Ken Calvert's Record of Effective Representation in Congress
In 2000, Calvert’s bill establishing the first ever inter-agency federal committee dedicated to finding alternatives to the use of animals in testing was signed into law (Public Law #106-545). The law established the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM). ICCVAM mandates federal agencies to report tests that require the use of animals, and to promote the use of alternative testing methods whenever possible.
In 2021, Calvert secured $700,000 for new cancer treatment equipment at the City of Hope facility in Corona.
In February of 2022, Calvert received the Legislator of the Month award from Cruelty Free International. Calvert received the award for his leadership on the Humane and Existing Alternatives in Research and Testing Sciences (HEARTS) Act.
In 2021, Calvert obtained federal funding for the Loma Linda Mobile Emergency Operations Trailer project to allow the Murrieta hospital to respond to emergency situations, disasters, and other significant crisis events.
In 2019, Calvert joined three of his House colleagues to Co-Chair the bipartisan ALS Caucus to collaborate with advocacy organizations, find policy solutions to help afflicted families, and bring more resources to the table to find a cure for the terminal disease. Since its launch, the ALS Caucus and advocacy organizations have successfully passed a historic law, ACT for ALS, and dramatically increased federal funding for ALS research.
In 2021, Calvert was successful in delivering $500,000 in federal funding for the Southwest Riverside County Regional Homeless Services project. This funding provided additional case management and homeless outreach assistance to the homeless in California’s 42nd Congressional District.
Calvert has appointed more than 300 Riverside County students to U.S. Military Service Academies. This life changing program provides a free college education, invaluable experience, and tremendous leadership training to prepare young Americans for a military career and beyond.
In 2022, Calvert’s bill naming the Norco Post Office in honor of Norco hero Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui was passed by Congress and was signed into law on October 11, 2022 (Public Law 117-198). LCpl Nikoui was one of the thirteen service members who were killed in the August 2021 terrorist attack at the Kabul Airport.
In 2019, Calvert advocated for a $2.4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the Riverside County Department of Health received to combat the opioid crisis. Riverside County was one of 16 localities nationwide to receive the grant during that funding cycle.
In February of 2021, Calvert led an effort urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to directly provide COVID-19 vaccination doses to the Riverside County through the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) COVID-19 Vaccination Program. The Riverside County Health System was chosen to take part in this program and received an increased amount of vaccination doses directly from the federal government.
In 2009, Calvert obtained $500,000 in federal funding for the Riverside County Probation Department to purchase 15 automated kiosk reporting systems to be placed in government buildings where offenders could report on a regular basis to parole officers.
In 2016, Calvert’s legislation, H.R. 182, was signed into law (included in H.R. 6416) streamlining the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) processes for community colleges – such as the Riverside Community College District – that have multiple campuses. Previously, the VA required community colleges to certify that their veteran students are enrolled for a specific number of classes before the VA will disperse student benefits.
In 2008, Calvert successfully advocated for $940,000 requested by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to initiate a methamphetamine highway interdiction team, which will be trained to notice trends of narcotic distributers and drug dealers along the highway system.
In 2007, Calvert’s legislation, H.R. 988, designating the Post Office located at 5757 Tilton Avenue in Riverside, California as the Lieutenant Todd Jason Bryant Post Office was approved by Congress and signed into law. Lt. Bryantis a local hero who was nominated by Calvert to attend West Point and was killed in action while serving our nation in Iraq.
In 2018, as Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, Calvert included an increase of $10 million to the Targeted Air Shed Grant program in the FY2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The Targeted Airshed Program dedicates funding to regions like southern California with the worst air quality to clean up the air we breathe.
In 1996, Calvert’s legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law creating the E-Verify program, the only tool available for employers to voluntarily check the legal status of newly hired employees. Today, E-Verify operates with 99.8% accuracy and is used by more than 2.4 million hiring sites nationwide.
In 2020, Calvert advocated for a $2 million federal SAFER grant the City of Murrieta’s Fire and Rescue Department received to increase the number of frontline firefighters in the department.
In 2009, Calvert secured $7 million in federal funding for the Rubidoux Community Service District’s repair of their regional sewer system. The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was awarded after Riverside County was declared a major disaster area following the December 2004 - January 2005 winter storms.
In 2009, Calvert supported an Assistance to Firefighters Grant that provided $57,000 for the Corona Fire Department to enhance their response to fire and fire-related hazards in our community.
In 2009, Calvert helped secure $175,000 in an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the Corona Fire Department to enhance their response to fire and fire-related hazards in our community.
In April of 2022, Calvert held a Fentanyl Roundtable with Congressman Darryl Issa, U.S. Border Patrol Agent in Charge of the Murrieta Station Mark Dunbar, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, Riverside District Attorney Mike Hestrin, and Temecula Resident and President of DrugInducedHomicide.org. The participants discussed how fentanyl is ravaging our communities and what can be done at the federal level to support those on the front lines of this epidemic.
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, Calvert wrote a letter to then Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urging the deployment of the USNS Mercy hospital vessel to Los Angeles to aid our southern California health care system. The ship was ultimately stationed in the Port of Los Angeles for almost two months and assisted in the COVID-19 response across the region.
In July of 2019, Calvert successfully spearheaded an effort along with the city of Temecula to secure a $50 million U.S. Department of Transportation INFRA grant for French Valley Parkway Phase II project, which will relieve congestion on Interstate 15. French Valley Parkway was the only California project to receive an INFRA grant in 2019.
In March of 2018, Calvert negotiated a wildfire borrowing fix as Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee in the FY2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act to dedicate funding for wildfire response and recovery and eliminate routine practice of raiding other Forest Service programs, such as fuels reduction, to pay for fire suppression.
In 2017 and 2018, Calvert secured consecutive increases in funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act as Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee to replace old diesel engines with new, cleaner engines to improve air quality.
In 2022, Calvert was successful in delivering $780,000 to initiate upgrades to reopen the Canyon Lake Water Treatment Plant and enhance local water supplies for Lake Elsinore and surrounding communities.
In 2016, Calvert received the S. Roy Wilson Memorial Award for Leadership in Government from the South Coast Air Quality Management District for “supporting federal funding for research to develop clean-air technologies at UC Riverside. He also worked to fund federal programs that retire older, high polluting trucks and assist small businesses transitioning to clean technologies.”
Throughout his career, Calvert has been the lead champion for federal investments in the Santa Ana River Mainstem Project. The $2.8 billion project provides signification flood protection along the Santa Ana River in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. In just the past few years, Calvert has helped secure more than half of a billion dollars in federal funding for the project.
In 2022, Calvert secured the federal funding necessary to facilitate the restoration of the Prado Dam spillway Bicentennial mural.
In 2012, Calvert successfully advocated for a $421 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIFIA loan for comprehensive improvements to the 91 freeway.
In 2018, Calvert’s legislation was enacted authorizing the transfer of an outmoded U.S. Department of Agriculture property to the Riverside Corona Resource Conservation District to enhance conservation and environmental education for the community.
In 1998, Calvert helped secure $16 million in federal funding for Salton Sea environmental restoration efforts.
In 2014, Calvert’s legislation, H.R. 330, establishing the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at March Field Air Museum to honor current and former members of the Armed Forces who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross was passed by Congress and signed into law.
In 1995, Calvert played an active role in supporting the Riverside County Sheriffs Department acquisition of land made available by the realignment of March Air Reserve Base to establish the Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center.
In 2016, Calvert’s legislation was enacted facilitating the transfer of Ontario International Airport from the city of Los Angeles to the local control of the Ontario International Airport Authority.
In 2021, Calvert successfully prevented the Air Force from cutting its partnership with SCRIPPS to study and improve forecasting of atmospheric rivers, which is critical for managing California’s water system.
In 2016, Calvert was a key advocate and negotiator for the California water provisions of the WIIN (Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation) Act (P.L. 114-322), which improved management of California’s water system and authorized a generational investment in water storage, water recycling, and desalination infrastructure.
In 1999, Calvert secured $750,000 in federal funding to expand the Janet Goeske Senior Center in Riverside.
In January of 2022, after many years of Rep. Calvert’s leadership and advocacy, working with the Air Force, March Air Reserve base, and local community members the Air Force announced 12 KC-46 Pegasus refueling jets for the Air Force Reserve would be stationed at March Air Reserve Base.
In 2022, Calvert led the effort to establish the Accelerate the Procurement and Fielding of Innovative Technologies (APFIT) program to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, who are the lifeblood of national security innovation but often they find it impossible to work with the government. The APFIT provided $100 million in funding for production at scale of successful prototypes created by US small businesses. and ten companies have already been awarded funding by the DoD.
In 2022, Calvert and his office intervened on behalf of a local veteran who had been living in pain for two years due to a medical mistake. In addition to ensuring the veteran received the treatment necessary to correct the issue, Calvert contacted the Secretary of the Veterans Administration and sought corrective measures to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
In 2020, as a Co-Chair of the House ALS Caucus, Calvert worked with stakeholders to successfully advocate for a doubling of the ALS research funding in the Defense Department’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.
In 1999, Calvert obtained $4 million to help construct University of California, Riverside environmental test facilities to study air pollution.
In 2018, Calvert saved the USGS Early Earthquake Warning System program when it was proposed for elimination. Thanks to Calvert’s support, the potentially life-saving program received a significant funding increase and has been successfully deployed throughout California.
In 2021, Calvert successfully advocated for a $25 million funding authorization for the Eastern Municipal Water District’s South Perris Desalination Program in the Water Resources Development Act to increase local water supplies.
In 2004, Calvert’s Water Supply, Reliability and Environmental Improvement Act was passed by Congress and signed into law (Public Law No: 108-361). The bill authorized the CalFed Bay Delta project as well as $389 million over six years to improve management and coordination of existing water supply projects for meeting present and future water demands.
In 2005, Calvert successfully advocated for $8 million requested by the Riverside County Transportation Commission to expand the Cajalco Road interchange on Interstate 15.
In 2003, Calvert was a lead negotiator in the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), a historic agreement on the usage rights of Colorado River water.
In 2005, Calvert secured $200,000 for the expansion of the School of Nursing at Riverside Community College.
In 1996, Calvert’s legislation, H.R. 1975, reforming and simplifying the federal oil and natural gas royalty program was passed by Congress and signed into law (Public Law No: 104-185).
In 2009, Calvert obtained $476,000 for the Riverside County Office of Education’s School Dropout Prevention and Student Success Initiative to conduct research and implementation reforms to address the origins of students dropping out and to devise solutions to keep students in school/ promote academic success.
In 1999, Calvert’s legislation, H.R. 1663, establishing the National Medal of Honor Memorial at the Riverside National Cemetery was passed by Congress and signed into law (Public Law No: 106-83).
In 2022, Calvert was successful in delivering $600,000 for the Murrieta Creek General Reevaluation Report which is critical to moving the regional flood control project closer to construction of remaining elements.
In 2000, Calvert’s legislation, H.R. 3218, to ensure that Social Security account numbers are not visible on or through unopened mailings of government checks was passed by Congress and signed into law (Public Law No: 106-433).
In 2022, Calvert secured $5 million to construct a bridge in Menifee at the Bradley Road crossing with Salt Creek to eliminate flooding and enhance access and emergency services throughout the city.
In 2000, Calvert’s legislation, H.R. 5110, naming the United States courthouse located at 3470 12th Street in Riverside, California, as the "George E. Brown, Jr. United States Courthouse" was passed by Congress and signed into law (Public Law No: 106-477).
In 2009, Calvert secured $895,000 for the city of Riverside’s Public Safety Interoperability System, including the purchase of satellite phones and the acquisition, installation, and first year maintenance of IP based radio "gateways" and Mobile Satellite WLAN/IP Broadband.
In 2002, Calvert’s legislation, H.R. 1892, allowing immigrants applying for a green card to name a new sponsor if the original sponsor has died and the Attorney General has determined for humanitarian reasons that the original sponsor's classification petition should not be revoked was passed by Congress and signed into law (Public Law No: 107-150).
In 2009, Calvert successfully advocated for $5 million for continued construction of the Inland Empire Regional Water Recycling Project.
In 2000, Calvert’s legislation establishing the national Hass Avocado promotion program was included in the annual Agriculture Appropriations bill, which was passed by Congress and signed into law.
In 2022, Calvert obtained $2.5 million in federal funding to construct a pipeline that will connect the Quail Valley community, which currently runs on failing septic systems, to the public sewer system.
In 2009, while serving as Chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, Calvert authored the House version of the NASA reauthorization bill which was ultimately passed by Congress and signed into law.
In 2017, Calvert saved the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from a proposal to eliminate funding for the agency while he served as Chairman of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. NEA grants provide a sound return on investment of federal dollars with $1 of NEA direct funding leveraging up to $9 in private and other public funds.
In 2022, Calvert obtained $5 million in federal funding for the I-15 Smart Freeway Pilot Project to regulate traffic flow on I-15 and provide long-term congestion management.
In 2009, Calvert secured $330,000 in federal funds for the City of Corona Police Department’s interoperability project, including the purchase of replacement communications technologies, including microwave dishes and local radio antennas.
In 2000, Calvert helped Found and serve as Honorary Chairman of the Science, Technology, and Education Partnership (STEP) non-profit organization. STEP was established to bridge the skills gap between our K-12 students and high-technology industry needs. STEP produces its science and technology education event every year, the STEP Conference.
In 2008, Calvert obtained $341,000 in federal funds to help facilitate a new School of Engineering at California Baptist University.
Calvert and his office have provided thousands of Riverside County families with assistance while visiting our nation’s capital, including arranging tours of the U.S. Capitol, White House, and other points of interest.
In 2006, Calvert secured $1 million for the Riverside County Transportation Commission to add one auxiliary lane in each direction of the 91 freeway between SR-71 and Maple St. Interchange.
In 2001, Calvert’s legislation, H.R. 2925, to provide for the security of dams and other facilities under the management of the Bureau of Reclamation was passed by Congress and signed into law (Public Law No: 107-69).
In 2006, Calvert obtained $550,000 for flood control upgrades along Heacock and Cactus Channels. Flooding from these channels spilt onto neighborhood roads and caused such significant erosion that roads were threatened with undermining. The flooding also impacted roads and facilities on March Air Reserve Base.
In 2005, Calvert successfully led the effort along with the city of Norco, the city of Riverside, and other stakeholders to advocate against the closure of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division which was proposed by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission.
In 2005, Calvert secured the federal funding to expand the Joint Warfare Assessment Laboratory (JWAL) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Corona.
Calvert and his staff have helped more than 16,000 constituents with problems involving federal agencies.
In 1994, Calvert obtained $7 million to expand and improve facilities at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division.
In 2016, Calvert’s legislation approving the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement Act was included in an omnibus water bill and passed by Congress and signed into law.
In 1998, Calvert was successful in delivering federal funding and coordination to develop and implement the Western Riverside County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan, which was the largest HCP in the country when it was established.
In 1999, Calvert was successful in delivering $6.5 million to improve the Green River interchange on the 91 freeway in Corona.
In 1999, Calvert worked in conjunction with Temecula wine grape growers and other stakeholders to respond to the spread of Pierce's disease by the glassy-winged sharpshooter. Calvert helped bring federal resources to the table to combat the spread of the disease.
In 2006, Calvert was presented with a “National Champion of Science Award” on behalf of The Science Coalition, which was co-founded by the University of California, for working “tirelessly to improve public education, the environment and the advancement of NASA.”
In 1993, Calvert led the effort to establish the March Joint Powers Authority (JPA) following the realignment and conversion of March Air Force Base to March Air Reserve Base. The March JPA is charged with the responsibility of base reuse, planning, and development, including establishing a joint-use aviation facility.
In 2004, Calvert was successful in delivering $1.7 million for the Riverside County Sheriffs' Department to assist in the establishment and implementation of clandestine lab response teams to better combat the methamphetamine epidemic.
In 2005, Calvert obtained $1 million for the construction of a railroad grade separation project in the city of Riverside to streamline traffic and increase safety.
In 2006, Calvert was successful in delivering $1.2 million in federal funding for the Riverside and Corona Transit Centers.
In 2006, Calvert secured $2 million for the Riverside and San Bernardino County Sheriff Departments to update technologies to include a regional fingerprint identification project.
In 2020, Calvert received the Congressional Arts Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts in recognition of his support for federal arts programs.
In 2006, Calvert was successful in obtaining $1.5 million in federal funds as requested by the March Joint Powers Authority for the Arnold Heights Reuse Project located at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside. Arnold Heights was a former military housing complex consisting of 558 single-story housing units which needed to be demolished to accommodate future planning overseen by the March Joint Powers Authority.
In 2007, Calvert successfully advocated for $2.1 billion for 10 additional C-17 aircraft to be stationed at March Air Reserve Base.
In 2016, Calvert was presented with the Wine Institute’s Leadership Award for his work in response to Pierce’s disease that threatened the California wine industry.
In 2008, Calvert secured $1 million for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in support of the Endangered Children Program.
In 1995, Calvert led the effort along with the city of Norco, the city of Riverside, and other stakeholders to advocate against the closure of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division which was proposed by the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission.
In 2008, Calvert obtained $585,000 in federal funding to expand the trauma unit at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center.
In 2008, Calvert successfully advocated for $972,000 for the planning and design of a Joint Regional Deployment Processing Facility and Passenger Terminal at March Air Reserve Base.
In 2016, Calvert was named as the 2016 Water Champion by Eastern Municipal Water District for being “an instrumental figure in helping agencies in western Riverside County maintain an active voice in Washington, D.C., for the benefit of their customers.”
In 2008, Calvert successfully advocated for $204,000 in federal funding for La Sierra University’s Building Science Capacity Initiative.
In 2009, Calvert secured $3.4 million to establish a Medical School at the University of California, Riverside.
In 2009, Calvert secured $500,000 for the improvement of water treatment facilities in the city of Norco.
In 2001, Calvert’s legislation, H.R. 2924, to reduce vandalism and destruction of property at federal public power facilities was passed by Congress and signed into law (Public Law No: 107-78).
In 2009, Calvert obtained $238,000 for California Baptist University’s Equipment Modernization and Health Care Training initiative to purchase specialized equipment for the School of Engineering and the School of Nursing.
In 2018, Calvert was presented with the National Park Foundation’s 2017 Park Champion award in recognition of his advocacy for our National Parks.