Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - January 10, 2014

Jan 10, 2014 Issues: Agriculture, Transportation

Dear Friend,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday break and that your 2014 is off to a great start.

This week in Washington I voted for the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, which ensures that you are notified immediately if any of your private information is compromised through Healthcare.gov or the California state exchange. You deserve to know when your personal information has been improperly accessed due to the Affordable Care Act.

I'd like to personally invite you to my 2014 Mobile District Office Hours. They're held throughout the district in your area at least once each month. 

On Monday I announced an updated schedule for my 2014 Mobile District Office Hours. Mobile District Office Hours are a great way to meet with me and my staff for help with federal agencies, questions about my views and concerns about how the federal government is impacting you.

We are available to assist you with casework on matters including:

  • Medicare
  • Veteran’s Affairs
  • Social Security
  • The Internal Revenue Service
  • Any other federal legislation

Additional information is available through my website. Regular office hours are open to the public and no appointment is necessary. Schedule is subject to change throughout the year; any alterations will be posted online. For more information, please contact my Modesto district office at (209) 579-5458.

Next week I will be holding a hearing as Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials on the challenges facing California’s High-Speed Rail project. Since voters supported Prop 1A in 2008, proposed ride times for the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) project have slowed, promised jobs have failed to materialize and costs have skyrocketed. A November ruling from the California Superior Court denied the Authority’s request to issue more than $8 billion in California Proposition 1A state bonds to finance construction of the project. The hearing will examine the project following the ruling, which prevents the Authority from generating the State funds necessary to match the $2.55 billion in federal dollars already spent on the rail system. As always I welcome your comments on this issue, which is central to how your federal and state taxpayer dollars are being spent. Please share your thoughts with me here.

We continue to make progress on finishing a full five-year farm bill, and I’ve spent time working with House and Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle as I serve on the conference committee responsible for finalizing an agreement between the two chambers. The five-year farm bill will give certainty to our agricultural community and American families, helping to stabilize prices for the products you buy at the grocery store. I look forward to reaching a final agreement on the farm bill in the coming days.

Edgar Garcia worked in my Modesto office this fall. 

Lastly, if you called my Modesto office over the last few months, you may have spoken to Edgar, one of the interns who worked this fall with my district staff to serve you. A 20-year-old CSU Stanislaus junior, Edgar studies political science and criminal justice and is from Firebaugh, CA.

It is always an honor to welcome bright young Californians to my office. Interns like Edgar are an asset to my staff and help us to serve our constituents more fully. I hope Edgar’s time in my Modesto office learning about casework, constituent interaction and the legislative process will serve him well into the future.

During his internship, Edgar helped staff answer phones, responded to constituent questions, sent faxes, wrote letters and assisted with anything you may have needed. Edgar hopes to graduate in the near future and attend a rigorous law school, which would be the starting block for his career in a law office. Capitol Hill still might be in his future, as Edgar may eventually run for office.

“I am a believer in the need to devote unpaid time in the field where you wish to work while in school in order to one day attain your dream job,” said Edgar. “This experience has meant a lot to me because I personally feel much closer to having the career that I am currently studying for at California State University, Stanislaus.”

Edgar is the son of Gus and Mireya Garcia.

Stay in touch with me on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for more frequent updates on my work, and if you have friends who’d like to hear more about what I’m doing in Washington and in the Central Valley, please encourage them to sign up for my newsletter.


JEFF DENHAM

P.S. Did you catch my year in review? Here’s a video update I created to share some of the key things I focused on in 2013 and a few of my legislative priorities moving forward.