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Jeffrey 'Jeff' Denham

Jeff Denham's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Jeffrey 'Jeff' Denham
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 10, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 10
Primary June 3, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sonia; 2 Children: Austin, Samantha
Birth Date: 07/29/1967
Birth Place: Hawthorne, CA
Home City: Turlock, CA
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Issue Positions

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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Jefferey Denham. Congressman, Jeff Denham. 24 February 2011. "Thank you for contacting me regarding the sanctity of life. This is an issue of utmost concern to me, and I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue. I believe that life begins with conception, and that abortion is the immoral termination of an innocent human life. I feel we must emphasize the value of human life, and restore rights to unborn children." (historyishiring.com)
  • Jeff Denham. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jeff Denham voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jeff Denham voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Brian Johnston. California ProLife: American Democracy in Action. 23 April 2012. "Jeff Denham opposes abortion and opposes federal funding of abortion." (www.google.com)
  • J.N. Sbranti. The Modesto Bee: Stanislaus County candidates spar in Latino Roundtable. 11 April 2012. "Denham said he believes in the sanctity of life." (www.modbee.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. E-Newsletter 7/6/12. 6 July 2012. "I was newly inspired by the level of dedication and commitment from our uniformed service members and our Middle East partners to their mission of supporting global security in the Middle East. It was truly an honor to personally thank each and every one of them for their work toward achieving greater stability and securing peace in the Middle East, especially in areas where the U.S. has a strong military and diplomatic presence." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: National Security. 23 April 2012. "Since September 11, 2001, the United States has led a coalition of nations in the global War on Terror. The sacrifice borne by American servicemembers provides a stark reminder that the costs of freedom are high, and that we have an obligation to provide for our nation's security. As coalition forces continue their heroic efforts to thwart global terrorism, stabilize the respective regions, and improve the economic, social, and political conditions, we must be steadfast in our support of their efforts. Above all, this means providing the necessary resources as requested by the commanders on the ground. I firmly believe that the military men and women on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the globe, have the most useful knowledge and understanding of the nature of our enemy and the means necessary to achieve victory. Anything short of providing all the tools needed for victory is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Jeff Denham voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Representative Denham Statement on the Death of Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Representative Jeff Denham tonight issued following statement this evening after an announcement by President Obama that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. 'The tragedy of 9/11 remains close to all of our hearts. Tonight marks a significant step toward ridding the world of radical terrorism and we remain committed to fighting those who promote violence against innocent civilians. I am proud of the brave men and women who have fought for the last decade to rid the world of violent extremism. We will continue the fight to keep America safe.'" (www.votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 14 July 2011. "Many Americans believe making Social Security payments (CBO estimates: FY11: $727 billion; FY12: $760 billion), Medicare payments (CBO estimates: FY11: $563 billion; FY12:$560 billion) and ensuring the pay of our military personnel (DOD estimates: FY11 $157 billion; FY12: 160 billion) should be the Administration's next priorities. Allowing statements to the contrary jeopardizes the good faith and credit of the United States. We ask that you make an immediate, clear and unequivocal pubic commitment that your Administration will continue to make all interest payments on time, as well as ensuring the pay of our military personnel, and making Social Security and Medicare payments in full." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Rep. Denham: We Must Fund Our Troops, Despite A Government Shutdown. 8 April 2011. "The well being of our troops and their families must come before politics. As a veteran, a US Representative and citizen of the United States, I voted yesterday for a bill to ensure the federal government stays open and our troops are funded through the end of the fiscal year. As a nation, we must provide the necessary resources for the brave men and women who risk their lives every day in defense of our freedom. In a time of war, America's leaders must unite. It is time for the Senate to act!" (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - July 20, 2012. 23 July 2012. "The House also passed the Defense Appropriations Act to ensure our men and women in the Armed Forces have the equipment and services they need to protect America from global threats while keeping us safe her at home. As a 16-year veteran of the Air Force, I know firsthand how important it is to not play politics with the funding for our troops and I was glad to support this measure. I hope the Senate will act accordingly and pass this bill quickly so our men and women in uniform can have the peace of mind of knowing Washington isn't playing with their safety." (denham.house.gov)
  • Jeff Denham. Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - May 11, 2012. 15 May 2012. "On Thursday, I joined my colleagues in the House in approving a measure to replace the devastating defense cuts with responsible spending reforms to protect our troops and maintain a robust defense community, while also ensuring your tax dollars are spent responsibly. This plan ensures that we end out-of-control government spending, while making sure our top priority is national security; now the Senate must do the same." (denham.house.gov)
  • Jeff Denham. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Jeff Denham voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Jeff Denham voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Defense and National Security. 7 March 2012. "Since September 11, 2001, the United States has led a coalition of nations in the global War on Terror. The sacrifice borne by American servicemembers provides a stark reminder that the costs of freedom are high, and that we have an obligation to provide for our nation's security. As coalition forces continue their heroic efforts to thwart global terrorism, stabilize the respective regions, and improve the economic, social, and political conditions, we must be steadfast in our support of their efforts. Above all, this means providing the necessary resources as requested by the commanders on the ground. I firmly believe that the military men and women on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the globe, have the most useful knowledge and understanding of the nature of our enemy and the means necessary to achieve victory. Anything short of providing all the tools needed for victory is unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 7 March 2012. "As you know, the tax code in this country is both vast and often contradictory and indecipherable. Every year, politicians in Washington attempt to convince the American public that if only they were able to raise taxes, all your problems would be solved. I disagree strongly with any action that raises taxes on working Americans. In this time of great economic uncertainty and peril, we must keep taxes low so that hard working Americans can put their dollars to work. The problem in this country is not that we do not tax our citizens too little, it is that we spend too much. Tax rates can not go up indefinitely and are not a solution to the hard choices we must make as a nation. Accordingly, I am committed to reducing the tax burden on all Americans and fighting the culture of spending in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Politico - Senate is Only Thing Blocking Reform. 16 August 2011. "Reid chose scare tactics -- saying that the House was 'trying to balance the budget on the backs of seniors to pay for tax loopholes for the rich.' He knows full well that the House-passed budget not only saves Medicare, but also closes the tax loopholes he and his fellow Senate Democrats keep talking about." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - September 2, 2011. 2 September 2011. "A second initiative I am proud to announce provides immediate tax relief on the American public, which is designed to help American employers, small businesses in particular, create middle class jobs. One of the absolute worst things government can do is impose tax increases that prevent businesses from hiring. Instead, we will focus on ways to enable businesses, large and small, to unlock more capital and create new jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham signed Americans for Tax Reform: 2012 The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of California and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Tax Code. 23 April 2012. "As you know, the tax code in this country is both vast and often contradictory and indecipherable. Every year, politicians in Washington attempt to convince the American public that if only they were able to raise taxes, all your problems would be solved. I disagree strongly with any action that raises taxes on working Americans. In this time of great economic uncertainty and peril, we must keep taxes low so that hard working Americans can put their dollars to work." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - September 16, 2011. 16 September 2011. "In order to effectively utilize one of our most renewable resources"water"we must make an investment in the necessary infrastructure used to store and convey it.  Utilizing our natural resources will create jobs in our state and ensure that we maintain our farmland, which is some of the most productive in the country."  (denham.house.gov)
  • Jeff Denham: Twitter: JeffDenham. 11 October 2011. "Jobs don't come from govt. They come from people who see opportunities, take risks, innovate, and earn success." (twitter.com)
  • Jeff Denham. Denham Addresses America's Jobs Crisis. 8 September 2011. "More federal spending is not the answer to the Valley's double-digit unemployment rate. We must reduce the regulations and promote the economic policies that instill confidence in entrepreneurs and enable them to take a risk--the risk to go out and borrow money to start a business and create American jobs. We must work together to build confidence in our financial markets, increase our exports as an industrial nation, and utilize our natural resources to get our economy and great country moving again." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 7 March 2012. "Currently, the unemployment rate in the San Joaquin Valley rests at an unacceptable 17 percent. We must focus on the viability of small businesses in the Central Valley through pro growth policies that reduce the burdens place on small businesses by the federal government. This means lowering taxes for small businesses, decreasing intrusive federal regulation that stymies innovation, and limiting government spending that distorts the marketplace. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Economy and Spending. 23 April 2012. "I came to Washington to help sort out the endemic problem of overspending and irresponsible use of taxpayers' hard earned dollars. The primary budget-breakers are mandatory spending programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security and reforms of these programs must be on the table in any further budget discussions. In 2010, Mandatory spending accounted for 58 percent of total federal budget. Without reforms to these programs, and without ending the endless cycle of tax and spend employed by Congress for far too long, our great nation will never regain its fiscal footing. I will continue to find ways to reduce wasteful Federal spending. Every day Americans are forced to make hard choices when it comes to their families budget, it's time that their government made those same choices instead of placing the fiscal burden of reckless spending on future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Tax Code. 23 April 2012. "The problem in this country is not that we do not tax our citizens too little, it is that we spend too much. Tax rates can not go up indefinitely and are not a solution to the hard choices we must make as a nation. Accordingly, I am committed to reducing the tax burden on all Americans and fighting the culture of spending in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Modesto Bee - Jeff Dunham: Why doesn't Congress want a balanced budget? 21 November 2011. "A balanced budget amendment is not a partisan idea; it's one that has been embraced by members of both parties and a majority of the American people. Simply put, it would force government to spend within its means. [¦] Job creators across the country are desperately seeking any sense of certainty in their government. Today, the out-of-control government spending is harming the ability of businesses to plan their own budgets. Uncertainty is preventing them from investing in new projects and hiring more workers. A balanced budget amendment would provide a permanent fiscal solution to shield job-creators from the roller coaster of federal spending that distorts the market, crowds out borrowing and requires excessive taxation." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Facebook: Wall. 1 Fedruary 2012. "The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act allows us to utilize the natural resources we have here at home to pay for much needed infrastructure projects, while also decreasing gas prices and putting people back to work. The House Committee on Natural Resources considered the energy portions of the bill today." (www.facebook.com)
  • Jeff Denham. Congressman Denham Statement on President Obama's Third State of the Union Address. 24 January 2012. "Creating efficiencies is important to eliminate the waste we see in government today. I look forward to working with the Administration to literally shrink the size of government by reevaluating and consolidating our federal footprint. Together with the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I am also finding solutions to address the immediate infrastructure concerns across our nation and spur job creation. If the Administration is serious about getting Americans back to work, we need to focus on shovel-ready, common sense infrastructure projects that will improve our communities and get our economy back on track." (www.votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 7 March 2012. "Currently, the unemployment rate in the San Joaquin Valley rests at an unacceptable 17 percent. We must focus on the viability of small businesses in the Central Valley through pro growth policies that reduce the burdens place on small businesses by the federal government. This means lowering taxes for small businesses, decreasing intrusive federal regulation that stymies innovation, and limiting government spending that distorts the marketplace. Ultimately, as long as entrepreneurs remain skeptical about the future business environment, job creation will remain low and unemployment high. The National Federation of Independent Businesses asked small business owners about the single most important problem they face. Together, taxes and government regulation were the most often cited impediments to business growth. I will continue to fight in Congress to reduce regulatory barriers to success, keep your taxes low, and lay the groundwork for economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Economy and Taxes. 23 April 2012. "We must focus on the viability of small businesses in the Central Valley through pro growth policies that reduce the burdens place on small businesses by the federal government. This means lowering taxes for small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Newsletter: Weekly Update from Rep. Denham. 5 August 2011. "Once again, the unemployment rates are worse in the Valley than compared to the nation as a whole. Unemployment is too high, manufacturers are struggling, and consumer spending is down. As I stressed last night at my town hall, we must continue to push pro-growth measures of low taxes, utilizing our natural resources and unshackle our entrepreneurs to get this economy back on track. My colleagues and I have put forth a robust jobs plan to do just this and it's time for the Senate and President to do the same. Our Republican plan will spur economic growth and provide an environment where businesses have the confidence to grow and hire again." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Facebook: Info. 23 April 2012. "I have focused my efforts on growing the economy and keeping jobs in our state, while also lowering taxes and limiting regulations for business." (www.facebook.com)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Economy and Taxes. 23 April 2012. "Ultimately, as long as entrepreneurs remain skeptical about the future business environment, job creation will remain low and unemployment high. The National Federation of Independent Businesses asked small business owners about the single most important problem they face. Together, taxes and government regulation were the most often cited impediments to business growth. I will continue to fight in Congress to reduce regulatory barriers to success, keep your taxes low, and lay the groundwork for economic recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - September 2, 2011. 2 September 2011. "A second initiative I am proud to announce provides immediate tax relief on the American public, which is designed to help American employers, small businesses in particular, create middle class jobs. One of the absolute worst things government can do is impose tax increases that prevent businesses from hiring. Instead, we will focus on ways to enable businesses, large and small, to unlock more capital and create new jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Denham Votes To Protect Businesses and American Jobs. 27 October 2011. "Representative Jeff Denham voted today to protect American job creators from a 3% withholding tax, another job-killing regulation on businesses. 'With so many Californians out of work, we must work harder than ever to improve the climate for job growth in our country. Today I voted to repeal the 3% withholding tax, which would have piled yet another burdensome regulation on our small businesses,' said Congressman Denham. 'Instead of putting obstacles in the way of job growth, we must focus on making our business climate competitive again in order to get people back to work.' Unemployment rates in Denham's district are double that of the national average and businesses have suffered from burdensome regulations for too long. If allowed to occur, this rule would prevent businesses from hiring new employees and could in some cases even require that businesses take out a loan to cover the losses due to complying with the law." (www.votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Education. 7 March 2012. "Ultimately, I believe that State governments have the primary responsibility for educating the future generations of America. The federal government, through misguided regulatory power grabs, a takeover of the student loan industry, and the forced subsidization of local schools, has succeeded only in driving the performance of our public school system in to the ground. We must work to restore independence and flexibility to State and local governments when educating our children. We must place the focus on communities and working with parents and teachers to ensure our children are receiving the education that will set them on a path to future success." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Meet GOP freshman Congressman Jeff Denham. 23 November 2010. "He says everything should be on the table when it comes budget cuts, even eliminating entire departments. The department he has in mind is a frequent target of conservatives: the Department of Education. He says education is a states issue. Federal government often times tries to create a 'one-size-fits-all education system nationally, and I don't believe that that works.'" (www.scpr.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. Rep. Denham: Working Hard To Lower Gas Prices, Create Jobs And Reduce Our Reliance On Foreign Oil. 11 May 2011. "Rep. Denham is a co-sponsor of three energy bills to expand American energy production, create jobs and lower gasoline prices by reversing Obama Administration policies that have placed our country's energy resources off-limits. [¦] 'You think this bill won't do something for gas prices? Its common sense to know that if we've got a greater supply here in our great nation, gas prices are going to go down; we want American jobs. We want to be self-reliant.' [¦] H.R. 1231, the Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act, will lift the President's ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward on American energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Representative Denham Votes to Increase American Oil and Gas Production in Order to Create Jobs and Curb Rising Gas Prices. 13 April 2011. "Representative Jeff Denham today voted on a bill to end the Administration's de facto moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico in a responsible, transparent manner by reforming current law to improve safety and setting firm time-lines for considering permits to drill. [¦] This bill allows drilling to resume in a safe manner and provides certainty to businesses by implementing firm timelines for the Interior Department to act on permits." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - March 2, 2012. 2 March 2012. "An article in the Modesto Bee reported that gas prices jumped 27 cents, in the last week alone. Gas prices are above $4 a gallon, and rising. These prices are jeopardizing our economic growth, and it's time that the Senate and the Administration work with the House to start addressing much needed energy legislation. I've cosponsored three bills -- H.R. 1229, H.R. 1230, and H.R. 1231 -- to increase the production of domestic energy and curb gas prices here at home, and all three are awaiting Senate action. We need to explore newer, cleaner energy sources and begin to utilize the resources we have within our borders, so that we can reduce our foreign dependence, alleviate the burden of high gas prices, and put people back to work now." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Jeff Denham voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Energy. 23 April 2012. "Even as we explore newer, cleaner energy sources, we must continue to utilize the rich resources within our own borders and on the Outer Continental Shelf, such as oil, coal, liquid, natural gas, and oil shale." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Energy. 7 March 2012. "With the national deficit currently over a trillion dollars and the national debt set to cripple the American economy, we must act now to strengthen the American energy industry and reduce our dependency on foreign oil in order to reduce our financial obligations to foreign states. Energy independence is both a national and domestic security issue for the United States. Fossil fuels will continue to serve the majority of America's energy needs for the foreseeable future and to limit the available sources of energy is reckless and irresponsible. We must seek innovative solutions to our energy needs which includes investments in to renewable sources as wind, solar, biomass, and ethanol. Even as we explore newer, cleaner energy sources, we must continue to utilize the rich resources within our own borders and on the Outer Continental Shelf, such as oil, coal, liquid, natural gas, and oil shale. One of the most promising outlets for new energy sources is nuclear energy, one of the cleanest forms of energy on the planet. Energy independence is a major issue facing America today, and the only way to achieve this goal is through reducing dependence on foreign oil, tapping into America's abundant natural resources, incentivizing innovative technologies, and letting the market promote energy efficiency." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Natural Resources and American Jobs. 15 June 2011. "We need to have States' rights, allowing States to explore oil exploration or natural gas or utilize all of their natural resources, whether you're in Alaska and you want to drill in ANWR, or you're the Governor of California and you want to pass Tranquillon Ridge and clean up the old oil wells off of the coast. States should have those rights to be able to do that and to be able to put their own people back to work in those States." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1231, Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act. 11 May 2011. "The future of our energy policy in this country is at stake here today, which is why I'm proud to cosponsor this bill reversing the President's offshore drilling moratorium. [¦] You just have to be willing to go get it. Natural gas, we want to use natural gas. Let's utilize our own natural gas. We have some of the largest oil reserves in the world. We just have to be willing to have American jobs and reduce our reliance on foreign oil." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Rep. Denham's Official Statement On High Gas Prices, California's Tourism Industry & Unemployment Rate. 1 June 2011. "The Federal Government needs to implement an energy policy that promotes the development of our resources here in the United States. Our country will continue to struggle in its economic recovery if we do not eliminate policies that close off oil exploration, natural gas development, and timber harvesting." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - February 24, 2012. 24 February 2012. "California has some of the highest gas prices in the nation, and we need legislation that will ease the pain at the pump and reduce our nation's dependency on foreign oil. I co-sponsored three energy bills -- H.R. 1229, H.R. 1230, and H.R. 1231 -- that will expand American energy production, create jobs, and lower gasoline prices by opening up our country's energy resources. Last year, I voted to pass these bills out of the House. I hoped the Senate would take action on the bills in order to increase domestic production of energy to curb gas prices and create jobs here at home, but they continue to sit in the Senate with no action planned while prices increase. The price of gas threatens the economic growth and it's beyond time the Senate and Administration took this matter seriously." (www.votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jeff Denham voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Congressman McCarthy Announces Introduction of Legislation to Protect Central Valley Economy from Regulatory Overreach. 19 April 2011. "Congressman Kevin McCarthy today announced the introduction of H.R. 1582, legislation to ensure that the Central Valley can continue efforts to clean its air in a commonsense way that encourages job creation and economic growth. The Commonsense Ozone Regulation Act repeals a $29 million fine being levied on the residents of the Central Valley for violation of an air quality standard that has been revoked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It also postpones the implementation of new, stricter ozone standards until a Local Advisory Committee can study compliance feasibility. The bill is cosponsored by Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-21), Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-19) and Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49). [¦] 'Once again, extreme environmental regulations are impeding economic growth in the Central Valley,' said Representative Denham. 'With families and farmers in the 19th district suffering from unemployment levels just below 20%, now is not the time to impose new regulations which will destroy chances for new job creation in the Valley. This bill includes common sense solutions that allow the Valley to continue on a path towards cleaner air while also allowing businesses to grow and drive our economic recovery.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Freshmen Hour: The Importance of Small Business of America. 30 November 2011. "Some of my fellow farmers and ranchers are also aware that EPA also wanted to expand its regulation of manure as a threat of greenhouse gas. I mean, some of these things are so ludicrous that they just cost us millions of jobs, and the threat alone causes farmers to say, Do we really want to be in this business? Do our kids really want to take over the family farm? We've got to stop this overregulation because it does cost us jobs. We've got to stop eliminating jobs before we can actually go out and create more jobs. We have to have certainty in the marketplace. And whether you're a farmer or a small business owner, the regulations affect us in such a way that, as a small business owner, I couldn't go out there and hire a lobbyist to go through the 90,000 pages of new regulations this year alone." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. ICYMI: "Denham: Put Human Life Above Environmental Concerns in Risk Assessment and Emergency Preparedness". 30 March 2011. "In his hearing today, 'Improving the Nation's Response to Catastrophic Disasters: How to Minimize Costs and Streamline our Emergency Management Program,' Chairman Denham found the USDA Forest Service's answers about eliminating environmental challenges hindering emergency response operations 'unacceptable.' When questioned by Chairman Denham, Mr. Hubbard, Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, failed to give a solid answer on how to streamline emergency response procedures. He only stated that environmental challenges in the process are 'still at play.' [¦] NOTE: These 'environmental challenges' are exactly the regulations that we need to get rid of in order to streamline emergency response operations. [¦] Chairman Denham continued, 'I understand that we all want to be good stewards of the environment but at a certain point human lives are at risk, if we've already had one natural disaster and know that the risk has seriously increased and we could see a second natural disaster, why wouldn't we expedite the process and reduce our risk of seeing a second natural disaster.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. 1 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in favor of H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. This legislation amends the Clean Water Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 'FIFRA', to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters. [¦] This bill recognizes that pesticides are already regulated by the EPA under FIFRA and that any additional regulation would be burdensome and duplicative. I was proud to be a cosponsor of this legislation and support its passage through the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Republicans Highlight Job Loss, Economic Impacts of Administration's Wild Lands Order. 1 March 2011. "Today at a Natural Resources Committee hearing, Republican Members soundly rejected the Obama Administration's new 'Wild Lands' order. This Secretarial Order, issued without public consultation, attempts to designate Wilderness areas without Congressional approval. Numerous state and local officials testified at today's hearing that this order could lock-up public lands, destroy American jobs, block recreational opportunities and prohibit American energy production. 'Our country already suffers from excessive government regulations. The Administration's Wild Lands order will restrict our economic development by preventing access to valuable public lands and sources of energy, timber and minerals, and will hinder our ability to create jobs in areas with record high unemployment,' said Congressman Jeff Denham." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Jeff Denham in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - April 20, 2012. 20 April 2012. "I firmly support the Second Amendment right to bear arms for self defense and recreational purposes." (denham.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Health. 7 March 2012. "I am committed to working with my colleagues in the 112th Congress to repeal and replace the Obamacare health package with common-sense, reasonable and incremental change that will lead us on a path of competitive, quality based, affordable healthcare that all Americans can utilize according to their needs and choices. A market based approach will allow providers and insurance companies to offer greater flexibility, consumer choice, and lower costs in a more transparent and efficient healthcare delivery system." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Denham Helps Move House One Step Closer to Repeal ObamaCare. 7 January 2011. "I was so proud to be able to take a major step today to change the irresponsible and anti-job ObamaCare law. The law as passed last Congress is killing much-needed jobs by imposing prohibitive burdens on small businesses and American families through runaway spending, raising taxes, and mandates on small businesses. I am committed to doing all I can with my colleagues to relieve small businesses and families from these barriers to job-creation and economic certainty." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Representative Jeff Denham Statement on One Year Anniversary of ObamaCare. 23 March 2011. "'The health care law forced through Congress by the Democrats and the President one year ago has completely failed to live up to the promises it made to the American people,' said Rep. Denham. 'Costs have not been lowered and premiums have not decreased. Americans were promised improved healthcare but instead, many have lost their existing coverage. The law will cost hundreds of billions of dollars that our country simply cannot afford. In a time when Republicans are focused on creating jobs for the American people, the healthcare law will eliminate nearly one million jobs from the economy. After many broken promises from the Democrats, House Republicans upheld our pledge and voted to repeal the law as one of our first actions in the 112th Congress. We will continue to dismantle ObamaCare through more votes and hearings in the House in order to replace it with affordable solutions and common-sense reforms that protect jobs.'" (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Representative Jeff Denham's Statement on Senate Passage of House Republicans' 1099 Repeal. 5 April 2011. "Repealing ObamaCare is a top priority of mine and I am happy to see that the Senate has voted to pass the Pledge to America bill to repeal the health care law's 1099 small business paperwork mandate. I am hopeful that President Obama will also follow House Republicans' lead and sign this reform into law in order to help small business owners grow the economy and create jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Repeal Government Takeover of Health Care. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in favor of repealing the government takeover of health care forced through Congress without the input of the American people. This country is currently in the midst of a terrible recession and it's clear that shouldering America's small businesses with heavier tax burdens and increased regulation will only prolong our road to recovery. By mandating that small businesses and individuals carry government-approved health care, the Federal Government has dramatically overstepped the boundaries of personal freedom guaranteed by our Constitution. It infringes on the rights of the States by forcing new requirements upon them and penalizing them should they choose to opt out of the Federal mandate. The American people were misled. A government-run health care plan will limit access and choice, and millions of Americans will lose their coverage because of mandates from bureaucrats in Washington." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Repeal Government Takeover of Health Care. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in favor of repealing the government takeover of health care forced through Congress without the input of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Representative Jeff Denham Statement on One Year Anniversary of ObamaCare. 23 March 2011. "After many broken promises from the Democrats, House Republicans upheld our pledge and voted to repeal the law as one of our first actions in the 112th Congress. We will continue to dismantle ObamaCare through more votes and hearings in the House in order to replace it with affordable solutions and common-sense reforms that protect jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jeff Denham voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Health Care. 23 April 2012. "I am committed to working with my colleagues in the 112th Congress to repeal and replace the Obamacare health package with common-sense, reasonable and incremental change that will lead us on a path of competitive, quality based, affordable healthcare that all Americans can utilize according to their needs and choices." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Congressman Jeff Denham Votes To Repeal Government Takeover of Health Care. 19 January 2011. "Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-19) today voted in support of H.R. 2, the bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The health care law pushed through Congress last year infringes on the rights of the American people and places heavier tax burdens and regulations on small businesses that will only prolong our road to recovery. In the bi-partisan vote, the House successfully voted to repeal the health care law passed by Congress last year with a final count of 245 to 189. 'This was a bi-partisan vote to repeal the health care law,' said Rep. Denham. 'It is important that Republicans now begin working together to create a health care law that provides stability for the workforce and has a common vision for the future.'" (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • J.N. Sbranti. The Modesto Bee: 10th Congressional candidates discuss area politics. 2 May 2012. "Denham voiced concern for employers, too, noting that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 'is targeting businesses at the peak of production and farming season.' He said he will "continue to fight for a guest worker program" to enable the legal employment of immigrants." (www.modbee.com)
  • J.N. Sbranti. The Modesto Bee: Stanislaus County candidates spar in Latino Roundtable. 11 April 2012. "Denham, by contrast, said he backs comprehensive immigration reform and a guest worker program, particularly for farmworkers. Before providing more opportunities for undocumented immigrants, Denham said, the country should expand education opportunities for veterans who 'put their lives on the line' for America." (www.modbee.com)
  • Jeff Benzlger. The Ceres Courier: Congressional candidates spar in Modesto forum. 18 May 2012. "Denham later explained that he is opposed the Dream Act, preferring to give educational benefits to veterans who lay their life on the line for the nation's defense." (www.cerescourier.com)
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  • Jeff Denham. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically. As President, you and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have a duty and a responsibility to defend the laws of the United States. While it may be inevitable that you, or any other administration, may disagree with a bill signed into law by previous Presidents, that does not negate your responsibility to uphold those laws." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. Issues: Defense and National Security. "Since September 11, 2001, the United States has led a coalition of nations in the global War on Terror. The sacrifice borne by American servicemembers provides a stark reminder that the costs of freedom are high, and that we have an obligation to provide for our nation's security. As coalition forces continue their heroic efforts to thwart global terrorism, stabilize the respective regions, and improve the economic, social, and political conditions, we must be steadfast in our support of their efforts. Above all, this means providing the necessary resources as requested by the commanders on the ground. I firmly believe that the military men and women on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan and across the globe, have the most useful knowledge and understanding of the nature of our enemy and the means necessary to achieve victory. Anything short of providing all the tools needed for victory is unacceptable." (denham.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Jeff Denham. Facebook: Wall. 24 February 2012. "This week, I visited a few senior centers and discussed the importance of taking action to save Medicare and preserve Social Security for future generations. Below is a photo from the Modesto Senior Center. Thank you to everyone who joined in the conversation." (www.facebook.com)
  • Jeff Denham. Issue Position: Spending Cuts and Debt. 9 March 2012. "The primary budget-breakers are mandatory spending programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security and reforms of these programs must be on the table in any further budget discussions. In 2010, Mandatory spending accounted for 58 percent of total federal budget. Without reforms to these programs, and without ending the endless cycle of tax and spend employed by Congress for far too long, our great nation will never regain its fiscal footing." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Denham. Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - February 24, 2012. 24 February 2012. "The Republican plan put forward in the Path to Prosperity ensures that both Medicare and Social Security will remain viable programs for future seniors, and includes no changes for those currently 55 and over. If passed, our plan will implement a premium-support model for younger workers, beginning in 2022. In the same way that Members of Congress choose healthcare plans, future beneficiaries will receive a Medicare payment and will be able to choose a plan that best suits their needs. Young workers will also have the option of investing over one-third of their current Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts that will protect every dollar contributed. The plan backed by Republicans takes into account the extended life expectancy of Americans today and enacts fiscally solvent changes to Medicare and Social Security for the future." (denham.house.gov)

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