I supported four bills the House passed this week to increase transparency, access and affordability in higher education for students across the country.
Numerous studies have shown that attaining a post-secondary degree means far greater opportunities for our young people. The success of our economy depends on the achievements of our children and grandchildren, but higher education costs continue to skyrocket. Great institutions in the Central Valley—like CSU Stanislaus and Modesto Junior College—are doing everything they can to reach out to disadvantaged students. I hope these bills will empower their efforts and help hardworking families make smart decisions about higher education so students aren’t saddled with unworkable debt.
This week I also supported eight bills to help stop human trafficking. This heinous crime continues to take place across the Central Valley. Along with the series of measures I supported last month, these bills help law enforcement identify and stop human trafficking and add protections for victims.
The American Action Network released a new study this week that estimated 10th congressional district seniors will each see $1,573.28 in cuts to their Medicare Advantage plans next year. It is clear that the President’s healthcare law threatens the well-being of our seniors, which is why I introduced the Seniors’ Right to Know Act, H.R. 4201, this past March. This bill would ensure that the millions of seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans are told how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the healthcare plans that they rely on every day. More than 40 significant alterations have been made to the healthcare law since its enactment. Many of those were made unilaterally by the Administration. The law is not working as intended and instead, our seniors are suffering the consequences.
It was great to speak to the Ripon Society with two of my California colleagues.
I had the opportunity this week to address the Ripon Society with my California colleagues Majority Leader-elect McCarthy and David Valadao. We talked about some of the issues most crucial to our state – water, immigration reform and border security. You can view video of our conversation online here.
It’s crucial that we secure our border. That needs to be the first step we take in addressing our broken immigration system. In the past I’ve supported border security bills to make securing the border a requirement, not a goal; require genuine accountability with verification by outside experts before one dollar is spent on new resources; set benchmarks and requirements to measure success and failure; and demand 90 percent effectiveness at apprehending those crossing the border illegally, because nothing less is acceptable. I remain committed to solutions that meet these criteria and to reforming our overall immigration system. Tell me what you think should be done to secure the border here.
I enjoyed meeting Olga and her daughter during their visit to our nation's capitol.
Olga Martinez visited from Modesto and brought her daughter to my office in D.C. We arranged a tour of the White House and the Kennedy Center for them.
Wednesday marked two years since my Veterans Skills to Jobs Act, which makes it easier for vets to transition to good jobs after returning to civilian service, was signed into law. It was step one in increasing employment opportunities for veterans, and as a co-founder of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, I look forward to taking many more.
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The American Action Network released a study showing that seniors from California’s 10th Congressional district will face $1,573.28 in cuts each under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) said in a statement that ACA cuts more than $300 billion from Medicare Advantage, placing an unbearable burden on the vulnerable and drastically growing senior citizen population.
“Central Valley seniors can’t afford to bear the brunt of these costs,” said Denham. “Thousands of seniors in my district rely on Medicare Advantage plans for their healthcare needs, from routine visits to emergency care. They’ve already started to see their plans cancelled and costs rise.”
“It is clear that the President’s healthcare law threatens the well-being of our seniors, which is why I introduced the Seniors’ Right to Know Act, H.R. 4201, this past March,” added Denham. “This bill would ensure that the millions of seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans are told how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the healthcare plans that they rely on every day.”
The study examines the impact of Medicare Advantage (MA) cuts for individual congressional districts nationwide. The study examines how much on average a senior’s MA has been cut in each congressional district by comparing MA rates from before the ACA with the actual benefit cuts each year since the ACA, including the latest round of MA cuts finalized.
“More than 40 significant alterations have been made to the healthcare law since its enactment,” said Denham. “Many of those were made unilaterally by the Administration. It’s clear that the law is not working as intended. Instead, our seniors are suffering the consequences.”
About 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries, or nearly 16 million seniors across the country, are enrolled in Advantage plans.Read More
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) supported four House-passed bills this week to increase transparency, access and affordability in higher education for young people across the country, including the Student and Tax Family Simplification Act, the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act and the Empowering Students through Enhanced Counseling Act.
“Higher education is one of the key components to achieving the American dream,” said Rep. Denham. “It’s crucial that we modernize post-secondary education by making it as accessible and affordable as possible for students in the Central Valley and across the country. That’s one of the goals of the California Public Higher Education Caucus, which I co-founded, and one of the key ways we can help our bright young people secure the best jobs and the best futures.”
A recent Pew Research Center (PRC) survey found that the discrepancy in the unemployment rate among millennials with a bachelor’s degree or additional higher education and those with only a high school diploma was 8.4 percentage points. According to PRC, “on virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment—from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the share employed full time—young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education.”
“It’s clear that attaining a post-secondary degree means far greater opportunities for our young people,” said Rep. Denham. “The success of our economy depends on the achievements of our children and grandchildren, but higher education costs continue to skyrocket. Great institutions right here in the Central Valley—like CSU Stanislaus and Modesto Junior College—are doing everything they can to reach out to disadvantaged students. I’m hopeful this legislation will empower their efforts and that these bills will help hardworking families make smart decisions about higher education so students aren’t saddled with unworkable debt.”
The four measures Rep. Denham supported this week will simplify the current four tax benefits for higher education into one more valuable credit, called the American Opportunity Tax Credit, make it easier for families to navigate the federal financial aid process, provide crucial, clear information for students choosing a school and enable the Department of Education to use competency-based measures to allow for student advancement.Read More
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today commemorated the two year anniversary of the signing of the Veterans Skills to Jobs Act into law. Rep. Denham introduced the Veterans Skills to Jobs Act in 2012 with U.S. Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) to make it easier for veterans to use the skills acquired in the military to get jobs at home.
“The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act was step one in increasing employment opportunities for veterans,” said Rep. Denham. “As an Air Force vet, I was once told I’d need three years of schooling to maintain private sector aircraft after having served as a crew chief. Veterans across the country told me similar stories. The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act is a common-sense solution to that problem. In February of 2012, Rep. Walz and I also co-founded the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus with Senators Kirk and Manchin. With our private sector partners, we remain committed to ensuring our veterans can put their valuable skills to use after returning to civilian life.”
The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act directs federal agencies to recognize relevant military training for veterans seeking federal work licenses. Since the passage of this bill and others designed to improve the transition process for veterans, substantial progress has been made to ensure sectors of the federal government and branches of the military work together to improve employment opportunities. The Department of Energy, for example, has moved to work directly with the Department of Defense to ensure that their industry credentials can be awarded directly to transitioning veterans, giving our vets the opportunity to get jobs right away in fast-growing energy industry fields.
The unemployment rate among veterans nationwide has decreased since the bill’s passage. In July 2012, the post-9/11 veterans’ unemployment rate was 17.3 percent and the overall veterans’ unemployment rate was 8.3 percent. Today those rates stand at 7.0 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively.
“The Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) is happy to join Representative Jeff Denham of California in celebrating the two year anniversary of the Vets Skills to Jobs Act,” said Anthony A. Wallis, legislative director of the AUSN. “As an initial supporter of the legislation, AUSN is pleased that this bill passed in 2012 and has helped many veterans receive the certifications from their skills learned in the military, which can then be applied to their post-service careers.”
The Veterans Skills to Jobs Act passed with the support of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Military Officers Association of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars USA, the Association of the United States Army, the Association of the United States Navy, the Air Force Association, the Navy League of the United States, the National Guard Association of the United States, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States and the Retired Enlisted Association.Read More
WASHINGTON - Following the release of a study from the American Action Network (AAN) showing that seniors in California’s 10th congressional district will face $1,573.28 in cuts each under the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) released the following statement:
“The Affordable Care Act cuts more than $300 billion from Medicare Advantage, putting a unbearable burden on some of our most vulnerable citizens. Central Valley seniors can’t afford to bear the brunt of these costs. Thousands of seniors in my district rely on Medicare Advantage plans for their healthcare needs, from routine visits to emergency care. They’ve already started to see their plans cancelled and costs rise.
“It is clear that the President’s healthcare law threatens the well-being of our seniors, which is why I introduced the Seniors’ Right to Know Act, H.R. 4201, this past March. This bill would ensure that the millions of seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans are told how the Affordable Care Act is affecting the healthcare plans that they rely on every day.
“More than 40 significant alterations have been made to the healthcare law since its enactment. Many of those were made unilaterally by the Administration. It’s clear that the law is not working as intended. Instead, our seniors are suffering the consequences.”
The AAN study examines the impact of Medicare Advantage (MA) cuts for individual congressional districts nationwide. According to the AAN, the study quantifies how much on average a senior’s MA has been cut in each congressional district by comparing MA rates from before the ACA with the actual benefit cuts each year since the ACA, including the latest round of MA cuts finalized in April 2014. 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Advantage plans, or nearly 16 million seniors across the country.
More information about Rep. Denham’s legislation to require that Medicare Advantage providers inform program enrollees when they make a change to seniors’ plans in order to comply with the Affordable Care Act is available here. More information about the AAN study is available here.
As I’m sure you have heard, yesterday an estimated 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH17 lost their lives. This morning President Obama indicated that the downing of the flight was caused by a surface-to-air missile launched from areas in Ukraine controlled by Russian separatists. As we work to gather more information about this terrible tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all those who lost their lives. I urge Russian and Ukrainian authorities to work with the international community to investigate the circumstances of this awful loss.
It's time to rein in the IRS.
This week I voted for the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015, which decreases funding for the IRS by $1.4 billion and prevents them from using government funds to target groups of Americans for their political beliefs. The news of Lois Lerner’s “lost” emails makes it clear that the IRS needs real change. Several years ago I led the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee tasked with bringing much-needed restraint to the out-of-control GSA, which was spending lavish sums on conferences and employee perks. I am committed to bringing accountability to the IRS in the same way.
On Tuesday I supported the bipartisan Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, H.R. 3086. The Permanent Internet Freedom Tax Act would make permanent the current ban on state and local taxation of Internet access and on multiple taxation of Internet commerce. The Internet is an extremely valuable resource and municipalities shouldn’t interfere when it comes to access of this resource.
Meeting with Mike Zeiter and Mario Supnet of UCP Stanislaus.
Meeting with the Oliviera family from Riverbank on Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to meeting with a few constituents this week like the Oliveira family, Mike Zeiter and Mario Supnet of United Cerebral Palsy Stanislaus stopped by my office to talk about disability issues and Medicaid. Issues like these are extremely important not only to our district but to the nation as a whole, so I appreciated hearing from Mark and Mario about how I can work to help UCP Stanislaus.
This week UC Davis released a new study that confirms what I see across the district. The Central Valley is bearing the brunt of the drought. In addition to finding that the drought will cost California more than 17,000 seasonal and part-time jobs, the study found that 60 percent of the fallowed cropland, 70 percent of the statewide crop revenue losses and most of the dairy losses are likely to take place in the San Joaquin Valley. We must come together with immediate, lasting solutions for increased storage and increased water supplies and that starts by changing the regulations coming from Sacramento and Washington bureaucrats. Please click here for more details of the study.
Speaking at the SAWIP event on Tuesday afternoon.
On Wednesday afternoon I had the unique opportunity to speak to young leaders from South Africa who are part of the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP). This program provides opportunities for leadership development, community service and professional exposure for young people in South Africa by offering them a six week trip to Washington, D.C. It was great to be able to share my personal story and to answer their questions about ways they can to impact their own communities.
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WASHINGTON - Following the release of a study from the University of California, Davis which found that the total statewide economic cost of the 2014 drought is $2.2 billion with a total loss of 17,100 seasonal and part time jobs, U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) released the following statement:
“This study just confirms what I see every day in my district,” said Rep. Denham. “The Central Valley is bearing the brunt of the drought. We must change the regulations coming from Sacramento and Washington bureaucrats that worsen the effects of this devastating drought on our agricultural community.
“It’s crucial that we come together with immediate, lasting solutions for increased storage and increased water supplies to see a permanent solution for our Valley farmers signed into law this year.”
The Economic Analysis of the 2014 Drought for California Agriculture was conducted by the University of California, Davis and funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture with assistance from California Department of Water Resources. In addition to finding that the drought will cost California more than 17,000 seasonal and part time jobs, the study found that 60 percent of the fallowed cropland, 70 percent of the statewide crop revenue losses and most of the dairy losses are likely to take place in the San Joaquin Valley. Full text of the study is available here.Read More
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today voted in favor of making bonus depreciation, a tax provision allowing companies to deduct half the cost of new capital investments, permanent. The same bill expanded bonus depreciation to apply to the planting and grafting of trees and vines, meaning Central Valley farmers can immediately benefit from investing in their long-term crop businesses.
“Extending bonus depreciation encourages companies across the country to increase capital investment, build new facilities and create jobs,” said Rep. Denham. “I’ve been pushing to make fruit-bearing trees and vines eligible for bonus depreciation for many years because of the benefit it will bring to the Central Valley’s agricultural community, encouraging them to invest in new crops.”
The measure, H.R. 4718, includes a provision to expand the class of qualified property to permit a vine or tree bearing fruit to be eligible for bonus depreciation when it is grafted or planted. Under previous laws, bonus depreciation was only available for this class of property when placed in service.
The non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that making bonus depreciation permanent will increase economic growth and could reduce the national debt by as much as $10 billion.Read More
I voted this week with 414 of my colleagues to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, H.R. 803, which helps improve our nation’s workforce development system and eliminates arbitrary roadblocks that prevent workers from learning vital skills. The bill puts Americans back to work with the skills they need, and it’s one of many I’ve supported in the House designed to get our economy moving and create jobs. More than 10.5 million people are looking for work nationwide and estimates show that four million job openings remain unfilled due to a “skills gap” among workers, so this bill is especially crucial.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act does away with 15 ineffective and duplicative federal programs and removes the layers of bureaucracy surrounding workforce training. By increasing on-the-job, customized and incumbent worker training and implementing pay-for-performance training contracts for adults and youth, we can close the skills gap. Today this bill was sent to the President’s desk, and I hope to see him sign it into law right away.
Click above to view the full video of my interview with Betty Liu on the border crisis.
As you may have seen in the news this week, we are currently seeing a surge of unaccompanied minors crossing our southern border. On Wednesday I spoke with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop” about my trip to the border, the border surge and what we can do to ensure its security. I visited the border two weeks ago with a bipartisan delegation of members from California and saw firsthand the broken immigration system that’s currently in place. The system is not going to fix itself and it’s clear from the influx of unaccompanied minors that border security and immigration reform need to be a top priority. If you have a minute, check out the video.
I took a lot of great questions during this morning's Twitter town hall meeting. Looking forward to the next one!
I also conducted a town hall meeting using Twitter this morning to hear more from my constituents about the border surge and share some of the things I saw while I was there. I use Twitter town hall meetings in addition to town hall meetings in person in the district and over the phone to stay in touch on days I have to be in D.C. for votes. A full transcript of the discussion is available on my Twitter page.
Recently cities across the Central Valley have seen a sharp rise in the number of lawsuits from out of town lawyers targeting local businesses for allegedly violating portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many of these are small, family-owned businesses who are ill-equipped to afford the vast legal fees to fight a professional trial lawyer and have been forced to shut down. It is a problem that has been growing for years. Our state needs to create jobs, not lawsuits, and we clearly need reform for our ADA laws. I wrote an op-ed in the Ceres Courier this week with details on what I'm doing on the federal level to protect small business owners from these types of shakedown lawsuits – read it here.
Lastly, I wanted to mention a bill I co-sponsored today that will be crucial to keeping government red tape from getting between farmers and their land. H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, prohibits the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the Waters of the U.S. rule, which would broaden the Clean Water Act and expand the government’s regulatory power to extend to puddles, ponds and ditches. The last thing we need is more government intrusion when working private land. I’m committed to fighting the bureaucratic overreach and pleased to support this bill.
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July 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Representative Jeff Denham, a California Republican, talks about efforts to stem the rising flow of Central American children into the U.s. and the outlook for border security and immigration policy. Denham speaks with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop."Read More
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Congressman Jeff Denham represents the 10th District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes all of Stanislaus County and part of San Joaquin County. He was first elected to Congress in 2010, and is currently serving a second term in the 113th Congress.
Rep. Denham’s public service career began with the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 16 years between active duty and reserve status. He fought in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope in Iraq and Somalia, respectively.
After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Rep. Denham worked in the agriculture industry as an almond rancher and entrepreneur. He understands the critical importance of agriculture business in cultivating California’s economy and maintaining employment.
In his work as a California State Senator from 2002-2010, Rep. Denham focused on balancing run-away spending in California and protecting taxpayer dollars from wasteful state projects. He was a proven and courageous leader in the California Senate, where he was the subject of an unsuccessful recall attempt for his refusal to vote on irresponsible budget proposals.
First and foremost, Rep. Denham is a family man. Jeff and Sonia Denham have been married for 20 years, and they have two children, Austin, 17, and Samantha, 15.
In his position as a U.S. Congressman, Rep. Denham remains focused on representing the long-term interests of California’s agricultural businesses, finding a solution to the long struggle over water storage and conveyance, transportation interests in California and fighting for the rights, protections and benefits America’s brave and heroic veterans deserve. He is also an advocate for a top-to-bottom approach to reform for our broken immigration system.
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In this week's newsletter: improving access to higher education, bills to stop human trafficking, solutions I support to secure the border and
Numerous studies have shown that attaining a post-secondary degree means far greater opportunities for our young people. The success of our economy
An early #tbt: Two years ago today my bill, the Veterans Skills to Jobs Act, was signed into law. Vets Skills to Jobs makes it easier for veterans
A new study released yesterday found that seniors in our district will see their Medicare Advantage benefits cut by $1,573 each. This puts a
Glad to see the President sign H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, into law. This bipartisan bill, based on the House-passed