July 12th-- Update on Education Reform, Forestry Management, and The Devastating California Drought
While our nation celebrated our independence last weekend, a Californian family grieved the loss of their daughter. Kate Steinle was senselessly shot and killed while walking through Pier 14 with her father. She was killed for no reason by an illegal immigrant convicted of seven felonies, who had been deported five times, and who was released by the San Francisco police department over the objections of federal immigration authorities. Sanctuary city laws make our cities less safe and endanger Americans. Refusal to enforce immigration laws means that dangerous criminals with no regard for our laws are walking our streets. In California alone, over 10,000 immigration detainer requests were declined – 10,000 known criminals were released in violation of federal law. The House must act to ensure that the federal government does not aid cities who refuse to enforce our nation’s laws, and I am working on legislation to address this issue.
Rep. LaMalfa speaks out against the killing of Kate Steinle and the ineffectiveness of sanctuary city laws on the House floor. To view his remarks, click here
This past week in the House of Representatives we took on education reform, forestry management, and the devastating California drought. Please be sure to check out the legislative update from DC below! If you have thoughts you'd like to share with me, please email me or contact any of my offices.
Washington, DC: Legislative Update
This past week, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, a measure I cosponsored addressing the historic water supply crisis afflicting California and much of the American West. As the product of bipartisan, bicameral negotiations, this legislation protects Northern Californian water rights, adds operational flexibility to the Central Valley Project, and advances surface water storage projects, including Sites Reservoir in Northern California.
The House also passed H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015, which will address some of the causes of destructive wildfires. California’s first district is home to seven national forests, and we have suffered from increasingly devastating forest fires caused by overgrown, mismanaged forests. Just last year, three forest fires burned 200,000 acres in Siskiyou County. This measure will return active management to our forests by increasing flexibility, cutting red tape and most importantly acting to manage forest fires before they occur, not afterwards.
Rep. LaMalfa speaks on the House Floor in support of H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act. To view this remarks, click here.
On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, with my support. This legislation strengthens charter schools and parental rights, prohibits federal coercion of Common Core, consolidates more than 65 ineffective or underfunded programs, and allows states to establish their own accountability systems to ensure all students receive a quality education. The current “Washington knows best” education policy, and our current education system, is failing too many students across the nation. It silences parents, teachers, and education leaders who understand their children and students’ concerns. It’s time to repeal these one-size-fits all federal policies and return power back to our states and localities where it belongs.
Rep. LaMalfa meets with Randall and Judy Smith of Redding, visiting DC with their grandsons. Randall Smith, who has helped reduce the spread of the invasive Arundo plant in Shasta County, spoke with Rep. LaMalfa regarding the importance of long-term water storage projects, especially Sites Reservoir.