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Representative Jeff Denham

Representing the 10th District of California

Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - October 4, 2013

Oct 4, 2013

Dear Friend,

I’d like to thank you for writing, calling and emailing my office to share your frustration with government shutdown. I have received a great deal of feedback from many of my constituents and I will continue to work in Washington to pass bills which fund critical government programs while we wait for the other side of the aisle to come to the table and negotiate with us. I hosted a tele-town hall meeting on Monday evening and took questions from many of you regarding shutdown and what it might mean for crucial government programs, and I appreciate you sharing your views with me. 

Last Friday I voted for the Pay Our Military Act, which ensures that our troops are paid no matter what. The Senate followed our lead and I am pleased to report that the bill was signed into law this week. Since that time, I have also voted to reopen the NIH and ensure that all patients have access to clinical trials, ensure that our National Guard and reservists are paid, fund veterans’ benefits through the VA, reopen our national parks and allow the District of Columbia to expend their local funds.

On Wednesday, I spoke to the United Fresh Produce Association regarding the need for a top-to-bottom approach to immigration reform, the farm bill we passed to address research and pest control needs and some of the Central Valley’s water concerns.

I had the honor of meeting with several groups of students visiting Washington this week and was able to give a few tours of the Capitol building myself.

On Thursday I met with the Associated Students of Modesto Junior College, a group of young adults with an inspiring interest in politics and impressive willingness to serve their community.
I gave this group of eighth graders from Vanguard Middle School in Modesto a tour of the U.S. Capitol.
I also hosted students from Turlock Christian School for a Capitol tour this afternoon.

In case you missed it, I penned an editorial in the Modesto Bee this morning that outlines my vision of what an earned path to citizenship should look like. I would like to hear your feedback as I work in the House to address our broken immigration system.

Lastly, I’d like to highlight one of my great interns from this summer. I welcomed Brooke Bradshaw onto my staff as an intern in his Modesto district office for the last several months. The 20 year old from Holtville, California is a student at my alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Brooke Bradshaw interned in my district office throughout the summer.

In addition to her office responsibilities of receiving constituents in the District Office and answering the phones to solicit their questions and needs, Bradshaw was also tasked with other specific projects. Bradshaw participated in the Library of Congress surplus book program, where she organized shipments as they came in from the Library of Congress, fulfilled teacher’s orders, and distributed the books to various schools throughout the 10th district. Additionally, she was invaluable to the district staff in setting up Military Academy Info Night, which took place on September 23 and where prospective military academy students were able to ask questions and start the process of applying for a nomination.

“I chose to work for Congressman Denham because of his connection to agriculture and drive to stand up for what is right,” said Bradshaw. “This experience has showed me that patience and understanding are key to achieving a common goal and has inspired me to pursue my dream of becoming an agricultural advocate.”

This fall, Brooke returns to Cal Poly as a junior studying Agricultural Business. After college, she aspires to follow into her father’s footsteps into the California water industry. Her background in California Colorado River usage and working with my office this summer on Central Valley water issues has furthered her desire to pursue a career in water law.

Brooke is the daughter of David and Dee Bradshaw.

I am honored to serve as your representative. Please continue to share your comments, concerns and questions with me – I work for you and I want to hear from you. To stay up to date with what I’m doing in Washington, D.C., please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook or visit my website. You can also share our weekly newsletter with friends.

Have a great weekend.