"Women deserved equal pay for equal work then. They deserve it now. Significant wage discrimination persists in America today, and this is an affront to the dignity of all workers," Garamendi said.
"America needs a comprehensive jobs bill including major infrastructure and research investments, and if one were passed in the past three years, perhaps this emergency extension would be unnecessary. Let’s restore emergency unemployment insurance right away and work together to finish America’s recovery from the harm generated by the Great Recession," Garamendi added.
Congressman Garamendi said, “100% disabled veterans put their lives on the line for our nation, and they paid a steep price for their valiant service. There’s a lot more we can and should do for these American heroes. Giving them equal access to the travel benefits enjoyed by their fellow veterans is an easy decision. I’m a representative of thousands of veterans who live near two major Air Force bases, and it’s a privilege to cosponsor H.R. 164.”
Congressman Garamendi participated in a ceremony honoring the Rosies and expressed his deep appreciation, saying, “Thank you to Kay, Marian, and all ‘Rosie the Riveters’ for reminding us of the remarkable role that women played in World War II and in strengthening our workforce. You sacrificed enormously and your work propelled this nation a major step toward justice. I will continue to fight for a basic principle that you made amply clear: Women deserve equal pay for equal work.”
“Construction of Sites Reservoir would bring California one major step closer to a drought-proof water system. It has support across the aisle and across the state. I will continue to work with Doug and local stakeholders to move this project across the finish line,” said Congressman Garamendi, a former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior.
“I support comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together, meets the needs of agriculture, higher education, and the tech sector, secures our borders, stands up for DREAMers, cracks down on abusive labor conditions, and offers a pathway to earned citizenship for otherwise law-abiding immigrants already contributing to our economy,” Garamendi said. “No one will get everything they want out of a comprehensive approach, but it’s clear to me that business as usual is not the solution. America needs action. We have had enough debate. Now, we need to vote on immigration reform.”
"I’m here to tell you what you already know: when women succeed, America succeeds," Garamendi said. "Our success as a nation depends on women taking their rightful place as equal leaders in our community, free from discrimination. Our country is not going to do well, until the women in our country do very well."
"The devastation of the drought has highlighted the need for additional water storage. Sites Reservoir would dramatically expand our water reserves – and create jobs in the process. We must heed the warning of the book of Genesis: stock up during the years of plenty, so that you can get by in the years of need," said Congressman Garamendi, who served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior under President Clinton. "I want to thank Doug and his staff for working with my office and the JPA in crafting this legislation. This bipartisan bill is vitally important for serving the water needs of California communities, agriculture and environment."
"Air Mobility Command is responsible for the rapid delivery of military assets around the world – something that will continue to grow in importance. This bill would strengthen the continuity of this vital mission," said Congressman Garamendi, co-chair of the Congressional Air Mobility Caucus. "This bipartisan legislation would ensure that the Air Force maintains its strategic refueling capability as it transitions from the KC-10 to the KC-46 aircraft over the next few years. The bill requires that critically important acquisition and delivery milestones for the KC-46 are met before a KC-10 divesture could occur. This bill would help maintain stability in the military operations at Travis Air Force Base, our nation’s 'Gateway to the Pacific.'"
"If we had pursued a comprehensive jobs strategy over these past few years, perhaps this measure wouldn’t be necessary. Instead, we’ve seen years of obstructionism driven by an extremist faction in the majority caucus. Now, millions of Americans are out of work through no fault of their own. They are the victims," Garamendi added. "Signing onto this discharge petition is one of the only avenues available to me to require a vote on this important issue. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on extending unemployment insurance during a long period of high joblessness."