Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - April 12, 2013
Thanks to our many meetings at home last week, I was able to head back to Washington, D.C., with your views and perspectives fresh in mind. On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to discuss our community listening sessions and the need to fix our broken immigration system once and for all with Juan Carlos Lopez on CNN en Español. For those of you who missed it, you can watch the interview online below.
I was also able to meet Solange Altman from Modesto and the American Immigration Lawyers Association who came to discuss how specific immigration reform legislation would affect our communities at home in the Valley. California has unique needs and a wide range of opinions on this issue, and I plan to continue working with my colleagues in Congress to make sure our voice is heard in this debate.
It was a pleasure to meet with the California Walnut Commission, the Rice Producers of California, and other Central Valley agriculture groups who came to meet with me this week to discuss the need for a long-term Farm Bill and other agriculture issues affecting our region. As a farmer myself, I understand the needs of our agriculture-based economy, and I supported a one year extension of Farm Bill programs last December. However, this extension does not do enough to provide the long-term certainty farmers across the county need. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee as we draft a long-term Farm Bill to ensure that farmers have the resources they need to continue producing safe and healthy food not only for our nation, but for the rest of the world.
Thanks to Nicole Milligan and Domenique Germann of Ceres for stopping by to visit along with other representatives from California’s 4-H Agriculture and Citizenship delegation. Congratulations to them on being selected to represent California at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., and I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors.
The President released his 2014 budget proposal to Congress on Wednesday. Americans can’t afford another round of taxes, and future generations should not be forced to pay for today’s careless spending habits. We passed a budget in the House last month which would boost our economy, create an environment where job creation can flourish, address tax reform and actually establish a balanced budget all while taking action to cut wasteful government spending and reduce our crushing national debt. Both the House and the Senate should continue looking for more common-sense, bipartisan solutions to cut spending and save billions in taxpayer dollars, such as selling unneeded or wasteful federal properties.
On Thursday I chaired a Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials hearing to examine Amtrak’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget request and to explore how their request relates to their on-going reorganization and the upcoming reauthorization of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) – something both Transportation Committee Chairman Shuster and I are committed to passing this year. We heard testimony from Joseph H. Boardman, President and CEO, Amtrak, and Joseph C. Szabo, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration. You can learn more about the hearing and my statements online.
It an honor to represent you in Washington, D.C., and I remain committed to bringing the Valley’s voice to table as we work on solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing issues. Please continue to stay up to date by visiting by website, Facebook, and Twitter pages and sharing our weekly newsletter with your family, friends, and neighbors.
Have a great weekend,