MODESTO, Calif. — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) will hold a United States Military Academy Information Night on Monday, August 25, 2014. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Joseph A. Gregori High School in Modesto and give students interested in applying to one of the United States military academies an overview of the nomination process.
“Each year I have the honor of nominating exemplary Central Valley students to our nation’s military academies,” said Rep. Denham. “The academies provide young people with extensive preparation to succeed in our armed forces. Military Academy Information Night is the best resource available for students and parents interested in learning more about how nominations work.”
Information Night, which takes place annually, is open to all parents and students in the 8th through 12th grades from California’s 10th congressional district. Students interested in applying to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point will be able to meet with representatives from the academies and Rep. Denham’s office for details of each academy’s work educating, training and preparing students for military service.
Gregori High School is located at 3701 Pirrone Road in Modesto. Information Night will take place in the Multipurpose room.Read More
You may have seen earlier this week the Surface Transportation Board (STB) ruled on the second leg of the California High Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) building plan. The Authority faces a $55 billion funding gap and has yet to demonstrate any ability to generate the funds required. While the STB ensured they comply with the law and wait for full environmental review, the Authority has repeatedly shown a desire to work around the law and contrary to what voters approved. Unfortunately, they can’t work around their funding gap, and without $55 billion, the high speed rail project remains a pipe dream.
In Iraq, humanitarian aid is starting to reach the affected populations. Yazidis who were under siege at Mt. Sinjar have mostly been able to leave. Nouri al-Malaki has shown himself to be a sectarian leader not interested in uniting the country’s political, religious and ethnic groups. I welcome the formation of the new national unity government under their new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi. We must continue to work with Iraqi security forces and other groups to prevent the further spread of ISIS influence within the country and reassert state control over the occupied territories for the safety of all Iraqis. Iraqi Christians will then be able to return to the communities where they have been present for more than 2,000 years.
As a quick reminder, my staff and I are holding Mobile District Office Hours throughout the month. MDOs are a great way to get our help with federal agencies or have your questions answered. I’ll be attending several MDOs in the coming weeks and hope to see you there! Here’s August’s full schedule.
I’d like to spotlight one of my hardworking interns over the last semester. I welcomed Brad O’Laughlin to my Washington, D.C. office from June to August. Brad is 21 years old and is a native of Chico, California. As a rising senior at Santa Clara University, Brad majors in Operations Management and Information Systems. Brad was able to apply his skills in a practical way in my office by creating a helpful database for the offices tour requests.
Brad interned in my Washington, D.C. office this summer.
In addition to creating this database, Brad gave tours of the Capitol, took down constituent requests and aided my legislative staff. After Brad finishes up at Santa Clara, he plans on attending law school. After law school, Brad is open to the possibility of coming back to the Hill and then ultimately ending up at a lobbying firm.
“I chose to intern for Congressman Denham because I wanted to be a part of the staff that supports his visions for the Central Valley and future water projects in California,” said Brad.
Brad is the son of Tim and Paula O’Laughlin.
If you know someone who’d like to intern in my Modesto or D.C. offices, more information is available here.
Enjoy your weekend.
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Kudos to Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, for his work on the Veterans Affairs reform bill that the president signed into law in June. Veterans in the Valley will be helped by the provision that expands access to private doctors and getting more facilities built. Getting this reform done is a sign that bipartisan cooperation is still possible in Congress. Now is the time to keep pressure on the VA to implement the reforms correctly. The VA has a chance to restore the trust of the American people in the agency. Denham served in the military, and I know he will always stand with his fellow veterans. With so few veterans in Congress, we need to keep him there to make sure the overhaul gets done right; too much is at stake.
Ray Alli, ModestoRead More
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) issued the following statement regarding the Surface Transportation Board’s decision on the second leg of the California High Speed Rail Authority’s proposal:
“The California High Speed Rail Authority faces a $55 billion funding gap and has yet to demonstrate any ability to generate the funds required. The STB ensured they comply with the law and wait for full environmental review, but the Authority has repeatedly shown a desire to work around the law and contrary to what voters approved. Unfortunately, they can’t work around their funding gap, and without $55 billion, the high speed rail project remains a pipe dream.”Read More
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) recently invited newly-confirmed Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald to the Central Valley.
“Restoring trust in the VA will require transparency from the Department,” said Rep. Denham. “I’ve invited Secretary McDonald to the 10th congressional district so that our veterans can see him and share their stories with him. In addition to my letter, my Veterans Advisory Committee and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors have sent invitations. Secretary McDonald has committed to visiting VA locations across the country in the next month and I hope he will consider the Central Valley at the top of his list. It’s especially crucial that he see the urgent need to begin building the VA facility in French Camp.”
Rep. Denham met with Sec. McDonald on Thursday, August 7, 2014 in person when he attended the bill signing ceremony of the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 at Fort Belvoir, VA with President Obama.Read More
Last Saturday I joined many from our local Assyrian community for a rally at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco to protest the persecution of Christians in Iraq. In the last few days the situation in Iraq has grown even more dire.
Saturday’s rally was part of a nationwide protest of the persecution Christians and other religious minority groups have been enduring.
The world cannot tolerate the creation of a terrorist state in the heart of the Middle East. Nor can we watch as some of the world’s most ancient religious communities are persecuted or destroyed. The Iraqi Christians and other minority groups are in desperate need of our aid, and many Central Valley residents have family members suffering under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (commonly referred to as ISIS or ISIL) actions.
I support the humanitarian airlift underway in Iraq as well as increased coordination with and support of the Kurdish Peshmerga and other security forces battling ISIS on the ground. We cannot stand idly by and watch as the Iraqi people endure labeling, targeting and ethnic cleansing based on religion. The risks of inaction and the likelihood of genocide are too great.
With Tracy Mayor Brent Ives at the groundbreaking of Tracy Fire Station #96 on West Grant Line Road.
I spent the beginning of the week at home, where I met with startup business owners in Manteca, helped break ground at two new fire stations in Tracy, attended National Night Out events, donated backpacks to Interfaith Ministries’ back to school drive, toured the emergency room at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, visited Hogan Manufacturing in Escalon to see their work producing electric ramps and lifts and spoke to attendees at the Turlock Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs and Issues breakfast about our ongoing water crisis.
Darlene Quinn, the Director of Interfaith Ministries, has been there 7 days a week for 15 years. The donation will help K-12 students have the supplies they need as they head back to school this month.
Yesterday I attended the bill signing ceremony of the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 at Fort Belvoir, VA with President Obama and congressional leaders.
I joined President Obama and several of the VA reform bill’s supporters on Thursday.
The VA reform bill is just the first crucial step in ensuring our veterans receive the care they deserve. This bill increases access to care by making veterans eligible to see a private doctor if they live more than 40 miles from a VA facility. This will lift a huge burden on Central Valley veterans who have been driving hours to the Palo Alto facility.
The hardest work is just beginning as we work to implement these changes, and our mission isn’t over. The lesson of the past few years is clear: we cannot expect additional funds alone to solve the problem. This bill is merely a start on all of the necessary structural reforms that must take place within the Department. I look forward to working with the Veterans’ Affairs committee and Secretary McDonald to ensure these resources are used effectively so our vets get the care they deserve.
Have a great weekend!
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) issued the following statement regarding the situation in Iraq:
“The world cannot tolerate the creation of a terrorist state in the heart of the Middle East. Nor can we watch as some of the world’s most ancient religious communities are persecuted or destroyed. The Iraqi Christians and other minority groups are in desperate need of our aid, and many Central Valley residents have family members suffering under ISIS’ actions. I support the humanitarian airlift underway in Iraq as well as increased coordination with and support of the Kurdish Peshmerga and other security forces battling ISIS on the ground. We cannot stand idly by and watch as the Iraqi people endure labeling, targeting and ethnic cleansing based on religion. The risks of inaction and the likelihood of genocide are too great.”
Rep. Denham participated in last Saturday’s rally at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco with the local Assyrian community to protest the persecution of Christians in Iraq.Read More
Just hours before hopping on a plane to sign a bill alongside President Barack Obama, Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) spoke before his constituents and local dignitaries at the Turlock Country Club as part of the annual Turlock Chamber of Commerce's Eggs and Issues breakfast.
Denham provided updates on his efforts in Washington, D.C. paying special attention to issues that directly affect Turlockers, in particular the multifaceted nature of the water crisis.
Citing the Clean Water Act of 1972, Denham expressed concerns of administrative overreach particularly in regards to the Environmental Protection Agency's increasingly strict water laws that have compromised many locals farming abilities.
"We have seen rules implemented outside of Congress that may have good intentions but have huge adverse affects to our farming community," explained Denham.
The Act was originally created to promote commerce while regulating the quality of navigable waters, but according to Denham what is considered navigable waters is consistently redefined.
"The definition of navigable waters today, you can't even put a canoe in what they consider navigable waters. It's an open definition to take away property rights and it’s something we're going to have to fight," Denham said.
Citing concerns for agriculturalists that may be fined or penalized for excess water on their property such as a holding pond at a dairy or water on a farmer's acreage that has fallowed, Denham said he is fighting overtly restrictive water use to allow farmers to work their land.
However, farming itself has been difficult in recent months due to the ongoing drought that has become not only an agricultural issue but a political one. With concerns for the lack of ground water in reserve and the drilling of wells across the Valley that is turning up salt and sand, Denham promoted continued water conservation efforts for the “jobs, infrastructure, and long term viability of the Valley."
"This is not a Westside versus Eastside issue, or L.A. and San Francisco versus our rural areas," said Denham "We've got to utilize this current crisis to actually get some big, long-term, water storage done," said Denham.Read More
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) attended the bill signing ceremony of the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 at Fort Belvoir, VA today with President Obama and congressional leaders.
“The VA reform bill that was signed into law today is just the first crucial step in ensuring our veterans receive the care they deserve,” said Rep. Denham. “This bill increases access to care by making veterans eligible to see a private doctor if they live more than 40 miles from a VA facility. This will lift a huge burden on Central Valley veterans who have been driving hours to the Palo Alto facility.
“The hardest work is just beginning as we work to implement these changes, and our mission isn’t over. No more long wait times, no more secret lists, no more lists at all. It’s time to eliminate the backlog and bring real reform to the VA.
“The lesson of the past few years is clear: we cannot expect additional funds alone to solve the problem. This bill is merely a start on all of the necessary structural reforms that must take place within the Department. I look forward to working with the Veterans’ Affairs committee and Secretary McDonald to ensure these resources are used effectively so our vets get the care they deserve.”
The Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 requires independent assessments of VA medical care and gives the Secretary of the VA additional tools to hold underperforming staff accountable. It also includes additional resources for staffing at VA medical facilities to help address the bureaucratic impediments that exist to hiring qualified health professionals for VA facilities across the country.
Constituents with feedback for Rep. Denham on how to reform the VA are invited to submit their views through his website: http://denham.house.gov/denham-poll-va.Read More
Americans have a vested interest in supporting risk-taking entrepreneurs, inventors and small business owners who invest an incredible amount of their own seed money to start and grow their businesses. This is the quintessential story of the American Dream that has catapulted America to the heights of economic success as a nation for decades.
Beginning farmers and ranchers are often a forgotten success story of the American Dream. They spend tremendous energy, time and money in starting their farms, hoping that harvest time will see a bounty to cover their costs, provide for their families and have a profit to invest in new technologies critical to their success.
Planting new trees and vines is a long-term investment because upfront costs are huge and will not see a return for many years. As an almond farmer myself, I've experienced firsthand the feeling of spending money on a new crop that may not bring me enough to break even, much less make a profit, any time soon. Businesses large and small across the country do the same thing—investing without an immediate profit. Luckily, these companies can deduct the value of their purchases on their taxes, encouraging them to think strategically, plan ahead and in turn hire more workers and expand their businesses for the future.
In 2002, President Bush signed a bill that put in place a policy known as "bonus depreciation." Bonus depreciation allows companies to deduct an additional 50 percent of the value of an investment in the first year on top of the regular depreciation schedule. Bonus depreciation has spurred great economic activity by allowing businesses to invest in the future, grow and hire more workers with the money that would otherwise go straight to the government bureaucracy. Bonus depreciation encourages job creation and economic growth.
Under current law, tree and vine farmers have not been able to benefit from this business-friendly tax policy. They must wait until a tree or vine produces a commercially viable crop to claim the depreciation value on their investment, eliminating the incentive to invest in future crops. Paying a large sum up front for the tree or vine without being able to claim bonus depreciation hinders farmers from purchasing new farm materials because it forces them to wait to see the financial benefit. This lag can be detrimental to their choice to invest in new property and grow new trees and vines.
As a member of the Agriculture Committee in the House, I've been pushing to make fruit-bearing trees and vines eligible for bonus depreciation for many years because of the benefit it will bring to the Central Valley agricultural community, encouraging them to invest in new, higher-value crops.
The actual price of a tree or vine is much more than the sticker price at the nursery. For each planted tree or vine, it costs the farmer labor to prepare the land, plant and grow the tree in the succeeding years before it produces marketable crops. Additionally, countless agricultural research dollars of private and public origin provide the newest technologies to the plants to make them drought-, pest- and weed-resistant.
I voted for a bill at the beginning of July that would permanently change this policy to extend the "bonus depreciation" provisions to fruit- and nut-bearing trees and vines. I continue to support the No. 1 job-creating industry in the valley—agriculture—by serving on the House Agriculture Committee, the 2014 Farm Bill conference committee, protecting Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, and supporting increased research and development, expanded trade, more water storage and a commonsense regulatory environment, so you can prosper on your private property and not live in fear of a government bureaucrat hindering you from creating jobs and providing for your family.
The policies that help American farmers grow their businesses mean reasonable food prices for Americans and more jobs created within our communities. Agriculture is the engine of our country and our agricultural community should be eligible to receive the same benefits that businesses large and small do each year. I'm proud to have pushed for and passed a bill to make bonus depreciation permanent. The Senate should take up this important legislation right away, so we can send it to the president, put it into law and grow our economy.
(Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, represents the 10th Congressional District in the Central Valley.)
Permission for use is granted, however, credit must be made to the California Farm Bureau Federation when reprinting this item.Source: http://agalert.com/story/?id=7011
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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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