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We must work together to combat disturbing crime of human trafficking

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Human trafficking Awareness Day

California has the highest number of reported human trafficking cases of any state in the country. Sadly, the Central Valley is no stranger to this epidemic. Bakersfield and other towns in the Central Valley sit between some of the largest hubs for human trafficking in the nation — Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles. This international crime is having a direct impact right in our own backyard.

Bureaucratic inefficiencies & rigid regulations have led to forest mismanagement

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A few weeks ago, under Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome, I joined my congressional colleagues on the House Committee on Natural Resources at the Curry Village Amphitheater for a field hearing on wildfires and forest management. The backdrop symbolized the health and beauty of America’s forests, but also stood testament to the urgency of the wildfire crisis that our state is all too familiar with.

Let's get the resources the Central Valley needs in the Farm Bill

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Let's get the resources the Central Valley needs in the Farm Bill

Right now, one of the biggest items on Congress’ to-do list is the Farm Bill, a package of legislation that governs a wide range of agriculture, forestry and nutrition programs, and is typically reauthorized every five years. Legislation that impacts livelihoods throughout the Valley should not be crafted behind closed doors without your input.

Fixing Calif. water woes starts with first-hand look at Valley’s devastation

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Tags: Water

After a years-long drought, much of California is now under water. The state has been hit by a series of atmospheric rivers that have devastated Central Valley communities with flooding and caused widespread damage to farms, businesses, homes, and critical infrastructure. This flooding has brought renewed attention to California’s water problems.

Valley farmers, 2 congressmen want to hear from you about the new Farm Bill

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The last two years have been defined by uncertainty — a global pandemic, war in Ukraine, supply chain disruption, record inflation and skyrocketing costs from the gas pump to the grocery store. America’s agriculture sector was not spared from these challenges. In fact, despite these challenges, the nation’s farmers and ranchers continued to provide the safest, most abundant and affordable food and fiber supply to not only our nation, but also the globe.

Support an all-of-the-above approach to energy production and use

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Tags: Energy
Energy

Read the Op-Ed in the Bakersfield California Taking a drive through Bakersfield, you’re almost sure to pass at least one oil derrick pump. For the city that’s home to the Bakersfield High School “Drillers,” it doesn’t come as a surprise that Kern County is the seventh largest oil-producing county in the nation. The oil and gas industry in Kern County accounts for a quarter of the…

Stop playing politics with water

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Tags: Water
DGV at Aqueduct

Water is the lifeblood of the Central Valley. With less than 1 percent of our nation’s farmland, the Central Valley supplies a quarter of our nation’s food and the majority of our nation’s fruits, nuts and vegetables. Our well-deserved reputation as America’s breadbasket comes from the help of nature and a whole lot of hard work and skill from our farmers, ranchers and producers.

Invest in domestic energy production, suspend state's gas tax

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Tags: Energy

This week, the average price of a gallon of gas in California reached $6.38. Central Valley families are feeling the impacts of rising costs at the grocery store, on their monthly energy bills, and at the gas pump. With many here in the Valley packing their cars for summer road trips, the upcoming gas price hike is going to make that holiday road trip for the Fourth of July even more expensive.