Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - October 17, 2013

Dear Friend,

On Wednesday the House voted to raise the debt ceiling through February 7, 2014. The bill did nothing to change our out-of-control spending and gave a blank check to the U.S. Treasury to spend without restraint. My priority is finding a long-term plan to end our out-of-control spending, which has left each man, woman and child in our country on the hook for over $50,000 of debt as we reach our $17 trillion debt limit. The American people deserve long-term solutions to stop the spending, stop running up the debt and give real certainty to families across the country and the financial markets so we can get back on a path to economic success and job growth. The bill we voted on Wednesday failed to offset any spending, and for these reasons, I could not support it. The President said he’s willing to negotiate on our long term spending issues and I hope to see his ideas soon that will address the nation’s long-term fiscal problems.

It is a great honor to be appointed last week to the conference committee between the House and Senate on the 2013 Farm Bill. As you probably know, if the House and the Senate pass different versions of a bill, the two houses have to go to “conference” to merge the two bills into one bill they can all support. As an almond farmer and representative of California’s Central Valley, I know how vital the Farm Bill is to farmers and ranchers and all who rely on a safe and affordable food supply. I spoke on the floor on Thursday about my priorities, and the Farm Bill’s significant reforms to long established programs. I look forward to working with Senate counterparts to produce a final product that will give American growers and producers a competitive and productive global edge while saving taxpayers money.

Please click on the image above to view my remarks on the House floor outlining my priorities for the farm bill going forward.

I was honored to attend the Medal of Honor ceremony put on by the U.S. Army at the Pentagon for Captain William D. Swenson. Brent Layton of Riverbank, whose son James was killed in action in Afghanistan fighting alongside Cpt. Swenson, traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to attend the White House and Pentagon Medal of Honor ceremonies. As a veteran myself, I’m always humbled to experience the realities of the ultimate sacrifice our brave men and women make to protect America’s beliefs and freedoms.

I also met an Honor Flight of WWII & Korean War veterans from northern California last weekend. I had the pleasure of accompanying Frank Myers, a Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy vet on a tour of the WWII and Korean Memorials along with the rest of the group. To experience the memorials that stand as a monument to Frank’s service with him was unforgettable. More pictures are available on my Facebook page here.

It was an honor to meet Frank Myers, Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran.

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I hope you have a great weekend.


JEFF DENHAM