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:
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.
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.”
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:
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY:
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
U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY:
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
U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT:
Giuseppe Ghironzi, Calvary Murrieta Christian Academy
Joshua Brown, Great Oak High School
Jonathan Taylor, Vista Murrieta High School
Austin Wheeler, Norco High School
U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY:
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.
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.
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.Read More
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
· 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.
· 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.
· 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.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) highlighted a recently released report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as further evidence that the Defense Department must take action to improve the efficiency of its workforce. Rep. Calvert has introduced the REDUCE Act, H.R. 340, to require the Defense Department to bring its ratio of civilian-to-uniformed personnel in-line with historical averages.
“The GAO’s findings should alarm our defense leaders and all American taxpayers,” said Rep. Calvert. “The Defense Department is an incredibly large organization, which is why it is so concerning to read the GAO’s findings that at the top levels there are no procedures in place to thoughtfully and comprehensively assess what personnel are necessary to execute their mission. In a time of budgetary constraints, our uniformed personnel will ultimately suffer if we cannot improve the efficiencies in our civilian defense workforce. We must make the smart and prompt decisions necessary to make the appropriate adjustments – no matter how difficult that is – to protect our soldiers, our national security, and taxpayers.”
Late last week, the GAO issued a report titled: “DOD Needs to Reassess Personnel Requirements for the Office of Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, and Military Service Secretariats,” which found that:
Earlier this month, Rep. Calvert introduced the Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act, H.R. 340, which 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.
The requirements of the REDUCE Act will accomplish the following:
Today, Representative Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:
“What we’ve heard from the President is a call for higher taxes and more spending – that approach to governing is exactly what the American people rejected in our recent election. The best way to help lower and middle class families is to put the policies in place that will foster an economy that is full of good, well-paying jobs.
We need a simpler, flatter tax system in our country. Not only will it make our businesses more competitive globally, but it will allow all taxpayers to spend less time and money when it is time to pay taxes.
Instead of fixating on new and expensive programs, the President should focus on modest policy changes that get the government out of the way of progress. The REBUILD Act, which I introduced earlier this month, is a great example of a policy change that removes duplicative government requirements and results in the construction of infrastructure projects at a lower cost and faster timeline. Those are tangible results at no cost to taxpayers.”
Yesterday, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) reintroduced 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.
“A critical component of our national security strategy is the proper allocation of scarce federal resources,” said Rep. Calvert. “The continued growth in our civilian staff at the DOD comes at a time when we are reducing the number of active-duty military personnel – something is clearly wrong with that equation. Simply put, if we fail to correct this trend our uniformed soldiers, not to mention American taxpayers, will suffer the consequences. The policies established by the REDUCE Act are not extreme measures, but rather they responsibly adjust the numbers of the civilian staff at the DOD over a number of years.”
The Growth in the Civilian Workforce within the DOD:
“I continue to believe that he savings generated from the REDUCE Act should stay within the Department and be redirected to fund Service priorities such as modernizing weapons systems, readiness, resetting the force and, most importantly, providing for our fighting men and women in uniform,” said Rep. Calvert.
“Many of our civilians at the Pentagon and around the world do a fine job but their growth is unsustainable.” continued Rep. Calvert. “Our current and retired military leaders have widely acknowledged the need to establish a more efficient defense workforce in order to preserve our national security posture in the future. However, actions speak louder than words and I continue to believe Congress will ultimately have to force DOD’s hand to implement these necessary changes.”
The requirements of the REDUCE Act will accomplish the following:
In the development of the REDUCE Act, Rep. Calvert and his office consulted with respected defense officials and experts, including: Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England, Former Under Secretary of Defense Dr. Dov Zakheim, Former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, and Major General (Ret.) Arnold Punaro (Member of the Defense Business Board).
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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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