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Representative Jeff Denham

Representing the 10th District of California

Weekly Update from Rep. Jeff Denham - May 17, 2013

May 22, 2013

Dear Friend,


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:


View remarks in opposition to King amendment here View remarks in support of secondary amendment here


The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation which represents a significant opportunity to create jobs and spur economic growth in our country. The Northern Route Approval Act will put an end to years of bureaucratic delays and finally allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project. I believe in an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy and this legislation is one piece of the puzzle to break America’s dependence on foreign oil.   With an unemployment rate still near 8% nationally and almost twice that in the Valley, we must do what we can to support the creation of jobs while bolstering our domestic energy independence. I discussed the benefits of this project during my opening statement, which can be viewed online here:

View opening remarks online here


The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee continues their work and efforts to find out the truth and inform the American people regarding the September 11th terrorist attack on our American Consulate in Benghazi. The effort to understand how the events of that horrible attack that left four Americans dead is not "a bump in the road" or a "sideshow" as the President said.  Also the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Administration have serious explaining to do to the American people about why certain organizations or individuals were targeted by the IRS.   Americans deserve an open and honest government, and we are going to dig deeper into this outrageous breach of public trust and demand answers from this Administration.  I will keep you informed of the ongoing House investigations into both of these important matters.


We also passed common-sense legislation this week to ensure the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fulfills its duty to carry out cost-benefit analyses of its rules. As a small business owner myself, I understand that successfully running a business is a full-time responsibility, and adding time-consuming, expensive and unnecessary regulations can have a stifling effect on employers’ ability to expand and continue hiring. H.R. 1062, the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act, will make it possible for small businesses to succeed by preventing unnecessary and burdensome regulations to stunt economic growth and hamper their abilities to create jobs.


Please continue to let me know your thoughts and concerns about these and other issues facing our community by contacting us through our website, I also encourage you to stay up to date with my activity in Washington and back home in the Valley on my website as well as on my Facebook and Twitter sites.


Have a great weekend!