June 12th-- DC and District Highlights
This past week in Washington, DC was a busy one. On Thursday, the House prioritized funding a strong military by passing H.R. 2685, the FY16 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which includes a 2.3% pay raise for our troops while remaining within budget caps. The House also passed H.R. 2577, the 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, and I joined with Rep. Jeff Denham in passing an amendment to H.R. 2577 that would prohibit any further federal funding of California’s high speed rail proposal. The measure specifically prohibits so-called “tapered matching”, in which the state spends federal funds without concurrently providing the required state matching funds. Despite years of broken deadlines and the hundreds of millions spent on consultants and PR firms as well as a just-for-show groundbreaking, California’s high speed rail project is no closer to being built than it was seven years ago, and it is time to hit the brakes. To learn more, please click here. Below are some recent highlights from DC and around our district. To stay in touch with me throughout the week and to share your thoughts with me, follow me on Facebook and email me via my website.
This past week, the House passed H.R. 2289, the Commodity End User Relief Act, with a vote of 246-171. This measure would reauthorize and improve the operations at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The bill contains a number of provisions, including protections for end-users, such as ranchers, farmers, manufacturers, and public utilities against burdensome and costly regulatory policies under Dodd-Frank. Also included in the bill was my Public Power Risk Management Act, which passed with the full support of the House last year. There are over 2,000 publicly-owned utilities across the country, including one in Redding, who were placed at a major disadvantage to private companies under Dodd-Frank rules limiting their ability to negotiate with swap deals. This bill levels the playing field permanently and ensures that 47 million customers will not see their rates increase due to arbitrary regulatory policies.
Rep. LaMalfa speaks on the House Floor in favor of HR 2289, the Commodity End User Relief Act. To watch his speech, click here.
Rep. LaMalfa speaks with seventh and eighth grade students from University Preparatory School in Redding and Brittan Elementary in Sutter visiting Washington, DC on their graduating class trip.
Rep. LaMalfa meets with Chris and Candace Gallion to discuss the problems veterans face when returning home to their communities and how programs, such as the Farm Credit Council's Homegrown by Heroes, can assist our veterans who are or would like to start farming and ranching in our rural areas across the country. Chris and Candace Gallion are northern California farmers visiting DC for the “Salute to Farmer Veterans” event hosted by the Farm Credit Council in collaboration with the House Agriculture Committee.
Rep. LaMalfa meets with Steve Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing and Tom McCormick of the California Craft Brewers Association to discuss the Small BREW Act, which lowers federal taxes on craft beer production, particularly for very small breweries, and allows brewers to put money back into their businesses, hire more workers, and purchase new equipment.
Rep. LaMalfa congratulates Tyler Younkers of Red Bluff on his appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Andrew Klassen of Chico on his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, and Kevin Williams of Yreka on his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. If you are a high school student with a desire to serve our nation as a military officer, click here for more information.