Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority of the House in support of the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The bill will fund every federal agency through the end of the Fiscal Year 2015, except the Department of Homeland Security, which is funded under a temporary “Continuing Resolution” mechanism that expires on February 27, 2015.
“The bill approved by the House today prevents a government shutdown and sets the stage for Republicans to confront President Obama’s unilateral executive action on illegal immigration,” said Rep. Calvert. “The bill limits funding for Homeland Security and our immigration enforcement agencies until the end of February. Meanwhile, as I have done in the past, I will be urging my colleagues to enact legislation that strengthens the security of our border and makes the use of E-Verify mandatory. With the majority in the House and Senate next Congress, Republicans will directly challenge President Obama’s unilateral approach to immigration reform."
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority of the House in support of H.R. 5781, theCalifornia Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014,which would provide short-term relief from California’s water crisis.
“California’s economy is directly linked with a reliable and affordable water supply,” said Rep. Calvert. “The bill passed by the House today will take immediate steps to improve the dire drought conditions and provide Californians some short-term certainty that we will be able to utilize whatever rainfall occurs this winter, as opposed to pumping it out into the ocean.”
“I know that many of my constituents continue to be frustrated by the regulatory restrictions that have exacerbated the impact of our ongoing drought. Instead of offering solutions to help California families, farmers, and communities, extreme environmental special interest groups and President Obama have voiced their opposition to the bill passed by the House. My constituents need solutions to our water crisis and have grown tired of the usual ‘just say no’ attitude that will only jeopardize California’s economy.”
HR 5781 CA Emergency Drought Relief Summary
Yesterday, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) joined a bipartisan group of California lawmakers in introducing H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, which would provide short- term relief from California’s water crisis.
“The recent rain storms and California’s inability to effectively capture and store the rain water, highlight the need for Congress to act and pass common sense legislation that will provide some relief to our long-term drought,” said Rep. Calvert. “House Republicans have repeatedly demonstrated that we are ready to find solutions to benefit the entire state, not just parochial parties. What we introduced in this temporary bill is a compromise, based on the Senate’s water legislation, again showing our willingness to find consensus between the two chambers. We must act this Congress to provide some level of benefit to water users. Beyond doing just that, H.R.5781 also serves as a starting point towards building a permanent, comprehensive solution to address our state’s water supply issues. I hope the House and the Senate can act quickly on this legislation.”
H.R. 5781 was introduced by Rep. David Valadao (CA-21). In addition to Rep. Calvert, original cosponsors of the legislation include Reps. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Jim Costa (CA-16), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Tom McClintock (CA-04), and Devin Nunes (CA-22).
HR 5781 CA Emergency Drought Relief Summary
· Maximizing Delta Exports for Central and Southern California: Sets Old & Middle River pumping rates at -5,000 cubic feet per second, while allowing Federal regulatory agencies the discretion to reduce pumping under certain instances. This provision would help bring water that is desperately needed to Central and Southern California.
· Capture Storm Water Runoff Moving Through the Delta : Authorizes Federal agencies to increase Old & Middle River pumping rates during the first few storms of the water year. This provision would help bring water that is desperately needed to Central and Southern California.
· Promoting Federal Water Storage Projects in California: Requires the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to report to Congress in 1 year of enactment of this Act on the status of feasibility reports for various Federal water storage projects in California that have been pending for years. Increasing storage in California would allow for the capture of more water during wet years to store for use during dry years.
· Sacramento Valley Contractors: Includes language on water allocations for Sacramento Valley water contractors.
· Holding Federal Regulatory Agencies Accountable: Requires Federal regulatory agencies to report to Congress every 90 days following enactment of this Act on its implementation.
· Protections for Federal, State, Northern, Central and Southern California Water Contractors: Includes provisions to protect State Water Project contractors, Area of Origin water rights holders, and preserves the existing water rights priority systems in California and Federal law. Also includes language that prevents any adverse redirected impacts to any water contractor in California resulting from implementation of this Act.
· Immediate Emergency Relief: Provisions in this bill expire on September 30, 2016, or when the gubernatorial drought declaration is rescinded, whichever occurs later.
“Make no mistake, I am adamantly opposed to the President’s executive actions on immigration,” stated Rep. Calvert. “I believe it violates the U.S. Constitution and his oath of office. I strongly support challenging the executive order in any way possible.”
One of the options mentioned to counter President Obama’s Executive Amnesty is defunding the Executive Order in the fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill. Unfortunately, defunding is not an option because USCIS is self-funded through fees. Section 286 (M) of the Immigration Nationality Act provides that the USCIS operate through fees collected for various immigration services. In order to change how those fees are used, Congress would need to change current law. Appropriations bills are, by definition, funding bills and are not meant to change current law (second paragraph, third sentence of CRS Memo). Sadly the President would veto such a change and, even though Republicans will control both the House and Senate in 2015, we will not have the votes to override a veto – 290 in the House and 67 in the Senate.
However, if House Republicans decided to enact authorizing language on the appropriations bill and bring the user fee system under the direction of Congress and then limit the activities that such fees could be used for, the language would most likely result in a rejection by the Democrat-controlled Senate or a veto by the President. This is exactly what President Obama would like – a shutdown he can blame on Republicans and still have the funds for his Executive Amnesty. Meanwhile, national security, including services for our troops and veterans, would be negatively impacted.
In light of the ineffectiveness of a defunding option, House Republicans will provide short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security under a Continuing Resolution (funding at FY14 enacted levels). This will give House Republicans time to work with their Senate counterparts in the newly elected Republican Senate to craft legislation and force the President’s hand on executive amnesty.
“A government shutdown is not an option,” said Rep. Calvert. “Even if we did shut down the government, USCIS would continue to operate and the executive amnesty would move forward. Once the new Senate is sworn in and the 114th Congress begins, Republicans will have an opportunity to come together to find a way to combat the President on executive amnesty.
“Meanwhile, I encourage citizens who are as outraged as I am on this issue to advocate that state governments make E-Verify mandatory in all 50 states. Citizens should also encourage the businesses they patronize to participate in E-Verify as well as call on their local and county governments to require local businesses to use the program.”
Learn more about E-Verify at www.dhs.gov/everify.
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.”
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“The Congress shall have Power To...establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization....”
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The President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”
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.”
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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.
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.
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:
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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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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