Congressman Denham recaps his August district working period.
Hi, this is Congressman Jeff Denham, your Valley representative in Congress. I want to share with you some of the important work I've been doing back home.While Congress has been adjourned for the August district work period, it's been a privilege to travel throughout the district to participate in many tours, events and constituent meetings and hear directly from you the concerns and issues which impact the Valley.
This month, my Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management held two field hearings in California to focus on relevant issues we have been working on in Washington -- disaster preparedness in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region and the efficient use of taxpayer money on government properties.
We all know that California unemployment levels are unacceptably high, and I'm doing everything I can to help get our Valley back to work. That's why I held a Job Fair in Stanislaus County last month to provide an opportunity for thousands of job seekers to meet face-to-face with local employers looking to fill over 400 positions. The job fair was a huge success and we couldn't have done it without the partnership of the Stanislaus Alliance. Thanks to them and to all the businesses and organizations that made the event a phenomenal success.
While at home, I met with several representatives from the Central Valley's agriculture industry, including the Western United Dairymen, the California Farm Bureau, Del Monte Foods, the Dairy Farmers of America and the Olive Oil Producers to discuss the Farm Bill.
As a fellow veteran and as a member of the House Veterans Committee, I have continued to work on behalf of our veterans in Congress to take the best care possible of our brave and deserving veterans. It was an honor to be able to join WestCare California and our community's veterans, volunteers, and donors to celebrate the grand opening of Fresno's Veteran's Plaza. A big thank you goes to everyone in the Fresno community who worked so hard to make this much-needed project become a reality.
It's been a busy month in the Valley but a rewarding one as well. It is very important to me to listen to those in the Valley's various industries so I can bring those voices back to Washington.