CFRW Capitol Update November 5, 2023

California Federation of Republican Women
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and the California Republican Party

From the Desk of Mary Ervin, CFRW President
Submitted by Jeanne Solnordal, CFRW Legislative Analyst
November 5, 2023


How can Californian’s influence Congressional Races?

10 CA Congressional races could tip the 2024 balance

Rep. Michelle Steel chats with a voter through his front gate
Rep. Michelle Steel chats with a voter through his front gate while canvassing in Buena Park on May 28, 2022. The Republican's seat is in play again in 2024. Photo by Bing Guan for CalMatters.

California is shaping up as a key battleground again next year. Both parties are spending money and resources in the state.  California’s delegation includes 40 Democrats and 12 Republicans, who hold an overall majority of a mere nine seats in the House.

Per Cook Political, Dems have a better chance of retaking the House than keeping the Senate.

Cook Political Report Graph
John Duarte


Congressman John Duarte is a fourth-generation farmer, businessman, and Valley native who proudly calls Modesto, California home.  Congressman Duarte is serving his first term in the 118th Congress as Representative of California’s 13th District. He and his wife, Alexandra, have run a farming operation of vineyards and orchards together in the Central Valley since 1989. John and Alexandra are also the parents of four wonderful children that they are proud to have raised in the Central Valley’s public school system. 

John Duarte statement on Israel
David Valadao


Congressman David G. Valadao was born and raised in Hanford, California in the center of the agriculturally rich Twenty-Second (22ndCongressional District.  As a lifelong resident of the Central Valley,  he has been active in agriculture and dairy industry groups, as well  as many local charities.


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Washington, November 3, 2023 Faith Mabry
Tags: Foreign Affairs

David Valadao ad

WASHINGTON – This week, the House of Representatives voted on a supplemental appropriations bill for Israel, as well as several pieces of legislation to condemn terrorism and Anti-Semitism. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-22) released the  following statement: “I stand with our key ally in the Middle East, Israel, as they continue to defend  themselves against the barbaric attacks carried out by Iran-backed Hamas terrorists,”  said Congressman Valadao. “U.S. support is critical for our ally Israel as they defend  their right to exist. America must send a clear message that we support Israel and Jewish people here at home and abroad.”

Mike Garcia


A first-generation American citizen, Congressman Mike Garcia  was a highly decorated United States Naval Officer and businessman before serving in the United States House of Representatives. His superb flying performance earned him the honor of becoming one of the first F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter pilots in the Navy.


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Washington, November 1, 2023
Tags: National Security
Representative Mike Garcia (CA-27) introduced the Combatting Fentanyl Poisonings Act and the Resolution Condemning China for their Role in the Fentanyl Crisis.

Today, Representative Mike Garcia (CA-27) introduced the Combatting Fentanyl Poisonings Act and the Resolution Condemning China for their Role in the Fentanyl Crisis. These complementary bills work to identify the root cause of this epidemic,  send China a clear message, and provide state and local law enforcement with the  resources they so desperately need. “This epidemic demands immediate, substantive action,” said Rep. Garcia. “Over 80,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2021 alone, and every day that list grows in American lives lost and families broken.”

Ken Calvert


Ken Calvert, a lifelong resident of Riverside County and 17-year small business owner in the restaurant and real estate industries, Represents the 41st Congressional District of southern California. Calvert was born on June 8, 1953 and attended neighborhood public  schools, graduating from Corona High School in 1971. He attended  two years at Chaffey College and then enrolled at San Diego State University, where he graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Throughout his life, Ken has been actively involved and served in leadership roles with several local community volunteer organizations, including the Corona Chamber of Commerce, the Corona Rotary, and the Corona-Norco Family YMCA.

Rep. Calvert Secures $10 Million for Local Water Infrastructure Projects
November 3, 2023 
Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-41) voted along with a majority (213 to 203) of the House  of Representatives to pass the Fiscal Year 2024 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill,  which included a number of his funding requests for Riverside County water infrastructure projects and other priorities.

Rep. Calvert Votes for Israel Security Assistance
November 2, 2023 
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-41) voted along with a majority (226 to 196) of the House of Representatives to approve the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act. The bill provides Israel with emergency funding to purchase additional resources needed  to defend itself against the Hamas terrorist organization.

Michelle Steel

CONGRESSMAN - Michelle Steel (CD-45)

Congresswoman Michelle Steel is serving her second term in the House of Representatives, where she serves the people of California’s 45th District. Born in South Korea and raised in Japan, Michelle immigrated to the United States to build her own American Dream.
She is one of the first Korean American women to ever serve in Congress.

House GOP Urges International Port Operators to Halt ‘Alarming’
Partnership with Chinese Shipping Platform

California shipping port

Representative Michelle Steel urged the body, called the International Port Community Systems Association, to drop the partnership, alleging that the logistics platform is “controlled” by the Chinese Communist Party. She also introduced legislation that would require the Department of Transportation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to create an alternative to the Chinese government-run platform, which is called LOGINK.“For 16 years, the Chinese Communist Party has used LOGINK as an inside informant on the movements and cargo of commercial ships and the holes in our supply chain in order to gain  a competitive foothold in global trade,” Steel told National Review in a statement. The  California lawmaker is a member of the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition  with the Chinese Communist Party and has previously introduced legislation to address LOGINK’s growing prevalence among port operators.

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