Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

House Passes Government Funding Package

2017/09/14

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act. In a return to regular order appropriations process, this package of 12 bills will fund the government for fiscal year 2018.
 
LaMalfa said: “In July, the House passed an appropriations package that prioritized defense, national security, and care for our veterans. Now, we are taking the next step in this process and putting forward a complete package that also invests heavily in rural infrastructure, bolsters our economy, fights opioid and drug abuse, and secures our southern border. It includes many important provisions that will benefit rural communities like Northern California, including grants for improving rural infrastructure and rural businesses. This legislation represents the first time the House has passed all twelve appropriations bills on time in more than a decade. It’s a big step forward for our fiscal process that desperately needed accountability.”
 
A breakdown of the spending package is as follows:
 
Interior and Environment – $31.4 billion
 
  • $3.4 billion for wildland firefighting and prevention programs.
  • Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT): Directs key federal payments to rural counties of $465 million to offset reductions in property taxes caused by the large amounts of local lands that are owned by the federal government. 
  • Increases Native American programs by $10 million.
 
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs – $88.8 billion
 
  • $78.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs – the VA’s highest ever level of funding.
  • $10.2 billion for construction of critical military infrastructure.
  • Supports medical care for 7 million VA patients.
  • $8.4 billion for VA mental health care services.
  • $7.3 billion for homeless veterans support and job training.
  • $50 million for opioid abuse prevention.
  • Prohibits the closure of Guantanamo Naval Station.
 
Homeland Security – $44.3 billion
 
  • Provides $1.6 billion to secure the southern border.
  • $13.8 billion for Customs and Border Protection – an increase of $1.6 billion.
  • $100 million to hire 500 new border patrol agents.
  • $346 million for new border technology, aircraft and sensors, and inspection equipment.
  • $7 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement – a $619.7 million increase.
  • $1.8 billion to combat cybersecurity.
  • $7.3 billion for FEMA’s disaster relief account.
 
Department of Defense – $658.1 billion
 
  • Fully funds 2.4% pay raise for troops – the largest in eight years.
  • $68.1 billion base funding for DOD.
  • $73.9 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations to maintain U.S. military superiority.
  • $241 billion for readiness programs (training, equipment, facility maintenance, and base operations).
  • $84.3 billion for research and development.
  • $149.9 billion for equipment and weapons procurement.
  • Raises troop levels, modernizes equipment, and targets resources for the development of new military capabilities.
 
Agriculture – $20 billion
 
  • $906 million to help farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners conserve and protect their land.
  • $1.6 billion for farm programs to help farmers and ranchers with the implementation of the Farm Bill.
  • $2.8 billion for agriculture research programs, including the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • $2.6 billion for rural development programs that support economic growth.
  • $122.7 million to establish the Rural Economic Infrastructure Grant Account.
  • $6.94 billion for rural electric infrastructure.
  • $24 billion in loan authority for the Single Family Housing guaranteed loan program.
  • $819 million for the rural business and industry loan program.
  • $1.038 billion for food safety and inspection programs.
 
Financial Services – $20.231 billion
 
  • Cuts the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by $149 million to address underperformance and poor mismanagement and decision-making.
  • $848 million for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to promote opportunities for American small businesses.
  • Prevents the implementation of the Obamacare individual insurance mandate.
  • Prohibits funds to pay for an abortion with a multi-state qualified health plan, with certain exceptions.
 
Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education – $156 billion
 
  • $284 million for the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) program.
  • Prohibits enforcement of the Department of Labor’s “Fiduciary” rule.
  • $77.6 billion for effective and proven programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • $66 billion for the Department of Education – eliminates duplicative or ineffective programs.
  • Increases charter school funding by $28 million.
  • Prohibits use of discretionary funding to implement Obamacare.
 
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development – $56.5 billion
 
  • $76.7 billion to improve and maintain our nation’s infrastructure.
  • $45 billion for the Federal-aid Highway program.
  • $38.3 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
 
State and Foreign Operations – $47.4 billion
 
  • Funds antiterrorism, nonproliferation, and peacekeeping programs.
  • Prohibits funding to implement the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
 
Energy and Water Development – $37.6 billion
 
  • Strengthens national security by increasing funding to $13.9 billion for DOE’s nuclear weapons program.
  • $6.16 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers – including $2.8 billion for navigation projects and $1.8 billion for flood and storm reduction activities.
  • Invests in DOE programs to move the U.S. towards energy independence.
  • Authorizes the EPA to withdraw the burdensome Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
 
Commerce, Justice, and Science – $54 billion
 
  • $29 billion for the Department of Justice.
  • $103 million for programs to help stem opioid abuse.
  • $19.9 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • Prohibits transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Naval Station to the U.S.
  • Prohibits unauthorized reporting and registration requirement on consumers purchasing rifles or shotguns.
  • Continues existing pro-life policies.
 
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 Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act

2017/09/14

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act.

LaMalfa said: “Across America, many of our communities have been harmed by illegal alien gang members – that is a fact. Yet current immigration law prohibits ICE from effectively targeting those known to be associated with criminal gang activities and removing them from the country. This legislation changes that and gives ICE the tools they need to better help our communities by removing those that only wish to inflict harm. Their tactics of violence harm our society and intimidate free people.” 

This legislation:

  • Allows for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to remove illegal aliens based on their membership in dangerous gangs or participation in gang activities.
  • Allows the Secretary of Homeland Security to designate organizations as criminal gangs.
  • Ensures that criminal alien gang members cannot receive asylum.

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 and Carbajal Introduce Bill to Help Veterans Receive Benefits

2017/09/14

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after partnering with Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-California) to introduce the Veterans Record Reconstruction Act, which eases the process for veterans to prove their eligibility for certain benefits or decorations.

LaMalfa said: “After a fire destroyed millions of WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans’ files over 40 years ago, the Department of Defense hasn't yet put into place a good system to reconstrict their history and determine their eligibility for benefits. Simply put, the Veterans’ Record Reconstruction Act will make it easier for veterans that have dealt with this headache for so long to access the services they’ve earned. With uniform guidelines in place, there will be no confusion as to what’s acceptable and what’s not, and that makes life easier for everyone involved.”

Carbajal said: “We have an obligation to ensure that our veterans that have sacrificed so much for our country have access to the services and benefits they have earned. The Veterans’ Record Reconstruction Act will establish a much-needed pathway for veterans forced to reconstruct their records and finally provide clarity for our nation’s World War II, Korean War and Vietnam-era veterans after more than 40 years of uncertainty.”

The Veterans’ Record Reconstruction Act requires the Department of Defense to develop guidelines for the use of unofficial sources of information in determining benefits and decoration eligibility when a veteran’s service records are incomplete due to damage caused to the records while in the possession of the Department of Defense.

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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Natural Resources Committee Passes Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act

2017/09/13

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 3668, the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. This bill protects Americans’ access to public lands, enhances hunting and fishing opportunities, and, with the adoption of an amendment LaMalfa authored to include his HR 289 (the “GO Act”), modernizes federal agencies’ special recreation permit process.
 
LaMalfa said: “Reliable access to our public lands is critical to our nation’s long history of outdoor sporting activities, like hunting and fishing. These traditions are of particular importance to rural areas like the First District, where the recreation industry is often a big part of the local economy. Unfortunately, federal agencies often impede people's access to public lands by imposing excessive permit requirements or wholesale gating off and closure of areas to hunting and fishing. The SHARE Act ensures that people will get the most out of their public lands while helping sustain rural economies, while my GO Act seeks many of these same goals. I am pleased with the unanimous support my amendment received. The SHARE Act is one of the most important actions Congress can take this year to protect and expand hunting and fishing on public lands, and I look forward to its consideration on the House floor.”
 
Among other provisions, the SHARE Act includes the following components to help more Americans enjoy public lands:
 
  • Requires that Bureau of Land Management and National Forest lands be open to hunting, fishing, and shooting unless closed for specific public safety purpose, such as a fire.    
  • Speeds access to Pittman-Robinson funds generated by hunting equipment purchases in order to maintain public recreational shooting ranges.
  • Eliminates excessive red tape that prevented farmers from hunting on their own land.
  • Reauthorizes the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for five years.
 
Rep. LaMalfa’s bill, the Guides and Outfitters (GO) Act, was included as an amendment to the SHARE Act. The GO Act provides more certainty, lower costs, and faster approval times for all Americans hoping to enjoy outdoor activities and events on federal lands. The GO Act:
 
  • Provides outdoor groups with a more orderly and efficient permit application.
  • Decreases processing time and lowering administrative costs by allowing permits to be completed online.
  • Provides joint permits for recreational trips and activities that cross a combination of NPS, BLM, and USFS land.
  • Creates temporary permits for up to 2 years with the option for conversion into a long-term permit in order to ease approval of new activities and events.
 
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 Comments on Misuse of Taxpayer Dollars to Fund Delta Tunnels

2017/09/08

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after a federal audit found that the Obama Administration improperly used $84 million in taxpayer dollars on the delta tunnels project.

LaMalfa said: “The use of taxpayer dollars by the Obama Administration to improperly fund Governor Brown’s pet delta tunnel project is unacceptable. The state of California and the federal government lied to Congress and stole millions of hard-earned dollars from taxpayers – who ended up paying for a large portion of the project’s planning costs without their knowledge. California needs to repay every penny to the federal government immediately. The Bureau of Reclamation needs to explain to Congress how and why this happened and the employees and appointees who carried it out must be held responsible. Lying to Congress and the American people cannot be tolerated.”

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 Bill to Fund Federal Government and Provide Aid for Hurricane Harvey

2017/09/08

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed a bill to provide more than $15 billion in disaster aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey, raise the debt ceiling, and fund the federal government until December 8th.

LaMalfa said: “This package provides some much needed aid for those that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as damage expected to be caused by Hurricane Irma. FEMA is quickly running out of money, and it was important that we provide the funds to help Texas, Louisiana, and Florida recover as quickly as possible. It is also important that we keep the government funded while we look for a long term solution, and this package keeps the lights on for another three months.”

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 Votes to Provide Relief from Hurricane Harvey

2017/09/06

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House voted on Wednesday to provide $7,850,000,000 in emergency disaster relief funding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. $7,400,000,000 will be distributed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund and $450,000,000 to the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Disaster Loans Program.

LaMalfa said: “Today the House appropriately voted to provide funding for those who have been tragically impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. But we also have a serious crisis in the Western United States that also needs our attention – wild fires destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of land in Northern California, Montana, and many other areas. So far in 2017, nearly 8 million acres are either burning or have been burned in western states, which most around the country are likely not even aware of. With Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic and barreling towards Florida, our support right now must rightfully go to our fellow Americans in the southeast. Today we focus on beginning the process of helping  those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and soon we’ll shift that focus to those who will be affected by Irma, but we must also not forget those in the western United States that are dealing with a severe tragedy of their own.”

Rep. LaMalfa speaks on the House floor regarding emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey. [YouTube]
 

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 Issues Statement after President Trump Calls for Simplified Tax Code

2017/08/30

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump gave a speech on tax reform in Springfield, Missouri, calling for lower taxes and a drastically simpler tax code.

LaMalfa said: “Americans are counting on Congress to reduce and reform their tax burden to spur our economy. Today, the President laid out the road map to help craft tax reform as Congress finalizes its plans to pursue the first significant change to our overly complicated tax code in decades. This is about keeping hard-earned money where it belongs – in the hands of American families – not in the loose fingers of the government. As things stand, our tax code is unnecessarily complex and puts American businesses at a steep disadvantage in the international marketplace. The President is right, this is a once in a generation opportunity to reduce the tax burden for Americans and with it, bring back dollars stranded overseas and jobs into our US economy.”

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 Roadway Construction Grant for Siskiyou County

2017/08/29

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded $2,400,000 in grant funding to the City of Weed, CA for the construction of a roadway and additional infrastructure. The project is expected to create 80 jobs and leverage $12 million in private investment.

LaMalfa said: “Improving our outdated transportation infrastructure is one of my top priorities in Congress. Completing projects like this one will allow regional businesses to operate more efficiently and would ultimately result in a boost to the local economy. Building new roads in rural America can only help small towns to thrive. These are the types of investments we need to continue making to see that happen.”

Congressman LaMalfa serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

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 and Garamendi Host Transportation Summit on State Route 70

2017/08/25

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after hosting a transportation summit with Congressman John Garamendi, the Butte County Association of Governments (BCAG), CalTrans, and other local officials. The purpose of the summit was to discuss the significant safety concerns associated with State Route 70, and what the local and federal governments are doing to address the issue.

LaMalfa said: “As our population and economy in the North State have grown over the years, much of our infrastructure hasn’t kept up. State Route 70 is a vital regional artery that supports agriculture, tourism, and daily commuting – but residents are all too familiar with the safety risks associated with it. Fatal accidents have doubled over the past decade and the highway clearly can’t handle a large-scale emergency evacuation like we saw in February. Fortunately, our region is well-positioned to leverage local, state, and federal dollars to expand areas of the highway from two lanes to four lanes. Our project will also compete for federal funds under the President’s new Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant program. We all recognize this as a top priority, and the bipartisan cooperation and cross-jurisdictional planning are encouraging signs that we will be able to seize this opportunity and secure the necessary funds to improve safety on one of our most important highways.”

Rep. LaMalfa and Rep. Garamendi speak at the State Route 70 Transportation Summit.
 

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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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3076
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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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