Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

LaMalfa Supports Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

2017/11/16

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

LaMalfa said: “Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the vast majority of North State residents will save money, period. The more than 70% of 1st District residents who do not currently itemize their tax returns will receive an immediate – and significant – tax cut. Far more taxpayers will now find it more advantageous to claim the standard deduction, rather than itemize, saving them more money in the process. Today we are delivering on the promise we made to the American people to make paying taxes fair and simple. Tax reform is good for Northern California and good for the country. Though it is not yet the final product, I support this bill. The Senate must pass their own version which, together with our House bill, will then require conference committee action moving forward.”

Under H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • The standard deduction will be doubled from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals, meaning the first $12,000 of your income is tax-free.
  • For married couples, that number doubles from $12,700 currently to $24,000.
  • Over 45,000 families in Northern California claim the child tax credit, which is increasing from $1,000 to $1,600 – a 60% saving.
  • Those already claiming the home mortgage interest deduction right now can continue to do so with no change whatsoever.
  • It is estimated that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will create nearly 1 million jobs across the nation, with 111,108 of those jobs located in California.
  • The median household income in California will increase by $2,932.
  • At the end of the day, the average North State household will save $1,200 in taxes.

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 National Defense Authorization Act

2017/11/15

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives agreed to the Senate-amended version of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with broad bipartisan support (356-70).

LaMalfa said: “I’ve said it before, our military is in a readiness crisis. With conflicts all around the globe, our armed forces are stretched more thinly than ever. Congress understands this problem and members of both parties are taking action to fix it. The NDAA will make sure our military is properly equipped to handle the missions at hand. Importantly, it also gives our over-worked troops a much deserved pay raise – the largest in eight years. This legislation passed the Senate and now the House with broad bipartisan support, and I expect the President to sign it into law in short order.”

Highlights of the bipartisan bill are as follows:

  • Increase of $26.4 billion to rebuild our overworked military.
  • Largest pay raise for troops in 8 years.
  • Increases the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.
  • $4.4 billion to strengthen missile defense.
  • Better equipped ground forces and aviation readiness.
  • Invests in military capabilities to combat threats around the globe.
  • Preserves Special Survivor Indemnity Allowances (SSIA) for military spouses.
  • Reforms Pentagon buying practices and oversight.

The House of Representatives previously passed this legislation in July by a margin of 344-81. After agreeing to the amended version which passed the Senate by a margin of 89-8, the legislation will now be sent to the President’s desk to await his signature.  

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 Department of Transportation Grants to Repair NorCal Forest Service Roads

2017/11/13

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded $51,063,532 for California transportation infrastructure repairs, including forest service road repairs in the 1st district.

LaMalfa said: “Crumbling roads and other infrastructure have long plagued rural California, especially in the North State, making it harder to efficiently fight fires and manage disasters when they happen. Repairing some of our dilapidated forest service roads will also expand recreation opportunities for local residents, such as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, etc. I am happy to see these funds allocated for Northern California, and I look forward to the tangible benefit these projects will have on our area.”

A breakdown of the grant funding is as follows:

  • $684,009.00 – Forest Service Road Repair Project – Butte
  • $3,954,000.00 – Forest Service Road Repair Project – Mendocino, Tehama
  • $9,000,000.00 – Forest Service Road Repair Project – Tuolumne, Nevada
  • $2,925,523.00 – California Department of Transportation for Highway Repair
  • $34,500,000.00 – California Department of Transportation for Highway Repair

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 North State Leaders Urge FERC, Other Agencies to Consider Impacts of Oroville Spillway Failure

2017/11/13

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after leading a delegation of North State leaders in Washington, D.C., including State Senator Jim Nielsen, State Assemblyman James Gallagher, Butte County Supervisor Bill Connelly, Oroville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandy Linville, and Yuba City Economic Director Darin Gale, met with a variety of federal agencies and highlighted the wide array of impacts the spillway failure has had on the region.
 
LaMalfa said: “The immediate danger at Oroville Dam has passed, but our work to ensure that the community’s concerns are addressed is not over. It’s extremely important that FERC consider the lessons of the spillway failure, and I’m confident that the Commissioners took to heart our message that rushing to relicense the dam would be a mistake. It’s in the best interest of public safety to ensure that the most recent data available is considered, and the current decade-old review of the dam simply isn’t adequate.”
 
Nielsen said: “I appreciate Congressman LaMalfa facilitating meetings with White House and other federal officials. These were productive meetings, and I am confident they have a better understanding of the magnitude of this crisis and the need for expedient and sustained commitment to dealing with the Oroville Dam and all downstream effects.”
 
Gallagher said: “I appreciate Congressman LaMalfa's efforts in facilitating several key meetings with federal agencies like FERC so that we could express the views of our constituents with respect to the spillway failure and ongoing work at Oroville Dam.  I felt the meetings were very productive and will further our objectives of changing the status quo, ensuring accountability, and addressing the very real impacts to the people of Oroville and all the communities downstream of the Dam."
 
Rep. Doug LaMalfa and a delegation of North State leaders meet with federal officials in Washington, D.C. to highlight the effects of the Oroville Dam spillway failure.
 
The North State delegation’s meetings included the following:
  • White House personnel: North State leaders met with senior White House officials to highlight the impacts of the spillway failure on the region, urge consideration of the incident in relicensing, and advocate for improvements to State Route 70.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioners Cheryl LaFleur and Robert Powelson: The Congressman and North State delegation illustrated the impacts to the community, local governments, and regional economy posed by the spillway failure, and urged FERC Commissioners to fully consider pending reviews of the incident.
  • Army Corps of Engineers: The delegation met with Eric Halprin, the head of Army Corps dam and levee oversight, to discuss safe operations of Oroville Dam and repairs to key sections of Feather River levees damaged by high flow during the spillway failure.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): FEMA personnel met with the group to discuss federal assistance to repair damage caused by the spillway incident and backfill local government costs.
  • Department of Transportation (DOT): DOT personnel met with the delegation to discuss State Route 70 improvement plans and provided an overview of federal funding opportunities to assist plans to increase the highway to four lanes. 
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 Hydropower Policy Modernization Act

2017/11/08

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act, which promotes hydropower development, streamlines licensing, and creates jobs.

LaMalfa said: “Hydropower is a common sense use of California’s waterways to potentially power thousands of homes. Unfortunately, it can take up to a decade to license a new project or relicense existing infrastructure. This legislation is about modernizing that process and streamlining licensing requirements so that important projects can move forward as opposed to stalling for years. Local input is a critical component of this, as the 1st district is home to two of California’s biggest hydro plants at Oroville Dam and Shasta Dam, and it’s important that we are able to utilize this practical and environmentally friendly method of producing energy.”

H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act, streamlines the permitting process and encourages the expansion of hydropower generation by establishing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the lead agency for all hydropower authorizations, approvals, and requirements mandated by federal law. This bill will also drastically decrease costs to relicense non-federal dams.

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 Package of Veterans Bills

2017/11/08

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed numerous pieces of legislation intended to improve the quality of care that veterans receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

LaMalfa said: “It’s been said countless times before, but it’s worth repeating that our nation’s veterans deserve the best possible care we can offer them. Whether it’s improving access to health care options or simply requiring the VA to properly notify veterans of potential scams, it is our responsibility to make their lives easier in any way that we can. With Veterans Day approaching later this week, I’m happy that Congress has passed legislation that will have a meaningful impact on the quality of life for many veterans across the country.”

A sample of the veterans bills passed by the House this week include:

  • H.R. 2123, the VETS Act: Authorizes a VA licensed health care professional to practice telemedicine at any location in any state, regardless of where the professional or patient is located.
  • H.R. 2601, the VICTOR Act: Requires the VA to consider medical necessity and travel burdens before requiring veterans to travel to VA transplant centers. Veterans who live more than 100 miles from a transplant center would be allowed to seek care at a federal certified, Medicare-covering non-VA facility.
  • H.R. 3122, the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act: Requires the VA to post a warning on their website regarding financial scams targeted for certain veterans who are eligible for increased pensions. Requires the GAO to complete a study on the financial exploitation of veterans, and any gaps in federal/state efforts to protect them.
  • H.R. 4173, the Veterans Crisis Line Study Act: Requires the VA to conduct a study on the effectiveness of the Veterans Crisis Line based on an analysis of national suicide data and data collected from the Veterans Crisis Line.

For a full list of the veterans bills passed this week, visit Veterans.House.gov

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 Repeal of Independent Payment Advisory Board

2017/11/03

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act. This legislation repeals Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected panel of bureaucrats tasked with cutting Medicare spending without any Congressional oversight and no obligation to engage in public notice or comment.

LaMalfa said: “IPAB is yet another misguided component of Obamacare. If triggered, this provision would authorize a board of 15 unelected bureaucrats to make sweeping reductions to Medicare spending, with no congressional oversight or accountability. These arbitrary cuts pose a significant threat to senior’s access to care, potentially limiting which medical treatments and services doctors can offer.  Many on both sides of the aisle agree that IPAB was a bad idea when it was created, and it’s a bad idea now. I am glad that the House is taking action to eliminate this dangerous provision.”

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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USDA Invests 14.2 Million in Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric

2017/11/02

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will be investing $14,261,000 in Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative for rural electric infrastructure improvements. The funding will be used to build 1 mile of new electrical line, improve 44 miles of existing line, as well as other system improvements.

LaMalfa said: “In rural areas like Northern California, infrastructure is often severely lacking. Serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure committee in the House, one of my top priorities is helping these communities develop a modern, 21st Century infrastructure. I am happy to see this investment in electric infrastructure improvements, which will help update local power grids and provide some much-needed stability for the economies in Plumas and Sierra Counties. 

Background information via USDA:

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

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

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LaMalfa Issues Statement after Release of New Tax Reform Legislation

2017/11/02

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House Ways and Means Committee released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation will first go before the Ways and Means Committee, with a vote on the House floor expected in the following weeks.

LaMalfa said: “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is fulfilling the promise that Congress has made to the American people to provide major tax relief after 31 years of inaction. That includes doubling the standard deduction, lowering the corporate tax rate, and cutting taxes for small businesses. This is about creating an environment where American businesses will be incentivized to return home from overseas, creating more jobs, and boosting the American economy. This plan will save money for millions of middle-income Americans and eliminate special interest loopholes. Contrary to some reports, this is actually a tax cut for everyone but the wealthy. A North State family making the median household income of $59,000 will receive a $1,182 tax cut – and that’s just the beginning. I welcome all input on ways to further improve this legislation, but I support this bill and I look forward to its timely passage through committee and a vote on the House floor.”

For more information on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, click 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 Supports Legislation for Better Forest Management

2017/11/01

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act. This bill reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire and dramatically improves the health and resiliency of federal forests.
 
LaMalfa said: “A complete lack of forest management has left our forests more combustible than ever – leaving our firefighters wholly unprepared to contain overwhelming wildfires that quickly get out of hand. Forest fires will occur, but we can take logical steps to manage them that will help prevent them from spreading and extinguish them more quickly – resulting in less damage and lower costs. The Resilient Federal Forests Act will allow the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to properly manage our federal forests, which will improve overall forest health and reduce the risk of such severe wildfires.”
 
Rep. LaMalfa speaks on the House floor in Support of the Resilient Federal Forests Act. [YouTube]
 
2017 Wildfire Statistics:
  • Between January 1st and October 29th 2017, state and federal firefighters have responded to 8,336 fires covering 1,138,907 acres in California.
  • Nationwide, this year has been the most expensive year on record – with over $2 billion spent to combat fires that have burned almost 9 million acres of land.
  • There are 60-80 million acres of land that the USFS has deemed as “high risk” of wildfire – yet they are only able to manage 1% - 2% of these areas.
 
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 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

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2017-10-03 18:20:43


LaMalfa Speaks on Emergency Funding for Hurricane Harvey and Wild Fires in the West

2017-10-03 18:21:12


LaMalfa Pushes Federal Agencies to Stop Marijuana Grows on Public Lands

2017-10-03 18:21:27


LaMalfa at Ag Hearing: Expanding Rural Access to Broadband

2017-03-31 16:13:26


LaMalfa Speaks in Support of the HONEST Act

2017-03-31 16:03:26


LaMalfa Speaks on VA Employment Standards

2017-03-17 17:43:23


LaMalfa Speaks on the Need to Repeal and Replace the ACA

2017-03-10 17:23:19


LaMalfa Shares Stories of Hardship Under the ACA

2017-03-10 17:01:21


LaMalfa Applauds Approval of New Veterans Clinic in Redding

2017-03-02 16:44:49


Rep. LaMalfa States the Facts on Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

2017-02-16 20:17:23


LaMalfa Speaks on Oroville Dam Spillway Situation

2017-02-16 20:13:01


LaMalfa Says Oroville Dam is Stable For Now

2017-02-16 20:09:03


Rep. Doug LaMalfa Praised by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

2017-02-14 18:49:48


LaMalfa Supports Usage of the Congressinal Review Act

2017-02-03 21:33:03


LaMalfa Supports Relief for Farmers, Ranchers, and Businesses

2017-01-13 16:40:14


LaMalfa Advocates for Human Trafficking Awareness

2017-01-13 16:10:52


Contact Information

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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