Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Representing the 1st District of California
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Federal Spending and Borrowing

The growth of government spending is out of control. In the past four years our nation has added about $6 trillion in new debt borrowed against our children and grandchildren’s' future. Unfortunately, both parties have been complicit in increasing government spending dramatically, though for very different reasons. Today our nation faces $16 trillion in debt, much of it owed to foreign countries hostile to our economic interests and way of life. While some believe that these challenges can simply be put off to a later date, I believe that the time to act against higher borrowing is now. 

I believe that part of the solution to our debt problem is to scale back the federal government and return to the private sector any federal job that could be done more efficiently by a business. There is any number of tasks performed by the federal government which could be provided at both lower cost and higher efficiency by a privately-operated business with real concerns about keeping costs down. 

A second common-sense step is to limit the duplicative duties of many federal agencies, which often conflict and can be counterproductive. For example, in Siskiyou County, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency all believe that they have a role in the regulation of water supply and use.  These agencies provide conflicting direction, fight amongst themselves and generally fail to provide the area's farmers and ranchers with any clear path to profitable operation. Add in the regular disputes these agencies have with similar entities in California's state government and there is a wide array of government workers doing essentially the same job - an incredibly expensive and counterproductive way to operate.   

For more information concerning my work and views on Spending Cuts and Debt, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Federal Spending and Borrowing

Feb 3, 2015 In The News

REDDING, Calif. -

A budget battle is brewing in our nation's capital as President Barack Obama laid out his $4 trillion budget plan. It’s one that raised many concerns for the Northstate congressman.

"It's not a realistic budget because the level of spending - it's just not going to pass through this House or this Senate that the voters of the U.S. have put in place,” said California Congressional District 1 Representative Doug LaMalfa.

Feb 2, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today issued the following statement on President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget released today.

Sep 17, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted for a measure he cosponsored to bring transparency to the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions. H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) – Congress’s investigative arm – to complete an audit of the Federal Reserve system with one year and submit a report of the its findings and conclusions to Congress. The measure would also eliminate the current audit restrictions placed on the GAO.

Jan 17, 2014 Press Release

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Jan 17, 2014 Press Release

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December 12, 2013


Apr 15, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Redding, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) released the following statement on Tax Day:

“Today, as millions of hard-working taxpayers across the country file their income taxes, Washington’s spending problem could not be more clear.

Apr 12, 2013 In The News

WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, added his voice this afternoon to many others offering opinions of President Obama's proposed budget, which was released today.

"I was disappointed by President Obama's proposal for the American people," LaMalfa was quoted in a news release his office sent out. "His budget, despite raising taxes more than $1 trillion, will never balance and is filled with additional spending, increased taxes, and more bureaucracy."

Apr 12, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Redding, CA – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today issued the following comment on President Obama’s FY 2014 Budget released today, over two months late:

Apr 12, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today visited the Bureau of Public Debt, where US Treasury securities are auctioned off to fund the federal government’s borrowing. LaMalfa toured the departments which facilitate billions of dollars of borrowing a day to support the Obama administration’s trillions in new debt.

Mar 21, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa today voted for the House Republican budget plan (“Ryan Budget”), which balances the federal budget within the next ten years. The Ryan budget, H. Con. Res. 25, saves billions by eliminating spending caused by the Obama health care takeover, reducing bureaucracy and protecting defense funding.