Doug LaMalfa

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

U.S. Chamber Presents Spirit of Enterprise Award and Hard Hat Award to Congressman LaMalfa

2017/08/14

(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement upon receiving the national Spirit of Enterprise Award and the national Hard Hat Award on behalf of the US Chamber of Commerce, as well as the local Redding, Anderson and City of Shasta Lake Chambers of Commerce. These awards honor members of Congress for their commitment to pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the second session of the 114th Congress.

LaMalfa said: “I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the local chambers here in the North State. As a small business owner myself, I understand the importance of promoting pro-growth economic policies that help create jobs. I’m proud to be recognized as a leader in this area, and I will continue to carry that momentum forward into the 115th Congress and beyond.”

Rep. LaMalfa Receives Spirit of Enterprise and Hard Hat Awards.
 

Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said: “Businesses of all shapes and sizes need sound, commonsense policy in place in order to get off the ground, grow, and succeed. The Spirit of Enterprise Award recognizes those members of Congress who have done what’s right for our friends, family, and neighbors running businesses across the country. We applaud these members for their commitment to free enterprise and economic growth.”

Jake Mangas, President and CEO of the Redding Chamber of Commerce said: “The Redding Chamber of Commerce is proud to present this ‘Spirit of Enterprise Award’ on behalf of the US Chamber. The business community faces constant pressures at all levels of government. This is a recognition that Congressman Doug LaMalfa understands that his decision-making on legislation related to business on the federal level eventually has an effect on the local level. His voting record over the past year was 100% in lock-step with a pro-business point of view.”

The Spirit of Enterprise Award and the Hard Hat Award are given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on a selection of bills that are deemed critical to the more than 3 million businesses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the Spirit of Enterprise Award, while members who scored 100% receive the Hard Hat Award. Congressman LaMalfa scored a perfect 100 percent in 2016.   

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 Grant Funding for Redding Municipal Airport

2017/08/03

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded $2,582,557.00 to rehabilitate the taxiway at Redding Municipal Airport.

LaMalfa said: “Redding Municipal Airport is a critical hub for commercial travel as well as general aviation in Northern California. This funding will help to increase safety on the taxiway and improve operations at the airport, which helps keep an important rural airport like this on the map for commercial service.”

Earlier this year, Congressman LaMalfa was named to the Aviation Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees all airports in the United States.

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 Rising Health Insurance Premiums in Northern California

2017/08/03

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after Covered California announced that Californians will experience an average health insurance premium increase of 12.5%. Northern California is hit the hardest of all, with an average premium increase of 33.2% for 2018.

LaMalfa said: “After a 13% rise in premiums in 2017, you would forgive Californians for expecting a decrease this year. Unfortunately, that is not the case – as North State residents will experience an average rate increase of 33.2% in 2018. This is exactly why the ACA must be repealed and replaced with something that middle income families can afford. Premiums continue to rise at an increasingly alarming rate, and the only solution offered by Covered California is to switch to a worse plan. This doesn’t cut it – not for California and not for America – and we must continue the fight to repeal this disastrous law and replace it with something that works.”

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 Chico Town Hall Meeting

2017/07/31

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after announcing a town hall meeting to take place in Chico, California in August.
 
LaMalfa said: “I invite residents of Chico, Butte County, and surrounding areas in the 1st District to join me for an in-person town hall meeting on Monday, August 7th. Come on out to Manzanita Place to let your voices be heard and to share with me your thoughts and ideas as we continue to move through the 115th Congress.”
 
Who: Congressman Doug LaMalfa
What: In-person Town Hall meeting
When: Monday, August 7, from 8:00AM – 9:00AM PST
Where: Manzanita Place
1705 Manzanita Ave, Chico, CA 95926
 
For questions, please contact Representative LaMalfa’s Oroville district office at (530)534-7100 or his Washington, D.C. office at (202)225-3076.
 
*Note: No large signs, banners, signs with sticks, or weapons of any kind will be allowed in the venue.
 
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 Urge Proposition 1 Funding for Sites Reservoir

2017/07/31

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) issued the following statement after sending a bipartisan letter to the California Water Commission supporting Proposition 1 funding for Sites Reservoir.
 
LaMalfa said: “North and South, rural and urban, Republican and Democrat, California’s leaders agree on one thing: our state needs to invest in Sites Reservoir to meet the water supply challenges of today and the future. Sites provides more water per dollar invested than any other proposed project in the state, enough to supply millions of Californians for an entire year, while also creating environmental benefits and allowing smart recapture and reuse of water released from other reservoirs. Investing in Sites will fulfill the will of the 67% of Californians who supported Proposition 1 funding for water storage infrastructure, and I hope the California Water Commission recognizes the project’s diverse benefits.”
 
Garamendi said: “Sites Reservoir is one of the most useful, cost-effective water infrastructure projects California could build. It is an ideal project that can provide water for agriculture, urban uses, and the environment. The support for the Sites Project from a majority of the California Congressional delegation speaks to the statewide benefits of the project.”
 
The Sites Reservoir project is a proposed 1.8 million acre-foot off-stream reservoir located in Glenn and Colusa Counties which will use existing infrastructure to divert high winter flows from the Sacramento River. As an off-stream reservoir, Sites does not dam a major stream or river and instead creates new environmental benefits, while relieving pressure on Lake Shasta, Folsom Lake, and other Northern California reservoirs. The project will dramatically increase the flexibility of California’s water supply infrastructure, which was built for 20 million people but now serves a population of nearly 40 million.
 
Supported by 28 water agencies serving over 20 million Californians and irrigating millions of acres of agriculture, the Sites Reservoir project has been endorsed by the Northern California Water Association, the California Alliance for Jobs, the California Farm Bureau, the California Rice Commission, the California State Building Trades Council, Ducks Unlimited, Colusa County, Glenn County, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (including the Counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba, as well as 22 cities), the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Redding Record-Searchlight, the Sacramento Bee, and various other organizations.
 
Full text of the letter is below:
 
Armando Quintero
Chair, California Water Commission
P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, California 94236-0001
 
 
Dear Chairman Quintero,
 
We write today to convey our support for the Sites Reservoir Project’s application for funding from the Proposition 1 Water Storage and Investment Program. The Sites project has the potential to provide multiple benefits to California’s farms, cities and to the environment.
 
As you know, the Sites Project is a 1.8 million acre-foot, off-stream regulating reservoir that would divert and store excess Sacramento River flows. The diversion levels would be dependent upon hydrologic conditions and would be structured to ensure that water taken out of the Sacramento River is truly in excess of downstream needs.
 
The operational flexibility that the Sites project would provide to the State’s entire water system is what makes this project so unique and worthy of funding. A few of the reservoir’s many uses include, but are not limited to, a reliable water supply for California cities and agriculture, dedicated water for fishery and environmental flow purposes, increased habitat for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway, and improved flexibility  and drought resiliency for the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project.
 
Opportunities to apply lessons learned during the last five years of drought must not be wasted. The drought, and this year’s record breaking rainfall, have shown us how critical it is to develop smart storage that allows us to store more water in wet years for future use in dry ones. Sites Reservoir is that smart storage.
 
Thank you for the work that you and the Water Commission are doing to increase water supply reliability across California. We look forward to your announcement of funding awards.
 
 
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 Respond to Audit of Buy American Provision Compliance in California Schools

2017/07/28

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), co-authors of H.R.1241, the American Food for American Schools Act, responded today to the findings of an audit investigating how well California schools are complying with “Buy American” provisions for school food. The audit found that the state does little to ensure that schools follow the federal rules designed to ensure that schools purchase domestic food for lunches and other school food programs.

LaMalfa said: “American schools should have American food whenever possible. The current Buy American provisions do not actually enforce this policy on schools – a fact that is only further highlighted by the results of this audit. In a state like California, which produces such a large portion of American agriculture, there is little to justify schools choosing to source lower quality foreign alternatives. The legislation that Mr. Garamendi and I have co-authored will help ensure children are provided with more nutritious food that is produced right here at home in the U.S.”

Garamendi said: “The results of this audit highlight the glaring need for stronger legislation to enforce the Buy American provisions of the school lunch program. Right now, the Buy American provisions for school food programs are ill-defined guidelines that don’t have the force of law. As a consequence, they are rarely followed and violations are not enforced. Congressman LaMalfa and I have authored the American Food for American Schools Act to address these deficiencies, and we urge Congress to take up this legislation.”

“American schools should be supporting local agriculture by providing children with safe, healthy American-grown food, rather than circumventing rules to buy lower-quality food from places like China.”

A recent audit requested by state lawmakers showed that six school districts had purchased foreign food but failed to adequately justify it. The audit found that the California Department of Education failed to monitor compliance of the Buy American provision until the 2016-2017 school year. All six of the school districts reviewed – Elk Grove, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Stockton – bought food from foreign sources without adequately maintaining documents to justify the purchase. Under the Buy American provision, schools are allowed to buy foreign food only if there is no domestic producer or if the U.S. products are significantly more expensive.

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 Authorizes Funding for Veterans Choice Program

2017/07/28

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed S. 114, a bill to authorize appropriations for the Veterans Choice Program. The House also passed eleven other pieces of legislation that will expand services and improve care for U.S. veterans. 

LaMalfa said: “We’ve known for years that the VA is in dire need of reform – now, together with VA Secretary David Shulkin, Congress is working to make these reforms a reality. In April, the House voted to permanently extend authorization for the Veterans Choice program, giving our veterans greater choice when it comes to health care. President Trump soon signed that legislation into law. This legislation provides funding to keep the program running for another six months while Congress works on a solution to keep the program funded long-term. Congress has made our intent clear, and we will continue to put bills on the President’s desk that will ensure veterans don’t have to wait to be seen by a doctor.”

Established under the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, the Veterans Choice Program appropriates funds for veterans to seek health care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as an alternative to VA care. In April, the House voted to eliminate the sunset date for the Veterans Choice program. In June, VA Secretary David Shulkin notified Congress that, due to increased demand, the VA expects the funding for the Choice Program to be depleted by August. S. 114 provides $2 billion to continue the Choice Program for 6 months while Congress works on other reforms.

Additionally, the House also passed the following veterans bills:

  • H.R. 3218: Removes GI Bill time to claim benefits, consolidates the GI Bill program into one program, and restores eligibility to vets whose school closes in the middle of the semester.
  • H.R. 282: Allows a spouse to elect to use the same residence as the service member they are married to.
  • H.R. 1058: Makes changes at the VA to ensure podiatrists are on par with other doctors in the VA system.
  • H.R. 1690: Within 120 days of the end of each Fiscal Year, the VA must transmit all bonuses paid out to Senior Executives to HVAC and SVAC.
  • H.R. 2006: Creates a uniform system for reporting the cost savings from competition within the VA’s procurement system.
  • H.R. 2772: Requires the Secretary to approve the reassignment of all Senior Executive service (SES), and submit a semiannual report detailing cost of each employee movement; and requires the VA to inform Congress where the SESs are being moved.
  • H.R. 2781: Directs the VA to work with the GSA to increase the number of Service-Disabled Veteran and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses represented on contracts, or stop using GSA contracts for purchases.
  • H.R. 2749: Cracks down on fraudulent vet-owned small business contractors.
  • H.R. 3262: Creates Grow Our Own Directive (GOOD) pilot program to give education assistance to former service members with experience in the medical or military health fields to be trained as VA physician assistants (PAs).
  • H.R. 95: Makes permanent a pilot program to offer child care at VA medical facilities for service members that are the primary care takers of children, and are receiving mental health services or some other intensive health care services.
  • H.R. 1848: Hires 40 medical scribes (20 hired, 20 additional contracted) to be placed in 10 VA hospitals (4 rural, 4 urban, 2 identified as in need of medical efficiency improvements).

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 Bill to Continue and Expand Teaching Health Center Program

2017/07/27

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after joining Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) as an original cosponsor of the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017, which will reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program for three years.

In March of 2015, Rep. LaMalfa successfully led an effort to reauthorize funding for the Teaching Health Center Program, which supports the training of primary care physicians and dentists in our rural and underserved areas. California has multiple Teaching Health Center programs, including the Shasta Community Health Center in Redding, CA. A signed copy of the letter is attached.

LaMalfa said: “Strengthening our physician workforce has been a priority of mine since coming to Congress. In the North State, we have a severe shortage of physicians, resulting in less access to vital healthcare services and fewer options available to families and individuals, regardless of their health care coverage. The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program is a powerful tool in creating a physician and dentist pipeline helping rural and underserved areas train and retain more qualified health professionals. I am very proud to work with my colleagues on H.R. 3394, the Next generation of Primary Care Doctor’s Act, which provides an important solution to the growing primary care shortages in Northern California and across our country.

Dean Germano, the CEO of Shasta Community Health Center’s Family Practice Teaching Health Center that trains Family Physicians noted, “Research shows that nearly 70% of physicians locate within 100 miles of where they train in Residency. By creating and funding these Residency Training programs in Primary Care, we increase the odds of them staying there over the long term.”

Doreen Bradshaw, the Executive Director of the Health Alliance of Northern California, said: “We recently conducted a survey of our local physicians in Shasta County and discovered that a distressing number of them are nearing retirement over the next five years. The Teaching Health Center program must be one of the pillars that we lean on in the years ahead to ensure that rural and underserved communities such as ours are able to maintain, if not improve access to quality primary care.”

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 National Security Appropriations Package

2017/07/27

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which is a package of four appropriations bills that provide funding for the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Legislative Branch. The package also includes funding to secure the U.S. southern border.

LaMalfa said: “This appropriations package prioritizes three things – rebuilding our military, caring for our veterans, and strengthening our national security. I am confident that this spending package will help to protect Americans – that includes securing vulnerable areas of our southern border that currently allow anyone to come and go as they please. Our troops will receive their largest pay raise in eight years and the VA will receive its highest ever level of funding to support the needs of our veterans. As a bonus for Northern California, the EPA will now be authorized to withdraw the overreaching Waters of the United States rule that has affected so many farmers in rural areas. This legislation is a huge step forward for our national security, our economy, and America’s capabilities around the globe.”

H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act:

Department of Defense – $658.1 billion

  • Fully funds 2.4% pay raise for troops – the largest in eight years.
  • $68.1 billion base funding for DOD.
  • $73.9 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations to maintain U.S. military superiority.
  • $241 billion for readiness programs (training, equipment, facility maintenance, and base operations).
  • $84.3 billion for research and development.
  • $149.9 billion for equipment and weapons procurement.
  • Raises troop levels, modernizes equipment, and targets resources for the development of new military capabilities.

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs – $88.8 billion

  • $78.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs – the VA’s highest ever level of funding.
  • $10.2 billion for construction of critical military infrastructure.
  • Supports medical care for 7 million VA patients.
  • $8.4 billion for VA mental health care services.
  • $7.3 billion for homeless veterans support and job training.
  • $50 million for opioid abuse prevention.
  • Prohibits the closure of Guantanamo Naval Station.

Energy and Water Development – $37.6 billion

  • Strengthens national security by increasing funding to $13.9 billion for DOE’s nuclear weapons program.
  • $6.16 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers to improve public safety and create jobs – including $2.8 billion for navigation projects and $1.8 billion for flood and storm reduction activities.
  • Invests in DOE programs to move the U.S. towards energy independence.
  • Authorizes the EPA to withdraw the burdensome Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

Homeland Security – $1.6 billion

  • Provides $1.6 billion to secure the southern border.

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 Impose New Sanctions on Iran, Russia, and North Korea

2017/07/25

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which imposes new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The bill also gives Congress the authority to review any change in sanctions involving Russia.

LaMalfa said: “America has no shortage of dangerous adversaries around the world. Iran is a state-sponsor of terrorism that continues to be a direct threat to our strong ally Israel, as well as American interests. Russia continues to undermine the sovereignty of both its neighbors and the U.S., while North Korea has further escalated attempts to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of threatening the U.S. and our allies. Each of these countries pose a serious threat to American interests, and these new sanctions will hold them accountable for their actions. Ultimately, Congress should have the final say when it comes to placing or removing sanctions on any foreign country, and this bipartisan legislation begins to establish that. Had this policy been in place during the last administration, Congress could have stopped the horrible Iran deal that gave billions to Iran and allowed them to develop nuclear weapons – while putting them on the fast track towards obtaining intercontinental ballistic missiles. I hope the Senate and the President act quickly to move this important legislation forward and send a strong message to our adversaries.”

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

Doug LaMalfa is a fourth generation rice farmer and business owner who has lived in Northern California all his life. He and his wife, Jill, along with their four children make their home on the family farm in Richvale. Doug attended local schools and grew up learning the value of hard work and community service.

Doug earned his degree in Ag/Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He now manages the family farming business originally founded by his great-grandfather in 1931.

Doug is a strong voice for the North State’s agriculture and resources based economy and for the first district’s farms and businesses.

A conservative leader, Doug LaMalfa has opposed increasing taxes and is a stalwart defender of California’s Proposition 13. With a proven record of fighting on behalf of working families, Doug believes that taxpayers know better than bureaucrats and politicians how to spend and invest their own hard-earned money.

Doug is a strong supporter of private property rights and the author of a Constitutional Amendment to protect Californians against eminent domain abuse.

Water is the North State’s most precious natural resource and Doug LaMalfa believes in protecting our water rights and developing more water storage. He has continually advocated for increasing California’s water supply, supporting planned projects such as Sites Reservoir and the Auburn Dam. Doug has been a leader in opposing burdensome environmental regulations that place fairy shrimp and fish ahead of human needs.

Agriculture and Forestry have been the backbone of northern California’s economy for generations and Doug LaMalfa has made it a priority to educate his fellow Representatives on the importance of resource industries and the beneficial stewardship they provide. Doug successfully authored and passed California’s Forest Fire Protection Act of 2004 to allow landowners to make their rural lands fire-safe.

Doug LaMalfa’s firm beliefs are that government should do no harm and that limited government means government should do only what people cannot do for themselves, in the most efficient manner possible.


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