Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - January 25, 2013

Jan 25, 2013 Issues: Agriculture, Transportation, Veterans

Dear Friend,

On Monday I attended the 57th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony with nearly one million other people, including a few hundred constituents from California’s Tenth Congressional District. It was an absolute pleasure to meet everyone who stopped by the office to pick up Inauguration tickets and warm up after the ceremony on Monday. You can more pictures from Inauguration on my Facebook page at http://facebook.com/RepJeffDenham.  Once again, we witnessed the genius of American democracy: despite our differences on policy, we can unite around the fundamental foundations of our Republic, including rallying behind a democratically elected executive and legislative branch of government. The 113th Congress must commit to a renewed effort to work together to solve the challenges we face and help America's hard-working taxpayers.

It was an honor to be recognized as “Legislator of the Year” on Tuesday during an award ceremony hosted by the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) for my efforts on behalf of America’s veterans. I was also very proud to be joined by my veterans’ affairs legislative aide, Chris Del Beccaro, who was also recognized by AUSN with the 2012 National Legislative Proponent Award.  We were chosen as 2012 recipients during AUSN’s National Conference last year for efforts to get job-creating legislation I introduced – the Veterans Skills to Jobs Act – signed into law.  I wish my grandfather were still around to witness the positive impact we’re having on the veteran community; I know he would be especially proud. I come from a family with a long and proud tradition of military service, and providing the best possible care and support for our veterans is very important to me. MORE INFO

This week my Subcommittee assignments on the House Agriculture Committee were finalized. I will be sitting on the Livestock, Rural Development and Credit Subcommittee as well as the Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee. Agriculture plays a big role in our Valley economy, and dairies, poultry and specialty crops will be a primary focus for me as I work with the Committee to draft and pass a long-term Farm Bill to give our growers and producers a competitive and productive edge. I met with several groups this week who weighed in on how the Farm Bill will affect their agriculture enterprises. I look forward to continuing these conversations in the coming weeks and months as we craft long term legislation.

As Chairman for the Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, I’ll play a key role in holding hearings and vetting policy proposals for our nation’s rail transportation system.  To help prepare, I will continue meeting with local rail groups, farmers and other relevant parties to hear their mounting concerns regarding California's High Speed Rail proposal. Rail transportation is the backbone of America’s economy, and I look forward to the opportunity to look for more cost-effective and innovative approaches to passenger and freight rail service in order to generate American jobs and promote economic development. I spoke with Bill Manders on Power Talk Radio on Thursday about my new role, which you can listen to here.

It was great to meet with newly elected Tracy City Council member Nancy Young and later join the Tracy Rotary Club and Chamber members on Thursday evening to learn more about their initiative to promote relationship-building between businesses, community leaders and public officials at all levels.

Finally, I want to invite you to an Open House we’re holding for constituents at the 10th Congressional District Office in Modesto this Wednesday, January 30th, 2013.  The Modesto district office is located right off the freeway at 4701 Sisk Road, Suite 202.  I’ll be with my district representatives from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday to greet visitors and offer information on constituent services and other assistance provided by our office. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce will also be in attendance. The phone number for the Modesto office remains (209) 579-5458. I encourage you to stop by to meet our district staff and say hello. MORE INFO

I look forward to another week meeting with constituents and businesses in the district talking about significant issues such as water, housing, job creation and community service. Please continue to let me know your thoughts and concerns about issues facing our community, and also feel free to forward my weekly newsletter to your friends, family and neighbors.  You may also visit my website, Facebook, and Twitter to stay in touch.

Have a great weekend!

JEFF DENHAM