Jeff Denham

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

Denham Announces October 2014 Mobile District Office Hours

2014/09/30

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today announced Mobile District Office Hours for the month of October 2014. Mobile District Office Hours are an opportunity for 10th district residents to meet with the congressman and staff to hear more about his work in Washington, D.C. and the Central Valley, have their questions answered or get help with specific casework.

MDOs are hosted by staff and when possible by Rep. Denham. Staff members are available to assist 10th district residents with casework on matters including Medicare, Veteran’s Affairs, Social Security, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal legislation.

Additional information is available through Rep. Denham’s website and the schedule for the month is provided below. Regular office hours are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Schedule is subject to change throughout the year; any alterations will be posted online. For more information, please contact Rep. Denham’s Modesto district office at (209) 579-5458.

Wednesday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 15 – Tracy 1-2:30 p.m. Tracy City Hall 333 Civic Center Plaza, Rm 216, Tracy, CA 95376

Thursday, October 2 – Turlock 9-10 a.m. Turlock Chamber of Commerce Conference Room 115 S. Golden State Boulevard, Turlock, CA 95380

Friday, October 3 – Oakdale 9:30-11 a.m. Oakdale Chamber of Commerce 590 N. Yosemite Avenue, Oakdale, CA 95361 *Held in conjunction with Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s office.

Friday, October 3 – Waterford 2-3:30 p.m. City of Waterford 101 E Street, Waterford, CA 95386 *Held in conjunction with Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s office.

Friday, October 3 and Friday, October 17 – Manteca 10-11:30 a.m. Manteca Chamber of Commerce 183 W. North Street #6, Manteca, CA 95336

Thursday, October 9 – Hughson 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. City of Hughson 7018 Pine Street, Hughson, CA 95326 *Held in conjunction with Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s office.

Friday, October 10 – Newman 9-10:30 a.m. City of Newman 938 Fresno Street, Newman, CA 95360 *Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella, Assemblyman Adam Gray and Supervisor Jim DeMartini’s offices.

Friday, October 10 – Patterson 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. City of Patterson 1 Plaza, Patterson, CA 95363 *Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella, Assemblyman Adam Gray and Supervisor Jim DeMartini’s offices.

Tuesday, October 14 – Escalon 10-11 a.m. Escalon City Hall 2060 McHenry Avenue, Escalon, CA 95320

Thursday, October 16 - Modesto 2-3:30 p.m. Maddux Youth Center 615 Sierra Drive, Modesto, CA 95351 *Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella’s office.

Friday, October 17 – Ceres 1-2:30 p.m. Ceres American Legion Hall 2609 Lawrence Street, Ceres, CA 95307 *Held in conjunction with Senator Anthony Cannella, Assemblyman Adam Gray and Supervisor Jim DeMartini’s offices.

Tuesday, October 21 – Riverbank 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Riverbank City Hall 6707 3rd Street, Riverbank, CA 95367 *Held in conjunction with Senator Cathleen Galgiani and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s offices.

Thursday, October 23 – Denair 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Denair Community Services District 3850 North Gratton Road, Denair, CA 95316 *Held in conjunction with Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s office.

Tuesday, October 28 – Ripon 1-2 p.m. Ripon Chamber of Commerce 929 W Main Street, Ripon, CA

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Time at home

2014/09/26

Dear Friend,

I had a busy week at home and am looking forward to several more in October.

On Monday I visited Emanuel Medical Center (EMC) in Turlock to celebrate the center’s acquisition by Tenet. Emanuel is one of Turlock’s largest employers and has been a crucial resource for families across the Valley since 1917 under management of Covenant Ministries of Benevolence. With Tenet’s ownership EMC will be able to spend many more years providing top-notch care for farmers, ranchers and working people who make up the fabric of the Central Valley. Tenet’s acquisition also means that Emanuel will become a tax-paying entity. This is crucial to raising revenue for our local infrastructure, assisting us in meeting other community needs.

This sign the Merrill West students made was a wonderful welcome! 

I spent Wednesday morning with about 200 AP government and politics students at Merrill West High in Tracy. I shared some of my background and why I decided to get involved in government and took questions from the students on everything from legislation I’m working on to alleviate the impacts of our drought, to how committee assignments are made in the House of Representatives, to how my military service prepared me for Congress.

It's always a privilege to meet with young people interested in government and service. 

Yesterday I met with VA Secretary McDonald during his visit to the Bay Area. I’ve invited the Secretary to come visit our district and see firsthand the trips many of our vets have to make to Palo Alto for their medical appointments. I also spoke with him again about how important building the French Camp VA facility is to our area.

We had a productive discussion with Sec. McDonald yesterday in San Francisco. 

As I mentioned last week, the House passed my bill to extend crucial programs to several groups of our veterans – especially homeless veterans, rural veterans, student and female veterans. This bill also extends grants to VSOs which help Central Valley vets traveling to their appointments. This legislation cleared the Senate with unanimous support. It now awaits the President’s signature and I look forward to seeing him sign it into law.

Yesterday the Department of Defense announced a decision to allow DACA recipients to be eligible to in the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest pilot program, which is a currently-operated program that recruits immigrants who provide expertise in language or medicine to the military.

Yesterday’s decision was a step forward for DREAMers who want to serve this great country. Unfortunately, while it mirrors the intent of my ENLIST Act, it would not allow all qualified the opportunity to serve the country they know as home. Legislation is the only lasting solution for the men and women brought to this country through no fault of their own who want to perform the ultimate act of patriotism in defending America. It's time for the President to support the bravery of all that are willing to put their lives on the line regardless of political expediency.

For the latest updates on what I’m up to at home and in D.C., let’s connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

JEFF DENHAM

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Denham Statement on DoD DREAMers Decision

2014/09/26

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) issued the following statement in regards to the Department of Defense’s policy decision today:    

“Today's decision from the Department of Defense is a step forward for DREAMers who want to serve this great country. Unfortunately, while it mirrors the intent of my ENLIST Act, it would not allow all qualified the opportunity to serve the country they know as home. Legislation is the only lasting solution for the men and women brought to this country through no fault of their own who want to perform the ultimate act of patriotism in defending America. It's time for the President to support the bravery of all that are willing to put their lives on the line regardless of political expediency."

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What not to do

2014/09/19

Dear Friend,

This week, the House of Representatives tackled one of the most challenging issues facing our nation: after six hours of debate on the House Floor, my colleagues and I took concrete steps to eradicate ISIS, the most pernicious terrorist threat in the world today. We simply cannot and will not stand idly by and watch as innocent people are beheaded and the Iraqi people endure labeling, targeting and ethnic cleansing based on religion. The risks of inaction are too great.

The House also passed a bill I introduced to extend crucial veterans service programs. My bill, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act (H.R. 4606), extends care for our nation’s veterans most in need, like the homeless veterans, as well as rural veterans, female veterans and student veterans. It’s essential that we keep these programs from expiring, and I’m pleased to have the support of the House. It also benefits Central Valley vets by making grants to Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) which provide transportation to highly rural veterans, like those in the Valley who have to travel 90 miles or more to Palo Alto for their appointments.

I was honored to be able to accompany some of our Central Valley vets to the WWII memorial. 

This week I had the privilege of meeting several WWII veterans from the Central Valley Honor Flight. Greeting and speaking to these war heroes as they take a once-in-a-lifetime journey to visit their national memorial is one of the highest honors I have as a Congressman.

It wouldn’t be fair to mention our nation’s heroic veterans without wishing the venerable United States Air Force a happy 67th birthday this week. On Thursday, my colleagues and I took the time to celebrate the service of all the brave men and women who have and are currently serving. As a former airman, I am proud to have served my country in such a distinguished branch. Please join me in wishing happy birthday to the U.S. Air Force!

The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act will bring Amtrak into the 21st century and prevent another HSR boondoggle. 

As many Californians already know, and many more are daily coming to realize, California’s high-speed rail project is a perfect example of what not to do when planning rail infrastructure systems. This week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA, or H.R. 5449), which improves rail infrastructure, reduces costs and accelerates project delivery for the nation’s passenger rail transportation system. Importantly, PRRIA puts in place a process to ensure boondoggles like California high-speed rail never happen again; the bill which I introduced along with other Committee leaders ensures taxpayers are never again left on the hook for a project with no future.

The final elements of the legislative agenda for this week were to fund the government through December 11th, and passing a package of jobs bills and energy bills that provide a streamlined solution to keep government from blocking the path of economic recovery and job growth.  It also requires faster consideration of oil and gas lease and pipeline proposals, clearing the way for action on energy-positive plans to explore and produce our nation’s natural resources for all Americans.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner presented me with the NFIB's Guardian of Small Business Award. 

On Wednesday, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) presented me with an award for standing up for small businesses. The Guardian of Small Business Award is given to members of Congress who have supported small business and free enterprise throughout the 113th Congress. As a small business owner myself, I am fully aware of the duty of Congress to facilitate -- never hinder -- free enterprise and job growth. Small businesses are the economic powerhouses of our country. Job creation and economic growth hinge on the abilities of small business owners to make decisions, hire employees and find innovative, successful business models. As an NFIB member, I will continue to support legislation that helps our local businesses thrive and keeps government regulation out of their way.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the weeks to come as I am in the district full-time to hear from you and tackle our nation’s most pressing problems.

JEFF DENHAM

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Denham Honored with NFIB Small Business Award

2014/09/18

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was honored this week by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for his strong small business record. NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Award is bestowed upon members of Congress who have supported small business and free enterprise throughout the 113th Congress.

“Small businesses are the economic powerhouses of our country,” said Rep. Denham. “Job creation and economic growth hinge on the abilities of small business owners to make decisions, hire employees and find innovative, successful business models. As an NFIB member, I will continue to support legislation that helps our local businesses thrive and keeps government regulation out of their way.”

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Denham for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.”

“The record shows that Rep. Denham is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”

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Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act Would Prevent Another California High-Speed Rail Boondoggle

2014/09/17

WASHINGTON — The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today passed the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act (PRRIA, or H.R. 5449). Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) joined Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Committee Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Corrine Brown (D-FL) to introduce PRRIA, which improves rail infrastructure, reduces costs, leverages private sector resources, creates greater accountability and transparency, and accelerates project delivery for Amtrak and the Nation’s passenger rail transportation system.

In addition to overhauling nationwide rail infrastructure, PRRIA puts in place a process to ensure boondoggles like California high-speed rail (CAHSR) never happen again. The bill includes provisions similar to 2008’s Prop 1A, requiring grants over $1 billion to secure a state match in order for funding to proceed. The bill also requires that grants of that size include a usable segment. Under PRRIA, if the grant applicant is unable to complete the project and operate a full capacity within 20 years, any federal funds must be returned on a pro-rated basis.

“California’s high-speed rail is a perfect example of what not to do,” said Rep. Denham. “The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act will ensure taxpayers are never again left on the hook for a project with no future.”

PRRIA streamlines the RRIF process, giving passenger railroads in California better access to financing. It enhances the private sector’s ability to leverage railroad right of way to increase revenues, encourages development in and around Amtrak stations by strengthening multimodal connections and capturing development-related revenue streams, and provides for concurrent environmental review, which will speed up project delivery. 

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House Passes Denham Bill to Extend VA Benefit Programs

2014/09/16

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives today passed U.S. Representative Jeff Denham’s (R-Turlock) bill to extend crucial veterans service programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act.

“A great deal of work remains to be done to make sure the VA can fulfill the needs of our veterans,” said Rep. Denham. “The programs this bill extends are providing care for some of our nation’s veterans most in need, like the homeless. It’s essential that we keep these programs from expiring, and I’m pleased to have the support of the House.”

Rep. Denham’s bill, H.R. 5404, would extend a number of programs benefitting female veterans, homeless veterans and student veterans and other authorities given to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pertaining to health care, housing and transportation. It also benefits Central Valley vets by making grants to Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) which provide transportation to highly rural veterans, like those in the Valley who have to travel 90 miles or more to Palo Alto for their appointments.

More information about the bill is available here

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In remembrance

2014/09/12

Dear Friend,

13 years ago yesterday, our great nation came under attack for the things we hold most dear: freedom, prosperity and strength. This week we remember the thousands of Americans who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on Flight 93. The first responders, police forces, firefighters and citizens who fought to help each other are an inspiration to us all. We owe a debt of gratitude to them and to the thousands more who have lost their lives in the years since 2001 fighting for our freedom and protecting the ideals that make us Americans.

This week we also remember the four American lives lost two years ago in Benghazi, Libya. Our nation is again threatened by forces across the world determined to spread terror and evil. Our country is capable and strong, and we know that freedom is not free. We will continue to stand for human dignity, courage and honor across the globe.

For the soldiers who returned home in the years since 9/11 and long before then, we have a responsibility to provide the best care and benefits we possibly can. That’s part of why this week I introduced a bill to extend crucial VA programs serving some key groups of our veterans – like homeless veterans, student veterans and our dedicated female veterans. My bill will ensure that our vets continue receiving the care and benefits they so clearly deserve. It will also support Central Valley veterans by ensuring VSOs can keep helping them get to and from their medical appointments. I look forward to seeing this bill enacted into law as quickly as possible.

On Wednesday the President spoke about the events taking place in the Middle East. With his speech, I hoped that he would lay out a clear plan for how to address the growing danger of ISIL. Many Assyrian Christians in our community have family members whose lives are threatened by the ongoing turmoil and terrorist forces in Iraq and Syria. I served in Operation Restore Hope and Desert Storm and saw how crucial it is to have a plan, an objective, and an exit strategy when we engage in these kinds of conflicts. I will be closely considering any requests from the President and will continue to support American interests across the globe.

As I mentioned last week, on Tuesday I voted in support of the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, H.R. 5078, a bill I co-sponsored to protect farmers and ranchers in the Central Valley from overregulation. This legislation is crucial to ensure our property rights.

I was honored to have Glen Berteau, pastor at The House Modesto, visit the House of Representatives to serve as our guest chaplain this week. I spent some time with Glen and his wife Deborah during their visit and introduced Glen to some of my colleagues. 

Watch the video of Glen’s prayer to open the House for legislative business.

I participated in a roundtable with Representatives Juan Vargas, David Valadao and Devin Nunes this week to discuss border trade and international finance.

On Wednesday, I joined Sens. Joe Manchin and Mark Kirk and Rep. Tim Walz to co-host an employment forum with members of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus. The forum was open to all veterans as well as Active, Reserve, National Guard, military families, and supporters of veteran employment and gave participants a chance to engage with military veteran business leaders in a small group setting, discuss their concerns and gather advice from experienced leaders who have worked their way to the top.

We had a great conversation at Wednesday's veterans employment forum. 

I spoke with the San Joaquin Valley Regional Planning Agencies Policy Council, whose members were in Washington for their annual “Valley Voice” trip, about transportation and other legislative priorities for the Valley.

I enjoyed my discussion with the San Joaquin Valley Regional Planning Agencies Policy Council.

Yesterday I introduced the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation that improves the infrastructure of our nation’s rail systems, with several colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure committee. PRRIA will bring our nation’s rail system into the 21st century. It reduces costs, strengthens crucial infrastructure, and encourages innovation through partnerships with the states and the private sector. The bill will require Amtrak to operate more like a business and force them to be accountable and transparent to taxpayers, and I’m looking forward to seeing our legislation considered by the committee next week.

The USO set up a spot on Capitol Hill for assembling care packages. 

I had the honor of assembling care packages for our wounded and injured service members through the USO this week. I remember how much packages meant to me during my service overseas – it’s a small thing that can make a huge difference for our military men and women.

Michelle and Eric Corgiat brought their children Christopher and Joshua to Washington from Modesto this week. My office helped coordinate tours for them of the White House, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Capitol building.

I’m in Modesto this afternoon speaking at the Modesto Chamber Harvest Luncheon. Looking forward to spending the weekend at home!

For the latest updates on what I’m up to at home and in D.C., let’s connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube

JEFF DENHAM

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Denham to Kick Off National Hispanic Heritage Month

2014/09/12

MODESTO, Calif. — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. PT at the recently-opened Rancho Fresco Restaurant in downtown Modesto. He will be joined by representatives of the Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, along with members of the Central Valley’s Hispanic community.

“The Central Valley’s Latino community is a strong contributor to our shared culture, our society and our economy,” said Rep. Denham. “I am proud to stand with our community leaders to kickoff National Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrate the rich history of my family and many others.” 

Monday, September 15, 2014

WHAT:                  National Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Celebration

WHEN:                  4:30 p.m.

WHERE:               Rancho Fresco Restaurant, 1008 J Street, Modesto, CA 95354

About National Hispanic Heritage Month:

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place each year from September 15-October 15. The month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens of Hispanic descent, whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson first observed Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the practice to observe the month we commemorate today.

September 15 is a significant date for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua – each declared independence on September 15, 1821. Mexico’s Independence Day takes place on September 16th, Chile’s on September 18th, and Belize on September 21st. Día De La Raza, or Columbus Day, takes place on October 12th. 

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National Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

2014/09/12

Rep. Jeff Denham will kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. PT at the recently-opened Rancho Fresco Restaurant in downtown Modesto. He will be joined by representatives of the Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and members of the Central Valley’s Hispanic community.

“The Central Valley’s Latino community is a strong contributor to our shared culture, our society and our economy,” said Rep. Denham. “I am proud to stand with our community leaders to kickoff National Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrate the rich history of my family and many others.” 

Monday, September 15, 2014 National Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Celebration 4:30 p.m, Rancho Fresco Restaurant, 1008 J Street, Modesto, CA 95354

About National Hispanic Heritage Month:

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place each year from September 15-October 15. The month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens of Hispanic descent, whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson first observed Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the practice to observe the month we commemorate today.

September 15 is a significant date for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua – each declared independence on September 15, 1821. Mexico’s Independence Day takes place on September 16th, Chile’s on September 18th, and Belize on September 21st. Día De La Raza, or Columbus Day, takes place on October 12th. 

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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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