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  • Democrats ready to back bid for House votes on immigration
    Posted in In the News on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Virtually all Democrats are poised to join a group of Republicans calling for House votes this election year on immigration, an effort that seems unlikely to succeed but would cast a campaign-season spotlight on an issue Democrats think will help their Election Day prospects. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., has gathered nearly 50 GOP co-sponsors – including U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph – on a procedural measure that would permit votes on four immigration bills. Those bills would include a cons... Read more

  • “Queen of the hill”: the obscure House rule that could force the House to take up immigration bills
    Posted in In the News on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    There are still a few Republicans in Congress who are interested in addressing the status of the 690,000 or so young unauthorized immigrants facing the loss of their temporary deportation protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And they’re beginning to turn up the pressure on House Republican leadership to bring a bill to the floor. Or rather, four bills. Moderate Republican Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX), together with members of the Congressi... Read more

  • Fate of 'dreamers' could rest on 'queen of the hill' gambit
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The words “queen of the hill” and “discharge petition” may not mean a lot to those outside of Washington seeking a DACA fix. But they could be the key to a burgeoning coalition of House Republicans and Democrats anxious to at least have a debate on DACA and immigration policy. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) is spearheading an effort to convince the House GOP leadership to put a series of immigration/DACA plans on the floor for a debate and vote. Denham says more than 50 Republicans and 190-plus Democra... Read more

  • House Members Press Paul Ryan to Break Immigration Impasse
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    A bipartisan group of House lawmakers worked Wednesday to exert pressure on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) to bring immigration legislation up for a vote. Rep. Jeff Denham (R., Calif.) said Wednesday that he had secured the support of 240 lawmakers, including 50 Republicans, for a bipartisan proposal to vote on a series of immigration bills on the House floor. “The biggest issue we’re facing today is actually having the debate in front of the American public,” Mr. Denham said. The broad, bip... Read more

  • Push for 'Dreamer' immigration bill gains steam in U.S. House of Representatives
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule debate on bills to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, in a move aimed at reviving a push that sputtered in the Senate in February. Backers said they had 240 House members on board so far pushing for debate of four different bills to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Republican President Donald Trump ended on March 5. Under the Hou... Read more

  • Majority of House Back Measure to Force Immigration Votes
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    A bipartisan group of 237 House members signed onto a “queen-of-the-hill” rule that would allow floor votes on four immigration bills without the approval of House committees or leadership. H.Res. 774 would provide four “slots” for votes on immigration bills either in their current form or as amended prior to the vote, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) said during an April 18 press conference. The resolution was introduced March 13 by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.). All bills would provide some form of ... Read more

  • House farm bill would ban eating cats and dogs
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved a farm bill amendment that for the first time would prohibit the slaughter of dogs or cats for human consumption or the sale of their meat. ... It would alter the Animal Welfare Act to forbid people from knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption. Punishment for violating the law would be up to one year in prison and a fine of $2,500. ... “Adopting this policy signals that the United States will not tolerate the disturbing prac... Read more

  • Denham, Soiseth talk water in D.C.
    Posted in In the News on April 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water

    Congressman Jeff Denham is fighting for local control of water, standing up to a federal water grab on the Tuolumne River through the release of a new video and by discussing the topic with Mayor Gary Soiseth live from Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. As part of D.C.’s Water Week, Denham on Monday launched a video bringing attention to an effort underway by Sacramento-based federal agencies to spend $170 million on moving salmon to the Tuolumne River stretch just above Don Pedro Reservoir. The plan... Read more

  • Central Valley Congressman Jeff Denham’s Request Granted on California High-Speed Rail Audit
    Posted in In the News on April 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation & Infrastructure

    The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Transportation agreed to an audit on the California High-Speed Rail Project after chronic mismanagement by the state. Continued cost overruns and a perpetually growing timeline spurred U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) to request an audit in a letter to the Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovel in December 2017 “The continued mismanagement and skyrocketing costs are unacceptable. Taxpayers deserve to know ... Read more

  • USDOT inspector general to audit California high-speed rail project
    Posted in In the News on April 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation & Infrastructure

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General has agreed to an audit of California's high-speed rail project, U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) announced yesterday. The office agreed to action after Denham requested in December 2017 that it look into the project's "continued cost overruns" and a timeline that has grown over the years. "The continued mismanagement and skyrocketing costs are unacceptable. Taxpayers deserve to know how their money is being spent," said Denham i... Read more