Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - October 25, 2013

Oct 25, 2013 Issues: Agriculture,

Dear Friend,

As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, I was honored to have been appointed to the Farm Bill conference committee. The committee is tasked with finding common ground between the House and Senate versions of the farm bill and putting forth the final legislation to be signed by the President. Our first public meeting will take place this Wednesday. As the committee process continues, my first priority is representing your interests. On that note I’d like to invite you to share your views on the farm bill with me. Agriculture drives the Central Valley economy, and we feed the rest of the nation. Your feedback is crucial.

The White House announced this week that they are again open for public tours beginning on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Should you be planning a visit to Washington in the coming months, please contact my office. My staff and I are more than happy to assist you in setting up tours of the White House, the U.S. Capitol Buildings, the U.S. Supreme Court and many other Washington landmarks. When time permits, I often meet groups myself for tours.

I joined these students from Modesto for a tour of the U.S. Capitol building last week. 

This week the House passed the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2013, or WRRDA. WRRDA is used to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, enabling the Corps to support the nation’s vital port and waterways infrastructure needs. Under WRRDA, the Corps also supports effective and targeted flood protection and environmental restoration projects across the country. This kind of authorization legislation has not been signed into law since 2007, though historically such a bill has been passed every two years. WRRDA provides direction to the Administration and to the Corp. The bill passed with huge bipartisan support in a 417-3 vote.

Please click on the photo above to view my full remarks on the House floor. 

As many of you may know, for many years the city of Newman has been working on the Orestimba Creek Flood Control project, which would create a levee along the northwestern perimeter of the city to protect area residents from flooding due to the frequent overflow of Orestimba Creek. I asked Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Shuster to include the September 2013 Chief’s Report, which is a culmination of the many years of effort by local organizations and the Army Corps of Engineers to determine the best way to complete the Orestimba Creek levee project in the bill. Chairman Shuster committed Congress to addressing the project as soon as possible.

I also had the opportunity to meet with several members of United Sikhs, an international non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy, human development and humanitarian efforts for Sikh Americans. Engaging with the many immigrant communities is one of the joys being your representative and allows me to be aware of the many divergent issues our communities face.

These representatives of the United Sikhs and I met on Wednesday.

As always, I welcome your thoughts, questions and concerns. The opportunity to represent you is an honor. To stay up to date with what I’m doing in Washington, D.C., please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook or visit my website. You can also share our weekly newsletter with friends.

I hope you have a great weekend.

JEFF DENHAM