Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to Senator Diane Feinstein’s (D-CA) introduction the California Emergency Drought Relief Act:
"The drought bill our California Senators introduced yesterday is a constructive step in the right direction, and while I do have concerns regarding aspects of the bill, I look forward to working with leaders in the House and Senate to advance drought legislation in the fall."
On July 16, 2015, Rep. Calvert voted along with a majority (245 – 176) of the House of Representatives to pass the Western Water and American Food Security Act, H.R. 2898.
According to Senator Feinstein’s office, the following provisions were included in her legislation and are similar to those in H.R. 2898:
· Storage projects: Establishes deadlines for the Bureau of Reclamation to complete feasibility studies to allow CalFed storage projects to compete for Proposition 1 bond funds.
· Monitoring for smelt: During periods when water turbidity is high and smelt are likely to move near pumps, scientists must daily monitor for the presence of the fish. Pumps may only run at high levels when smelt are not present.
· Reviewing transfers and barriers: Environmental reviews of water transfers and the installation and removal of temporary barriers will be expedited. These reviews will ensure these actions are consistent with environmental laws.
· Cross-Channel Gates: Delta Cross-Channel Gates may only be opened for additional time if doing so remains consistent with water quality-related orders issued by the State Water Resources Control Board.
· Water transfers: Water transfers sent into the Delta in April and May can only be withdrawn at a 1:1 ratio if the transfers adhere to environmental law and biological opinions. The water covered by the 1:1 ratio must be additional flow on top of the regular flow of the river, and the environmental effects of the transferred water must be permissible under applicable law.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) was named a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation (NRF) for his support of policies that work for employees and employers alike.
“As a former small business owner, I know first-hand how import it is for legislators to support policies that allow small businesses to thrive,” said Rep. Calvert. “Small businesses are the drivers of our economy and deserve to have a simpler tax code and less red-tape coming from Washington bureaucrats. I pledge to keep working on behalf of our job creators to make the federal government one less thing they have to worry about.”
“NRF’s Heroes of Main Street have shown through their voting records that they care about retailers, big and small, and value the role these businesses play in communities around the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “By backing our policy priorities, they show their commitment to a prosperous Main Street and to the long-term growth of retail - our nation’s largest private-sector employer.”
The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013 to recognize members of Congress for support of the retail industry’s public policy priorities such as patent reform, health care, tax reform and workforce policies that work for employees and employers alike.
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
“Virtually all of us have a family member, friend or neighbor who is disabled, and we have seen firsthand how they encounter significant challenges on a daily basis. Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act our nation has taken great strides to remove unnecessary obstacles that complicate the lives of the disabled. Looking forward, more can and should be done to ensure the ADA is applied in ways that continue to improve the lives and truly protects the disabled as it was intended. After 25 years, it’s safe to say that everyone’s heart is in the right place and the time is now right to protect well-intended businesses from unwarranted lawsuits by allowing a compliance grace period in lieu of immediate lawsuits.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) joined a majority (241-179) of the House in approving the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, H.R. 3009. Rep. Calvert is an original cosponsor of H.R. 3009, which will withhold federal law enforcement funding for states and localities that circumvent the federal government’s efforts to enforce our immigration laws.
“Sanctuary cities make our immigration problems worse, not better, and Congress should take action to discourage them in any way it can,” said Rep. Calvert. “The Obama administration’s encouragement of sanctuary cities and failure to enforce our immigration laws is irresponsible and especially dangerous when it comes to the failure to deport criminal immigrants. It is my hope that the passage of this bill is only a start of Congressional action to strengthen the enforcement of our immigration laws.”
Rep. Calvert spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 3009. His full statement is below.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of this bill and in support of American families.
This week we’ve heard powerful and heartbreaking stories from families who have lost a loved one at the hands of an illegal immigrant. Often times, these individuals were able to operate freely because of the sanctuary policies of certain U.S. cities – policies that ignore federal immigration law.
It is time this Congress put the lives and welfare of American citizens and legal residents first.
It is time to protect the innocent. This means not another Kate, Josh, Dennis, Danny, Grant, and countless others.
It is time to penalize cities that willfully ignore federal law to the detriment of citizens and legal residents.
I encourage my fellow Members to read the testimony from this week’s Senate hearing. Read about the lives lost, the brutality of the crimes, the lack of remorse by the perpetrators, and the heartbreak of the families. Today we have a choice: protect fellow Americans or give sanctuary to criminal aliens. Thank you and I yield back my time.
UPDATE: Rep. Calvert spoke in support of the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, H.R. 3009, however, for unknown reasons the electronic vote device on the floor of the House failed to register his YES vote (which was made by inserting his voting card and pressing the yea button). Therefore, on the final vote tally, he is officially recorded as “Not Voting” even though he did in fact vote for the bill. Immediately prior to the vote on final passage, Rep. Calvert cast a vote against the Democratic Motion to Recommit. Rep. Calvert is recorded as voting on all the prior votes in the series.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (245 – 176) of the House of Representatives to pass the Western Water and American Food Security Act, H.R. 2898.
“Californians expect and deserve a reliable and affordable water supply, even during periods of drought,” said Rep. Calvert. “While we can’t control the drought, the water shortages our state is facing are due to inaction and failed policies. We can avert suffering through improved water management policies, and it is long overdue for the federal government to ensure that our critical water infrastructure is operated using sound science in order to prevent wasting our precious water supply in ways that do not benefit listed species. Furthermore, we must build the water storage facilities that have been authorized, some for over a decade, to ensure that we can use water from wet years during dry years. The bill passed by the House today takes important steps in that direction.”
Rep. Calvert is an original cosponsor of Western Water and American Food Security Act. He was the author of the last major Western water law approved by Congress in 2004.
Highlights of the Western Water and American Food Security Act
(Provided by the House Natural Resources Committee)
Based on previous legislative efforts that were initially developed on a bipartisan and bicameral basis, the Western Water and American Food Security Act addresses the underlying policy failures that are contributing to increasingly severe drought conditions in communities in California and across the Western United States.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) proudly announced the list of candidates from the 42ndCongressional District that he nominated who have received and accepted an Offer of Appointment to our nation’s service academies, and will be part of the Class of 2019.
“Riverside County continues to produce extraordinary students who are ready, willing, and able to stand tall at our nation’s service academies,” said Rep. Calvert. “Nominating students from our region to attend our service academies is one of the highest privileges I have as a member of Congress. I am confident that the students who I have nominated will make significant contributions to our country that we can all be very proud of.”
Below is the list of candidates from the 42ndCongressional District:
United States Air Force Academy
United States Military Academy at West Point
U.S. Naval Academy
Rep. Calvert's nominations are made on a strictly competitive basis. Therefore, he has established an Academy Nominations Selection Committee that determines nominations based solely on the candidate's qualifications. Candidates are judged on their scholastic achievements, leadership performance, athletic participation, community service, and motivation.
An education at one of the military service academies is estimated to be valued at more than $400,000.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) signed on as an original cosponsor on two bills that enhanced the enforcement of our immigration laws.
Rep. Calvert signed on as an original cosponsor of the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, H.R. 3009, which will withhold federal law enforcement funding for states and localities that circumvent the federal government’s efforts to enforce our immigration laws. Rep. Calvert also signed on as an original cosponsor of “Kate’s Law,” H.R. 3011, which will ensure that any adult illegal immigrant, who is deported from the US and chooses to again enter our country illegally, will face a sentence of no less than five years in prison.
“There’s little disagreement that our immigration system is broken and while there are many areas within the broader immigration debate where there is disagreement, there is a bipartisan sentiment that illegal immigrants who break our laws should be deported,” said Rep. Calvert. “So-called “sanctuary cities” – like San Francisco – have policies that often make our illegal immigration problems worse, not better.
Last week, Kathryn Steinle, an innocent 32 year-old woman was shot and killed in a senseless act of violence while she was walking on a San Francisco pier with her family. The alleged shooter was a man who was in the country illegal and who had previously been deported five times. The man had seven felony drug convictions and in April the San Francisco Sheriff's Office released him even though U.S. authorities requested that they hold him until they could take him into custody for deportation proceedings.Read More
Last night, during debate of the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill an amendment was brought to me by House Leadership at the request of some southern Members of the Republican Caucus. The Leadership amendment would have codified existing National Park Service policy set by the Obama administration. Those Obama administration policies prohibit the sale and display of the Confederate flag on National Park Service properties, except when displayed in a historical or educational context. To be clear, I wholeheartedly support the Park Service’s prohibitions regarding the Confederate flag and the amendment did nothing to change these prohibitions.
Three amendments concerning the Confederate flag were adopted during the open rule process under which the Interior bill was considered. I accepted all of these amendments without disagreement or debate. The Jeffries amendment and the Huffman amendment regarding National Park concessioners maintained the Obama administration exceptions for displays in a historical and educational context, however, the Huffman amendment regarding National Park cemeteries did not. The intent of the Leadership’s amendment was to clear up any confusion and maintain the Obama administration’s policies with respect to those historical and educational exceptions.
Looking back, I regret not conferring with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, especially my Ranking Member Betty McCollum, prior to offering the Leadership’s amendment and fully explaining its intent given the strong feelings Members of the House have regarding this important and sensitive issue.
Below I have included all the amendments offered including the Leadership’s amendment. You can also find the National Park Service (NPS) Director’s Order #61, which the Leadership amendment would have codified. The Park Service regulation set by the Obama administration allows the placement of Confederate flags on the graves of Confederate soldiers one day a year. The acquisition and placement of the flags is not supported by any federal funding and it is explicitly stated that the Confederate flag will not be flown on any cemetery flagpole.
Original Jeffries Amendment (accepted by voice vote):
Original Huffman Amendment (accepted by voice vote):
Second Huffman Amendment (accepted by voice vote):
Director’s Order #61:
National Park Service Memorandum from June 24, 2015
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42), along with ten of his California delegation colleagues, sent a letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez urging him to release federal transit funding that the Department of Labor (DOL) continues to deny to California mass transit agencies.
“It’s long past time for the Obama administration to stop playing political games and ensure our transit agencies receive promised funding,” said Rep. Calvert. “If Secretary Perez does not act soon, transit riders throughout California will feel the impact of reduced service and the continued deterioration of transit vehicles. I simply don’t know how anyone can think it is right to penalize California transit riders, employees and taxpayers because the state enacted common sense pension reforms.”
“Riverside County is expanding public transit options, both rail and bus, with strong federal support,” said Riverside County Transportation Commission Chairman Daryl Busch, Mayor of the City of Perris. “It is deeply troubling that at this pivotal time the federal government is holding back the basic funds we rely on every day. I thank Congressman Calvert for standing up for public transit and our residents who depend on it.”
“I applaud Congressman Calvert’s efforts to ensure that Riverside County residents have uninterrupted access to the transit they depend on to get them to school, work and the doctor,” said Riverside Transit Agency Chairman of the Board Andrew Kotyuk. “I am confident that the many seniors, veterans and disabled residents who rely on RTA appreciate the Congressman advancing the conversation on this issue in Washington D.C.”
U.S. Department of Transportation grant funding for mass transit agencies requires the certification of the Secretary of Labor under rules established by the 1964 Urban Mass Transportation Act. Following the passage of pension reform laws in California, which were supported by the state legislature and Governor Jerry Brown, Secretary Perez has refused to certify federal grant funds for all California transit agencies. Last December, the U.S. Eastern District Court ruled against the DOL and called their failure to certify and release the transit funds as “arbitrary” and “capricious.” The DOL has appealed that ruling.
The following members signed the letter to Secretary Perez:
Col. Paul Cook (CA-8)
Rep. Sam Farr (CA-20)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-50)
Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-1)
Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-4)
Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22)
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)
Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39)
Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45)
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell:
"Today's decision by the Supreme Court is clearly disappointing to me and my constituents who overwhelmingly believe ObamaCare is a deeply flawed law. Thankfully, in our democracy, the power ultimately resides with the people. Elections have consequences. We now know that the fate of freedom in healthcare is up to the 2016 election. It is indeed a time to choose."
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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