Yesterday, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) sent Federal Aviation Administration Administrator (FAA) Michael Huerta, a native Inland Empire resident, a letter regarding the comments made by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Chief Operating Officer Steve Martin, referencing the region as the “inbred Inland Empire.”
“When you use offensive language it’s important to keep in mind the people on the other end of those remarks,” said Rep. Calvert. “In this case, one of the people Mr. Martin was referring to with his ‘inbred Inland Empire’ comment just happened to be the FAA Administrator, who is from the Inland Empire. Of course, the other people who are really stung by Mr. Martin’s comments are the hundreds of Inland Empire residents who have lost their jobs or otherwise suffered economic harm because of LAWA’s willful mismanagement of Ontario Airport.”
A copy of the letter Rep. Calvert sent to Administrator Huerta can be found HERE.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials in court filings that were reported today by the Los Angeles Times.
“The comments attributed to LAWA Chief Operating Officer Steve Martin in today’s Los Angeles Times article are offensive and highly unprofessional. If the quotes are accurate, I believe he should be terminated immediately.
The attitude and biases of high ranking LAWA officials makes it crystal clear that they do not have the best interest of the Inland Empire in mind. The court filings demonstrate that the city of Los Angeles is running the Ontario airport like a slumlord. Los Angeles is unfit to operate Ontario airport.”
According to an article in today’s Los Angeles Times:
Earlier this week, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) was named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association, for his voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress.
“The record shows that Rep. Calvert is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”
“Tens of millions of Americans are employed by small businesses, who are the backbone of our economy,” said Rep. Calvert. “As a former small business owner myself, I know all too well about the challenges they face on a daily basis. I will continue to vote and advocate for policies that reduce the burdens the Obama administration continues to place our small businesses.”
NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker.
According to NFIB, Rep. Calvert voted favorably on key small-business issues 100 percent of the time during the 113th Congress.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority of the House (319-108) to approve the Fiscal Year 2015 Continuing Resolution, which will maintain federal government operations. The legislation continues funding for government programs and services at the current annual cap rate of $1.012 trillion until December 11, 2014.
“While I continue to be frustrated by the Senate’s inability to pass appropriations bills in regular order, the passage of the Fiscal Year 2015 Continuing Resolution ensures that the American people will not have to endure an unnecessary government shutdown,” said Rep. Calvert. “The House Appropriations Committee has put in a tremendous amount of work to produce appropriations bills that fund federal agencies and programs at responsible levels while putting a stop to the Obama administration’s endless onslaught of job-killing regulations. It’s time for the Senate to follow suit.”
Continuing Resolution Summary:
(Provided by the House Appropriations Committee)
Length and Level of Funding–The CR extends funding for operations for all federal agencies, programs and services until December 11, 2014. The bill provides funding at the current annual rate of $1.012 trillion.
General Items–Virtually all existing policy and funding provisions included in currently enacted fiscal year 2014 Appropriations legislation will carry forward in this CR. The bill does not include new controversial riders, or large changes in existing federal policy.
However, the CR does include some changes to existing law that are needed to prevent catastrophic, irreversible, or detrimental changes to government programs, to address current national or global crises, or to ensure good government. These provisions are funded within the total level of funding in the legislation. Some of these provisions include:
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Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38) released draft legislation that would protect high-wage and highly-skilled jobs in America by leveling our tax policy playing field.
“Recent events have made clear that Congress should not sit idly by while our flawed tax policies result in jobs being shipped overseas,” said Rep. Calvert. “The increasing prevalence of foreign acquisitions of U.S.-based companies that will cut American jobs is alarming to say the least and we see it happening in my home state. Comprehensive tax reform would be the optimal way to handle this issue but in light of the lack of movement for reform, we must offer solutions that protect the jobs American families depend upon as debate on strengthening our nation’s tax policies continues. This legislation is a common sense step that would neutralize the unintended financial motivations that are currently provided by our tax policies for formerly American companies, which have previously inverted, and now wish to purchase or merge with U.S. companies and move operations to another country.”
This draft legislation creates disincentives for foreign buyers seeking to acquire U.S. companies and eliminate a substantial portion of the American workforce. The bill is revenue neutral and works by creating a “trip wire” that triggers disincentives to prevent American job loss and protect the U.S. tax base. Specifically, certain foreign buyers who acquire a U.S. company and eliminate more than 30% of U.S. jobs within the first 24 months following the acquisition will face two restrictions on tax‐planning techniques:
1) Interest Expense Limitation – Foreign acquirers frequently attempt to minimize their U.S. tax bills by loading up their U.S. subsidiaries with intercompany debt, which produces deductible interest expense. This proposal would tighten the current limitation on deductibility of interest on intercompany lending between a U.S. company and its foreign affiliates. Specifically, the job‐loss trip wire would reduce the current
50% limitation to 20% and would remain in place for 5 years.
2) Intellectual Property (IP) Transfer – If IP is migrated from the U.S. company to an offshore related company within 24 months after the acquisition, then the income generated by that IP will be immediately taxed in the US.
These provisions will prevent erosion of the U.S. tax base when substantial U.S. job losses occur. The 30% trip wire creates a disincentive for eliminating a significant number of US jobs. The draft bill is narrowly targeted to address the worst applications of this manipulated aspect of our tax code.
Click HERE for the discussion draft legislative text.
Click HERE for a section-by-section summary of the discussion draft.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in advance of President Barack Obama’s speech regarding ISIS:
“On the eve of September 11th, we are reminded that we cannot ignore or discount the actions of our enemies in distant lands. The President, after failing to secure a Status of Forces Agreement in Iraq and consistently ignoring the growing problem of ISIS for the past several years, now turns to the American people and Congress for support of limited military operations to combat ISIS. There is no doubt that ISIS poses significant national security concerns for the U.S. and the world. We must work with our allies to attack ISIS through air strikes, and ultimately destroy their ability to plan and carry out attacks. The President’s holiday from history has come to an end and now he must show both courage and leadership as our Commander-in-Chief.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority of his House colleagues to support H.R. 5230, which includes policy changes and provides funding to address the ongoing immigration crisis at the border. The $659 million in funding is significantly below the President’s $3.7 billion request, focuses on immediate border security, and is fully offset through cuts and recessions of existing funds within various federal agencies.
“Today, the House took an overdue step to enact policy changes and ensure our immigration enforcement agencies have the resources they need to stem the tide of immigrants illegally crossing our border,” said Rep. Calvert. “My constituents have been calling for Congress and the President to take action in response to this crisis. The House has now taken an important step and it is time for the President and Senate Democrats to follow suit. It is critical that we send a strong signal to anyone thinking of entering our country illegally that they will be caught and returned back to their country of origin.”
H.R. 5230 Highlights
(Courtesy of the House Appropriations Committee)
The legislation includes several policy provisions:
(NOTE: This provision closes the same immigration loophole that Rep. Calvert’s legislation, H.R.5079, sought to address.)
Protecting our Southwest Border and Enforcing our Laws:
Providing Humanitarian Assistance
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority of his House colleagues (225-201) for House Resolution 676, which authorizes litigation to challenge the constitutionality of Executive Orders issued by President Obama.
“Our imperial president continues to turn the Constitution on its head by regularly overstepping the powers granted to the Executive Branch,” said Rep. Calvert. “I took an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution, which is exactly why I support the action taken by the House today to challenge President Obama’s misuse of executive orders. If the President is not happy with the laws on the books or the steps being taken by Congress, he needs to come to the table and work with the duly elected members of the legislative branch to craft new laws. That’s simply how our democracy works – and something I would have hoped the President would have already learned after being in office for more than five and a half years.”
House Resolution 676 authorizes the Speaker of the House to initiate or intervene in one or more civil actions on behalf of the House of Representatives in federal court. The resolution authorizes the Speaker to seek the appropriate relief regarding the failure of the President to act in a manner consistent with that official’s duties under the Constitution and U.S. laws with respect to implementation title 1 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or subtitle B of title II of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, including amendment(s) made by such provision or any other related provision of law, including failure to implement. The resolution also directs the Office of the General Counsel of the House of Representatives to represent the House in any civil action initiated or in which the House.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues (420 - 5) in support of H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act.
“Our veterans deserve nothing less than timely, high quality health care and the bill approved by the House today will help achieve that goal,” said Rep. Calvert. “There is simply no excuse for the delays and incidents of poor treatment of our veterans in VA medical centers. We need to provide a consistent, world class health care treatment and benefits for all veterans across the country. The bipartisan nature of the bill passed today signals the unwavering support our veterans have in Congress. This bill provides important health care options, outside the VA, while also investing to improve our current VA system.”
Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act Highlights:
(Courtesy of the House Veterans Affairs Committee)
To improve access to and quality of care for veterans, the bill would:
To provide real accountability for incompetent or corrupt senior managers, the bill would:
To improve education benefits for veterans and dependents, the bill would:
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority of his House colleagues in supporting H.R. 4315, the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act. H.R. 4315 improves Endangered Species Act (ESA) transparency, enhances the role of states, and discourages harmful, frivolous litigation
“Riverside County continues to suffer economic harm because of the unintended consequences of the ESA and regular lawsuits by environmental extremists,” said Rep. Calvert. “When the ESA was first approved the goal was to protect species, not to line the pockets of radical special interest groups and their lawyers. Legislation, like H.R. 4315, that restores some common sense to the application of our ESA law is long overdue. Protecting our environment and growing our economy are not mutually exclusive goals.”
H.R. 4315’s provisions include:
(Provided by the House Western Caucus)
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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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Rep. Calvert Sends Letter to FAA Administrator, an Inland Empire Native http://t.co/FnWPFTqg60
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Los Angeles is unfit to operate Ontario airport http://t.co/W7QkjNJ0Jl
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I stand by my belief that Mr. Martin should be terminated. The city of LA should expect more from its officials. http://t.co/64w75CdPtH