Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) introduced the Ensuring the Safety Our Mail Act, H.R. 603, which will double the maximum jail sentence for anyone convicted of mail theft.
“The high rate of mail theft in our region, particularly the theft of cluster box units, is a serious concern that must be addressed,” said Rep. Calvert. “Clearly, the criminals breaking into these mailboxes are not afraid of the consequences. I believe we need to send a strong message that if you get caught stealing mail, you are going to do serious jail time. Families should have confidence that sensitive documents in their mailbox are safe.”
Currently, the maximum jail sentence for anyone convicted of mail theft is five years under Section 1708 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. The Ensuring the Safety Our Mail Act increases the maximum jail sentence to ten years.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement on the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump:
“I want to congratulate President Trump on being sworn into office and welcome the entire Trump family to the White House. The coming weeks, months and years ahead will be filled with tremendous opportunities and challenges for President Trump. I pray he finds the guidance, strength and conviction necessary to do what’s best for our country.
By electing President Trump, American voters chose to take our country in a different direction. Now, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and fulfill the promises that were made on the campaign trail. I am eager to make a meaningful contribution in the next chapter of our American democracy along with President Trump and help form a more perfect union.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (268 to 151) to approve legislation, S. 84, that provides a legal exemption for General James Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense. The exception is necessary due to existing law that otherwise prohibits a member of the military from serving as Secretary of Defense within seven years of their military service.
“General Mattis is overwhelmingly qualified to serve as our next Secretary of Defense and has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities on and off the battlefield,” said Rep. Calvert. “There was no question in my mind that Congress should provide General Mattis with an exemption to serve as Secretary of Defense. While I strongly believe in the tenet of civilian control of the military, I believe that General Mattis is the right person at the right time. He has the experience, knowledge and appreciation for our troops necessary to tackle the many challenges facing our Defense Department and our military around the world.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced legislation aimed at preventing criminal illegal immigrants from being released from custody. The Help Ensure Legal Detainers (HELD) Act, H.R. 514, would require localities to adhere to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers.
“Keeping American families safe is my top priority in Congress, which is why I believe deporting criminal illegal immigrants is so important,” said Rep. Calvert. “There are a lot of complicated issues involved in fixing our broken immigration system, but deporting illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes should not be controversial. Congress should enact the HELD Act because we need local law enforcement to work hand-in-hand with our immigration agencies to better protect our communities.”
The HELD Act would deny all federal funding – including transportation funding – if a locality has a law, policy or procedure in place that prevents local law enforcement from maintaining the custody of an alien pursuant to an ICE detainer. Specifically the bill:
· Would require local municipalities to promptly respond to an ICE Detainer notice issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) that requests information about alien in custody in order for the Secretary to arrange for custody of the alien.
· Would require local municipalities to maintain custody of an alien for up to 48 hours pursuant to an immigration Detainer so that the alien can be transferred to the custody of DHS.
The HELD Act includes an exception in the bill in cases where counties may have a policy in place that prevents local law enforcement from working with ICE while cities within that county may have no such policy. In these cases, the flow of federal funding that would normally go through the county would go directly to the city.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (227 to 198) of the House in support of a resolution that paves the way for the repeal of Obamacare.
“Today the House took an important first step towards providing hard working American families with the relief they have been desperately seeking from the negative impacts of Obamacare,” said Rep. Calvert. “Republicans in Congress and President-Elect Trump are on a rescue mission to repeal Obamacare and replace it with healthcare that puts patients first and gives families more options. I look forward to working with my colleagues throughout this process to develop policies that will translate into the healthcare solutions my constituents need and deserve.”
The resolution passed by the House, S. Con. Res. 3, sets forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2017. It instructs the House Committee on Ways and Means, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to achieve at least $1 billion each in deficit reduction over the 2017-2026 period. That reconciliation process will be used as the vehicle to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced the Reducing Environmental Barriers to Unified Infrastructure and Land Development (REBUILD) Act, H.R. 481. The legislation would cut red tape and reduce costs for infrastructure projects.
"The REBUILD Act reduces the cost and time necessary to build infrastructure projects at a time when communities are struggling to find the resources necessary to construct them,” said Rep. Calvert. "After eight years of the Obama Administration making it more difficult and costly to build infrastructure projects it’s long past time that we relieve the burden the federal government places on critical investments in infrastructure.”
The REBUILD Act allows any state to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a designated federal agency who has environmental review responsibilities under NEPA and assume the review responsibilities of that agency. Under the REBUILD Act, states would still be required to uphold the same NEPA standards or greater. By assuming these responsibilities states could integrate NEPA compliance into their own state approval process thereby streamlining construction timelines and eliminating the need for redundant reviews at the federal level.
The streamlined process is modeled after a pilot program created in SAFETEA-LU (Section 327 -Title 23 USC) that allowed a limited number of states to take on the task of ensuring National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance for highway projects under the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In those states that chose to assume this responsibility, the length of time to complete a project review was reduced by an average of 17 months while also ensuring the goals of the NEPA process were not compromised.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (238 to 183) of the House in support of the Regulatory Accountability Act, H.R. 5. The bill would eliminate overly burdensome red tape and regulation in order to lift unnecessary burdens on hardworking Americans and to promote jobs, innovation, and economic growth.
“One of the overwhelming messages voters sent during the last election was that we must stop the onslaught of job-killing regulations coming out of Washington,” said Rep. Calvert. “The passage of the Regulatory Accountability Act is a good step towards easing the choke-hold Obama administration bureaucrats have placed on American job-creators. I look forward to working with the incoming Trump administration to find additional ways to help small businesses grow and hire more workers.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced the Secure Accountability for Emigres and Refugees (SAFER) Act, H.R. 441. The SAFER Act would add requirements to the Syrian and Iraqi refugee security vetting process.
“I continue to believe we should halt the Syrian and Iraqi refugee programs until we take further steps to increase the security vetting process,” said Rep. Calvert. “Specifically, I believe we should include a polygraph examination, collect and analyze biometric data and DNA samples, and ensure social media activity is scrutinized. America continues to have the most welcoming legal immigrations system in the world, but it is dangerous and irresponsible to not include these critical steps to our vetting process.”
The SAFER Act would define the requirements to fully vet Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they can be admitted into the United States:
Last night, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) displayed a blue light in his Washington, D.C. office window in honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
“Our police officers risk their lives every day to protect our communities and keep us safe,” said Rep. Calvert. “On Law Enforcement Appreciation Day we honor the men and women in blue who bravely serve and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Today, and every day, we should ask ourselves what steps we can take to ensure every police officer returns home safely to their family at the end of every shift.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority of the House in support of the INSPIRE Act, H.R. 321. Rep. Calvert is an original cosponsor of the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act.
“The future of America’s technological, scientific, and economic success will be determined by our ability to educate and stimulate the minds of our students,” said Rep. Calvert. “Women have made incredible contributions in our space science and exploration fields and I think we should do everything we can to motivate more young women to pursue these exciting subjects.”
The INSPIRE Act authorizes the NASA Administrator to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to pursue careers that will further advance America’s space science and exploration efforts
In September of 2009 I attended the Foundation for Community and Family Health’s annual "Walk for Health" at Dos Lagos in Corona. The "Walk for Health" had over 500 plus walkers that ranged from all ages. Women, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, friends, husbands, and many others from throughout the community walked in honor of Breast Cancer survivors everywhere. All proceeds from the walk went right back into the community via The Foundation-which offers free mammogram tests to women of all ages. My office formed a team, and Team Calvert has been directly touched by the movement. One of my staff has a mother who is a Stage 3 Breast Cancer survivor! For women everywhere, I will continue to do my part to find a cure!Read More
Rep. Calvert visits local education professionals at Sherman Indian High School.Read More
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Ken Calvert, a lifelong resident of Riverside County and 17-year small business owner in the restaurant and real estate industries, represents the 42nd Congressional District of southern California. Calvert was born on June 8, 1953 and attended neighborhood public schools, graduating from Corona High School in 1971. He attended two years at Chaffey College, in Alta Loma, and then enrolled at San Diego State University, where he graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Ken is a Protestant and is involved in several local community volunteer organizations.
The 42nd District encompasses the western edge of Riverside County including the cities of Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, Menifee, Murrieta and a portion of Temecula. Rep. Calvert was first elected to the House in 1992 and was part of the historic “Contract with America” class in 1994 that swept the House to Republican control for the first time in 40 years.
In the 113th Congress, Rep. Calvert continues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee where he is the Chairman of the Interior and the Environment Subcommittee. Rep. Calvert is also a member of the Defense Subcommittee and the Energy and Water Subcommittee. He also serves on the House Budget Committee. Rep. Calvert was also selected to serve as the Chairman of the California Republican Delegation.
Rep. Calvert has been the California Republican Delegation’s voice on the House Steering Committee, which determines House Republican committee assignments, since 2003.
In the 113th Congress, Rep. Calvert’s legislative priorities includes: enacting pro-growth policies that will help our struggling economy; reducing our national debt; reforming our tax code; supporting our military around the world and supporting the mission in Afghanistan; strengthening our borders and making the use of E-Verify mandatory for all employers in the U.S.; creating long-term solutions to California’s energy and water problems; working towards the implementation and funding of new transportation corridors vital to Riverside County’s future; reducing the time it takes to build infrastructure projects by making common sense, bi-partisan reforms to our environmental laws; and, much more.
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Congressman Ken Calvert recognized by Eastern Municipal WD as 2016 Water Champion - https://t.co/jspnsSbK0h
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The high rate of mail theft in our region, particularly the theft of cluster box units, is a serious concern that must be addressed.
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Today I introduced a bill, H.R. 603, that doubles the maximum jail sentence for anyone convicted of mail theft. https://t.co/sem0xiGoU2
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I want to thank all of our terrific first responders who have been assisting southern California residents affected by this storm.