Jeff Denham

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

This week

2014/12/19

Dear Friend, This week President Obama announced an end to the decades-long embargo on Cuba. Thankfully, we also saw the release of Alan Gross, an American who had been working for USAID when he was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and was unjustly detained in Havana for the last five years. I welcome the news of Alan’s return to his family, but unfortunately, the Cuban government continues to hold prisoners who have dared to challenge the Castro regime and speak in favor of the freedom the Cuban people deserve. Congress must carefully review any agreement made with Cuba to ensure that we are not enabling the continued survival of a regime that has preyed on the Cuban people for more than five decades. I am not confident we have received any meaningful guarantee of political reform. The news that 33 people were killed and more than 200 women and children kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria is a tragic reminder that the capacity of this evil group to perpetrate terror has not been diminished by recent international efforts to defeat it. Please join me in praying for the victims and their families as they face this unendurable trial. Please also remember the many special operators, including members of the California National Guard, who are currently deployed to assist the Nigerian military as they struggle to combat Boko Haram. This week the President signed a year-long funding bill into law. I look forward to working next Congress with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to return to the kind of regular order appropriations process the Senate hasn’t participated in in years. The bill we passed also sets up the strongest possible circumstances for Congress to send a clear message that we cannot allow the President to ignore the will of the American people in taking executive action on immigration reform. I will continue to push for reform for our broken system, but it must be done in a way that respects the views of Americans across the country. Last week’s newsletter included a breakdown of some of the key components of our funding bill – read it here. I’ll be cheering on the Central Catholic Raiders today in their face off against St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano for Division IV State champs! The Raiders will be fighting for their third state championship. Kickoff’s at 4 p.m. and you can watch a livestream online. From my family to yours, wishing you a blessed and peaceful Christmas and good health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year. JEFF DENHAM Read More

The Turlock City News: Denham Announces Military Academy Nominations, Two Turlock Students Nominated

2014/12/14

U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) announced 16 students, including two from Turlock, who received nominations for the 2014 service academy from California’s 10th District to one of three of the country’s most prestigious military academies. Students were nominated to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Each student seeking to attend one of the military academies must be nominated by a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator or the Vice President. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination to attend. “The Valley is home to so many talented young people,” said Denham. “Each of these individuals has demonstrated an admirable desire to learn and to serve our nation, and their contributions to their communities deserve recognition. Nominations are based on a complex application and interview process and factors including academic achievement, leadership ability, physical aptitude, participation in extracurricular activities and demonstration of character are all considered. Upon graduation, these students commit to serving in the military for a minimum of five years on active duty status. Students who are nominated must be accepted by the individual service academies, as well, in order to attend; these students will be notified in April 2015. “I look forward to seeing each of them succeed far into the future,” said Denham. The full list of this year’s nominees is below. Maria Martinez – Turlock – U.S. Air Force Academy John Moody III – Turlock – U.S. Air Force Academy Bryce Lew – Manteca – U.S. Naval Academy Ga’Lhiel Dillard – Modesto – U.S. Military Academy Tanner Goudeau – Modesto – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy Brent Sordo – Modesto – U.S. Air Force Academy Logan Eaton – Oakdale – U.S. Naval Academy Jose Martinez – Patterson – U.S. Military Academy Brooke Sanpei – Patterson – U.S. Air Force Academy Nathaniel Gagnon – Ripon – U.S. Military Academy Justin Armijo – Ripon – U.S. Military Academy Michael Brown – Tracy – U.S. Military Academy Anthony Cabri – Tracy – U.S. Air Force Academy Kyle Hewitt – Tracy – U.S. Naval Academy Joseph Johnson – Waterford – U.S. Air Force Academy Ellis Valdez – Waterford – U.S. Military Academy For more information about the military academy nomination process visit Denham’s website here.  Read More

Funding the government

2014/12/12

Dear Friend, Last night the House passed a year-long funding bill to provide for the operations of our federal government. When I read through this bill, I saw that it included a number of the things I care about, and a number of the things you’ve written me about. This bill includes many provisions to help our economy grow, allow our farmers and ranchers to succeed, protect our second amendment rights, and ensure our veterans can get the care they deserve, among other things. The omnibus spending bill: Provides increased funding to the VA to implement the Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014 (I attended the bill signing for this law in August after months of work with the Veterans Affairs committee to craft legislation protecting and providing for our vets. It’s a great first step); Increases staff at the Veterans Benefits Administration to help process claims and reduce our backlog; Includes no funding for California high-speed rail (I wrote a letter last week to House appropriators asking that they include my amendment to prohibit spending federal dollars on this project, which long ago ceased representing the will of our state’s voters); Restricts the EPA application of the onerous Waters of the U.S. rule in agricultural areas, helping ensure that the government stays out of farmers’ and ranchers’ ponds and ditches; Gives no new funding to the Affordable Care Act, which is still causing families across the Valley to see increased premiums, decreased coverage, and even more limited options for access to care; Protects our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting the implementation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty; Allocates emergency funding to fight Ebola; Freezes member salaries and office payrolls for members of Congress and our staff (I have cut my own office budget each year); And bans the Administration’s florescent light bulb standard, which prevents incandescent bulbs from being manufactured or sold (many of you have written me about this standard, which has raised costs across the country at a time when your electric bills are already too high). Perhaps most importantly, the bill puts us on much stronger footing to challenge the President’s executive action on immigration. I cannot support his choice to ignore the will of the American people and act outside of the Constitution. He and I share the goal of reforming our broken immigration system, but I won’t support him doing so in a process that sidesteps Congress. The funding bill I supported yesterday did not include any funding for the Department of Homeland Security past February. This means that we will have the opportunity several months from now, with a new Senate, to send a clear message from all of Congress that executive action which undermines the rule of law will not be tolerated. This is not a perfect bill, and the practice of passing last-minute funding bills creates far too much uncertainty for American families. This dysfunctional system was created when the Senate stopped considering and passing individual appropriations bills through regular order, as the House has done each year. I look forward to having a willing partner in the Senate next Congress to consider individual funding bills, line-by-line, in a transparent and steady process. I had the pleasure of nominating 16 exemplary young people to our nation’s military academies this week. Each of these individuals has demonstrated an admirable desire to learn and to serve our nation, and their contributions to their communities deserve recognition. You can read the full list of nominees here. If you or someone you know is interested in applying to attend one of our military academies, you can find more information on the application process through my website. Calling each of these young men and women to tell them the good news is one of my favorite parts of my job. I’m looking forward to spending time at home this week – and for those of you in Escalon, I’ll see you tomorrow at the Chamber of Commerce’s Parade of Lights! JEFF DENHAM Read More

The Turlock Journal: Denham nominates local students for military academies

2014/12/12

Maria Martinez admits that when her dad first introduced her to the United States Air Force Academy she was not interested. However, when she actually began to look into the academy herself, she quickly became enchanted with all the possibilities it had to offer her. A factor that played a huge role in swaying the former Turlock resident was the Foreign Area Studies major. “I love learning about other languages and cultures,” said Martinez. “The academy has so many opportunities for me to be involved in foreign areas and that is my passion.” Now, thanks to a nomination from U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), Martinez’s dream to attend the academy is one step closer to becoming a reality. “When I found out I was nominated, I was so relieved and ecstatic because it really goes a lot towards my future,” said Martinez. Earlier this week, Denham announced the names of 16 students from California’s 10th District who would earn the title of 2014 service academy nominees to the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland, U.S. Military Academy in New York, and U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. “The Valley is home to so many talented young people,” said Denham. “Each of these individuals has demonstrated an admirable desire to learn and to serve our nation, and their contributions to their communities deserve recognition. I look forward to seeing each of them succeed far into the future.” To garner the representative’s nomination, Martinez and the 15 other students who were selected had to first go through a rigorous application and interview process. Factors that led to an applicant’s success include academic achievement, leadership ability, physical aptitude, participation in extra-curricular activities, and character demonstration. “This is a big factor on whether or not I will be accepted into the academy,” said Martinez. “If they see that there is someone of high authority that is willing to back you up and nominate you, that says a lot. This nomination shows a whole lot of support and shows some credibility to who you are.” This year's nominees are:  Bryce Lew – Manteca – U.S. Naval Academy Ga’Lhiel Dillard – Modesto – U.S. Military Academy Tanner Goudeau – Modesto – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy Brent Sordo – Modesto – U.S. Air Force Academy Logan Eaton – Oakdale – U.S. Naval Academy Jose Martinez – Patterson – U.S. Military Academy Brooke Sanpei – Patterson – U.S. Air Force Academy Nathaniel Gagnon – Ripon – U.S. Military Academy Justin Armijo – Ripon – U.S. Military Academy Michael Brown – Tracy – U.S. Military Academy Anthony Cabri – Tracy – U.S. Air Force Academy Kyle Hewitt – Tracy – U.S. Naval Academy Maria Martinez – Turlock – U.S. Air Force Academy John Moody III – Turlock – U.S. Air Force Academy Joseph Johnson – Waterford – U.S. Air Force Academy Ellis Valdez – Waterford – U.S. Military Academy Read More

The Fresno Bee: Thumbs up, thumbs down

2014/12/12

Thumbs up to Mike Prado for landing a new job as a regional-level investigations chief for U.S. Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, D.C. He has risen in his career in law enforcement from working as an investigator aide for the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office to a federal agent investigating child pornography, gangs, and drugs and weapons trafficking. We hope his successor will be as amenable to collaborating with local law enforcement projects focusing on drugs and gangs. The more influence Valley people have in Washington, D.C., the better chance that we will get the time, funding and attention our challenges deserve. Thumbs up to Firebaugh internist Dr. Oscar M. Sablan for receiving the Frederick K.M. Plessner Memorial Award, honoring a California physician who best exemplifies the ethics and practice of a rural country practitioner. The California Medical Association notes that when he and his wife, Dr. Marcia Sablan, a family physician, arrived in Firebaugh 30 years ago, they moved here from Hawaii. The idea was to work three years in an underserved area covered under a program that forgives medical loans. Three decades later, their practice remains on the corner of O and Ninth streets and they are the only full-time doctors in the town of 7,800. Thumbs up to the Exchange Club of Fresno for its support of the annual Silent Sleigh program at Christmas for deaf children. The club has donated $1,000 each of the past two years to Silent Sleigh. The donations are used for bus transportation, food and gifts for the children. Silent Sleigh is in its 28th year. Thumbs up to Reps. David Valado, R-Hanford, and Jeff Denham, R-Atwater, for breaking GOP ranks last week and voting against The Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act, a slap at President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform. Even though this bill was strictly political theater intended to whip up the GOP base, Valadao and Denham stood up for the many Valley residents who would benefit from immigration reform. That’s more than we can say for the three Valley lawmakers who supported the bill: Devin Nunes, R-Tulare; Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove. Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/12/12/4283723_thumbs-up-thumbs-down.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy Read More

The Manteca Bulletin: Three nominated for military academies

2014/12/12

Congressman  Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, has nominated three South County high school students for consideration for appointment to three of the nation’s prestigious military academies.  The three are Bryce Lew of Manteca,  Naval Academy; Nathaniel Gagnon of Ripon, Military Academy; and Justin Armijo of Ripon, Military Academy. Academy students commit to serving in the military for a minimum of five years active duty upon graduation. If accepted to attend, students will receive notice from the individual service academies in April 2015.  “The Valley is home to so many talented young people,” said Denham. “Each of these individuals has demonstrated an admirable desire to learn and to serve our nation, and their contributions to their communities deserve recognition. I look forward to seeing each of them succeed far into the future.”  Students were nominated to the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Altogether 16 were nominated from the district. Read More

Denham Announces 2014 Military Service Academy Nominees

2014/12/10

[[{"fid":"301","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Denham calls students to personally congratulate them on their nominations."},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"Rep. Denham calls students to personally congratulate them on their nominations.","class":"media-element file-default"}}]] Rep. Denham calls students to personally congratulate them on their nominations. WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today announced the 2014 service academy nominees from California’s 10th district. Rep. Denham nominated 16 students from cities across the district to three of the country’s prestigious military academies. “The Valley is home to so many talented young people,” said Rep. Denham. “Each of these individuals has demonstrated an admirable desire to learn and to serve our nation, and their contributions to their communities deserve recognition. I look forward to seeing each of them succeed far into the future.” Students were nominated to the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Each student seeking to attend one of the military academies must be nominated by a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator or the Vice President. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination to attend. Nominees are selected through a rigorous application and interview process and are chosen based on factors such as academic achievement, leadership ability, physical aptitude, participation in extra-curricular activities and demonstration of character. Academy students commit to serving in the military for a minimum of five years active duty upon graduation. If accepted to attend, students will receive notice from the individual service academies in April 2015. For more information about the military academy nomination process, please visit https://denham.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations. The full list of this year’s nominees is below. Bryce Lew – Manteca – U.S. Naval Academy Ga’Lhiel Dillard – Modesto – U.S. Military Academy Tanner Goudeau – Modesto – U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy Brent Sordo – Modesto – U.S. Air Force Academy Logan Eaton – Oakdale – U.S. Naval Academy Jose Martinez – Patterson – U.S. Military Academy Brooke Sanpei – Patterson – U.S. Air Force Academy Nathaniel Gagnon – Ripon – U.S. Military Academy Justin Armijo – Ripon – U.S. Military Academy Michael Brown – Tracy – U.S. Military Academy Anthony Cabri – Tracy – U.S. Air Force Academy Kyle Hewitt – Tracy – U.S. Naval Academy Maria Martinez – Turlock – U.S. Air Force Academy John Moody III – Turlock – U.S. Air Force Academy Joseph Johnson – Waterford – U.S. Air Force Academy Ellis Valdez – Waterford – U.S. Military Academy Read More

The Stockton Record: Denham moves to block high-speed rail funding

2014/12/08

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, continued to try to hinder California’s bullet-train plans by asking the House Appropriations Committee to block federal funding for the project. Denham’ whose district includes southern San Joaquin County, has been trying to halt the project since at least 2012, when he introduced an amendment to stop federal dollars from heading to the $68 billion project. Earlier this year, he introduced the same amendment to the appropriations bill, H.R. 4745. On Friday, Denham sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, and its ranking Democrat Nita Lowey, D-New York, citing ballooning costs of the rail project. “California’s high-speed rail plan is light-years removed from what voters approved in 2008 with Prop 1A,” Denham, Denham wrote in a letter, also signed by members of the state’s Republican delegation. “The California High Speed Rail Authority is trying to spend money it doesn’t have on the false assumption that more federal funds are coming. No taxpayer should have to spend any further money on skyrocketing expenses they never supported.” Denham’s amendment had been adopted in June with a 227-186 vote. The California high-speed rail system plan includes connecting San Francisco and Sacramento to population centers in Southern California. The Sacramento branch would include a stop in Stockton. Read More

Skyrocketing costs

2014/12/05

Dear Friend, This morning I sent a letter with a group of colleagues to the House Appropriations Committee requesting that they include my amendment to prohibit spending federal dollars on California high-speed rail in any end-of-the-year funding measures. CA HSR's current plan is light-years removed from what voters approved in 2008 with Prop 1A. The California High Speed Rail Authority is trying to spend money it doesn’t have on the false assumption that more federal funds are coming. No taxpayer should have their hard earned money spent on skyrocketing expenses they never supported. My letter, which you can read here, was also signed by Representatives Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Devin Nunes (CA-22), Paul Cook (CA-08), Ed Royce (CA-39), John Campbell (CA-45), Darrell Issa (CA-49), Duncan Hunter (CA-52), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Buck McKeon (CA-25), Gary Miller (CA-31), Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Tom McClintock (CA-04). On Thursday I supported the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015, or NDAA. The NDAA provides annual authorities for our nation’s security and ensures continued congressional oversight of our ongoing military operations, like those in Syria and Iraq. This week I also voted for the ABLE Act, which will empower the families of disabled individuals to save money for their child's long-term disability expenses in the same way families of able-bodied children can currently save for college. ABLE accounts will function like 529 plans, leveling the playing field for disabled individuals and their loved ones. This bill means they can focus on the future – on ability. Click here for more information on the ABLE Act. Yesterday, I opposed H.R. 5759, the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act. I am staunchly opposed to the President’s decision to take executive action on immigration reform and ignore the will of the American people and Congress. I support finding a real and long term fix to our broken immigration system, but as I’ve said in this newsletter before, an executive order isn't real leadership and it's not a lasting reform that will give certainty to a land of immigrants. Unfortunately, this bill did not offer any solutions to our immigration problems or address border security, internal security, visa reforms, or any of the other aspects of our broken immigration system that need fixing. This bill could also potentially jeopardize the future of our DREAMers. Children brought here by their parents, through no fault of their own, cannot be held accountable for their parents’ actions. We also passed a bill to prevent a tax hike on small businesses, individuals and American manufacturers. Our convoluted, cumbersome tax code needs major reform. We’ve made progress on a larger bipartisan deal, but while we work on permanent solutions, this short-term package will help lay the groundwork for future reform efforts. I spoke to members of the OneRail coalition about the future of our nation’s rail system and the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2014 (PRRIA), a bill I introduced revitalize Amtrak and reform it to operate more like a business. Ensuring your taxpayer dollars are being spent as efficiently as possible is priority one for me. PRRIA would also allow rail lines like ACE to access RRIF loans and expand rail infrastructure in California. The bill passed unanimously out of the Transportation and Infrastructure committee in September. I visited with OneRail Coalition members on Tuesday to discuss the value of freight and passenger rail to the national transportation network. On Tuesday, I was proud to accept the American Kennel Club’s legislator of the year award for my support of canine issues. I accepted AKC’s award from Sheila Goffe, Director of AKC Government Affairs in my D.C. office.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend! P.S. If you’re not connected with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube yet, please visit my pages this week. JEFF DENHAM Read More

Denham Moves to Prevent Federal Funding for California High-Speed Rail

2014/12/05

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (CA-10) today sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey requesting that end-of-year appropriations measures include provisions to prohibit federal spending on California high-speed rail (CA HSR). “California’s high-speed rail plan is light-years removed from what voters approved in 2008 with Prop 1A,” said Rep. Denham. “The California High Speed Rail Authority is trying to spend money it doesn’t have on the false assumption that more federal funds are coming. No taxpayer should have to spend any further money on skyrocketing expenses they never supported.” Rep. Denham’s letter was signed by U.S. Representatives Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Devin Nunes (CA-22), Paul Cook (CA-08), Ed Royce (CA-39), John Campbell (CA-45), Darrell Issa (CA-49), Duncan Hunter (CA-52), Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Buck McKeon (CA-25), Gary Miller (CA-31), Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Tom McClintock (CA-04). The letter notes that CA HSR costs have ballooned “from $33 billion to over $100 billion before the scope was trimmed to bring the current figure to $68 billion. Additionally, the Authority has continually failed to keep the project off Ag land or to provide a viable business plan detailing where the money for the project will come from, instead assuming that federal tax payers will foot the bill.” The letter asks the Appropriations Committee to include in an end-of-the-year funding vehicle the Denham Amendment to H.R. 4745, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015. Specifically, the Denham amendment prohibits use of federal funds within the bill for high-speed rail in the State of California or for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The Denham amendment was adopted by a vote of 227-186 in June of this year, and has been supported in previous Congressional sessions. The letter is available here.  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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Doug LaMalfa

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Tom McClintock

CALIFORNIA's 4th DISTRICT

Paul Cook

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David Valadao

CALIFORNIA's 21st DISTRICT

Devin Nunes

CALIFORNIA's 22nd DISTRICT

Kevin McCarthy

CALIFORNIA's 23rd DISTRICT

Buck McKeon

CALIFORNIA's 25th DISTRICT

Gary Miller

CALIFORNIA's 31st DISTRICT

Ed Royce

CALIFORNIA's 39th DISTRICT

Ken Calvert

CALIFORNIA's 42nd DISTRICT

John Campbell

CALIFORNIA's 45th DISTRICT

Dana Rohrabacher

CALIFORNIA's 48th DISTRICT

Darrell Issa

CALIFORNIA's 49th DISTRICT

Duncan Hunter

CALIFORNIA's 50th DISTRICT

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