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LaMalfa, Garamendi introduce bill boosting Sites Reservoir

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LaMalfa, Garamendi introduce bill boosting Sites Reservoir

Chico Enterprise-Record

Two north state congressmen have introduced joint legislation to help get Sites Reservoir built. The proposed reservoir west of Maxwell in Colusa and Glenn counties has been under review for decades, and could get some state funding under Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond approved by voters in 2014.

But the status of necessary federal and state approvals will determine which projects actually get funds. The bill announced Friday by Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, and John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, would accelerate the federal review of Sites Reservoir and improve its chances.

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Congressman LaMalfa grills Dept. of Interior last March 2016

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA

PNP comment: This was just sent to me even though this was published last year — March 1, 2016!!!

It was over the SECRET meetings being held by the non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corporation, when Sally Jewel was Secretary of the Interior. This is only 5 minutes and well-worth watching LaMalfa hold their feet to the fire!!! WOW.

Way to go Congressman LaMalfa !!!

Rep. Doug LaMalfa

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Congressman Doug LaMalfa requests disaster funding

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA

LaMalfa Requests Disaster Funding From the President

February 13, 2017

(Oroville, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after sending a letter to President Trump urging that he declare a Presidential Disaster Declaration of a Major Emergency after the Oroville Dam spillway suffered major damage, leading to an increased threat to public safety and causing widespread evacuations in the surrounding areas.

LaMalfa said: “The damage to the emergency spillway and main spillway to the Oroville Dam is a major safety concern for the surrounding communities and a crisis that will persist for the foreseeable future. Residents have been forced to leave their homes and seek shelter on higher ground as the risk for a major flood continues. The mandatory evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents is the very definition of a disaster and with more rain expected as early as Wednesday, it is critical that we act swiftly to ensure federal aid is available to support and shelter evacuees as this crisis continues to develop. The wellbeing of our residents is the number one priority and we must do everything within our power to ensure their safety. I urge the President and the Governor to take this action as rapidly as possible.”

 

The text for the letter is as follows:

The Honorable Donald J. Trump

President of the United States

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

President Trump:

We are writing to urge that you act rapidly to declare a Presidential Disaster Declaration of a Major Emergency to address the threat to public safety resulting from crippling damage to Oroville Dam, located in Butte County, California. Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, a declaration would immediately direct federal resources to the area to help address a crisis of growing proportions and assist residents of three counties currently under mandatory evacuation orders.

Oroville Dam, the tallest dam in the United States and the primary component of the State Water Project, experienced significant damage to its primary spillway late last week and operation of the spillway was rapidly curtailed. As a result of decreased releases from the primary spillway, a rapid, storm-caused increase in water levels triggered the first-ever use of an adjacent emergency spillway. During operation of the emergency spillway, it also experienced erosion-related damage to a degree which could result in failure and potentially catastrophic flooding if operations were continued. State and local officials determined that failure of the emergency spillway was so imminent that they triggered a mandatory evacuation of nearly 200,000 downstream residents late last night.

While the emergency spillway did not fail last evening, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), additional storms will reach Northern California as early as Wednesday and contribute significant precipitation over the following several days. The danger of failure is likely to persist for months as California’s winter and spring runoff seasons progress, and it is extremely unclear when state agencies will be able to mitigate the danger to a degree that would allow residents to return to their homes.

A Presidential Disaster Declaration would immediately make federal aid available to support evacuation and shelter of the residents of Butte, Sutter, and Yuba Counties, as well as increase the capacity of federal, state, and local agencies to address the crisis as it develops.

We ask that you act rapidly in order to ensure that appropriate federal agencies are able to rapidly provide assistance during this challenging situation. Thank you for your timely response to this request.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

 

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CA. Dist. 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa is new chairman for House Committee of Natural Resources, including Indian Affairs

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PNP comment: This is really good news, especially for Siskiyou County! Wow! — Editor Liz Bowen

LaMalfa Takes Subcommittee Gavel: Announces Subcommittee Assignments for 115th Congress

 

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after receiving his subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress, including chairmanship of the House committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs.

LaMalfa said: “I’m very pleased with my committee assignments for the 115th Congress and I feel that they give me the best opportunity to get a great deal accomplished for California’s 1st district. I will get to continue my work on the Agriculture and Natural Resources committees to protect and create rural jobs while joining the Transportation and Infrastructure committee at a critical time to make a lot of improvements to California’s crumbling highways and water storage systems. I am excited to chair my first subcommittee in Congress and I look forward to a very busy term where we will get a lot done for the state of California and our Nation.”

 

A full breakdown of Rep. LaMalfa’s committee assignments for the 115th Congress is as follows:

House Committee on Natural Resources

Ø  Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs

Ø  Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans

House Committee on Agriculture

Ø  Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit

Ø  Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Ø  Subcommittee on Water Resources and Development

Ø  Subcommittee on Aviation

Ø  Subcommittee on Highway and Transit

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District including, Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

 

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Rep. LaMalfa Releases Statement on California Water Supply Language in Water Resources Bill

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA

Dec. 5, 2016

Washington, DC –  Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement in support of the California water resources language included in the California water supply language included in a bill to be considered in Congress this week:

After years of bipartisan, bicameral negotiations, we’ve reached an agreement to modernize water supply in the short term and invest in storage projects to secure California’s economic future,” stated Rep. LaMalfa. “This agreement improves water supply for all Californians, North and South, while using the latest science to provide more water without harming wildlife.”

 

For the North State, this agreement achieves several major goals: it secures the region’s senior water rights, improves supplies for junior water right holders, and will authorize construction of Sites Reservoir, a key project needed to prepare California for the future.

 

“While this bill is a step in the right direction, as a negotiated agreement it does not reform environmental restrictions or dedicate resources to storage to the degrees I believe are necessary,” LaMalfa added. “My colleagues and I remain committed to continuing to working on this issue and expect the President-elect to be a much more willing partner in those efforts than the current administration.”

Key North State components of the House amendment to S.612, which may be read here, include the following:

–          Ironclad protections for the North State’s senior water rights and language ensuring that any additional water provided South of the Delta is not taken from North State allocations. (Title J, Section 4005)

–          Significant improvements in deliveries for less senior North State water right holders, ensuring that even in droughts they receive at least 50% allocations. (Title J, Section 4005)

–          A new system of authorizing surface water storage projects, including Sites Reservoir, that will speed construction of the infrastructure 67% of Californians voted for in passing Proposition 1 in 2014. The bill also directs $335 million in federal funding toward storage projects. (Title J, Section 4007)

–          Language ensuring that businesses impacted by new storage projects are not only compensated fairly, but have the opportunity to construct replacement facilities on federal land. This provision is intended to protect marinas, resorts, and others who could be impacted by a raised Shasta Dam. (Title J, Section 4008)

–          Requirements that a greater portion of South of Delta water supplies be diverted and stored during winter storms, when doing so does not impact North State supplies or the environment. The current system pits North and South against one another for access to Lake Shasta and other reservoirs during California’s dry summers. Now, the South will be able to store additional water that was never available for use by the North and has no environmental necessity. (Title J, Section 4003)

 

 

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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Rep. LaMalfa Votes to Protect National Guard Bonuses, Increase Troop Pay, and Reverse Reduction in Personnel

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA

Dec. 2, 2016

Washington, DC –  Earlier today, Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) supported the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA), which provides $619 billion to fund defense and authorizes various programs at the Department of Defense. The NDAA authorizes a 2.1% pay raise for military personnel, combats the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce the size of the military, and creates a program to protect California National Guard personnel from forced enlistment bonus repayments. The bill rejects proposals to require women to register for the draft, increase soldiers’ out-of-pocket healthcare expenses, and cut housing allowances for military personnel.

LaMalfa released the following statement on the passage of the bill:

“We took action today to protect the men and women who have been impacted by the California National Guard’s forced bonus repayments. The NDAA requires a rapid review of the forced repayments that have already occurred, places the burden of proof on the Department of Defense, not soldiers, and requires that the government contact credit agencies to repair any damage to soldiers’ credit scores. My colleagues in the House and I will be monitoring this process closely and are prepared to pass any legislation necessary to ensure those who honorably served our nation do not pay the price of others’ mistakes.

The Obama Administration has not just failed to address the serious readiness crisis within the U.S. military, but has in fact been complicit in deepening the crisis. Between plans to reduce personnel and efforts to close our base in Guantanamo Bay, this administration has failed to provide the military with the tools it needs to keep our nation safe.

 

With the passage of this National Defense Authorization Act, Congress sent a clear message to the outgoing administration: pay our troops fairly, respect our veterans, and keep our nation safe.”

 

The Conference Report to S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 passed on a vote of 375-34, and will now be returned to the Senate for concurrence which is expected next week.

 

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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Rep. LaMalfa Votes to Continue Iran Sanctions, Authorize Sanctions on Syria

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA

 

Washington, DC –  Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) supported measures to authorize continued sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and impose sanctions on those who support attacks on civilians in Syria. H.R. 6297, the “Iran Sanctions Extension Act”, extends authorization for the President to impose sanctions through 2026; the authorization would otherwise expire at the close of 2016. H.R. 5732, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act”, directs the Departments of State and Commerce to impose sanctions on officials of the Syrian government and any individuals or entities which provide financial or material support to Syria’s attacks on civilians.

“For too long, the Obama administration has stood idly by while rogue nations develop weapons of mass destruction and perpetrate war crimes on innocent civilians,” LaMalfa said. “Today we provided the tools that President-elect Trump will use to end that complacency, beginning on January 20, 2017.”

“We acted today to ensure that the President-elect is able to fulfill his pledge to the American people to reject this administration’s dangerous agreement with Iran and to prevent a state sponsor of terror from ever acquiring nuclear weapons,” added LaMalfa. “We’ve also acted to cut off the financial and material lifelines that the Assad regime relies upon to continue its attacks on innocent Syrian civilians.”

 

H.R. 6297, the “Iran Sanctions Extension Act”, passed on a 416-1 vote, while H.R. 5732, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act”, received unanimous support.

 

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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LaMalfa Expresses Opposition to Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion Proposal

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Oct. 28, 2016

Washington, DC –  Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement opposing proposals to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument:

“Any expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument would not only negatively impact private property rights, public access and forest management, but would occur over the objections of local residents.

 

“Time and time again, this administration has ignored the views of residents to impose new federal restrictions on public and private land through misuse of the Antiquities Act. Monument designations invariably restrict the public’s right to access public lands, damage property owners’ ability to access and use their land, and hurt rural economies.

 

“That’s why my colleagues and I passed legislation on the House floor to defund monument designations in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties and protect the rights of those who live and work in the area.

 

“It’s time that this administration listen to those who are actually impacted by these designations, rather than deciding that Washington knows best.”

The Interior Appropriations bill for the 2017 fiscal year, HR 5538, contains language specifically defunding any monument designation in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties (Section 453), both of which have passed resolutions opposing unilateral Presidential designations. The bill was passed by the House on a

231 – 196 vote (Roll no. 477) and is now being considered in the Senate.

LaMalfa also cosponsored HR 3389, the National Monument Designation Transparency Act, with five members of the California delegation to reform the Antiquities Act by requiring Congressional approval before designations become permanent, requiring economic analysis of proposed designations, and limiting the size of designations.

 

 

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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National Guardsman sues over being billed for bonus

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Redding Record Searchlight

October 26, 2016

By Nathan Solis of the Redding Record Searchlight

Army Sgt. Bryan Strother sifted through a stack of letters, pay stubs and other documents from the Pentagon and the federal government on his dining room table at his Oroville home Wednesday.

They document a long road starting in 2007 when the National Guard asked him to re-enlist with the incentive of a bonus to do so.

“Their numbers were down. They needed to retain people, qualified people,” Strother said, especially those who had been in the Mideast.

Strother jumped at the chance for the extra cash and a promise to pay off his student loans during the meeting at Fairfield Armory in Chico led by a one-star general and attended by 300 other veterans.

But he — and many others — got quite the shock when they finished that tour of duty and the government wanted its bonus money back. In Strother’s case, he was asked to pay back $25,000 for the bonus and his student loans. It turns out the California National Guard was not supposed to offer the money.

On Wednesday, after national outcry about the practice, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Pentagon to stand down and stop asking some 10,000 California National Guard troops to repay the bonuses.

“Ultimately, we will provide for a process that puts as little burden as possible on any soldier who received an improper payment through no fault of his or her own,” Carter said in his statement.

Carter said all collection efforts have been suspended and military officials would work on streamlining the process. A day before several House Republican leaders in California signed a letter calling for the Pentagon to stop the collection of bonuses given out in error.

The bonuses were offered to soldiers who would re-enlist for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers were offered $15,000 bonuses, according to several National Guardsmen who were on active duty between 2003 and 2012.

Former Army Master Sgt. Toni Jaffe, the California Guard’s incentive manager during that time, pleaded guilty to filing false claims and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

While all that is good news to Strother, he says he still plans to pursue a federal lawsuit he filed in February of this year.

“I was given that amount of money, then all of a sudden it became a matter of voiding my contract,” he said.

About six months after filing the suit, Strother received a letter from the government saying he fulfilled his contractual obligations but he still owed the government up to $5,000 for the student loans it had covered under the bonus program.

Despite all the headache Strother endured, he recently re-enlisted for another six-year contract with the National Guard in order to avoid any penalties for the student loan payments hanging over his head.

Daniel Willman, Strother’s lawyer, said the recent decision from the Pentagon is “not a remedy for the problem, but more a suspension of their actions in going after money from these veterans.”

“The contractual obligations in question were followed in good faith,” Willman said. “We want to trigger a class-action lawsuit.”

A representative for the California National Guard did not immediately return a call from the paper.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa said the recent National Defense Authorization Act, which has not passed through the Senate, does address the matter of asking for soldiers to pay back bonuses. The fact the Pentagon went after veterans in the first place is wrong and unacceptable, LaMalfa said

“This was a screw-up on a federal level,” LaMalfa said. “What we have to make sure we do is get those veterans who have paid something back — to get their money back.”

LaMalfa noted the National Guard did not have the authority to forgive the bonuses or to change the enlistment policies.

Strother said his lawsuit is not about money, but about the policies in place that entice soldiers to enlist and then bill them later.

“I risked my life for those payments,” Strother said. “I had just returned from Middle East for deployment within the year before going back. I had a young daughter who couldn’t even remember her last name when I came back. It was hard and I fulfilled that in good faith.”

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Rep. LaMalfa Responds to Forced Repayment of Veteran Bonuses

Doug LaMalfa Congressman CA

October 24, 2016

Washington, DC –  Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement on veterans being ordered to repay bonuses offered as an incentive for service as reported by the Los Angeles Times:

“The decision to force nearly 10,000 California Army National Guard Soldiers, both retired and current, to repay their bonuses due to bureaucratic incompetence from decades ago is simply immoral and will not be accepted. These are men and women who put their lives on the line for our county, many of them serving multiple deployments. Now, years later, they are being sent to collections at the hand of bureaucrats because they accepted bonuses offered to them as an incentive to serve. The only people at fault here are the federal officials who illegally signed off on these bonuses, and they have already been given a lengthy prison sentence. I will continue working with my colleagues to fully investigate these reports and resolve this issue in a way that fully honors our veterans.  

 In the meantime, if you or someone you know is a member of California National Guard who has been  ordered to repay enlistment or educational bonuses, please call my Oroville office at  (530) 534-7100 for more information on how we can help.”

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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