Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa


Rep. LaMalfa Honored as “Guardian of Small Business” by National Federation of Independent Businesses


Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) today announced that he has received the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The nation’s largest small business advocacy association, NFIB represents 350,000 small business-owner members and gives them a voice in public policy-making. LaMalfa was chosen for the award based on his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress. “As a small business owner myself, I am humbled to receive this award,” said LaMalfa. “I have the utmost respect for small business owners: they are courageous men and women working day in and day out in the face of tough economic circumstances and overbearing government regulations. Small businesses make up the overwhelming majority of our nation’s employers, and it’s important that we get government out of the way so that they can continue creating jobs.” “The record shows that Rep. LaMalfa is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” added NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.” LaMalfa is joined by NFIB President & CEO Dan Danner: [[{"fid":"270","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"LaMalfa is joined by NFIB President & CEO Dan Danner"},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"LaMalfa is joined by NFIB President & CEO Dan Danner","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] 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. ### Read More

LaMalfa-cosponsored Bill Requiring Audit of Federal Reserve Passes on House Floor


Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted for a measure he cosponsored to bring transparency to the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions. H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) – Congress’s investigative arm – to complete an audit of the Federal Reserve system with one year and submit a report of the its findings and conclusions to Congress. The measure would also eliminate the current audit restrictions placed on the GAO. “We must bring transparency, accountability, and responsibility to the management of this nation’s finances,” said LaMalfa. “It’s unfortunate that we even need to require an audit – the Federal Reserve was established by Congress, yet it has avoided opening its books to the American people for its entire existence.” H.R. 24 is not the first time the House has overwhelmingly supported an audit of the Federal Reserve. The House passed similar legislation in July of 2012.  “In light of recent economic crises, it is more crucial than ever that the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions be open and transparent,” LaMalfa added. “The American people have a right to know what the Federal Reserve is doing with our nation’s money supply, and I believe the Senate should take action on this measure immediately.” 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.  ### Read More

Rep. LaMalfa Questions Decision to Continue Elderberry Beetle Restrictions


Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding the announcement of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to withdraw its proposal to remove the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle (VELB) from the endangered species list:     The Fish & Wildlife Service sided with an extremist environmental group over a comprehensive five-year study conducted by its own scientists, and the result will be millions of dollars in added costs to flood control projects and more Californians at risk. I’m disappointed, but not surprised, to see the Service bend to the wishes of the Center for Biological Diversity, a group that has made millions suing the federal government. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: the Fish & Wildlife Service doesn’t like the facts its scientists found and instead of acting, delays for almost a decade. Then, when it’s forced to act, the Service declares that its data is too old and that it needs a new, multi-year study costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. These tactics might keep a few government bureaucrats and special interest lawyers employed, but they’ll force many more private sector workers out of a job.       The FWS Sacramento office recommended delisting the VELB in 2005 after conducting a five-year review and determining the species had fully recovered. However, the FWS refused to act for years until legal action forced it to begin the delisting process. Just months ago, the Center for Biological Diversity, which sues the government hundreds of times each year, sent a letter demanding that the FWS keep the VELB listed. Having delayed delisting the VELB for nearly a decade, the FWS now claims that its population data is too dated to use and plans to conduct a new, multi-year study. 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.  ### Read More

Rep. LaMalfa Urges Action on Forestry Reforms


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today spoke on the floor of the House to demand urgency in addressing the threat of catastrophic wildfires by implementing common sense, balanced forest policies that would allow greater state and local involvement in wildfire prevention on federal lands. LaMalfa’s comments came in the wake of the Boles Fire, which has destroyed or damaged much of the town of Weed, California.  “Last night in the town of Weed, California, over 100 of my constituents’ homes were destroyed or damaged by fire, along with an elementary school and timber mill, one of the area's largest employers. Thousands of my constituents are under evacuation orders, and the fire is not yet fully contained,” said LaMalfa. “Unfortunately, this is not new to rural California and the West.  Each year, millions of acres are burned in California and throughout the United States, destroying communities and rural economies. The simple fact is that our forests are entirely unmanaged, and as a result are overgrown, unhealthy and ready burst into flame at any time.” Rep. LaMalfa cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R 1526, a measure which passed with bipartisan support to improve forest health and prevent wildfires by removing red tape from timber and fire prevention work in National forests.  The Senate has failed to consider this measure or put forward a similar proposal.  LaMalfa also is a cosponsor and strong supporter of H.R. 3992, which would end the diversion of forest management funding to firefighting by treating fires like other disasters and allowing flexible wildfire disaster funding. “Without action by Congress and this administration to advance these responsible, common sense policies, our forests will continue to burn. Our constituents will continue to see their homes and livelihoods destroyed, and rural communities across the West will continue to suffer.”   Video of LaMalfa speaking about the bill on the floor of the House of Representatives may be found here: 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.  ### Read More

Rep. LaMalfa Leads Coalition Urging Death Tax Repeal Vote


Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) was joined by Reps. Noem (R-SD) and Duffy (R-WI) in leading a coalition of 30 lawmakers urging the House leadership to schedule a vote on a measure repealing the federal death tax. H.R. 2429, cosponsored by 236 bipartisan members of the House, would repeal federal taxes imposed on deceased Americans. The 40% taxation rate of the federal death tax heavily impacts small businesses and family farms that may have assets in the form of equipment or land, but little actual cash. The death tax directly results in the dissolution of small businesses and family farms by imposing ruinous taxes on beneficiaries.    “Repealing the death tax should be a key component of our efforts to protect small businesses and family farms from ruinous taxes. The concept that the government is entitled to 40% of one’s life’s work is counter to the very ideals of private property our nation was founded upon,” said LaMalfa. “Rolling back the punitive death tax will ensure that the legacy of small business owners and job creators is not destroyed simply because their lives have ended.” [[{"fid":"265","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]] 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.  ### Read More

David Little: Where's LaMalfa? He's still here


Chico Enterprise-Record Posted:   08/16/2014 04:30:15 PM PDT Doug LaMalfa stood in front of a room of two dozen people. Many were critics, but the 90-minute exchange with the north state congressman was civil. LaMalfa listened. He talked. He thanked people for being "respectful" and for "sharing ideas." It was much better than the town hall meeting LaMalfa hosted about the Affordable Care Act a year ago. There were a lot of people shouting at that one. He said Wednesday's meeting in Chico, covering a variety of topics, made him inclined to do it more often. "I'm just Doug LaMalfa from Richvale," he said humbly. "I've been bestowed with tremendous responsibility. It's an honor to come here today." He sounded every bit like his campaign slogan, "He's one of us." Is that just an act? I don't think so. You can launch all the complaints you want about LaMalfa — and I have — but he's nothing if not approachable and common. He wears boots. He drives a combine on his rice farm and a fast American car on the highway. He's the only congressman I've ever encountered who'll show up to the office without an appointment or an entourage just to shoot the breeze. He goes to county fairs and hangs out at places like the Richvale Cafe. I'll never forget one time when I was recycling bottles and cans with my son, in a corner of a parking lot off East Avenue on a Saturday morning, when I heard a deep voice greet me. It was LaMalfa and his family. Their car was being fixed and they were walking around, killing time. His accessibility is why I found it a huge reach last week when his opponent in the November election, Heidi Hall, started touting an app called "Where's Doug LaMalfa?" I downloaded it. It was one big campaign puff piece, very selective in the information it shared. LaMalfa missed candidate forums in the June primary, but his campaign has committed to a forum against Hall in Chico on Sept. 24. He says he'll campaign this fall when he's here. I don't begrudge LaMalfa for not being in the district kissing babies 12 months out of the year. He has an important gig in Washington. He and his colleagues spend a lot of time there, even if they don't accomplish much because the Senate and House act as if the other body has Ebola. LaMalfa's on a one-month break now. He has scheduled town-hall-style stops in places like Chico, Oroville, Redding, Yreka, Grass Valley and Downieville, and lots of meetings. And of course, fundraisers. "I hate fundraising," he says, and if he didn't, there would be something wrong with him. Even when Congress is in session, he tries to fly back home every weekend. Some of that time is spent on the farm or unwinding at home. Some is spent out in his huge district. But after two years in Congress, LaMalfa sounds like he's feeling the grind. "This is hard work, man," he told me. "I'm exhausted." He paused. "I was a road warrior at the state level. I'd try to get to everything. I don't just hop in the car now and run to Alturas." We talked for 45 minutes. It was the first time I'd seen him since the June primary, when our editorial page said nobody in Congress deserved to be re-elected, including our representatives, LaMalfa and John Garamendi. Of course, he brought up that endorsement, which we both know did not swing the election. Over the course of the conversation, I learned that "Do-Nothing Congress" rap really bothers him. He pointed out the Republican-majority House has sent 352 bills to the Senate, only to see them die there. "Somehow or other they don't get brought up for amendments or anything," he said. That's how the game is played in Washington. LaMalfa has only been playing it two years. I hope he gets to a point where he tells all of his colleagues, and anybody else who will listen, that it's not the way things should work, that they were sent to Washington to do a job and find solutions, not to bicker. I hope he changes the way things get done. Or don't get done. That would certainly make him "one of us." Editor David Little's column appears each Sunday. Read More

Rep. LaMalfa Announces Upcoming Service Academies Forum


Washington D.C. – Representative LaMalfa announced he will host a U.S. Service Academies Forum on Saturday, September 20th for high school students who are interested in attending a United States military Academy, or counselors and parents who would like to learn about the nomination process. “Each year, I have the privilege and honor to nominate capable, and accomplished students from California’s First Congressional District for admission to different U.S. Military Academies,” said LaMalfa. “I am always humbled and grateful to see so young men and women from the North State so willing to serve our nation. I encourage those interested in applying to a U.S. Military Academy to attend the upcoming forum and learn how my office can help.” What: U.S. Service Academies Forum When: Saturday September 20, 2014 10:00AM-12:00PM Where: Enloe Conference Center Room 102 1528 Esplanade Center Chico, CA 95926 Representatives from the various Academies as well as Congressman LaMalfa’s office will be on hand to answer questions. For more information on applying for a nomination, please visit Please RSVP by September 19th to (530) 534-7100. 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.  ### Read More

At LaMalfa meeting, veterans air concerns about VA


REDDING, California - After 36 years of waiting, Edward Defilippis finally got his first full disability benefits in June, while other parts of his veteran’s disability claim remain pending in appeal. At a veterans meeting with U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, the Redding man credited the Republican lawmaker and his office for investigating his claim and giving it the push it needed at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was looking forward to presenting LaMalfa a plaque for his efforts on veterans’ behalf, but instead was surprised with a special ceremony, recognizing his decades-long fight as well as his good Samaritan acts. “This is a guy who didn’t give up on a process that’s supposed to work for all veterans and all Americans,” LaMalfa said to a group of about 50 who attended a meeting he called for Monday to talk veterans issues. “There are plenty of reasons he could have given up, but we stuck with him. He stuck with us. He had faith in our office to be able to get things done, and he had faith in himself and in a system that was not rewarding doing it the right way. “So not only did we get a victory for Ed in his case, but he’s paying it forward. He’s helping other veterans get through this process,” LaMalfa said. Defilippis' case came to light to LaMalfa’s office after an ex-VA employee in Oakland blew the whistle and turned over information, including computer screen shots, to support the case. Defilippis, who served in the U.S. Army, was injured in 1978, shortly after his training in Fort Knox, Kentucky, concluded. He declined to go into details about how he was hurt out of concern it may affect his appeal, suffice to say, for the past four decades, the injury has been the cause of pain to his right hip and leg as well as contributing to back and neck problems. “There are good people, but there are bad people there,” Defilippis said of the VA. “So I’d like to see them maybe put in line or either get out. If they can’t shape up, ship out, and I just want to tell other veterans don’t give up.” At the meeting, LaMalfa, an outspoken critic of the VA over the care of veterans, lashed out at the agency for the bonuses executives received and what has been described as a hostile attitude from some of its employees toward veterans. “It isn’t a jobs program; it’s a veterans program,” he said. He urged constituents who feel they have been mistreated by any government agency in their quest for services to write well thought-out letters to those offices and carbon copy his office. The mostly friendly crowd raised concerns about the executive bonuses and why fewer veterans are working at the VA. Several spoke about feeling they were being stonewalled for information on their benefits claims, while another noted that veterans have this fear of “creating waves” at VA offices and then having their names be placed on a blacklist. One of the residents even suggested Congress cut off funding to the VA until the agency fixes its backlog. Since the scandal broke, the VA has introduced some sweeping changes. LaMalfa said it looks like the agency is beginning to turn the corner, but much more is needed. Jim Young, Shasta County veterans services representative, was hopeful about services being streamlined. “The bottom line is that because the corner has been turned, there is going to be more benefits that come out for the veterans — health-care wise, filing claims, giving veterans who are in need of benefits a lot quicker response and access to those benefits,” he said. Young praised LaMalfa for helping on that front. “There are people who are trying to do the right thing in Congress, and I think LaMalfa’s office has been exceptional at that.” Copyright 2014 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Read More

Rep. LaMalfa: We Must Work Together to Stop ISIS


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) today released the following statement on the President’s address to the nation and the steps the Obama Administration is taking to counter the threat posed by ISIS: “Last night, the President correctly pointed out that ISIS cannot be allowed to expand its foothold in the region. ISIS is a threat to American personnel and interests in the Middle East, and could eventually launch attacks in the United States if we do not take decisive action. “Our nation is strongest when we work together, and the only way we can defeat these barbaric killers is if the President follows through on his commitment to destroy ISIS. That’s why I’ve cosponsored H.J.Res. 123, which requires the President to work with Congress to develop a detailed strategy to end the ISIS threat. As this effort moves forward, it is critical for the Obama Administration to collaborate with Congress, and our allies, to ensure ISIS is soundly defeated.” 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.  ### Read More

House Committee Holds Hearing on Water Storage, Sites Reservoir Proposal


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) today spoke in support of a measure that would accelerate the development of new surface water storage facilities, including Sites Reservoir in Northern California. H.R. 5412, sponsored by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), streamlines the Bureau of Reclamation feasibility study process for surface water storage facilities by putting hard deadlines on study completion and authorizing construction of projects that are found feasible. The legislation also includes reporting and transparency requirements to provide agency justifications on why feasibility studies are not being completed in a timely manner. “California’s water crisis is a direct result of a failure to invest in new water supplies over the past few decades. This measure accelerates studies of new water storage projects and sets criteria for construction of those projects, including Sites Reservoir,” said LaMalfa. “If projects like Sites were in place today, we wouldn’t be coping with billions in drought-related economic damage to our economy. Our cities wouldn’t be experiencing water rationing, our farmers wouldn’t be fallowing fields and food prices would not be increasing. It’s time to end the decades of inaction and begin addressing California’s long-term water needs.” Testifying on the proposal was Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority general manager Jeff Sutton, who has a background in water law and whose family has farmed in the Northern Central Valley since the 1870s. “This drought is a predictable, preventable crisis and a great many of its impacts could be addressed with better planning and new water storage facilities,”  added Sutton.   Similar to LaMalfa’s Sacramento Valley Water Storage and Restoration Act of 2014 (HR 4300), H.R. 5412 seeks to end expensive and interminable feasibility studies that have delayed water projects like Sites Reservoir. Despite bipartisan support from around the state, ten years of work and millions in state and federal funds, the project study has yet to be completed.    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.  ### Read More

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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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