Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

Rep. LaMalfa ‎Participates in Hamilton City J-Levee Groundbreaking

2016/05/02

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

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

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

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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Rep. LaMalfa Votes to Protect E-Mail Privacy

2016/04/29

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

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

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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Rep. LaMalfa Supports Bill Preventing Federal Regulation of Internet Access

2016/04/18

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

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

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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Rep. LaMalfa Comments on Klamath Dam Removal Announcement

2016/04/06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

 

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

2016/03/17

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 


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LaMalfa Leads Effort to Protect Farmers from Unlawful Regulatory Overreach

2016/03/16

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) led a letter urging the House Committee on Appropriations to defund lawless federal regulation of agricultural work, such as plowing fields, planting seeds, and harvesting crops. While the Clean Water Act explicitly exempts these activities, federal agencies, particularly the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers, have imposed new requirements under creative interpretations of the law to penalize farmers.  

“The EPA has made it perfectly clear that it has no interest in carrying out laws as Congress has written them, especially when they limit the EPA’s jurisdiction. Despite Congress clearly and repeatedly exempting farming activities, the EPA and Army Corps have used a creative interpretation to justify regulating farmers for day-to-day work such as plowing fields or even replanting fields left fallow due to drought,” continued LaMalfa. “In pushing an agenda intended solely to expand its power, the EPA shows a complete disregard for our laws, private property rights, and the livelihoods of Americans using these lands.  The law was never intended to penalize farmers just for harvesting crops or cleaning irrigation systems, and I will continue to use every tool at my disposal to put an end to this blatant, bureaucratic power grab.”

LaMalfa was joined by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and Ranking Member Colin Peterson, as well as Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster. Rep. Bob Gibbs, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment, and Rep. Glenn Thompson, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Conservation & Forestry, also signed on. A copy of the letter may be found here.

The Clean Water Act language, found here, specifically exempts the following activities from regulation under the Act:

- 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 requirements 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.

Video of LaMalfa’ s recent comments on the EPA’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ activities during a House Agriculture hearing with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy may be viewed here.

 

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 Leads Effort to Strengthen Consumer Rights, Address Olive Oil Fraud

2016/03/04

Washington, D.C. – Rep. LaMalfa today sent a bipartisan letter, along with 19 of his colleagues, urging United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman to use authority included in the Farm Bill to address olive oil fraud. In a recent CBS News 60 Minutes segment, experts stated that annual imports of fraudulent olive oil coming into the US could be as high as 75 to 80 percent, nearly identical to the findings of a similar study done by UC Davis. The report cited multiple practices used to defraud olive oil purchasers, included blending small quantities of extra virgin olive oil with large quantities of either old, low quality oil, or other types of edible oils, such as sunflower oil, and labeling it “Extra Virgin” to inflate profits.

“When a customer walks into a grocery store and picks up a bottle of extra virgin olive oil off the shelf, they should be assured that they are going home with an authentic, high-quality product. Unfortunately, the reality is that the majority of the olive oil imported into the US today does not even meet voluntary USDA standards, let alone international standards. Truth in advertising should be important to everyone, no matter where you live, and labelling other substances as olive oil could have significant health impacts for those with food allergies. I was proud to lead this bipartisan effort to strengthen consumer rights and stand up for our domestic producers, especially in California, who have already taken action on the state level to assure customers that when they buy extra-virgin California oil, they are receiving exactly what they pay for.”

A copy of the signed letter that was sent to Ambassador Froman can be viewed here. 

 

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 Demands Answers on Klamath Dam Removal “Shell Corporation"

2016/03/01

Richvale, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today questioned Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor about the administration’s role in the proposed removal of four dams on the Klamath River in Northern California and Oregon. Citing an agreement signed by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the State of California, the State of Oregon, and PacifiCorp to create a “non-federal entity” to remove the dams, LaMalfa demanded that Connor explain where Interior derived the authority to engage in removal of the Klamath Dams.       

“We’re seeing an administration that claims to be the most transparent in history engaged in closed meetings, neck-deep in a shell corporation, and requiring stakeholders to sign nondisclosure agreements just to learn how they’ll be affected,” said LaMalfa. “This seems like a front company in a process designed to avoid public scrutiny and avoid open government laws. The administration is moving forward with its goal of dam removal while ignoring the water supply issues that impact thousands of residents.”

Deputy Secretary Connor refused to answer whether the non-federal entity would be required to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and other open government laws. While Connor claimed that Interior had no involvement with the non-federal entity, he later admitted that federal employees were working on the project.  

LaMalfa also referred to recent meetings held between Interior, California, Oregon and PacifiCorp officials and a hand-picked group of stakeholders, at which all attendees were required to sign nondisclosure agreements in order to participate. Deputy Secretary Connor admitted that such agreements, which prohibit participants from speaking publicly about the meetings, had been required.  

“It is entirely inappropriate for public employees to participate in secret meetings and force those who lives could be impacted to sign nondisclosure agreements,” LaMalfa added. “For the record, I want you to know that I’ll be submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to your office for documents related to these meetings.”

Video of LaMalfa’s exchange with Secretary Jewell and Deputy Secretary Connor may be found at the following link:

Part 1: https://youtu.be/1zkEqkh3Shkadded

Part 2:  https://youtu.be/_cqHphIhJ-E

 

 

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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Rep. LaMalfa Supports Measure to Protect Hunting and Fishing on Public Lands

2016/02/29

Richvale, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of the Sportsmens’ Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, which reasserts the rights of hunters and anglers to access public lands. H.R. 2406 passed on a 242-161 vote and will now be considered by the Senate.   

“We’re taking action today to protect the right of Americans to hunt and fish on their federal lands and roll back the incremental restrictions that have restricted their access,” said LaMalfa. “This measure requires National Forests to prioritize hunting and fishing access, prohibits federal regulation of lead ammunition and fishing equipment, and ensures that Americans across the country can continue to enjoy their public lands. Sportsmen and women have always been the foremost stewards of the outdoors, and this bill recognizes their continued contributions.”

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, House Committee Examine California’s Water Supply for 2016

2016/02/29

Richvale, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today participated in a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water & Power, which examined the impact of drought on California’s water supplies for the coming year. The hearing also considered environmental requirements that federal agencies like the National Marine Fisheries Service claim prevent Californians from easing water rationing, despite a far wetter winter than the past several years.   

 “It’s becoming more clear every day that California’s water supply infrastructure is no longer being operated to provide cities and farms with water, but to support vague, unachievable environmental goals. It appears that federal wildlife agencies are demanding water suppliers divert more water away from cities and farms, even though the drought has eased significantly,” said LaMalfa. “While these agencies insist that fish populations are crashing, they don’t even gather data during the high water periods when salmon most commonly migrate. Rather than improve their data collection and planning, they simply demand ever-more water for pet projects, even as Californians across the state are forced to ration.”

 Video of Rep. LaMalfa discussing this issue with Thad Bettner, General Manager of the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District, may be found at the following link: https://youtu.be/81ilE3DkvIc

 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 Urges Forest Service to Listen to Locals

2016-04-28 23:09:52


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on Responsible Agriculture Policy

2016-04-28 21:47:34


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks about H.R. 2666

2016-04-22 20:23:51


Rep. LaMalfa Seeks Solutions to Salmon Predation and Energy Costs

2016-04-22 16:53:48


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on Status of the General Farm Economy

2016-04-20 16:18:38


Rep. LaMalfa Urges Forest Service to Accelerate Forest Management

2016-03-24 19:23:13


Rep. LaMalfa Rejects Proposed Water Delivery Delay

2016-03-29 20:40:37


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

2016-04-07 16:22:44


Rep. LaMalfa Questions Under Secretary Edward Avalos

2016-03-22 23:29:26


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

2016-03-18 19:18:16


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

2016-03-18 18:02:01


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

2016-03-01 23:38:45


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

2016-03-01 23:24:02


Rep. LaMalfa Questions Administrator McCarthy

2016-02-19 20:38:34


Rep. LaMalfa Questions Administrator McCarthy

2016-02-19 20:31:14


Rep. LaMalfa Praises Benefits of H.R. 3106

2016-02-10 18:18:38


Wishing You a Merry Christmas

2015-12-22 18:46:18


Rep. LaMalfa Admonishes EPA for Violated Federal Law Over WOTUS

2015-12-17 20:40:13


Rep. LaMalfa Congratulates U.S. Service Academy Nominees

2015-12-16 16:09:44


LaMalfa Urges Dept. of Interior Secretary Jewell to Address Iron Mountain Mine

2015-12-14 21:26:01


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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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Tom McClintock

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Paul Cook

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Jeff Denham

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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

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Darrell Issa

CALIFORNIA's 49th DISTRICT

Duncan Hunter

CALIFORNIA's 50th DISTRICT

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