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Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Representing the 1st District of California


As the proud father of four children, I strongly believe that all children should have access to quality education. Providing a first-rate education for America’s youth is one of the most important responsibilities of parents, local school boards, states, and, to a relatively small degree, the federal government. For over forty five years now, the Federal Government’s role in education has been expanding, yet has repeatedly failed to improve the outcome for the youth. This country is in dire need of a more coherent vision for education reform.

I am greatly concerned by the rapidly increasing costs of a college education and the impact this has on many students' ability to access higher education. While some individuals' paths may not require a college degree, there is no doubt that a college education generates greater opportunities for all students. Additionally, increasing access to higher education is essential to America's economic future because our economy depends on an educated, productive, and innovative workforce.

The average college tuition has increased tremendously over the past decade. The federal government has responded to these rapidly increasing costs by spending more and more on financial aid. Economists have argued that colleges will charge as much as their customers are able to pay, therefore raising their tuition whenever student aid increases to capture the additional aid. This results in federal student aid actually subsidizing colleges, not students. In addition, academic institutions haven't done enough to make themselves more financially transparent. I believe Congress has repeatedly missed the opportunity to hold colleges and universities accountable for how they spend taxpayer dollars and might in fact continue to fuel the problem of rising costs by giving additional aid without providing new information to consumers.

It is my hope that Congress focuses on real solutions to the rising cost of higher education and in a way that doesn't worsen our already unsustainable mandatory spending programs and ensures that additional federal financial aid does not in fact contribute to increasing college costs. Otherwise, we are effectively trying to solve one problem by creating another. I also believe higher education institutions need to be held accountable for their spending and create greater financial transparency so that students and taxpayers can see where their money is being spent.

For more information concerning my work and views on Education, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

See also information on student financial aid.

More on Education

Jun 27, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after hosting Isabella McMurray, winner of this year’s Congressional High School Art Competition representing California’s 1st Congressional District. Her piece, titled “I am Columbia” will be displayed in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year. Isabella attends Inspire School of Arts and Sciences in Chico, California.
Jun 18, 2018 Press Release
(Richvale, CA) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after honoring 5 students who received appointments to the United States Service Academies. U.S. Service Academy graduates receive a first-rate undergraduate education, equivalent to that provided by a top-tier, Ivy League school, with options to pursue advanced degrees; spend a minimum of 5 years serving their country on active duty as a military officer; and are provided with an education and experience that will offer a world of career opportunities.
Mar 15, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) is accepting submissions for the 2018 Congressional High School Art Competition. The theme for this year’s competition is based off the song America the Beautiful.
Mar 14, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act. This legislation creates a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement to identify and respond to early signs of violence, as well as implementing technology to improve school security.
Jan 11, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after announcing that he has nominated 20 North State residents as candidates to the United States Service Academies. The U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy each require a Congressional nomination in order to attend. The admissions process is highly competitive.
Jul 28, 2017 Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), co-authors of H.R.1241, the American Food for American Schools Act, responded today to the findings of an audit investigating how well California schools are complying with “Buy American” provisions for school food. The audit found that the state does little to ensure that schools follow the federal rules designed to ensure that schools purchase domestic food for lunches and other school food programs.
Sep 19, 2016 Press Release
Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today announced that Lassen Community College in Susanville, CA, has been awarded a $313,592 Distance Learning Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development.
Feb 19, 2016 In The News
Rep. LaMalfa tours the Good News Rescue Mission's facilities Wednesday, including its nearly finished Victory House.
Oct 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. LaMalfa today H.R. 10, legislation to amend and reauthorize the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act. The measure provides low income families in the District of Columbia the ability to apply for scholarship funding to attend a private school through the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Oct 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today commended William and Marian Ghidotti Early College High School in Grass Valley for being recognized by the U.S Department of Education as one of 335 schools honored as 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools.