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Tuesday, Aug 06 2013 11:36 AM

'First Look': Congressman Valadao talks about his district

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    Rep. David Valadao appeared on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Congress may be on break, but Rep. David Valadao said business is busy in his district.

The Republican from Hanford is attending community coffees and talking with constituents in the 21st district about their concerns, and he's trying to spend some time with his family, too, he said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Valadao said it's satisfying when constituents visit Washington, D.C., and he can accommodate their trip, give them a tour of maybe even bring them to the floor.

He also likes when he can bring products from his district to D.C.

On Tuesday, Valadao brought Rosa Brothers Milk Co. milk from Hanford to the "First Look" simulcast for host Scott Cox, who is a fan of the products.

"We gotta celebrate a hundred shows," Valadao said, noting that on Tuesday "First Look" marked its 100th show.

He also quickly noticed his photo was not part of a 100th show graphic of several of the guests who've been on the simulcast since its inception; his image was added during a break.

In a more serious moment, Cox asked Valadao to talk about the effects of prison realignment on crime and communities.

The congressman said AB 109 was a 500-plus page bill that lawmakers had less than 24 hours to read. He said it "just wasn't well thought out."

"It's a sad deal that was just passed way too quick," Valadao said.

He said police chiefs throughout the district have told him people are committing crimes they know will no longer net a prison sentence, but rather just a little time in jail and a walk home.


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