Weekly Update From Rep. Denham - August 3, 2012

Aug 3, 2012

Dear Friend,

This week the Transportation Committee held the second in a series of hearings on the growing list of wasteful spending by the General Services Administration (GSA) – including the November 2010 one-day awards ceremony in the nation’s capital that cost more than a quarter of a million dollars, new information about GSA bonuses, and the agency’s recent decision to sign a lease for hundreds of millions of dollars without the required congressional approval. These topics were the focus of the full Committee hearing on Wednesday. Additionally, just last month, GSA decided to flagrantly disregard 40 years of legal precedent and enter into a lease binding the taxpayer to hundreds of millions of dollars of lease payments without authorization to do so. I will not be satisfied until I see real transparency and reform, and I will continue to work with the Committee and with other Members of Congress to make the necessary reforms at GSA so they are not able to repeat these mistakes and waste your tax dollars.

Click here to watch my interview with Bill Hemmer on FOX News’ America’s Newsroom to discuss my Subcommittee’s ongoing investigation into GSA waste.

I also joined guest-host Liz McDonald on Fox Business Network’s Cavuto this week to share information we’ve learned about GSA’s continued abuse of taxpayer dollars. Watch my interview here.

My top priority is to ensure that Valley residents and veterans have the employment opportunities they need; so to help in this effort, I will be joining forces with the Stanislaus Economic Development & Workforce Alliance (the Alliance) to host a Central Valley Job Fair in late August.  Looking for work is a difficult and often frustrating experience, and my office wants to help make the process easier by hosting a series of events to provide an opportunity for job seekers to meet face-to-face with employers looking for new hires in the Valley.

The Job Fair will take place on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Stanislaus Country Fair Grounds in Turlock.  Employers will be accepting resumes and meeting with interested applicants throughout the fair.  Job seekers are encouraged to bring several copies of their resume and wear business attire.  Additionally, on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, interested participants can attend a preliminary Free Workshops and Resume Clinic that will run throughout the day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Modesto Campus of Bradman University, part of the Chapman University System.  Both events are free and open to the public, veterans, and active military. I encourage all job seekers or employers interested in participating in the Job Fair visit my website at http://denham.house.gov/jobs to find more details.

On Tuesday night I hosted a teletown-hall event and it was great to talk with thousands of you at the same time and hear your concerns, comments, and for you to learn what I’m working on here in Washington, D.C.

 

In Thursday I had the pleasure of meeting Nabil Kherfan of Fresno, one of the Valley's bright, young students during his visit to Washington, D.C. as part of the prestigious National Young Leaders Conference.  Keep up the good work, and thanks for your leadership in representing our community.

 

Today I talked with a group of young ambassadors from Modesto who came to D.C. with the Sister Cities International organization.  The focus of this year's exchange is discussing and seeking solutions on issues of poverty and the environment, both of which are important to the Valley.  These students are required to design local projects on these issues and I look forward to seeing their ideas.  I’m always glad to see our youth so engaged in bettering their future.

Also, a big congratulation goes to Modesto native Erin Cafaro and the rest of the U.S. women’s eight rowing team on winning the gold medal in London’s 2012 Olympic Games on Thursday morning. Go TEAM USA! You can watch my speech on the floor of the House here on this great achievement.

Finally, I look forward to being home in August. I plan to put this valuable time in the Valley to full use with tours, events, and constituent meetings. Listening to what you have to say and sharing with them what I'm doing both in Washington and in the District is a privilege, and I look forward to the opportunity to meet with many of you in the Central Valley in the coming weeks.

I hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

JEFF DENHAM