Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert

CALIFORNIA's 42nd DISTRICT

Rep. Calvert Releases Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

2016/05/24

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) released the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. Rep. Calvert is the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee.  


“Job creation and wage growth continue to be stifled because American job creators wake up every day worrying about what new regulation the Obama administration will issue next,” said Rep. Calvert. “The EPA’s overreach continues to cause economic harm, and this bill denies funding for more job-killing regulators while providing necessary resources to effective programs that actually improve the environment and protect our natural resources. In addition, I am pleased that the bill will once again provide increases for our incredible National Parks as they celebrate their Centennial this year, and continues progress on a functional Earthquake Early Warning System.”


Bill Highlights:

(Provided by the House Appropriations Committee)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – The bill funds the EPA at $7.98 billion, a reduction of $164 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $291 million below the President’s budget request. Within this total, the EPA’s regulatory programs are reduced by $43 million (6 percent) below the current level and $187 million (21 percent) below the President’s request. 

The legislation also rejects the President’s proposed increase in staffing, holding the EPA to the current capacity of 15,000 positions, the lowest since 1989

To stop the EPA’s anti-growth agenda that includes various harmful, costly, and potentially job-killing regulations, the bill contains a number of legislative provisions. Some of these include:

  • A prohibition on the EPA from implementing new greenhouse gas regulations for new and existing power plants, and the elimination of funding for greenhouse gas “New Source Performance Standards”;
  • A prohibition on the EPA from making changes to the definition of “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act; 
  • A prohibition on the EPA from making changes to the definition of “fill material”;
  • A prohibition on the EPA from imposing duplicative financial assurance requirements; 
  • A reporting requirement on the backlog of mining permits awaiting approval; 
  • A prohibition on new methane requirements; and 
  • A prohibition on the regulation of the lead content of ammunition and fishing tackle. 

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – The bill includes $1.1 billion for the USGS, $18 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. Funding is targeted to programs dealing with natural hazards, streamgages, the groundwater monitoring network, and mapping activities. Also, within the total, the bill includes $10 million for an earthquake early warning system to help save lives during natural disasters, and $6 million for the accelerated launch of “Landsat 9” – a satellite program that provides land use measurements that are important to local communities for agriculture, forestry, energy and water resource decisions. 

Wildland Firefighting and Prevention – In total, the bill funds wildland firefighting and prevention programs at $3.9 billion – fully funding the 10-year average for wildland fire suppression costs for both the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service. When accounting for a previous, one-time payment within last year’s funding bill, the legislation provides $243 million above the fiscal year 2016 level. The legislation also includes $575 million for hazardous fuels management, which is $30 million above the fiscal year 2016 level. 

Federal Payments to Local Communities – The bill provides $480 million for the “Payments In Lieu of Taxes” (PILT) program. PILT provides funds for local governments in 49 states to help offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal lands within their counties. Without congressional action, many rural communities would face huge budget shortfalls impacting public safety, education, and other local government responsibilities. 

Lead in Drinking Water – To help address the ongoing problem of lead in drinking water across the U.S., which can cause dangerous health risks, the bill provides additional legal authority allowing states to provide debt relief in areas with elevated levels of lead in drinking water.  The bill also provides targeted increases for water infrastructure programs such as:

  • $2.1 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs), including an increase of $207 million over the current level for the Drinking Water SRF;
  • $50 million for the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation (WIFIA) program;
  • $109.7 million for state grants, a $7.7 million increase above the current level, to improve operations and oversight of drinking water systems; and
  • $6.5 million, the full requested amount, for integrated planning activities within EPA’s Office of Water to assist communities as they plan to replace pipes. 

National Park Service (NPS) – The legislation contains $2.9 billion for the NPS, an increase of $71 million above the fiscal year 2016 level. Within this funding, the bill provides $65 million in targeted increases for park operations and maintenance to help reduce the maintenance backlog and addresses other priorities related to the Park Service’s centennial anniversary. 

U.S. Forest Service – The bill includes $5.3 billion for the Forest Service. More than half of this funding $2.9 billion is targeted to wildland fire prevention and suppression. The bill also includes a provision prohibiting the Forest Service or BLM from issuing new closures of public lands to hunting and recreational shooting, except in the case of public safety.


For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2017-Interior-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

 

 

 

 

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Rep. Calvert: VA Wait Times “Sure As Hell Do Matter”

2016/05/23

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald’s comments this morning in which he indicated veteran wait times are not what really matters:

 

“Secretary McDonald’s comments this morning highlight just how out of touch the VA leadership continues to be with the serious problems within their agency. The wait times sure as hell did matter to the veterans who died while waiting for services. The wait times sure as hell do matter to the veterans who call my office because they are struggling to get in to see a VA doctor. Our veterans deserve prompt health care of the highest quality – why is that so hard for our VA Secretary to understand? His comparison to a trip to Disneyland is utterly out of touch.”

 

 

 

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Rep. Calvert Testifies on the Need to Stop ADA Lawsuit Abuse

2016/05/19

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) testified before the Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice of the House Judiciary Committee in support of the ACCESS Act, H.R. 241, which he introduced on January 9, 2015.  The ACCESS Act is designed to help small businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

“The ADA is an incredibly important law for disabled Americans and Congress needs to act to ensure it continues to benefit the disabled rather than trial lawyers,” said Rep. Calvert. “Far too many small businesses in California and around the country are being targeted by lawyers who are more concerned with lining their pockets than actually improving access for the disabled.  My bill, the ACCESS Act, makes a common sense reform that will actually improve access for the disabled while protecting American job creators.”

 

ACCESS Act Background:

 

The ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act would alleviate the financial burden small businesses are facing, while still fulfilling the purpose of the ADA. Any person aggrieved by a violation of the ADA would provide the owner or operator with a written notice of the violation, specific enough to allow such owner or operator to identify the barrier to their access. Within 60 days the owner or operator would be required to provide the aggrieved person with a description outlining improvements that would be made to address the barrier. The owner or operator would then have 120 days to remove the infraction. The failure to meet any of these conditions would allow the suit to go forward.

 

The purpose of the ADA is to ensure appropriate remedial action for those who have suffered harm. Although there are times when litigation by harmed individuals is necessary, there are an increasing number of lawsuits brought under the ADA that are based upon a desire to achieve financial settlements rather than to achieve the appropriate modifications. ADA lawsuits are especially prevalent in California. According to the California Chamber of Commerce, California has 40% of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12% of the country’s disabled population. These lawsuits place exorbitant legal fees on small businesses and often times they are unaware of the specific nature of the allegations brought against them.

 

Below is Rep. Calvert’s testimony:

 

Mr. Chairman and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the need for legislation to promote the effective enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations on businesses.

As you know, the Americans with Disabilities Act is undoubtedly one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation. We can all agree that providing all Americans with access to public accommodations is an invaluable legislative objective.

The purpose of the ADA is to ensure access for the disabled to public accommodation and provide appropriate remedial action for those who have suffered harm as a result of non-compliance. Although there are times when litigation by harmed individuals is necessary, there are an increasing number of lawsuits brought under the ADA that are based upon a desire to achieve financial settlements rather than to achieve the appropriate modifications for access. These lawsuits filed by serial litigants, often referred to as “drive-by lawsuits,” place exorbitant legal fees on small businesses, and often times business owners are unaware of the specific nature of the allegations brought against them.

In early 2011, frivolous ADA lawsuits against small businesses reached an all-time high throughout California, and as a result, my good friend and colleague, former Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA), championed the issue and introduced the original ACCESS Act (H.R. 3356) in the 112th Congress. I was pleased to have been afforded the opportunity to take over the legislation for reintroduction beginning in the 113th Congress. In January 2015, I reintroduced the legislation as H.R. 241, the ACCESS Act.

H.R. 241 is a cost-free and commonsense piece of legislation that would alleviate the financial burden small businesses are facing, while still fulfilling the purpose of the ADA. Any person aggrieved by a violation of the ADA would provide the owner or operator with a written notice of the violation, specific enough to allow such owner or operator to identify the barrier to their access. Within 60 days the owner or operator would be required to provide the aggrieved person with a description outlining improvements that would be made to address the barrier. The owner or operator would then have 120 days to make the improvement. The failure to meet any of these conditions would allow the lawsuit to go forward.  

I think we can all agree that we must ensure that individuals with disabilities are afforded the same access and opportunities as those without disabilities. Frivolous lawsuits do not accomplish this goal. Allowing small business owners and cities alike to fix ADA violations within 120 days, rather than waiting for lengthy legal battles to play out, is a more thoughtful, timely, and reasonable approach.

While the ADA is a national law, California has become ground zero for ADA violation lawsuits.  In fact, California is home to more federal disability lawsuits than the next four states combined. A 2014 report determined that since 2005, more than 10,000 federal ADA lawsuits had been filed in the five states with the highest disabled populations; 7,188 of which were filed in California. Violating the ADA in California carries a minimum $4,000 penalty in addition to the plaintiff’s legal fees. As of 2014, according to the US Census Bureau, 31 individuals made up at least 56% of federal disability lawsuits in California. Those figures and the real life toll it takes on small business owners, are why I introduced this legislation to allow for a “fix-it” period.  

However, it is clear that this is not just a major problem in California. The introduction of similar legislation by the gentleman from Texas, Representative Ted Poe, shows just that. His legislation authorizes a training and education component for the affected community and Certified Access Specialists, which I would welcome and embrace as an amendment to my bill.

This is also a bipartisan issue supported by states. I was pleased to see that California SB 269, the text of which I would like to submit for the record as well as a related article, passed unanimously in the State Assembly and Senate, and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on May 10th, 2016. SB 269 was authored by a friend of mine, Democratic State Senator, Gen. Richard Roth. The legislation is similar to the ACCESS Act in that it allows businesses to take immediate steps to become accessible by providing them with 120 days, from receipt of a Certified Access Specialist report, to resolve any identified violations without being subject to litigation costs or statutory penalties. I worry that with California acting to curb these lawsuits, some of these serial litigants will try their trade in other states.

Without question, the ACCESS Act will ensure that the ADA is used for its true purpose of guaranteed accessibility to public accommodations for all Americans while eliminating abusive, costly and unnecessary lawsuits for small business owners.

Once again, I appreciate your time today and stand ready to assist the committee in any way possible to ensure this legislation moves forward.

 

 

 

 

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Rep. Calvert to Testify in Support of the ACCESS Act and Protecting Jobs

2016/05/16

Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) will testify before the Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice of the House Judiciary Committee this week in support of the ACCESS Act, H.R. 241, which he introduced on January 9, 2015.  The ACCESS Act is designed to help small businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

Hearing Title:         Examining Legislation to Promote the Effective Enforcement of the ADA’s Public

                               Accommodation Provisions

 

Date:                       May 19, 2016

 

Time:                       9:00 A.M. EST/6:00 A.M. PST

 

Location:                  2141 Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

ACCESS Act Background:

 

The ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act would alleviate the financial burden small businesses are facing, while still fulfilling the purpose of the ADA. Any person aggrieved by a violation of the ADA would provide the owner or operator with a written notice of the violation, specific enough to allow such owner or operator to identify the barrier to their access. Within 60 days the owner or operator would be required to provide the aggrieved person with a description outlining improvements that would be made to address the barrier. The owner or operator would then have 120 days to remove the infraction. The failure to meet any of these conditions would allow the suit to go forward.

 

The purpose of the ADA is to ensure appropriate remedial action for those who have suffered harm. Although there are times when litigation by harmed individuals is necessary, there are an increasing number of lawsuits brought under the ADA that are based upon a desire to achieve financial settlements rather than to achieve the appropriate modifications. ADA lawsuits are especially prevalent in California. According to the California Chamber of Commerce, California has 40% of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12% of the country’s disabled population. These lawsuits place exorbitant legal fees on small businesses and often times they are unaware of the specific nature of the allegations brought against them.

 

For more information, please contact Jason Gagnon at Jason.Gagnon@mail.house.gov or (951) 277-0042.

 

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Rep. Calvert Votes to Protect Access to Affordable Retirement Advice

2016/04/28

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (234 to 183) of the House of Representatives to pass House Joint Resolution 88 which disapproves the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary.”

 

“Hard working American families have the right to get affordable access to financial advice to help them make complicated life planning decisions,” said Rep. Calvert.  “This is yet another example of the Obama administration putting Washington bureaucrats between Americans looking for help and the professionals who provide specialized services.”

 

Background:

(From the House Committee on Education and the Workforce)

 

H.J. Res. 88 would invoke Congress’s powers under the Congressional Review Act to prevent the department’s rule restricting access to retirement advice from going into effect. The resolution follows earlier efforts to enact a responsible, bipartisan alternative to the department’s flawed rule. The resolution will help Americans retire with the peace of mind and financial security they deserve.


If this rule were to take effect, if a family attempts to buy a retirement plan, without becoming a fiduciary on the account, the planner would only legally be able to place all the options on the table. The planner would have no ability to highlight plans; shows the customer different options, or confirm thoughts by family without becoming wholly responsible for any loss the plan may incur.

 

H. J. RES. 88:

 

  • Blocks an extreme, partisan regulation that will make it harder for low- and middle-income families to save for retirement.

 

  • Protects access to affordable retirement advice for all Americans.

 

  • Ensures small business owners can continue to find the advice they need to help their employees plan for retirement.

 

  • Builds upon a larger, bipartisan effort to strengthen protections and help all Americans retire with the financial security and peace of mind they deserve.

 

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Rep. Calvert to Hold Annual Academy Night

2016/04/15

Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) is pleased to announce his 24th Annual Academy Night event for high school students in the 42nd Congressional District who are interested in attending one of the U.S. military academies.

 

Academy Night features presentations from the U.S Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. 

 

When:    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

               6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

 

Where:    Ortega High School Conference Center

                520 Chaney Street in Lake Elsinore

 

Students will learn about the admission requirements and the congressional nomination process. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from each academy, members of Rep. Calvert's Academy Nominations Selection Committee, and his congressional staff – all of whom will be more than willing to help the students throughout the application process.  

 

For more information about Rep. Calvert's military academy nomination process please click here.

 

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.

 

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Rep. Calvert Introduces Legislation to Ensure Military Reservists Receive Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits as Intended

2016/04/14

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) introduced legislation, H.R. 4941, that will ensure military reservists will receive Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits as intended by correcting an unintended issue that has negatively affected reservists when reporting for active duty.  

 

“Our veterans and reservists deserve to receive the benefits they have earned without unnecessary complications,” said Rep. Calvert.  “My legislation would address a growing concern I am hearing from reservists who are trying to use their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits by going to college but are struggling to afford their housing due to the poorly crafted regulations affecting their housing allowance.  Congress can and should make this important fix as soon as possible to relieve the unnecessary stress far too many of our reservists are feeling.”

 

Recently, Rep. Calvert and Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Congressman Jeff Miller (FL-1), sent a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald expressing their concern about the issues reservists are experiencing in receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.

 

Under current regulations, an individual who is released from active duty status may begin receiving the Post-9/11 GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) on the first day of the month following the date the individual is discharged.  In addition, an individual who is released from active duty status may begin receiving the tuition and fees benefit on the first day of the enrollment period following the date the individual is discharged and begin receiving the books and supplies stipend on the first day of the month following the date the individual is discharged.  

 

However, there are cases in which a Guard or reservist’s required monthly active duty would disqualify those individuals for the MHA benefit.  Many reservists are required to routinely perform their jobs in a Title 10 status due to their specific job requirements and functions.  These commonly include aircrew, intelligence personnel, and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and Remote Piloted Aircraft operators.  While not in a drill status, or if in a drill status under Title 38, an individual is entitled to their MHA and book allowance.  When in a drill status under Title 10, the individual is entitled to the housing allowance but only for the first portion of the month up to when they entered active duty under Title 10.  Therefore, if an individual goes on active duty on the first day of the month for three days, the individual does not receive any housing, or book allowance payments, for the rest of that entire month.  Just one day of Title 10 service can result in forfeiture of MHA and book allowance for all or most of the month.  

 

In order to maintain a Combat Mission Readiness state and proficiency at their job some have to commit to a minimum of four training days a month in a Title 10 status.  Many Guard and Reservists using their GI Bill benefits will be reluctant to volunteer for three to four day missions to ferry troops, equipment, and supplies into an Area of Responsibility knowing they will lose all or a portion of that month’s MHA.  Many reservists are full-time students and rely on their MHA to pay rent, but as a result of the current rules they are denied their full MHA causing many members to incur thousands of dollars of debt.  This is compounded by the fact that members of the reserve are used more frequently due to the increased tempo of operations around the world.  

 

The bill essentially prorates the MHA for the portion of the month the service member is not on active duty.  The legislation introduced by Rep. Calvert amends Title 38, United States Code, to clarify the eligibility for monthly stipends paid under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program for certain members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces.  This will ease restrictions on volunteers; increase the number of volunteers, and increase the frequency of volunteerism while limiting the potential for personnel financial issues to arise.  Most importantly, this bill seeks to enhance reserve components’ military readiness during high tempo operations.  The Reserve component is effective because of volunteerism and the Post 9/11 GI Bill, as written, has a loophole that places unintentional restrictions on members wishing to meet their contractual agreement to maintain readiness.  


Original cosponsors of H.R. 4941 are:

  • Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2)
  • Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL-1)
  • Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA-8)
  • Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND At Large)
  • Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA-4)
  • Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-3)
  • Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY-19)
  • Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA-52)
  • Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA-49)
  • Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2)
  • Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC-3)
  • Rep. David Joyce (R-OH-14)
  • Rep. David McKinley (R-WV-1)
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1)
  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) 

 

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Rep. Calvert Praises CA Drought Relief Language in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

2016/04/13

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) praised the inclusion of several provisions that will provide relief to California’s ongoing drought in the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.  Rep. Calvert is a member of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee, which approved the bill earlier today.

 

“Despite above average rainfall in northern California this winter, our state continues to suffer due to misguided federal regulations that unnecessarily restrict our ability to take advantage of that water,” said Rep. Calvert. “Along with my California Republican colleagues, I have worked to enact common-sense reforms that will increase the water we are able to capture in a responsible manner.  Californians across the state will benefit from the inclusion of these provisions in the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.  I hope our California Senators can produce equally beneficial legislation on their side of the Capitol.”

 

Background:

(Courtesy of the House Majority Leader’s Office)

 

Key components from the House-passed Valadao bill (H.R. 2898) included in the FY17 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that will help ensure the Central Valley and southern California get the water desperately needed from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta by providing the Bureau of Reclamation more direction on exporting water.

 

Delta Pumping Requirements:

Reclamation shall pump at -5,000 cfs OMR unless that jeopardizes the long-term survival of the Delta smelt or Chinook salmon.  If so, pumping can be reduced (i.e. more positive).  This provision is important because it is designed to provide more direction to the Bureau of Reclamation and more certainty for our communities south of the Delta in terms of water supplies.

 

First Few Storms Flexibility:

Authorizes Reclamation to increase pumping to -7,500 cfs OMR to capture storm water runoff when there is high Delta outflow (i.e. water flowing into the Pacific Ocean) provided such action does not jeopardize the long-term survival of the Delta smelt or Chinook salmon.  If so, pumping can be reduced (i.e. more positive). This provision is important because it helps ensure there is not a repeat of what happened this rainy season – the loss of significant amounts of El Nino-related storm water to the Pacific Ocean because pumping could not be maximized due to perceived threats to Delta smelt and Chinook salmon.

 

State Water Project Offset & Water Rights Protections:

This language ensures that California State Water Project (SWP) contractors benefit should the State of California revoke its consistency determination under California environmental laws between the SWP and Central Valley Project (CVP).  It also ensures that senior water rights holders north and south of the Delta are preserved and protected.  This language is critical to ensure that “California water wars” are not stoked by this bill.  This language should help keep all parties (north v. south, east v. west, Federal v. state, etc.) whole.

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Rep. Calvert Joins California Republicans in Calling on White House to Act on Drought

2016/03/24

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) joined with California House Republicans in sending a letter to President Obama calling on him to direct federal agencies to increase water exports in the California Bay Delta.

 

“California desperately needs water to recharge our groundwater basins and our reservoirs, yet our federal agencies continue to allow far too much water to flow out to the Pacific Ocean,” said Rep. Calvert. “The Obama administration can and should take meaningful action, within existing laws and regulations, to allow Californians to take advantage of the significant precipitation we have received in northern California this winter.”

 

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Full text of the letter:

 

March 24, 2016

 

The Honorable Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C.  20500

 

Dear Mr. President:

 

On behalf of our constituents and the residents of California, we write to request that you direct the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to authorize increased water exports in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta immediately.

          

Through El Niño, Mother Nature has blessed our state with much-needed precipitation. Unfortunately, both FWS and NMFS have severely limited the ability of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to export water from the Delta to California’s Central Valley and further south. Earlier this month, the amount of water flowing out of the Delta into the Pacific Ocean exceeded 114,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), while Delta water exports have remained at about -5,000 cfs at Old and Middle River.  In fact, while Delta outflow has been substantially higher in 2016, Reclamation has exported roughly the same amount of water this year – during an El Nino year – that it did last year, one of the hottest and driest years on record.

 

Recently, Federal and California state water contractors proposed to Reclamation, FWS, and NMFS that Delta exports be modestly increased to -6,000 cfs at Old and Middle River, given the amount of water flowing through the Delta to the Pacific Ocean.  It is our understanding that not only did the agencies reject this proposal, but that FWS will likely order Reclamation to reduce Delta exports to -3,500 cfs at Old and Middle River today, with the potential for future reductions. This is unacceptable.

 

You have traveled to our state. You have seen the devastating impacts the lack of water has caused to our communities, cities, farms and businesses.  Your Presidential Memorandum, released just two days ago, acknowledged the effects of the drought and directed federal agencies to collaborate with local governments and non-governmental entities to help lessen the impacts from the drought and expand water resources.

 

While we need collaboration among different levels of government, we more urgently need specific leadership from our Chief Executive.  That specific leadership is simple: a clear message to the relevant federal agencies to increase – not decrease – pumping over and above -5,000 cfs to take full advantage of these recent storms—perhaps the last of the season.

 

It will take years and tens of millions of acre-feet of water to replenish our groundwater resources and for Californians’ lives to get back to normal.  We cannot have Reclamation, FWS, and NMFS making our recovery all the more challenging. Accordingly, we implore you to direct these agencies to immediately increase Delta water exports, rather than reducing them.  The fate of California and the lives and livelihoods of our constituents are at risk.

 

The time to act is now.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)

Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42)

Rep. David Valadao (CA-21)

Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22)

Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04)

Rep. Mimi Walters(CA-45)

Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)

Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10)

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25)

Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39)

 

 

 

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Rep. Calvert Introduces Bill to Double Jail Time for Mail Theft

2016/02/10

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) introduced the Ensuring the Safety of Our Mail Act, H.R. 4515, which will double the maximum jail sentence for anyone convicted of mail theft. 

 

“The disturbing growth in mail theft in my district, and particularly the theft of cluster box units, must be stopped,” said Rep. Calvert.  “The criminals who steal mail to conduct identity theft or for other purposes need to face greater consequences for their actions.  My constituents are fed up with the disruption to their lives caused by these criminals and it’s time for Congress to take action to discourage these types of crimes.”

 

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 of Our Mail Act increases the maximum jail sentence to ten years. 

 

 

 

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Veterans Day 2009

2009/11/11

Rep. Calvert attends the San Clemente Area Republican Women Federated 2009 Veterans Day celebration. More than 200 people attended the luncheon and a number of veterans were honored for their service to our country by Congressman Calvert and State Senator Mark Wyland. 
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"Walk for Health"

2009/09/26

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!

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2009/09/19

Congressman Calvert attends the 37th annual Military Appreciation Picnic at March Air Reserve Base.  This is an opportunity for our community to thank and honor our Military Service Men & Women.  MARB is the oldest Air Force Installation on the West Coast. March Field was transformed from an active duty base to a reserve base in 1996, and the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, took charge of the base.  Every year, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, along with many other community sponsors, host this picnic in support and recognition of our troops. Read More

RCC Norco Technology Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

2009/09/03

Rep. Calvert attends the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Riverside Community College District Norco Campus’ Industrial Technology Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and the Dale & Theresa Griffin Classroom Dedication.  The building has 18 classrooms, each with a capacity of 40 students and 2 “smart” classrooms with a capacity of 67 each. There are also a number of labs, including computer gaming, advanced manufacturing, computer-assisted design and environmental science. These labs will provide additional capacities for applied and applicable learning of our students in the various technology fields. The building will provide offices for 20 faculty members, five support staff and the Dean of Instruction.  Also in attendance are Norco Campus President Dr. Brenda Davis and RCCD Chancellor Dr. Gregory Gray. Read More

Eddie Dee Smith Senior Center

2009/09/02

Rep. Calvert visits constituents at the Eddie Dee Smith Senior Center located in Rubidoux.  The senior center originally opened in 1977 and was renamed the Eddie Dee Smith Senior Community Center in 1995.  The Center now serves over 400 senior citizens. Many classes are offered daily, lunch is still served on a daily basis, two monthly food distribution programs are offered and much more.  Rep. Calvert toured the facility and helped pass out food during the food distribution.  The Center Directors, Robert & Lynne Craig, were in attendance and do a fabulous job maintaining the center on a daily basis. Read More

Sherman Indian High School Visit 2009

2009/09/02

Rep. Calvert visits local education professionals at Sherman Indian High School.

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2009/08/31

Rep. Calvert tours the Mudge Fastener facility in Corona and meets with constituents. Read More

2009/08/28

Rep. Calvert meets with constituents at a local Distinguished Flying Cross Society dinner. Read More

Academy Breakfast 2009

2009/06/13

Congressman Calvert attends our annual Service Academy Appointee Breakfast and congratulates the 2009 Service Academy Appointees and their families from the 44th Congressional District. Read More

Rep. Calvert Attends Good Morning Riverside

2009/04/10

Congressman Calvert was recently featured as the keynote speaker at the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce’s April installment of “Good Morning Riverside.” This event is held every month at the historic Mission Inn Hotel, giving the Chamber an opportunity to share vital updates regarding the local economy with business leaders and key decision-makers from throughout California’s Inland Empire.

Focusing on the importance of lowering taxes, limiting government spending and encouraging development, Congressman Calvert articulated a plan for recovery that was well received by a crowd of people who fully understand what it will take to get our economy back on track.
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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-1986
Fax 202-225-2004
calvert.house.gov

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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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Jeff Denham

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David Valadao

CALIFORNIA's 21st DISTRICT

Devin Nunes

CALIFORNIA's 22nd DISTRICT

Kevin McCarthy

CALIFORNIA's 23rd DISTRICT

Steve Knight

CALIFORNIA's 25th DISTRICT

Ed Royce

CALIFORNIA's 39th DISTRICT

Mimi Walters

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Dana Rohrabacher

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