WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced today that he is inviting all high school students in the 23rd Congressional District to compete in the 2019 Annual “An Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition for high school students.
High school students from Kern, Tulare, and Los Angeles counties who reside in the 23rd Congressional District can submit artwork on a wide variety of subjects and mediums. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 15, 2019. Entries will be accepted at McCarthy’s Bakersfield office. The winning entry from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s 23rd Congressional District will be displayed in a corridor leading to the United States Capitol for one year.
The artwork must be an original concept, two dimensional and no larger than 26” x 26” (the measurement should allow for framing) and 4” in depth. Paintings (oil, watercolor, acrylic, etc.), computer generated art, photography, drawings, collages and prints (lithographs, silk screens, monotypes, woodcuts and intaglio methods) are acceptable.
The winner of the overall competition will receive three round-trip airline tickets to travel to the exhibit opening in Washington, D.C. in June.
Additional awards will be given to those who place first, second and third in the following three categories: photography, computer generated art, and artwork of all other mediums.
All artwork will be exhibited to the public at an awards reception on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Metro Galleries located at 910 18th Street in Bakersfield.
For further information, please contact Congressman McCarthy’s Bakersfield office at (661) 327-3611 or any high school art department in the 23rd Congressional District.
Throughout American history, courageous men and women have answered the call to serve. Our veterans have sacrificed to protect our freedoms and principles. Risking one’s well-being for the good of the country is the ultimate act of patriotism, and I believe that America should hear their stories.
That is why I am conducting interviews to be submitted to the Library of Congress through the Veterans History Project (VHP). In order to make sure our veterans' stories are preserved for future generations, my office will interview, videotape, and collect any memorabilia from our community’s veterans who would like to make a submission to the VHP. The VHP collects veterans’ personal accounts and makes the accounts accessible to the public so that others may hear the heroic stories firsthand.
For your reference, attached is a video from Augustine Flores, a local veteran who participated in the VHP. If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact my Bakersfield office at (661) 327-3611 to schedule an appointment. To find additional information on the VHP, please visit the Library of Congress’s website at http://www.loc.gov/vets/vets-home.html.
I held a Valley Fever Roundtable with Members of Congress, leading researchers, patient advocates, doctors, and scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
It was an excellent opportunity to bring together the brightest minds from around the country for an update on efforts to combat Valley Fever. This meeting also served as a chance to address the progress that has occurred and must continue in order to fight this disease. Together we can continue building upon our successes while working to find new ways to stop this disease
This week I also introduced the Repurposing Assets to Increase Long-term Water Availability and Yield (RAILWAY) Act, a bill that would repurpose recovered Federal funding from the California High-Speed Rail project to critical water infrastructure projects in California and the West.
The RAILWAY Act would end the Federal government’s involvement in this failed endeavor by repurposing up to $3.5 billion in recovered Federal funding for the California High-Speed Speed Rail project to water storage infrastructure projects as outlined in the bipartisan WIIN Act.
California has experienced over five years of drought, and people across the state have felt the consequences with entire communities on the brink of disaster due to lack of water. The RAILWAY Act would address this crisis head-on by providing significant funding for what California really needs – infrastructure projects that help our state capture and store water during wet years for use in dry ones.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy introduced legislation today that would repurpose recovered Federal funding from the California High-Speed Rail project to critical water infrastructure projects in California and the West. McCarthy released the following statement on this legislation, H.R. 1600, the Repurposing Assets to Increase Long-term Water Availability and Yield (RAILWAY) Act:
"The California High-Speed Rail project is a boondoggle that California and American taxpayers must move on from. Since its inception, the project’s costs have ballooned while oversight and accountability within the California High-Speed Rail Authority has been nonexistent. Last month, Governor Newsom in his State of the State rightfully recognized these shortcomings and announced an end to the project as it was put to the voters.
“The RAILWAY Act would end the Federal government’s involvement in this failed endeavor by repurposing up to $3.5 billion in recovered Federal funding for the California High-Speed Speed Rail project to water storage infrastructure projects as outlined in the bipartisan WIIN Act. Under the WIIN Act, five storage projects in California are advancing, and when completed, could provide 5 million acre-feet of additional water storage in our state. This is a far better use of taxpayer money that can address more important needs in our state.
“California has experienced over five years of drought, and people across the state have felt the consequences with entire communities on the brink of disaster due to lack of water. The RAILWAY Act would address this crisis head-on by providing significant funding for what California really needs – infrastructure projects that help our state capture and store water during wet years for use in dry ones. The RAILWAY Act builds on the success of the WIIN Act by continuing to increase California’s drought resiliency and helping ensure our communities, families, and farmers have access to life-sustaining water.”
Every Republican Member of the California Congressional Delegation joined McCarthy as cosponsors of the RAILWAY Act. Below are their quotes:
“California farmers and families need a reliable water supply, not an extravagant high-speed rail line. This bill will redirect crucial funds and resources where they’re most needed—particularly in water infrastructure projects—to help ease the burden on Central Valley communities struggling through the water crisis.” –Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22)
“The RAILWAY Act repurposes funding from the most wasteful project in California’s history and invests it into some of our most critical water storage projects. That’s a win for taxpayers and a win for California’s future. We know California experiences periods of draughts followed by periods of significant rainfall. The RAILWAY Act provides a common sense solution to this problem by building storage projects to capture more water in wet years in order to sustain California families and our economy through the dry years. Building water storage is long overdue. It’s time to stop watching water be diverted into the ocean and start acting to capture and store that water.” –Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42)
“Years of drought in California brought entire cities within months of exhausting their water supplies. In extremely wet years, we have watched our dams spilling millions of acre feet of water to the ocean because of lack of storage. The infrastructure funding provided in the RAILWAY Act will begin to turn this tide in support of water abundance.” –Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-04)
“California’s high-speed rail project has been a very expensive disaster, with costs ballooning so much that voters are no longer getting anywhere close to what they were sold. I agree that all federal funding given to California for this project should be promptly returned and invested in commonsense projects people need, be it water storage or transportation. I have a bill, the High-Speed Refund Act, with a similar goal of reinvesting these funds into useful transportation infrastructure, such as widening Highway 70, three lanes for I-5, improving Highway 99 or 395, or many other real world projects that are actually useful to people in Northern California. Almost any type of infrastructure will be more beneficial and, one way or another, taxpayers deserve a stop to additional waste for this misguided pipedream of high-speed rail.” —Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01)
“The last major reservoir in California was built forty years ago. Since then our population has grown significantly, and we’re ill-prepared to endure droughts. It’s time we take action to increase our water supply and modernize our water infrastructure. This bill makes good use of funds that were already going to be spent in California. I hope that Congress will pass this legislation quickly.” –Congressman Paul Cook (CA-08)
“Efficient water storage and management is California’s greatest need. The high-speed rail project is California’s greatest waste of time. The RAILWAY Act corrects this problem by implementing a common-sense plan to address a significant concern in our state by investing significant and critical resources to ensure we have water availability for the future. I am proud to be part of this effort and will continue working with my colleagues to lead on this important ongoing issue.” –Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50)
The RAILWAY Act would accomplish three important things:
The RAILWAY Act would also repurpose a portion of HSR project funds to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to award grants to projects designed to help small, rural communities by:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Co-Chair of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, held a Valley Fever roundtable with Members of Congress, leading researchers, patient advocates, doctors, and scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). McCarthy released the following statement:
“Today’s roundtable was an excellent opportunity to bring together the brightest minds from around the country for an update on efforts to combat Valley Fever. This meeting also served as a chance to address the progress that has occurred and must continue in order to fight this disease.
“Doctors and scientists taking the lead are working diligently to develop a vaccine and I’m proud to report that an updated research study is being conducted by NIH, in partnership with Duke University, which will hopefully bring to light new solutions to stamp out Valley Fever.
“I want to thank Dr. Chiller (CDC) and Dr. Erbelding (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH) for their update on this progress. I’d also like to thank all of our illustrious panelists for being here with us today, including Dr. Royce Johnson who is leading the fight back home at Kern Medical and Rob Purdie who has been a passionate advocate at the Valley Fever Americas Foundation. Finally, thank you to Congressman Schweikert (AZ-06) for serving as Co-Chair of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force and for working with me to bring more awareness to this issue on a federal level. Together we can continue building upon our successes while working to find new ways to stop this disease in its tracks.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement applauding the addition of nonstop flight options between Bakersfield’s Meadows Field Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas. This new flight option comes after last year’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) would provide $500,000 in funding from the Small Community Air Service Development Program for the Kern County Department of Airports to help establish this new route:
“Meadows Field Airport is America’s gateway to the Central Valley and with last year’s Department of Transportation grant, I’m glad to see more options for air travel in and out of our community. Nonstop flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International, one of the largest airports in the nation and major hub, will not only provide added flexibility to our residents, but it could lead to more efficient and affordable options. This grant will help make our community even stronger, and I appreciate the County of Kern for its pursuit to make this new route a reality.”
Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) recently-announced timeline for completion of construction of the Success Reservoir Enlargement Project (SREP) by 2023:
“Increasing flood protection to Porterville and Tulare County from Lake Success has been a top priority of mine in Congress. That is why I brought senior Army Corps officials to Porterville in 2016 to tour Lake Success and meet with community leaders to advocate for the enlargement project. I am glad to report that working alongside the Army Corps, we were able to secure full funding for this project last year.
“In another major step forward, the Army Corps recently announced a timeline for completion of the enlargement project, with construction expected to be finished in 2023. Raising and widening the spillway is vital to the safety of Porterville’s nearly 60,000 residents and the protection of thousands of acres of farmland below Success Dam. I look forward to continuing to work with the Army Corps and our community to ensure the project remains on track.”
The following City of Porterville and Tulare County community leaders provided statements on the SREP timeline:
“The Success Reservoir Enlargement Project began nearly 40 years ago and, after numerous interruptions, the Tule River Association is pleased the Army Corps has released a timeline to completion. The current schedule indicates that construction will be completed by 2023, but we hope the Army Corps will be able to condense this timeline. I want to thank Congressman McCarthy for his continued efforts to advance the Success Reservoir Enlargement Project to completion to help Porterville and Tulare County, and all other works that he performs for the nation.” – Mr. Richard L. Schafer, Tule River Watermaster
"Local residents have been aware of the SREP for years and there is a sense of urgency building now to see it completed. With the advent of SGMA in 2020 there is a heightened emphasis on water storage and the need to get this done on the quickest possible timeline. I am happy to hear the USACE has provided a timeline for completion of this key project for our area." – The Honorable Dennis Townsend, 5th District Tulare County Supervisor
“On behalf of the residents of the City of Porterville, we are very pleased to have received the expected timeline for completion of the Success Reservoir Enlargement Project. We are truly appreciative for both last year's determination by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide full funding for the project, as well as the expeditious timeline now received to complete construction on this significant project by 2023, which will have tremendous benefit to the community and broader region both in terms of flood protection and water storage. We would like to sincerely thank Congressman McCarthy and the stakeholders of the Tule River Improvement Joint Powers Authority for their continued dedicated efforts and support for this long-needed project.” – The Honorable Martha A. Flores, Mayor of the City of Porterville
“To have a flood control and water storage project being completed in the southern end of the Valley is exciting to see. The local water agencies have been working side by side with Congressman McCarthy and the Corps to keep progress moving and we are seeing that in real time now. The schedule will get the project operational in the next several years. That’s quite an accomplishment in today’s world of water projects that often take much, much longer.” – Mr. Dan Vink, Project Lead for the Tule River Improvement Joint Powers Authority
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Saturday, March 23, 2019, Congressman Kevin McCarthy will hold a forum in Bakersfield for students from the 23rd Congressional District who are interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy. Congressman McCarthy released the following statement:
“Our nation’s Service Academies are some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. The academies offer much more than a strong education; they provide a solid foundation for young men and women to become remarkable leaders. Each year, high school seniors from our congressional district complete the thorough application process and are nominated to one of the Service Academies – a truly proud moment. This forum will provide students and parents the opportunity to learn more about the application process and career opportunities within the various branches of the military. I encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about service academy life to attend our forum.”
Congressman McCarthy and Service Academy Liaison Officers will give a presentation about the congressional nomination process.
Academy Liaison Officers from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will provide information on life at an academy. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy offers appointments solely on the basis of a nationwide merit-based competition, and a congressional nomination is not required.
To RSVP, please call 661-327-3611.
DATE: Saturday, March 23, 2019
TIME: 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Kern County Board of Supervisors Chambers
1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration announcement that the State of California is in violation of the funding agreement and is subsequently rescinding nearly $929 million in unspent federal funds from California’s failed high-speed rail project effective March 5, 2019:
“At every turn, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has mismanaged and misled Californians on the viability of the project. Its budget has ballooned by the billions, projected ridership numbers have proven exaggerated, and the private investment that was promised never materialized. And throughout it all, the Authority has gone to great lengths to keep these facts from California and American taxpayers. Just last week, Governor Newsom rightfully acknowledged the failure, saying: ‘ultimately, the current project, as planned, would cost too much and take too long.’
“It is time is to move on from the broken high-speed rail project and redirect our efforts to infrastructure projects that work for Californians. I applaud Secretary Chao and Administrator Batory for their prudent decision protecting hardworking American taxpayers.”
Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom said in his State of the State address that the high-speed rail project costs too much, will take too long to build, and that “there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego.”
Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration announced it is rescinding nearly $929 million in unspent Federal funds effective March 5, 2019, which have been made available to the California high-speed rail project nearly a decade ago through the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
To view the FRA letter, click here.
Washington D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the President's commitment to sign the funding measure pending before Congress:
"While the funding measure is far from perfect, we successfully fought back the open-borders, catch-and-release demands of Nancy Pelosi and her Defund-ICE caucus. Not only does the bill make an important down payment for the construction of physical barriers and other border security measures, it ensures law enforcement such as ICE can detain violent criminals. It is a critical step in the right direction and will help keep our communities safe.
“The President has also indicated he will declare a national emergency. I support him in making this declaration. We face a humanitarian and national security crisis at the border that must be addressed and the President’s declaration is merely a statement of fact. With the declaration and other legal authorities, the President has access to important tools to take the steps necessary to secure the border."
2421 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Congressman Kevin McCarthy represents the 23rd District of California, which spans Kern, Tulare, and Los Angeles counties. First elected in 2006, Kevin is a native of Bakersfield and a fourth-generation Kern County resident. He is committed to policies that give small businesses and entrepreneurs the confidence they need to hire, expand, invest and innovate. After the 2010 midterm elections, Kevin was elected by his colleagues to serve as Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives.
Kevin started his own small business before the age of 21. He built Kevin O’s Deli from the ground up, even enlisting his father’s help in building the deli’s counter in their garage. He worked hard, hired employees and enjoyed success in his community. That’s also where he first encountered government overregulation. The countless frivolous and redundant rules, as well as the taxes small businesses like his were burdened with, spurred Kevin’s interest in public service. When Kevin sold his business, he used the profits to put himself through college and graduate school. He received both his undergraduate degree and his Masters in Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield.
During college, Kevin accepted an internship with then-Congressman Bill Thomas, and soon became a member of Congressman Thomas’s staff. Kevin won his first election in 2000 as Trustee to the Kern Community College District. In 2002, McCarthy was elected to represent the 32nd Assembly District in the California State Assembly. As a freshman legislator, he was selected unanimously by his Republican colleagues to serve as the Assembly Republican Leader, becoming the first freshman legislator and the first legislator from Kern County to assume the top Republican post in the California State Assembly. Kevin worked with his colleagues in the Assembly and Senate and with the Governor to reduce California’s budget deficit, overhaul the state worker’s compensation system and enhance California’s business climate to create more opportunities for California workers and businesses until he ran for Congress in 2006.
Kevin brings his personal experience as a small business owner and as an effective leader in the statehouse to Washington D.C. In his role as Majority Whip, Kevin leads the effort in Congress to advance common sense policies that will put America back on the path to prosperity. Since gaining control of the House in November 2010, Kevin and his Republican colleagues have blocked the largest tax increase in American history, cut out-of-control government spending by historic levels and passed numerous pieces of legislation that will help create jobs in America. These bills reduce the burden on small businesses, increase our nation’s energy security by promoting domestic energy production, knock down barriers for small business owners to access capital and help increase certainty for the private sector.
Kevin will continue to fight to get Washington’s fiscal house in order while promoting policies that empower the private sector to invest and create jobs.
When Kevin is not in Washington fighting for the constituents of California’s 23rd District and for the future of America, he is home in Bakersfield with his wife Judy and two children Connor and Meghan.
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