Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert


Rep. Calvert Votes for Balanced Budget


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (XXX-XXX) of his House colleagues to approve Price Substitute #2, the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution. Price Substitute #2 balances the budget in less than 10 years without raising taxes and cuts $5.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Following the passage of the bill, Rep. Calvert issued the following statement:


“Our national debt continues to pose a serious threat to our future economic growth and national security. If we fail to act, these threats will grow and the risk to our country will be far greater. President Obama’s budget plan leads to more spending, more debt, and more kicking the can down the road.  That’s not leadership. Thankfully, House Republicans have chosen to once again pursue a responsible path that leads to a truly balanced budget.


The House budget will enhance our economic future by calling for a fairer, simpler tax code and repealing the job-killing provisions in ObamaCare, including its taxes, regulations and mandates. The plan promotes freedom of choice, affordability, and patient-centered heath care solutions.


In order to protect our national security, the House budget will ensure necessary funding is provided for troop training, equipment and compensation. The budget also includes provisions that will improve the efficiency in the Defense Department, including the civilian workforce. Specifically, the budget contains language that echoes the REDUCE Act, legislation that I have introduced that would require any reductions in military end strength be accompanied by appropriate reductions in the civilian workforce in order to maintain a ratio that more closely resembles the historical average.


There’s no question that the House budget requires a number of sacrifices, but American families make and live with similar sacrifices every day and they expect our government to do the same. President Obama may not understand that, but I do and I encourage all of my colleagues to support the House Republican budget and its path towards a brighter economic future and a more secure America.”



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Secretary of Defense: “We Can Reduce the Civilian Workforce”


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) questioned Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter about the unbalanced number of civilian employees in the Defense Department relative to the number of uniformed soldiers. During the exchange, Secretary Carter agreed with Rep. Calvert’s concerns about the efficiency in the department’s civilian workforce. Secretary Carter was testifying before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.


“Well actually I’m with you,” said Secretary Carter. “I think we should go after excess wherever we find it in the Department. And the civilian workforce, like the military personnel end-strength has to be something that we scrutinize and reduce. And I think we can reduce the civilian workforce.”


“I am encouraged by Secretary Carter’s comments that he is interested in improving the efficiency of his department’s civilian workforce so we can then invest those savings into military end-strength and readiness,” said Rep. Calvert. “I want to pass legislation that gives Secretary Carter the ability to shape and mold his workforce in an effective way.”


Rep. Calvert has introduced legislation aimed at creating a more efficient civilian workforce at the Department of Defense (DOD).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.


Currently there are 776,841 civilian employees at the DOD as compared to 644,000 in 2004, an increase of 132,841. By comparison, from 2004 to 2014 the Active Duty military component went from 1,428,000 to 1,331,000, a reduction of 97,000.



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Rep. Calvert Reaction to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Address


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress:



“Iran cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, and the United States should not be party to any agreement that allows them to move closer to that reality – now or in the future.  Today, I was proud to stand and support Prime Minister Netanyahu.  I have and I will continue to stand with Israel.


“I strongly agree with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s assessment that Iran continues to conduct itself in a manner that is directly in line with a distorted, violent spectrum of Islam and is the primary state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”  



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Rep. Calvert Joins Colleagues to Introduce the Legal Workforce Act


Today, Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42), along with Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21), Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6), Subcommittee on Immigration Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4), and others, introduced the Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 1147, which will make employment verification mandatory nationwide.


"One of the biggest reasons so many of my constituents remain concerned about illegal immigration is the fact that individuals who are not authorized to work in our country continue to find jobs," said Rep. Calvert. "E-Verify is an incredibly useful tool that must be part of our solutions to our immigration challenges. I look forward to working with my House colleagues to expand the use of E-Verify and ensuring only authorized workers are employed in our country."


E-Verify, created by Rep. Calvert in 1996 through legislation, is the only tool available to employers to check the legal status of newly hired employees. It is web-based, 99.5% accurate and free to employers.


Below is a summary of some of the major components in the Legal Workforce Act:


  • Gradual Phase-In:  Phases-in mandatory E-Verify participation for new hires in six month increments beginning on the date of enactment.  Within six months of enactment, businesses having more than 10,000 employees are required to use E-Verify.  Within 12 months after enactment, businesses having 500 to 9,999 employees are required to use E-Verify.  Within 18 months after enactment, businesses having 20 to 499 employees must use E-Verify.  And within 24 months after enactment, businesses having 1 to 19 employees must use E-Verify. 


  • Penalties: Increases the civil and criminal penalties for employers who violate the laws prohibiting illegal hiring and employment.


  • Social Security Number: "Self Lock": Allows individuals to "lock" their own Social Security Number so that it cannot be used to verify work eligibility, in order to combat identity theft.


  • Federal Preemption:  Preempts state laws mandating E-Verify use for employment eligibility purposes but allows states and localities to enforce mandatory employment verification.


  • Safe Harbor:  Grants employers safe harbor from prosecution if they use the E-Verify program in good faith, and through no fault of theirs, receive an incorrect eligibility confirmation.    



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Rep. Calvert Presses Navy Leadership on Need for an Efficient Civilian Workforce


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) questioned Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, and Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. about the need for a more efficient civilian workforce in the Department of Defense. The exchange took place during the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee budget oversight hearing on the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal.


In response to Rep. Calvert’s questions regarding the civilian workforce, Admiral Greenert stated that “You could really help us by giving us the authorities to manage our civilian workforce like we manage our military.” Later, he concluded that “We don’t have the flexibility to properly manage the civilian workforce.”


“We need to put the policies in place that enable our military leaders to shape an appropriate and efficient civilian workforce,” said Rep. Calvert. “I appreciate the feedback our Navy leadership provided at this morning’s hearing and I will continue to advocate for changes that will establish a more efficient defense civilian workforce while investing the resulting savings back into the needs of our uniformed soldiers.”


Currently there are 776,841 civilian employees at the DOD as compared to 644,000 in 2004, an increase of 132,841. By comparison, from 2004 to 2014 the Active Duty military component went from 1,428,000 to 1,331,000, a reduction of 97,000.


“As we are drawing down the end strength of our military, and in some cases, such as the Marine Corps, I think the reductions are too much, it is simply inconceivable that we cannot have corresponding cuts in civilian support staff,” stated Rep. Calvert.


Rep. Calvert has introduced legislation aimed at creating a more efficient civilian workforce at the Department of Defense (DOD). 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. To read more about the REDUCE Act click HERE.





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Rep. Calvert Statement on President Obama’s Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline Legislation


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s veto of the legislation authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:


“By opposing the construction of the Keystone pipeline the President has demonstrated how out of touch he is with middle-class American families. Let’s be clear, today President Obama took a position that makes it harder to achieve North American energy independence, kills American jobs, fails to reduce our dependence on oil from the Middle East, and insults one of our closest allies and trading partners. I look forward to voting to override the President’s horribly misguided veto.”




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Rep. Calvert Announces Military Academy Nominations


Rep. Calvert Announces Military Academy Nominations



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced the students from the 42nd Congressional 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 who I have nominated to the service academies have character, integrity, motivation and pride, and I am proud to nominate them,” stated Rep. Calvert. “I have no doubt that these students 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. Twenty-Two candidates were selected to receive Congressman Calvert’s nomination. They are as follows:



Desiree Allum, Vista Murrieta High School (Class of 2014), currently attending the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School

John Buckley, Great Oak High School

De’Ja Calder, Norco High School

Ethan Downing, Murrieta Valley High School

Ronald Goennier, Beaumont High School

Dustin Nethercutt, Murrieta Mesa High School (Class of 2014), currently attending the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School

Brian Perez, Arlington High School

David Velasco, Murrieta Mesa High School

Trevor Westendorf, Vista Murrieta High School

Jonah Zimmer, Calvary Murrieta Christian School



Alex Apilado, Chaparral High School

Joshua Brown, Great Oak High School

Gayathri Chengodam, Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Ronald Goennier, Beaumonth High School

Lucas Parker, Dehesa Charter School

Jared Rivera, Vista Murrieta High School

Jacob Santiago, Murrieta Mesa High School

Nicholas Sousa, Vista Murrieta High School

Alexander Velez, Chaparral High School

James Wheaton, Murrieta Mesa High School



Giuseppe Ghironzi, Calvary Murrieta Christian Academy

Joshua Brown, Great Oak High School

Jonathan Taylor, Vista Murrieta High School

Austin Wheeler, Norco High School



Jordan Frisby, Diamond Ranch School


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.



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Rep. Calvert Urges Corps of Engineers to Advance Murrieta Creek Flood Control Project


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) urged the Army Corps of Engineers to act with increased urgency to advance the Murrieta Creek flood control project. Rep. Calvert participated in the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee budget oversight hearing with Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, and Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers for the Army Corps of Engineers.


“The completion of the Murrieta Creek flood control project is long overdue and I expect the Corps of Engineers to do everything in their power to work with the Riverside County Flood Control District to finish it,” said Rep. Calvert. “Today, I urged the top leadership at the Corps of Engineers to make the project a priority and to ensure the necessary steps are taken without any avoidable delays. The residents in Murrieta and Temecula deserve the piece-of-mind that comes with adequate flood protection.”


Rep. Calvert also questioned Asst. Sec. Darcy about the Los Angeles River project and the appropriateness of the Corps of Engineers potentially providing funding for preconstruction engineering and design prior to the project actually being authorized.


To watch Rep. Calvert’s questions to the Corps of Engineers leadership during today’s hearing click HERE.





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Rep. Calvert Urges Federal Agency to Capture Storm Water


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) spoke with a senior Interior Department official to urge the agency to find ways to approve some flexibility in order to capture water from the storm event expected to hit Northern California starting late Friday and into Saturday.


“This January finished as one of the driest Januaries on historical record, only exacerbating the severe drought California is facing,” said Rep. Calvert.  “While this storm will not solve our state’s water problems, we should pump and capture as much of the heavy rainfall runoff from this storm as possible. Our reservoirs are so depleted by this drought that there is plenty of capacity to take full advantage of the large amounts of rainfall that are predicted for northern California over the next five days.  It’s time to start prioritizing the critical needs of Californians and start reducing the negative impacts of failed regulatory restrictions.”


According to the National Weather Service a significant storm, referred to as an atmospheric river, is expected to bring heavy rainfall to northern California through the weekend. Rainfall amounts in excess of 5 inches are possible through Saturday evening, especially across northern California.

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Rep. Calvert Statement on the Budget


Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) released the following statement in response to the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget proposed by President Obama:


“The President claims to be proposing a budget to boost middle class families but, in reality, it just piles more debt and higher taxes on American taxpayers.  My constituents are seriously concerned about the mounting federal debt and expect Congress and the President to work together to resolve our fiscal crisis.  Unfortunately, the President seems content to kick the can down the road and is once again refusing to demonstrate any political courage by making difficult but necessary fiscal decisions.


I am confident that the Republican majority in Congress will take a bolder approach that balances our budget over time while finding ways to invest in programs that help America’s global competitiveness and build the foundation for future economic growth.  Smart investments coupled with long overdue tax reform are the path towards a prosperous future.   The President’s rhetoric echoes a similar sentiment, but his actual proposals would hurt our economy and further burden taxpayers with a bloated federal government.


“The primary responsibility of our government is the protection of our citizens and the only way to fulfill that mission is through a strong national defense.  I support increased defense spending to reset the force, provide for our U.S. service members and to procure the necessary platforms that will replace aging weapons systems.  We can provide for a strong defense through civilian workforce reforms, such as my bill the REDUCE Act (H.R. 340).”



Key Facts: The President's FY 2016 Budget


Tax Increases


·         Despite $2.1 trillion in new tax increases, President Obama’s budget never balances—ever.


·         Major proposed tax increases include higher levies on savings and investment, small businesses, and increases in the costs of hiring workers.   


·         These tax hikes would stunt the economic growth needed to get Americans back to work, and come on top of $1.7 trillion in tax hikes already imposed by this Administration. 


Spending Increases


·         The President’s budget increases annually-appropriated spending for next year by $74 billion relative to current law. Over 5 years, he would increase such spending by $322 billion. 


·         Next year alone, the President’s budget would grow total federal spending by $259 billion, or 7 percent.


·         Total spending will increase by 65 percent ($2.4 trillion) in 10 years under the President’s plan. 


Interest Costs Skyrocket


·         President Obama’s plan more than triples interest costs, which remain the fastest growing item in the budget.


·         Interest on the debt this year would be $229 billion, but would rise to $785 billion in 2025 under his plan. 


·         At the end of President’s plan, annual interest costs would be larger than his proposed spending for national defense, Medicaid or the combined total of all non-defense agency spending. 


Debt Climbs


·         Since 2009, we’ve added $7.5 trillion to the debt and spent $21.1 trillion.


·         The President’s budget plan would add $8.5 trillion to the debt.


·         Cumulative deficits would amount to $5.7 trillion, and gross debt would climb to $26.3 trillion in 2025.




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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


Rep. Calvert meets with constituents at a local Distinguished Flying Cross Society dinner. Read More

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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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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Tom McClintock


Paul Cook


Jeff Denham


David Valadao


Devin Nunes


Kevin McCarthy


Steve Knight


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