Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

House Passes Package of Bills to Support Veterans

2018/05/21

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed a package of 14 bills to improve the quality of care and service that veterans receive.
 
LaMalfa said: “When our veterans return home or complete their service to country, we have to make sure they’re getting the best treatment possible. That’s why the House passed an important package of bills that will significantly improve the quality of care our veterans are receiving. Whether that’s modernizing outdated systems, simplifying a complicated bureaucracy, better monitoring opioid abuse, or providing assistance to disabled or homeless veterans – all of these bills are important in their own right. This Congress is committed to improving the lives of our veterans in any way that we can, and these bills are the latest in our continued efforts to do so.”
 
Highlights of the veterans legislation passed in the House today include:
 
  • H.R. 1972, the VA Billing Accountability Act – Authorizes VA to waive copayment requirements when the veteran is not billed in a timely manner.
  • H.R. 3642, the Military SAVE Act – Would require VA to carry out a pilot program to furnish community care to veterans who have experienced MST.
  • H.R. 3832, the Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act – Would allow for the greater sharing of information between VA and State-based prescription drug monitoring programs.
  • H.R. 4245, the Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act – Would strengthen Congressional oversight of VA EHR modernization program.
  • H.R. 4334, the Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act – Would require VA to submit reports on access to gender-specific care in the community and environment of care standards for women veterans.
  • H.R. 4451, the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act – This bill would reauthorize the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) as well as the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans With Children Reintegration Grant Program (HVRP-W) for five years. The bill would also clarify eligibility for both programs to include incarcerated veterans and veterans using a HUD-VASH voucher.
  • H.R. 4830, the SIT-REP Act – This bill would require that in order for a school or training program to be approved for GI Bill benefits they must adopt a policy that disallows the school or training program from imposing a late fee, denial of access to facilities or other penalty against the veteran or eligible dependent due to a late payment from VA. This would only apply if the payments have not been received within 90 days of the beginning of the term and the Secretary would have the authority to waive this requirement.  This bill would also include a technical changes to the Forever GI Bill that would allow Chapter 35 participants.
  • H.R. 4958, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018 – Would provide COLA for veterans’ disability, additional compensation for dependents, DIC, and clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans.
  • H.R. 5044, the Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act – This bill would address a technical issue that has arisen from legislation that was passed last Congress related to rules for surviving spouses’ ability to claim service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) status for the Vets First contracting program. 
  • H.R. 5215, the Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act – Would strengthen controls over government purchase card misuse.
  • H.R. 5418, the Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act – Would reform the VA med/surg prime vendor purchase program.  
 
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 Statement on Farm Bill

2018/05/18

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, known as the Farm Bill.
 
LaMalfa said: “Today’s failure to pass a Farm Bill is a slap in the face to farmers and agriculture workers around the country. After three years of bipartisan negotiations and listening sessions, not a single one of my democratic colleagues supported this measure on the House floor. That speaks volumes. Those who opposed this legislation are telling farmers that they aren’t willing to provide help as we weather a 52 percent drop in net farm income, combined with high and rising foreign subsidies.  They aren’t willing to support the meaningful forestry reforms that would help curtail the spread of wildfires, even after last year’s historic destruction.  They aren’t willing to support the strong incentives included to expand broadband to remote, rural areas, many of which are located in the North State. I’m disappointed that this important legislation failed today, and I will continue to work with my fellow members of the Agriculture Committee and House Leadership to pass this responsible, and much-needed Farm Bill as quickly as possible.”
 
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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Lassen County District Attorney Meets with President Trump & Congressman LaMalfa to Oppose California Sanctuary State Law

2018/05/17

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after meeting with Lassen County District Attorney Stacey Montgomery, who joined a group of California leaders at the White House to discuss efforts to nullify California’s unconstitutional Sanctuary State policies.
 
LaMalfa said: “California’s Sanctuary State policies are unconstitutional and a danger to the public. We were fortunate to have Lassen County District Attorney Stacey Montgomery and many other conservative California leaders travel across the country to meet with President Trump and demonstrate that there are many in our state who don’t agree with Governor Brown and the California legislature’s irresponsible and illegal policies. They’re fighting the good fight. Americans welcome legal immigration. We cannot sit back and watch as illegal aliens – often criminals – endanger our communities, as DA Montgomery has seen firsthand. I thank her for her passionate commitment to this issue and for fighting to protect the safety of North State residents.”
 
To watch the California Sanctuary State roundtable discussion at the White House, click here.
 
Congressman LaMalfa and Lassen County District Attorney Stacey Montgomery met to discuss California’s unconstitutional sanctuary state policies.
 
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 LaMalfa’s Broadband Infrastructure Farm Bill Amendment

2018/05/17

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House unanimously agreed to an amendment to H.R. 2, otherwise known as the Farm Bill, offered by Congressman LaMalfa. The amendment aims to streamline and expedite the regulatory framework necessary to utilize federal lands for broadband infrastructure deployment and improve broadband coverage in Rural America. Final passage of H.R. 2 is scheduled for a floor vote on Friday.
 
LaMalfa said: “Broadband coverage in rural areas has been a challenge for quite some time. As providers build newer infrastructure to support 5G services, it will require more antennas spaced more closely together. While wireless providers generally locate antennas and facilities on private property, they also require access to Federal land to ensure more complete coverage, including for providing emergency services. Unfortunately, the process for securing access to federal land and property has been problematic – providers have faced long delays and uncertain procedures. My bipartisan amendment aims to streamline this process and help bring better broadband coverage to Rural America, and I thank my colleagues for the unanimous support.”
 
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) said: “Many families in the West still lack basic broadband. Streamlining the bureaucratic process that is hampering broadband infrastructure development will create jobs, improve education and grow our economy. I applaud Rep. LaMalfa for his leadership and tireless efforts to close the broadband availability gap.”
 
Kelly Cole, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at CTIA, said: “We support Congressman LaMalfa’s amendment to the House Farm Bill. Modernizing outdated deployment rules for federal lands will help spur the build out of faster 5G wireless networks to meet rising connectivity demands from consumers and business, particularly in rural communities.”
 
In a letter of support, Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association, called the amendment: “an important step toward streamlining and expediting wireless broadband siting on federal property controlled by the Forest Service” He continued, “For decades, infrastructure developers have found it extremely difficult to use these lands to deploy wireless broadband facilities, which has an especially negative impact in or near rural communities. Your amendment will provide a streamlined and expedited regulatory framework that is necessary to utilize federal lands for broadband infrastructure deployment and improve wireless broadband service in Rural America.”
 
Specifically, Congressman LaMalfa’s amendment would require the Secretary of Agriculture, within one year of enactment, to issue regulations that would:
  • Streamline the siting process for Forest Service land.
  • Ensure that the process is uniform across all organizational units of the Forest Service.
  • And require that applications are treated on a competitively neutral basis.
 
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 Joins a Historic Streamlining Collaboration to Prevent Wildfires

2018/05/10

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after meeting with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, newly appointed USDA Interim Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, and bipartisan members of the House and Senate.
 
At this historic meeting, Secretaries Perdue and Zinke signed a memorandum of understanding which reaffirms the commitment that both USDA and Interior will work together to combat wildfires. Both departments have agreed to share resources to achieve this goal, including money, staff, firefighting technology, aircraft, and more.
 
LaMalfa said: “The coming together of these two departments is a truly historic occasion. Both USDA and Interior recognize that the only way to successfully fight and prevent wildfires is to work together and share resources. When a wildfire occurs, rapid response is critical, and there’s no better way to expedite that process than to have increased coordination between departments. Newly appointed Interim Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen also agreed that thinning dead trees is a necessary prevention method. I appreciate her early attention to this problem and look forward to her upcoming site visit. The signing of this memorandum of understanding is a positive and proactive step towards unprecedented agency and department collaboration ahead of the 2018 wildfire season, and the bipartisan nature of this meeting shows that it’s not a Republican or Democrat issue, but an American issue.”
 
Rep. LaMalfa is present as Secretary Zinke and Secretary Perdue sign a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Interior and USDA.
 
Rep. LaMalfa and other bipartisan members of the House and Senate attended a discussion on collaboration between USDA and Interior.
 
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 Issues Statement on Iran Deal Withdrawal

2018/05/08

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday a decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran Nuclear deal.
 
LaMalfa said: “Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles capable of delivering them – not only in the Middle East, but also across the Atlantic to the United States – is a serious threat to both the U.S. and our allies. Unfortunately, the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal struck by John Kerry and the Obama Administration does little to curb this pursuit. While it may sound good, there are not nearly strong enough measures in place to actually hold Iran accountable for compliance with the deal. If we cannot guarantee that Iran follows the rules, then it’s pointless. The Obama Administration traded billions of U.S. and foreign dollars in exchange for promises Iran clearly has no intention of keeping. To make matters worse, the current agreement does nothing to prevent Iran from testing ballistic missiles and much of the money Iran has received has been funneled directly to active terrorist organizations. This deal was a disaster from the start and it lets Iran off the hook. I support the President’s decision to withdraw the United States from this agreement.”
 
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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Small Business Week: LaMalfa Surveys North State Small Business Owners, Finds Tax Reform is Working

2018/05/04

(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after issuing results from a recent survey administered to local small business owners in the North State. Congressman LaMalfa’s office worked with local Chambers of Commerce to widely distribute the survey to North State small businesses.
 
LaMalfa said: “In the spirit of Small Business Week, I wanted to know how local business owners in the North State view the new tax law, as well as the state of small businesses in California and the obstacles they face in the state. My office issued an anonymous survey to small businesses exclusively located in the North State, and the results were very encouraging. As evidenced by the feedback we received, many business owners in the North State are excited about the potential for growth under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and many are already beginning to expand operations and invest in their workforce. California’s difficult laws and onerous regulations create significant uncertainty, but overall, there is a level of new optimism not seen in some time – in large part thanks to the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last December.”
 
See below for results from Congressman LaMalfa’s North State Small Business Survey:
 
Figure 3 shows that 92% of North State small business owners expect the business climate in the U.S. to either improve or remain the same over the next year. Only 8% feel they may be worse off under the new tax law.
 
Figure 7 shows that North State small business owners are extremely optimistic about sales over the next year. Only 7% expect a decrease while 72% are predicting an increase.
 
Figure 6 shows that 79% of business owners expect profit to at least remain the same over the next 12 months while half (50%) expect profits to increase.
 
Figure 2 shows that many businesses are already re-investing savings under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, most notably in the form of higher wages, new equipment, employee bonuses, and expanded operations.
 
Figure 8 shows that nearly half of North State small businesses have unfilled job openings at various levels of employment.
 
Figure 1 shows that 84% of North State small business owners feel that California’s laws and regulations are detrimental to their business operations.
 
Figure 4 shows that, once again, California’s unique laws and regulations reduce profitability for the vast majority of North State small businesses.
 
Figure 5 exemplifies the belief among small business owners that they would be better off without the burdensome regulations in the state of California. For many businesses owners, this would directly translate to hiring new 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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LaMalfa Votes to Reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration

2018/04/27

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act, a 5-year bill to reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), provide long-term stability for the Nation’s aviation community, increase investment in airports across the country, improve America’s competitiveness in the global aviation sector, strengthen passenger protections, and ensure the safety of the traveling public. This legislation also included the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, which focuses on pre-disaster mitigation.
 
LaMalfa said: “Reauthorization of the FAA this year is key for continuity, stability and improvement in air travel. This legislation strengthens American aviation by increasing innovation, ensuring aviation infrastructure connectivity for businesses and travelers, and addressing recent safety issues for commercial airline passengers. It will also improve global competitiveness by cutting red tape and streamlining the regulatory process. On a local level, I worked to include language that, as one example, will allow the City of Chico to apply for a grant that will greatly benefit the local municipal airport. Importantly, H.R. 4 will also help mitigate damage from disasters before they happen by making the infrastructure in our communities more resilient towards wildfires, hurricanes, and other disasters. This bill is an investment in America’s long history of aviation innovation and pioneering, and it puts passengers first.”
 
Chico Mayor Sean Morgan said: “On behalf of the City, the Airport Commission, the Airport Manager, and private groups like JetChico, I'd like to sincerely thank Congressman LaMalfa for working tirelessly to return air service to our special community.  Congressman LaMalfa is leaving no stone unturned as he works to change legislation that is an impediment to our success.”
 
Norm Rosene, Co-Founder and Spokesperson for JetChico, said: "JetChico is very excited about this legislation. It will allow the City of Chico to pursue a Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant, which will be used to attract airline service to Chico Municipal Airport. With the SCASDP grant, we will be able to target our number one destination, which is LAX. JetChico is extremely grateful to Congressman LaMalfa and his staff for their persistence, and for their continuous support in the important effort to return commercial air service to Butte County.”
 
Small airports, such as Chico Municipal, can apply for a SCASDP grant to help fund the start of a new air travel route. However, an airport can never apply for the same route twice under current rules. In 2006, Chico applied for and was granted funding to start a route to LAX, but never actually used the funds. H.R. 4 alters the SCASDP reapplication rules to allow airports to apply for the same route after 10 years.
 
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 Music Modernization Act

2018/04/26

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5447, the Music Modernization Act. This bipartisan legislation makes important updates to our copyright laws to ensure American music creators are properly recognized and rewarded for their creative work.

LaMalfa said: “The cultural experiences provided by America’s music industry often enhance and provide enjoyment in our daily lives. The industry also creates millions of jobs and contributes billions to the economy. Unfortunately, the creativity of songwriters and creators is often an afterthought due to our outdated copyright laws. The bipartisan Music Modernization Act updates America’s licensing laws to finally reward the innovative artists who drive our music industry behind the scenes. This bill is long overdue, and I’m pleased that the House could come together to modernize our copyright laws in order to keep pace with rapidly evolving technologies. Songwriters play a major role in the music industry and should be properly recognized for 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 Require Congressional Approval for Federal Dam Removal

2018/04/25

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3144, to provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System. This bill prevents removal of federal dams without prior Congressional approval and keeps in place the operations plan for four dams in Washington State which have come under siege recently due to the issuance of a poorly-reasoned court order.
 
LaMalfa said: “Despite favorable opinions from federal agencies serving under the Obama Administration, an activist judge is still attempting to hamper operations of four important dams in the Pacific Northwest. While this is hardly surprising, it does risk setting a precedent that Dam operations can be influenced, or even ceased, at the whim of an overeager judicial system. We shouldn’t be placing unproven environmental science above the needs of local communities. This legislation provides some certainty for the operations of these particular dams, while also putting in place measures to protect federal dams from politically biased judges. Under this legislation, only Congress can decide to remove a federal dam, and that’s how it should be.”
 
Background information on H.R. 3144, courtesy of the Natural Resources Committee, can be found 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 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


LaMalfa Speaks in Support of the HONEST Act

2017-03-31 16:03:26


LaMalfa Speaks on VA Employment Standards

2017-03-17 17:43:23


LaMalfa Speaks on the Need to Repeal and Replace the ACA

2017-03-10 17:23:19


LaMalfa Shares Stories of Hardship Under the ACA

2017-03-10 17:01:21


Contact Information

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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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