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Representative Jeff Denham

Representing the 10th District of California

Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - March 22, 2013

Mar 22, 2013
Newsletter

 

Dear Friend,

On Thursday, the House voted to pass a continuing resolution that will keep the government running through September and also a plan laying out a 2014 budget, The Path to Prosperity.  Both pieces of legislation aim to end wasteful government spending, grow our economy, create an environment where job creation can flourish, reform our tax code and tackle our crushing national debt and annual deficit.  Most importantly, the House-passed budget provides a way to balance our budget in ten years so that Washington stops spending more than it takes in – a practice that would bring ruin to any American family or small business.

In contrast, the President has yet to submit a budget to Congress this year for consideration, even though he is required to do by the first Monday in February. And the U.S. Senate, for the first time in four years, has produced its own budget proposal which doesn’t balance – ever – and seeks to raise taxes by 1.5 trillion dollars on Americans.  I am hopeful that both chambers can come to a balanced budget that creates jobs, controls spending and protects and strengthens Medicare and Social Security  for the American people. 

I also led a letter to Governor Brown asking for him to stop the raid on senior water rights holders in my district and create a single process whereby interested parties can engage in assisting our state to find a real solution for our water challenges instead of multiple processes working against each other.  Taking water from one to give to another is counter to California water law and will create more problems not less.  I was glad a bipartisan group of members from the Central Valley joined me in expressing our common concerns to the Governor.  You can read the letter here: http://denham.house.gov/rep-denham-et-al-letter-governor-brown-regarding-water-challenges.

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of welcoming over 30,000 veterans from across the country and overseas who participated in a virtual job fair sponsored by Veterans Recruiting Services.  The unemployment numbers for our veterans is unacceptably high, and both the public and private sectors need to do more to ensure that our troops come home to a place of opportunity.  America is blessed with the strongest, most capable and professional military in the world, and businesses can benefit from the unique skills they bring to the table.  For those interested in learning more about how to participate in the next veterans virtual job fair, please visit their website at http://www.veteranrecruiting.com/ or their job positing site at http://veteranrecruiting.jobs/

Wednesday was also National Agriculture Day.  As a farmer, it gives me great pride to recognize California’s largest industry for their crucial contribution to a strong economy and safe and plentiful food supply across the country.  Every day, I am proud to represent so many exceptional Central Valley farmers and ranchers in Congress. http://www.agday.org/

I had a great time visiting with students from Park View Elementary School and Ripon Unified School District during their tour of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. It's always an honor to welcome such hardworking young students to our nation's capital for the unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the House, Senate and the legislative process, as well as the rich history and development of the U.S. Capitol.

It was wonderful to welcome so many from back home to my office this week.  Here are just a few of the CA-10 residents who had the chance to stop by:

I visited with Mariya Lanni-Cradit and Modesto-native Mark Avilla to discuss their pursuit of careers in agriculture industry during their visit to Washington, D.C., for National Agricultural Day.

Kyle Cacayorin from Manteca, who was chosen by fellow emergency responders as a 'Star of Life' in early recognition of National EMS Week (in May), stopped by my office this week as well.

Modesto native Ruben Esparza and representatives from the International Firefighters Association met with me on Wednesday. A special thanks them and all of our firefighters and emergency responders who put their lives at risk to protect our communities.

I also met with representatives from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to discuss ongoing improvements to VA's disability claims process and my efforts to address veteran unemployment.

This week, I was also invited to play basketball for Georgetown University Law Center’s 26th Annual Home Court Charity Basketball Game with other colleagues from the House and Senate.  All proceeds go to benefit the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and I look forward to the opportunity to participate in such worry causes again in the future.

As we approach the April 15th deadline to file federal and state tax returns, I’ve put together some helpful information on free resources to help you save time and money when filing.  If you haven’t already, I encourage you to take a look and share this information with your family and friends. http://denham.house.gov/newsletter/need-help-filing-your-taxes

Our district will be having community listening sessions, and I’m happy to announce the schedule for the events in Modesto and Manteca on April 2nd and 3rd. From creating fair and respectful immigration policies, to helping to create good paying jobs, and improving our children's schools, we have a lot of work to do, and the answers are going to come from people like you – not Washington. For more information, please visit my website at http://1.usa.gov/YYgVlH.

Finally, a reminder to all CA-10 high school students:  my office is currently holding the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, and all submissions must be turned in to my Modesto office by April 4th.  I would encourage all interested students to participate, and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the talent our young artists have to offer. For complete details and guidelines on this year’s competition, please visit my website at http://denham.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition.

I look forward to meeting with many of you back home over the next couple of weeks, as some of us prepare to celebrate Easter and the spring season.  As always, I encourage you to stay up to date by visiting my website, facebook, and twitter pages and sharing our weekly newsletter with your family and friends.  It’s truly an honor to represent you in Washington, D.C.

Have a great weekend,

JEFF DENHAM