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PRESS RELEASES

DECEMBER 05, 2019

HUFFMAN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO RENEW AND EXPAND FEDERAL FOREST RESTORATION PROGRAMS

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) introduced H.R. 5311, the Forestry Renewal Act, new legislation that will create jobs, contribute to natural climate solutions, and improve the health of urban and rural forests across the country. The new legislation will encourage planning for urban forests by permanently reactivating the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council disbanded by the Trump administration, and will support the health of forest and …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 25, 2019

REP. HUFFMAN TRAVELS COAST TO COAST TO RECEIVE INPUT ON FISHERIES POLICY

San Rafael, CA - Over the past week, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Chair of the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee, traveled across the country to complete the third and fourth stops on his nationwide listening tour on federal fisheries policy. These events are designed to engage diverse perspectives, interests, and needs of individuals who have a stake in the management of ocean and fisheries resources. During the listening sessions in Baltimore and Seattle, …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 21, 2019

HUFFMAN, BAY AREA MEMBERS ANNOUNCE BILL TO MAKE ELECTRICAL GRID BETTER ABLE TO WITHSTAND DISASTERS

Washington - Today Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02), Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), and other members of the Bay Area Delegation - Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06), Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07), Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) - announced plans to introduce a bill to improve the infrastructure of our nation's electrical grid so it is better able to withstand extreme weather and …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 20, 2019

HUFFMAN PUBLIC LANDS BILL APPROVED BY NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved the Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, Congressman Jared Huffman's (D-San Rafael) bill to increase fire resilience, restore forests and fish habitat, rehabilitate lands impaired by illegal marijuana growing operations, increase recreation opportunities through new trails and visitor centers, and permanently protect many of northwest California's most spectacular wild places and pristine …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 15, 2019

HUFFMAN STATEMENT ON EXPORT FINANCE VOTE

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 4863, the United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019. This bill would reauthorize funding for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the nation's official export credit agency. "I support the Export-Import Bank, but this is a missed opportunity to improve America's climate footprint. You either have a climate crisis or you don't. We are not holding ourselves to …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 15, 2019

REP. HUFFMAN INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP COMMUNITIES PREPARE FOR WILDFIRE THREATS

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Representative Huffman (D-San Rafael) introduced the Wildfire Defense Act to help local communities defend themselves from the growing danger of wildfires. This bill will empower communities to implement science-based methods for mitigating wildfire damage, and provide funding to design and implement new Community Wildfire Defense Plans with community members, first responders, and relevant state agencies. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is introducing similar …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 13, 2019

REP. HUFFMAN INTRODUCES RURAL VETERANS ACT TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR VETERANS

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) introduced the Recruiting in Underserved Rural Areas and Localities for Veterans (RURAL Veterans) Act to address the shortage of Veterans Administration medical professionals in rural areas, where almost a quarter of veterans live. The new legislation will create an Office of Rural Recruitment in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that would provide a focused and targeted nationwide plan for recruiting VA doctors to …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 01, 2019

REP. HUFFMAN, SEN. MARKEY PUSH FOR ACCOUNTABILITY, PROTECTING THE ARCTIC AND AMERICAN TAXPAYERS

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Huffman (D-San Rafael), along with 48 members of Congress, sent a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee leadership to protect the American taxpayer and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by holding the Trump administration accountable to the fiscal promises made in the Republican tax bill. Senator Markey (D-MA) led a similar effort in the Senate. This year, the House cast a historic vote for Huffman's H.R. 1146, the Arctic Cultural and …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 31, 2019

REPS. HUFFMAN, TLAIB INTRODUCE BILL TO STOP SPENDING U.S. TAXPAYER MONEY ON DIRTY ENERGY PROJECTS OVERSEAS

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) introduced the Standing Against Dirty Diplomacy (SADD) Act to block U.S. financing of fossil fuel projects abroad, in conjunction with the House Financial Services Committee's vote to reauthorize the United States Export-Import Bank. The new legislation will deliver bold solutions that were missing from this week's committee reauthorization vote and would prevent the Export-Import Bank-one of …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 31, 2019

REP. HUFFMAN VOTES TO PASS RULES FOR OPEN HEARINGS ON TRUMP’S ABUSE OF POWER

Washington, D.C.- Today, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) voted to approve a special House resolution that will lay the groundwork for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry as the House prepares for public hearings into the conduct of President Trump. Congressman Huffman, an early supporter of an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, issued the following statement: "This is a critical time in our nation's history. By passing this resolution, the House of Representatives …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 28, 2019

ICE OFFICERS ANNOUNCE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT SUSPENSIONS DURING CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

ICE officers and special agents are deeply concerned by the devastation wildfires have caused in significant portions of northern California. Our thoughts remain with those impacted by this tragedy, while our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety wherever possible. In consideration of these distressing circumstances, ICE will continue to suspend routine immigration enforcement operations in the areas affected by the fires in northern California, unless in the event of …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 24, 2019

REP. HUFFMAN, CHAIR GRIJALVA REQUEST ADMINISTRATION DATA ON IMPACTS FROM POTENTIAL ROLLBACK OF ROADLESS RULE IN TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST

Washington, D.C. - Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen today seeking more information on how the Trump administration's proposal to end Roadless Rule protections for the Tongass National Forest will impact indigenous communities, the regional economy, local salmon habitats, and …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 22, 2019

REP. HUFFMAN, CHAIR GRIJALVA SLAM TRUMP ADMIN FAVOR TO SECRETARY BERNHARDT’S FORMER CLIENT THAT RISKS EXTINCTION FOR SALMON

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) released the following statements regarding the Trump administration's proposal to increase water deliveries through the federal Central Valley Project (CVP) by weakening long standing protections for endangered species in the ecologically fragile San Francisco Bay Delta. Even by the low standards of …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 22, 2019

CONGRESSMAN HUFFMAN FIGHTS FOR TRINITY COUNTY ECONOMY

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) introduced bipartisan legislation with neighbor, Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), to extend the authority of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest to collect and retain marina fees to enhance recreation and improve access at the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. "This is an important piece of legislation to Trinity County, its residents, economy, and the many visitors it welcomes every year," said …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 21, 2019

REP. HUFFMAN ANNOUNCES BILL TO RENAME MCKINLEYVILLE COURTHOUSE TO HONOR FEDERAL JUDGE WHO UPHELD CIVIL LIBERTIES DURING WWII

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced legislation to rename the federal courthouse in McKinleyville, CA, after the late Judge Louis E. Goodman, who served on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Judge Goodman was appointed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1942, served as Chief Judge from 1958 until his death in 1961, and was the first federal judge to rule against the injustice of segregation and …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 17, 2019

REP. HUFFMAN INTRODUCES SALMON FISH ACT TO RESTORE SALMON HABITATS, PROTECT THRIVING POPULATIONS

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife and Co-Chair of the Congressional Wild Salmon Caucus, introduced new legislation to identify, restore, and protect the most outstanding salmon rivers and watersheds in America, and to ensure funding needed to sustain thriving salmon populations. The Salmon Focused Investments in Sustainable Habitats (FISH) Act aims to improve resiliency of those rivers that play a …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 15, 2019

REPS. HUFFMAN, DESAULNIER REINTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO FUND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) reintroduced the IDEA High Cost Pool Funding Act, innovative legislation to help cover the exceptional costs that can be associated with educating special needs children. This legislation builds on the historic assurance of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the civil rights law known as IDEA, that every child with disabilities must be given the opportunity to reach his or her …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 10, 2019

REP. HUFFMAN HOLDS FIRST LISTENING SESSIONS IN NATIONWIDE TOUR

San Rafael, CA-This week, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Chair of the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee, completed the second stop on his nationwide listening tour on federal fisheries management designed to engage diverse perspectives, interests, and needs of individuals who have a stake in the management of federal ocean and fisheries resources. During the listening sessions, Representative Huffman heard from stakeholders and members of the public, who gave feedback …  Continue Reading

IN THE NEWS

DECEMBER 04, 2019

PELOSI MEETS CORNELL STUDENTS AT UN CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING

BY BLAINE FRIEDLANDER

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and about a dozen other Democratic members of a U.S. Congressional delegation visited with the Cornell students at the 25th annual United Nations' Conference of the Parties (COP25) climate change conference, Dec. 3 in Madrid, Spain. There are 18 students from the Global Climate Change Science and Policy class attending the two-week international conference. The Cornell students are leading partner projects with the governments of Armenia, Zambia and Tonga, as …  Continue Reading


DECEMBER 04, 2019

‘ARE YOU READY?’: PELOSI MAKES CLEAR TO DEMOCRATS THAT IMPEACHMENT IS COMING

BY MIKE DEBONIS AND RACHAEL BADE

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff left little doubt with fellow Democrats Wednesday that they plan to move swiftly to impeach President Trump as soon as this month. According to multiple Democratic lawmakers who attended a closed-door Capitol meeting, Pelosi announced no firm decision or timeline in moving toward a vote on Trump's impeachment. But, a day after Schiff delivered a 300-page report detailing charges of abuse of power and obstruction …  Continue Reading


DECEMBER 04, 2019

HUMBOLDT COUNTY HAS OVER 20K CALFRESH RECIPIENTS. HOW MANY FALL UNDER NEW TRUMP RULE?

BY RUTH SCHNEIDER

A new rule announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will cut food benefits from an estimated 688,000 CalFresh recipients. "Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch," said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in a statement Wednesday morning. "Government can be a powerful force for good, but government dependency has never been the American dream. We need to encourage people by …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 25, 2019

DEMOCRATS TOOK THE HOUSE. NOW THEY WANT TO SAVE CALIFORNIA’S CLEAN CAR RULES FROM TRUMP

For two years California Democrats have battled President Donald Trump on climate change Now they're challenging Trump on greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from their newly empowered positions in the House majority. This week, Democratic Rep. Doris Matsui of Sacramento plans to introduce legislation to defend California's "clean car" fuel economy standards, which have become the benchmark for 12 other states and the District of Columbia and would compel automakers to ramp up average …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 25, 2019

CLIMATE, ECONOMY TAKE CENTER STAGE AT FINAL ALASKA HEARING ON ANWR OIL DRILLING

During the federal government's last public hearing in Alaska before oil leasing is allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, some 50 protesters on Monday silently holding "Listen to the People" banners turned their back on a federal official trying to explain the regulatory process before drilling can occur. Outside that hearing room at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, an equally large audience of Alaska Natives from the North Slope region where drilling is set to occur held signs …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 24, 2019

CLOSE TO HOME: WHAT’S NEXT FOR POTTER VALLEY PROJECT?

BY JANET PAULI AND JAMES RUSS

California Trout, Humboldt County, the Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission and the Sonoma County Water Agency signaled to the Federal Energy Regulation Commission in June that they are exploring options for the future of the Potter Valley Project. These organizations, along with the Round Valley Indian Tribes, entered into a planning agreement to advance shared objectives that will set water users in the Eel and Russian river basins on a path toward economic and environmental …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 22, 2019

LEGISLATORS PLAN TO INTRODUCE FEDERAL BILL IN RESPONSE TO PG&E SHUTOFFS

WASHINGTON >> California representatives in Congress have said they intend to bring a bill forward they say would help improve electrical grids across the country in light of recent power shutoffs by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. On Thursday, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Members of the Bay Area Delegation - Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06), Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02), Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Rep. Mark …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 22, 2019

MONTI: CHAIR OF HOUSE COMMITTEE REACHES OUT TO FISHERMEN

BY DAVE MONTI

A panel of scientists and fishing industry leaders met with Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) on Nov. 15 at his third listening session on the Magnusson-Stevens Act, the nation's federal fishing law. Huffman, who is chair of the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee, held the session at the National Aquarium Animal Care and Rescue Center in Baltimore. The panel of fisheries experts and stakeholders had a detailed, technical discussion of current …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 21, 2019

BRISTOL BAY ADVOCATES PUSH FOR NEW PEBBLE MINE ASSESSMENT

BY KIRK MOORE

Advocates for the Bristol Bay said they need to keep pressure on federal agencies for an environmental reassessment of the Pebble Mine proposal - and on ways to keep the world's greatest salmon fishery in the national eye. At the keynote event for the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle, a packed audience heard updates from longtime participants in the fight to protect the Bristol Bay watershed from a proposed gold and copper mine. In Washington, D.C., Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 18, 2019

COMMITTEE SETS VOTE ON WILDERNESS BILLS

BY KELLIE LUNNEY

The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday will vote on eight bills, including legislation that would designate swaths of land in California, Colorado and Washington as wilderness. H.R. 2546, sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), would designate 33 areas - spanning 740,000 acres - as wilderness, many of them containing "midelevation ecosystems" that are used for outdoor recreation and provide habitat for several plant and animal species. The DeGette proposal is the second major …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 15, 2019

HUFFMAN LEADS CALL FOR CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL FISHING

BY ROB HOTAKAINEN

Dubbing oceans "the wild west of our planet," Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) yesterday called on NOAA to step up its attack on illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing around the globe. "The remoteness of the open ocean, combined with limited data and monitoring of fishing vessels, and a lack of law enforcement capabilities, create a perfect storm for illegal activity," said Huffman, chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife. At a hearing before the …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 15, 2019

COLUMN: INTERIOR SECRETARY BERNHARDT’S PREVIOUS JOB RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT A DEAL FOR HIS EX-CLIENT

BY MICHAEL HILTZIK

The Department of the Interior wants us to know that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has had nothing to do with a contract that will give one of his former lobbying clients, the giant Westlands Water District, permanent access to lucrative federal irrigation water supplies. Westlands wants us to know the same thing. "Mr. Bernhardt was not involved in any of the discussions" over the contract, Westlands General Manager Tom Birmingham told me. "This has nothing to do with David …  Continue Reading


NOVEMBER 14, 2019

HUFFMAN TALKS DISASTER READINESS AND FISHERIES

BY CHRIS CALDER AND MARY BENJAMIN

Congressman Jared Huffman suggested that the federal government may take a strong hand in helping California address environmental and disaster preparedness, possibly using FEMA and other disaster and national security authorities to get the attention of corporations like PG&E, AT&T and Comcast that are seeming to have a hard time understanding their public responsibilities in times of emergency. Huffman also described revamping fisheries disaster relief to make it more like crop …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 25, 2019

ACT COULD MOVE CANNABIS AWAY FROM CASH

BY JESSICA GODDARD

A bill that could allow banks to work with cannabis-related businesses is moving to the U.S. Senate. If passed, cannabis businesses could move away from cash-only commerce. The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 passed the House of Representatives on September 25, under "suspension of the rules," a procedure used to pass a bill rapidly. The bill passed in a landslide with 321 votes in favor and only 103 opposed. Now it will head to the Senate, and if …  Continue Reading


OCTOBER 08, 2019

CHAIRMAN HUFFMAN’S FIRST LISTENING SESSIONS HIGHLIGHT CURRENT SUCCESSES, FUTURE CHALLENGES IN FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

Arlington, VA - House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Chairman Jared Huffman (D-CA) has completed two days of round table listening sessions in California about the current state of federal fisheries policy and the challenges that must be addressed for future management success. Rep. Huffman heard from a diverse array of marine resource stakeholders on such topics as climate change, modernizing and improving our data collection systems, improving the fisheries …  Continue Reading

 
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