Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

LaMalfa Votes to Support ICE

2018/07/18

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed a resolution reaffirming support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and denouncing proposed legislation to abolish ICE.
 
LaMalfa said: “ICE is an agency that works around the clock to protect our country and secure our borders, yet somehow, a few of my colleagues across the aisle thought it would be a good idea to abolish this important agency. This was nothing more than a political stunt. Without ICE, even a modest level of border security would be extremely difficult to achieve. We should be doing all that we can to support this critical branch of law enforcement, not try to run them out of town. I was glad to vote to reaffirm my support and appreciation for the job that they do to protect our borders.”
 
Rep. LaMalfa speaks on the House floor in support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [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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International Trade Commission Votes to Provide Relief for California Ripe Olive Industry

2018/07/11

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted affirmatively that the U.S. ripe olive industry is suffering significant losses as a result of ripe olives from Spain being subsidized and sold in the U.S. at less than fair value. The Department of Commerce now will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of Spanish olives.
 
In May, LaMalfa testified at the U.S. ITC hearing regarding the California ripe olive industry and the damage being done. Last year, Congressman LaMalfa also led a bipartisan letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Ross in support of the U.S. ripe olive industry’s import relief petition against unfairly traded ripe olives from Spain.
 
LaMalfa said: “After suffering through years of Spanish olives at unreasonably low prices being dumped in our market, the U.S. ripe olive industry will finally see some much-needed relief. Many feared the once prosperous industry, which was established by California olive growers more than a century ago, would soon cease to exist if nothing was done. Now the California ripe olive industry can begin to recover and thrive once again in a fair marketplace. I greatly appreciate the careful attention the Commission has given to this important investigation and am grateful for the critical role the Commission plays in enforcing our trade remedy laws that protect American interests from unfair trading practices such as these.”
 
Felix Musco, President and CEO of Musco Family Olive Company, said:  “On behalf of Musco and the entire California ripe olive industry, we are grateful for the care and attention the US Commerce Department and the US International Trade Commission gave to our case.  We brought this action because without legal relief, the future of the US industry was at risk. Today’s determination, which reflects a full accounting of the facts and a proper application of US law, gives us a path forward to compete fairly in the US market.”
 
Tim Carter, CEO of Bell-Carter Foods, said:  “Our US industry was buckling under the strain of unfairly low-priced imports from Spain.  With final affirmative determinations by the Commerce Department and the ITC, we hope to see fair pricing restored to the US market for ripe olives.”
 
Dennis Burreson, a California olive grower, said:  “Today’s final determination by the ITC, following the final dumping and CVD decisions by the Commerce Department last month, is welcome news for the entire ripe olive industry, including more than 750 olive growers up and down California’s Central Valley.  The California growers have actively supported this trade action from its inception because Spain’s unfair trading practices were pushing this proud California industry out of business.  All of us California olive growers owe a debt of gratitude to the Commerce and ITC investigators for the hard work and careful attention they gave to this proceeding.”  
 
A transcript of Congressman LaMalfa’s testimony reads as follows:
 
Madam Chair, Members of the Commission,
 
        Thank you for the opportunity to testify on behalf of the California ripe olive industry in connection with the Commission’s injury investigation in the antidumping and countervailing duty action against ripe olives from Spain.  I am Congressman Doug LaMalfa, Representative of the 1st District of California.  My District, located in the northeastern corner of California, is rich in agriculture -- from fruits, to tree nuts, to olives, to cattle, and many other products.  Table olives are particularly prevalent in the Tehama, Glenn, and Butte counties of my District running along the Sacramento River Valley.
 
        Members of the Commission, the California ripe olive processors and nearly 900 table olive growers that crisscross the warm inland valleys of California represent everything cherished about American agriculture.  A great many of the ripe olive orchards are multi-generational farms, powered by hard-working American farmers and their families.  The processors and growers in the industry are justifiably proud that their California ancestors invented the ripe olive processing method and, over the course of more than a century, turned ripe olives into a product widely identified as native to California.  The industry is equally proud of the US institutional and retail markets they built through ingenuity and sweat over many generations.
 
        This commendable sector of American agriculture is now at risk.  The California ripe olive industry has watched with growing concern in recent years as unfairly subsidized and dumped Spanish ripe olives have taken their customers, first in the US institutional segment and more recently in the retail segment.  These customers -- built by the California industry, not the Spanish industry -- are being lost one after another to unreasonably low Spanish prices. 
 
        Having worked closely with this industry since I took office in 2013, I can assure you that every facet of the industry, from grower to processor to allied sectors, believes that without trade relief, the US ripe olive sector will cease to exist.  This industry has no place else to turn.  Unlike their Spanish competitors, the US producers receive no government support.  Virtually all their sales are made in the US market.  That a relatively small sector of American agriculture, comprised almost entirely of small- and medium-sized entities, would incur the extraordinary demands and expense of US import relief proceedings itself speaks volumes about their survival fears.
 
        Literally thousands of jobs depend on the continued success of the California ripe olive industry, not just in my District and State, but throughout the United States -- from shipping companies, to agrochemical suppliers, to olive farm laborers, to the local stores and restaurants where workers shop and eat.  These and countless other related US jobs may be lost if the Commission declines to accord the relief the US ripe olives industry so critically needs. 
 
        For the sake of this century-old American industry, and thousands of US jobs, I ask the Commission to confirm material injury by reason of Spanish imports and put the US ripe olive industry on a path to recovery so it can thrive again in a fair marketplace as it has before.
       
Thank you, Members of the Commission, for this opportunity to testify.
 
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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President Trump Pardons Dwight & Steven Hammond

2018/07/10

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the White House announced President Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency for Dwight Hammond, Jr., and his son, Steven Hammond. Dwight and Steven served time in jail for setting controlled burns that spread to small patches of public lands. After completing their sentence, prosecutors won an appeal, resulting in the Hammonds being resentenced to the 5-year mandatory minimum.
 
LaMalfa said: “Dwight and Steven Hammond were let down by our justice system. After serving one sentence – on charges that could be seen as questionable to begin with – overzealous prosecutors wrongfully and unfairly forced the Hammonds to serve additional time in jail, despite their excellent standing in their community. Their case is a prime example of the previous Administration’s overbearing regulation and enforcement on public lands, while their poor stewardship creates fire hazards and restricts access to land that cattle have grazed on for generations. I’m glad to see the President has pardoned these men, and that they will not spend another day unfairly locked away from their families and livelihoods. I join many in Northern California and Oregon in celebrating President Trump’s willingness to resolve this injustice, and I will continue to pursue policy changes to ensure that those using fire as a management tool aren’t treated the same way as terrorists.”
 
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 President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

2018/07/09

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
 
LaMalfa said: “One of the most impactful decisions a U.S. President can make is selecting a Supreme Court Justice, as they could be on the bench for many years. I’m pleased that for the second time in as many years, President Trump has made a solid decision that will preserve our Constitution by selecting a strong conservative voice that will serve on the court for many years to come. Brett Kavanaugh has established a track record of fighting regulatory overreach on the D.C. Court of Appeals since 2006, and he would bring those same values to the Supreme Court. I call upon the Senate to ensure he is confirmed in a timely and respectful manner.”
 
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 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill

2018/06/28

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Act, 2019. This legislation fully funds the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019, including an increase in funding to rebuild the military and the largest pay raise our troops have seen in 9 years (2.6%).
 
LaMalfa said: “This Congress has proven we’re committed to supplying our armed forces with the resources they need to get the job done – and providing for them and their families when they return home. While the budgeting process that we’ve been stuck with needs to be reformed, I’m pleased with the progress we’re making by sending these appropriations measures to the Senate. This important legislation helps to rebuild our military and reward our soldiers with the largest pay raise in 9 years. They deserve every penny and they deserve to have this legislation signed into law.”
 
Highlights of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2019:
 
  • Supports necessary increase in topline funding to support our troops and readiness recovery consistent with President Trump's commitment to rebuild the military.
  • Pay raise of 2.6% for our troops - Largest in 9 years. 
  • Increase the size of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Naval and Air Reserve, as well as Air Guard.
  • Increases procurement funding to rebuild our Navy, Army and Air Force:
    • $22.7 billion for building 12 ships, including 2 Virginia-class submarines, 3 DDG-51 guided missile destroyers, and 3 Littoral Combat Ships
    • $1.9 billion for 24 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets
    • $1.2 billion for 58 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters
    • $1.1 billion for 66 AH-64 Apache
    •  $1.5 billion for the upgrade of 85 Abrams tanks
  • Funds for co-development and co-production of missile defense and weapon systems with our key ally Israel.  
  • Advances innovative technologies that will reform the way we will fight and win wars
 
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 Hosts Art Competition Winner in Washington

2018/06/27

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after hosting Isabella McMurray, winner of this year’s Congressional High School Art Competition representing California’s 1st Congressional District. Her piece, titled “I am Columbia” will be displayed in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year. Isabella attends Inspire School of Arts and Sciences in Chico, California.
 
LaMalfa said: “My favorite part of the annual art competition is inviting the winning artist to Washington so that they have the opportunity to visit their artwork while it’s on display in the U.S. Capitol. Isabella is a very talented artist and her artwork ‘I am Columbia’ will remind me and everyone who walks through the Capitol every day just how strong our country is. I’m very happy Isabella has used her talents to represent the values of Northern California.”
 
Rep. LaMalfa with Isabella McMurray, winner of this year’s Congressional High School Art Competition representing California’s 1st Congressional District. Her piece is titled “I am Columbia.”
 
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 Leads Bipartisan Delegation of California Lawmakers Urging EPA to Support Biomass Energy Production

2018/06/27

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after leading a bipartisan group of California lawmakers in urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resolve any issues that prevent biomass and waste-to-energy pathways from receiving the same level of support as other forms of energy production.
 
LaMalfa said: “As a carbon-neutral source of energy, biomass is a clean energy alternative that California should be taking full advantage of. With millions of dead trees that increase the risk of forest fires, clearing them out and converting them into usable energy is a win for everyone involved. The problem is, biomass isn’t treated equally when compared to other renewable fuels, and it’s hurting producers. That’s why my colleagues and I are asking Administrator Pruitt to afford biomass energy production with the same level of federal support as corn ethanol and other agricultural fuels. Biomass gives low-value organic material a beneficial use, and our rural economies and fire-prone forests will greatly benefit from a more even playing field.”
 
Steve Mueller, President of ARP-Loyalton Cogen, said: “The biggest challenge for renewable biomass generation is the lack of equal treatment among all forms of renewable generation. Wind and solar receive ITC’s/PTC’s which substantially reduce the delivered price/KwHr.  Including biomass generation within the existing RFS program will help level this playing field in the near term while ITC’s and PTC’s are phased out. Thank you, Congressman LaMalfa, for your efforts on behalf of our industry.”
 
A signed copy of the letter is attached.
 
Dear Administrator Pruitt:
 
            Electricity derived from renewable biomass is an important source of carbon neutral power that is reliable, supports jobs, and contributes to healthy farms, forests and municipal infrastructure. For these reasons, we urge your Agency to take quick action in the processing of biomass and waste-to-energy pathways submitted under the Renewable Fuel Standard, and to resolve any outstanding programmatic issues that stand in the way of allowing these sources of energy to receive the same support afforded other forms of energy.
 
            Approving and registering biomass-derived electricity is important to our state and consistent with your message in Manchester, New Hampshire earlier this year when you voiced your support for biomass and also in your recent announcement of EPA’s consideration of biomass as a carbon neutral source of energy. Biomass is an important component of our state’s forest products economy, providing markets for low-value organic material that would otherwise be discarded or landfilled.
 
            Biomass is especially critical to the state of California. Our state is experiencing an unprecedented tree mortality crisis, with an estimated 129 million dead or dying trees statewide, according to the U.S. Forest Service. As users of low-value wood fibers, biomass power facilities are an important component of forest management, enabling the productive and environmentally sound use of debris cleared out of forests to reduce forest fire risk. Unfortunately, the biomass power industry in our state is experiencing its own difficulties, with over half the fleet currently idled due to a transformed power market partially due to lopsided federal support for other renewables like wind and solar. California has enacted the BioRAM policy requiring utilities to purchase a certain amount of biomass power, which has been helpful – but EPA action approving the qualification of biomass power under the RFS is sorely needed to keep these facilities online and contributing to ongoing forest management and fire prevention efforts.
           
While it is appropriate to carefully review the overall RFS program, we are concerned that EPA’s inability to process the registrations of biomass-derived electricity has created “winners and losers” among agricultural fuels and their feedstocks. Corn ethanol producers in many states have benefitted tremendously from the Renewable Fuel Standard – and our biomass power producers in California should be able to participate as well.
 
            Allowing biomass power to qualify and register under the RFS will help ensure a stable future for California biomass power producers, preserving and creating jobs in rural areas where they are most needed. We urge you to act as soon as possible on the petitions and registrations before you, enabling biomass power and waste-to-energy to qualify to produce RIN credits.
 
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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North State Lawmakers Seek Answers as DWR Plans to Release Water from Lake Oroville

2018/06/26

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending a letter to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) along with State Senator Jim Nielsen and State Representative James Gallagher in response to DWR’s “Lake Oroville Community Update” in which it was announced water releases from Lake Oroville would be increased prior to the 4th of July Holiday week. This announcement came despite the fact that lower water levels could significantly inhibit recreation activity during the height of the Holiday season on Lake Oroville and potentially have a negative impact on the local economy.
 
LaMalfa said: “According to their most recent announcement, DWR plans to increase water releases from Lake Oroville right before the height of the Holiday recreation week – and all because of some arbitrary deadline. This could significantly impact recreation on the lake during the key Independence Day week and a poor experience could even deter boaters from returning in the future. The effects that this could have on the local economy are obvious, so we’re asking DWR if this decision has truly been fully thought through. Many boat ramps are already inaccessible due to construction at the spillway and the neighboring marina, and lowering the water levels only serves to further hamper recreation on the lake during one of the busiest weeks of the year. The costs of this decision seem to far outweigh the benefit of sending water downstream with no clear intent, and I urge DWR to reconsider.”
 
Nielsen said: “Residents deserve transparency from their state government. DWR’s last minute reversal of their water-flow plan without truly considering the impacts to the local economy heading into the busy 4th of July week is disheartening. Our community has gone through so much in the last year and a half.  We deserve better.”
 
Gallagher said: “We all agree that public safety is, and will continue to be, the number one priority at Oroville Dam. But consideration for recreation and the local economy must also be a factor in the decision making process. We believe it is fair to ask officials to take another look at their options ahead of one of the busiest recreation weeks of the year.”
 
A signed copy of the letter is attached.
 
Ms. Karla Nemeth, Director
California Department of Water Resources
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1115-1
Sacramento, CA  94236-0001
 
Re:  Lake Oroville Community Update dated 06-22-18
 
Dear Ms. Nemeth:
 
The three of us write to you in response to the “Lake Oroville Community Update” issued by your department today regarding your announcement that you are releasing water from Lake Oroville right before the height of a recreational Holiday week in order to meet an arbitrary construction deadline of November 1, 2018.  Just yesterday, during your department’s 10:00 am Cooperator’s meeting, your staff reported the good news the current lake level was 812 feet and it was expected to remain above 805 feet for the duration of the 4th of July Holiday recreating week.  We had already begun to message our constituents spreading this positive information.  Then, just hours later, your department staff notifies our offices this isn’t the case and in fact it is quite the reverse.
 
As you are well aware, once the lake levels fall below the 805 foot mark the number of available boat launch ramps decreases significantly.  The primary launch facility at the lake, the Spillway, is still out of commission due to construction.  This is the second recreating season the public is coping with this inconvenience and economic disruption. 
 
We have repeatedly addressed this issue with you independently and collectively since this disaster ensued.  That is why it is imperative water use for recreational purposes be a key component in your decision making process when it comes to lake operating levels.  If you reach the 808 foot lake level early the week of June 25th, 2018 as currently planned, the lake level will be well below 805 foot mark by the time the Holiday week commences.  This is once again a travesty for the local community and region at large.  With the loss of available launch ramps, the boating experience will be hampered for those who still plan to come and it will most certainly deter people from coming at all now or in the future.
 
As we have recurrently mentioned, if people have a negative experience because of the consistently low lake levels and problems with accessibility then they will choose to recreate at another lake.  This will turn this temporary situation into a permanent problem.
 
The referenced community update states this action to release water is warranted because Kiewet requires a second point of access to the upper chute through the radial gates.  We understand Kiewet wants to keep moving forward in order to meet their contractual obligation of completion of construction by no later than November 1, 2018.  We are concerned a date in time is predicating this decision.  In light of that, we pose the following questions:
 
  1. Is this deadline the only factor driving the decision to increase the outflows right before this big recreation week risking an adverse economic occurrence? 
  2. Exactly how many days of delay would there be if the lake levels weren’t allowed to go below 805 feet until after July 8th? 
  3. Has there been a sufficient cost/benefit analysis done taking into consideration the economic implications?
 
Time is of the essence as water is being wasted as it travels south of the dam without a specified demand or purpose.  We urge you to answers our questions as soon as possible and take corrective action as deemed necessary in light of all of the contributing factors.
 
If you have any further questions, please direct them directly to one of us or one of our staff.
 
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, Harris, Applaud Supreme Court Decision to Protect Free Speech

2018/06/26

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra. The case challenged a California state law, the Reproductive FACT Act (AB 775), which requires licensed medical centers that offer free, pro-life help to pregnant women to post written advertisements promoting the availability of free or low cost abortions subsidized by the state. It also requires non-medically licensed centers to note, in multiple languages, that they do not have a medical provider on staff. The Court ruled 5-4 to reverse both requirements.
 
LaMalfa said: “The Reproductive FACT Act is an affront to our constitutionally protected freedom of speech. No person or entity can be forced to promote ideas in which they do not believe or even oppose, but that’s exactly what’s happening. These pro-life pregnancy centers serve the noble cause of assisting expecting mothers, yet California forces them to advertise for state-subsidized abortions. It’s a perfect example of the unapologetic assault on citizens’ core beliefs and conscience by California’s liberal state government. I am happy the Supreme Court made the correct decision and striking down this outrageous violation of the First Amendment. I'd like to thank all of the 144 House and Senate members that signed onto my friend of the Court letter asking the Supreme Court to contemplate and overturn the so-called FACT Act.”
 
Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. said: “The Supreme Court’s decision in the NIFLA v. Becerra case is great news for the American people. The government cannot force individuals or private entities to say things they do not believe. California’s pro-life pregnancy centers are helping local communities by providing crucial services and supplies at no cost to expectant mothers. The State of California’s shameful attempt to compel these centers to advertise abortion services was a gross violation of the First Amendment, and I applaud the Supreme Court’s protection of free speech.”
 
In January, Congressmen LaMalfa and Harris led 144 members of the House and Senate in submitting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court for this case, attached.
 
Background on NIFLA v. Becerra:
 
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed suit against the state of California on behalf of three plaintiffs: National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), Pregnancy Care Center (PCC) and Fallbrook Pregnancy Resource Center (FPRC). The plaintiffs argue that California law AB 775, the Reproductive FACT Act, violates the free speech clause and the free exercise clause of the First Amendment. AB 775 requires medically licensed pro-life pregnancy care centers to post notices alerting clients that the state of California provides free or low cost abortions; the notice must include a phone number for a county office, which refers women to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Non-medical pregnancy care centers are required to notify clients that they do not have a medical provider on staff, even if they provide no medical services. This notice must be written in 13 different languages, prominently displayed, and included in all advertisements.
 
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 Passage of Farm Bill

2018/06/21

Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, known as the Farm Bill.
 
LaMalfa said: “After three years of listening to the concerns and ideas of farmers not just in the North State, but across the entire country, I’m certain this Farm Bill will be good for American Agriculture. This legislation will impact nearly every American in some manner. We’ve included meaningful forestry reforms to help properly manage our public lands and curtail the spread of wildfires. We’ve included resources to boost economic growth and development in rural areas, streamlined the application process for broadband deployment on federal land, and we’re finally treating biomass as a higher priority source for renewable energy. Congress also improved the SNAP program to make it run more efficiently. SNAP will still provide a helping hand for those in need, but it’ll also assist able-bodied adults with transitioning back into the workplace. This is exactly what the program was intended for in the first place - helping people become self-sufficient. This bill is the culmination of years of listening and learning. I’m pleased with the results.”
 
Top priorities of Congressman LaMalfa included in the 2018 Farm Bill:
 
  • Gives farmers the tools they need to manage risks and stay competitive during difficult economic years.
  • Maintains and strengthens incentives for beginning farmers and ranchers.
  • Provides the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to help communities combat opioid addiction by prioritizing assistance to direct medical services where it is needed. 
  • Maintains funding for agriculture-based renewable energy with a specific focus on biomass.
  • Provides new authorities to allow the Forest Service to work with their neighbors to address wildfire threats.
  • Establishes and invests SNAP resources to assure individuals have access to a workforce and training program that will actually help to lift more people out of poverty, and ensure they have skills they need to climb the economic ladder and help them reach self-sufficiency.
    • Excluding elderly, individuals with disabilities, caregivers of young children, and pregnant mothers.
  • Improves and maintains disaster assistance programs.
  • Provides resources for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and Specialty Crop Research Initiative.
  • Streamlines trade promotion efforts and increases overall funding by $255 million annually.
  • Promotes and incentivizes programs to improve broadband connectivity in rural areas.
 
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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Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on the House Floor in Support of ICE

2018-07-18 15:48:17


Rep. LaMalfa Honors the Late Mel Fisher, Pearl Harbor Survivor, on the House Floor

2018-07-12 18:18:43


Rep. LaMalfa Urges Passage of Water Resources Development Act

2018-06-06 20:41:02


Rep. LaMalfa Supports NDAA for Fiscal Yeah 2019

2018-05-24 15:32:21


LaMalfa Urges House to Pass Right to Try Act

2018-03-20 14:47:39


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on the House Floor in Support of the DOJ Lawsuit against California

2018-03-08 16:16:24


Rep. LaMalfa on Sites Reservoir at Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans Hearing 2/14/18

2018-02-15 20:17:10


Redding's Preston Sharp Attends the State of the Union Address

2018-02-02 21:26:18


Rep. Doug LaMalfa Honors Moriss Taylor on the House Floor

2018-01-25 15:16:47


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks in Support of the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act

2018-01-19 16:09:45


LaMalfa Supports S.140 and Tribal Sovereignty

2018-01-10 22:54:45


LaMalfa Talks Tax Reform at the U S Capitol 12 20 17

2017-12-22 17:56:42


Rep. LaMalfa Honors Veterans Day on House Floor

2017-11-09 17:15:23


Rep. LaMalfa Supports Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

2017-11-03 18:50:08


LaMalfa Speaks in Support of the Resilient Federal Forests Act

2017-11-01 22:24:21


LaMalfa, Westerman, Western Members of Congress Hold Press Conference on Wildfire Threat

2017-10-05 20:54:01


Rep. LaMalfa Urges Support for the Guides and Outfitters Act

2017-10-03 18:20:43


LaMalfa Speaks on Emergency Funding for Hurricane Harvey and Wild Fires in the West

2017-10-03 18:21:12


LaMalfa Pushes Federal Agencies to Stop Marijuana Grows on Public Lands

2017-10-03 18:21:27


LaMalfa at Ag Hearing: Expanding Rural Access to Broadband

2017-03-31 16:13:26


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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.


Serving With

Tom McClintock

CALIFORNIA's 4th DISTRICT

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

David Valadao

CALIFORNIA's 21st DISTRICT

Devin Nunes

CALIFORNIA's 22nd DISTRICT

Kevin McCarthy

CALIFORNIA's 23rd DISTRICT

Steve Knight

CALIFORNIA's 25th DISTRICT

Ed Royce

CALIFORNIA's 39th DISTRICT

Ken Calvert

CALIFORNIA's 42nd DISTRICT

Mimi Walters

CALIFORNIA's 45th DISTRICT

Dana Rohrabacher

CALIFORNIA's 48th DISTRICT

Darrell Issa

CALIFORNIA's 49th DISTRICT

Duncan Hunter

CALIFORNIA's 50th DISTRICT

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