Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - April 5, 2013
I want to thank all those who came out to Tuesday and Wednesday’s community listening sessions in Modesto and Manteca, including my good friend Representative Trey Gowdy from South Carolina, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. We had over 1,500 members of the community join us at these events, and both Rep. Gowdy and I value your personal stories, comments, ideas and opinions. These sessions would not have been successful without your contributions and participation. I also want to thank Congregations Building Communities, the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Modesto, the Place of Refuge in Manteca and all other volunteers who provided their time to help facilitate these forums. Our nation faces an array of tough issues right now, and solutions are going to come from people like you – not Washington.
This week’s listening sessions are just the beginning, the first of many discussions; but one thing is certain: now is the time for us to fix our broken immigration system once and for all. In case you missed it earlier this week, I would encourage you to take a look at the Modesto Bee’s editorial on the importance of finding a solution for immigration reform not only for the Valley, but for the nation. I look forward to continuing our discussions and finding ways in which we can work together to improve the issues that matter most to the Valley.
On Wednesday, my office hosted our local Law Enforcement Advisory Meeting to listen in on ideas regarding recently proposed federal gun legislation, immigration, school safety and other issues facing our community. It was also an honor to be able to present certificates of Congressional Commendation to some of our fine law enforcement officers and recognize them for their hard work in their daily effort to keep our communities safe.
I had a great opportunity to sit down with Modesto Bee Editor Joe Kieta, Opinions Editor Judy Sly, and Guest Editors Don Moyer (Author), Gigi DeVault (Blue Bird Press) and Wayne Zipser (Executive Director, Stanislaus County Farm Bureau) at an editorial board meeting Wednesday evening. We had the chance to discuss my take on issues currently being worked on in Congress, including immigration reform, California High Speed Rail, water, and my bill the Civilian Property Realignment Act. Keep an eye out for upcoming editorial pieces on these issues in the Modesto Bee!
I enjoyed having lunch with the Modesto East Rotary Club Thursday afternoon to discuss some of the issues I'm currently working on in Congress, including reducing spending and cutting waste to balance our federal budget, the benefits of ACE Train and making sure Valley priorities are heard as Congress continues its immigration reform debate.
Thanks to JB Hunt Transport for allowing me to tour their facilities and learn more about their best practices as a leading provider of safe and reliable transportation services for clients all over North America. As Chairman of the Rail Subcommittee, I plan to continue to meet with private and public industry leaders to learn new ways to improve freight and passenger rail across the country, and particularly for our businesses in the Valley and California.
After meeting with JB Hunt Transport, I was able to visit the Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca to learn first-hand about their operations to feed over 300,000 residents in our community. It was amazing to see what they accomplish, and I thank them for their years of continued service.
On Thursday evening, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the Waterford City Council and presenting them with an American Flag we had flown over the Capitol on January 17, 2013 to commemorate the Grand Opening of the new City Hall. Congratulations again to the City of Waterford!
Turlock’s own Lock-N-Stitch, a cast metal restoration company, is currently in the running to repair the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C. I had a great time visiting their manufacturing facility and learning first-hand about their involvement with this very special restoration project. The current cast iron dome is the second to sit above our nation’s Capitol Building and was constructed between 1855 and 1866. It is truly an honor for one of our local businesses to have the opportunity to potentially play a critical role in the preservation of such a historic monument.
Finally, I want to thank the Dave Diamond Show on KFIV 1360 for inviting me on as a guest Friday afternoon and all the callers who tuned in with their questions. Whether on TV or radio, in a listening session, phone call or letter, I am truly interested in hearing your concerns and receiving your feedback; and I will continue to keep you updated as best I can on the issues affecting our community and nation.
Thanks again to everyone who made an extra effort to meet with me this week and share their opinions on what matters most. As I head back to Washington, D.C., next week, I’ll take your stories, concerns, and ideas with me. You can always stay up to date by visiting my website, Facebook, and Twitter pages, and I encourage you to share our weekly newsletter with your family, friends, and neighbors.
Have a great weekend,