Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

LaMalfa Praises Repeal of Waters of the U.S. Regulation

2017/06/27

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is repealing the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. According to the EPA, it will eliminate the WOTUS Rule by effectively re-codifying the Clean Water Act as it existed prior to 2015.

LaMalfa said: “The job-killing WOTUS Rule was one of the most egregious regulations implemented by the Obama Administration and former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The repeal of this mandate is nothing short of a victory for private property rights across the country. Many in California’s first district have expressed their frustrations with this rule, such as California farmer John Duarte, who faces millions of dollars in fines under this rule – simply for plowing his fields. We have more work to be done, but I am thankful President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have shown a commitment to fighting this type of over-burdensome regulation that was indicative of the previous administration’s power grabs.”

For more information on California farmer John Duarte’s case, click here.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa’s Guides and Outfitters Act Passes Committee

2017/06/27

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after his bill, H.R. 289, the Guides and Outfitters (GO) Act passed the Natural Resources Committee. This legislation helps more Americans enjoy federal lands by streamlining the approval of special recreation permits issued by the National Park Service (NPS), the US Forest Service (USFS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other federal agencies.

LaMalfa said: “Reviving rural economies and encouraging recreation on our public lands go hand in hand. Too often, the public is delayed or denied reasonable use of public lands by a slow moving bureaucracy that places unnecessary red tape and roadblocks that increase costs and overcomplicate what should be a fairly straightforward process. The federal government owns over forty-five percent of the land in California and over half of all the land in the Western United States. The GO Act will help guides and outfitters in rural areas create more recreation opportunities for Americans and increase the public’s access to their public lands. I look forward to a House floor vote soon.”

The GO Act provides more certainty, lower costs, and faster approval times for all Americans hoping to enjoy outdoor activities and events on federal lands by:

  • Providing outdoor groups with a more orderly and efficient permit application.
  • Decreasing processing time and lowering administrative costs by allowing permits to be completed online.
  • Aligning conflicting policies by federal land management agencies.
  • Providing joint permits for recreational trips and activities that cross a combination of NPS, BLM, and USFS land.
  • Creating temporary permits for up to 2 years with the option for conversion into a long-term permit in order to ease approval of new activities and events.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District including, Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Travel Ban

2017/06/26

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court voted unanimously (9-0) to lift the injunction on President Trump’s travel ban from countries identified as heightened terrorism risks, allowing it to immediately go into effect.

LaMalfa said: “The President’s travel ban is necessary and is provided for in the Constitution – despite the rulings of activist judges in lower courts. Contrary to some reports, this policy has nothing to do with singling out a religion and everything to do with heightened risk of terrorism affecting our country. With increased terrorist attacks like we’ve seen in Europe and here at home, the President and Congress need all the tools available to ensure we are not importing terrorism to the United States. This is a victory for the security of our country. The President’s authority to enact this policy is granted under the Constitution, and I expect the Supreme Court will eventually decide to permanently uphold it.”

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa Votes to Streamline Permitting for Water Infrastructure

2017/06/22

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1654, the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act. This bill establishes the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) as the single lead agency to coordinate all reviews, analysis, and permitting of construction of new water infrastructure.

LaMalfa said: “In recent years, lack of adequate water infrastructure has caused major problems in California. While it may only take a few years to complete construction of a new project, it usually takes many years – even decades – to fulfill the complex and duplicative permitting processes required by multiple federal agencies. This bill streamlines that process by tasking one agency, BOR, with the responsibility of coordinating all permits, reviews, or other requirements for critical water storage projects.

While this bill applies to projects run by the federal government, I offered an amendment to also include State-led surface storage projects, such as Sites Reservoir. This will allow states to address their own water infrastructure needs without requiring, nor excluding, federal funding, and to allow state projects to also enjoy the coordination that the federal projects would under the bill. Californians want new and better water storage infrastructure, and this bill establishes a framework for that to happen in a faster and more efficient manner – preventing permittees from being caught in the middle of another round of bureaucratic badminton.”

Currently, new surface water storage projects require federal, state, and local permits from multiple agencies. The agencies’ conflicting permit requirements can significantly delay projects and add millions of dollars to project costs. H.R. 1654 expedites construction of new or expanded water infrastructure projects by establishing the BOR as a “one stop shop” for permitting and license approval.

Rep. LaMalfa offered an amendment to the bill, which enhances federal cooperation in planning and construction of State-led water storage projects by ensuring such projects are eligible for permit streamlining under this bill. This also enhances opportunities for federal-state partnerships on infrastructure by including projects in which multiple levels of government participate.

Rep. LaMalfa speaks offers an amendment to H.R. 1654, the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act. [YouTube]
 

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa’s Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act Passes House

2017/06/21

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, introduced by Rep. LaMalfa and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR). The bipartisan legislation provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous trees or other vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to electricity infrastructure – such as power lines – on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service lands, reducing the risk of forest fires and electrical grid blackouts. The bill passed the House by a margin of 300-118.

LaMalfa said: “It’s just common sense to remove a tree that is dangerously close to a power line, but current bureaucratic restrictions and red tape make that process much more difficult to do the work than it should be. As a result, delayed removal of hazardous trees can lead to electrical blackouts and forest fires. This is a lose-lose situation for forest health, air quality, habitat and energy reliability, while also leading to higher energy costs for consumers. Our bill solves this problem by streamlining the process for utility companies to remove dead or dying trees that are in danger of falling on a power line and others in need of trimming, while holding the Forest Service accountable for timely approval. I’m pleased this bill passed the House with bipartisan support and I hope the Senate will soon follow.”

Rep. LaMalfa testifies at a House Rules Committee hearing in support of H.R. 1873. [YouTube]

Under current law it can take months for utilities to receive Forest Service or BLM approval to remove hazardous trees from transmission lines right of ways, even if trees are already in contact with electric transmission lines. In 2012, 232 wildfires were caused by trees falling on power lines. The following year in 2013, 113 wildfires were caused by fallen trees. 

H.R. 1873 provides utilities with the ability to rapidly remove hazardous trees by receiving pre-approval from the Forest Service to manage transmission line right of way zones and remove trees that are or could become hazards. Furthermore, if a utility requests authorization to remove a tree and is denied by the Forest Service, the Forest Service is responsible for any liability of firefighting costs that result from the failure to remove the tree.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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House Passes VA Accountability Act

2017/06/13

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which makes it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to remove, demote, or suspend poorly performing VA employees, while still providing protections for due process rights. Additionally, S. 1094 codifies into law President Trump’s Executive Order establishing the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.

LaMalfa said: “The VA’s arcane civil service rules mean it can take up to a year to fire an underperforming employee, even those that are found to have participated in severe misconduct. Our veterans deserve a VA that is accountable – and can hold its employees accountable. Even former VA Secretary Sloan Gibson admitted last year that it is too difficult for the agency to fire bad employees. This bill ensures that a few bad employees won’t unfairly diminish the reputation of the many hardworking people at the department. I am happy the House voted to send this common sense legislation to the President’s desk so that we can start to see real reforms at the VA.”

Recently, the VA’s complex bureaucracy has hampered the department’s ability to dismiss an employee that participated in an armed robbery, discipline a nurse for assisting with a surgery while intoxicated, and hold employees accountable for failures in managing several major construction projects.

S. 1094 provides the VA Secretary increased discretion to:

  • Remove, demote, or suspend any VA employees for performance or misconduct.
  • Provide protections for whistleblowers.
  • Reduce an employee’s federal pension if convicted of a felony that influenced their job at the VA.

The House passed similar legislation in March, H.R. 1259, and the Senate passed S. 1094 as a modified version earlier this month. The bill will now be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa Supports Financial CHOICE Act

2017/06/08

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Consumers, Investors, and Entrepreneurs (CHOICE) Act, which provides regulatory relief from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. 

LaMalfa said: “When Dodd-Frank was passed in 2010, it took financial choice out of the hands of consumers and placed it into the hands of Washington bureaucrats. Without a doubt, Dodd-Frank – and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau it created – have hurt the American economy and severely hindered job-growth. It made the biggest banks bigger while often directly leading to the closure of many local banks and credit unions in Northern California. The Financial CHOICE Act will do what Dodd-Frank could not – that’s ending bailouts, protecting consumers, and holding Wall Street and government bureaucracies accountable. Under this bill, no one will be too big to fail, but more importantly, no one will be too small to succeed.”

Failures of Dodd-Frank:

  • Contains more regulations than all other bills passed during Obama’s presidency combined – including the Affordable Care Act.
  • Community banks and credit unions do not have the resources to navigate the excessive regulations, leading to an average of 1 community bank or credit union closure each day.
  • Enables big banks to grow even bigger due to less competition.
  • Created the unaccountable Community Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to generate unlimited regulations without any oversight.
  • Led to the slowest economic recovery in 70 years.
  • Makes having access to banking services more difficult and severely limits access to free checking.
  • Failed to end “too big to fail” policy that bails out Wall Street banks.
  • Failed to hold Wall Street accountable for financial fraud and abusive banking practices.

The Financial CHOICE Act will:

  • End taxpayer-funded bailouts once and for all and ensure no company remains “too big to fail.”
  • Hold Wall Street accountable with the toughest penalties in history for fraud and deception.
  • Increase choice and opportunity for consumers by reclaiming power from the administrative state and returning it to the people.
  • Rein in the rogue CFPB to empower all Americans to achieve financial independence.
  • Empower Main Street small businesses, innovators, and job creators by eliminating onerous Washington regulations that are stifling access to credit and capital.
  • Require a cost-benefit analysis for any future rulemaking/regulation.
  • Promote competition for the growth of small businesses by encouraging investment and innovation in the marketplace.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa Supports the President’s Rural Infrastructure Proposal

2017/06/07

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Trump outlined his vision for an infrastructure plan that includes federal grants for rural areas to create funding for additional infrastructure projects and repair existing infrastructure.
 
LaMalfa said: “The President has shown a commitment to improving our nation’s aging infrastructure, and I am appreciative of funding programs intended specifically for rural areas like Northern California. While big cities have more resources to compete for existing federal grant programs, creating a program specifically for rural areas means we have more opportunities to fund projects like the expansion of State Route 70 in Butte County and Interstate 5 between Anderson and Redding. This plan would potentially lower costs on significant infrastructure projects to our state, such as Sites Reservoir, while also providing funds for highways, bridges, and waterways that are badly in need of expansion or repair. Additional transformative projects, like wholesale air traffic control reform, will help bring American Infrastructure into the 21st century. I agree with the President that the American people deserve the best and safest infrastructure in the world, and we will work together with the Transportation and Infrastructure committee to make that a reality.”
 
Federal infrastructure grants are rarely awarded to rural areas when in competition with larger cities. Below are three recent examples of badly-needed rural infrastructure that, under existing programs, must compete with large cities across the country:
 
State Route 70 Corridor Improvement Project: California State Route 70 connects Sacramento with the Oroville and Butte County area, yet is restricted to just two lines in most of Butte County. The lack of additional lanes negatively impacted evacuation during the Oroville Dam crisis, regularly causes unsafe highway conditions, and limits goods movement in the region. State and local transportation agencies are working to expand the highway by an additional lane in each direction.
REQUEST:  Approve Butte County Association of Governments FASTLANE application for federal cost-share of $17.5 million of $43 million expansion.
 
Interstate 5 Redding to Anderson Six-Lane Project: While Interstate 5 serves as the primary goods movement corridor running from the California border with Mexico to the Washington border with Canada, this portion is increasingly congested due to growing urban populations and just two lanes in each direction. Adding an additional lane in each direction would have positive impacts on goods movement and safety across the region.
REQUEST: Approve California Department of Transportation and City of Anderson FLASTLANE application for $58 million federal cost share of $98.7 million lane expansion.
 
I-5/UPRR Bridge Replacement: In Shasta County, a substandard rail overcrossing threatens the most important interstate highway and rail connections on the West Coast. Should a derailment or simply a shifting load damage the overcrossing, the busiest North-South highway and busiest North-South rail connection could simultaneously be severed.
REQUEST: Approve CA Department of Transportations & Shasta County request for approximately $14 million to fulfill federal cost-share of $29 million bridge replacement.
 
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
 
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LaMalfa Recognizes Service Academy Appointments from Northern California

2017/06/02

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after honoring four students who received appointments to the United States Service Academies on June 2nd in Oroville, CA.
 
LaMalfa said: “U.S. Service Academy graduates receive a first-rate undergraduate education equivalent to that provided by a top-tier, Ivy League school – not to mention the invaluable experiences gained from active duty military service. Each of these young men have proven to be deserving of this opportunity, and I am proud to nominate these great North State students.”
 
Congressman LaMalfa based his nominations on the recommendation of his Screening Committee, which is responsible for reviewing their files, interviewing the applicants and recommending a slate of nominees. The following students received appointments from the Congressman’s nominations:
 
Nathan Lervold- Redding
U.S. Air Force Academy
Donald Miller – Chico
U.S. Military Academy
Connor Rooney- Redding
U.S. Naval Academy
Walter Wecker- Redding
U.S. Military Academy
 
Any student with a strong desire to serve our nation as an officer in the United States Armed Forces is invited to contact Congressman LaMalfa in the spring of their junior year. Please visit his website www.lamalfa.house.gov for his nomination application and instructions. You may also call his Oroville District office and speak with his U.S. Service Academy Advisor at (530)534-7100.
 
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
 
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LaMalfa Announces Grant Funding for Rural Health Clinics

2017/06/01

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $7,064,264.00 in grant funding to health centers in Northern California.
 
A breakdown of the grant funding allocation is as follows:
 
  • Northeastern Rural Health Clinics (Susanville, CA – Lassen County) - $1,870,351.00
  • Shasta Community Health Center (Redding, CA – Shasta County) - $5,193,913.00
LaMalfa said: “In rural communities like we have in Northern California, there are fewer options for receiving healthcare without travelling long distances. The facilities and staff that we do have must be supported to ensure that families have health services available without significant hardship. This type of funding will go a long way towards helping to accomplish that.”
 
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
 
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Doug LaMalfa is a fourth generation rice farmer and business owner who has lived in Northern California all his life. He and his wife, Jill, along with their four children make their home on the family farm in Richvale. Doug attended local schools and grew up learning the value of hard work and community service.

Doug earned his degree in Ag/Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He now manages the family farming business originally founded by his great-grandfather in 1931.

Doug is a strong voice for the North State’s agriculture and resources based economy and for the first district’s farms and businesses.

A conservative leader, Doug LaMalfa has opposed increasing taxes and is a stalwart defender of California’s Proposition 13. With a proven record of fighting on behalf of working families, Doug believes that taxpayers know better than bureaucrats and politicians how to spend and invest their own hard-earned money.

Doug is a strong supporter of private property rights and the author of a Constitutional Amendment to protect Californians against eminent domain abuse.

Water is the North State’s most precious natural resource and Doug LaMalfa believes in protecting our water rights and developing more water storage. He has continually advocated for increasing California’s water supply, supporting planned projects such as Sites Reservoir and the Auburn Dam. Doug has been a leader in opposing burdensome environmental regulations that place fairy shrimp and fish ahead of human needs.

Agriculture and Forestry have been the backbone of northern California’s economy for generations and Doug LaMalfa has made it a priority to educate his fellow Representatives on the importance of resource industries and the beneficial stewardship they provide. Doug successfully authored and passed California’s Forest Fire Protection Act of 2004 to allow landowners to make their rural lands fire-safe.

Doug LaMalfa’s firm beliefs are that government should do no harm and that limited government means government should do only what people cannot do for themselves, in the most efficient manner possible.


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