Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office will offer to the public pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution on Monday, September 18, in celebration of Constitution Day.
“The Constitution has been the bedrock of American government, liberty and rule of law for 230 years,” said McCarthy. “It is the fabric for American democracy and continues to be the guiding, living document for our freedoms and principles. We celebrate it every day, but especially on its anniversary. I encourage anyone interested in our Constitution to visit my Bakersfield office to pick up a copy of their own and carry with them the words that shape the foundation of our nation.”
Although pocket Constitutions are always available in McCarthy’s offices, residents are encouraged to visit the office in honor of Constitution Day. The office will hold the celebration on Monday following the official date on Sunday, September 17.
What: Constitution Day in Congressman McCarthy’s Office
When: Monday, September 18, 2017; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: 4100 Empire Drive, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA 93309
Constitutions will be available while supplies last. Due to the limited supply, two booklets will be available for each visiting family and capped at twenty for each school or non-profit organization.
Background: On September 17, 1787, 39 Constitutional Convention delegates from 12 states signed the United States Constitution in Philadelphia, Pa. Following Rhode Island’s ratification – the 13th state – on June 21, 1788, the Constitution became our country’s legal foundation. In 1956, Congress established Constitution Week and in 2004 designated September 17 as Constitution Day, giving the document the recognition and respect it deserves.Read More
Congressman Kevin McCarthy has announced a forum for students in the 23rd Congressional District interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017.
“Students interested in serving our nation while seeking to further excel in their leadership, rise to a great challenge, and achieve an outstanding education make great candidates for our nation’s Service Academies,” said McCarthy. “I am amazed each year at the interest and awesome talent of local students choosing to pursue this opportunity.”
The application process to receive a congressional nomination to one of the five academies will be presented, in addition to briefings and video presentations by Congressman Kevin McCarthy and the Service Academy Liaison Officers.
“The forum offers students and parents the chance to learn more about the application process, academy life and career opportunities within the various branches of the military,” added McCarthy. “I encourage anyone who is interested to come out and learn more.”
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 there is no congressional nomination required.
What: Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s U.S. Service Academy Forum
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017; 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Where: Kern County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Interested students and families may RSVP by email at RSVP.McCarthy@mail.house.gov or calling the Bakersfield Office at (661) 327-3611.Read More
Bakersfield, Calif. - Congressman Kevin McCarthy praised a major step toward replacement of the Bakersfield Veterans Affairs (VA) Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. The VA announced Thursday Solicitation for Offers on local properties to build a replacement clinic.
The announcement comes eight years after the Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged the current Bakersfield facility lacks resources to provide certain specialty services. As a result, many veterans must travel upwards of six hours roundtrip to Los Angeles for treatment. The replacement clinic, currently scheduled to open in 2021, would expand primary care, mental health, and specialty services for Bakersfield veterans.
"Today's announcement brings Bakersfield and Kern County veterans one step closer to accessing the quality health care they deserve in our community," McCarthy said. "The new clinic would provide much needed services locally and potentially reduce the need for local veterans to travel to L.A. - spending hours on the road - to receive care."
Congress authorized replacing the current facility in 2010 following the VA's recommendations. A site for the new clinic was selected in 2015 but was canceled due to potential eminent domain concerns related to the California High Speed Rail project, causing additional delay as the VA restarted the acquisition process. Mounting delays led McCarthy to take legislative action last year to include a provision in the 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill pressuring the VA to advance the replacement project.
"Despite overwhelming congressional support for the new outpatient clinic, the replacement facility remained in limbo for years," McCarthy said. "That is why I am requiring the VA to send Congress periodic updates on the project and will continue to communicate our veterans needs directly to VA Secretary David Shulkin. I commend Secretary Shulkin and the Trump Administration for recognizing the needs of our local veterans and jumpstarting the process."
Among them is Dick Taylor, Kern County Veterans Service Department Director, who praised the VA's announcement.
"Our veterans have earned the right and deserve no less than a clear and concise decision which will result in them receiving the new VA Clinic they so richly deserve," Taylor said. "I am grateful for Congressman McCarthy's diligence in making this become a reality."
Wendy Porter, Wounded Heroes Fund Executive Director, reacted with optimism.
"The Wounded Heroes Fund is incredibly excited to hear the time has finally arrived for a new and updated VA Clinic in Bakersfield," said Porter. "This clinic, which will service our deserving Kern County veterans, will soon come to fruition with the release of the VA's Solicitation for Offers. This is incredible news for our community! We are hopeful that this is the beginning of a long awaited more medically expansive VA Clinic and we look forward to the day we can attend the ground breaking ceremony."Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy commends the U.S. Department of Commerce for recently acting to protect the interests of Central Valley and California garlic farmers. This decision will bring more business to local farms, providing greater economic opportunity for families throughout the Central Valley. California’s fresh garlic growers-packers represent nearly all the United States’ commercial fresh garlic production.
In early June, the U.S. Department of Commerce determined that Qingdao Tiantaixing Foods Company and its Chinese affiliates were taking advantage of U.S. antidumping laws. Per McCarthy's suggestion, Commerce closed illegal “export funneling” by raising antidumping rate on these companies. In addition, Commerce also dismissed efforts by these Chinese garlic producers to “impersonate” the U.S. garlic industry for purposes of misusing U.S. antidumping laws. McCarthy issued the following statement on the decision:
"I applaud the actions taken by Secretary Ross and the International Trade Administration on illegal Chinese garlic exports. We cannot allow China and other bad agriculture actors to take advantage of U.S. trade laws to work against American farmers. The actions that Commerce has taken ensures that these Chinese garlic exporters do not receive an unfair competitive advantage over American farmers. I am pleased that Commerce heeded our call to ensure a level playing field for our garlic producers. When there is a level playing field, American farmers will continue to lead the world.”
Click here for a copy of Congressman McCarthy’s letter to Secretary Ross.
Click here for a copy of Secretary Ross’s letter to Congressman McCarthy.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) recently spoke to NBC’s TODAY Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager on Congress’s efforts to expand the GI Bill’s education benefits to include non-traditional technology education. Earlier this summer, the Harry W. Colmey Veterans Educational Assistance Act passed the House and Senate and awaits the president’s signature. Included in this bill is the VET TEC Act, sponsored by Leader McCarthy.
The VET TEC Act enables veterans to enroll in non-traditional technology courses and programs that are geared to getting a technology job after completion. This provision also provides the VA the necessary flexibility to approve these education programs, while also guarding against abuses. The TODAY Show highlights what some of these programs look like, how they are helping veterans find good jobs, and how congress fixed a problem that locked veterans out from pursuing these new education models.
Watch the full interview here.Read More
Congressman Kevin McCarthy sent a letter to Federal government leaders, signed by Republican and Democrat members of the California congressional delegation, urging continued support for California’s agriculture exports with our North American neighbors. This letter was sent to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer ahead of the renewed negotiations with Canada and Mexico to modernize the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These renegotiations are scheduled to begin on August 16, 2017. President Trump has been clear of his intention to renegotiate trade deals that work for the American people. For California farmers, NAFTA has had a positive impact by playing a major role in the over $4 billion in California agricultural products exported. McCarthy released the following statement on the letter:
“California’s agriculture industry has played a significant part in our state’s growth and prosperity. The rich soil and premier climate, coupled with a work ethic second-to-none, has positioned California as an agriculture leader for the world. That success, helped through free and fair trade agreements with our North American neighbors, has served as a foundation to the growth in our community and agriculture-rich communities throughout the state. I will continue to advocate for trade policy that strengthens California’s agriculture and continues to create jobs and opportunity in the Golden State.”
The full text of the letter can be viewed here.Read More
Washington D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06), the co-chairs of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, released the following statement after launching a new Valley Fever Task Force website:
“Public awareness is key to eradicating Valley Fever. Since being established in 2013, the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force has worked to provide information to the public, stakeholders in the medical and scientific fields, and community organizations to raise awareness, increase and coordinate Federal research efforts, and advance treatments and cures for this disease. Our new website is a critical resource in raising awareness and highlighting the work of the bipartisan Task Force. As the 115th Congress continues, we continue to work with Task Force Members to improve treatments and early diagnostics and aid in the development of a preventative vaccine for coccidioidomycosis.”
Website link: https://valleyfevertaskforce-schweikert.house.gov/Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of S. 114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act:
“The VA Choice program has directly helped veterans who would otherwise face dire wait times in VA facilities to finally receive timely medical care conveniently in their own communities. Ultimately, it shouldn’t matter where veterans get care as long as they get the care they need. With the extension of this program, we can build on the progress we’ve already made reforming the VA until every single veteran gets the health care we promised them.”
Inside Sources | July 25, 2017
By Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Phil Roe (TN-01)
App developer, robotics technician, digital animator, and advanced manufacturer—what do all of these careers have in common? They didn’t exist 73 years ago when the GI bill was signed into law. When our fighting forces shipped out to the Pacific and to the battlefields of Europe nearly a quarter Americans were farmers. Today, that number is around .01%.
Our economy has undergone radical transformations. With the rise of everything from driverless cars to robotics to artificial intelligence, more changes are to come. It makes you wonder what jobs will exist in 73 years that we don’t have or can’t imagine today. In fact, research shows that 65 percent of children in elementary school will hold jobs that haven’t yet been created.
We should not view these inevitable changes with the fear of so many of the forecasters in the media, but rather take action to use these changes to our advantage. When our soldiers came home from WWII, they became the most economically successful generation in history in large part because they received education with their GI Bill benefits. This next generation of veterans has the potential recreate that success if we reform the GI Bill to fit our changing times.
After all, veterans have the raw potential for success. They have the work ethic, intelligence, ability to thrive under pressure, and sense of duty necessary for any job. What they need when they come home is the type of education that will help them get and master tomorrow’s careers.
The House’s reforms to the GI bill will set our veterans up for success in two main ways: we give veterans the opportunity to use their education benefits throughout their lives instead of within 15 years of their service, and we will allow veterans to use their benefits for nontraditional education models so they can get needed jobs quickly.
Extending education benefits beyond 15 years is a practical necessity. When new industries emerge and we rely on American workers to fill those jobs, it shouldn’t matter if a veteran is five, 15, or 30 years out of the service. If you haven’t used your benefits yet, you should be able to get an education at any point in your life. After all, the average worker will change careers throughout his or her life. When old industries pass and new industries emerge, or when a better job is just a few technical courses away, all veterans should have access to education to get those jobs.
For the same reasons, we shouldn’t restrict what type of education our veterans can receive. Increasingly, a traditional four-year bachelor’s degree doesn’t always prepare students for the jobs in need. By 2024, the tech industry alone is expected to add almost 500,000 new jobs to the industry, and many of these tech employers are looking for candidates who have a particular skill set that students don’t learn in traditional settings.
Consequently, industry employers have turned to non-traditional technology programs that offer nano degrees and coding experience to find candidates with the skills they need.
Yet currently, veterans are unable to apply their GI education benefits to these courses. That’s why within this GI Bill we have a piece of legislation called the VET TEC Act that creates a pilot program for veterans to enroll in non-traditional technology courses and programs that are geared to getting a job after completion. This provision also provides the VA the necessary flexibility to approve these education programs, while also guarding against abuses so our veterans aren’t taken advantage of.
Our country faces a future of many great changes and potential rewards if we make the right decisions. We know our greatest asset is our people, and our veterans are the best of the best. With benefits when they need it for education they can use immediately, our veterans will move from the world’s greatest fighting force to the world’s greatest workforce.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act, or the GI Bill:
“The economy is rapidly changing, and with the rise of everything from robotics to artificial intelligence, more changes are to come. To prepare our veterans for the jobs of the future, we need to update the GI Bill to fit the changing times. This legislation makes education benefits fit veterans’ needs in two main ways. First, it allows veterans to use the GI Bill throughout their lives instead of within 15 years of service, because it shouldn’t matter how old a veteran is if a new or better job is just a few classes away. Second, this legislation includes a bill I authored called the VET TEC Act, which establishes a pilot program that allows veterans to attend non-traditional technology programs that will help them get jobs right after completion. The technology industry is increasingly looking for candidates with skillsets not learned in traditional settings, so we shouldn’t limit veterans to traditional education programs.
“Through these reforms that will open up new education opportunities for our veterans, our men and women in uniform can move from the world’s greatest fighting force to the world’s greatest workforce.”
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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.