Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert


Rep. Calvert Condemns Obama’s Unconstitutional Power Grab


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.”



U.S. Constitution




“The Congress shall have Power To...establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization....”




The President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”


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Rep. Calvert Re-Elected as Chairman of the California Republican Delegation


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.

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Rep. Calvert Honored with Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence


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.



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Rep. Calvert Sends Letter to FAA Administrator, an Inland Empire Native


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.



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Rep. Calvert Outraged at Comments Made by LA Airport Officials


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:


  • Steve Martin, LAWA's chief operating officer, referred to the Inland Empire as the 'inbred Inland Empire' in April 2013.”


  • “During a presentation to the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners this year, Martin referred to board-authorized improvements at Ontario International "as a storied tale of charity toward the Inland Empire.’”


  • “Mark Thorpe, a former LAWA marketing director, said that adding airline service to Ontario was a goal when he was hired. But Lindsey told him in 2008 to focus more on LAX and less on Ontario.”





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Rep. Calvert Named “Guardian of Small Business”


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.



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Rep. Calvert Votes for Fiscal Year 2015 Continuing Resolution


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 FundingThe 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:


  • A provision to extend expiring Department of Defense activities, including counter-drug operations, support to the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq, and rewards for assistance in combatting terrorism.


  • A provision to continue a surge in funding for State Department programs to counter regional aggression toward Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries.


  • Several provisions to ensure appropriate treatment of veterans and continued oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as additional funds for disability claims processing, and funds for investigations into potential improper conduct including “waitlist” and “whistleblower” allegations.


  • A provision allowing funding flexibility for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to maintain staffing levels, border security operations, detention space, and immigration enforcement activities.


  • Provisions to address the recent Ebola crisis, including additional funding to accelerate HHS research on Ebola therapies, and additional funding for the Centers for Disease Control’s response to the growing outbreak in Africa.


  • A provision allowing additional funds to offset food price increases in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program to ensure that no current recipients are removed from the program.


  • A provision allowing funding flexibility to maintain weather satellite programs, ensuring the continuation of data for weather warnings and forecasts, including forecasts of severe weather events.


  • A provision allowing the continuation of current funding for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.


  • A provision extending the operating authority for the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015.


  • A provision extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act through the period of the CR ending on December 11, 2014.


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Rep. Calvert Releases Draft Bill to Protect Jobs in the U.S.


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 taxplanning 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 jobloss 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.



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Rep. Calvert Statement on ISIS


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.” 


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Rep. Calvert Votes to Close Immigration Loophole


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:


  • A change to the “Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008,” to require that all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as Mexicans for the purpose of removals. This would require unaccompanied children who do not wish to be voluntarily returned to their home country to remain in HHS custody while they await an expedited immigration court hearing that must occur not more than seven days after they are screened by child welfare officials.


(NOTE: This provision closes the same immigration loophole that Rep. Calvert’s legislation, H.R.5079, sought to address.)


  • A prohibition on the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture from denying or restricting CBP activities on federal land under their respective jurisdictions within 100 miles of the US-Mexico border.


  • A change to the Immigration and Nationality Act to strengthen the law prohibiting criminals with serious drug-related convictions from applying for asylum. 


  • A provision expressing the “Sense of Congress” that the Secretary of Defense should not house unauthorized aliens at military installations unless certain specific conditions are met.


Protecting our Southwest Border and Enforcing our Laws:


  • $405 million for the Department of Homeland Security to boost border security and law enforcement activities. This includes:


  • $334 million for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to boost enforcement of immigration and customs laws in response to the rise in unaccompanied alien children and families. This funding will support increased and upgraded detention space, transportation costs, overtime costs, expedited migrant processing, and additional deportation and enforcement personnel.


  • $71 million for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations, including increased processing, detention, and transportation activities.


  • Authority for Southwest border states to reallocate existing state and local grant funds for costs related to combating illegal immigration and humanitarian efforts for unaccompanied alien children and families.


  • $22 million to accelerate judicial proceedings for immigrants. This includes funding to hire additional, temporary immigration judges, and funding to complete the outfitting of every Department of Justice immigration courtroom nationwide with video teleconferencing equipment in order to utilize all existing court resources. This will help increase the capacity of our immigration courts to process cases, reduce the backlog, and shorten the time between apprehension and issuance of removal orders.


  • $35 million for National Guard border efforts – essentially doubling the funding for the Guard presence on the border. This will bolster National Guard efforts to assist the Border Patrol with surveillance, intelligence, and humanitarian activities.


Providing Humanitarian Assistance


  • $197 million for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide temporary housing and humanitarian assistance to unaccompanied minors. This funding is sufficient to care for children in U.S. custody already.



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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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Doug LaMalfa


Tom McClintock


Paul Cook


Jeff Denham


David Valadao


Devin Nunes


Kevin McCarthy


Buck McKeon


Gary Miller


Ed Royce


John Campbell


Dana Rohrabacher


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