, 10.2 million families used this provision with an average of under $8,500 in medical expenses claimed. More than half of these families made less than $50,000 per year. H.R. 3590 stops this tax increase and restores the lower threshold for medical expenses.

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

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.


Serving With

Tom McClintock

CALIFORNIA's 4th DISTRICT

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

David Valadao

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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

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Dana Rohrabacher

CALIFORNIA's 48th DISTRICT

Darrell Issa

CALIFORNIA's 49th DISTRICT

Duncan Hunter

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