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Representative Jeff Denham

Representing the 10th District of California

Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - August 30, 2013

Aug 30, 2013

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to announce the date for our 2013 Central Valley Job Fair, which we are putting on in conjunction with the Stanislaus Economic Development & Workforce Alliance. Looking for work is often a difficult and frustrating experience. For job seekers who want to meet face-to-face with employers looking for new hires in the Valley, this job fair will provide a great opportunity for you! The Central Valley Job Fair will take place on Wednesday, September 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza. We want to help make the job-seeking process easier with this event, which will be free and open to the public.

We’re also working with Brandman University, part of Chapman University, to provide a variety of workshops and seminars for prospective job applicants. On September 18, the week before the fair, Brandman University will host a resume clinic and a series of workshops to help job seekers appropriately identify the best practices to present themselves to employers. The workshops will cover interview strategies and online job search strategies. Brandman will also host a separate workshop solely designed to help veterans and active duty service members learn to translate their skills into benefits for the workplace, also on September 18. Registration is required for the workshops and for participation in the fair. Please visit my website to learn more, and spread the word to your family and friends in the Central Valley.

For over two years the world has watched with horror the ongoing repression of the Syrian people by its own government and the brutality on its citizens has plunged the country into a civil war. The shock of the violence, on a scale many of us wished to believe could not exist in this day and age, has caused the wholesale fragmentation of Syrian society and turned the country into a vicious cauldron of communal killing and reprisal.

Recently the President has stated that Syrian forces have used chemical weapons to clear a neighborhood in Damascus causing the needless deaths of civilians. However, it is not clear that the appropriate reaction is a military strike led by the United States. With our Armed Forces stretched thin, I am extremely reluctant to see our nation become involved in such a complex and uncertain conflict without further debate and discussion in Congress.

So far the United States’ participation has been limited to humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees and some material support for anti-regime forces not affiliated with terrorist movements. The President is considering whether or not to take the further step of direct strikes against the Syrian Government to hold it accountable. This will necessitate the employment of U.S. forces in hostile action against a well-trained and equipped military. Such an action would clearly require the President to consult and receive authorization from Congress pursuant to the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973 and I urge the President to engage with Congress in that process.

As a veteran who has deployed twice overseas to combat zones, I understand that such an authorization should not be given lightly, without a clear understanding of our objectives as well as the resources and strategy necessary to achieve those ends. So far the President has not yet shared his view on the requirements for an operation in Syria or his vision of what the end result of that operation would be. While I will give full consideration to any request from the President in Syria, deliberations cannot take place in an absence of information.

One thing is certain, regardless of the decisions that will be made in Washington; it is the men and women of our armed forces who will bear the risk. Whatever your position on our potential engagement in Syria I ask that you join me in praying for those who have chosen to serve and the families who are eagerly awaiting their return.

In case you missed it, last week I wrote an op-ed in The Manteca Bulletin discussing legislation I’ve introduced to help solve the water supply issues that impact Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. As an almond farmer, I know firsthand how important a stable water supply is to staying in business and feeding families across the nation. Especially in dry conditions like those we’ve experienced this summer, we need to put common sense solutions in place to improve our water supply and make the water facilities we use more flexible. The full op-ed can be found online here.

As I mentioned last week, I visited the Doctor’s Hospital of Manteca on August 16, where I got to try out their new MAKOplasty machine, the latest and greatest in knee surgery technology. I’d never seen one of these machines before, so I assume many of you haven’t, either – here’s a picture.

I’m glad to see this advanced technology available in the Manteca area. I hope it will continue to benefit patients in need of knee surgery.

Serving you is my top priority. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from each of you with your thoughts and concerns. Please continue to share them with me. You may also visit my website, Facebook, and Twitter, where you can find regular updates about my work at home in the Valley and in Washington, or share my weekly newsletter with your friends, family and neighbors.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I hope you enjoy spending time with your family and friends.