Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

LaMalfa Continues to Demand Accountability at VA; Inspection of Oakland VA Office Announced

2014/07/23

Washington, DC – Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today met with the Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey to seek answers about the misconduct that has been uncovered at Oakland Regional Office. The meeting was part of an ongoing effort to hold VA officials accountable and came on the heels of an announcement that the Inspector General of the VA had begun an inquiry at the Oakland office. “As we continue to learn more about the failures that are plaguing the VA, it is becoming increasingly clear that this pattern of wrongdoing and unethical conduct is not isolated to one or two facilities,” said LaMalfa. “The excessive wait times, second-rate care, fraudulent records, destroyed or hidden files, and general incompetence have not only prevented our veterans from receiving the care they deserve, but likely also cost veterans’ lives.” At last week’s House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing, Rep. LaMalfa shared reports his office received from whistleblowers at the claims processing facility in Oakland, including one citing thousands of veterans’ documents “sitting on a cart or a janitor’s closet or in the hallway by the director’s office for years and even decades.” Following the reports, the Assistant Inspector General for audits and evaluations announced that the Inspector General’s office was opening a formal inquiry into the Oakland VA. Video of Rep. LaMalfa’s remarks may be found at the following link: http://youtu.be/OmbcboDuPys Asst. Inspector General Linda Halliday’s testimony may be found at the following link at approximately 35:30: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/50077243 “The system can be fixed, but some bureaucrats in DC just don’t get it.  Just last week, in addition to retaliating against the same whistleblowers that exposed this incompetence, Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson demanded billions of dollars in new funding to pay an additional 10,000 clinic staff. When will Washington understand that this incompetence and waste is not going to change, no matter how many billions of taxpayer dollars are spent, without addressing the culture of unaccountability and mismanagement?” LaMalfa added. “Our veterans deserve a system that works for them, a system that fulfils the most basic promise we made to these men and women.”   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 Welcomes Congressional Art Competition Winner to D.C.

2014/07/16

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) recently Jackie Scarry of Palo Cedro to the Capitol to recognize her as the 2014 winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the First Congressional District of California. Each spring, the Congressional Institute hosts a nationwide art competition to recognize young artists within each district. Jackie will be a senior at Foothill High School in the fall, where she is one of two students enrolled in Advanced Placement Art. After graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in veterinarian medicine and minor in art. Her piece, titled “Chaotic Beauty,” is a colorful and intricate watercolor of a horse. Her artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year alongside other winning entries from across the country. “It was an honor to meet Miss Scarry, who demonstrates the incredible talent among the youth of the First District. I would like to extend my thanks to all of the students who submitted their creative works for the competition, as well as to the parents and teachers who helped guide the students’ artistic abilities,” Rep. LaMalfa said.  Last month, she and her father visited Washington, D.C. to attend a reception for the winners from each of the congressional districts. She was able to receive her award from Rep. LaMalfa, as well as tour the U.S. Capitol Building. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the annual congressional art competition.  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

House Passes LaMalfa Amendment Defunding Lawless Environmental Over-regulation

2014/07/11

 Washington, DC – Late last evening, the House passed Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s (R-CA) amendment to defund lawless federal regulation of agricultural work like plowing fields, planting seeds and harvesting crops. While the Clean Water Act explicitly exempts these activities, federal agencies have added new requirements without any basis the law in order to force farmers to undergo permitting. LaMalfa’s amendment to H.R. 4923, the 2015 Energy and Water appropriations bill, passed on a bipartisan 239 – 182 vote.        “This is just the latest instance of federal bureaucracies acting in direct violation of the law, in this case to harass American’s farmers for day-to-day work like plowing fields that is exempt from regulation,” said LaMalfa. “While Congress clearly exempted these activities, the EPA and Army Corps have created new requirements without any legal basis. Under these rules, simply changing crops or planting fallowed fields could require a costly federal permit, which these agencies could refuse to issue.” Video of LaMalfa’s comments on the amendment may be viewed here. The Clean Water Act language, found here, specifically exempts the following activities from regulation: -Normal farming, silviculture, and ranching activities such as plowing, seeding, cultivating, minor drainage, harvesting for the production of food, fiber, and forest products; -Construction or maintenance of farm or stock ponds or irrigation ditches, or the maintenance of drainage ditches. According to the Army Corps of Engineers rules, farm operations must be “established” and “ongoing”, requirements found nowhere in the Clean Water Act. The Army Corps rules, found here, add new hurdles not required by law: MUST*  be a part of an established (on-going) farming, silviculture, or ranching operation. An operation is no longer established when the area on which it was conducted has been converted to another use or has lain idle so long that modifications to the hydrologic regime are necessary to resume operations. For example, if a property has been used for cattle grazing, the exemption does not apply if future activities would involve planting crops for food; similarly, if the current use of a property is for growing corn, the exemption does not apply if future activities would involve conversion to an orchard or vineyards. * Emphasis in original. 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 Receives “A” Rating from Nonpartisan, Pro-privacy Group “Stand Against Spying”

2014/07/01

Washington, DC – Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today announced that he had received an A rating from the national pro-privacy group, Stand Against Spying. An umbrella organization whose membership ranges from FreedomWorks to the Electronic Freedom Foundation, Stand Against Spying advocates against the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone and Internet activity by the federal government.      “Our nation’s founders were subjected to constant searches and seizures of their property by British soldiers and wisely prohibited such activity in the Bill of Rights. This administration’s continued support for what I believe are unconstitutional searches of Americans’ data is abhorrent, and I’ll continue to oppose it at every opportunity,” said LaMalfa. “Respect for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution aren’t partisan issues and I’m pleased to work with anyone who believes that Americans’ rights must be respected.” The rating is based upon lawmaker’s actions on pro-privacy measures, all of which LaMalfa supported, including: Voting for the Amash amendment to H.R. 2397 (Department of Defense Appropriations Act): This amendment sought to end authority for the NSA’s blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Co-sponsoring the original USA FREEDOM Act, H.R.3361: This bill is designed to stop mass surveillance and includes key transparency and oversight reforms. Voting for the Sensenbrenner-Massie-Lofgren to H.R. 4870 (Department of Defense Appropriations Act): Closes loopholes used by the NSA to gather information on Americans by claiming to surveil foreign citizens. LaMalfa also passed an amendment to a national cyber-security bill, H.R. 624, prohibiting the use of authority granted by the bill for domestic surveillance of Americans.   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 Slams “Waters of the United States” Proposal from Obama Administration

2014/06/24

Washington, DC – Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today questioned the legal basis and impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Waters of the United States” proposal during an oversight hearing of the House Subcommittee on Water and Power. The proposal would give the EPA jurisdiction over land use near every navigable waterway, every tributary to navigable waterways and waterways unconnected to navigable waters but nearby. The rule even removed an exemption for puddles contained in the EPA’s first draft.  It represents a vast expansion of federal power based upon a creative interpretation of the Clean Water Act.     “Do the American people want the federal government deciding whether they can remodel a home or landscape their yard? Do Americans want the federal government, in the guise of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to decide that they can’t operate a business, maintain roads or simply continue farming the way they have for generations?  I don’t think that they do,” said LaMalfa. “It is no exaggeration to say that this proposal would insert the federal government into land use decisions across virtually all of Northern California and the Central Valley.”      “It’s interesting to see this administration use the Clean Water Act as part of the pretext to expand its jurisdiction, as it routinely ignores this law in its day-to-day activities,” added LaMalfa. “We’ve seen federal agencies, none of whom bothered to show up today, attack activities that are specifically exempted in the Act from regulation, particularly farming activities. While plowing is exempt from federal regulation, the EPA has actually decided that in some cases, plowing is in fact not plowing.” Video of Rep. LaMalfa’s remarks may be found at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bhTRUaUt9Y   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 Votes to Curtail NSA Spying on Americans, Protect Tech Products

2014/06/20

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) voted on Thursday evening in favor of an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2015, H.R. 4870, which protects the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens and prevents the government from inserting “backdoors” into technology products. Currently, the National Security Agency (NSA) is able to search vast databases for information about U.S. citizens without obtaining a warrant. The amendment, submitted by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), passed with a veto-proof bipartisan majority of 293-123. “From the beginning of this debate about NSA domestic surveillance, I have made it clear that I will not support domestic spying on American citizens unless probable cause can be demonstrated. The fundamental protections provided to all Americans in our Constitution do not magically disappear when it comes to our phone records, e-mails, and other electronic communications,” said LaMalfa. “This measure provides the intelligence community and federal law enforcement agencies the tools they need to combat foreign terrorist threats in a way that does not violate the rights of innocent Americans.” “I have also been very troubled by the insertion of ‘backdoors’ into American technology products, which compromises the security of our data. These flaws have been taken advantage of by hackers and have had negative consequences for American technology companies,” LaMalfa added. “It is time for President Obama to embrace these overwhelmingly bipartisan reforms.” LaMalfa previously supported an effort by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) to prohibit collection of Americans’ electronic data and passed an amendment to a national cyber-security bill, H.R. 624, prohibiting warrantless domestic surveillance of Americans.   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 Comments on Resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki

2014/05/30

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement on the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki:      While Secretary Shinseki’s resignation is warranted, his departure will not fix the systemic dysfunction preventing our veterans from receiving the services they have earned. The fact that a decorated and accomplished officer like Secretary Shinseki could not overcome the VA’s problems demonstrates just how embedded the bureaucratic mindset truly  is. Ultimately, the failures at Veterans Affairs rest with President Obama. The President promised six years ago to bring the VA into the 21st century, yet under his tenure we’ve seen a systemic refusal to address veterans’ needs, massive wait times and even deaths due to a refusal to provide care. Make no mistake: the disaster that is Veterans Affairs foreshadows the catastrophe that the President’s health care takeover is becoming. If you want to know how an unfettered, unaccountable bureaucracy behaves, look no further than President Obama’s Veterans Affairs.  LaMalfa has urged that Congress’ investigation of wrongdoing at Veterans Affairs be expanded to include the claim processing system, where whistleblowers recently brought to light an off-books waiting list in which valid benefit claims have languished for years. He also cosponsored a measure, H.R. 4031, cutting the red tape that has prevented negligent VA officials from being fired. The measure was passed on the House floor last week. A video of Rep. LaMalfa’s comments on the House floor regarding Secretary Shinseki’s resignation may be found at the following link: http://youtu.be/1iXgQpPfU4s A video of Rep. LaMalfa’s comments on the House floor regarding whistleblower reports from the Oakland VA office may be found at the following link: http://youtu.be/1iXgQpPfU4s   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 Demands Accountability at Veterans Affairs, Passes Measures on House Floor

2014/05/22

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today spoke on the floor of the House to demand accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs and read whistleblower statements detailing waste, fraud and abuse at the Oakland VA office. Yesterday the House passed a bill LaMalfa cosponsored authorizing the termination of Veterans Affairs officials who were complicit in abuses at the agency. The House also passed an amendment LaMalfa authored requiring Veterans Affairs offices to provide  updates on veterans’ claims, regardless of whether claims had been reassigned from different VA offices. “Thanks to whistleblowers, we now know the extent of mismanagement and unethical conduct by the management of the Oakland VA office. How many veterans are homeless or without medical care because their claims have sat in a basement? How many veterans have died because they’ve been unable to receive the care they need, while their claims sat untouched in a closet?” said LaMalfa. “Some this behavior is very deliberate worthy of criminal prosecution. I thank those VA employees who want to do what is right for our veterans, who have been bold enough to step forward and let us know what is going behind the scenes. The system is broken, but it doesn’t have to be.” Video of LaMalfa’s comments detailing problems at the Oakland Regional VA Office may be found at the following link: http://youtu.be/1iXgQpPfU4s The bill LaMalfa’s cosponsored, H.R. 4031, passed on a 390-33 vote and will now be considered in the Senate. “The President said yesterday that those responsible for the misdeeds at Veterans Affairs will be held responsible, but we heard the same tune from him when he ran for office back in 2008,” said LaMalfa. “Much like other members of his administration who have failed in their duties, the VA officials responsible for the wrongdoing in Arizona are simply on paid administrative leave. This measure will ensure that when abuses occur at the VA, those responsible are fired – not on a paid vacation.”   Video of LaMalfa’s comments on H.R.4031 may be found at the following link: http://youtu.be/Ou44H-t5Zl0 LaMalfa’s amendment, which he cosponsored with Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), passed unanimously and was added to the National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 4435. “After waiting months for their claims to be processed, the absolute last thing veterans should hear is that red tape doesn’t allow VA offices to communicate their claim’s status.  Bureaucratic confusion over jurisdiction should never prevent a VA office from providing veterans with information that veterans need to ensure that they receive the benefits they have earned,” added LaMalfa.   “I’m grateful to have successfully collaborated with Rep. LaMalfa on this important reform to help veterans. Simply put, the size of the VA backlog is unacceptable. Our veterans put their lives on the line to protect the United States, but they’re kept waiting for months and months to receive the benefits they have earned and deserve,” said Congressman Huffman.   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 Passes Measures on House Floor Demanding Accountability at Veterans Affairs

2014/05/21

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today spoke in favor of a bill he cosponsored to authorize the termination of senior Veterans Affairs officials who have been complicit in abuses at the federal agency. He also authored and passed an amendment requiring Veterans Affairs offices to provide  updates on veterans’ claims, regardless of whether claims had been reassigned to different VA offices. “The President said today that those responsible for the misdeeds at Veterans Affairs will be held responsible, but we heard the same tune from him when he ran for office back in 2008,” said LaMalfa. “Much like other members of his administration who have failed in their duties, the VA officials responsible for the wrongdoing in Arizona are simply on paid administrative leave. This measure will ensure that when abuses occur at the VA, the bureaucrats responsible are fired – not on a paid vacation.”   The bill, H.R. 4301, passed LaMalfa’s amendment, which he cosponsored with Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), passed unanimously and was added to the National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 4435. “After waiting months for their claims to be processed, the absolute last thing veterans should hear is that red tape doesn’t allow VA offices to communicate their claim’s status.  Bureaucratic confusion over jurisdiction should never prevent a VA office from providing veterans with information that veterans need to ensure that they receive the benefits they have earned,” added LaMalfa.   “I’m grateful to have successfully collaborated with Rep. LaMalfa on this important reform to help veterans. Simply put, the size of the VA backlog is unacceptable. Our veterans put their lives on the line to protect the United States, but they’re kept waiting for months and months to receive the benefits they have earned and deserve,” said Congressman Huffman. “If I or my staff contacts the VA to assist a veteran in need, we should get a clear response. This amendment would ensure that we can help our constituents through the claims process.” 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 Rapid Approval of Benghazi Select Committee

2014/05/02

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today commented on the release of new White House e-mails regarding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and the announcement by Speaker Boehner that the House would vote to establish a select committee to investigate this terror attack. LaMalfa has cosponsored H.Res. 36 to create the committee. “It is appalling that nearly two years after terrorists attacked a U.S. Consulate, the American people still have so many unanswered questions about what went wrong in Benghazi,” said LaMalfa.  “On September 11, 2012, we lost four brave and innocent Americans, and instead of assisting and cooperating with our investigation into this tragic event, the Obama Administration continues to give Congress the run-around.” “Fortunately, an outside watchdog group was successfully able to uncover emails that were withheld from Congress, despite numerous subpoenas, and show the Obama Administration urging Susan Rice to provide false and misleading information to the American public. The extent of the cover-up is yet to be seen, but is clearly outrageous. I commend Speaker Boehner and the House Leadership for bringing legislation to the House floor that will create a select committee to investigate the Benghazi terrorist attack, and urge my colleagues to approve this measure.”   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.  ### 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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