LaMalfa Honored with John D. Dingell Award
Mar 11, 2019
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after being presented with the John D. Dingell award for promoting labor-management cooperation in Congress. The award, named after the late Rep. John D. Dingell (D-MI) was presented by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and the National Labor Management Public Affairs Committee (LAMPAC).
Specifically, Congressman LaMalfa was recognized for his bipartisan legislation with Rep. Kurt Schrader, (D-OR) the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, which reduced the risk of power outages and catastrophic wildfires by allowing electric utility companies to remove hazardous trees that are at risk of falling on a power line or other electric infrastructure on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or U.S. Forest Service land. The legislation was signed into law last April.
LaMalfa said: “I was happy to have my bill, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, signed into law last Congress. Now, utility companies are able to more quickly remove trees or brush that may be a hazard near a power-line before it becomes a serious problem. As we know all too well in Northern California, the threat of catastrophic wildfires is very real, and any steps we can take to prevent them from occurring is a step in the right direction. I’d like to thank LAMPAC for recognizing our hard work and highlighting the spirit of bipartisanship that it took to pass this legislation. Electrical blackouts and wildfires are real problems that affect real lives, and I’m committed to promoting policies that offer common-sense solutions to address them.”
Rep. LaMalfa and Rep. Schrader receive the John D. Dingell Award. [photo credit: EEI]
In a press release today, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) congratulated Rep. LaMalfa and Rep. Schrader for their work to receive this award.
“The energy grid is vital to the life, health, and safety of all Americans, and it is critical to the economic and national security of the nation,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Representatives Doug LaMalfa and Kurt Schrader demonstrated tremendous leadership in working together to find solutions that help protect the energy grid and improve grid security, reliability, and resiliency for our customers. Congressman Dingell worked tirelessly to develop consensus on both sides of the aisle and to enact policies to benefit all Americans. It is very fitting that they are this year’s recipients of this distinguished award.”
“When it comes to maintaining our energy security, partisanship should never come in the way,” said IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson. “Representatives LaMalfa and Schrader have shown–just like Congressman Dingell did throughout his career–that lawmakers can cross the aisle and work together to come up with common sense solutions to the challenges faced by this nation. My congratulations to them on their well-deserved award.
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.