Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

LaMalfa Announces Federal Funding for Wildfire Recovery in Shasta County

2018/09/21

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) approved a Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant for the California Department of Employment Development for up to $6,000,000, with $2,000,000 awarded initially. This funding will provide for the immediate creation of disaster relief employment of approximately 260 individuals to assist with the cleanup and recovery efforts resulting from wildfires in Shasta County.
 
LaMalfa said: “This wildfire season has already taken a severe toll on Northern California – particularly the Carr Fire, which destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Shasta County and quickly became one of the most devastating fires in our area’s history. Some people have lost everything, and the road to recovery will be long and difficult. This funding will create 260 disaster relief jobs and help those impacted by recent wildfires get back on their feet. We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s a good start towards cleaning up the damage that has been done to our communities.”
 
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 Wastewater infrastructure Funding for Mount Shasta

2018/09/21

(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced a grant of $1,608,000.00 and an additional loan of $1,309,000.00 to replace sewer collection mainlines and install additional manholes in downtown Mount Shasta.
 
LaMalfa said: “Inadequate wastewater infrastructure has been a serious problem for the city of Mt. Shasta, often exposing residents to raw sewage that can lead to serious health issues. This is a worthwhile standard of living upgrade for city residents, and I’m glad to see this project get underway.”
 
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 to Combat Sexual Assault in Red Bluff

2018/09/20

(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Violence Against Women announced $500,000 in grant funding will be awarded to Alternatives to Violence in Red Bluff, CA. The funding is part of the Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program, which is designed to support organizations that help identify and respond to cases of sexual assault and expand services for sexual assault victims in rural communities.
 
LaMalfa said: “Rural communities typically have less crime-fighting resources that other areas of the country enjoy. This funding will help educate and train law enforcement and other support services to appropriately prevent and respond to cases of sexual assault, while also expanding services for victims, such as counseling and legal assistance. Combatting sexual violence in our area is critical and necessary, and this program will help in that battle here in the North State.”
 
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 Urges Strong Forest Management in Final Farm Bill Conference Report

2018/09/20

(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending a letter to Agriculture Committee Conferees requesting they include strong forest management provisions in the final Conference Report of the Farm Bill. The letter was sent along with other members of the Congressional Western Caucus.
 
LaMalfa said: “Wildfire season is at its worst in California. The Carr Fire quickly became one of the most devastating fires in the history of the North State, and we have decades of poorly managed federal forests to blame. We shouldn’t view worsening wildfires as simply inevitable, and instead focus on actionable solutions. As dead trees pile up and fires become increasingly severe, responsibly thinning our forests is now more important than ever. It’s imperative that any final conference report on the Farm Bill contains strong provisions to strengthen forest management practices. The House has approved a selection of reasonable and uncontroversial recommendations, and we expect the committee to seriously consider these provisions in the final report.”
 
A signed copy of the letter is attached. The letter recommended the following policy adjustments be included in the forestry title of the final Farm Bill of 2018:
 
  • Allow existing and any new Healthy Forests Restoration Act authorities to be used within Fire Regimes IV and V. See Section 8321 of H.R. 2. 
  •  Facilitate the use of Good Neighbor Authority by expanding it to counties and tribes and codifying existing practices concerning the flow of contributions and receipts associated with these projects. See Section 8331 of H.R. 2 and Section 8624 of H.R. 2 EAS.
  • Accelerate post-fire restoration and reforestation projects through either a new categorical exclusion or, at the very least, by applying Sections 104 and 106 of HFRA to post-fire projects carried out under the Forest Service’s existing Emergency Situation Determination authority. See Sections 8312 and 8334 of H.R. 2.
  • Establish an Action, No-Action authority for Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments to reward, incentivize, and protect projects that are developed through a collaborative process with diverse stakeholders. See Section 8335 of H.R. 2.
  • Apply Section 106 of HFRA (“balance of harms” and other policies related to injunctions) to all forest management projects, and expressly clarify that courts must find that plaintiffs are “likely to succeed on the merits” before enjoining a forest management project. See Section 8336 of H.R. 2.
  • Establish and expand categorical exclusions for projects that restore watersheds, protect water quality, improve forest health, allow for critical response, address insect and diseases, and reduce the risk of wildfire. See Section 8107 and Sections 8311-8321 of H.R. 2 as well as Section 8611 of H.R. 2 EAS.
  • Streamline approval of, and afford tribes greater authority in, implementing projects under the Tribal Forest Protection Act. See Section 8401 and 8402 of H.R. 2.
  • Establish pilot arbitration authority and include litigation reform to more swiftly resolve disputes over important forest management projects. See Sections 301, 311, 811 and 812 of H.R. 2936 and (g) of Section 8339 of H.R. 2.
  • Update extraordinary circumstances regulations in order to allow expedited response. See Section 8503 of H.R. 2.
  • Improve consultation under the Endangered Species Act. See Section 8303 of H.R. 2.
  • Establish a voluntary pilot program that would allow a participating utility to conduct limited, proactive vegetation management work outside of its right-of-way on federal lands. This mitigation work should be conducted at the expense of the participating utility in order to better protect critical energy infrastructure from passing wildfires that start outside of the right of way. See Section 8502 of H.R. 2.
  • Fully remove what the Obama Administration called the potentially “crippling” impacts of the Cottonwood decision by applying to the “new information” trigger under the Endangered Species Act the same reforms that recent appropriations legislation established for the listing of species and designation of critical habitat. See H.R. 6567.
  •   Fully Empower states to have a greater role in cross boundary management and codify the Landscape Scale Restoration program. See S. 962 as well as Sections 8104 and 8509 of H.R. 2.
  • Exempt Alaska from the 2001 'Roadless Rule' and thereby boost forestry in several National Forest System units in which it has been artificially suppressed.  See Section 8337 of H.R. 2.
  • Allow new opportunities to conduct hazardous fuel removal on landscapes that cross federal, state, county and private property. See Section 8332 of H.R. 2.
 
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 America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

2018/09/13

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House unanimously passed S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018. This bipartisan legislation was first passed by the House in June and the final version will now be sent to the Senate for final consideration.
 

LaMalfa said: “This WRDA bill will help to provide continued stability and new development for NorCal water and flood control infrastructure, while outdated Army Corps of Engineers projects will be phased out in favor of newer and more beneficial projects. I’m pleased that new projects will be prioritized and the role of local stakeholders will be increased, which will benefit our local economy. Perhaps most importantly, local projects like the Sutter Basin levee project on the Feather River will now finally be permitted to proceed as planned. I support this bill and I expect the Senate will send it to the President in short order.”

 

In June, the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA) was granted $50 million in order to complete the Sutter Basin levee project under a pilot program established under WRDA 2014 that allowed the local agency to complete the work on their own. Unfortunately, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined the project was ineligible for this “local control” pilot program due to language in the WRDA 2014 that states projects can only be eligible if authorized “prior to the date of enactment.” In effect, it means the Sutter Basin levee project would have to be completed by the Army Corps, rather than the local agency that has completed the rest of the work at record time and nearly half the projected cost. S. 3021 specifically eliminates the clause “prior to the date of enactment” from WRDA 2014’s “local control” pilot program, allowing SBFCA to finish the project on their own with the $50 million granted in the Army Corps 2018 Workplan. 

The Water Resources Development Act of 2018:

 
  • Authorizes locally driven, but nationally vital, investments in our Nation’s water resources infrastructure.
  • Strengthens economic growth and competitiveness, helps move goods throughout the country and abroad, and protects our communities.
  • Repeals authorization for projects that are deemed inactive, outdated, or no longer useful, which would free up $4 billion for future projects.
  • Follows the transparent process Congress established under the 2014 reforms for considering proposed Army Corps of Engineers activities.
  • Builds upon previous reforms of the Corps to further accelerate the process for moving projects forward more efficiently and at lower cost.
  • Upholds Congress’ constitutional duty to provide for infrastructure and facilitate commerce for the Nation.
 
Rep. LaMalfa spoke on the House floor during general debate in June to urge passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2018. [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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House Passes Energy & Water, VA Appropriations Measure

2018/09/13

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R.5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2019.
 
LaMalfa said: “This package is a good first step towards responsibly funding our government. It makes significant investments in water infrastructure, including $134 million for previously authorized – and much-needed – flood control projects, with $6 million provided for the Hamilton City J-Levee project. It also prioritizes care for our veterans by providing the largest-ever increase in funding for the VA and modernizing their systems and processes to help veterans receive the timely care they deserve. We aren’t cutting any corners when it comes to national security either, as critical investments are made to military and cyber security infrastructure projects in order to protect American lives and interests. I supported this funding measure, but there’s still plenty of work to be done in order to fund the remaining parts of our government in the coming weeks.”
 
Topline Highlights:
 
  • Energy and Water:
    • $15.23 billion for the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons security programs.
    • $1.95 billion for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation to keep nuclear materials from getting in the hands of terrorists and other enemies. 
    • $7 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers ($172M above FY18), including:
      • $3.2 billion for navigation projects and studies that will advance American competitiveness and export ability and improve the functionality of our ports and waterways, including $1.55 billion in funding from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.
      • $2 billion for flood and storm damage reduction activities that will improve public health and safety in communities across the country.
      • $6 million for the Hamilton City J-Levee project.
    • $13.5 billion for the Department of Energy's energy programs to promote American energy independence – $554 million above FY18 – including:
      • $740 million for research and development to advance fossil energy technologies, which will help the country make greater use of our rich natural energy resources and keep down energy costs.
      • $1.2 billion for nuclear energy research, development, and demonstration activities.
 
  • VA:
    • $86.486 billion – $5.011 billion increase, the largest dollar amount increase ever.
    • $2.956 billion to General Operating Expenses, an increase of nearly $50 million over FY18 to continue to address the VA backlog, which has reached 369,892 according to the most recent report.
    • Advances $75.55 billion for VA health programs in FY2020, an increase of nearly $5 billion over FY2019.
    • VA mental health programs are funded at $8.618 billion, with $206 million specifically for suicide prevention.
    • Community Care
      • Funds $10.758 billion for FY2020 advance appropriations, increase of $2.3 billion from FY2019’s advance appropriations.
      • Funds an additional $1.25 billion above the President’s Budget Request for FY19 to help smooth the transition from VA Choice to VA MISSION Act, the new Community Care Program.
    • Directs the VA to stop using social security numbers, due to identity fraud concerns.
 
Bill summaries, courtesy of the House Appropriations Committee:
 
 
 
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 on United Airlines Service to Redding

2018/09/10

(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after United Airlines announced a new, nonstop flight from Redding Municipal Airport (RDD) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will be commencing March 8, 2019. Congressman LaMalfa serves on the Aviation Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees all airports in the United States.
 
LaMalfa said: “Daily, nonstop air service from Redding to LAX is great news for Northern California. This will cut hours off of travel time – no longer will residents have the unwanted hassle of driving to Sacramento just so they can fly to Los Angeles for a connecting flight. Expanding the services at the Redding airport will greatly improve convenience for those traveling for either business or leisure purposes, not to mention the added economic benefits of increased airport functionality. I look forward to continuing my work on the Aviation Subcommittee to advocate for rural airports as well as additional and affordable options for North State travelers.”
 
In August of 2017, Congressman LaMalfa announced a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Redding airport for the purposes of rehabilitating the existing taxiway at the airport.
 
Congressman Doug LaMalfa attended a press conference announcing United Airlines will begin service from Redding Municipal Airport to LAX in 2019.
 
 
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 Legislation to Increase Small Scale LNG Exports

2018/09/06

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4606, the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty Act, which expedites the importation or exportation of small volumes of liquefied natural gas if an environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is not required. This legislation codifies a similar rule already issued by the Department of Energy (DOE).
 
LaMalfa said: “America is the world’s leading producer in natural gas, yet current regulations make it difficult for producers to export to nearby foreign markets. Aside from the obvious benefits that increased exports will have on our domestic economy, it will also help neighboring countries and territories, such as Puerto Rico, build a more reliable supply of U.S. natural gas to help meet their energy needs. This bipartisan legislation is beneficial to everyone involved, and I am happy to support it.”
 
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 Statement on Oroville Dam Costs Exceeding $1 Billion

2018/09/05

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) revealed a new $1.1 billion dollar cost estimate for Oroville Dam spillway repairs. The initial cost estimate was $200 million, before growing to $870 million in January.
 
LaMalfa said: “The newest estimate of over $1 billion is many times more than original estimates initially released to the public. I’m glad to see high quality new construction being built to replace the failed infrastructure, but the rising costs are troubling. Perhaps equally concerning is the assumption that the federal government will foot the bill. An independent forensic team has already concluded that inadequate maintenance and inspections were at least partially to blame for the disaster, and reimbursement by FEMA, though for a portion, was already unclear prior to the most recent cost increase. The price tag of this project only continues to rise, and we must ensure the rebuilt spillways will increase safety and functionality of the lake for nearby residents. Preventing another failure is paramount.”
 
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 Bipartisan Tariff Reduction Bill

2018/09/04

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4318, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act. The bill would temporarily waive duties for raw materials not made in the United States in order to reduce costs for U.S. manufacturers. 
 
LaMalfa said: “Since the Manufacturing Enhancement Act expired in 2012, American manufacturers have had to pay billions of dollars in unnecessary tariffs just to buy the supplies they need to make their products in here at home. We have the finest manufacturing in the world, but we shouldn’t be putting them at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world. This only serves to hold American manufacturing back. With the unanimous passage of this bipartisan legislation, we’re leveling the playing field for American producers, and I’m glad we were able to get this done.”
 
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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Congressman LaMalfa Leads Moment of Silence for California Wildfire Victims on the House Floor

2018-09-12 23:14:33


LaMalfa Thanks Firefighters after Carr Fire is Contained

2018-09-07 17:34:15


Rep. LaMalfa Congratulates Nevada County Farm Bureau on their 100th Anniversary

2018-07-19 16:40:20


LaMalfa's Amendment will Combat Illegal Marijuana Grow Operations on National Forest System Land.

2018-07-18 21:03:29


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on the House Floor in Support of ICE

2018-07-18 15:48:17


Rep. LaMalfa Honors the Late Mel Fisher, Pearl Harbor Survivor, on the House Floor

2018-07-12 18:18:43


Rep. LaMalfa Urges Passage of Water Resources Development Act

2018-06-06 20:41:02


Rep. LaMalfa Supports NDAA for Fiscal Yeah 2019

2018-05-24 15:32:21


LaMalfa Urges House to Pass Right to Try Act

2018-03-20 14:47:39


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on the House Floor in Support of the DOJ Lawsuit against California

2018-03-08 16:16:24


Rep. LaMalfa on Sites Reservoir at Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans Hearing 2/14/18

2018-02-15 20:17:10


Redding's Preston Sharp Attends the State of the Union Address

2018-02-02 21:26:18


Rep. Doug LaMalfa Honors Moriss Taylor on the House Floor

2018-01-25 15:16:47


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks in Support of the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act

2018-01-19 16:09:45


LaMalfa Supports S.140 and Tribal Sovereignty

2018-01-10 22:54:45


LaMalfa Talks Tax Reform at the U S Capitol 12 20 17

2017-12-22 17:56:42


Rep. LaMalfa Honors Veterans Day on House Floor

2017-11-09 17:15:23


Rep. LaMalfa Supports Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

2017-11-03 18:50:08


LaMalfa Speaks in Support of the Resilient Federal Forests Act

2017-11-01 22:24:21


LaMalfa, Westerman, Western Members of Congress Hold Press Conference on Wildfire Threat

2017-10-05 20:54:01


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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3076
Fax 202-226-0852
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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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