Jeff Denham

Jeff Denham


Time to vote


Dear Friend, Absentee ballots hit mailboxes over the last two weeks, so if you haven’t already, please check your mailbox! We are lucky to live in a democracy where our voices matter and our votes count, and I hope you’ll join me in exercising your right to vote over the next few weeks, either by mail or at the polls on November 4. Generations of men and women have fought for your right to vote, and voting is a civic duty that we should all take seriously. I had a busy week around home. On Tuesday I toured Boyett Petroleum, marketers of gasoline and diesel fuel throughout the state of California. Boyett operates 14 outlets across our district and is a distributor throughout the state of California. I enjoyed seeing their facilities in Modesto. I met with members of the Valley Consortium for Medical Education to discuss graduate medical education funding and their community efforts to improve underserved health care through expanding medical residency training programs. I then held a roundtable discussion with small business owners, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, the Stanislaus Council of Governments, and local insurance providers to discuss ways to stop the negative effects of the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) under the Affordable Care Act. Estimates show that the HIT will impact 1.7 million small businesses and raise premium costs by $5,000 per family over the next decade. I've co-sponsored two bills to help stop the HIT and protect our small businesses – the backbone of our economy.  The first is the Small Business and Family Relief Act, a bipartisan bill that would delay the tax for two years and offer small business owners time to prepare for this new financial burden. The second is the Jobs and Premium Protection Act, which would repeal the HIT and lessen the burden this new tax has imposed on small business owners, their employees and their families. It was great to hear from so many small business owners at Tuesday's Stop the HIT roundtable.  Valley Charter High School students and teachers stopped by my Modesto office on Tuesday afternoon to speak with me about ways we can work together to support career and technical education programs. The students are participants in SkillsUSA, which is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. Closing the skills gap is essential to the success of future employers and employees. On Wednesday I joined a group of business owners at a coffee held by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce. I always enjoy hearing from our job creators. I also stopped by the Manteca Senior Center, where Doctors Hospital of Manteca administered over 300 flu shots that morning.   I enjoyed the Manteca Chamber of Commerce's coffee on Wednesday.    I visited with staff and seniors who received their flu shots in Manteca.  I continue to closely monitor the ongoing cases of Ebola in the country. Several House committees have held hearings over the last two weeks to hear testimony from CDC Director Friedan and others charged with preventing the spread of this and other infectious diseases in the United States. It is important to note that flu season is beginning and that many flu symptoms are consistent with those of the Ebola virus. I would encourage you to get flu shots for yourself and your family. CSU Stanislaus earned an important honor this week from for their efforts to serve Hispanic students., which serves as a resource for parents and students as they make decisions regarding higher education, ranked Stan St. 25th in the nation in serving Hispanic students after considering academics, student engagement, percentage of Hispanic students and membership in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Check out the Turlock City News coverage, and congrats, CSU Stanislaus! If you’re looking for more news from me, let’s connect on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. JEFF DENHAM Read More

Denham to Keynote Modesto Chamber of Commerce State of the Region Luncheon


MODESTO, Calif. — The Modesto Chamber of Commerce will host their annual State of the Region lunch on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 with keynote speaker Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). Rep. Denham will speak about job creation, economic growth and some of the factors inhibiting the growth of small businesses throughout the Central Valley.  David White, CEO of the Stanislaus Business Alliance, will share with the audience the data that the Alliance gathered in discussions with several hundred local businesses. Matt Machado, Director of the Stanislaus County Department of Public Works, will give an update on economic development projects currently taking place throughout the county. During the lunch, Senators Anthony Cannella and Cathleen Galgiani and Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen and Adam Gray will participate in a panel discussion on job creation. Additional information on the luncheon can be found through the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. Wednesday, October 22, 2014 WHAT:                  Modesto Chamber of Commerce State of the Region Luncheon WHEN:                  11:30 a.m. WHERE:               Modesto Centre Plaza, Stanislaus, San Joaquin Room, 1000 L Street, Modesto, CA 95354 Read More

Fighting breast cancer


Dear Friend, As you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer continues to impact families all across the country, and today almost three million American women have been diagnosed with breast cancer, are undergoing treatment or are in remission. Like you, I believe it is crucial that we continue to fight breast cancer through increased funding, dedication to groundbreaking research and efforts to raise awareness among our communities and families. In Congress, I am a co-sponsor of the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act, H.R. 3680, which would direct the Secretary of the Treasury to mint up to 500,000 $1 silver coins to raise funds for breast cancer research. This bill is one way we can help stop the devastating effects of this disease for American women. Women between the ages of 20 and 40 should get clinical breast exams every three years and every year after the age of 40. Click here to find a clinic near you for free clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvis exams and Pap tests. Many of us have friends and family who have been impacted by this disease. Some of us may have been personally affected. As a husband and father of a teenaged daughter, I believe we must continue to work together to raise awareness and let the women in our lives know they can turn to us for support. Like you, I am closely monitoring the news of the Ebola virus in the United States. I remain committed to working in partnership with our local healthcare officials to ensure the Central Valley is prepared should any viral disease spread to the area. The State Department has warned U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Liberia and Sierra Leone and begun screening processes for passengers traveling to several major U.S. airports from countries impacted by the disease. I am confident in the public health infrastructure of our country and its ability to contain an outbreak. It is also worth noting that according to the Centers for Disease Control, Ebola can only be contracted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person with the disease. To avoid contraction, practice careful hygiene, do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids, and avoid contact with nonhuman primates. Please contact a licensed medical professional to learn more about how to avoid contact. Congratulations are in order for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, whose efforts to fight for children's rights will have a lasting impact on children across the globe for years to come. Their Nobel Peace Prizes are well-deserved. These eighth graders from Turlock Christian School had lots of great questions!  This week I made a brief stop in D.C. to meet with a group of eighth graders from Turlock Christian School. I had a great time leading the students on a tour of the Capitol building and taking them down to the House floor to explain some of the procedures. We stopped to pray in the Members’ Prayer Room and I quizzed the kids on current events – with challenge coin prizes for the winners. I had fun sharing facts about the Capitol building with the students.  Have you been following the competition at the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge? Joel Gutierrez Campos’ mobile app for real estate deals won the latest regional competition in Oakdale, sending him to the December 10 finals, which will take place in Modesto. Two more regional competitions, one in Patterson and one in Turlock, are coming up – to enter or find more information, visit I’m looking forward to being home full time and meeting with many of you. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by my Mobile District Office Hours, please check out our schedule here. I post information, updates and photos all week long on my social media channels – follow along and share your feedback with me on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Happy Columbus Day! JEFF DENHAM Read More

Denham Receives Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was awarded the Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award from the 60 Plus Association for his efforts to save Social Security, reduce out-of-control government spending and protect seniors from the ‘death tax.’ “California’s seniors rely on the safety nets that Social Security and Medicare provide, which is why I’ve voted to protect the programs, ensure the long-term sustainability of Social Security and let seniors know when their Medicare benefits are being cut due to the Affordable Care Act,” said Rep. Denham. “I’m honored to receive this award from the 60 Plus Association.”   60 Plus Association Chairman Jim Martin, who founded 60 Plus in 1992, commented, “Jeff Denham can be counted on to protect Social Security and Medicare, fight to repeal Obamacare and end the 'death tax.'  As a trusted public servant, Jeff Denham will continue to protect the pocket books of senior citizens and end the wasteful spending of our tax dollars, which has our government now borrowing over 40 cents of every dollar to pay its bills. Seniors have to live within their means and so should our government.” “Jeff Denham is more than just a committed public servant with a distinguished track record of fighting on behalf of seniors in Washington; Jeff Denham is a trusted voice for smaller, more effective and less expensive government,” said Chairman Martin. “Jeff Denham is a tireless worker who makes decisions every day based on what's best for our children and grandchildren. Seniors have no better friend in the U.S. House of Representatives than Congressman Jeff Denham.” Pat Boone, longtime entertainer and spokesman for the group, remarked, “I’m still singing at concerts, but today I’m singing the praises of Jeff Denham. Seniors can depend on Jeff Denham.”  About The 60 Plus Association The 60 Plus Association is a 20-year-old nonpartisan organization working for death tax repeal, saving Social Security and Medicare, affordable prescription drugs, lowering energy costs and other issues featuring a limited government, less taxes approach as well as a strict adherence to the Constitution.  60 Plus calls on support from over 7 million citizen activists.  Read More

The Turlock City News: Denham's Veterans Affairs Bill Signed into Law


U.S. Representative Jeff Denham’s (R-Turlock) bill to extend crucial veterans service programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2014, which will directly benefit Central Valley veterans, was signed into law Sept. 26. Per the newly signed law, a number of programs, particularly specific to female veterans, homeless veterans, and student veterans will be implemented and maintained. Provisions to health care, housing and transportation will also be extended through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) because of the law. The VA will now have the authority to make grants to Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) in order to provide transportation to highly rural veterans; this benefits veterans in the Central Valley who currently have to travel 90 miles or more to Palo Alto for medical appointments. Additionally, the law continues the authorization for homeless veteran housing and reintegration programs, of which have significantly helped to reduce the number of homeless veterans; this is an issue particularly pertinent to Turlock. “This bill will ensure that our vets continue receiving the care and benefits they so clearly deserve,” said Denham. “It will support Central Valley veterans by ensuring VSOs can keep helping them get to and from their medical appointments.” Furthermore, the law extends key reporting requirements for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the VA for veterans’ health care records. This will ensure that the two departments continue to develop Integrated Electronic Health Records (iEHRs) to ensure that important health information does not get lost when servicemembers leave active duty. News of Denham’s newly signed Bill comes as welcome to many Turlock veterans who have experienced delayed service or difficulties getting to and from medical appointments; additionally, provisions in the newly signed law will help many area female and student veterans. A complete text of the bill can be found here.    Read More

The Sacramento Bee: Dan Morain: Mentally ill deserve more of our attention


The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued a little-noticed report last week that, based on the history of such tomes, won’t be long-remembered. That’s too bad. It details a story that needs to be retold. The report was inspired by The Sacramento Bee’s reports last year about the dumping of 1,500 mentally ill patients from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas. Nevada state authorities paid for Greyhound bus tickets and sent them to each of the other 47 continental United States, with little if any regard for what awaited them at the end of the ride. Self-styled patient advocates say people who suffer from severe mental illness have the right to refuse care, even if that care is for their own good. But by definition, the civil rights commission cares about civil rights, and this latest report decries how cavalierly we treat such people. We dump and ignore them. When they don’t react well, we jail and imprison them, unless, that is, they take matters into their own hands and kill themselves, as happens 40,000 times a year. The report cited several instances in which hospitals in recent years have mistreated psychiatric patients. They included Duke University Hospital and hospitals in Houston, North Carolina,Wisconsin and Florida. Commissioner David Kladney, a retired attorney in Reno who specialized in helping disabled people, had urged that the report be done. Kladney and other commissioners found issues large and small. Federal law requires that emergency rooms post notices detailing how patients who feel as if they’ve been mistreated can complain. The notice should include a phone number. “How many mentally ill are going to call?” Kladney said when we spoke by phone the other day. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, signed into law in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, requires that hospital emergency rooms provide care for people who have emergencies until they are “stable.” It’s easy to stabilize someone who has a broken bone. The definition of stability for someone who is severely mentally ill is far more complicated. In Kladney’s view, Congress should empower emergency staff to choose the most effective intervention for such patients. It would be far better to transport them to clinics where the staff is trained to deal with them. “We need to engage social workers to not just let these people walk out the door. They need to make sure they have a place to go that is safe,” Kladney said. In California, attitudes about rights of the most severely mentally ill people are beginning to change. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation authorizing family members to seek restraining orders forcing mentally ill relatives to give up their guns. Because of recent legislation freeing up state funds, counties are adopting a more aggressive approach known as assisted outpatient treatment to deal with severely mentally ill people who revolve in and out of jails and emergency rooms, and are chronically homeless. Initially, only Nevada County authorities adopted the program. They had felt a special obligation. Laura Wilcox, the college student after whom the law was named, was shot and killed in 2001 as she worked at the behavioral health department by a mentally ill man who had been in Nevada County’s care. About 80 severely mentally ill have gone through the program, living in their homes, meeting regularly with therapists and taking anti-psychotic medication. Nevada County finds that as they are in the program, they don’t land back in hospitals or jail. Yolo County adopted a Laura’s Law program in 2013; about five people are in it at any time. This year, Orange, San Francisco and Placer counties have adopted Laura’s Law programs. Contra Costa County supervisors will consider a proposal this week. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to implement Laura’s Law in July. Robin Kay, chief deputy director of the county’s mental health department, said her department will be providing “outreach on steroids” to roughly 500 people. Los Angeles County has established an advisory group to work out details. That could take months. The group’s membership includes Disability Rights California, a state and federally funded legal-aid group that sued Los Angeles County when it tried to implement Laura’s Law a decade ago, and has threatened to sue other counties since. Disability Rights attorney Pamela Cohen would not talk with me. But she was quoted in a publication last month as saying assisted outpatient treatment doesn’t work and that Disability Rights was contemplating suing Los Angeles County to block the implementation of Laura’s Law. Such a suit could have consequences, both for the expansion of assisted outpatient treatmentprograms and for Disability Rights. In the mid-1970s, Congress funded legal-aid groups such as Disability Rights California to defend the civil rights of mentally ill people who were held in inhumane conditions in asylums. “Their initial mission of stopping maltreatment has morphed into stopping treatment, and that is wrong,” said Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa. Murphy is carrying HR 3717 to alter antiquated laws and authorize more federal money for aid the care of people who are the sickest. It also would pare back the $35 million that the federal government spends on legal-aid groups such as Disability Rights. Eleven members of the California delegation have signed onto the bill, including Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, is one of six California Democrats who are co-sponsors. There is a partisan divide, unfortunately. Democrats Doris Matsui of Sacramento, John Garamendi of Walnut Grove and Mike Thompson of St. Helenaembrace a competing bill. Some people on the left and right say assisted outpatient treatment strips people of their rights. To the contrary, they have the right to treatment. Others say it is the last resort. Far from it. The last resort occurred in 2011 when a young man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a $65 million arson fire at the Roseville Galleria, after he had refused mental health services at a Placer County shelter. It occurred last September when a young mother drowned her 5-year-old daughter, after her sister failed to convince Davis police that the mother needed help. And it happens 40,000 times a year when someone commits suicide. Read more here: Read More

A new law helping our veterans


Dear Friend, After pushing my bill to extend crucial benefit programs to our veterans through the House and Senate, I was happy to see it signed into law by President Obama at the end of last week. Introducing this kind of legislation to bring lasting results for veterans is one of the greatest honors I have as your representative, and I look forward to supporting more bills that can become law to help ensure we provide for those who courageously served our nation. As a veteran myself, I know what a difference some of these programs, healthcare options and benefits can make for those who served and their families. You can read more about the new law here. On Wednesday I signed on to a letter to Secretary Kerry expressing my concern over Iran’s refusal to comply with nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency.  It's past time for Iran to comply with IAEA inspectors, since Tehran should have nothing to hide.  Preventing the growth of a nuclear Iran is of the utmost importance to our safety and the safety of nations across the globe. Two weeks ago I visited the Del Puerto Child Development Center in Patterson to meet the kids in the center. We had a great time reading and I was honored to receive a book of thank you cards from the students this week. Loved the thank you cards from the kids at the Del Puerto CDC! As I’m sure you saw in the news this week, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned after testifying before Congress about recent lapses in security at the White House, including an incident with an intruder gaining access to the East Room and one that allowed a convicted criminal to ride in an elevator with the President during a visit to Atlanta. The revelations were disturbing and I hope that the next head of the Secret Service can ensure that these kinds of problems never occur again. Protecting the President and his family are crucial roles for our government and must be done properly. Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of the rollout of Recent estimates show that the website itself has cost taxpayers over $2 billion in the last year. In that same timeframe,  the Affordable Care Act has led to cancelled plans for more than 700,000 Californians, rising premiums and decreased options for care. In the Central Valley, we struggle with a lack of access to doctors and hospitals, and the ACA has exacerbated our shortage. While I support provisions of the law, such as allowing kids to stay on their parents’ insurance and ensuring that individuals with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage, this unworkable law should be repealed and replaced fully with job-protecting solutions so that our small businesses can thrive and continue to create jobs. I’ve written before about the devastating economic impacts the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed “Waters of the United States” rule will have on the Valley and now the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is raising significant issues that EPA’s proposed rule is in violation of laws aimed at protecting small businesses.  In comments submitted to EPA, the SBA argues that the EPA should withdraw the rule as small businesses were not consulted over its provisions and the direct impacts the rule would have on small businesses throughout the country. Even though many environmental groups support the rule, it’s clear the Administration’s own agency tasked with supporting and promoting small businesses proves the rule will devastate job growth. You can read the letter from SBA to the EPA here: The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will open this weekend in Washington to honor our veterans wounded for life in the line of duty. If you’d planning a visit to D.C. in the coming months, please consider stopping by to pay tribute. I post information, updates and photos all week long on my social media channels – follow along and share your feedback with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. JEFF DENHAM Read More

The Turlock City News: Turlock Police Department Receives $500K Grant for Street Crimes Unit


With crime on the rise, news of Representative Jeff Denham's (R-Turlock) help in procuring a $500,000 grant for the Turlock Police Department from the Department of Justice (DOJ) comes as welcome to the Turlock community. In July, Denham wrote a letter to the DOJ’s office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in support of a grant that the Turlock Police Department applied for that would allow four new officers to be hired and reinstate their Street Crimes Unit. Budget cuts have been a significantly apparent issue in terms of public safety. In a 12 month span, the Turlock Police Department saw five officers leave to other agencies. The Department has since sworn in two officers and sent three officer trainees to the Academy, but still remain short-staffed. The Street Crimes Unit had previously been proactive in seeking out gang members, violent criminals, utilizing parole/probation tools, and implementing a community education component. The awarded grants are only permitted to provide up to 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of full-time officers for a 36-month grant period. There is a minimum 25 percent local cash match requirement of the $500,000 grant. This means that the Turlock City Council must authorize and commit to spending at least $125,000, 25 percent of the grant, in order to receive it. “The return of the proactive Unit will allow intelligence information sharing enabling sworn personnel to operate more efficiently,” said Denham. “Officers will not only know who the gang members are, but will know who the stakeholders are, allowing relationships to be built in the community and a community policy strategy to be upheld.” Should the Turlock City Council appropriate the minimum amount of funds necessary to secure the Federal grant, the City has the potential to combat and curb increasingly high crime rates. Read More

Denham Announces October 2014 Mobile District Office Hours


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 Read More

The Modesto Bee: Jeff Denham: Creating jobs key to Central Valley’s future, health


As a Valley small-business owner and farmer, I grew up on a farm and want my children – and generations of Valley kids to come – to have the same lifestyle I had. That’s why my top priority is creating jobs here at home, helping kids born and raised here to stay here and begin successful lives where they can find work. Business owners know that the last few years have been tough. Our economy continues to struggle and unemployment remains high. Overreaching environmental regulations and health care mandates pose an ongoing threat to small businesses as they try to comply. The Stanislaus Alliance Worknet’s recent survey of small business owners in the county found that environmental regulation and the Affordable Care Act were their top two concerns, with water not far behind. To run my business, I must be able to plan ahead. I need certainty to make the right decisions for my employees, accurately predict costs and revenues and generate a vision for the future. Environmental regulations, especially those that exacerbate our already devastating drought, make that planning nearly impossible. Unfortunately, there are groups of people more concerned with protecting fish than our economy. Their desired regulations, on top of those already in place, threaten to choke off our limited water supply. In the U.S. House, we passed legislation in February to put every option on the table for discussion as we work to help California cope with the drought. The House-passed bill included two bills I introduced to expand storage at New Melones and begin a pilot program on the Stanislaus River to suppress predator fish. We have been involved in negotiating with the Senate and the Obama administration. It is time for this administration to get engaged by instituting regulatory policies, providing storage and instituting long-term solutions so badly needed. I’ve also fought off the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule in recent months. The proposed rule would extend the definition of “navigable waters” to miniscule bodies such as farm ponds and drainage ditches, making them eligible for regulations of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The EPA’s proposal would add a new layer of bureaucracy between farmers and their lands, which is the last thing we need. With my support, the House passed a bill last month to prohibit this expansion and require the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to consult with state and local governments when developing regulatory proposals. As the Stanislaus Alliance Worknet found, the Affordable Care Act’s layers of bureaucracy, complicated mandates and new rules have added to confusion and uncertainty for business owners. Businesses trying to cope with the law’s new mandates face ongoing confusion about how many employees they can hire before their requirements change and how to afford to cover employee insurance plans. This is a job-killer. I’m committed to fighting to replace the law with a fiscally responsible health care plan with common sense initiatives to lower health care costs without reducing benefits or restricting choices. For a start, we should allow Americans to purchase insurance across state lines and implement tort reform to significantly lower costs without an additional dime of spending. The Valley needs jobs. Business owners need water, we need freedom from burdensome regulation, and we need laws that enable us to plan for the future. That’s been my fight in Congress during my time in office, and I’ll keep up that fight in the years to come. 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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