Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

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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House Votes to Improve the VA’s Hiring and Firing Standards

2017/03/17

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act and H.R. 1367, To Improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and for other purposes. Together, the two bills increase the VA Secretary’s flexibility to remove, demote or suspend bad employees while improving their ability to recruit and retain high-quality health care providers.

LaMalfa said: “The vast majority of VA employees are hard-working and dedicated individuals, but sometimes a couple of bad apples can spoil the whole barrel. Currently, complex bureaucratic processes mean it can take up to a year to remove or discipline a VA employee for misconduct or subpar performance. As a result, the VA has recently had trouble firing one employee who participated in an armed robbery and another who participated in a veteran’s surgery while intoxicated. It is clear that VA leadership needs more authority to hold their employees accountable. Similarly, the agency must be able to replace bad employees with high-quality professionals. These bills provide much-needed reforms to the VA that allow them to more quickly address underperforming employees and more efficiently recruit and retain the best possible providers. This is commonsense legislation to improve the quality of care available and our veterans deserve nothing less.”

Just last year, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson testified at a hearing that it was too difficult to fire bad employees. H.R. 1259 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.
  • Recoup a bonus provided to an employee who engaged in misconduct prior to receiving the bonus.

A 2016 Best Places to Work survey ranked the VA second to last for large agencies overall, second to last in effective leadership and last in pay. H.R. 1367 corrects deficiencies within the agency’s overly bureaucratic hiring process by establishing staffing, recruitment and retention programs to enable the VA to recruit and retain the best in the field. Additionally, this bill would create a recruiting database to make potential employees aware of positions at the VA.

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 Protect 2nd Amendment Rights for Veterans

2017/03/16

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. Under current law, if a veteran or beneficiary is appointed a fiduciary from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), they are labeled as incompetent and automatically sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Once in the system, they are prohibited from legally purchasing or owning a firearm. This bill violates due process and grants the authority determine whether a beneficiary can be removed from the list in the hands of VA bureaucrats. H.R. 1181 prohibits the VA from automatically submitting names to the NICS without a magistrate or judicial authority ruling that the beneficiary is unfit to possess or purchase a firearm.

LaMalfa said: “Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our Constitutional rights. Limiting or taking away these rights without due process is simply unacceptable. Under current practice, law-abiding citizens can have their rights infringed upon just because they need help managing their finances. That is wrong. Basic Constitutional freedoms, including those protected under the Second Amendment, should apply to all Americans. This is a commonsense bill to ensure that veterans are not prohibited from buying a gun without due process – and I was happy to support 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 Urges President Trump to Help Facilitate Oroville Dam Spillway Repair

2017/03/14

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending a letter, along with many of his colleagues in the California congressional delegation, urging President Trump to take immediate action to facilitate the work required to repair the two Oroville Dam spillways that were damaged in the February 2017 storm events. The damage forced the mandatory evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents, and President Trump responded by declaring a Major Emergency and authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist local and state officials and provide aid to evacuees. The letter LaMalfa sent today requests that the President use his authority to streamline and waive review of the repairs under several federal environmental laws which would otherwise force significant delays in repair to the spillways.
 
LaMalfa said: “The President has our gratitude for his quick response in declaring the Oroville Dam situation a Major Emergency last month and directing federal resources to assist evacuees. We’re asking President Trump to once again act swiftly to speed the repair of Oroville Dam’s two damaged spillways by directing federal agencies to waive or accelerate restrictive environmental reviews which will otherwise cause major delays. Out of touch federal agencies have already attempted to twist environmental laws to demand, for example, that spillway shutdowns for recovery work be conducted only at night, which would cause drastic delays and endanger workers. Lake Oroville is a key piece of our state’s water supply and flood control infrastructure that we need operational as soon as possible, and California simply can’t afford to allow excessive regulation to delay repair of an existing structure.”
 
The text of the letter is as follows:
 
The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
 
President Trump,
 
We are writing to request that you take immediate action to facilitate work required to address an emergency situation impacting Oroville Dam, one of the most important components of California’s water supply infrastructure. As you are aware, as a result of unprecedented precipitation and runoff in the Feather River watershed, the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam was used on February 11, 2017, for the first time since the Dam's construction in 1968. An uncontrolled spill occurred directly onto the earthen hillside below the crest of the emergency spillway, resulting in significant erosion that threatened to undermine and collapse the spillway structure itself. Had this failure occurred, a 30-foot wall of water would have inundated the Feather River below the Dam, flooding communities downstream. Fearing this exact scenario, on February 12, 2017, emergency response officials ordered the mandatory evacuation of more than 180,000 people from low-lying areas along the Feather River in Butte, Yuba and Sutter Counties.  Your emergency declaration in response to this situation ensured that federal resources were available to aid in the evacuation and shelter those forced to flee their homes, and you have our sincere gratitude and appreciation for this swift response.
 
As of February 12, California suspended the application of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in order to expedite emergency response work and recovery at the Dam. Ensuring that the dam is operational and safe by next winter is essential to protecting residents and the state’s drinking water supply in the coming year.
 
Emergency work has been ongoing at the Dam and while the mandatory evacuation order was rescinded, residents are still under an evacuation warning. Families were able to return to their homes and businesses were reopened. However, the emergency is not over. The threat looms with every pending storm and the eventual runoff of record levels of snow in the watershed above the Dam. Those who were evacuated have been told to remain prepared for another evacuation.
 
Despite the ongoing emergency, on February 24, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), an agency within the Department of Commerce, sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a letter recommending emergency consultation under the Endangered Species Act, as well as numerous recommended restrictions on repair work already underway. Those restrictions would threaten and impede efforts to repair the Oroville Dam emergency spillway and related infrastructure. For example, NMFS urged that spillway closures to conduct inspections and repairs be conducted only at night, a proposal which would delay repairs immeasurably and place workers at risk, and recommended that debris removal work necessary to restore hydroelectric generation be done with an emphasis on fishery health, not alacrity.   
 
This letter is a striking display of how the Endangered Species Act and its implementation by unelected bureaucrats places listed species ahead of human life, property, businesses, schools, and churches, which remain at significant risk of catastrophic loss. Should NMFS be allowed to dictate the repair process, critical work needed to protect hundreds of thousands of people will be delayed significantly, perhaps for years, and experience major cost increases. Furthermore, such delays would negatively impact operations of the largest state-owned reservoir in California, which supplies 20 million people with drinking water.
 
It is our hope that you will continue your work to aid the region by exempting from the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for all repair work at the Dam, the spillways, and other facilities damaged during the February 2017 storm events, for the duration of this work. In this emergency situation, these exemptions are absolutely vital to prevent the recurrence of the disaster and to reduce the potential harm to the populations of those counties affected by the disaster. We thank you for your continued personal attention to this situation.
 
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 March Town Hall Meeting

2017/03/10

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after announcing a town hall meeting to take place in California’s 1st District in March.

LaMalfa said: “As in previous years, we are scheduling town hall meetings throughout the district this spring as we work our way through the legislative calendar. For the first of these events, I invite constituents from Nevada County and the surrounding regions to join me for an in-person town hall meeting in Grass Valley on March 18th. I plan to have a productive discussion that revolves around the start to the 115th Congress and our goals moving forward with the new Administration. I look forward to seeing you all there and hearing your ideas and concerns.”

Who: Congressman Doug LaMalfa
What: In-person Town Hall meeting
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 12:00pm PST
Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds, Main Street Center Building
11228 McCourtney Rd. Grass Valley, CA 95949
 
For questions, please contact Representative LaMalfa’s Auburn district office at (530)878-5035 or his Washington, D.C. office at (202)225-3076.
 

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 Strengthen United States Military

2017/03/08

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017 – allocating $583.7 billion in total discretionary funding for fiscal year 2017. The bill passed by a margin of 371-48.

LaMalfa said: “A strong national defense is absolutely critical to our continued success and safety as a nation. This bill provides the necessary funding to ensure our soldiers are properly trained for combat, properly equipped on the battlefield with superior technology, and properly taken care of when they return home. In recent years, we’ve watched as our military has been denied the support necessary to maintain its tactical edge. Today we voted to raise the pay of our military personnel and allocate funding to support a larger, more advanced reserve force. With tensions high across the globe, we must show the world that America’s military is ready and able to protect us from any who would wish to threaten our sovereignty.”

Key components of H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017 are as follows:

Ensures military readiness and provides essential equipment

  • Provides $215.3 billion for key readiness programs that prepare our troops for combat and peacetime missions.
  • Outfits our military force to conduct successful operations by providing $117.8 billion for equipment and upgrades.

Maintains our technological advantage

  • Keeps our military on the cutting edge of defense technology by providing $72.7 billion for research and development.

Supports military personnel

  • Maintains a strong, robust active and reserve force by providing $132.1 billion for military personnel.
  • Fully funds the authorized 2.1% pay raise for military personnel.
  • Provides funding for important health programs and research, including: $125 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health research, $312 million for cancer research and $296 million for sexual assault prevention and response.

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 Garamendi Introduce Legislation to Facilitate Funding of Sites Reservoir

2017/03/03

(Richvale, CA) Today, Northern California Representatives Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and John Garamendi (D-CA) announced the introduction of H.R. 1269, which will accelerate the federal review of Sites Reservoir and better position the project for funding under Proposition 1. The bill also authorizes the federal government to be involved in construction of the project should it be found feasible and is an innovative new way for the federal government to participate in a locally controlled project.

LaMalfa said: “The recent incident involving the Oroville Dam is testament to the fact that California needs better water infrastructure. Sites Reservoir will provide more storage per dollar invested than any other proposed project in the state. This will help to ensure that we have adequate storage to capture more water during the wet season and allow us to use that water effectively during times of future drought. Congressman Garamendi and I have long fought to secure funding for Sites Reservoir and I believe we are now closer than ever to seeing it happen.”

“Sites reservoir is one of the most useful, cost-effective water infrastructure projects California could build,” said Garamendi. “The recent feast-or-famine water years should remind us all of the importance of building safe, environmentally friendly long-term storage that can take advantage of wet years and help provide for our water needs during drier periods."

Sites Reservoir, which would be located in Colusa and Glenn counties, is an off stream reservoir project that will create 500,000 acre-feet of new water each year. This new water could:

  • Restore operational flexibility to the entire State’s water system.
  • Meet the co-equal goals identified in the 2009 Delta Reform Act.
  • Dedicate water for fishery and flow purposes.
  • Contribute flows for Delta water quality purposes.
  • Mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • Contribute to the State’s renewable energy goals.

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 New Veterans Clinic in Redding

2017/03/02

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Transportation and Infrastructure committee authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to lease a new facility in Redding, California. The new clinic will consolidate the operations of two existing clinics in the area while also providing 50% more total space. The expanded space allows for an additional 17 mental health providers, a mammography division, and a second x-ray unit at the facility.

Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on the House floor to applaud the approval of a new VA clinic in Redding, CA. [YouTube]

LaMalfa said: “My district is home to nearly 60,000 men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces and many more who are still serving today. Yet for too long, veterans have had trouble receiving VA medical care in the North State, instead being forced to travel to Sacramento or sometimes even farther. I’m pleased to announce that the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will authorize the VA to lease a new facility in Redding, California. This new lease will significantly increase the types of care available for our veterans in the North State, now it is time for the VA to ensure that the facility is properly staffed and these tax dollars are not wasted.”

Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on the new Redding VA clinic at the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Feb. 28, 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 and Garamendi Introduce the “American Food for American Schools” Act

2017/03/01

(Washington, DC) – Today, Northern California Representatives Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) and John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1241, the “American Food for American Schools” Act. The bill is designed to bring more accountability and transparency to the “Buy American” provisions of the National School Lunch Act. Under current law, school districts are required to use domestically-sourced products for school lunches wherever practical but may request a waiver from the Department of Agriculture if the cost of domestic sourcing is significantly higher. Unfortunately, these waiver requests do not always occur. This bipartisan legislation would legally require school nutrition providers to seek a waiver in order to use foreign commodities and products. Additionally, waiver requests must be made available to the public to ensure accountability and provide American farmers and food providers an opportunity to seek out school districts that need affordable American-grown food. 

LaMalfa said: “Northern California produces some of the highest quality food in the world, unfortunately, school districts too often look elsewhere to provide students with foreign food that is not held to the same standards of safety and quality. The Buy American provisions of the National School Lunch Act were created to ensure our children enjoy fresh, local produce instead of potentially less healthy alternatives from overseas. This bill increases transparency for schools who request a waiver to use foreign products in school lunches and helps to ensure our tax dollars are used to buy American produce and to support American agriculture. I appreciate the work of my colleague, Mr. Garamendi, on this issue and I hope we can continue to gather bi-partisan support for buying American products and improving child nutrition.”

Garamendi said: “One of the best ways to make sure our kids have local produce is to enforce the existing Buy American provisions of the National School Lunch Act. These provisions are designed to ensure taxpayer dollars support U.S. jobs and businesses, and they have the added benefit of increasing the amount of American-grown food our children enjoy through the school lunch program. We have seen too many instances of school districts, including some in my district, importing foreign food unnecessarily without the proper disclosure. Recently, we’ve even seen recalls of imported foods owing to disease outbreaks when that same produce could have been sourced locally right here in California, subject to the highest food safety standards in the world. That’s why I’ve written legislation that will increase transparency and strengthen enforcement of these important standards.”

Rich Hudgins, president and CEO of the California Canning Peach Association said: "When local school districts use taxpayer dollars to purchase and import food products that are readily available here, it is a real slap in the face to American farmers who are required to comply with a host of laws and regulations to ensure they are producing the safest supply of food in the world. Yet China is notorious for environmental, human rights and food safety violations so why are we using taxpayer dollars to buy their food products and risk the health and safety of our children?”

Rob Larew, Senior Vice-President of Public Policy and Communications for the National Farmers Union, said: “The school lunch laws were designed to ensure all school-age children have access to high quality, nutritious food products, like those grown and produced by U.S. farmers and ranchers. By improving transparency and enforcement of the Buy American provisions, through the American Food for American Schools Act, we can better support both American agriculture and child nutrition.”

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 the President’s Address to Congress

2017/03/01

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump addressed a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday night.

LaMalfa said: “Overall, the President’s message tonight was one of positivity and one that I believe will resonate with the American people. He outlined his ideas for the coming months, such as improving American infrastructure, strengthening our military, securing our southern border, improving education for our children and renewing the sense of the American spirit that once united us. I look forward to working with the President on these and other issues that are critical to Northern California. In particular, I am committed to improving our aging infrastructure – an issue only further highlighted by the recent Oroville Dam spillway incident, which the President reacted to in a swift and decisive manner. We must continue down the path of regulatory reform in order to undo some of the overreaching and burdensome regulations that harm our economy. The President has kept his word to foster job growth and create opportunity for those who feel like they have been left behind. Now, it is the responsibility of Congress to work together with each other and with the Administration to create an environment where our economy can truly flourish.”

Rep. LaMalfa responds to the President’s address to a Joint Session of Congress. [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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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3076
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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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