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Representative Jeff Denham

Representing the 10th District of California

Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - March 7, 2013

Mar 7, 2014

Dear Friend,

I wanted to point out a couple of big pieces of news we heard this week.

First, the Administration announced yet another delay in implementation of the Affordable Care Act – a change to the law to let those with healthcare plans that did not qualify under the law to keep their plans for an additional two years. After the President repeatedly told the American people that “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” more than five million people had their healthcare plans cancelled. The latest delay is too little, too late for the millions of families who’ve seen their policies cancelled, premiums rising and coverage decreasing in quality under the law.

I supported the Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals (SIMPLE) Fairness Act (H.R. 4118), which passed the House on Wednesday and would give all Americans a one-year reprieve from the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. I hope the Senate will take up this bill immediately, which was also supported by 27 House Democrats, to help every family nationwide secure the same exemption the Administration has offered to big business.

This week the House also focused on a series of bills to lower energy costs in your home. I supported the HHEATT Act, H.R. 4076, to address transportation and distribution issues for propane and home heating fuels, and two bills to expand American energy production: H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, which limits the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel-powered electricity plants, and H.R. 2641, the RAPID Act, which expedites the environmental review process for federally funded projects, saving taxpayer time and money.

On Wednesday the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General announced that according to my request, the office would begin an audit of the Federal Railroad Administration’s grant-issuing process. The FRA has twice altered their grant agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, putting taxpayer dollars at risk. I’ve received no reassurance that they won’t repeat the process, and their recklessness has put other California funding priorities in jeopardy. This audit will be another way for us to ensure the FRA is protecting your hard-earned money.

I spoke to the National Association of Counties on Wednesday afternoon regarding my work to provide transportation and infrastructure funding for California and across the country.

I met with several visits from the district this week.

Valerie McDonald from Tracy Unified School District and I discussed the importance of school nutrition.

Stanislaus Supervisor Vito Chiesa and I spoke at length about the county’s priorities.

I met Jay Modi, from Tracy, who’s studying to be an Osteopathic physician, and talked about ways to expand the physician workforce, heighten access to graduate medical education and eliminate barriers to care in the Valley.


On Wednesday I met with Andrei Mikhalevsky, President and CEO of California Dairies, to hear from him about how immigration reform legislation will impact dairies statewide.

On Thursday, I sat down with members from the California Farm Bureau, Sunkist, Land O’Lakes, Campbell’s Soup and the California League of Food Processors for an update on the drought, to share what the House has done to move the issue forward and ask for their assistance to plead with the Senate to act immediately on drought legislation.

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Enjoy your weekend!