Weekly Update from Rep. Jeff Denham - May 17, 2013
This week I joined the nation in commemorating National Police Week to honor and remember the members of law enforcement across the country that have made the ultimate sacrifice. I was humbled by the opportunity to join the family of the late Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriff Robert Lee Paris, Jr., in Washington, D.C., who was killed in the line of duty last year, to honor and remember his sacrifice during National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day on Wednesday. The Paris’ traveled to Washington, D.C. with several other members of their family and Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, and I had the chance to personally present Bob and Jane Paris with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of their son.
Wednesday was also National MPS Society's International MPS Awareness Day, a day dedicated to increasing public and professional awareness for the need to find cures for MPS and related diseases. The National MPS Society provides support for affected individuals and their families through research, advocacy and awareness of these devastating diseases. I had the pleasure of meeting with advocates from the MPS Society earlier this year who shared with me the importance of their cause.
This week I was pleased to join my colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee in approving H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, by a bipartisan vote of 36-10 to provide certainty and stability for our Valley farmers. I discussed California’s agriculture priorities with KPCC radio earlier this week, which you can listen to online here. Unfortunately, an amendment I strongly opposed was adopted in the bill which aims at nullifying California law protecting state standards on eggs sold in California. Our agriculture industries need certainty, and our states’ laws to protect its citizens and agriculture interests must be upheld. I was continue to fight for California’s egg producers and preserving states' rights to enact agricultural commerce laws as the Farm Bill progresses through the legislative process. View the debate during Wednesday’s Committee mark-up here: http://youtu.be/prhZqLhiySM.
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