Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in reaction to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizing its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:
“Today, the President has given EPA regulators even more power over the lives of American families and their personal property. Make no mistake, the misguided WOTUS regulation will result in increased redundancy, cause unnecessary delays, kill jobs and harm our economy. My constituents want to see less red tape, not more, yet today’s announcement means our already ineffective federal regulators will have an even greater ability to suppress the rights of property owners.”
Rep. Calvert is the Chairman of the House Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee, which provides funding for the EPA and other agencies. On May 12, 2015, Rep. Calvert joined a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues in supporting the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732), which requires EPA to withdraw the WOTUS rule.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (240-177) of the House of Representatives in approving the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.
“The drought in California continues to highlight the importance of investing in critical water infrastructure projects,” said Rep. Calvert. “The bill approved by the House today will help fund a number of projects, both in California and around the country, that are essential to maintaining water supplies and flood control. Despite these investments, far too many projects, especially water storage projects in California, continue to be studied to death. Thankfully, California members of the Appropriations Committee have inserted language in the bill that will require federal agencies to complete these studies by specified dates in the near future.”
Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Highlights
(Courtesy of the House Appropriations Committee)
The Appropriations Committee approved an amendment by Congressman David Valadao (CA-21) that would direct the Bureau of Reclamation to complete the Shasta and Temperance Flats feasibility studies by the end of this year; the Los Vaqueros and Sites Reservoir feasibility studies by November 30, 2016; and the San Luis Reservoir lowpoint improvement project, which is studying how to increase San Luis Reservoir, by December 31, 2017.
INVESTING IN AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE
Cutting the Administration's Red Tape
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a bipartisan majority (255-163) of the House of Representatives in approving the Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction and Veteran Affairs Appropriations bill.
“Anything short of prompt, high quality healthcare for our veterans is simply unacceptable to me,” said Rep. Calvert. “The funding bill approved by the House today once again provides significant funding for the infrastructure our veterans and active duty military members need and deserve. I am also pleased that the Appropriations Committee has included a number of measures within the bill that hold the VA accountable for reforming the broken parts within our veteran healthcare systems.”
Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction and Veteran Affairs Appropriations Bill Highlights
(Courtesy of the House Appropriations Committee)
MEETING OUR VETERAN OBLIGATIONS
Ensures our veterans receive their much deserved health, job and training, and other benefits by increasing discretionary funding for veterans programs by 5.6% over last fiscal year.
Provides $48.6 billion for VA Medical Services ($3.4 billion above last fiscal year) to care for 6.9 million patients.
RIGHTING THE SHIP AT VA
Speeds up VA claims processing by providing $163 million above last year.
Helps ensure our veterans receive proper medical care by including $233 million for the modernization of the VA electronic health record system.
Tightens oversight of taxpayer dollars to address mismanagement.
SUPPORTING OUR ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICEMEMBERS
Provides support systems and infrastructure to maintain the morale and readiness of our warfighters and care for their loved ones.
Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) is pleased to announce his 23rd Annual Academy Night event for high school students in the 42nd Congressional District who are interested in attending one of the U.S. military academies.
Academy Night features presentations from the U.S Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ortega High School Conference Center
520 Chaney Street in Lake Elsinore
Students will learn about the admission requirements and the congressional nomination process, and will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from each academy, members of Rep. Calvert's Academy Nominations Selection Committee, and his congressional staff – all of whom will be more than willing to help the students throughout the application process.
For more information about Rep. Calvert's military academy nomination process please click here.
The 42nd District encompasses the western edge of Riverside County including the cities of Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, Menifee, Murrieta and a portion of Temecula.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) introduced legislation, the Employee Bonus Protection Act (H.R. 1981) aimed at protecting employee bonuses from overly complex federal requirements.
“Both employees and their employers lose out when complicated government regulations make it tougher to run a business,” said Rep. Calvert. “The government needs to get out of the way and make it easier, not harder, for businesses who want to reward employees with additional compensation. The Employee Bonus Protection Act is a commonsense solution that will help hard working Americans and small businesses.”
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), the Department of Labor requires that any employer calculate and factor in earned bonuses (including bonuses paid and lodging provided) when determining an employee’s “regular rate of pay” for purposes of overtime compensation for each pay period. This requirement poses an unnecessary burden on businesses and employers, large and small alike, who are required to recalculate each employee’s rate of pay depending on different bonuses earned every month. In fact, many businesses are forced to eliminate these incentives entirely because they cannot afford to hire an accountant or designate an employee to determine these changing rates of pay, disincentivizing employees to innovate and produce results for their employers, and ultimately their customers.
The Employee Bonus Protection Act would amend the FLSA to provide that an employee's regular pay rate, for purposes of calculating overtime compensation, will not be affected by additional payments to reward an employee or group of employees for meeting or exceeding productivity, quality, efficiency, or sales goals under a gain sharing, incentive bonus, commission, or performance contingent bonus plan.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to the Air Force’s decision not to select March Air Reserve Base as a candidate base for the new KC-46 tanker aircraft:
“March Air Reserve Base plays a significant role contributing to our military’s air mobility, including the air refueling mission, and was the only Air Force Reserve base located on the West Coast that was in contention for this round of base selections. That is why many people, myself included, were so surprised to learn that March was not chosen as a candidate base. The air refueling mission at March has and will continue to be an integral part of the base’s significant support of our national security. I will continue to advocate for March as an ideal location for the future beddown of KC-46s.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (XXX-XXX) of his House colleagues to approve Price Substitute #2, the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution. Price Substitute #2 balances the budget in less than 10 years without raising taxes and cuts $5.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Following the passage of the bill, Rep. Calvert issued the following statement:
“Our national debt continues to pose a serious threat to our future economic growth and national security. If we fail to act, these threats will grow and the risk to our country will be far greater. President Obama’s budget plan leads to more spending, more debt, and more kicking the can down the road. That’s not leadership. Thankfully, House Republicans have chosen to once again pursue a responsible path that leads to a truly balanced budget.
The House budget will enhance our economic future by calling for a fairer, simpler tax code and repealing the job-killing provisions in ObamaCare, including its taxes, regulations and mandates. The plan promotes freedom of choice, affordability, and patient-centered heath care solutions.
In order to protect our national security, the House budget will ensure necessary funding is provided for troop training, equipment and compensation. The budget also includes provisions that will improve the efficiency in the Defense Department, including the civilian workforce. Specifically, the budget contains language that echoes the REDUCE Act, legislation that I have introduced that would require any reductions in military end strength be accompanied by appropriate reductions in the civilian workforce in order to maintain a ratio that more closely resembles the historical average.
There’s no question that the House budget requires a number of sacrifices, but American families make and live with similar sacrifices every day and they expect our government to do the same. President Obama may not understand that, but I do and I encourage all of my colleagues to support the House Republican budget and its path towards a brighter economic future and a more secure America.”
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) questioned Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter about the unbalanced number of civilian employees in the Defense Department relative to the number of uniformed soldiers. During the exchange, Secretary Carter agreed with Rep. Calvert’s concerns about the efficiency in the department’s civilian workforce. Secretary Carter was testifying before the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
“Well actually I’m with you,” said Secretary Carter. “I think we should go after excess wherever we find it in the Department. And the civilian workforce, like the military personnel end-strength has to be something that we scrutinize and reduce. And I think we can reduce the civilian workforce.”
“I am encouraged by Secretary Carter’s comments that he is interested in improving the efficiency of his department’s civilian workforce so we can then invest those savings into military end-strength and readiness,” said Rep. Calvert. “I want to pass legislation that gives Secretary Carter the ability to shape and mold his workforce in an effective way.”
Rep. Calvert has introduced legislation aimed at creating a more efficient civilian workforce at the Department of Defense (DOD).The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act (H.R. 340)would require the DOD to make civilian workforce reductions in a systematic manner without compromising our ability to maintain a strong national defense over the long term.
Currently there are 776,841 civilian employees at the DOD as compared to 644,000 in 2004, an increase of 132,841. By comparison, from 2004 to 2014 the Active Duty military component went from 1,428,000 to 1,331,000, a reduction of 97,000.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress:
“Iran cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, and the United States should not be party to any agreement that allows them to move closer to that reality – now or in the future. Today, I was proud to stand and support Prime Minister Netanyahu. I have and I will continue to stand with Israel.
“I strongly agree with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s assessment that Iran continues to conduct itself in a manner that is directly in line with a distorted, violent spectrum of Islam and is the primary state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”
Today, Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42), along with Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21), Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6), Subcommittee on Immigration Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4), and others, introduced the Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 1147, which will make employment verification mandatory nationwide.
"One of the biggest reasons so many of my constituents remain concerned about illegal immigration is the fact that individuals who are not authorized to work in our country continue to find jobs," said Rep. Calvert. "E-Verify is an incredibly useful tool that must be part of our solutions to our immigration challenges. I look forward to working with my House colleagues to expand the use of E-Verify and ensuring only authorized workers are employed in our country."
E-Verify, created by Rep. Calvert in 1996 through legislation, is the only tool available to employers to check the legal status of newly hired employees. It is web-based, 99.5% accurate and free to employers.
Below is a summary of some of the major components in the Legal Workforce Act:
In September of 2009 I attended the Foundation for Community and Family Health’s annual "Walk for Health" at Dos Lagos in Corona. The "Walk for Health" had over 500 plus walkers that ranged from all ages. Women, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, friends, husbands, and many others from throughout the community walked in honor of Breast Cancer survivors everywhere. All proceeds from the walk went right back into the community via The Foundation-which offers free mammogram tests to women of all ages. My office formed a team, and Team Calvert has been directly touched by the movement. One of my staff has a mother who is a Stage 3 Breast Cancer survivor! For women everywhere, I will continue to do my part to find a cure!Read More
Rep. Calvert visits local education professionals at Sherman Indian High School.Read More
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Ken Calvert, a lifelong resident of Riverside County and 17-year small business owner in the restaurant and real estate industries, represents the 42nd Congressional District of southern California. Calvert was born on June 8, 1953 and attended neighborhood public schools, graduating from Corona High School in 1971. He attended two years at Chaffey College, in Alta Loma, and then enrolled at San Diego State University, where he graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Ken is a Protestant and is involved in several local community volunteer organizations.
The 42nd District encompasses the western edge of Riverside County including the cities of Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, Menifee, Murrieta and a portion of Temecula. Rep. Calvert was first elected to the House in 1992 and was part of the historic “Contract with America” class in 1994 that swept the House to Republican control for the first time in 40 years.
In the 113th Congress, Rep. Calvert continues to serve on the House Appropriations Committee where he is the Chairman of the Interior and the Environment Subcommittee. Rep. Calvert is also a member of the Defense Subcommittee and the Energy and Water Subcommittee. He also serves on the House Budget Committee. Rep. Calvert was also selected to serve as the Chairman of the California Republican Delegation.
Rep. Calvert has been the California Republican Delegation’s voice on the House Steering Committee, which determines House Republican committee assignments, since 2003.
In the 113th Congress, Rep. Calvert’s legislative priorities includes: enacting pro-growth policies that will help our struggling economy; reducing our national debt; reforming our tax code; supporting our military around the world and supporting the mission in Afghanistan; strengthening our borders and making the use of E-Verify mandatory for all employers in the U.S.; creating long-term solutions to California’s energy and water problems; working towards the implementation and funding of new transportation corridors vital to Riverside County’s future; reducing the time it takes to build infrastructure projects by making common sense, bi-partisan reforms to our environmental laws; and, much more.
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Here's my reaction to the job killing regulation issued by the EPA today: http://t.co/Y18yPKL4TQ
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Today, we honor those Americans who sacrificed in order to protect the freedoms and liberty of their country. All gave some. Some gave all.
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