“On the Conference Committee, I will continue to fight for levee improvement projects in Northern California. The bill should allow local agencies to start projects early. Therefore, we need stronger crediting provisions. We must also work to end the current funding disadvantage facing California ports," Garamendi said.
"[Recology] have teamed up with a company called G2 Energy, and it has put in place a facility to take the methane gas that comes off the landfill, that at one point just went up in the atmosphere – and do keep in mind that methane gas is around 20 times more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide – they put in a project to capture that methane gas, take it out of the landfill, put it in a pipe with a vacuum, run it over to a Caterpillar engine, manufactured in America – actually it’s a big marine engine that probably was driving some very large ship – but it now is sitting there next to the landfill, attached to a generator, and producing an extraordinary amount of electricity," Garamendi said. "Now that’s innovation, and that’s the kind of thing that can be done. That methane coming off the landfill into the Caterpillar engine into the generator will replace more than a million gallons of diesel fuel that was once used to run that very same kind of an engine."
"We have a robust grassroots campaign underway in Yuba and Sutter counties. We’re building the support we need to make sure this region keeps a Congressional representative focused on job creation and building the middle class," said Congressman Garamendi. "Thank you to everyone who attended. I had a lot of productive conversations at the event, and I look forward to following up with everyone at our town halls this winter and in meetings throughout the region."
“I’ve met with hundreds of veterans in the 3rd District, and while every story is different in its own way, too many stories are the same. Too many of our veterans are suffering from physical injuries and unable to get a prompt response from the Veterans Administration to address their ailments due to the VA claims backlog, which has been reduced but not nearly fast enough. Many other veterans are suffering in silence with mental health issues like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), unable or unwilling to seek the treatment they deserve. Too many veterans, men and women who have witnessed the unspeakable, have fallen into mental illness or substance abuse, winding up on our streets. Too many recent veterans, returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, have been unable to readjust and find a good job in civilian life," Garamendi said.
“An invasive quagga mussel infestation in Clear Lake could have serious impacts on the economy and environment in Lake County. Not only do they damage recreational boating equipment, but they can also make the shoreline along Clear Lake dangerous to walk on with incredibly sharp shells. They can also severely impact water deliveries for the region by clogging key water pipes and driving up maintenance and operations costs for local water agencies,” said Congressman Garamendi. “I’m a cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation, because Lake County residents deserve to be protected from these harmful invasive species.”
“The FEMA requirements threaten to put many farmers in Northern California out of business – and the problem is spreading across the country,” said Garamendi. “I thank Congressman LaMalfa for his leadership and dedication in tackling this problem. We will continue to work with district stakeholders in advocating for a solution.”
In an Armed Services Committee hearing and in private conversations with the Air Force last month, Garamendi spoke with Air Force leaders about the importance of the KC-10. Congressman Runyan has also addressed this issue on several occasions with Air Force leadership in recent House Armed Services Committee hearings and conference calls, expressing his strong concerns that the KC-10 not be retired prematurely.
“Unless changes are made to the flood insurance program, a lot of my constituents will soon be hit hard in their pocketbook,” said Congressman Garamendi, the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. “This effect was not intended by the original reform, but it requires an immediate fix. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act provides some breathing room to prevent some of the worst unintended consequences. This bipartisan legislation is needed and I urge its swift adoption.”
“This bill is extremely important for my constituents and our nation. The levee projects provide life-saving protection for residents throughout California’s flood prone Central Valley. The construction projects will rebuild our crumbling water infrastructure and create jobs. By revitalizing our ports, waterways, and natural habitats, this bill supports business development, including the agriculture businesses in my district that export their products around the world," Garamendi said.
Garamendi said, "It is my hope that the Budget Conference Committee will form a rational, bipartisan framework for funding the government. We can use this process to develop budgets that responsibly manage the long-term challenge of our deficit while also protecting our most vulnerable and making sure the government invests in priorities like education, infrastructure, research, and setting the stage for American manufacturing. These are the building blocks of a healthier economy capable of creating good jobs. Let’s work together to bring back the American Dream and never again give extremists the power to take our economy to the brink."