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Representative Jeff Denham

Representing the 10th District of California

Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - July 12, 2013

Jul 12, 2013
Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day weekend.

The House kicked off this week by passing two bills on Monday designed to help keep the United States globally competitive and remove barriers to economic growth. We also passed the FOR VETS Act, which gives Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) increased access to some of the federal surplus property they need to keep their facilities in working order.

On Wednesday, I met with my Republican colleagues to discuss our legislative priorities and path forward regarding immigration reform. I believe there is a dire need for comprehensive reform. I’d like to hear more from each of you about your concerns and what you think we should do to reform our system. Please contact me to tell me your thoughts, or fill out the survey I’ve included in this email. Your views will help shape my work going forward on this issue, so your feedback is invaluable to me.

As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Rail, I presided over a subcommittee hearing on “The Role of Innovative Finance in Intercity Passenger Rail” on Tuesday. The hearing examined ways to utilize innovative financing to deliver effective intercity passenger rail service. With the upcoming expiration of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA), reauthorization is one of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s top priorities and something I’m working diligently on. Visit my website here to read or view a video of my opening statement from Thursday’s hearing.

Click the image above to view a video of my opening statement on a hearing focused on innovative finance. 

Steven Nascimento from the Turlock City Council visited my office on Monday to share with me his work on the Portuguese American Citizenship Project in Stanislaus County and also local issues impacting the City of Turlock. We ventured out onto the balcony by my office for a picture with the Capitol in the background – we’re lucky to have a great view of the people’s House!

Steven Nascimento and I took this photo on my balcony. 

I took Braden Dwight, who traveled to D.C. from Turlock with his grandparents Jim and Melinda Patterson, to see George Washington’s painting in the Capitol building. Braden will start the fourth grade next year and was in town visiting his grandparents.

Braden and I visited the Capitol building with his grandparents, Jim and Melinda.

On Wednesday, I voted in favor of a bill to provide funding for the Bureau of Reclamation, the Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Energy programs. My vote in favor of this bill is one example of my commitment to reining in out-of-control federal spending and eliminating government waste while supporting crucial programs such as water supply, flood control, ports and energy programs. The Energy and Water appropriations package we passed this week helps farmers and small businesses in the Valley by funding infrastructure programs important to our local economy and seeking solutions to the Valley’s water problems.

On Thursday I voted in favor of the 2013 Farm Bill, which passed the House. As a farmer, I know how critical the farm bill is to Valley farmers, ranchers and rural communities. This bill provides much-needed reforms to the programs that our agriculture industry relies on most. It will provide certainty and predictability to our nation’s farmers, who help keep our economy running. I look forward to getting a final product to the president’s desk soon.

Next week the House will vote for a year-long delay of both the Employer Mandate and the Individual Mandate under the Affordable Care Act. As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the Obama administration announced that they would delay the enforcement of the mandate on businesses for one year. It doesn’t make sense to me to delay the mandate for businesses but not for individual Americans. I believe the entire law should be repealed so that we can put in place common-sense, patient-centered reforms.

Thanks to everyone I met with while I was home last week and in Washington this week for sharing your views and priorities with me.  It is truly an honor to represent you in Congress, and I can’t do my job without hearing your feedback, concerns and priorities.  I encourage you to continue to spread the word about our weekly newsletter and stay up to date by visiting my websiteFacebook, and Twitter pages.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

JEFF DENHAM