Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert


Rep. Calvert Votes for Water Bill Providing Relief for California Communities


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (360 to 61) of the House in support of the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act, a comprehensive water resources bill.

“Even before California began to suffer from drought conditions, I have worked with my colleagues to enact solutions that improve our state’s aging water infrastructure and update the policies that have led to its inefficient operation,” said Rep. Calvert. “Today, we have passed a bipartisan bill that is an important first step towards capturing, storing and using more water when it rains, rather than allowing that water to flow out to the ocean.  The future of our state depends on a reliable water supply and I will continue to advocate for policies that ensure California has the water it needs.”

The California drought provisions in the bill allow more water to be put to beneficial use. Specifically, the bill allows for Delta pumps to operate at higher levels while protecting fish through daily monitoring. The legislation also requires federal agencies to maximize water supplies consistent with applicable laws and biological opinions. Finally, the bill authorizes funding for critical California water storage projects, as well as desalination, water recycling, reuse and conservation projects.

The WIIN Act also contained the legislative text of Rep. Calvert’s bill, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Water Rights Settlement Act, H.R. 5984. The bill quantifies the Band’s reserved water rights in the Santa Margarita River Watershed.  The legislation also authorizes necessary infrastructure to guarantee a permanent supply of water to the Band through cooperative agreements with the local water purveyors, including Rancho California Water District, Eastern Municipal Water District and Metropolitan Water District.  Importantly, the legislation will provide a coordinated effort by the parties to manage the water within the basin that will bring all residents of the Pechanga Reservation a safe and dependable water supply for the future.  

“The Pechanga Band of Indians, as well as all of the parties to this settlement, deserve to have some certainty on the future of their water supply. I’m grateful we have been able to enact the settlement and ensure all of the stakeholders in the Santa Margarita River Watershed can better shape their future.”

The WIIN Act also included a provision supported by Rep. Calvert to allow projects that would reduce drought to compete for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans and loan guarantees.  Specifically, the language expands the list of eligible WIFIA projects to include those that prevent, reduce, or mitigate the effects of drought, including projects that enhance the resilience of drought-stricken watersheds.

“Facing a drought of historic proportions, it is important we use every tool at our disposal to find new local water supplies, including through conservation.  This language will let the best drought-reduction projects pursue loans and loan guarantees so we can move towards a more reliable, innovative water system throughout California and the west.”  


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Rep. Calvert’s Veterans Education Bill Passed by the House


Today, the House passed H.R. 6416, which contained legislation introduced by Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) to streamline veteran education benefits at community colleges.


“Our veterans should be able to receive their education benefits without any unnecessary delays,” said Rep. Calvert. “Community colleges provide incredible educational opportunities for our veterans, so I am pleased Congress is taking action to make it easier for veterans to use their education benefits at these institutions.”


H.R. 6416 contained the legislative text of H.R. 182, introduced by Rep. Calvert on January 7, 2015, which streamlines the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) processes for community colleges that have multiple campuses. Currently, the VA requires community colleges to certify that their veteran students are enrolled for a specific number of classes before the VA will disperse student benefits. These rules must be updated to account for multi-college Community College Districts, such as Riverside Community College District (RCCD). Without such an update, veterans that take classes at a multi-college District see their benefits delayed while colleges and the VA complete and shuffle unnecessary paperwork. H.R. 182 would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to permit the centralized reporting of veteran enrollment by certain groups, districts, and consortiums of educational institutions.





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Rep. Calvert Slams Defense Dept. for Burying Report on the Cost of the Pentagon Bureaucracy


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42), a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, criticized the Defense Department for willfully ignoring the findings of a report issued by the Defense Business Board on the unsustainable growth in the civilian bureaucracy at the Pentagon. An investigation by The Washington Post found that Defense Department officials took a series of actions to keep the report and its findings out of public view.


“I introduced the REDUCE Act because there’s an undeniable reality that the civilian workforce at the Pentagon has become too large and too costly,” said Rep. Calvert. “The dollars being wasted on the Defense Department’s oversized bureaucracy hurts taxpayers and it hurts our troops because those funds would be better spent on new equipment, training and readiness. The status quo at the Pentagon must stop.  As The Post’s investigation found, Pentagon officials prefer to bury their heads in the sand on this critical issue, which is why Congress must pass the REDUCE Act and mandate that civilian workforce reductions take place.”


The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act (H.R. 340) would require the DOD to make civilian workforce reductions in a systematic manner without compromising our ability to maintain a strong national defense over the long term. Rep. Calvert introduced the bill on January 14, 2015.

The requirements of the REDUCE Act will accomplish the following:

  • Reduce our Defense civilian workforce by 15% by FY 2022. This percentage was recommended by the Defense Business Board, a trusted, authoritative, and independent source of expertise.
  • The Department of Defense civilian workforce would remain at or below this established cap of a 15% reduction for Fiscal Years 2022 through 2026.
  • The Department of Defense civilian Senior Executive Service career appointee workforce will be reduced to 1,000 by 2022 and remain at or below 1,000 employees for Fiscal Years 2022 through 2026.
  • Provide the Secretary of Defense the authority to use voluntary separation incentive payments and voluntary early retirement payments in order to achieve the required reductions in personnel. 
  • Provide the Secretary of Defense the authority to assign greater weight to job performance versus tenure in a Reduction in Force.
  • Require a two-fold reporting requirement for this Act: (1) a report from the Secretary of Defense covering the progress and impact of the requirements of this Act in the annual budget request for Fiscal Years 2018 through 2026. The Secretary of Defense may also report to Congress on the impact of the provisions at any time throughout the year (such as when submitting the report on achievement of performance goals as required by Sec. 116 of title 31 of the United States Code on “Agency performance rating.”), (2) a GAO study, no later than 3 years after enactment of this Act, that shall examine the progress and impact of the requirements of this Act. 


Rep. Calvert will be reintroducing the REDUCE Act in the 115th Congress and continuing his call to reduce the civilian workforce at the Department of Defense.



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Rep. Calvert Supports California Drought Language in Water Bill


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) released the following statement in response to the inclusion of several California drought provisions in the FY17 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) which will be voted on later this week by both the House and Senate:


“For many years now, California families and businesses have been desperate for solutions to our state’s drought conditions and long-term water challenges. Now, as a result of bipartisan negotiations, we stand ready to move on important water legislation. The provisions included in this legislation are not a silver bullet to all of our state’s water woes, but they represent a meaningful step towards a water infrastructure that Californians can rely on. Like any negotiation, neither side got everything they wanted, but in the end Californians will benefit because a deal was reached and solutions will be put into action.”





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Rep. Calvert Votes for CA National Guard Bonus Fix


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority of the House (375 to 34) to pass legislation that provides relief for California Guardsmen who were ordered to repay enlistment bonuses.  The legislative fix was included in S. 2943, the conference report of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

“Our servicemembers deserve the peace of mind that this legislation will provide them,” said Rep. Calvert. “The misguided effort to collect these bonus payments was wrong from the start, so I’m pleased Congress has been able to come together in a bipartisan way and find a solution.”

Language in The National Defense Authorization Act makes the following reforms:

  • The Secretary of Defense (SecDef) shall conduct a review all bonus pay, special pay, student loan repayments, and similar special payments made to National Guard members of the State of California from January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2015.  
  • Process shall be expedited and the goal is for all cases to be finished by July 30, 2017.
  • If any pays have been recouped, DOD will determine whether the recoupment was unwarranted.
  • The burden to prove a service member knowingly accepted a bonus despite not being qualified is on DOD and SecDef guidance is to error on the side of the service member.
  • Board may waive repayment or repay the recouped amount.
  • If a consumer reporting agency was notified of a member’s debt, the agency will be notified that no such debt was valid.
  • If financial hardship was experienced as a result of the government to recoup the debt, the member will be assisted in addressing that financial hardship in accordance with mechanisms developed by the SecDef.

Rep. Calvert also advocated for the inclusion of a $32 million authorization to restore the TRICARE autism reimbursement rates to levels not less than the rates that were in effect on March 31, 2016 for the Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration program. 

“California was disproportionately impacted by the change in TRICARE autism reimbursement rates so I am pleased that the Conference Report included this vital language and funding authorization. Military families that face the challenge of raising a child with autism deserve our full support.  The Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration program provides critical resources for families caring for a child with autism.”

Additional highlights of The National Defense Authorization Act include:

  • $619 billion for national defense which included $3.2 billion for readiness stabilization funding to stop the military drawdown which is fueling the readiness crisis.
  • A 2.1% pay raise for our troops, the largest increase in six years and 5% above the President’s request.
  • Improves access to quality health care for warfighters, retirees, and their families, while enhancing medical readiness.
  • Maintains the current status of the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH).
  • Reforms the Commissary system to preserve the benefit, while also making improvements to ensure continued savings for shoppers, a good value for taxpayers, and ongoing support for morale, welfare, and recreational activities.
  • Maintains the status quo on prohibition on the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and the transfer of detainees to the U.S.
  • Continues acquisition, military organization, and National Security Council (NSC) reforms.


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Rep. Calvert Cosponsors CA National Guard Bonus Fix Bill


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced that he has cosponsored the Veterans Earned Their Bonus Act (VET Bonus Act), H.R. 6316. The legislation will legislatively correct the CA National Guard bonus claw back issue that has affected thousands of veterans.

“Like all Americans, I was outraged when I learned about the hardships our veterans were being forced to endure due to no fault of their own,” said Rep. Calvert. “While I was relieved by the Sec. of Defense’s decision to halt the collection of these bonuses, Congress should ultimately pass legislation to resolve the matter once and for all.  The VET Bonus Act will provide our veterans with the peace of mind and financial relief that they deserve.”

Here is a summary of the VET Bonus Act:

·         Presumption is with Veterans that their bonuses were received in good faith and that the Veteran met the criteria to receive their bonus.

·         Receipt of bonus money from California National Guard between 2004 – 2010 shall not be subject to repayment to DoD unless the Vet committed fraud or did not satisfy service requirements in obtaining the bonus.

·         If bonus money has been repaid by a Veteran in part or in full it shall be returned to the Veteran, plus interest in accordance with existing law.

·         For Vets who are reimbursed by the Army, the Secretary must notify credit agencies that any debt previously reported was never valid.

·         In addition, if a separate financial hardship has been incurred by a Vet who has been required to repay a bonus in part or in full, the Secretary of the Army shall provide financial assistance.


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Rep. Calvert Congratulates President-Elect Donald J. Trump


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement congratulating President-elect Donald J. Trump on winning the 2016 presidential election:


“I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning an historic election last night. Throughout this campaign Donald Trump echoed the deep frustrations of many Americans about the lack of economic opportunities and the direction of our country. That is exactly why I endorsed and supported his campaign since he won our competitive primary process.


As President-elect Trump said last night, now the real work must begin to enact the policies that will put our nation on a different path.  Republicans must work together to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a more competitive, patient-focused health care policy.  We also have a tremendous task ahead of us unwinding the unprecedented amount of job-killing regulations that the Obama administration has jammed down the throats of our job creators. Finally, we must secure our border, require mandatory employment verification to ensure American jobs go to American workers, and reassert our sovereignty. 


America is the greatest democracy in the history of the world because we entrust the true power of our government with our citizens. They have now exercised that power to shake up our government and sent a clear message to our media and cultural elites.  Those of us who have been chosen to represent our fellow citizens in Washington owe them our full and complete effort to put America on a path of peace and prosperity.”






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Rep. Calvert Hails Transfer of Ontario Airport


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to the official transfer of Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles World Airports  to the Ontario International Airport Authority:

“Today is a great day for Inland Empire air travelers.  Restoring local control of Ontario Airport was a team effort that I was incredibly proud to be a part of by sponsoring the law facilitating the transfer. The transfer of Ontario Airport is just the start of the process to give Inland Empire air travelers a premiere airport with competitive flight fares and modern amenities.

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Rep. Calvert Statement on FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to the FBI reopening its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email:


“Today’s announcement by the FBI is just another reminder that Secretary Clinton consistently finds herself under scrutiny for poor decisions and reckless behavior.  Obviously, what’s most concerning is when those actions compromise our national security.  The American people deserve a complete, unbiased investigation into Secretary Clinton’s conduct.”





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Rep. Calvert Applauds Suspension of National Guard Bonus Collection


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) applauded the decision by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to suspend efforts to collect reimbursement from affected California National Guard members.

“I’m pleased to hear the Department of Defense has heeded the call from so many Americans to halt the unfair collection of bonuses paid to our soldiers many years ago,” said Rep. Calvert. “Now, it’s important that Congress fully investigate how this happened and what steps we must take to protect our soldiers – including reimbursing those who have inappropriately been forced to repay money. I am still deeply troubled that so many of our brave men and women in uniform have been put through a tremendous hardship due to no fault of their own. We must all work to prevent that from happening again in the future.”

“While I appreciate the Secretary’s concern for the taxpayer, I believe the majority of American taxpayers do not want the Department going after our U.S. service members for repayment of bonuses.  Halting the collection of bonuses just to begin it again in earnest January 1, 2017 is not the relief that is necessary and Congress stands ready to provide a legislative fix.”

Earlier this week, Rep. Calvert joined a number of his House colleagues in sending a letter to the Secretary of Defense requesting that the Department of Defense stop all collection efforts on the bonuses in question.  


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Veterans Day 2009


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"


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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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


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


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


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

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


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Academy Breakfast 2009


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


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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Rep. Calvert's Remarks on Bill Facilitating the Ontario Airport Transfer

2016-06-21 21:36:25

Rep. Calvert Remarks on Military Spending Bill

2016-06-14 21:34:58

Rep. Calvert, Colleagues Discuss Funding for SB Attack Response

2015-12-18 17:32:12

Dont Veto Our Troops

2015-10-26 17:40:08

Rep. Calvert Floor Speech About the Need to Enforce Immigration Laws

2015-07-23 19:15:55

Rep. Ken Calvert PSA - Mental Health Awareness

2015-07-21 19:19:46

Rep. Ken Calvert PSA - Support Our Troops

2015-07-21 19:01:40

Rep. Calvert's Floor Remarks on California Water Bill

2015-07-16 15:25:44

House of Representatives Tribute to the Victims of the Nepal Helicopter Crash

2015-05-20 23:24:46

Rep. Calvert Statement Supporting Amendments Preventing Obama's Executive Amnesty Plan

2015-01-14 00:37:29

Rep. Calvert Floor Speech on Regulatory Overreach

2014-09-09 20:08:51

Rep. Calvert Speaks on California Drought Relief Bill

2014-02-05 21:01:31

Rep. Calvert's Remarks on the Distinguished Flying Cross Memorial

2013-10-29 19:41:22

Rep. Calvert remarks on bill to simplify Veterans' education benefits

2013-10-28 22:08:02

Rep. Calvert: "Mr. President - Tear Down These Barricades!"

2013-10-02 22:04:39

Rep. Calvert Remarks on Energy and Water Spending Bill

2013-07-09 21:22:02

Rep. Calvert Questions Secretary Hagel at Budget Hearing

2013-04-17 17:29:59

Rep. Calvert Questions OMB Director on FY14 Budget

2013-04-11 22:10:26

Rep. Calvert: "Preserve the sanctity of our medals"

2013-04-10 18:13:33

Congressman Calvert's Remarks on the FY14 Budget

2013-03-20 18:54:07

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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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