Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

LaMalfa Issues Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

2017/04/07

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after a United States military airstrike targeted a Syrian air base overnight. The attack was in retaliation to the use of chemical weapons by the Bashar al-Assad regime that left dozens of civilians dead and hundreds more wounded.

LaMalfa said: “The justification for these airstrikes is clear – the use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians is a truly despicable act. I believe President Trump was right to respond with appropriate military force. The targeted strike shows that America will take action and hold the Assad regime accountable for their acts of terror. Going forward, Congress must be involved in determining our level of military engagement with Syria.”

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 Senate Confirmation of Neil Gorsuch

2017/04/07

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the United States Senate voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. As an Associate justice, Gorsuch will fill the seat left vacant by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.

LaMalfa said: “I am very pleased that the Senate voted to confirm Judge Gorsuch as our next Supreme Court Justice. Now, we will once again have a champion of originalist thought to fill the seat once occupied by the late Justice Scalia. It was clear that those who opposed Judge Gorsuch did so only because he was nominated by a Republican President, and not based on his merits, qualifications, or character. Judge Gorsuch deserved to be confirmed and I fully support the Senate for doing what was necessary to make it happen."

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 Redding Town Hall Meeting

2017/04/06

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after announcing a town hall meeting to take place in Redding, California in April.
 
LaMalfa said: “I invite residents of Shasta County and surrounding areas to join me at the McLaughlin Auditorium at Sequoia Middle School on April 19th for an in-person town hall meeting. The 115th Congress is well under way, so come prepared to share your ideas and engage in a productive community discussion on our goals moving forward. I look forward to seeing you all there.”
 
Who: Congressman Doug LaMalfa
What: In-person Town Hall meeting
When: Wednesday, April 19, at 5:30PM PST
Where: McLaughlin Auditorium at Sequoia Middle School
1805 Sequoia Street, Redding, CA 96001
 
For questions, please contact Representative LaMalfa’s Redding district office at (530)223-5898 or his Washington, D.C. office at (202)225-3076.
 
*Note: No large signs, banners, signs with sticks, or weapons of any kind will be permitted on the campus.
 
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 Oroville Town Hall Meeting

2017/04/06

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after announcing a town hall meeting to take place in Oroville, California in April.
 
LaMalfa said: “I invite constituents from Butte County and the surrounding areas to come out and share with me your thoughts and ideas on April 17th. Given the proximity to the evacuations caused by the Oroville Dam spillway incident, we’ve secured one of the largest venues available in the area – the historic Oroville State Theatre. I look forward to meeting with members of the community and building off the progress made during our March town hall in Grass Valley.”
 
Who: Congressman Doug LaMalfa
What: In-person Town Hall meeting
When: Monday, April 17, at 5:30PM PST
Where: Oroville State Theatre
1489 Myers Street, Oroville, CA 95965
 
For questions, please contact Representative LaMalfa’s Oroville district office at (530)534-7100 or his Washington, D.C. office at (202)225-3076.
 
*Note: No large signs, banners, signs with sticks, or weapons of any kind will be allowed in the theatre.
 
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 Eliminates Sunset for Veterans Choice Program

2017/04/05

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House voted to eliminate the sunset date for authorization of the Veterans Choice Program.

LaMalfa said: “It’s no secret that the VA is in need of comprehensive reform. While Congress and the Administration are working together to better address the needs of our veterans, we must ensure that we continue to provide consistent and reliable options in the interim. A choice for health care for veterans shouldn't have an ending or a sunset. That's why we are permanently extending the program – allowing veterans to continue seeking quality care outside the VA while we pursue wholesale changes within the department.”

Established under the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, the Veterans Choice Program appropriates funds for veterans to seek health care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as an alternative to VA care. The program included language stating that the program would discontinue on August 7, 2017 – or until the allocated funds run out. As the “sunset” deadline approaches, the VA claims there will still be funds remaining to continue the program. VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson sent a letter requesting Congress to eliminate the sunset date last December.

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 and Schrader Introduce Legislation to Protect Electrical Infrastructure, Prevent Forest Fires

2017/04/04

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressmen Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced H.R. 1873, the Electric Reliability and Forest Protection Act, which allows utility companies to more efficiently remove hazardous trees and other vegetation near a transmission lines to reduce the risk of wildfires.

LaMalfa said: “This bipartisan legislation is beneficial for everyone involved, decreasing the risk of blackouts, lowering costs for utilities and the Forest Service, and preventing forest fires. A single tree falling on a transmission line can cause blackouts for thousands of homes and spark a fire that devastates a National Forest, but existing red tape can prevent removal of dangerous trees for months. Under this legislation, rural electric co-ops, utilities, and municipal power providers will be able to proactively remove hazardous trees before they become problems, not after they’ve caused a fire. I’m pleased to work with Rep. Schrader and our bipartisan coalition to ensure that the federal government works with electric providers to keep the lights on, protect rural communities, and keep our National Forests safe.”

Rep. Schrader said: “Properly maintained rights-of-way is essential for public safety and enhancing the reliability of our electrical grid. The LaMalfa-Schrader bill is a no-brainer and this should not be controversial. Preventing forest fires and maintaining a reliable electrical grid should be a priority for everybody. Our utilities need a streamlined and consistent process for being able to get out on the ground and remove hazardous vegetation before it can cause a wildfire. This is exactly what our bill does. State and federal laws require routine maintenance on federal lands, but bureaucratic red tape from federal agencies has been stalling that maintenance, slowing down our electrical utilities’ ability to safely supply dependable electricity. As long as there is a management plan in place that has been agreed to, there should be no need to revisit every project when the project conforms with the management plan. Doing so is a waste of money and time, and is extremely dangerous to our grid's reliability. Our bill will significantly improve the process by providing clearer, more commonsense regulations that will allow for regular maintenance, permitting utilities to provide consistent electricity to all of our communities.”

Under current law it can take months for utilities to receive Forest Service approval to remove hazardous trees from transmission lines right of ways, even if trees are already in contact with electric transmission lines. 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 ways 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 firefighting costs that result from the failure to remove the tree.

Jim Matheson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, said: "This legislation will enhance certainty for electric cooperatives as they manage power line rights-of-way corridors, which is an important factor for ensuring the reliability of electricity that empowers millions of American families and businesses. We appreciate the leadership of Congressmen LaMalfa and Schrader on this issue.”

Melissa Lavinson, PG&E Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Federal Affairs and Policy, said: “PG&E congratulates Congressmen LaMalfa and Schrader for introducing bipartisan legislation to enhance electric reliability and protect our federal lands and surrounding communities. The ‘Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act’ facilitates efforts by energy providers to conduct timely and responsible routine maintenance on federal lands, which is critical to PG&E’s efforts to provide safe, affordable, reliable and clean energy to 16 million people throughout northern and Central California.  We look forward to sharing our perspectives with Congress as this measure advances through the legislative process.”

In a letter of support, Thomas Kuhn, President of Edison Electric Institute, said: “Your bill, like similar legislation that passed the House in 2016, would provide a framework to promote federal land management agency consistency, accountability, and timely decision-making as it relates to protecting power lines on federal lands and reducing the risk of wildfires.”

Rep. Doug LaMalfa speaks on the introduction of the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act of 2017. [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 Votes to Condemn North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Tests

2017/04/03

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House voted on two bills that condemn North Korea’s recent test of ballistic missiles and asks the U.S. Department of State to officially declare the country a state-sponsor of terrorism.

LaMalfa said: “North Korea’s blatant violations of UN Security Council resolutions present a clear danger to the United States and its allies. As the world sits back and watches, Kim Jong-Un grows bolder – frequently threatening direct attack on the United States. The House sent a clear message today that America will not tolerate such behavior. The testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles only further highlights the need for the State Department to declare the obvious – North Korea is a state-sponsor of terrorism. The previous administration’s policy of “strategic patience” with Pyongyang has failed. We must show the Kim regime that those days are over.”

H.Res. 92 officially condemns North Korea’s development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles which violate United Nations Security Council resolutions and have been used to threaten the United States and other peaceful nations.

H.R. 479, the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act, requires the State Department to determine once and for all whether North Korea is a state sponsor of terrorism.

Congressmn 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 Accepting Submissions for Congressional Art Competition

2017/03/30

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) announced he is accepting submissions for the 36th annual Congressional High School Art Competition. The theme for this year’s competition is The Thin Blue Line.
 
LaMalfa said: “The Congressional Art Competition is a tremendous opportunity for high school students from the Northstate to showcase their artistic abilities and creativity to the entire country. This year’s theme, The Thin Blue Line, allows our students to show their support and appreciation for our local law enforcement officers who represent the thin line between order and chaos. I look forward to seeing the submissions for this year’s competition.”
 
The winning entry will be displayed for one year in the United States Capitol as part of a nationwide exhibit dedicated to displaying the talents of young people representing each state. Information regarding the guidelines for the competition can be found here.
 
All artwork may be submitted by Wednesday, May 3rd to any of Rep. LaMalfa’s district offices, listed below. The competition winner will be selected by a panel of local community members and announced on Monday, May 8th. For any questions regarding this year’s competition or to schedule an artwork drop off time, please contact one of our three district offices:
 
Oroville District Office
2862 Olive Highway
Suite D
Oroville, CA 95966
Telephone: (530) 534-7100
 
Redding District Office
2885 Churn Creek Rd.
Suite C
Redding, CA 96002
Telephone: (530) 223-5898 
 
Auburn District Office
2399 Rickenbacker Way
Auburn, CA 95602
Telephone: (530) 878-5035 
 
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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The competition entry form can be found here.
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LaMalfa Issues Statement on Healthcare Reform

2017/03/24

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives pulled H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act from consideration on the House floor.

LaMalfa said: “Today’s setback was not a victory for anyone. We know premiums will continue to rise as access to care continues to dwindle. Congress will continue working to provide relief from rising premiums and deductibles under Obamacare.  I cannot sit back and do nothing while the current law hurts so many families and small businesses in the Northstate. This bill did not come together for now, but the goal to provide more affordable health insurance with more options for Americans remains the same. I am committed to working to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with something that offers more choices at a lower cost to consumers – and something that works for Americans families.”

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 Empower Small Businesses

2017/03/22

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act. This bill creates Association Health Plans (AHP) that allow small businesses to join together to negotiate for the same low health care costs and high quality care that larger businesses and labor organizations have access to. AHPs will increase small businesses’ bargaining power, expand affordable coverage for working families, and lower administrative costs.

LaMalfa said: “The cost of providing health insurance for employees is one of the most difficult challenges facing small business owners today. Under the flawed mandates of the Affordable Care Act, small businesses have been unable to match the bargaining power that larger organizations possess which allows them to negotiate more affordable health care for employees. The Small Business Health Fairness Act levels the playing field by allowing small businesses to band together and increase their ability to provide affordable coverage for working families, and I fully support it.”

H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, allows small businesses to join AHPs in order to:

  • Level the playing field with larger businesses and organizations by increasing bargaining power.
  • Expand affordable coverage for working families by providing better options when purchasing health care through their employer.
  • Decrease administrative costs for small businesses with limited resources who want to provide better health care options for their employees.

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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Contact Information

322 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3076
Fax 202-226-0852
lamalfa.house.gov

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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