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Choice Issues Budget Issues Voted for Final Debt Ceiling Proposal Saying the U.S.

Could not Default In 2011, Gallegly released a statement on his vote to raise the debt limit. “The Budget Control Act of 2011is far from a perfect bill. But the reality is that the federal government is divided, with the White House and Senate controlled by those who would prefer to keep spending money Americans do not have while at the same time raising their taxes.” “Although I would have preferred deeper cuts, we must not allow the U.S. government to default on our debts. We expect Americans to pay their bills. The United States must pay its bills too. To default could have a devastating effect on our already fragile economy, including the potential collapse of the retirement savings of millions of seniors. I will not allow that to happen. But we also cannot allow the federal government to continue its spending binge,” wrote Gallegly. [Santa Barbara Independent, 8/2/11] Voted in Favor of Final Debt Ceiling Deal In 2011, Gallegly voted in favor of the final agreement to raise the debt ceiling, saying, “While this is not a perfect bill, it gives us a strong down payment on cutting the nation’s deficit, cutting federal spending and getting the government’s financial house in order.” Gallegly noted that the Congressional Budget Office estimated the package would reduce the deficit by at least $2.1 trillion between 2012 and 2021. “Make no mistake,” Gallegly said, “this is the beginning, not the end, of our efforts to cut wasteful Washington spending. It’s not a perfect deal, but considering the Senate and the White House are controlled by elected officials who want to spend and tax, this deal serves as notice that those days are over.” [Ventura County Star, 8/1/11] Said He Would Only Vote for Debt Ceiling Deal if Spending Cuts Equaled Increase in Debt Ceiling In 2011, Gallegly said that a House proposal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts and a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget would help bring runaway federal spending under control. “The balanced budget amendment — 49 of the 50 states do that, every household

in the country has the responsibility to do that,” said Gallegly. “Why should the federal government be exempt?” continued Gallegly. Gallegly said for any alternate plan to get his vote, would have to require spending cuts equal to any increase in the debt ceiling. “There would be a spending moratorium in certain areas, and we can argue about those are…But if we put it in as a matter of law that we are going to do that, we can raise the debt limit and make those cuts,” said Gallegly. [Ventura County Star, 7/19/11] Touted Voted for the Cut, Cap and Balance Act 2011 In 2011, Gallegly joined the majority of House voters and voted for H.R. 2560, the Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011. Gallegly touted that the act would cut $111 billion in spending, place limits on spending and require the passage of a balanced budget amendment in order to raise the debt limit. “We are currently borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend and sending the bill to our children and grandchildren. Every child born today already owes more than $46,000 to our creditors,” Gallegly said. “We need to stop spending money we do not have and we need to stop now.” [Moorpark Patch, 7/20/11] Met With Santa Maria Officials Over Funding for Rehabilitation of the Santa Maria River Levee Project In 2011, Santa Maria officials met with federal legislators including Rep. Gallegly to plead for funds to finish the 3,700 linear feet of the levee near the Bradley Channel that was left out of the nearly completed project. Local officials tried to keep the rehabilitation of the Santa Maria River levee project funded. [Santa
Maria Times, 5/22/11]

Decided Not to Furlough Staff During Government Shutdown Gallegly said everyone on staff was essential during the government shutdown. [KPCC, 4/8/11] Business and Consumer Issues Op-Ed: Supported Profit Repatriation Gallegly wrote he supported allowing businesses to repatriate their profits without a tax penalty “so they can invest in our economy and create American jobs.” [Op-ed, Rep. Gallegly, Ventura County Star, 6/19/11] Campaign Finance Issues All of the Campaign Contributions Received from Gallegly on August 2, 2011 were from DC Lobbyists and DC PACS
Gallegly received thousands from lobbyists: Received $1000 From lobbyist Randall Davis. Gallegly for Congress received $1000 from lobbyist Randall Davis on August 2, 2011. [Gallegly for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/5/11]


Received $500 From lobbyist Joseph Gibson. Gallegly for Congress received $500 from lobbyist Joseph Gibson on August 2, 2011. [Gallegly for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/5/11] Received $500 From Lobbying Firm Innovative Federal Strategies Employee Letitia White. Gallegly for Congress received $500 from lobbying firm Innovative Federal Strategies employee Letitia White on August 2, 2011. [Gallegly for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/5/11] Received $500 From Lobbying Firm David Turch & Associates Employee David Turch. Gallegly for Congress received $500 from lobbying firm David Turch & Associates employee David Turch on August 2, 2011. [Gallegly for Congress, 2011 October Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 10/5/11]

Gallegly For Congress April Quarterly Report Analysis Total Raised: $ 67,132.62 Raised from PACs: $0 Cash on Hand: $ 767,040.60 Debt: $0
[Gallegly For Congress, 2011 April Quarterly FEC Report, Filed 04/04/11]

Congressional Office Issues Moved into New Office In March 2011, Gallegly moved his district office to a more centrally located building in Ventura County. The new office was at 5051 Verdugo Way, Suite 120. [KEYT, 3/28/11] Crime & Public Safety Issues Invited 15-Year Old Who Lost Father to Testify About Raising Claims Amount Due to 2008 Chatsworth Train Crash In March 2011, Gallegly invited 15-year-old Mackenzie Souser to testify before congress. Souser lost her father in the 2008 Chatsworth train crash. Gallegly has urged Veolia Transportation to pay over $200million to victims, which is over the federal cap for death and injury claims. He introduced legislation to increase the cap to $275 million. [LA Times, 3/18/11] Criticized for Providing False Information About Metrolink Crash In 2011, Gallegly was criticized by the transportation company which operated a Metrolink commuter train involved in a deadly crash. The chief executive officer of the company called Gallegly’s comments “false and misleading statements.” The company took issue with a chart that Gallegly displayed showing the cell phone usage by the train engineer. Gallegly said he stood by his statements. [Ventura County Star,

Set Up Meeting to Hear Stories of Victims of Metrolink Train Crash In February 2011, Gallegly set up a meeting between Metrolink train crash victims and the executive vice president of Veolia Transportation’s rail division to the victims could tell their stories. [Ventura County Star,


Said Palin Didn’t Mean to Target Members of Congress for Violence In 2011, Gallegly said that Palin did not mean to imply that members of Congress on her crosshairs map should be targets of violence. [Ventura County Star, 1/12/11] Economic and Financial Issues Wanted More Details After President’s Job Speech; Criticized Stimulus Spending on Green Technology In 2011, Gallegly said he wasn’t sure about Obama’s job speech because the devil was in the details. He said the speech was political and he wouldn’t vote for another stimulus package. “It’s going to be a very hard sell for me to agree to another failed stimulus package,” Gallegly said of the latest proposals. Gallegly criticized stimulus spending on green technology rather than infrastructure. “I would much rather have seen that put into infrastructure so that, at the end of the day, you at least have a product,” Gallegly said. “But that didn’t happen.” [Ventura County Star, 9/9/11] Said Spending on Infrastructure Caused Unemployment to Increase In 2011, Gallegly criticized stimulus spending on infrastructure. He said, “The president was given $750 billion in stimulus money because of the financial crisis,” said Gallegly. “Out of that money, $150 billion was used for infrastructure and unemployment went up to more than 9 percent.” [Ventura County Star,

Education Issues Said Students Did Not Necessarily Need to Go to College to Succeed In June 2011, Gallegly said students don’t necessarily need to go to college to succeed, but they may find it harder. Many young adults were choosing a different route and only about 40 percent of high school graduates went directly to a four-year university, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Gallegly left college after a year. He said that students do not necessarily need to go to college in order to succeed; the key to succeed is to keep learning. “In this day and age, you can always blaze trails, but it’s more difficult,” said Gallegly. He also said “It takes a special personality, a more driven personality. Even then, there’s no substitute for knowledge.” [Ventura County Star, 6/11/11] Energy Issues Claimed he Supported Developing Alternative Energy Sources In 2012 at his campaign announcement Strickland stressed the importance of developing alternative energy sources so that the US can become energy independent. [KEYT, 1/17/12] Environmental Issues

Supported Wilderness Designation in District A wilderness designation bans any mechanized equipment, mining or drilling and protects the land from any future development such as roads forever. Wilderness areas are set aside so the land can be just that wild. Firefighters are exempt from the restrictions when they are battling wildfires and activities such as hiking, hunting and horseback riding are allowed. Kuyper argues that parts of the forest where there was historical interest in things such as uranium mining need to be preserved for future generations. The proposal links five existing wilderness areas into one large swath of protected land that is home to a host of threatened and endangered species”The California population continues to expand, and in Southern California there aren't that many places to get away from it all. And wilderness areas are those places,” said Paul Spitler with the Wilderness Society, which has been working on the proposal. While 200,000 acres isn't particularly large for a wilderness area, the fact that it is so close to the urban density of Los Angeles is unique, he said. An unusual mix of characters is promoting a wilderness designation, including Kuyper and other environmental groups, water districts and Rep. Elton Gallegly, [Ventura County Star, 10/9/11] Supported Allowing States to Drill Off Own Coast In April 2011, Gallegly said he had always supported states’ right to drill off their own coasts. He said “It makes sense from both an economic and national security perspective to increase domestic oil production while expanding and investigating alternative energy supplies.” He advocated for an all of the above energy approach. [New Times, 4/13/11] Ethics Issues Chief of Staff was Lobbyist In March 2011, the Center for Responsive Politics released a database showing that Gallegly had hired Joel Kassiday to be their chief of staff. According to CRP Kassiday had previously lobbied for the Republican Jewish Coalition. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 3/8/11] Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea Gay and Lesbian Issues Gun Issues Health Care Issues Said He Supported Type 1 Diabetes Research In June 2011, Gallegly said he supported more research into type I diabetes and promised to speak about it on the floor. His comments came after he was visited by Teri Smolarski, a delegate from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children’s Congress. [Ventura County Star, 6/22/11] Immigration and Border Issues

Co-Sponsored Legislation to Make E-Verify Mandatory The U.S. House Judiciary Committee last month passed a measure, co-sponsored by Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, that would make use of E-Verify mandatory for all U.S. employers. [Ventura County Star, 10/13/11] Attacked in Radio Ads for Pushing Mandatory E-Verify Radio ads that begin airing this week on Spanish-language stations blast Rep. Elton Gallegly and other Republicans for pushing legislation that would require employers to use an online verification program to check the immigration status of potential workers. The ads, which are airing on stations in Santa Barbara, Sacramento and East San Gabriel Valley, specifically single out Gallegly of Simi Valley and Rep. Dan Lungren of Gold River and blast Republican lawmakers in general for pushing to make the E-Verify system mandatory. “It is a bad bill for workers, it is bad for employers, and it is bad for the economy,” said Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer for Service Employees International Union. Called for Passage of E-Verify as Job Creator for Americans
In 2011, in an op-ed, Gallegly wrote about the need to pass E-Verify, a mandatory system to ensure that all workers are legal workers. He wrote “The myth that illegal immigrants only hold jobs that American workers won’t do is just that — a myth.” He went on to write, “Making E-Verify mandatory will remove the primary factor that entices people to illegally cross our borders or overstay their visas — the ability to take an American job.” He continued, “E-Verify is free, very accurate and reduces paperwork for American businesses. Making it mandatory through passage of the Legal Workforce Act would discourage illegal immigration and open up millions of jobs for American workers.” [Op-ed, Rep. Gallegly, Roll Call, 7/18/11]

Farmers Said Gallegly’s E-Verify Bill Would Devastate Their Workforce According to the North County Times, Farmers worried that E-Verify would “devastate their workforce.” The bill was co-authored by California Rep. Elton Gallegly. “Farmers say the bill could be particularly troublesome in California, where the agriculture industry relies on an estimated 315,000 to 360,000 undocumented immigrants as its labor force.” [North County Times, 7/16/11] p-Ed: Supported Mandatory E-Verify In June 2011, Gallegly declared, “The time to make E-Verify mandatory is now.” He urged support for the Legal Workforce Act, and said, “If there was ever a time to reserve American jobs for those with a legal right to work in the United States, the time is now.” He claimed higher accuracy compared to the current I-9 forms and said it was “race neutral.” He wrote that the bill also gave Congress time to devise a system for agricultural workers. “The bill recognizes that, unlike other industries, agriculture employs workers whose skills are not readily available in the United States. Therefore, the bill does not require E-Verify for farm workers until three years after enactment.” [Op-ed, Rep. Gallegly, Daily News, 6/23/11]


Op-Ed Cited High Failure Rates, Job Losses, and Cost as Major Downsides to E-Verify In a response to Gallegly’s op-ed, an attorney cited high failure rates, job losses, and cost as major downsides to E-Verify. The National Immigration Law Center said E-Verify would result in the loss of 770,000 jobs. E-Verify also improperly clears 54% of undocumented workers, and Intel says 12% of its workers were improperly marked ineligible. Small businesses would have to spend $2.6 billion per year to use E-Verify according to Bloomberg Government, and the Department of Homeland Security would have to spend $765 million to nationalize the program. [Op-ed, Attorney
Raul A. Reyes, LA Times, 6/13/11]

Praised Supreme Court’s Ruling Upholding Employers’ Rights to Use E-Verify In May 2011, Gallegly, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, issued praise for the U.S Supreme Court’s ruling upholding Arizona’s right to require employers to use E-Verify. E-Verify is an employee verification system that ensures employees have a legal right to work in the United States by matching a person’s name, Social Security number and birth date against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security databases. In a written statement, Gallegly said, “It is unfortunate that states have to pass laws to protect jobs for the legal workers in their jurisdictions because the federal government has refused to do so.” He also stated that until the federal government makes E-Verify mandatory, illegal immigrants will just move to other states that do not require E-Verify. E-Verify is “verifiably more effective and efficient and less timeconsuming and costly for employers” than I-9 forms, the current method of checking employment eligibility. [Moorpark Patch, 5/26/11] Said Path to Citizenship was Amnesty In 2011, Gallegly criticized the President on immigration. He said a path to citizenship was amnesty. “It is unfair to the 26 million American workers who are unemployed or underemployed and it is unfair to those who are waiting to legally immigrate to the United States.” In his speech, Obama acknowledged an estimated 11 million people have “broken the rules.” Gallegly said, “Providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, as the president called for again today, without requiring illegal immigrants to return to their countries of origin and apply for legal status, is amnesty.” [Moor Park Patch, 5/10/11] Wrote it was Inexcusable for Americans to Compete with Illegal Workers for Employment In June 2011, Gallegly wrote an op-ed that addressed the importance of making E-Verify, a program that allows employers to electronically verify the work eligibility status of new employees, mandatory for employers in the United States. He wrote that as the unemployment rate hovered around nine percent, 26 million Americans were unemployed or underemployed, while 7 million individuals worked illegally in the United States. He wrote that it was inexcusable that Americans and legal workers had to compete with illegal immigrants for scarce jobs. [Op-Ed, Lamar Smith and Elton Gallegly, Los Angeles Times, 6/13/11]

Argued in Favor of Making E-Verify Mandatory to Weed out Illegal Immigrants In June 2011, Gallegly wrote an op-ed that addressed the importance of making E-Verify, a program that allows employers to electronically verify the work eligibility status of new employees, mandatory for employers in the United States. He wrote that E-Verify was a successful tool for employers looking to hire a legal workers. [Op-Ed, Lamar Smith and Elton Gallegly, Los Angeles Times, 6/13/11] Said Amnesty Only Encouraged Illegal Immigration When the President held an immigration meeting without inviting Gallegly he said Mr. Obama “should not selectively enforce the law,” he went on to say “Amnesty — whether universal or selective — only encourages illegal immigration.” [New York Times, 4/20/11] Called Meeting on Immigration Reform a “Summit on Amnesty” In 2011, Gallegly said a White House meeting between President Barack Obama and people who want to overhaul the nation’s immigration system was “a summit on amnesty.” Gallegly wasn’t invited to the meeting and said “I don’t think anyone was invited who was interested in stopping illegal immigration.”
[Ventura County Star, 4/19/11]

Accused of Supporting a Mass Deportation of Hispanics In an op-ed from America’s Voice, Frank Sherry accused Gallegly of supporting a mass deportation for saying ““First, we must enforce our laws and secure the border. Second, we must remove the magnets that encourage illegal immigration. And finally, we must remove the benefits that make it easier for them to stay.” [Huffingtonpost, 4/13/11] Advocated for Reforms to H-2A Visa Program At a 2011 House hearing, Gallegly discussed reforms to the H-2A program. He said the goal of the hearing was to “plant the seed for needed reform” of the H-2A program. [Modesto Bee, 4/17/11] Questioned Safeguards on Fair Wages Paid to H1-B Workers In March 2011, Gallegly questioned the availability of safeguards to ensure that foreign workers rights were protected. “Theoretically, if an employer hired an H-1B worker and then paid them much lower than what an American worker would make, the [visa] fees would be trivial.” [WHTM-TV, 3/31/11] Backed Legislation that Eliminated the Visa Lottery Program In March 2011, Gallegly backed the “SAFE for America Act,” which eliminated the visa lottery program. Gallegly touted a committee hearing to discuss how the visa lottery was abused. He said terrorists and criminals could abuse the system, this “has long been a subject of concern for those of us who believe it important to have a credible immigration system.” [Rep. Gallegly, press release,


He went on to say the “U.S. immigration policy should be based on something more than just luck of the draw. It should be secure. And it should be beneficial to Americans. The visa lottery program is neither.” [Rep. Gallegly, press release, 4/06/11] Would Take More Reasoned Approach to Immigration In February 2011, Gallegly was named head of the Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee. Friend and colleague Honda spoke out about the appointment, “Gallegly seems inclined to take a more reasoned approach.” [The Huffington Post, 2/7/11] Accused of Turning Congressional Hearing into “Racial Battle” In March 2011, Gallegly’s hearing of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement turned contentious with democrats accused Republicans of using immigration to divide African Americans and Latinos. Gallegly said statistics showed that low-skilled, undocumented workers often end up taking jobs away from American minorities such as African Americans. “Our focus should be on ensuring that every U.S. citizen who is willing to work has a job instead of giving jobs to foreign laborers,” Gallegly said. [Ventura
County Star, 03/01/11]

In His Opening Statement Gallegly, said Low Skilled Immigrant Workers Hurt Economic Growth In a March 2011, opening statement of the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement Hearing on Making Immigration Work for American Minorities Gallegly said, “When employers hire foreign workers who will work for less than American workers, Americans lose jobs. So importing millions of poorly educated foreign workers won’t help our country, but in-stead will only hinder its growth.” He went on to state “The unemployment rates for blacks and Hispanics are 15.7% and 11.9%, respectively. They often compete for jobs with low-skilled immigrant workers.” [Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement Hearing, 3/1/11] Opposed Public Education for Children of Illegal’s Gallegly wrote an amendment in 1996 to deny public education to the children of illegal immigrants.
[North County Times, 2/26/11]

Wanted to Make E-Verify Mandatory Gallegly focused on making E-Verify mandatory for all employers. “I have long said that the way to solve the problem of illegal immigration is fairly simple,” he said in a statement. “First, we must enforce our laws and secure the border. Second, we must remove the magnets that encourage illegal immigration. And finally, we must remove the benefits that make it easy for illegal’s to stay in this country.” [North County
Times, 2/26/11]


Wrote Bill to Ensure Citizenship Only to Children Whose Mothers Were U.S. Citizens Gallegly wrote a bill in 2009 that would have given citizenship only to children whose mothers are U.S. citizens. [North County Times, 2/26/11] Said His Solution to Illegal Immigration was Border Enforcement Gallegly said his solution to illegal immigration was enforcing the border and removing magnets that encourage illegal immigration such as benefits. “First, we must enforce our laws and secure the border. Second, we must remove the magnets that encourage illegal immigration. And finally, we must remove the benefits that make it easier for them to stay.” Gallegly said. [Ventura County Star, 2/19/11] Wrote that Kids Brought to the U.S. By their Parents Should Not Get Citizenship In February 2011, Gallegly said he feared his chairmanship was the last real opportunity to deal with illegal immigration due to the cultural dependency on illegal immigration. “Right now, if we have an opportunity, it may well be the last real opportunity we have to get a handle on this thing before it’s totally irreversible.” He went on to say, “When you have families that become a result of long-term illegal immigration, and some of them know nothing except America, even though they are here illegally, that is a very complex issue to deal with.” [Ventura County Star, 2/19/11] Opposed Giving Criminal Illegal’s “Boxed Lunch and Ride Home” Gallegly said he wanted to take a look at how “criminal aliens” were treated. “If you’re an American citizen who committed the exact same crime, you’re going to rot in jail,” Gallegly said. “But if you’re an illegal alien, you’re going to get a boxed lunch and a ride home. I don’t think that’s right.” [Ventura County
Star, 2/19/11]

Said He and Steve King were not Philosophically on Illegal Immigration Gallegly said he and Steve King were not very philosophically far apart on illegal immigration. He said, “Steve and I, philosophically on this issue, are not very far apart.” “My objective is to be effective around here. You don’t see me every night on the evening news or doing press conferences every 10 minutes. I’m not saying that’s the way Steve does it. I’m saying the reason I don’t do it that way is because I can personally be more effective, I believe, another way.” [Ventura County
Star, 2/19/11]

Wrote that Kids Brought to the U.S. By their Parents Should Not Get Citizenship In February 2011, Gallegly wrote that he was sympathetic to illegal immigrant children who were brought to the U.S. because of their parents.


He wrote, “Because their parents disregarded America’s immigration laws, they are in a difficult position. But by granting citizenship, the United States would actually reward their illegal immigrant parents, who knowingly violated our laws. It would perpetuate the problem the bill claims to solve.” [Op-ed, Elton
Gallegly, New York Times, 2/26/11]

Wrote that Illegal Immigrants had Eight Million American Jobs In February 2011, Gallegly wrote, “Amnesty will give illegal immigrants a legal right to those jobs and encourage more illegal immigrants who are hoping for yet another round of amnesty. That’s not fair to children of American citizens and legal residents” [Op-ed, Elton Gallegly, New York Times, 2/26/11] Said Illegal Immigrants Took Jobs that would Benefit Latino and Black Communities In March 2011, Black lawmakers accused Gallegly and others of manufacturing tension between African Americans and immigrants on jobs. Gallegly said illegal immigrants competed for low-wage jobs with minorities. He said tougher immigration enforcement would help Latino and black communities.
[Associated Press, 3/1/11]

Accused of Advocating for Mass Deportation America’s Voice Report said Gallegly wanted mass deportation. Experts warned “attrition through enforcement” would reduce the GOP’s changes of winning the presidency in 2012.
[FOX News Latino, 2/15/11]

Wanted to Make E-Verify System Mandatory In February 2011, Gallegly was preparing legislation to require all businesses to run their employees through the E-Verify system mandatory. “The biggest magnet for illegal immigration is jobs, so we owe it to the American people to do whatever we can to reduce the number of American jobs going to illegal immigrants,” said Gallegly. [Ventura County Star, 2/10/11] Gallegly touted E-Verify and advocated for expansion. The E-Verify program helps to do just that. E-Verify allows employers to check the work eligibility of new hires by running the employee's Social Security number or alien identification number against Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records.
[Statement Of Chairman Elton Gallegly Subcommittee On Immigration Policy And Enforcement Hearing, 2/10/11]

Mandatory E-Verify System Would Cost Businesses $2.7 Billion According to a February 2011 study, Gallegly’s plan to make the E-Verify system mandatory would cost businesses $2.7 billion. The cost stemmed from small businesses having to buy computers, internet access and training on how to use the system correctly. [Ventura County Star, 2/10/11] Plan to Make E-Verify Mandatory Hurt Farmers


Gallegly’s February 2011 plan to make E-Verify mandatory for all businesses caused major issues in the farming community where 3 out of 4 workers are undocumented immigrants. “Simply put, any E-Verify expansion that comes without meaningful immigration reform would be disastrous for the American agricultural economy,” said the president of the American Nursery & Landscape Association. “It will leave the United States importing food and exporting jobs.” [The
Washington Post, 2/9/11]

Had 3-Pronged Approach to Immigration Gallegly said solving the immigration issue involved enforcement, removing magnets and removing incentives. “I have long said that the way to solve the problem of illegal immigration is fairly simple. First, we must enforce our laws and secure the border. Second, we must remove the magnets that encourage illegal immigration. And finally, we must remove the benefits that make it easy for illegals to stay in this country.” [Statement Of Chairman Elton Gallegly Subcommittee On Immigration Policy And Enforcement Hearing, 2/10/11] Chosen as Head of Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Subcommittee Gallegly was expected to take a more centrist approach to immigration reform as head of the Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee. [, 2/3/11] On his website Farenthold said “We can create new jobs. Businesses, not government, are the key to putting people back to work.” [, accessed 2/7/11] Said Obama’s Immigration Policy Gave Jobs to Illegal Immigrants In January 2011, Rep. Elton Gallegly began chairing the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. He attacked President Obama’s policy of cracking down on undocumented immigrants in the workplace, saying his approach was relaxed. Gallegly also said Obama’s policy hurt American workers, “The Obama administration’s strategy clearly does a grave disservice to American workers,” said Gallegly. Worksite enforcement must ensure “those jobs that are available go to Americans and legal immigrants,” he said. [Ventura County Star, 1/26/11] Staunch Supporter of E-Verify Gallegly proposed the system that is E-Verify today. He also introduced HR 282 to require federal contractors to participate in E-Verify. “It is unfair to those who put in the time and effort to immigrate here legally to allow illegal immigrants to break in through the back door,” he said. [Congressional Quarterly
Today, 1/25/11]

Job Issues Was Accused of not Doing Enough to Help the Poor and Unemployed By a Protestor


In 2011, Gallegly was accused of not doing enough to help the poor an unemployed by a protestor. Gallegly’s staff told people protesting about the inequalities between the bottom 99 percent and the top 1 percentage he was on a plane. However, he was spotted shortly thereafter, and RL Miller asked What are you doing for the poor and unemployed in our area?” “I just gave 700 toys to the needy,” he retorted. He added, “Merry Christmas!” as he dashed away. Before he could get onto the elevator, Miller told him she's a constituent and asked for a meeting., He told her, “You just had your meeting,” as the elevator doors closed. [Political Machine, 12/8/11] Labor and Working Family Issues Op-Ed: Proposed Measures to Create Jobs Such as Low Tax Rates Gallegly supported reviewing regulations that “have a significant impact on the economy or burden small businesses.” He wrote that in order to create jobs “the U.S. government must empower employers and entrepreneurs by killing unnecessary regulations and streamlining those that remain, by keeping taxes low and by curtailing federal spending.” He proposed efficiency audits of the government and making sure the tax rates for businesses and individuals was no more than 25 percent. He also favored reforming the tax code to allow American businesses to bring back their overseas profits without paying a tax penalty. [Oped, Rep. Gallegly, Ventura County Star, 6/19/11]

Miscellaneous Voted Against the Flood Insurance Reform Act In 2011, Gallegly voted against the Flood Insurance Reform Act, which would provide millions of homeowners who would be forced to buy flood insurance for the first time because of changed in federal flood maps greater flexibility. The legislation would delay for three years the requirement that property owners must buy flood insurance to cover homes that have been newly added to federally designated flood zones. Gallegly said he voted against the legislation because in the past, FEMA’s process for drawing flood maps was flawed. The House voted The House voted 406 to 22 to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program for five years and make other changes to eliminate the program’s nearly $18 billion debt.[Ventura County Star, 7/12/11] Cosponsored America Invents Act to Gallegly cosponsored the America Invents Act to reform the patent system. The bill changes the US patent system to favor the first to file rather than the first to invent and conformed U.S. patent law to international patent law. Rep. Rohrabacher opposed the legislation because he said it would allow America’s innovation to be stolen by other Americans, but by forces overseas. [Southern California Public
Radio, 6/21/11]

Rumored to Be Retiring Due to Changing District In 2011, it was reported that Gallegly could potentially be tossed into a primary with Buck McKeon. The Mercury News reported “It’s easy to see why retirement rumors have floated about for months suggesting departures for the long-serving likes of Gallegly.” [Mercury News, 5/4/11]


Native American Issues Supervisor Opposed Land Deal for Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Gallegly said in order to consider the possibility of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians adding 1,400 acres of ranch land to their reservation through the federal government’s fee-to-trust process he would need to get backing of supervisors. Third District Supervisor Doreen Farr said she opposed the agreement and scheduled a meeting with Gallegly. [Santa Maria Times, 3/8/11] Received Campaign Contribution from an Attorney with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Tribe In 2010 Gallegly received, a campaign contribution from Sam Cohen who listed his occupation was a “Santa Ynez Band of Chumash / Attorney.” [CQ Moneyline, accessed 3/9/11] National Security Issues Gave Away 700 Bags Filled with Children’s Toys for Military Families In 2011, Gallegly gave away more than 700 bags filled with children’s toys and 500 bicycles, tricycles and battery-operated quads to military families at the base to thank them for their service. “This is to say thank you for their fathers or mothers who have been deployed overseas during the holidays. We want them to know that they haven’t been forgotten and we understand the loneliness they go through,” said Rep. Elton Gallegly. [Ventura County Star, 12/4/11] Said He Understood Why Navy was Eliminating Battalion that Effect Local Community In 2011, Gallegly said he understood why they Navy was eliminating a 581-member Seabee construction battalion stationed at Naval Base Ventura County in a cost-cutting move. The unit represented almost 9 percent of the 6,500 active-duty military at the base’s divisions in Port Hueneme and Point Mugu. The Ventura paper reported “It’s uncertain what effect the loss will mean to the community, but it likely will extend to Seabees’ families, including children enrolled in local schools.” Gallegly said the reality was the base was losing almost 600 people and he didn’t see a prospect for stopping the action. He said, “It’s unfortunate but at the end of the day we all realize we’re going to have to make cuts,” he said. “This happens to be one I don’t like, but I understand.” [Ventura County Star, 9/29/11] Co-Sponsored Legislation to Give Homeland Security Authority to Revoke a Visa if it Was in the Interest of National Security In 2011, Gallegly co-sponsored legislation to give the Homeland Security secretary the authority to revoke a visa if it was in the interest of national security. Gallegly said the United States needed to be more vigilant in scrutinizing visa applications due to the terrorist threat. He also pointed to the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 523 on Christmas Day in 2009. [Ventura County Star, 5/11/11] Other Social Issues

Voted for Final Debt Ceiling Proposal Saying the U.S. Could not Default In 2011, Gallegly released a statement on his vote to raise the debt limit. “The Budget Control Act of 2011is far from a perfect bill. But the reality is that the federal government is divided, with the White House and Senate controlled by those who would prefer to keep spending money Americans do not have while at the same time raising their taxes.” “Although I would have preferred deeper cuts, we must not allow the U.S. government to default on our debts. We expect Americans to pay their bills. The United States must pay its bills too. To default could have a devastating effect on our already fragile economy, including the potential collapse of the retirement savings of millions of seniors. I will not allow that to happen. But we also cannot allow the federal government to continue its spending binge,” wrote Gallegly. [Santa Barbara Independent, 8/2/11] Recognized the Animal Welfare Institute with a Resolution that Commemorated the Organizations 60th Year In 2011, Gallegly, the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus co-chairman, recognized the Animal Welfare Institute with a resolution that commemorated the organization’s 60th year. The resolution, entitled Recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Animal Welfare Institute (H. Res. 309), highlighted AWI’s unparalleled leadership in animal protection issues, spoke to AWI programs, and underscored AWI’s current bipartisan and responsible legislative initiatives. [Harnesslink, 7/8/11] Opposed Regulations to Protect Animals from Research In 2011, Gallegly opposed new regulations that would protect animals from research. He was considered one of the biggest animal rights supporters in Congress. “While I don’t disagree with what the Humane Society is advocating, at the same time, with the issues we are dealing with in our federal deficit and more federal regulations, at this point I can’t justify” more animal-testing regulations, Gallegly said. If research is being done to come up with a drug that can cure a disease “dealing with serious diseases vs. the composition of mascara or lipstick, I have to say that the priority definitely should be given to medical (research),” he said. [Ventura County Star, 5/14/11] Political Issues Tony Strickland Scheduled to Announce Bid for Congress On January 17, 2012 Sen. Tony Strickland, who represented western portions of the Santa Clarita Valley in the California Senate, scheduled a press conference to announce his candidacy for Congress. Strickland could have stayed in the Senate four more years under California’s term-limit law. Strickland’s campaign announcement was scheduled for Tuesday morning, Jan. 17, at the Aviation Museum in Camarillo. [SCV, 1/15/12]

Republican Linda Parks Announced She Would Run to Replace Rep. Gallegly


In 2012, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks announced the she would run to replace Rep. Gallegly who retired. Parks said she would hold an official campaign kickoff at Freedom Park in Camarillo on Saturday January 21st. State Senator Tony Strickland was likely to get into the race. [KEYT, 1/9/12] Parks Essentially Running as Independent In 2012, Linda Parks considered running through an independent ballot designation. Parks is running as essentially a nonpartisan candidate, though she is a registered Republican. [Ventura County Star, 1/23/12;
Ventura County Star, 1/21/12]

Scott Wilk Didn’t Want Strickland’s Endorsement in Assembly Bid In 2012, Scott Wilk in his bid for the state’s 38th Assembly District seat released Tony Strickland from endorsing him. “Tony Strickland gave me the option of releasing him from his endorsement,” Wilk said. “He told me I could keep the endorsement but gave me the option of releasing him ... and I’m going to release him.” Strickland declined to comment on the issue. Announced Bid for Congress – Had Endorsement from House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy In 2012, Strickland announced his bid for Congress and had the powerful endorsement from House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy, a prolific fundraiser, said he would offer financial support for Strickland’s run. [Ventura County Star, 1/17/12] Republicans Tony Strickland and Linda Parks Expected to Announce for Gallegly’s Seat In 2012, Republican officials said it was all but certain that Sen. Tony Strickland of Moorpark would announce his candidacy in the coming week. Linda Parks also said she would be making “an announcement soon.” Simi Valley City Councilman Glen Becerra said he also will take a serious look at entering the race. “This seat looks like it was designed for a Hispanic Republican,” he said. Becerra lived outside of the district. District Attorney Greg Totten, another Republican whose name has been mentioned as a possible candidate, said he has no intention of running. There were five Democrats in the Race county Supervisor Steve Bennett of Ventura, Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Jess Herrera of Oxnard, Moorpark Councilman David Pollock, retired longshoreman Zeke Ruelas of Oxnard, and Westlake Village businessman David Cruz Thayne. [Ventura County Star, 1/7/12] Fifth Democrat Harbor Commissioner Jess Herrera Joined Race In 2012, Democratic Harbor Commissioner Jess Herrera announced his candidacy for Congress in CA-26. He says he does not intend to step down while running for the house. Herrera is the fifth Democrat to join the growing 26th district field that includes Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett, Moorpark Councilman David Pollock, retired longshoreman Zeke Ruelas and Westlake Village businessman David Cruz Thayne. Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly had not announced his intentions. But Gallegly’s Simi Valley neighborhood sat outside the newly drawn district lines. Candidates had until March 9th to file papers. [, 1/4/12] Steve Bennett Announced Against Gallegly – Who Said He was Waiting on Redistricting


In 2011, Steve Bennett announced against Elton Gallegly. Gallegly said he was waiting for a court decision in a federal suit challenging the redistricting and described himself as a Reagan Republican and Bennett as "a kind of Obama environmental Democrat.” Two other Democrats announced in the 26th, Westlake Village businessman David Cruz Thayne and Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock. [LA
Times, 11/17/11]

McKeon and Gallegly Running Against Each Other Due to Redistricting In 2011, the Washington Times reported that the redistricting map in California set up some major struggles between incumbents like McKeon and Gallegly who ended up in the same seat. [Washington
Times, 11/7/11]

Republicans Waited on Gallegly to Announce; McKeon Said He Believed He Would Run Against Gallegly In 2011, Columnist Timm Herdt wrote that CA-26 would be an important battlefield. Several Democrats announced including Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock and Westlake Village businessman David Cruz Thayne. Two other Democrats were expected to announced Supervisor Steve Bennett, or perhaps Assemblywoman Julia Brownley. However, there were no announced Republican candidates because everyone is waiting on Rep. Elton Gallegly. McKeon told his hometown newspaper that “as near as I can pin him down,” Gallegly intends to run in the 25th District against McKeon. [Ventura County Star,

Topped List of Republicans Who May Retire In 2011, Gallegly topped the list of Republicans who may retire in California. “Republicans might also see more retirements in California after an independent redistricting commission overhauled the Congressional map. Reps. Jerry Lewis, David Dreier and Elton Gallegly top that list.” [Roll Call, 11/29/11] Three Democratic Opponents Pressured Gallegly to Make Decision In November 2011, Gallegly’s three Democratic opponents put pressure on Gallegly to make a decision as to whether he would run again. His home was just outside the 26 District. All three Democratic candidates believed that Gallegly would have to debate and engage his Democratic opposition in the race. [Ventura
County Star, 11/18/11]

Would Either Have a Tough Re-Election or Retire In 2011, it was reported that Gallegly would either have a tough re-election or retire. Gallegly's oncemajority Republican district will also change, no matter whose map becomes final, in part because the area now has many more Democrats than 10 years ago. So he faces a Hobson's choice of running in a largely Democratic district or challenging the entrenched McKeon. He may solve the problem by retiring.
[San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 12/8/11]

Faced Several Potential Republican Opponents


In 2011, Gallegly faced potential Republican opponents. Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita said he wasn’t ruling anything out because he was termed out of office. “Whatever (Congressman Elton) Gallegly (of the 24th Congressional District) decides to do will have an effect on what I decide,” Smyth said. “As I say, right now, I’m happy to serve in the Assembly.” State Sen. Tony Strickland said Gallegly’s decision “could shake things up” for the November 2012 race.
[The Signal, 9/22/11]

Would Not Disclose Plans in 2012; Focused on Potential Congressional Line Referendum In 2011, Gallegly refused to disclose his political plans in 2012. His home district was moved into McKeon’s district. His options were to retire or run for re-election in the 26th district. Democratic voter registration in the 26th district “has been classified by analysts as a true ‘swing district,’ which is to say it’s a tossup.” Gallegly’s decision impacted Ventura Supervisor Steve Bennett (D), state Sen. Tony Strickland (R), Ventura Supervisor Linda Parks (R) and state Sen. Fran Pavley (D) on their decisions. Gallegly’s office said he was watching the referendum on the Congressional redistricting lines. [National Journal, 9/19/11] Had Two Options, Retire or Face Tough Campaign In 2011, Gallegly had two options, retire or gear up for a tough campaign. The Ventura County Star reported that Gallegly did not fare well in redistricting and his home base of Simi Valley was placed in a new district with McKeon. The 26th district Gallegly could run in was not safe Republican territory because it had a Democratic voter registration advantage. “Given the new terrain, Gallegly has two realistic choices: He can retire, or he can gear up for a tough campaign and run for re-election in the 26th.” [Ventura County Star, 9/17/11] Gallegly Forgot He Signed Grover Norquist Pledge. In 2011, Gallegly’s spokesman said he didn’t sign the Grover Norquist tax pledge. However, when his spokesman saw the copy with Gallegly’s signature his spokesman said “Whether or not he remembered signing something 19 years ago. … after reading the pledge it’s clear he has stuck to it.” [USA Today, 9/7/11] We Can Save $502 Billion Over 5 Years By Cutting Wasteful Spending in the Tax Code. The Center for American Progress has identified over $502 billion in wasteful spending over the next five fiscal years that is hidden within the federal tax code. The spending comes in the form of special tax breaks called tax expenditures. And while the federal government treats tax-code spending differently than direct government spending, the two forms of expenditures are widely recognized to be the functional equivalent. Here are the few examples of tax expenditures that the Center for American progress has deemed wasteful: • Taxpayers will spend at least $22.8 billion over the next 5 years subsidizing big oil • Taxpayers will spend at least $1.1 billion over the next 5 years subsidizing the coal industry • Taxpayers will spend at least $92.5 billion over the next 5 years on subsidies that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas • Taxpayers will spend $114 billion over the next 5 years ensuring that the richest Americans can receive larger itemized deductions than everyone else


• • • • • •

Taxpayers will spend $84 billion over the next 5 years specifically subsidizing rental property landlords Taxpayers will spend $62 billion over the next 5 years subsidizing private business’ eating and entertainment expenses Taxpayers will spend $6 billion over the next 5 years subsidizing vacation home mortgages and yacht purchases Taxpayers will spend $4.9 billion over the next 5 years for special subsidies for agribusiness Taxpayers will spend $1.6 billion over the next 5 years for special subsidies for timber companies Taxpayers will spend money on special subsidies to paid to horse breeders. [Center for American Progress, 3/11]

Received 63% Score From Heritage Action for America Score Card Gallegly received 63% score from Heritage Action for America scorecard in August 2011 that encompassed 30 key votes and 5 co-sponsorships. [Heritage Action for America, accessed 8/29/11]
Faced Tough Election in 2012 In 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that Gallegly faced a tough election in 2012. [Los Angeles Times, 8/28/11]

Democrat Child Actor David Pollack Got into Race In 2011, it was reported that child actor David Pollock was getting into the race in CA-26. “My overriding goal is jobs. We really need to get the economy kick-started again, especially in Ventura County, we need to be attracting federal programs that not only stimulate jobs directly but also give employers the confidence to start hiring again,” Pollock continued. “Jobs are issue number one. Another big issue for me is public education... I think the federal government has a role to play in public education but not in actually running the schools themselves.” [FOX, 8/26/11] Constituents Said Gallegly Was Unavailable to Them In 2011, protestors outside of Gallegly’s office called on him to accept the group’s Contract for the American Dream. “Representative Gallegly was not available to us,” said Karen Kennedy, council coordinator of Ventura County for “We dropped off a copy of the 10 tenets of the contract and asked him to support it.” [Ventura County Star, 8/10/11] Could Find Self in Democratic District In 2011, Gallegly was one of four California GOP congressman that could find themselves in Democratic districts. “Republicans don’t like the plan. Four of California’s GOP congressmen, including Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, and David Dreier, R-San Dimas, would find themselves in what could be majority-Democratic districts. The party charges that the commission bent over too far to try help certain interest groups.” [Editorial, Daily News of Los Angeles, 8/2/11] Democrat David Pollock Filed Against Gallegly; District Described as “Tough for the GOP to Hold”


In 2011, it was reported that Moorpark City Councilman (and “Bad News Bears” child actor!) David Pollock (D) filed against Rep. Elton Gallegly (R) in a district that will be tough for the GOP to hold. [The
Fix, Washington Post, 8/3/11]

Faced Uncertain Future Under California’s New Map of Congressional Districts In 2011, Gallegly faced an uncertain future under California’s new congressional maps. Gallegly came from a centrist area north of Los Angeles, but his district was gerrymandered to be safe. He was considered an at-risk House member, whose district would invite moderates to run. [Blog, Cameron Joseph,
Hill, 7/28/11]

Could Seek Re-Election in 26th District; Democrat David Pollock Announced Candidacy In 2011, it was reported that Gallegly may run in the California 26th congressional district instead of the 24th. Democrat Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock announced he would be a candidate in the 26th district. The district was reportedly “a very competitive seat.” Gallegly had not yet publicly announced his plans for 2012. [Ventura County Star, 8/04/11] Redistricting Changed Gallegly’s District from 24th to the 26th District In 2011, State redistricting changed Gallegly’s district from the 24th District to the 26th District strictly in Ventura County. [Santa Ynez Valley News, 8/4/11] Potential Candidate: New Map a “Game-Changer” In 2011, former mayor of Ventura, Richard Francis saw the possible redistricting in Gallegly’s district as a potential opportunity for Democrats. Francis said, “If those lines hold, it really is a game-changer,” referring to the proposed redistricting lines by the Citizens Redistricting Commission, the organization in charge of creating the new map. [Ventura County Star, 7/16/11] Gallegly Faced Trouble for 2012 Elections Due to California Re-Districting In 2011, thanks to redistricting, California shaped up to be a hotbed of top Republican targets, and Gallegly faced trouble in newly drawn districts, if he decided to run again in 2012. [Atlantic, 7/20/11] Gallegly May Retire In 2011, Gallegly was one of the members of Congress rumored to be considering a district-based retirement plan. [Blog, The Ticket, 7/7/11] Redistricting Created More Competitive District The California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s map put Gallegly in newly drawn, competitive districts “battling for political survival in increasingly Democratic districts.” [Mountain View Voice, 6/20/11]


Voted To Eliminate All Public Funding Of Planned Parenthood and Taxpayer Funded Abortions In May 2011, Gallegly showed inconsistent voting pattern for 2011. Gallegly, in the previous six months, voted six different times to reduce or eliminate funds to aid those in need of health care. In February 2011, he voted to eliminate all public funding of Planned Parenthood and offered no alternative for patients across the country. In May 2011, Gallegly continued on the pattern and voted for prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion. [Opinion, Joan Trossman Bien, Moorpark Patch, 5/29/11] Voted to End Home Affordable Modification Program Because He Said It Encourage People to Get Into More Trouble In April the Ventura County Star reported “A federal program that has helped thousands of distressed homeowners in California lower their monthly mortgage payments and stay in their homes is running into trouble in Congress.” Gallegly supported ending the Home Affordable Modification Program. “If you really look at the big picture on this, it was clearly the boondoggle of all boondoggles,” said Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, who voted to abolish the program. “It encouraged people to get further in trouble.” [Ventura County Star, 4/2/11; H R 839, Vote #198, 3/29/11] Politico Speculated that Gallegly Could Retire In April 2011, there was speculation that Gallegly could retire in light of the redistricting changes in California. [Politico, 4/12/11] Senior Issues Criticized for Voting to Cut Senior Program In 2011, Gallegly voted to kill the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in the Conejo Valley. Colleen Cason wrote that the program was critical to 1,200 seniors and low-income families and “The elderly lady who fell out of her wheelchair and was found hours later when her Meals on Wheels volunteer arrived.”
[Columnist, Colleen Cason, Ventura County Star, 4/23/11]

Voted to Cut a Senior Program that had 2,000 Volunteers In April 2011, Gallegly voted to cut a senior program he said was one of the main reasons Ventura County was one of the best places to live in the United States. Gallegly voted to cut funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service which provided funding for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). About 2,000 volunteers ages 55 and older were placed in volunteer opportunities that fit their interests and skills. “Congress must make some painful decisions or face the very real prospect that the United States will default to China, Saudi Arabia and other countries that are loaning funds to America to keep it afloat,” Gallegly said. “Congress simply cannot continue to spend money it does not have.” [Ventura County Star,


Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid Wrote He Would Oppose Medicare Reforms that Affected Current Recipients In August 2011, Gallegly wrote that Medicare needed to be reformed, but he would oppose any plan that affected current recipients. “If Medicare is to be solvent for the next generations, it must be reformed. I will oppose any plan that affects current Medicare recipients and those close to retirement, but most everything else is on the table that will lower costs, preserve the doctor-patient relationship and restore Medicare to solvency.” [Op-ed, Rep. Gallegly, Ventura County Star, 8/20/11] Wrote that Medicare was Unsustainable and Needed to Be Reformed In August 2011, Gallegly wrote that Medicare would not exist if it was not reformed. He wrote, “It doesn’t take an economist to realize the trend is unsustainable. If we do nothing, Medicare spending will nearly double over the next decade, exhausting its remaining funds and leaving all seniors without coverage unless Congress drastically raises taxes.” [Op-ed, Rep. Gallegly, Ventura
County Star, 8/20/11]

Protestors Pressured Gallegly to Work out a Compromise and Oppose Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid In 2011, 75 protestors gathered outside Gallegly’s office during a rally organized by to pressure elected officials to work out a compromise to raise the federal debt ceiling. The group protested in opposition cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Gallegly said the House proposal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling in exchange for trillions of dollars in spending cuts and a constitutional amendment requirement for a balanced budget would help bring spending under control. He also agreed that there was a debt problem before President Obama, but, Gallegly said, “it has exploded under (Obama’s) watch because of trillions of dollars of failed stimulus and other unaffordable and unwise programs…our national debt is nearly $14.3 trillion-higher than any time in American history- and already equals more than 95 percent of our entire economy.” [Ventura County
Star, 7/26/11]

Voted Against Protecting Medicare and Social Security from Privatization This week, Gallegly voted in the House Judiciary Committee against en bloc amendments to HJR 1, the Republican balanced budget constitutional amendment, that would have required a three fifths majority vote in each chamber in order to pass legislation to limit funding for Medicaid; and funding or privatization of Medicare and Social Security. [CQ Markup and Vote Coverage, H.J. Res. 1, Jackson Lee
Amendment, 6/15/11]

Voted against Protecting Medicare Gallegly voted in the House Judiciary Committee against an amendment aimed at exempting Medicare from the balanced-budget calculations. The amendment would have excluded receipts of the federal hospital insurance trust fund, including attributable interest, from the definition of total receipts. It also


would exclude outlays of that fund or the federal supplementary medical insurance trust fund from the definition of total outlays. [CQ Markup and Vote Coverage, H.J. Res. 1, Conyers Amendment 6/02/11] Voted against Protecting Social Security Gallegly voted in the House Judiciary Committee against an amendment aimed at exempting Social Security from the balanced-budget calculations. The amendment would have excluded receipts of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund, and the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund, from the definition of “total receipts,” and exclude outlays of those funds from the definition of “total outlays.” [CQ Markup and Vote Coverage, H.J. Res. 1, Conyers Amendment 6/03/11] Stem Cells Tax Issues Op-Ed: Supported 25% Top Tax Rate Gallegly wrote he supported “streamlining the tax code and lowering the tax rate for businesses and individuals, including small business owners, to no more than 25 percent.” [Op-ed, Rep. Gallegly, Ventura
County Star, 6/19/11]

Tea Party Tort Reform Issues Pushed for Stalled Legislation to Increase the Amount of Damages for Victims in Train Crashes In 2011, Gallegly pushed for federal legislation that would raise the amount of damages that victims in a single train crash were allowed to receive under federal law, however, it stalled in the Congress. He said he had not given up home. “I am exploring every avenue to obtain fair and just compensation for the families of the 24 innocent victims killed in the Sept. 12, 2008, Metrolink crash and the more than 135 people who were severely injured in the crash,” the congressman said in a statement released by his office. [Ventura County Star, 7/14/11] Rep. Gallegly was Against Tort Reform He was for It; Advocated for Metrolink Passengers In 2011, Gallegly called upon Veolia Environment to pay $64 million dollars above the statutory cap in damages for a 2008 crash with a Metrolink Passenger train. The Atlantic noted, “Of course, before Rep. Gallegly was against tort reform he was for it, like the vast majority of his Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill. It wasn’t just Rep. Gallegly who changed his view of ‘tort reform’ when he saw its destructive effects up close and personal.” [The Atlantic, 7/18/11] Supported Increasing Limit on Liability Cap for Accident Victims; Favored Tort Reform


In January 2011, Gallegly introduced legislation to increase the liability cap for accident victims. His legislation was focused on the victims of the 2008 Metrolink train disaster which killed 25 and injured more than 130. Gallegly supports tort reform, but said he was trying to right the wrongs for the victims of the accident.
[Los Angeles Times, 1/26/11]

Transportation Issues Obtained Funding from Dept. of Transportation for Railroad Crossing in Light of Metrolink Crash In 2011, Gallegly touted the fact that the U.S. Department of Transportation committed $750,000 for safety improvements to a busy railroad crossing in Moorpark due to his request from the 2010 transportation/HUD appropriations bill. His request came in light of the Metrolink crash when a Metrolink train and an SUV parked on the tracks by a suicidal man. Eleven people died. “Every day, Metrolink, Amtrak and Union Pacific trains cross major intersections in Ventura County cities,” he said in a statement. “This first-in-the-nation program that identifies and implements improvements to railroad crossings will reduce accidents and save lives.” [Ventura County Star, 7/29/11] Criticized Veolia Transportation for Failing to Pay Victims More Than Statutory Cap In 2011, Gallegly’s office issued a press release advocating for compensation from Veolia Transportation for the victims of the train crash that killed 25 people. Gallegly criticized the company for failing to pay victims more than the $200 million statutory cap. His press release read, “Veolia’s website claims it is committed worldwide to ‘Accountability, especially in Safety.’” Gallegly said, “Veolia should hold itself fully accountable for this tragic crash and should pay the real lifetime damages to the victims because it is the right thing to do.” [Rep. Gallegly, press release,

Admitted that He was a Tort Reform Backer In 2011, Gallegly admitted that he was a legal tort reform backer and “one of the least likely guys around to be out defending trial lawyers,” Gallegly said, he is trying to do the best he can “to right the wrongs here.” [LA Times, 1/26/11] Wrote Op-ed Criticizing Veolia Transportation Executives for Criticizing Him for Inaccuracies in Testimony on Crash In April 2011 Gallegly wrote an op-ed criticizing Veolia Transportation executives for making misleading claims to cover up their “gross negligence,” in relation to the Metrolink that killed over 20 people. He accused Veolia of continually giving false information, while accusing him of making “false and misleading statements.” He went on to write “The facts are well documented. Cherry-picking by Veolia will not change them. I’m not going to respond song and verse to Veolia’s here.” [Ventura County Star,

Tried to Raise Liability Limit for Chatsworth Metrolink Survivors With Meeting


Gallegly held a February 2011 meeting with survivors of the 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink train crash and Veolia, the conglomerate responsible for hiring the man that caused the crash. His goal was to show Veolia how the survivors had been affected. “I believe it's important for Veolia to meet eye-to-eye with the victims,” Gallegly said. He wanted to raise the liability amount for survivors from $200 million to $275 million. [Los Angeles Times, 2/8/11] Said Money for Interchange was up in Air; Obtained Earmarks Two Previous Years In March 2011, Gallegly’s spokesman said money for 101 and 23 freeway interchange remained up in air. In an earmark in 2008-09 Gallegly secured more than $400,000 of the $6 million needed for the interchange expansion design plan. The next year he made $500,000 available for the project. [Thousand
Oaks Acorn, 3/24/11]