McClintock Rejects Bipartisan Fire Relief Efforts in Congress


Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
Makaiah Mohler, (530) 913-3242,
Anthony Kusich, (916) 288-2228,

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Yesterday afternoon, a bipartisan coalition of 25 members of the California House delegation authored a letter to President Trump in support of California's request for a Major Disaster Declaration in response to devastating Northern California wildfires. If granted, the declaration would provide individual and public aid to the thousands of families displaced by the blazes. But despite signatures from key state Republicans like Kevin McCarthy (R-23), Doug LaMalfa (R-01), and Ed Royce (R-39), one name was notably absent: Tom McClintock's.
"I join the California leaders requesting desperately needed aid to help Northern Californians battle and recover from the devastating physical and economic tolls on our communities. We deserve a partner in Congress who is going to demand the resources and support we need to not only rebuild, but to ensure we are doing everything to prevent future disasters," said Jessica Morse, McClintock's opponent in the November election. "McClintock's history of votes against proactive fire prevention and bipartisan efforts to help homeowners rebuild after wildfires comes at the expense of our community’s health and safety. Whether it's fire prevention, tax relief, or rising healthcare costs, I will fight for lasting solutions and always stand up for our community's best interests."

In Congress, McClintock voted "no" on H.R. 4667, which provided federal aid to victims of the California wildfires, while the majority of his Republican colleagues from California voted in favor of the bill. He also also voted to eliminate the personal casualty loss deduction except for federally-declared disasters. As a result, many California homeowners will no longer qualify for this help to rebuild following catastrophes.

2018's fire season has rapidly become the worst in California history, with the Carr and Mendocino Complex fires among the largest ever recorded. In the 4th Congressional District, there are currently four active wildfires, including the Ferguson Fire, which has devastated portions of Mariposa County, closed much of Yosemite indefinitely, and led to the deaths of two firefighters.