Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

LaMalfa Rallies Agriculture and Judiciary Chairmen to Help Protect Northern California Farming Rights

2017/05/26

Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after, upon Rep. LaMalfa’s request, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging a review of the Department of Justice’s decision to prosecute a court case involving California farmer John Duarte.
 
Under the Sacramento Districts interpretation of Clean Water Act (CWA) that mirrors the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, farmer John Duarte is facing $2.8 million in penalties for plowing his fields. The EPA and Army Corps claim the depressions on his farmland 11 miles from the Sacramento River are considered WOTUS, thus subject to CWA regulations. After meeting with Duarte in Northern California, Rep. LaMalfa personally called upon the chairmen to take action in asking the Administration to weigh in on this overreach.
 
LaMalfa said: “I’ve met with Mr. Duarte and personally visited the farmland in question. To classify his five-inch furrows as ‘miniature mountain ranges’ is laughable. Unfortunately, this is no laughing matter for John Duarte and the many other farmers who face similar fines and penalties around the country. Under the previous Administration, the EPA severely overstepped their authority and their regulations are preventing farmers from simply plowing their fields and using their land. If WOTUS goes into full effect, this will be the new normal. I urged the Chairmen to take action, and I appreciate their swift response in doing so. The Administration needs to look into this matter and help protect property owners from these excessive regulations.”
 
Full text of the letter is below:
 
May 26, 2017

The Honorable Jeff Sessions              
Attorney General of the United States          
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW         
Washington, D.C. 20530
 
Dear Attorney General Sessions:
 
As Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary (“Committees”), we have been following the case of Duarte Nursery v. Army Corps of Engineers very closely. As you may know, the interpretations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and its farming exemptions are critical to farmers and ranchers across the nation and, thus, are of particular interest to the Agriculture Committee, especially given the Committee’s jurisdiction over agriculture generally. The Judiciary Committee’s oversight responsibilities include ensuring that the Justice Department enforces the law as Congress intended.
 
The prosecution of Mr. Duarte raises concerns that the Congressional intent behind the farming exemptions in the statute is misunderstood. Specifically, it is the Agriculture Committee’s view that even occasional farm activities, including grazing, qualify as “normal” farming under the statutory exemption, and also are part of an established operation for purposes of the exemption. Further, it is the Committee’s view that the activity at issue in this case constitute plowing for the purposes of the exemption.
 
To better understand the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) process for prosecuting potential violations of the CWA and in order to determine whether or not legislation is required to correct potential misinterpretations of the law, the Committees request the following information:
 
  • What does the DOJ consider in determining whether or not to prosecute a violation of the CWA?
  • Is it appropriate to seek reduced penalties where the alleged violation is based on a novel or strained interpretation of the underlying statutory authority?
  • Have there been any cases where DOJ has entered into contingent settlements pending an appeal of a CWA case? If so, please describe the circumstances of those cases.
  • Has DOJ ever declined on appeal to advance CWA arguments that were successful at the district court level? If so, please describe the circumstances of those cases.
 
If you have any questions about this request, please contact Agriculture Committee staff at (202) 225-2171 and the Judiciary Committee at (202) 225-3951.
 
Sincerely,
 
K. Michael Conaway                                                             
Chairman        
House Committee on Agriculture      
 
Bob Goodlatte           
Chairman
House Committee on the Judiciary          
 
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
 
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House Passes Legislation to Combat Child Abuse and Human Trafficking

2017/05/26

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed eight pieces of legislation to combat child abuse and exploitation.
 
LaMalfa said: “Human trafficking and child abuse are some of the most heinous acts imaginable. This legislation, once signed, will work to protect our most vulnerable and hold those who prey on children accountable to the highest extent of the law. The bills we passed this week will make it easier for law enforcement to identify and prosecute child predators, provides much-needed services for victims of human trafficking, and closes legal loopholes involving child pornography and human trafficking both in the United States and abroad. These bills make great progress in protecting our children and rightfully punishing those who would seek to abuse them.”
 
H.R. 695, the Child Protection Improvements Act, ensures that youth-serving organizations have access to national background checks on prospective staff and volunteers through the FBI’s database. Currently, many youth-serving organizations only have access to state-level background check systems.
 
H.R. 883, the Targeting Child Predators Act, helps protect valuable information used to prosecute and convict child predators. Under current law, law enforcement is able to obtain the IP address of a suspected child predator and then subpoena Internet Service Providers for the user information attached to the IP address. This legislation prevents the provider from notifying the user of the law enforcement inquiry for 180 days, preventing the alleged child predator from potentially destroying critical evidence or endangering another person.
 
H.R. 1188, the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act, reauthorizes the two primary programs of the Adam Walsh Act—the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and Sex Offender Management Assistance Program—for five years. These programs help prevent child abuse by ensuring the public has access to information on known sex offenders who may live in their neighborhood.
 
H.R. 1842, the Strengthening Children’s Safety Act, enhances penalties for sex offenders who fail to register in the national sex offender registry when they have a prior state conviction for a violent crime.
 
H.R. 1862, the Global Child Protection Act, combats global sex tourism by closing loopholes that allow child predators to go unpunished for their abuse of children overseas.
 
H.R. 2473, the Put Trafficking Victims First Act, provides training to prosecutors on investigating and processing cases with a victim-centered approach and encourages states to provide appropriate services to victims of trafficking.
 
H.R. 1761, the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act, protects child pornography victims by closing a loophole in the law that has allowed some child pornographers to walk-free by adding additional bases of liability to the crime of child pornography.
 
H.R 1973, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act, requires prompt reporting of suspected cases of abuse, mandatory training, and implementation of policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, and addressing allegations of sexual abuse at amateur athletic governing bodies. This bill is in response to recent allegations of sexual abuse made against personnel involved with USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, and USA Taekwondo.
 
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 Seven Bills to Improve Standards at the VA

2017/05/26

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed seven pieces of legislation this week to improve service standards and oversight at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
 
LaMalfa said: “This week, the House passed a number of bills that will all help to improve standards at the VA. Among the legislation are bills to provide veterans with a cost of living adjustment for disability compensation, create a pilot program to explore magnetic resonant therapy as treatment for vets with mental health conditions, and streamline the disability claim appeals process at the VA – among others.
 
“A 2014 investigation found that no less than 40 veterans died while on unauthorized waiting lists – waiting to receive care that they never got. That is why we passed the VA Scheduling Accountability Act, which puts into place measures to ensure every facility is in compliance with VA scheduling policies – such as withholding any awards or bonuses from any centers who fail to meet timeliness requirements. With these bills paired with a new VA Secretary, David Shulkin, I am optimistic that we will see meaningful reforms for the VA.”
 
Rep. LaMalfa speaks on the House floor in support of the VA Scheduling Accountability Act. [YouTube]
 
H.R. 467, The VA Scheduling Accountability Act, would require VA medical center directors to certify annually that their facility is in compliance with the scheduling directive, prohibit the VA from waiving certification, and require VA to report to Congress on individual medical facilities’ compliance. Any center that fails to certify compliance will not be eligible for any awards or bonuses. 
 
H.R. 1005, would direct VA to enter into an agreement or a contract with state veterans’ homes to pay for adult day health care for a veteran eligible for, but not receiving, nursing home care.
 
H.R. 1162, The No Hero Left Untreated Act, would require the VA to carry out a one-year pilot program at up to two VA medical facilities to provide access to magnetic resonance therapy to veterans with suffering from mental health conditions.
 
H.R. 1329, The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017, would increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities.
 
H.R. 1545, The VA Prescription Data Accountability Act, would clarify current law to stipulate that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is required to disclose information to state-controlled substance monitoring programs for anyone who is prescribed these medications through the VA.
 
H.R. 1725, The Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017, seeks to reduce the number of unnecessary disability examinations by requiring additional information be provided to Congress regarding the VA’s use of private medical evidence in support of claims for disability compensation.
 
H.R. 2288, The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 would streamline the disability claim appeals process at the VA by creating three “lanes” for veterans’ appeals. It would also require the VA to provide a comprehensive plan for how the new system will be implemented and require the Secretary to submit periodic reports to Congress.
 
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 Grant Funding for Healthcare Clinics in Northern California

2017/05/19

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $3,373,222 in grant funding to health centers in Northern California.

A breakdown of the grant funding allocation is as follows:

  • Mountain Valleys Health Center (Bieber, CA – Lassen County) - $1,710,549
  • Sierra Family Medical Clinic (Nevada City, CA – Nevada County) - $711,117
  • McCloud Healthcare Clinic (McCloud, CA – Siskiyou County) - $951,556

LaMalfa said: “Access to quality health care in rural areas like the North State can often prove to be a challenge. Community Health Centers play a critical role in expanding access in areas where patients may otherwise lack care altogether. This funding will provide a boost to these facilities and help strengthen rural health care in Northern California.”

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 Increase Sanctions on North Korea

2017/05/04

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1644, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act. This comes in the wake of the communist state’s increased testing of nuclear weaponry and threats against the United States and its allies.
 
LaMalfa said: “For too long, North Korea’s aggressive behavior has gone unchecked. Now, Kim Jong-Un has accelerated his pursuit of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads to strike the United States or our allies. These actions are in direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions and cannot be allowed to continue. The legislation we passed earlier today will impose new sanctions to cut off funding for North Korea’s nuclear program by discouraging foreign financial institutions from continuing to do business with the nation altogether. After meeting with President Trump, even China recently banned imports of North Korean coal – a clear sign that the global tide is turning against them. The President has made clear his intent to solve this problem, and it’s time the global community take action to reign in this radical and dangerous regime.”
 
H.R. 1644, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, aims to prevent North Korea from obtaining long range ballistic missiles capable of striking the United States by:
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 American Health Care Act

2017/05/04

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed an amended version of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act.
 
LaMalfa said: “Here’s what we know: Obamacare is collapsing. Insurance providers are pulling out of the exchanges, premiums are continuing to skyrocket, and choices for Americans are dwindling – and it will only get worse. Unfortunately, the reality is that too many young and healthy individuals are deciding they’d rather pay the penalty than sign up for care, citing financial barriers and lack of choice. A 28 year old making $45,000 a year with no major health concerns is not going to pay upwards of $400 a month for a plan that does not even work for them. And they are not alone. In fact, in 2015, 7.5 million people chose to pay the penalty rather than purchase coverage. That same year, over 12 million filed for hardship exemptions. That’s nearly 20 million people that actively are not in the market today. This causes premiums in the individual market to continue to rise, leaving middle income families struggling to afford their monthly payments, while providers continue to drop out, citing costs, and leaving residents with even fewer choices. Premiums are up 25% nationally and predicted to continue to rise, while one third of counties will have just one insurer this year.
 
From my very first day in Congress, the constituents of Northern California have pleaded that we get this law repealed and replaced with something that actually works for them. We also know that there will be no help from Democrats, forcing us to use the budget reconciliation process which requires only 51 votes in the Senate as opposed to 60 - Republicans have 52 votes. The Senate Parliamentarian requires every measure to have a budgetary effect. Without budget reconciliation, this bill would need 60 votes to pass and would be dead upon arrival in the Senate – sticking Americans with the high costs of Obamacare for another year. This was our one and only shot to get this done using the budget reconciliation process.
 
The rules of reconciliation force the House to be cautious not to exceed parliamentary guidelines, but the Senate will have significantly more flexibility in their own chamber to test parliamentary limits. Simultaneously, we passed legislation today that will ensure Members of Congress and staff are subject to the same healthcare options as the constituents they serve. This bill is not a finished product, but it’s a start. The American Healthcare Act is a positive step that will ultimately return the freedom of choice back to the patient.”
 
Key Provisions of the American Health Care Act: https://housegop.leadpages.co/healthcare/
 
The Budget Reconciliation Process:
 
The Senate requires 60 votes to waive a point of order, as compared to the 51-vote threshold for a budget reconciliation bill. Reconciliation measures are intended to implement budget resolutions, and the “Byrd rule” allows Senators to raise a point of order against any provision that is “extraneous” to reconciliation legislation. This includes measures that do not have a budgetary effect, measures where the budgetary effects are “merely incidental” to the policy objective, or measures that involve the jurisdictions of committees without reconciliation instructions. The Senate Parliamentarian may determine that a base bill that contains a substantial number of Byrd violations is not privileged and thus must be considered under a 60-vote threshold. The Senate Parliamentarian does not rule on the parliamentary inquiries of Members of the House, but the House has attempted to comply with the Byrd rule based on guidance from the Senate Budget Committee, among others.
 
Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on the House floor in support of the American Health Care Act. [YouTube]
 
Highlights of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act:
  • Helps to expand our economy and create jobs by providing relief from the employer mandate that California small businesses have been asking for since the ACA became law.
  • Repeals the individual mandate, currently forcing Americans to pay skyrocketing premiums for a plan they may not even want or pay a steep penalty.
  • Repeals job killing, and costly taxes such as the medical device tax, prescription drug tax, health insurance tax, and Cadillac tax.
  • Provides refundable tax credits, designed to give people in the individual market who don’t receive employer sponsored care the same tax benefits as those who do. This way, individuals and families receive an advanceable credit, meaning they have the money when they need to purchase a plan, valued from $2,000 to $14,000 based on age, household, and income, so they can afford coverage that meets their needs.
  • Expands tax-free Health Savings Accounts, a tool that gives Americans the opportunity to save their money pre-tax then also have control over how they spend these health care dollars, such as for medication or co-pays. This bill nearly doubles the contribution limit to $6,550 for individuals and $13,100 for families.
  • Authorizes $100 billion in grant funding for states under the Patient and State Stability Fund to help lower costs and increase access to care. States can determine how the funds are used to meet the needs of their residents, including providing financial assistance for high cost individuals, reducing out of pocket costs, incentivizing insurer participation in rural areas to drive up competition, reducing the cost of insurance, and promoting access to preventives services.
Facts of the American Health Care Act:
  • Will ensure that those receiving Medi-Cal benefits continue to receive them.
  • Protects individuals with pre-existing conditions.
  • Allows young adults under 26 to remain on their parents’ healthcare plan.
  • There will be no reductions for children’s healthcare in California.
  • H.R. 2192 ensures coverage options for members of congress and their staff should be on the same basis as what is available to their constituents.
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 Defense and Border Security in Funding Package

2017/05/03

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, which passed the House today by a margin of 309-118. The appropriations bill allocates $1.16 trillion to fund for the federal government until September of 2017.
 
LaMalfa said: “There are parts of this bill that are strong positives for the North State and America, while others that I grudgingly have to accept as the price of getting sixty votes in the Senate. This funding bill achieves significant goals of investing in our military and enhancing border security, while also providing for our rural district by including $465 million in payment to offset the vast ownership of our local lands by the federal government that is eroding our local tax base, as well as significant increases in funds for firefighting. This is ultimately an improvement over the past process of using a Continuing Resolution that simply kicked the can further down the road.”
 
Wins for the North State:
 
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. 
Forest Management:
  • Increases fuel reduction funding to reduce wildfire risks to $570 million, $25 million more than last year.
  • Directs $368 million toward timber management, improving forest health and creating jobs in rural communities.
  • Protects forest management funds by approving $407 million in emergency funds for firefighting.
Clean Water Act Reform:
  • Includes Rep. LaMalfa’s language defunding creative legal interpretations used to penalize farmers for activities like plowing fields and harvesting crops.
  • Rolls back Obama administration attempts to regulate man-made irrigation ditches and ponds.
  • Funds President Trump's executive order rewriting the Obama administration Waters of the US regulation.
Federal Land Acquisition:
  • Cuts Land and Water Conservation Fund used for federal land purchases by $50 million.
Energy:
  • Defines biomass energy as carbon-neutral, removing regulatory hurdles from biomass development.
Defense:
  • $15 billion defense spending increase.
  • Rejects a decrease in troop levels; increases by 1,000 active-duty Army, 1,000 active-duty Marines, 1,000 Army National Guard, and 1,000 Army Reserve.
Border Security:
  • Provides $1.5 billion in funding for border security, which will implement new technology and repair existing infrastructure.
Health:
  • Allocates $100 billion to combat opioid abuse.
  • Includes no direct funding for Planned Parenthood.
 
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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Reminder: Congressional Art Competition Submissions Due Tomorrow

2017/05/02

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) is accepting submissions for the 36th annual Congressional High School Art Competition. The theme for this year’s competition is The Thin Blue Line.
 
The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol as part of a nationwide exhibit dedicated to displaying the talents of young people representing each state. Information regarding the guidelines for the competition can be found here.
 
All artwork may be submitted by Wednesday, May 3rd to any of Rep. LaMalfa’s district offices, listed below. The competition winner will be selected by a panel of local community members and announced on Monday, May 8th. For any questions regarding this year’s competition or to schedule an artwork drop off time, please contact one of our three district offices:
 
Oroville District Office
2862 Olive Highway
Suite D
Oroville, CA 95966
Telephone: (530) 534-7100
 
Redding District Office
2885 Churn Creek Rd.
Suite C
Redding, CA 96002
Telephone: (530) 223-5898 
 
Auburn District Office
2399 Rickenbacker Way
Auburn, CA 95602
Telephone: (530) 878-5035 
 
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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The competition entry form can be found here.
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Electric Reliability and Forest Protection Act Passes Committee

2017/04/27

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after H.R. 1873, the Electric Reliability and Forest Protection Act, passed through the Natural Resources Committee. Congressman LaMalfa’s bill, introduced along with Rep. Schrader from Oregon, allows utility companies to more efficiently remove hazardous trees and other vegetation near a transmission lines to reduce the risk of wildfires.

LaMalfa said: “I am very pleased that this bill passed through committee with strong bipartisan support. Rep. Schrader and I have worked together to ensure this legislation moves forward and addresses a real world problem affecting forest health and safety. Our bill removes existing red tape that will allow for more streamlined removal of trees that have potential of falling on a power line and causing blackouts or forest fires. We’ve had strong support from both sides of the aisle along with many local utility companies and power providers located in Northern California and beyond. I’m pleased to see this bill progress through committee quickly and I look forward to a vote on the House floor soon.”

Under current law it can take months for utilities to receive Forest Service approval to remove hazardous trees from transmission lines right of ways, even if trees are already in contact with electric transmission lines. H.R. 1873 provides utilities with the ability to rapidly remove hazardous trees by receiving pre-approval from the Forest Service to manage transmission line right of ways and remove trees that are or could become hazards. Furthermore, if a utility requests authorization to remove a tree and is denied by the Forest Service, the Forest Service is responsible for any firefighting costs that result from the failure to remove the tree.

Rep. Doug LaMalfa speaks on the introduction of the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act of 2017. [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 and Garamendi Introduce Legislation to Ease Restrictions on Agricultural Construction

2017/04/27

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) announced the introduction of HR 2170, the FARM Cost Reduction Act. This bipartisan legislation would lift a de facto prohibition on construction and repair of agricultural structures in areas designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as flood risks. Under current law, areas designated as Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) generally require all new, expanded or repaired structures to be raised above potential flood level. In many areas in Northern California, however, such restrictions would require raising barns and silos upwards of ten feet, adding prohibitive costs and lessening the utility of the structures.
 
The legislation also directs FEMA to develop a new flood mapping zone, which would be comprised of levee basins which are protected by levees that do not meet FEMA’s 100-year level of flood protection. Insurance rates in this zone would be based on actuarial risk, meaning if the levees provide a 50-year level of protection, FEMA would charge rates based on that risk level. Under current policy, if a levee does not meet the 100-year level of protection, FEMA assumes there is no protection at all, and charges rates that are structured like those that would be charged absent a levee.
 
LaMalfa said: “This bill keeps the North State’s farm economy growing and lowers costs for agriculture by modernizing federal flood insurance rules that currently place the same requirements on barns and silos as on suburban housing tracts. By recognizing that agricultural structures have different needs than residential neighborhoods, farmers will be able to build new barns, silos, and sheds and purchase insurance at reasonable rates. I am pleased to work with my colleague, Rep. Garamendi, and our bipartisan coalition to bring some common sense back to flood insurance requirements.”
 
Garamendi said: “Agriculture is the most responsible use of these floodplains because it keeps spaces open and limits development—both of which are essential to responsible flood control. Current regulations on agricultural structures pave the way for less responsible development and are actually counterproductive to decreasing flood risk. That’s why I’m proud to be working across the aisle with my neighboring Congressman, Doug LaMalfa, to improve floodplain management.”
 
Reps. LaMalfa and Garamendi have been longtime collaborators on this issue. They first introduced this legislation in the 113th Congress and continue to campaign for funding important local levee projects, the construction of Sites Reservoir, and other projects that will reduce flood risk and take advantage of excess surface flows to create new water to fit California’s expanding needs.
 
The FARM Cost Reduction Act is supported by the California Rice Commission, USA Rice Federation, American Farm Bureau Federation, California Farm Bureau Federation, Sacramento County Farm Bureau, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau, Yolo County Farm Bureau, California Cattlemen’s Association, Dairy Institute of California, Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, Sutter County, Butte County, and the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency.
 
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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322 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3076
Fax 202-226-0852
lamalfa.house.gov

Doug LaMalfa is a fourth generation rice farmer and business owner who has lived in Northern California all his life. He and his wife, Jill, along with their four children make their home on the family farm in Richvale. Doug attended local schools and grew up learning the value of hard work and community service.

Doug earned his degree in Ag/Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He now manages the family farming business originally founded by his great-grandfather in 1931.

Doug is a strong voice for the North State’s agriculture and resources based economy and for the first district’s farms and businesses.

A conservative leader, Doug LaMalfa has opposed increasing taxes and is a stalwart defender of California’s Proposition 13. With a proven record of fighting on behalf of working families, Doug believes that taxpayers know better than bureaucrats and politicians how to spend and invest their own hard-earned money.

Doug is a strong supporter of private property rights and the author of a Constitutional Amendment to protect Californians against eminent domain abuse.

Water is the North State’s most precious natural resource and Doug LaMalfa believes in protecting our water rights and developing more water storage. He has continually advocated for increasing California’s water supply, supporting planned projects such as Sites Reservoir and the Auburn Dam. Doug has been a leader in opposing burdensome environmental regulations that place fairy shrimp and fish ahead of human needs.

Agriculture and Forestry have been the backbone of northern California’s economy for generations and Doug LaMalfa has made it a priority to educate his fellow Representatives on the importance of resource industries and the beneficial stewardship they provide. Doug successfully authored and passed California’s Forest Fire Protection Act of 2004 to allow landowners to make their rural lands fire-safe.

Doug LaMalfa’s firm beliefs are that government should do no harm and that limited government means government should do only what people cannot do for themselves, in the most efficient manner possible.


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