WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jeff Denham sent a letter to President Obama after his address to a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday and in advance of the introduction of his jobs plan. In the letter, Denham invited the President to join him in California’s Central Valley, where communities are struggling with unemployment rates as high as 20 percent.
Denham’s district suffers from some of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. At meetings with local residents and at local food banks in his area, Denham has seen first-hand the direct correlation between the water crisis and unemployment in the Valley, according to a news release from his office.
“In the Central Valley the foreclosure problem and the wider economic downturn has been compounded by a water crisis that has fallowed the most productive farm land in the world,” Denham stated in the letter. “That is why as you tour the nation to discuss your job creation proposals I would like to take the occasion to invite you to join me in my district to examine the particular issues that have contributed to high levels of long-term unemployment in California’s Central Valley, where communities are struggling with unemployment rates as high as 20 percent.”