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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

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January 9, 2019 Press Release
The President is absolutely correct that poor forest management has condemned our forests to morbid overcrowding and ultimately catastrophic wildfire. However, the principal blame for California’s wildfires lies with federal agencies and laws which govern most of our state’s forests and brushlands. Laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, which have made scientific forest management endlessly time consuming and ultimately cost prohibitive...
January 7, 2019 Press Release
Congressman Tom McClintock today praised the decision of Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to release Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act funds for garbage collection, restroom servicing and other emergency maintenance at national parks during the government shutdown. 
 
January 4, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Tom McClintock today sent a letter regarding maintenance of parks during the shutdown to Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.  The letter is attached:

(click for pdf)

January 4, 2019

The Honorable David Bernhardt
Acting Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20240

Dear Acting Secretary Bernhardt:

September 6, 2018 Speeches
When we talk of PILT funding, we should never lose sight of the fact that it is a very, very poor substitute for revenues generated locally by healthy economic activity and federal revenue sharing. Our ultimate objective should be not to institutionalize PILT, but to restore active management of our federal lands and a healthy balance between federal land ownership and productive private ownership of the lands within each county in the nation.
August 16, 2018 Press Release

Letter to Felicia Marcus, Chair, California Water Resources Control Board Regarding the Final Draft of the Bay-Delta Plan Update (click letter below to view)

SWRCB Letter Final

August 11, 2018 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, CA-04, joined by 13 California members of the House of Representatives called on President Trump to continue to provide federal assistance for fire suppression and recovery.

“For the state of California to endure these catastrophic wildfires, it is going to take your continued leadership and support,” the letter to the President said. “We stand ready to assist you in expediting federal support to impacted communities.” A copy of the letter is attached.

August 7, 2018 Speeches

For many years, forest management and fire-prevention took a back-seat at these summits, but now nature is screaming its warning at us as fires rage throughout the west: the Tahoe Basin is on borrowed time.  The fires all around us present a stark question: How much longer does Tahoe have?  Will the view at next year’s summit be one of burned out structures, blackened vistas and an ash-choked lake?

July 31, 2018 Speeches
I was deeply saddened to learn that the Ferguson Fire has taken the life of yet another firefighter, Capt. Brian Hughes of Squaw Valley, on Sunday and that bulldozer operator Don Ray Smith of Pollock Pines died Thursday while fighting the Carr fire. Their deaths remind us how much we owe every one of the thousands of dedicated men and women who stand between these fires and our homes and families. They know the dangers better than any, yet day after day and year after year take the front lines to stop these monster fires.
July 19, 2018 Speeches
Congressman McClintock delivered the following tribute to fallen fire fighter Braden Varney before the House of Representatives:
 
Mr. Speaker:
 
I rise to honor a hero of the Sierra and to mourn his tragic loss.  Braden Varney, age 36, gave his life Saturday night fighting the Ferguson Fire, which continues to ravage the forests near Yosemite Valley and threaten the communities of Mariposa County.  
 
July 14, 2018 Press Release

I am deeply sorry for the tragic loss of this young man, Braden Varney. To
his wife and children go my deepest sympathy. To his fellow Cal Fire heroes,
please know as you mourn your colleague, we appreciate all you do to keep us
safe.