Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

LaMalfa and Scalise Introduce Bill to Decrease National Debt

2018/02/20

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 5067, the Donate Extra Money Against National Debt (DEMAND) Act. This bill will allow those who demand that everyone pay higher taxes to donate their extra income to the U.S. Treasury.

The DEMAND Act will add a section to the 1040 tax return form allowing filers to check a box if they wish to donate extra funds to the treasury. The section will say: By checking here, I signify that in addition to my tax liability, I would like to donate the included payment to be used exclusively for the purpose of paying down the national debt.

LaMalfa said: “This month, millions of Americans have already noticed more money than they expected in their pay checks and deposits due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. To most, this is a welcome relief from decades of unreasonably high taxes, but some say this is an unwanted burden. In an effort to simplify the process for those who claim they’d like to pay more in taxes and aren’t satisfied with the ‘crumbs’ offered by tax reform, this bill will allow individuals to voluntarily donate as much as they’d like to the U.S. Treasury. Under this legislation, hard-working American families who are finally able to keep more of the money they’ve earned won’t be punished just because a select few wish to keep taxes high. That select few can step forward, without forcing others who disagree, to pay more. I'm very pleased to work with House Majority Whip Scalise on this issue, and I especially appreciate his efforts to pass tax reform in the House. Now I believe we have the final piece to this puzzle that will allow those who so desperately want higher taxes to lead by example. All you have to do is check the handy box, fill in the additional amount, and send it in! Your neighbors will applaud you for helping to pay down our national debt.”

Majority Whip Steve Scalise said: “American families have already begun to see the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—greater take home pay, increased wages, bonuses, and better benefits. Even after all the positive success stories coming out about these tax cuts, some liberals continue to call for an increase in taxes and claim they would rather pay more in taxes themselves. Congressman LaMalfa and I today are introducing legislation that gives them the opportunity to put their money where their mouths are. In 2012, I introduced the Buffett Rule Act to address these tax hike advocates. If Warren Buffett and others like him truly feel they’re not paying enough in taxes, we're giving them the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is and voluntarily send more money to the government, rather than raising taxes on hard-working Americans who know they're already sending too much of their hard-earned money to Washington. I applaud Rep. LaMalfa for joining me in re-introducing this important legislation. For years, American families have asked for tax relief, and now we delivered real tax relief for them, and those tax cuts are already working to create more jobs, higher pay, and a stronger economy. Anyone who still feels they are not sending enough to the government should have the ability to do so voluntarily, without burdening the rest of us hard-working families across the country who want to keep more of our own money in our paychecks.”

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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A year later, effects of Oroville Spillway crisis are still felt

2018/02/20

On Feb. 12, 2017 after weeks of rain, Oroville residents received an emergency notification to leave their homes as quickly as possible and seek shelter. The Oroville Dam reached maximum capacity in prior days, and on that Sunday its main spillway was predicted to possibly fail within hours.

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LaMalfa Receives True Blue Award from Family Research Council

2018/02/16

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after receiving the True Blue Award from the Family Research Council for supporting pro-life and pro-family legislation in the First Session of the 115th Congress.
 
LaMalfa said: “During my time in Congress, I’ve always advocated for policies that put the values and best interests of working families first. I believe individuals should decide for themselves how to spend the money they’ve earned – that means choices in healthcare, lower taxes, and not being forced to fund programs you morally disagree with. In the first year of the 115th Congress, I was happy to support many important pro-family policies, such as landmark tax reform, repeal of Obamacare’s IPAB, and legislation to protect the rights of the unborn. I appreciate receiving the True Blue Award, and I will work to carry forward this momentum into the second session of the 115th Congress.”
 
Rep. LaMalfa received the True Blue Award from the Family Research Council.
 
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 Emphasizes Importance of Sites Reservoir at Subcommittee Hearing

2018/02/15

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing titled “The State of our Nation’s Water and Power Infrastructure.” Jim Watson, General Manager of the Sites Project Authority, testified as a witness at the hearing.
 
LaMalfa said: “Sites Reservoir would add 1.8 million acre-feet of water storage to Northern California that would increase water supply for cities, agriculture, and the environment. The Sites project would provide much needed flexibility to do the obvious, collect more water during wet seasons and keep more of it stored during dry years. But yet, many years after the project was initiated, it’s still being subjected to countless delays in the form of feasibility and environmental studies and a complicated regulatory process. Californians who’ve already voted 3 1/2 years ago to allocate funding for projects like Sites Reservoir are wondering how many more years must be wasted before this much-needed infrastructure project is allowed to move forward.”
 
Rep. LaMalfa questions Jim Watson, General Manager of the Sites Project Authority, at a Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans Hearing. [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 Votes to Reform ADA, End “Drive-By” Lawsuits

2018/02/15

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, which promotes access for persons with disabilities and gives small business owners and local communities the tools they need to accommodate disabled persons without fear of a lawsuit.
 
In recent years, the practice of filing frivolous lawsuits against businesses for minor or easily correctable ADA violations has risen dramatically, often resulting in expensive attorney fees for business owners. From 2013-2017, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) title III lawsuits in Federal courts have increased by 182% – from 2,722 in 2013 to 7,663 in 2017. The practice of “drive-by” litigation threatens small businesses and does little to improve access for disabled persons. This legislation gives businesses a period of time to fix an ADA access issue, once they are made aware of it, before they can be taken to court. H.R. 620 also requires the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop an education and training program for local governments to promote public accommodations for persons with disabilities.
 
LaMalfa said: “The ADA plays an important role in improving accessibility for those with disabilities. Unfortunately, it’s often taken advantage of by dishonest attorneys who file ‘drive-by’ lawsuits against businesses to get a quick pay-day. This practice hurts small businesses and only benefits corrupt attorneys. When a business owner is forced to pay expensive legal fees for unintended, vague, or technical violations, it actually hinders their ability to make their establishment ADA compliant. Most property owners, especially businesses, want to be accessible for everyone. Giving them an opportunity to fix issues without fear of being dragged into court will make our communities more accessible.”
 
Below are a few examples of ADA litigation abuse in 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 Strengthens Efforts to Recover Missing U.S. Citizens

2018/02/14

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.Res.129 - Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States.

LaMalfa said: “This resolution is nothing short of what the American people expect. The U.S. government should be exhausting every possible option in order to find missing Americans and return them safely to their families. Whether it’s a military service member potentially serving as a POW in enemy territory, or a civilian that has gone missing abroad, we must do everything in our power to bring them home – and we must ensure all foreign governments are cooperating fully to aid in this process.”

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 Long Term Budget Deal

2018/02/09

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House and Senate agreed to a deal to lift budget caps on defense and domestic spending and fund the government until March 23, 2018. This legislation also includes emergency funding for disasters caused by hurricanes and wildfires.
 
LaMalfa said: “I’m very concerned by the government’s reckless spending, but I’m not willing to allow a prolonged shutdown to occur. There are many provisions in this bill that are very worthy of our investment. At our recent retreat, Secretary Mattis conveyed the gravity of the funding crisis our military faces after eight years of neglect. I’m happy that our armed forces and national defense will now be properly funded for the first time in recent memory. We’re also extending important health care programs, like Community Health Centers and Teaching Health Centers, which are critical to rural California. It’s past time to get wildfire victims some assistance, and this legislation finally advances disaster relief funding that’s been stuck in the Senate for months. Finally, this agreement paves the way for Congress to work on strengthening our southern border and addressing other pressing immigration concerns. I don’t like the Senate’s process and I don’t like the price tag, but this bipartisan compromise is the best option available under these circumstances.”
 
Highlights of the budget deal:
 
  • Continuing Resolution until March 23, 2018 to keep the government funded and provide the necessary time for the FY18 Appropriations bills to conform with new discretionary totals.
  • Reverses the defense sequester and increases total defense funding to match with FY18 NDAA levels and the Administration’s request for FY19.
  • Increases non-defense levels and targets funding for priorities like the National Institute of Health, combating the opioid epidemic, and infrastructure improvements.
  • Advances emergency disaster relief funding that was previously approved by the House but stuck in the Senate – including funding for California wildfire recovery efforts.
  • Provides an extension of the debt limit through 2018.
  • Extends the Community Health Centers and Teaching Health Centers programs for 2 years.
  • Repeals Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).
 
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 Sends Government Funding Bill to Senate

2018/02/07

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1892 to fund the federal government until March 23, 2018 and fund the military for a full year. The resolution also funds the Teaching Health Centers and Community Health Centers programs for two years, which Congressman LaMalfa requested in a letter to Speaker Ryan earlier this month.
 
LaMalfa said: “While the House has passed all 12 appropriations bills to fund the government, the Senate’s 60 vote threshold has prevented any of those from going forward, forcing us to rely on short term spending bills to keep the government funded. I’m not a fan of this process – we need to come together and fund the government for longer than a few weeks at a time – but I’m optimistic that our Senate counterparts will do the right thing and quickly get this measure to the President’s desk. The American people should not be subjected to another shutdown that only harms our military members and government employees. This package contains nothing the Democrats should oppose – it funds the government through March 23rd, funds our military for a full year, provides our troops with a 2.4% pay raise, and extends the critically important Community Health Centers and Teaching Health Centers programs for two years.”
 
A breakdown of the funding measure by the House Appropriations Committee can be found 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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LaMalfa, Bustos Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Rural Health Liaison at the USDA

2018/02/06

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) issued the following statement after introducing a bipartisan bill that will designate a Rural Health Liaison at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The position will act as a direct point of contact at the USDA for questions related to health care in rural communities and how the agency can help.
 
LaMalfa said: “Rural hospitals are a critical lifeline in rural America, both in terms of our economy and maintaining access to care. With more and more red tape from the state and federal government, we need to ensure they are able to keep their doors open. USDA already offers grants to help smaller hospitals address health disparities, such as expanding telemedicine and combatting the ongoing opioid crisis. This bill directs USDA to make sure this funding is used efficiently by designating one point of contact within the Department to coordinate efforts between different agencies and serve as a liaison for rural communities.”
 
“Delivering health care in rural communities presents unique challenges that require innovative solutions,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “This is why I introduced the bipartisan Rural Health Liaison Act which will help ensure that United States Department of Agriculture funds to bolster rural health care efforts are spent efficiently and effectively. By creating a Rural Health Liaison position at the USDA, we'll make sure that small towns across the heartland have access to 21st century health care.”
 
The USDA has the ability to finance the construction of hospitals and the implementation of programs for telehealth and health education. The Rural Health Liaison would promote the awareness and availability of these resources, and provide guidance and technical assistance to USDA field offices and staff on how to best serve their communities. The Rural Health Liaison would also coordinate with other government agencies on rural health issues.
 
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, Garamendi Seek Clarity from FEMA on Funding for Oroville Spillway Repairs

2018/02/06

(Washington, DC) – Congressmen Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) and John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA) issued the following statement after sending a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seeking clarification on the agency’s authority to provide public funding for repairs of the Oroville Dam spillway. The State of California has requested FEMA to reimburse 75% of the estimated $870 million price tag, but in previous correspondence with Congress, FEMA has expressed ambiguity over whether it has the authority to fund these type of repairs. In the context of other disasters, FEMA has stated that it does not have the legal authority to fund projects where FEMA determines there was a “lack of maintenance,” and can only provide reimbursements for work to bring facilities back to their “pre-disaster design.”
 
LaMalfa said: “FEMA’s reimbursement guidelines are cause for concern. The Independent Forensic Team determined that Oroville Dam spillways’ original design and inadequate maintenance contributed to the spillway failure nearly a year ago. Knowing that, what good would it do for FEMA to reimburse the state only to return the spillways to the same condition that played a role in causing the disaster in the first place? We must proceed in a manner that ensures the safety of those impacted by the spillway incident and actually improves the spillway. These guidelines leave a lot of questions unanswered, and Congressman Garamendi and I are asking for some clarity.”
 
“FEMA’s guidelines for reimbursement raise more questions than answers given the complexity of the incident at the Oroville Dam.” Said Garamendi. “I want to know how FEMA defines ‘lack of maintenance’, especially in the context of the Independent Forensic Team’s report on the dam. Further, the Independent Forensic Team found that the original design of the dam was one of the causes of the disaster in the first place. It makes no sense for FEMA to reimburse the State of California for work to bring the Oroville Dam back to the same design that caused the disaster, rather than restore it to a state that will avoid future disasters.”
 
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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2017-10-03 18:21:27


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2017-03-17 17:43:23


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2017-03-10 17:23:19


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2017-03-10 17:01:21


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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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