Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority of the House (277 to 151) to fund federal government agencies through December 11, 2015.
“My constituents expect Congress to pay our troops, provide for our veterans, keep our national parks open, and fund our federal agencies,” said Rep. Calvert. “While I strongly prefer funding our government through a regular appropriations process, Senate Democrats have blocked spending bills from moving forward. The obstruction by Senate Democrats now requires Congress to enact a short-term spending bill to keep the government open. Our troops and our vital federal programs deserve better. Sadly we are learning it takes 60 votes in the Senate to do anything.”
The Fiscal Year 2016 short-term Continuing Resolution also contained an extension of the authorization for the E-Verify program. The E-Verify program’s authorization is set to expire at the end of September.
“Nearly twenty years ago I sponsored the law that established the E-Verify program and I have watched the program grow to become an excellent tool for employers looking to verify the legal status of the workers they hire. We must continue to authorize, fund and, hopefully, make E-Verify mandatory for all employers in the United States.”
Additionally, the House approved an enrollment correction directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make corrections in the enrollment by adding the Defund Planned Parenthood Act. The bill added by the enrollment correction provides for a one-year moratorium on all federal funding while the organization’s activities are investigated. The enrollment correction will now be sent to the Senate for its consideration. The continuing resolution will move forward to the President.
“I continue to believe that Planned Parenthood should not receive any federal taxpayer dollars for its disturbing practices. Surely Congress can and should provide funding for critical women’s health programs without having tax dollars go towards practices that many Americans find objectionable. Sadly, Senate Democrats and President Obama have placed a higher priority on protecting Planned Parenthood, than they have in protecting the unborn. Ultimately, I agree with National Right to Life that the long-term interests of those who value life and oppose Planned Parenthood are better served by avoiding a government shutdown and instead focusing on electing a pro-life President.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (233 to 170) of the House of Representatives to approve H.R. 348, the Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act. The RAPID Act would streamline the permitting process for federally funded and permitted infrastructure, energy, and construction projects.
“Over-regulation continues to hold back economic growth and job creation in America,” said Rep. Calvert. “The RAPID Act is one of a number of steps Congress should take to cut unnecessary red tape and reduce the mounting burdens the federal government places on small businesses. I am hopeful that the House will also approve the REBUILD Act in the near future and continue to get the government out of the way of job creators.”
Rep. Calvert has introduced related legislation, the REBUILD Act (H.R. 211), that would allow any state to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a designated federal agency, who has environmental review responsibilities under NEPA, and assume the review responsibilities of that agency. Under the REBUILD Act, states would still be required to uphold the same NEPA standards or greater, by assuming these responsibilities states could integrate NEPA compliance into their own state approval process thereby streamlining construction timelines and eliminating the need for redundant reviews at the federal level.
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) issued the following response to Rep. John Boehner’s (R-OH) announcement that he would be resigning his seat and as Speaker of the House.
“Today I was saddened to hear that my good friend and our leader, Speaker Boehner, will be resigning. Speaker Boehner has led the House through difficult times but despite the challenges he instituted vital reforms, making the current U.S. House of Representatives the most accountable and transparent in history. John has served his district, the House of Representatives, and his nation proudly. On a personal note, I will particularly miss John’s friendship; he is truly a great American patriot whose absence will be deeply felt by many.
“His legacy as a lawmaker and as Speaker will continue on as we in the House fight for a smaller, less intrusive federal government; a strong national defense; and economic policies that free the American entrepreneurial spirit. I wish John nothing but the best as he embarks on the next stage of his life with his wonderful wife, Debbie, their children and their new grandchild. “
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement following His Holiness Pope Francis’s remarks at today’s historic joint meeting of Congress:
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to represent my constituents at the Pope’s historic visit to our Capitol and listen to his speech before Congress. The Pope’s visit to America is an understandably exciting and spiritual experience for the tens of thousands of Catholics I represent. Pope Francis’s message of faith and compassion continues to resonate with people throughout America and around the world. Personally, I appreciate the Pope’s words of encouragement for the many tough decisions we must make governing our nation.
Regardless of your religious or political viewpoints, I believe we can join together with Pope Francis’s call to defend religious liberties and freedom from any and all attacks upon them. We can also redouble our efforts and commitment to protect the vulnerable among us. I wholeheartedly agree with Pope Francis that the American spirit has and will continue to be a source of inspiration for people around the world.”
Rep. Calvert’s invited guest to the joint meeting of Congress was The Most Reverend Gerald R. Barnes, Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino. The Diocese of San Bernardino serves a Catholic population of one million, covering 27,293 square miles in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. It is the 5th largest Diocese in the United States.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) applauded the extension of the E-Verify program’s authorization in the proposed stop-gap spending bill that was introduced in the Senate. The E-Verify program’s authorization is set to expire at the end of September.
“It is critical that we extend the E-Verify program because businesses around the country rely on E-Verify to ensure they only hire legal workers,” said Rep. Calvert. “I’m pleased that the Senate has included the E-Verify extension in its spending bill and I am working in the House to ensure E-Verify is reauthorized. American employers should have the tools and resources necessary to maintain a legal workforce, which is why I wrote the original E-Verify authorization and continue to champion this vital program.”
E-Verify is the free web-based service from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security used by over 600,000 employers to confirm the employment eligibility of people they hire.
In 1996, Rep. Calvert authored the law that authorized the creation of the E-Verify program, the only tool available for employers to voluntarily check the legal work status of newly hired employees. Since then, Rep. Calvert has worked steadily over the years to expand E-Verify and pushed to make it mandatory.Read More
Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42), Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, today lauded the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that listing the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act is not warranted.
"Today's decision is a reflection of the hard work led by the States and private landowners to make an ESA listing unnecessary," Calvert said. "The Fish and Wildlife Service is commended for reaching an informed decision based upon the best available science, despite the rush to meet an arbitrary court-imposed decision deadline. I'm proud to have been able to override the September 30, 2015, deadline, if necessary, in my capacity as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, in the event that the agency needed more time to make an informed decision. The decision by the Service also reaffirms my long-held belief that protecting our environment and our economy are not mutually exclusive goals."
Chairman Calvert inserted a provision in the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriation (Public Law 113-235) prohibiting the agency from writing or issuing a proposed rule to list greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act. He also included a similar provision in the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriation which has not yet been enacted into law.
"Now that the Service has concluded that greater sage-grouse are not in danger of extinction or likely to become so within the foreseeable future, we can turn our attention to the question of how best to balance the multiple uses of our Federal lands and its resources upon which we all depend on for our nation's survival. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to address that question as we move forward in the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations process."
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) joined a majority (162-269 ) of the House of Representatives in voting against President Obama’s Iran deal.
“President Obama’s Iran deal is a bad deal for the safety and security of Americans, as well as our allies in the Middle East and throughout the world,” said Rep. Calvert. “My constituents are understandably unconvinced that this deal will do anything more than relieve the mounting pressure that was being applied to the murderous Iranian regime and its long-standing support for terrorist activities. Those terrorist activities have claimed the lives of American soldiers, Israeli families, and other civilians around the world.
“I simply have no confidence that that same Iranian leaders who promise to destroy Israel and refer to America as the “Great Satan” will abide by the terms of any agreement. I believe that, ultimately, a new representative government in Iran is the only path towards some semblance of stability in the Middle East, which is why I view the easing of economic sanctions a horribly misguided step in the wrong direction.”
Today, Rep. Calvert also voted for H.R. 3460, which suspends until January 21, 2017, the authority of the President to waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran. H.R. 3460 was approved by a vote of 247-186 .
Yesterday, Rep. Calvert voted for House Resolution 411, which expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the President has not complied with section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. Section 2 requires the President to present Congress with all documents pertaining to the Iran nuclear agreement to Congress. The Resolution was approved by a vote of 245 to 186.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) welcomed the announcement that Riverside County was receiving federal funding to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered species.
“As Riverside County continues to grow and develop, it is important that we set aside land and habitat for wildlife,” said Rep. Calvert. “Our local leaders have put careful thought and planning into conservation efforts throughout Riverside County, and I am happy to see the federal government partnering with them to help make those plans a reality.”
Details of the federal funding announced today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
Western Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSCHP) - $2,000,000
This grant will support acquisition of approximately 1,025 acres of land in Riverside County. This acquisition will benefit numerous sensitive species including federally listed species like the coastal California gnatcatcher, arroyo toad, and Quino checkerspot butterfly. The acquisition will support the assembly of a 500,000-acre preserve that is part of the Western Riverside MSHCP by protecting large blocks of coastal sage scrub, chaparral and grassland habitats.
Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan - $2,000,000
This grant will result in the acquisition of up to 4,526 acres of land that will greatly enhance the existing Coachella Valley MSHCP by securing key regional wildlife linkages, sand transport areas, and preserving core habitat areas. The land acquisition will benefit many sensitive species, including federally listed species such as Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, desert tortoise and peninsular bighorn sheep. The proposed acquisition will complement and greatly enhance the ecological value of the many other acquisitions that have previously occurred in these areas in the last few years.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to the agreement that will restore local control of Ontario International Airport:
“Today is a good day for the Inland Empire. For far too long, we have seen first-hand the gradual decline of Ontario Airport, which is a critical component of our region’s economic engine. With the return of local control, the future of Ontario Airport now rests in the hands of officials who are unquestionably committed to providing the Inland Empire with a first class airport. On numerous occasions I have personally urged Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to help us transfer control of Ontario Airport – and I want to thank him for making that a reality. I also want to thank the Ontario councilmembers, our region’s elected officials and the public for joining together in a singular voice in support of restoring local control of Ontario Airport.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to Senator Diane Feinstein’s (D-CA) introduction the California Emergency Drought Relief Act:
"The drought bill our California Senators introduced yesterday is a constructive step in the right direction, and while I do have concerns regarding aspects of the bill, I look forward to working with leaders in the House and Senate to advance drought legislation in the fall."
On July 16, 2015, Rep. Calvert voted along with a majority (245 – 176) of the House of Representatives to pass the Western Water and American Food Security Act, H.R. 2898.
According to Senator Feinstein’s office, the following provisions were included in her legislation and are similar to those in H.R. 2898:
· Storage projects: Establishes deadlines for the Bureau of Reclamation to complete feasibility studies to allow CalFed storage projects to compete for Proposition 1 bond funds.
· Monitoring for smelt: During periods when water turbidity is high and smelt are likely to move near pumps, scientists must daily monitor for the presence of the fish. Pumps may only run at high levels when smelt are not present.
· Reviewing transfers and barriers: Environmental reviews of water transfers and the installation and removal of temporary barriers will be expedited. These reviews will ensure these actions are consistent with environmental laws.
· Cross-Channel Gates: Delta Cross-Channel Gates may only be opened for additional time if doing so remains consistent with water quality-related orders issued by the State Water Resources Control Board.
· Water transfers: Water transfers sent into the Delta in April and May can only be withdrawn at a 1:1 ratio if the transfers adhere to environmental law and biological opinions. The water covered by the 1:1 ratio must be additional flow on top of the regular flow of the river, and the environmental effects of the transferred water must be permissible under applicable law.
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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Deportations of criminal immigrants have dropped to the lowest numbers since Obama took office http://t.co/s3z0zEk3pE
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My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Chris Ruiz, a Menifee resident and Marine Corps veteran who tragically died in Afghanistan.
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Obama administration red tape has cost economy $680 billion http://t.co/TxfrbNNvXC
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This week the House votes to end the ban on American oil exports. I've written about the benefits of energy exports: http://t.co/n3NXxfL1jT