Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) invited high school students throughout the 42nd Congressional District to participate in the 34th Annual Congressional Art Competition.
“I am always amazed and inspired by the artistic skills of our students,” said Rep. Calvert. “The Congressional Art Competition is a fantastic way to showcase the talents of young Americans from around the country.”
This year marks the thirty-fourth anniversary of the Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery. Each year, Members of Congress hold contests within their districts to choose winning pieces of art by high school students. Since this competition was created in 1982, hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated at the local level. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, DC for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
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Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced the students from the 42ndCongressional District that he has nominated to attend the U.S. Service Academies. As a Member of Congress, Rep. Calvert has the privilege of nominating a select group of highly qualified young men and women from the 42nd District for an appointment to one or more U.S. Service Academies—Air Force, Naval, Military and Merchant Marine.
“These young men and women have demonstrated tremendous character and integrity, and I am proud to nominate them to the service academies,” stated Rep. Calvert. “I have no doubt that these students have the leadership and motivation necessary to represent our region with honor and will serve our country well.”
Last month, Rep. Calvert’s Academy Nominations Selection Committee evaluated candidates from the 42nd Congressional District, who were seeking a nomination to one or more of our nation’s military service academies. The Service Academies will evaluate the nominees based on their academic, athletic and physical qualifications and extend an appointment to the best qualified students that Rep. Calvert has nominated.
Thirty-one candidates were selected to receive Congressman Calvert’s nomination. They are as follows:
Anthony Aldrian, Murrieta Valley High School
Nathan Barr, Murrieta Valley High School
Sarah Bushrow, Chaparral High School
Dennis Caoile, Paloma Valley High School
Matthew Kim, Great Oak High School
Edward Lara, Temescal Canyon High School
Dante Lista, Chaparral High School
Karma Richards, Murrieta Mesa High School
Jacob Schultz, Vista Murrieta High School
Connor Wowk, Centennial High School
Air Force Academy
Sierra Crawford, Murrieta Valley High School
Cole Crisp, Corona High School
Mikayla Greens, Murrieta Mesa (Class 2015)
Currently attending the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School
Kyle Hames, Murrieta Valley High School
Joshua Madriaga, Corona High School
Eric Nunez, Vista Murrieta High School
Brandon Ross, Murrieta Mesa High School
Cathleen Runde, Temecula Valley High School
Jacob Taylor, Chaparral High School
Gabriel Thorne, Temescal Canyon High
Zachary Bennett, Santiago High School
Dakota Brubaker, Murrieta Valley High School
Jared Cochrane, Calvary Murrieta Christian Academy
Kevin Hong, Temecula Preparatory School
Scott Im, Santiago High School
Courtney Springman, Chino High School
Celeste Tyner, Santiago High School
Austin Wheeler, Norco High School
Edward Lara, Temescal Canyon High School
Zachary Bennett, Santiago High School
Garrett Gal, Vista Murrieta High School
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) introduced legislation, H.R. 4369, to facilitate the transfer of Ontario International Airport from the city of Los Angeles to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA).
“Inland Empire residents are ready to take back local control of Ontario Airport and I’m happy to take whatever steps are necessary to achieve that goal,” said Rep. Calvert. “This legislation has broad, bipartisan support and I’m hopeful Congress will approve it quickly. I’m looking to the day in the near future when the Inland Empire once again controls a major international airport.”
“Local control of Ontario Airport will be a significant economic driver for the entire Inland Empire economy, and the legislation being introduced today gets us one step closer to finalizing that process,” said Rep. Norma J. Torres (CA-35). “I appreciate Rep. Calvert’s support and the bipartisan response from Members throughout the LA region to help the city of Ontario regain control of the airport.”
"We welcome and are grateful for the federal legislation introduced today by a bipartisan coalition of Southern California congressional members – Reps. Calvert, Cook, Napolitano, Ruiz and Torres – that helps facilitate the transfer of Ontario International Airport to local control,” said Alan Wapner, President, Ontario International Airport Authority, and Ontario City Councilmember. “Their action demonstrates their commitment to the goal of ensuring the region has the necessary airport capacity to meet the growing demand for air travel while making the greatest contribution to the Inland Empire economy.”
“Ontario International Airport is the Inland Empire’s No. 1 economic engine,” said Ontario Mayor Paul Leon. “The legislation introduced in the House of Representatives today by Reps. Calvert, Cook, Napolitano, Ruiz and Torres will help facilitate the transfer of the airport to local control. It is another example of how members of Congress from Southern California are working to promote jobs and economic growth in the region. We thank them for their tremendous support at this crucial time.”
The agreement to transfer Ontario Airport is structured in such a way that $120 million in Passenger Facilities Charges (PFC) is required to be transferred from ONT to Los Angeles Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) over ten years. Specifically, $50 million in ONT PFCs must be reimbursed to LAWA in five years and an additional $70 million in ONT PFCs must be paid back to LAWA/LAX in ten years. This transaction represents a reimbursement of LAX PFCs that were transferred to ONT in the 1990s to help pay for the construction of a new terminal. Under current law PFCs are only permitted to be applied to the airport or airport systems that they are collected. Since LAX and ONT will no longer be connected this legislation is necessary.
The following members have cosponsored the legislation:Norma Torres (CA-35), Paul Cook (CA-8), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Pete Aguilar (CA-31) and Mark Takano (CA-41).
Companion legislation is being introduced today in the Senate by California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement following the President’s State of the Union address:
“Americans listened to President Obama’s final State of the Union address this evening, but nothing he said tonight changes what they have experienced first-hand over the past seven years. The President’s failed policies have led to a stagnant economy, more expensive healthcare for the middle-class, emboldened our enemies and created a more dangerous world. Not surprisingly, the President’s remarks tonight indicate he’s doubling down on those failed policies.
A majority of my constituents want our country to go in a different direction than what the President is proposing. That is why I’ll be working every day with my Republican colleagues to drive a bold, pro-growth agenda that moves our country away from the big government policies that clearly don’t help hard-working families and job creators. That’s also why I’ll be working to ensure that next January we are listening to the newly elected Republican President deliver the State of the Union address.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement after voting along with a majority of the House (240 to 181) to approve legislation that will repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood:
“A majority of my constituents continue to oppose Obamacare and a health care system that is controlled by Washington bureaucrats instead of doctors and patients. For the first time since the law was passed, Congress will be sending an Obamacare repeal to the President’s desk. I have and will continue to oppose Obamacare and its policies that reduce the quality, access and affordability of health care for far too many families.
The legislation passed by the House today also defunds Planned Parenthood because American tax dollars should not fund organizations that place so little value on life and where illegal actions have been taken.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s executive actions on gun control:
“President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions are now a trademark of his failed presidency. The President’s actions today go a step beyond his previous regulatory overreach by restricting constitutionally protected rights in a manner that itself is a violation of the policy-making powers the Constitution reserves for Congress.
Americans are understandably concerned by any source of violence that may threaten them or their loved ones. I am once again disappointed that rather than having a meaningful conversation about the root causes of violence, President Obama is once again trying to restrict a fundamental, constitutionally-protected right.
Whenever the President is done trampling on the Constitution, I would encourage him to work with Congress on issues, like mental health reform, where there’s broad support.”
The 9/11 attacks seared many images into our collective memory. One of those unforgettable moments took place in the days after the attacks when President George W. Bush stood atop the rubble and addressed the firefighters digging through the still-smoldering debris from the World Trade Center. Through a bullhorn, President Bush told the firefighters, the country and the world, “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”
To our shock and horror, the barbaric and perverse interpretation of Islam that motivated 9/11 recently manifested in the Inland Empire. Fourteen members of our community were taken from us and 22 others were injured by radical Islamic extremists. Inland Empire residents are left wondering: How did this happen, how did we get here, and how do we stop this from happening again?
The rise of ISIS coincides with the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. That withdrawal took place despite recommendations by Pentagon officials, including former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, to keep between 10,000 and 16,000 troops in Iraq to train Iraqi soldiers and work with them on counterterrorism missions. The failure by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to successfully negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government ultimately led to a power vacuum and an environment that invited Islamic extremists.
Similarly, President Obama’s toothless approach to the ongoing civil war in Syria has exacerbated the turmoil, the fleeing of refugees and again provided Islamic extremists another vulnerable region to exploit. The growing strength of Islamic extremists goes far beyond the territories controlled by ISIS. Boko Haram continues to secure territory throughout West Africa. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is making gains in southern Yemen. Al Shabab controls territory in Somalia. Secretary Clinton’s reckless war in Libya, combined with President Obama’s feckless “lead from behind” approach, and a desire to whitewash the dreadful results of both provided our enemies with the clearest signal yet that we have a jayvee team running our foreign policy.
As many experts have pointed out, the president’s claim that Islamic extremists have been contained is simply out of touch with what is really happening in the Middle East and throughout the world.
Islamic extremists are united in their determination to establish the most significant caliphate since the Ottoman Empire. To establish a caliphate, Islamic extremists believe they must secure territory, which is then ruled by a caliph who is compelled to apply Shariah law to everyone who lives within its boundaries.
Holding territory is critical to maintaining the caliphate Islamic extremists desire. The attacks on ISIS and other armed radical groups by Western countries threaten their ability to secure these areas, which is why the airstrikes must be increased in ferocity and tempo.
President Obama’s current strategy for defeating ISIS and other Islamic extremist organizations is failing. The attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino are the latest examples of that failure. Time and again, we have heard the president state he will not engage in another large ground war in the Middle East. Americans are smart enough to realize there are strategic options available other than a large ground war or stumbling along with the president’s failing strategy.
Along with our coalition partners, our military should enforce a no-fly zone over Syria and help establish safe zones that would allow Syrians to remain in their country. American special operations forces can and should play a larger role in the fight without having our troops “lead the fight.” In addition, we must work with our coalition partners to provide those fighting on the ground and our allies in the region with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, as well as appropriate weapons.
The president needs to take a stronger and more active role building our coalition and, particularly, making it clear that moderate Muslim nations must take meaningful actions to curb the growth of extremists. Countries must choose a side in this global struggle for our civilization.
We must also dry up their finances and effectively combat them in cyberspace. But make no mistake, the key to defeating ISIS is defeating ISIS on the ground until they hold no territory.
The American people, the free world and the violent Islamic extremists around the globe need to see President Obama take a forceful, aggressive approach to winning this war. We need him to be able to name our enemy – radical Islamic extremists. It’s time for him to grab a bullhorn and make sure everyone hears us.
Ken Calvert represents California’s 42nd Congressional District.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) introduced the Secure Accountability for Emigres and Refugees (SAFER) Act, H.R. 4291. The SAFER Act would add requirements to the Syrian and Iraqi refugee security vetting process.
“It has become all too clear to many Americans that our security screening processes for individuals wishing to enter our country are insufficient,” said Rep. Calvert. “Peaceful people who wish to come to our country with good intentions have nothing to fear with these additional measures. I believe these are responsible steps we must take to protect Americans.”
The SAFER Act builds upon the SAFE Act (HR 4038) which passed the House on November 19, 2015. The SAFE Act empowered our security agencies to set strict requirements for entry as refugees and halted admissions until such standards are set. The SAFER Act would define the requirements to fully vet Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they can be admitted into the United States:
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (316 to 113) to approve the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act. The bill funds the federal discretionary budget for the remainder of the fiscal year. Rep. Calvert serves as the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee.
“The funding priorities the House approved today will curb the Obama administration’s dangerous bureaucracy while investing in programs that are essential to American families,” said Rep. Calvert. “I’ve worked hard to protect our economy from the regulatory overreach at the EPA and in this bill we hold the EPA staffing to its lowest level since 1989. The funding the Appropriations Committee has provided for our military, veterans and for critical infrastructure investments is a significant achievement.”
The bill also lifts the 40-year-old ban on U.S. oil exports. According to studies, lifting the ban could create approximately one million jobs in the U.S. and add $170 billion annually to our GDP.
“Lifting the oil export ban is a big win for American consumers, workers, and our economy,” said Rep. Calvert. “The U.S. continues to have significant resources that can help strengthen our economy and provide our allies with an alternative to their long-standing reliance on Russian or Middle Eastern energy resources.”
· $613.9 million for four additional MQ-9 Reaper UAVs. March Air Reserve Base maintains a schoolhouse for training Reaper pilots and currently maintains a fleet of six Reapers.
· $635 million for additional Afloat Forward Staging Base vessels, which are utilized for mine countermeasure helicopters, special operations forces and U.S. Marines. The vessels are built in San Diego, CA.
· $1.5 billion for additional UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters for the Army National Guard. This is a priority for the California National Guard.
· $27.2 million for SPS-48 Radars, which are used as the primary air search sensor for anti-aircraft warships.
· $72.3 million for the mid-life retrofit of UC San Diego/Scripps’ Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel. The vessel is used for a variety of ocean-based research projects funded by the UC system, the U.S. military, and other partners.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (318 to 109) of the House to approve the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” Act. The bill extends a number of expiring tax provisions.
“I am happy to support this bill and protect American families and job creators from tax increases they simply can’t afford,” said Rep. Calvert. “I’m pleased that the House has been able to permanently codify a number of these expiring tax provisions and provided some much needed certainty in our tax code.”
Highlights of the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” Act
(Provided by the House Ways and Means Committee)
Delivers Certainty to American Taxpayers
Prevents Tax Increases
- Allowing State sales tax deductions;
- Providing small business tax relief, including increased small business expensing; and;
- Offering incentives for innovation, including the research and development tax credit.
Grows our Economy
Serves as a Bridge to Comprehensive Tax Reform
Prevents Fraud and Abuse
Reins in the IRS
o Firing IRS employees who take politically motivated actions against taxpayers;
o Requiring IRS employees to respect the taxpayer bill of rights; and
o Prohibiting IRS employees from using personal e-mail accounts for official business.
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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Talking about water policies that are making our drought even worse for Californians at a water forum in Temecula. https://t.co/AlfCqWz5Va