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Rep. LaMalfa Announces Common Sense Reforms to Democrats’ Appropriations Bill

(Washington, DC) Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) made the following statement after submitting thirteen amendments to the House funding bills expected to come up for a vote next week.

“Over the past six months, House Democrats have bowed to the least responsible lawmakers in their ranks. Right now they are working to force a $6 trillion budget plan through Congress without so much as blinking in the general direction of a Republican,” LaMalfa said. “To emphasize this, I have proposed a series of common sense amendments that would provide a vast improvement over the outlandish priorities the majority on Congress are pushing.”

“My amendments would increase the Federal investment into Sites Reservoir, which would have been able to provide more than a million acre feet of water this year had it been built. Additionally, these proposals will strip away funding set-aside for President Biden’s “Climate Army” to be used, instead, for wildland firefighters. Lastly, I have proposed an amendment to help with the clean-up of toxic waste and chemicals at illegal cartel-linked marijuana grow sites that are plaguing California. It’s time to stop the rampant spending on useless Green New Deal nightmares and focus on the real priorities of the American people.”

  1. Amendment restoring $40 million to the Charter School Program.
  2. Prohibition of funding for needle distribution programs.
  3. Prohibit enforcement of the ‘abandonment’ rule for prior converted croplands, effectively preventing them from reverting to wetlands.
  4. Prohibit enforcement of the 2015 Clean Water Act WOTUS definition, to prevent any rollbacks if the Biden Administration is successful in repealing the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. 
  5. Secures $1 billion to finish funding Sites Reservoir.
  6. Prohibits the collection of any Operations and Maintenance fees from Central Valley Project and Klamath Project water users, given the lack of any water that was allocated to them.
  7. Transfers $73.4 million from the Biden Administration’s proposed Civilian Climate Corpsand gives it to firefighter pay and to the Wildland Fire Management account.
  8. An amendment to the environmental law enforcement pieces to emphasize the importance of removing and remediating marijuana trespass grows on federal lands.
  9. Limitation amendment prohibiting the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Interior from acquiring more land until their deferred maintenance backlog is eliminated.
  10. Prohibit funding to high-speed rail projects in the State of California, unless the Secretary of Transportation certifies that the State has adequately reimbursed all private landowners whose property was acquired via eminent domain for a high-speed rail project and the entire proposed route has completed an environmental review.
  11. Adds illegal marijuana grow sites to the eligible category for reimbursement from the Drug Enforcement Administration to state, units of local government, or tribal governments for expenses incurred for clean-up and safe disposal of substances which may present a danger to public health or the environment.
  12. Strikes a provision to allow the Department of Justice to use funds to prevent states from implementing their laws that authorize use, distribution, possession, and cultivation of medical marijuana.
  13. An amendment that directs the Department of State to report on connections between international criminal organizations and illegal marijuana grows within the United States.

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.

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