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Monday, Jun 10 2013 10:57 AM

'First Look': Congressman Valadao takes up current issues

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    Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, talks about current issues with Californian Editorial Page Editor Robert Price on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Rep. David Valadao, who represents parts of Kern County, talked about his job, immigration, water and more Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

He was joined by Californian Editorial Page Editor Robert Price, who asked about the status of his seat.

"We're here to do a job. We're not here to protect my job," said Valadao, the 21st District congressman.

The Hanford Republican said if he were to lose his seat, he'd lose it doing what he considers the right thing.

* On the Steve King amendment, regarding immigration: "That King ammendment, I just didn't think it was good policy," Valadao said.

He said Republicans need to talk about immigration, and "there is a lot of room to do the right thing."

* On hate crimes: Valadao said he grew up in a Portuguese community. Now, he said, he's gotten to know a lot of Sikhs, and they are being targeted a lot.

He said the Sikh caucus, of which he is part, has asked the FBI to track hate crimes against Sikhs. It's not a bill, he explained.

"It's an opportunity to make a difference," Valadao said.

* On water: Valadao said he's meeting with people on both sides of the aisle to formulate solutions.

He said that basically every water district with some challenge is in or touches his district. He noted that some communities face receiving only 50 percent of their contracted water.

"It's a very dire situation," Valadao said.

 

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