Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (234 to 183) of the House of Representatives to pass House Joint Resolution 88 which disapproves the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to the definition of the term “Fiduciary.”
“Hard working American families have the right to get affordable access to financial advice to help them make complicated life planning decisions,” said Rep. Calvert. “This is yet another example of the Obama administration putting Washington bureaucrats between Americans looking for help and the professionals who provide specialized services.”
(From the House Committee on Education and the Workforce)
H.J. Res. 88 would invoke Congress’s powers under the Congressional Review Act to prevent the department’s rule restricting access to retirement advice from going into effect. The resolution follows earlier efforts to enact a responsible, bipartisan alternative to the department’s flawed rule. The resolution will help Americans retire with the peace of mind and financial security they deserve.
If this rule were to take effect, if a family attempts to buy a retirement plan, without becoming a fiduciary on the account, the planner would only legally be able to place all the options on the table. The planner would have no ability to highlight plans; shows the customer different options, or confirm thoughts by family without becoming wholly responsible for any loss the plan may incur.
H. J. RES. 88:
Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) is pleased to announce his 24th Annual Academy Night event for high school students in the 42nd Congressional District who are interested in attending one of the U.S. military academies.
Academy Night features presentations from the U.S Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ortega High School Conference Center
520 Chaney Street in Lake Elsinore
Students will learn about the admission requirements and the congressional nomination process. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from each academy, members of Rep. Calvert's Academy Nominations Selection Committee, and his congressional staff – all of whom will be more than willing to help the students throughout the application process.
For more information about Rep. Calvert's military academy nomination process please click here.
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.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) introduced legislation, H.R. 4941, that will ensure military reservists will receive Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits as intended by correcting an unintended issue that has negatively affected reservists when reporting for active duty.
“Our veterans and reservists deserve to receive the benefits they have earned without unnecessary complications,” said Rep. Calvert. “My legislation would address a growing concern I am hearing from reservists who are trying to use their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits by going to college but are struggling to afford their housing due to the poorly crafted regulations affecting their housing allowance. Congress can and should make this important fix as soon as possible to relieve the unnecessary stress far too many of our reservists are feeling.”
Recently, Rep. Calvert and Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Congressman Jeff Miller (FL-1), sent a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald expressing their concern about the issues reservists are experiencing in receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.
Under current regulations, an individual who is released from active duty status may begin receiving the Post-9/11 GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) on the first day of the month following the date the individual is discharged. In addition, an individual who is released from active duty status may begin receiving the tuition and fees benefit on the first day of the enrollment period following the date the individual is discharged and begin receiving the books and supplies stipend on the first day of the month following the date the individual is discharged.
However, there are cases in which a Guard or reservist’s required monthly active duty would disqualify those individuals for the MHA benefit. Many reservists are required to routinely perform their jobs in a Title 10 status due to their specific job requirements and functions. These commonly include aircrew, intelligence personnel, and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and Remote Piloted Aircraft operators. While not in a drill status, or if in a drill status under Title 38, an individual is entitled to their MHA and book allowance. When in a drill status under Title 10, the individual is entitled to the housing allowance but only for the first portion of the month up to when they entered active duty under Title 10. Therefore, if an individual goes on active duty on the first day of the month for three days, the individual does not receive any housing, or book allowance payments, for the rest of that entire month. Just one day of Title 10 service can result in forfeiture of MHA and book allowance for all or most of the month.
In order to maintain a Combat Mission Readiness state and proficiency at their job some have to commit to a minimum of four training days a month in a Title 10 status. Many Guard and Reservists using their GI Bill benefits will be reluctant to volunteer for three to four day missions to ferry troops, equipment, and supplies into an Area of Responsibility knowing they will lose all or a portion of that month’s MHA. Many reservists are full-time students and rely on their MHA to pay rent, but as a result of the current rules they are denied their full MHA causing many members to incur thousands of dollars of debt. This is compounded by the fact that members of the reserve are used more frequently due to the increased tempo of operations around the world.
The bill essentially prorates the MHA for the portion of the month the service member is not on active duty. The legislation introduced by Rep. Calvert amends Title 38, United States Code, to clarify the eligibility for monthly stipends paid under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program for certain members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces. This will ease restrictions on volunteers; increase the number of volunteers, and increase the frequency of volunteerism while limiting the potential for personnel financial issues to arise. Most importantly, this bill seeks to enhance reserve components’ military readiness during high tempo operations. The Reserve component is effective because of volunteerism and the Post 9/11 GI Bill, as written, has a loophole that places unintentional restrictions on members wishing to meet their contractual agreement to maintain readiness.
Original cosponsors of H.R. 4941 are:
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) praised the inclusion of several provisions that will provide relief to California’s ongoing drought in the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. Rep. Calvert is a member of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee, which approved the bill earlier today.
“Despite above average rainfall in northern California this winter, our state continues to suffer due to misguided federal regulations that unnecessarily restrict our ability to take advantage of that water,” said Rep. Calvert. “Along with my California Republican colleagues, I have worked to enact common-sense reforms that will increase the water we are able to capture in a responsible manner. Californians across the state will benefit from the inclusion of these provisions in the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. I hope our California Senators can produce equally beneficial legislation on their side of the Capitol.”
(Courtesy of the House Majority Leader’s Office)
Key components from the House-passed Valadao bill (H.R. 2898) included in the FY17 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that will help ensure the Central Valley and southern California get the water desperately needed from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta by providing the Bureau of Reclamation more direction on exporting water.
Delta Pumping Requirements:
Reclamation shall pump at -5,000 cfs OMR unless that jeopardizes the long-term survival of the Delta smelt or Chinook salmon. If so, pumping can be reduced (i.e. more positive). This provision is important because it is designed to provide more direction to the Bureau of Reclamation and more certainty for our communities south of the Delta in terms of water supplies.
First Few Storms Flexibility:
Authorizes Reclamation to increase pumping to -7,500 cfs OMR to capture storm water runoff when there is high Delta outflow (i.e. water flowing into the Pacific Ocean) provided such action does not jeopardize the long-term survival of the Delta smelt or Chinook salmon. If so, pumping can be reduced (i.e. more positive). This provision is important because it helps ensure there is not a repeat of what happened this rainy season – the loss of significant amounts of El Nino-related storm water to the Pacific Ocean because pumping could not be maximized due to perceived threats to Delta smelt and Chinook salmon.
State Water Project Offset & Water Rights Protections:
This language ensures that California State Water Project (SWP) contractors benefit should the State of California revoke its consistency determination under California environmental laws between the SWP and Central Valley Project (CVP). It also ensures that senior water rights holders north and south of the Delta are preserved and protected. This language is critical to ensure that “California water wars” are not stoked by this bill. This language should help keep all parties (north v. south, east v. west, Federal v. state, etc.) whole.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) joined with California House Republicans in sending a letter to President Obama calling on him to direct federal agencies to increase water exports in the California Bay Delta.
“California desperately needs water to recharge our groundwater basins and our reservoirs, yet our federal agencies continue to allow far too much water to flow out to the Pacific Ocean,” said Rep. Calvert. “The Obama administration can and should take meaningful action, within existing laws and regulations, to allow Californians to take advantage of the significant precipitation we have received in northern California this winter.”
Full text of the letter:
March 24, 2016
The Honorable Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
On behalf of our constituents and the residents of California, we write to request that you direct the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to authorize increased water exports in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta immediately.
Through El Niño, Mother Nature has blessed our state with much-needed precipitation. Unfortunately, both FWS and NMFS have severely limited the ability of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to export water from the Delta to California’s Central Valley and further south. Earlier this month, the amount of water flowing out of the Delta into the Pacific Ocean exceeded 114,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), while Delta water exports have remained at about -5,000 cfs at Old and Middle River. In fact, while Delta outflow has been substantially higher in 2016, Reclamation has exported roughly the same amount of water this year – during an El Nino year – that it did last year, one of the hottest and driest years on record.
Recently, Federal and California state water contractors proposed to Reclamation, FWS, and NMFS that Delta exports be modestly increased to -6,000 cfs at Old and Middle River, given the amount of water flowing through the Delta to the Pacific Ocean. It is our understanding that not only did the agencies reject this proposal, but that FWS will likely order Reclamation to reduce Delta exports to -3,500 cfs at Old and Middle River today, with the potential for future reductions. This is unacceptable.
You have traveled to our state. You have seen the devastating impacts the lack of water has caused to our communities, cities, farms and businesses. Your Presidential Memorandum, released just two days ago, acknowledged the effects of the drought and directed federal agencies to collaborate with local governments and non-governmental entities to help lessen the impacts from the drought and expand water resources.
While we need collaboration among different levels of government, we more urgently need specific leadership from our Chief Executive. That specific leadership is simple: a clear message to the relevant federal agencies to increase – not decrease – pumping over and above -5,000 cfs to take full advantage of these recent storms—perhaps the last of the season.
It will take years and tens of millions of acre-feet of water to replenish our groundwater resources and for Californians’ lives to get back to normal. We cannot have Reclamation, FWS, and NMFS making our recovery all the more challenging. Accordingly, we implore you to direct these agencies to immediately increase Delta water exports, rather than reducing them. The fate of California and the lives and livelihoods of our constituents are at risk.
The time to act is now.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)
Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42)
Rep. David Valadao (CA-21)
Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22)
Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04)
Rep. Mimi Walters(CA-45)
Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)
Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10)
Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25)
Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39)
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) introduced the Ensuring the Safety of Our Mail Act, H.R. 4515, which will double the maximum jail sentence for anyone convicted of mail theft.
“The disturbing growth in mail theft in my district, and particularly the theft of cluster box units, must be stopped,” said Rep. Calvert. “The criminals who steal mail to conduct identity theft or for other purposes need to face greater consequences for their actions. My constituents are fed up with the disruption to their lives caused by these criminals and it’s time for Congress to take action to discourage these types of crimes.”
Currently, the maximum jail sentence for anyone convicted of mail theft is five years under Section 1708 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code. The Ensuring the Safety of Our Mail Act increases the maximum jail sentence to ten years.
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.
For more information, please contact Jackie Lansing at (951) 277-0042.
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.
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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