Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - May 11, 2012

May 15, 2012

Dear Friend,

This week was a busy one as we began the appropriations process in the House of Representatives. My colleagues in the House unanimously passed two amendments that I introduced to H.R. 5326, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2013.

As a part of my ongoing fight to put a stop to millions of dollars of wasted taxpayer money by the General Services Administration on an unneeded Los Angeles, my first amendment prevents funds from being used to transfer vital resources to an unnecessary and wasteful federal courthouse in Los Angeles that would cost taxpayers over $400 million.

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My second amendment saves not only taxpayer dollars but also prevents the tragic but imminent death of a threatened salmon species that would otherwise be prematurely reintroduced into an uninhabitable San Joaquin River system.

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On Wednesday I was invited to join host Dagen McDowell on Fox Business Network’s Market Watch to discuss cutting government waste and reining in federal spending to grow our economy and responsibly tackle the financial crisis our country is facing. Americans need both chambers of Congress to work together to overcome these challenges and get our economy back to creating jobs. You can watch the video of my interview here.

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I also introduced H. Con. Res. 117 to honor and remember the sacrifice of the members of law enforcement around our Nation who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This resolution will allow the National Peace Officers Memorial Service to be held on Capitol Grounds on May 15, 2012. It was a particular honor to introduce this legislation on behalf of the memory of Stanislaus Country Sheriff’s Department Deputy Robert Paris, who lost his life in the line of duty just a few weeks ago. When any community loses an officer, it is a tragedy for the family and for those whose lives benefited from their service. I hope you will join with me in remembering and celebrating the heroism of Deputy Paris and all others who came before him on May 15th.

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It was a pleasure to meet with Army War College students from around the world, including 2 young men from California, and discuss our respective military experiences and roles and U.S. foreign and military policy. The students represented the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast guard officers, government civilians and foreign military officers. Many of these young men and women will one day become the generals, admirals and senior executive service leaders of our future.

This week I also met with Christa Caneda, an undergraduate student studying and researching diabetes at the University of California Merced, who was in Washington, D.C. for “UC in D.C. Day” to share the exciting biomedical research conducted on campus and the economic impact of basic research.

On Monday, I invited the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Tom Bostick to join my colleagues and I at our bipartisan Freshmen Class Meeting to hear directly from Lt. Gen. Bostick about the impact of budget provisions on the Department of Defense that are set to take effect next January. On Thursday, I joined my colleagues in the House in approving a measure to replace the devastating defense cuts with responsible spending reforms to protect our troops and maintain a robust defense community, while also ensuring your tax dollars are spent responsibly. This plan ensures that we end out-of-control government spending, while making sure our top priority is national security; now the Senate must do the same.

I also discussed the evolving 2012 Farm Bill with walnut and grape growers and wine producers from California who were in D.C. this week. They shared their concerns about tax policy, international trade, and legislative and regulatory issues impacting California's Ag industry. I am committed to making sure we pass a Farm Bill in Congress that protects our entrepreneurs and producers so they can continue to grow and put people to work.

Finally, this week I was grateful to receive an award from the American Conservative Union for my efforts in 2011 to protect our nation’s conservative values. All of my work in Congress is on behalf of the residents of the Valley that I am privileged to represent, and I encourage all of my constituents to pick up the phone, send me an email, or contact me via Facebook or Twitter and let me know your thoughts and concerns about issues facing our community. Please also continue to spread the word about our weekly newsletter, and keep checking my websiteFacebook, and Twitter to find regular updates about my work at home in the Valley and in Washington. 

Have a great weekend! 

Jeff Denham