Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - February 8, 2013
This week in Washington I joined my colleagues in the House in a serious discussion about the fiscal state of our nation. Every day, American families must balance a budget and live within those means. Why should Washington be any different? There is no excuse for the President’s failure to submit a budget to Congress on time for Fiscal Year 2014. By not passing a budget, we’re hurting millions of unemployed Americans and everyone looking to build a better, more stable future for themselves and their families.
Last month, the House passed a common sense measure that says if Congress does not do its job, we should not get paid. I voted in support of the No Budget, No Pay Act and continued efforts this week by supporting the Require a PLAN Act, which calls for the President to explain to the American people just how he plans to get our fiscal house back in order. Washington needs to buckle down and get serious about providing real solutions to our nation’s spending problem. The type of world we leave to our children and grandchildren depends on the decisions we make today.
This week, the San Joaquin Farm Bureau and several other San Joaquin officials from the Valley travelled to Washington, where we sat down to continue our discussion on agriculture and water issues facing the Valley. As a new member of the House Agriculture Committee, I am working toward establishing a long-term Farm Bill that includes provisions for research, trade and valued-added programs to give Valley growers and producers a competitive and productive edge in our global economy. In addition, I will continue to look for ways to increase water storage and improve water management in California, so we can see the Central Valley prosper amongst growing populations, increased global food demand, and business growth. It was great to see so many familiar faces, including representatives from the California rice, wine and dairy industries, in the office this week. Together, we will continue to bring the voice of the Valley’s ag needs to Washington, D.C.
While the state of the Valley’s economy continues to be one of my primary focuses, I remain committed to ensuring that our communities have the resources they need when disaster strikes. I want to thank Mr. William Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for taking the time to discuss my bill, the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, which was signed into law by the President last week. This bipartisan legislation streamlines FEMA procedures and disaster aid programs to increase flexibility and allow for quicker recoveries in a manner that will best support communities in need of immediate assistance following a natural disaster.
Finally, I’d like to wish a fond farewell to one of our Washington, D.C., interns, Mr. Cameron Ring. Cameron has been with our office since December, and his unwavering commitment to serving our country through his work on Capitol Hill and in his military service is inspiring. You can read more on my Facebook page here: http://on.fb.me/TUh7lP. For information on how to apply for internships in my Modesto or Washington, D.C., offices, please visit my website at http://denham.house.gov/serving-you/internships.
Remember, I work for you, and hearing your feedback is important. Please continue to stay connected by sharing our weekly newsletter with your family and friends and visiting my website, facebook, and twitter pages. I hope you all enjoyed watching the Super Bowl last weekend. It was a great effort by the 49ers and Turlock native Colin Kaepernick, and I’m hopeful for another great season next year. GO Niners!
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!