Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s executive action affecting illegal immigrants:
“Like many Americans, I strongly oppose President Obama’s decision to proceed with an unprecedented and unconstitutional executive action adjusting the status of millions of illegal immigrants. Our nation’s founders carefully placed the power to create and modify laws with Congress and left the President with the power to execute them.
Today, President Obama is unquestionably setting a dangerous precedent by attempting to rewrite our immigrations laws without Congressional action. Regardless of your views on what reforms are necessary to our immigration laws, Americans should be extremely wary of granting any President the power to change laws affecting millions of people single-handedly. The next President will be able to undo President Obama’s executive action with the stroke of a pen on their first day in office.
I completely agree with the comments made by George Washington University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley, who describes himself as a liberal, that "what the President is suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of the Constitution.”
My constituents want to see increased border security and the mandatory use of E-Verify at the heart of any action to reform our immigration laws. It is very telling that the President is willing to reach beyond his Constitutional authority on nearly every issue but not act where there is bipartisan support – increasing border security and an expansion of E-Verify. Despite the President’s actions, I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to advance efforts that will strengthen our border security and make the use of E-Verify mandatory.”
ARTICLE I, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 4
“The Congress shall have Power To...establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization....”
ARTICLE II, SECTION 3
The President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) was re-elected to serve as the Chairman of the California Republican delegation in the 114th Congress.
“I’m honored to once again receive the support of my California Republican colleagues and I am eager to serve again as the Chairman of our delegation,” said Rep. Calvert. “Our California Republican delegation is ready to work together in support of policies that are critical for our state and country. We are committed to improving our economy by putting the brakes on President Obama’s job-killing regulatory approach and taking meaningful steps to address California’s water challenges.”
Rep. Calvert was first elected to serve as the Chairman of the California Republican delegation in the 113th Congress.Read More
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The award is based on his votes in the 113th Congress on issues that are critical to manufacturing in the United States.
“Manufacturers in California and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Rep. Calvert who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.”
“I am committed to defending manufacturers in my congressional district and around the country from the onslaught of new, job-killing regulations from the Obama administration,” said Rep. Calvert. “I take pride in receiving the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence and pledge to continue my support for policies that strengthen our country’s manufacturing industry and create jobs.”
Key Votes included in the Voting Record are selected by small, medium and large manufacturing executives who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee. Additional information on the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence can be found here.
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:
For the full text of the legislation, please visit:www.rules.house.govRead More
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
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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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My constituents want to see increased border security & the mandatory use of E-Verify as part of any action to reform our immigration laws.
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Americans should be extremely wary of granting any President the power to change laws affecting millions of people single-handedly
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Obama is unquestionably setting a dangerous precedent by attempting to rewrite our immigrations laws without Congressional action.
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I strongly oppose Obama’s decision to proceed with an unprecedented and unconstitutional executive action.