Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

Reps. LaMalfa and Trahan Lead Bipartisan Call for Additional Funding for Teaching Health Centers

2019/09/13

(Washington, DC) – Representatives Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Lori Trahan (D-MA) issued the following statement after leading a bipartisan call to increase funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program. In a letter sent to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone and Ranking Member Greg Walden, Representatives Trahan and LaMalfa urged them to increase the amount of funding available to it, which is critically needed to stabilize the program.
 
LaMalfa said: “Teaching Health Centers are an invaluable tool to help fill the void of primary care physicians in rural areas like Northern California. Not only do they fill an immediate need for medical care, but this program also helps rural areas develop our own physicians that can be a presence in our communities for the long haul. Teaching Health Centers, like Shasta Community Health Center in Redding, provide much-needed stability in communities in California and across America – and we need to provide them with the funding stability they need in order to continue serving our area’s short-term and long-term medical needs.”
 
Trahan said: “Every day across the United States, vulnerable populations gain access to life-saving medical care through teaching health centers in their communities. Not only are they providing for the immediate needs of those requiring assistance, but these institutions are playing an invaluable role in developing the next generation of primary care physicians for our underserved regions, setting the stage for long-term improvements in public health. I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact these facilities can have through the work of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, and I am proud to fight for the resources that I know these centers need to build on that success.”
 
There are 56 teaching health centers funded by the THCGME program that train more than 700 medical residents to become primary care physicians in underserved rural and urban communities across the country. As part of their residency training, these students help to provide health care services to an estimated one million patients annually.
 
“The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, over the past 9 years, has demonstrated consistently that training doctors in community-based settings results in a dramatic increase in the number of doctors continuing to practice primary care after residency, especially in rural and urban underserved areas which.  We are extremely thankful for Congresswoman Trahan and Congressman’s LaMalfa leadership and urge consideration of increasing funding for new programs and immediate reauthorization, as the program is set to expire on September 30, 2019.  These programs, such as Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and Shasta Community Health Center, are imperative to addressing our Nation’s current and increasing shortage of primary care physicians,” said Cristine Serrano, Executive Director, American Association of Teaching Health Centers.
 
“The THCGME program has become one of the most innovative and successful programs that focuses on training primary care physicians in rural and inner-urban medically underserved areas. With the projected shortage of primary care physicians in the tens of thousands in the United States, we need more targeted residency training programs like those funded by the THCGME program. For communities like Redding and the rural areas of Shasta County, California, only by ‘growing our own’ do we have the prospect of meeting the medical needs of our communities and this only happens with stable, sufficient, and longer-term funding that we are hopeful that Congress and the Administration will support.” said Dean Germano, CEO of Shasta Community Health Center in Redding, CA.
 
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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A signed copy of the letter can be found HERE and, the text can be found below:
 
 
The Honorable Frank Pallone                                    
Chairman                                                                   
Committee on Energy and Commerce                     
U.S. House of Representatives                     
Washington, DC  20515        
           
The Honorable Greg Walden
Ranking Member
Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives         
Washington, DC  20515
 
Dear Chairman Pallone and Ranking Member Walden:
 
As Members of Congress who support the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, we are grateful for the inclusion of a four-year reauthorization of this program in H.R. 2328.  A four-year extension will be invaluable given the minimum three-year length of most THC residencies.  We also appreciate that the bill reported out of Committee preserved the current $126.5 million funding level.  H.R. 2328 will provide much-needed stability to the 56 THCs around the country and to the 737 medical residents currently training to become primary care physicians, thereby providing health care services to an estimated one million patients annually in underserved rural and urban communities.
 
            Many communities would benefit substantially from having a THC to respond to the crisis of physician shortages.  We respectfully request that if resources become available, the reauthorization of THCGME will include additional funding that will allow for greater expansion of the program into rural and urban underserved communities.  Residents who train in THCs are more likely to remain in underserved areas after completing their residencies, which in turn, helps to increase access to health care in communities that do not have an adequate number of providers.  In short, this is a program that works and would be very meaningful to many more communities around the nation.
 
As you continue to work on this legislation in preparation for consideration by the full House and in your subsequent negotiations with the Senate, we would be grateful if you could continue to contemplate providing additional funds should they become available. These funds would permit existing THCs to recruit for all authorized residency slots and facilitate a modest increase in the per resident allocation that THCs will receive from the Department of Health and Human Services over the next four years.
 
We appreciate your consideration of this request.
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LaMalfa Statement on Final WOTUS Repeal

2019/09/12

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repealed the Obama Administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and will replace it with a new rule by the end of the year that provides more certainty for landowners and farmers across the nation.
 
LaMalfa said: “WOTUS was one of the most harmful and overreaching rules implemented by the Obama Administration, and its repeal is welcome news for farmers, ranchers, foresters, and landowners across the country. This rule meant treating a puddle on private property the same as it treats the Mississippi River. With this rule repealed, States, landowners, and businesses will have far more certainty when it comes to managing their land, water, and even planting a crop under the Clean Water Act. I thank the Trump Administration for following through with the repeal of this dangerous rule, and I look forward to the implementation of a new one that actually works.”
 
Congressman LaMalfa has fought the WOTUS rule since its inception, sponsoring legislation to defund it while working with the Agriculture Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to roll back the regulation.
 
Shortly after taking office, President Trump quickly took action by issuing an Executive Order requiring the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to begin dismantling the Obama era WOTUS rule.
 
In 2017, Congressman LaMalfa rallied the Chairmen of the Agriculture and Judiciary Committees to urge the Administration to review the case of California farmer John Duarte, who, thanks to the WOTUS rule, is facing $2.8 million in penalties simply for plowing his fields.
 
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: DOT Awards $10 Million Grant to Repair Interstate 5

2019/09/06

(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration awarded $10,221,800 to the California Department of Transportation for repairs of Interstate 5, which was damaged as a result of the Delta Fire in Shasta County.
 
In September 2018, the Delta fire began burning in Shasta County and consumed more than 65,000 acres – destroying 20 structures, causing evacuations, threatening critical infrastructure, and damaged roadways and major freeways, including Interstate 5.
 
LaMalfa said: “The Delta Fire caused severe damage to infrastructure in Shasta County last year, most notably when it crossed Interstate 5 and forced the highway to temporarily close. This fire played a role in making 2018 an especially devastating year for wildfires in Northern California, and every ounce of federal support is welcomed. I thank DOT Secretary Elaine Chao and the Administration for their attention to California’s recovery needs and for making the investment in revitalizing critical infrastructure like I-5.”
 
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 Pushes for Responsible Forest Management at Lake Tahoe Forestry Tour

2019/08/16

(Lake Tahoe, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after joining the Congressional Western Caucus, the U.S. Forest Service, and California Farm Bureau Second Vice President Shaun Crook to tour forests in Lake Tahoe, CA and advocate for responsible forest management policies.
 
LaMalfa said: “The project site that we toured with the Western Caucus is the type of result we desire for our forests – to be responsibly thinned – and it’s the direct result of provisions we worked hard to include in the WIIN Act at the end of the 114th Congress. Now, we’d like to see some of these proven policies applied on a broader scale to help make our forests more resilient to fires and more sustainable during droughts. A managed forest gives our firefighters a fighting chance at slowing wildfires before they get even worse. I’ve been working with Senator Daines and Senator Feinstein to craft legislation that allows us to do the work to improve the health and fire safety by putting people back to work in the forests of the West. I thank my colleagues in the Western Caucus and our friends at the California Farm Bureau for joining us on this trip and helping to spread the important message of responsible forest management in reducing fire risk.”
 
The project was implemented under S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in December of 2016.
 
Rep. LaMalfa is joined by CA Farm Bureau Second Vice President Shaun Crook to tour forest management project in Lake Tahoe with the Congressional Western Caucus. [YouTube]
 
Congressman LaMalfa’s bill, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act (H.R. 1873), was signed into law last year. The bipartisan legislation provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous trees or other vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to electricity infrastructure – such as power lines – on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service lands, reducing the risk of forest fires and electrical grid blackouts.
 
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 Welcomes Newest American Citizens at Gridley Naturalization Ceremony

2019/08/06

(Gridley, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after serving as the keynote speaker at a U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) Naturalization Ceremony in Gridley, CA. LaMalfa welcomed 15 individuals in the North State who have fulfilled legal requirements and officially became legal citizens of the United States. The new citizens are from India, Mexico, and Afghanistan.
 
LaMalfa said: “Today, we’re celebrating those who’ve done it the right way and become legal citizens of the United States. I was very happy to welcome fifteen new applicants, hailing from India, Mexico, and Afghanistan as new Americans. They've worked hard, followed the legal process for citizenship, and now they’ve been rewarded with American citizenship. They have each traveled their own uniquely different paths, but each is a testament that our immigration system can work when our laws are followed and respected. Congratulations to the newest members of our Northern California community who are fulfilling the great promise of being a United States citizen.
 
Rep. Doug LaMalfa with some of Northern California’s newest American citizens in Gridley, CA.
 
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 Responds to Deal to Raise Spending Caps

2019/07/25

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act.
 
LaMalfa said: “While there are important portions I agree with in this bill, like eliminating the threat of a shutdown or default and an agreement to prevent the inclusion of partisan ‘poison pills’ into future appropriations bills, the amount of funding allowed under this deal is simply more than the United States can afford. America has a spending problem and it needs to be reined in so that our children aren’t the ones paying the price.”
 
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 Says Special Counsel’s Testimony was Political Theater

2019/07/24

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee today regarding his report on Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential election.
 
LaMalfa said: “Today’s hearings only hammered home the simple fact we already knew – the Special Counsel did not find collusion between the President and the Russian government. This was nothing more than the ‘books on tape’ version of the Special Counsel’s written report delivered to Congress months ago and a colossal waste of time. If anything, today’s testimonies only raise more questions on why this entire investigation was even opened in the first place and why exculpatory evidence wasn’t included in the report. After wasting 22 months, $25 million taxpayer dollars, and countless other resources, Americans deserve to know the truth about how this whole episode was fabricated and who is responsible. We need answers on the Steele dossier, the abuse of our intelligence services, and the involvement of the DNC. If Democrats put half as much effort into improving our country as they put into baseless attempts to impeach the President, we might just be able to get something done around 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: House Must Be Stronger in Battling Anti-Semitism

2019/07/23

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H. Res. 246, a resolution opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel.
 
LaMalfa said: “The recent rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric in America must be strongly condemned. I’m a co-sponsor of this resolution to express our opposition to the BDS movement against Israel, however, the House should also be voting on legislation that takes legitimate steps to combat these efforts to undermine one of our strongest allies, such as the bipartisan legislation already passed by the Senate 77-23. Democrat leadership refuses to let that happen for fear of fractures within their own party. Just last week, one of their members introduced legislation that actually supports this hate-fueled BDS movement – even drawing disgraceful comparisons between boycotting Israel now and boycotting Nazi Germany in the 1940s. The people’s House must do more than send a message – we must take firm action to support our ally Israel and oppose anti-Semitism in America.”
 
On February 5, 2019, the Senate passed S.1 (H.R. 336), the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act. This bill takes legitimate steps to combat and eradicate the anti-Semitic BDS movement by authorizing state or local governments to adopt measures to divest its assets from entities using boycotts, divestments, or sanctions to influence Israel's 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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LaMalfa Opposes Job-Killing Wage Bill

2019/07/18

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act. This bill would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15.00 an hour. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates this policy would destroy up to 3.7 million jobs and lead to an estimated $9 billion net reduction in family income.
 
LaMalfa said: “Increasing the minimum wage by 107% to $15 an hour would be very harmful for many hard-working families in America, to many jobs or in costs of what they buy. It would force many small businesses to close their doors, some of which I’ve seen in our own district due to California’s wages, while causing larger businesses to scale back employees’ hours or eliminate many steady-paying jobs altogether. Self-checkout registers in stores and kiosks at McDonalds would become far more common across the country – this at the expense of young people looking for their very first entry level jobs or the retired looking to stay busy with a little part time work. The increased costs would be passed on in the form of higher prices that would come out of the budget of already struggling families. It just shows the authors don’t understand economics or human behavior. Fewer jobs and higher prices – that doesn’t help working families. This bill would be harmful to those it claims to help.”
 
Rep. LaMalfa slams proposal to raise minimum wage to $15 on the House floor. [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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House Democrats Play Politics with Defense Bill

2019/07/12

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020. Historically a bipartisan bill to fund our defense and armed forces, House Democrats have added countless partisan provisions that slash military funding and jeopardize our national security.
 
LaMalfa said: “While the NDAA is a traditionally bipartisan bill, House Democrats have done what they’ve become accustomed to doing since they’ve been in charge – insert partisan politics into what would normally be good legislation. Instead of negotiating to pass a bipartisan bill, as the Senate did when passing their version 86-8, House Democrats have forced through a messaging bill that has no chance of becoming law. This version severely underfunds our military at a time when our biggest geopolitical rivals are doing the exact opposite. Moscow and Beijing continue to aggressively increase their posture on the international stage, and this legislation damages the United States’ ability to deter our adversaries and protect our borders. Our military personnel will be hit with $1.2 billion in funding cuts and asked to do more with even fewer resources than before. Speaker Pelosi should allow for a vote on the stronger Senate bill and provide our military personnel with adequate funding to protect our nation’s sovereignty.”
 
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 Talks Walker Fire, Urges Increased Forest Management Policies

2019-09-11 14:57:38


Rep. LaMalfa is Joined by CA Farm Bureau to Tour Forest Management Project in Lake Tahoe

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Rep. LaMalfa: Minimum Wage Bill is Democrats' Latest Out of Touch Proposal

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Rep. LaMalfa Slams Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage to $15

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Rep. LaMalfa Independence Day Tribute

2019-07-04 15:00:08


Rep. LaMalfa Urges Support for his bill to repeal the Federal Excise Tax on Heavy Trucks

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Rep. LaMalfa Urges Passage of the Honoring Veterans Families Act

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Rep. LaMalfa Honors Major John Cleckner, Sr. on the House Floor

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2019-05-16 20:15:57


Rep. LaMalfa Recognizes the Heroes of the San Diego Synagogue Attack

2019-05-02 20:05:03


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on the House Floor to Recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day

2019-05-02 18:37:36


Rep. LaMalfa Underscores the dangerous Consequences of H.R. 9 and the Paris Agreement

2019-05-01 21:31:27


LaMalfa: Senate Must Pass Disaster Relief Package

2019-04-11 17:53:02


LaMalfa Signs Discharge Petition to Consider Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

2019-04-02 21:24:18


Rep. LaMalfa: Paycheck Fairness Act Should be Called "Leave No Lawyer Behind Act"

2019-03-27 18:17:14


Rep. LaMalfa Speaks on Mueller Report on the House Floor

2019-03-26 22:02:39


Rep. LaMalfa Pays Tribute to Redding Brothers Killed in Ethiopia Airlines Crash

2019-03-13 02:06:07


Rep. LaMalfa Introduces the High Speed Refund Act

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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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