Jeff Denham

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

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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Denham Statement on 9/11

2014/09/11

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) issued the following statement in remembrance of the Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2012:

“13 years ago today, our great nation came under attack for the things we hold most dear – freedom, prosperity and strength. Today 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.

“We also remember the four American lives lost two years ago in Benghazi, Libya. Today 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.”

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Denham Bill to Extend VA Benefit Programs Passes House VA Committee

2014/09/10

WASHINGTON — 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, today passed the full House Veterans Affairs' Committee. The 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.

“This bill will ensure that our vets continue receiving the care and benefits they so clearly deserve,” said Rep. Denham. “It will 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.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act extends the authority of the VA to make grants to Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) in order to provide transportation to highly rural veterans. This program benefits veterans in the Central Valley who currently have to travel 90 miles or more to Palo Alto for their medical appointments. The bill would also continue the authorization for homeless veteran housing and reintegration programs, which have helped to significantly reduce the number of homeless veterans.

This bill 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 keep working together to develop Integrated Electronic Health Records (iEHRs) so that important health information does not get lost when a servicemember leaves active duty. 

Additionally, Rep. Denham’s bill would make technical changes to Public Law 113-146, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, which was signed into law on August 7, 2014.

Full text of the bill is available here.

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Denham Votes to Protect Central Valley Farmers and Ranchers from Overregulation

2014/09/09

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today voted in support of the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, H.R. 5078, a bill he co-sponsored to protect farmers and ranchers in the Central Valley from overregulation.

“The last thing Central Valley farmers and ranchers need is more restrictions on water usage,” said Rep. Denham. “That’s why preventing the implementation of the Waters of the United States rule is crucial to ensure our property rights.”

The bill prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing their controversial proposed “Waters of the United States” rule to extend the definition of “navigable waters” to miniscule bodies of water such as farm ponds and drainage ditches, making them eligible for regulations of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

By redefining these waters, the EPA would broaden regulation of the agricultural community and add a new layer of bureaucracy between farmers and their lands. Under the EPA’s proposed rule, almost all waters could be subject to regulation by the agency regardless of size or continuity of flow.

The bill Rep. Denham supported prohibits the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering or enforcing the proposed “Waters of the United States” rule and any other agency guidance that would expand the scope of waters covered by the CWA.

It also requires the EPA and the Corps of Engineers to consult with state and local governments and maintain a transparent partnership when developing recommendations for regulatory proposals.

The bill is supported by the Association of California Water Agencies, the California Farm Bureau, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many other national organizations.

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Modesto Pastor to Serve as Guest Chaplain in U.S. House of Representatives

2014/09/08

WASHINGTON — With the sponsorship of U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), Pastor Glen Berteau of The House Modesto will serve tomorrow as the guest chaplain in the United States House of Representatives. Pastor Berteau will offer the opening prayer of the legislative session on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 12 p.m. ET.

“Pastor Berteau has been a great leader in our community,” said Rep. Denham. “I’m honored to share the floor of the House with him and to bring his talents as a speaker and evangelist to my colleagues.”

Pastor Berteau currently serves as Senior Pastor of The House Modesto, a church of more than 8,000. His congregation was named one of the top 50 largest churches in America. He serves as a youth pastor and is the author of a popular youth manual and two books, “Christianity Lite” and “Christianity To Go.” He received his Certificate of Ordination from the General Council of the Assemblies of God in 1982. He traveled to Washington, D.C. for the prayer with his wife, Pastor Deborah Berteau.

Prayers are offered at the beginning of each day in session in the House and precede regular business. The invocation can be viewed live on C-SPAN and through www.c-span.org

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The last thing the Central Valley needs

2014/09/05

Dear Friend,

I’ll return to Washington next week to begin a busy September. I’ve had a great August spending time at home with many constituents. If you didn’t get to meet with me or my staff this month, please check out our upcoming schedule for Mobile District Office Hours, where we can answer questions or help you with federal casework.

I’m looking forward to voting with the full House on a bill I’ve co-sponsored, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which will be crucial for California farmers and private property owners. It will protect them from the EPA’s attempts to get between them and their land to regulate bodies of water like ditches and puddles. These waters clearly don’t require EPA oversight, and more regulation and red tape is the last thing the Central Valley needs.

I will also be voting in the coming month on a package of bills to help us pursue an all-of-the-above energy strategy, harnessing our most valuable domestic and foreign resources, including one to again approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, which has been held up by bureaucratic red tape for far too long. State Department estimates show that building the pipeline will create more than 42,000 jobs.

It was great to tour the new Stanislaus County Juvenile Correction Facility. 

I wrapped up last week with a tour of the Stanislaus County Juvenile Correction Facility in Modesto. The new 45,600-square-foot facility opened in June and was named in honor of Dr. Everett Johnson and Lillian Johnson, who both served the county’s juvenile justice system for years. I was glad to see the new center firsthand and hear about the impact the staff there is having in the lives of the young people at the facility.  

I joined Assemblymember Gray, Senator Cannella and Supervisor DeMartini in Newman last weekend.

On Sunday, I participated in the Newman Fall Festival Parade. I had a great time meeting so many Newman families and welcoming fall with Assemblymember Gray, Senator Cannella, Supervisor DeMartini and so many others.

On Wednesday, I’ll be co-hosting a forum focused on veteran employment with my fellow Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus co-chairs. Our bipartisan, bicameral caucus aims to decrease veteran unemployment through events like this one, our signature “I Hire Vets” campaign, and other efforts to provide resources for veterans seeking employment and businesses looking to hire them. We must ensure our veterans are empowered with the skills they need to find quality work upon their return to civilian life. Please click here to learn more about how you can get involved.

This week marks the beginning of the 20th year of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. These prestigious awards are given to young volunteers across the country making outstanding contributions to their communities. Top award recipients are brought to Washington, D.C. to be recognized. California residents in grades 5-12 are welcome to apply. If you’d like to apply or know someone else who would, please forward this newsletter to them and encourage them to visit http://spirit.prudential.com and http://www.nassp.org/spirit to learn more. 

Over the last several weeks more disturbing news has emerged about the IRS’s evaluation of various groups' applications for tax-exempt status. It’s crucial that we get all the information about politically-motivated targeting to the American public.

Lastly, a quick note on what’s been going on in Iraq. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of Steven Sotloff and James Foley, two American journalists brutally murdered by ISIS. After learning of Steven’s murder this week, it is clearer than ever that ISIS poses a tremendous threat not only to the Middle Eastern region but to countries across the globe. We cannot allow their terrorist organization to gain any further strength.

Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for more in-depth news and updates.

Have a great weekend!

JEFF DENHAM

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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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