Garamendi said, "This project still doesn’t create one gallon of new water, and it still doesn’t add one gallon of desperately needed storage for existing water. The BDCP remains a bad deal for California."
"Nelson Mandela's passing is a time to mourn, but let us also celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most influential and selfless public leaders in modern times. By ending the brutal apartheid regime through a democratic process and by preventing a subsequent civil war through truth and reconciliation, Mandela showed us a way forward in countries subsumed by brutality and oppression," Garamendi said.
"The era of austerity and sequestration is directly imperiling our national security" said Congressman Garamendi. "The KC-10 Tankers are a vital national security asset, helping with aerial refueling and logistical support in almost every American conflict since Desert Storm. Retiring the entire KC-10 fleet is terrible public policy. I will continue to press the Air Force to fully justify its proposal to retire the fleet."
“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.”
“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.”