"I’m convinced the votes exist in the House to pass this bill, but since the House Republican Leadership controls all votes on the House floor, this discharge petition is the best tool available to Democrats to force action on this needed legislation. Let’s show the American people that this Congress is able to get something important done. Let’s raise the minimum wage together," Garamendi said.
"My campaign will be focused on the serious issues facing our region, our state, and our nation," Garamendi added. "We must stop the twin tunnels and save the Delta. We must prioritize job creation. We must back quality and affordable education. We must protect benefits in Social Security and Medicare. We must support our veterans."
“UC Davis encourages strong ethics and develops students into leaders with great integrity,” the Garamendis said. “This creates extraordinary Peace Corp Volunteers that are extremely successful in their field service and beyond.”
"Several recent stomach-churning incidents show that when cruise ships take a turn for the worse, passengers are completely at the whim of the industry. This is patently unfair and consumers are losing confidence in this business. For that reason, we need a Cruise Ship Passenger Bill of Rights," said Garamendi, the Ranking Member of the Transportatio and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, which has jurisdiction over maritime safety.
"Today, farmers in the 3rd District and across America will finally have a Farm Bill that meets the needs of agriculture," Garamendi said. "Through crop insurance reform, smart investments in specialty crops, organics, the market access program, conservation, agricultural research, and other policies, this bill will empower Northern California’s agricultural economy and create jobs."
"The extreme weather we’ve experienced in recent years, including a devastating ongoing drought, has made believers out of a lot of doubtful people about climate change," said Congressman Garamendi. "The debate is over: human-influenced climate change is real and the conversation we need to have is what can be done to mitigate and reduce the harm. These ‘Climate Hubs’ are a practical and important part of our national strategy to address climate change. They’ll help farmers engage in best practices to adjust to extreme weather and a changing climate."
"This drought is caused by nature – something so painfully obvious, it can be seen from space. Despite the availability of federal assistance, the entire Central Valley – Sacramento and San Joaquin – is suffering. We must find ways to add to our water supply instead of taking water from one group to another for political gain," Garamendi said.
Garamendi, a former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, said, “The drought has imposed real hardship on our state and sharpened focus on water management. Instead of reigniting a pointless water war over the distribution of this precious resource, it is time to work together for commonsense policies that add to our water supply. My amendment advances water storage, conservation, and recycling, so that farmers, fishermen, and small businesses across the entire state have the water they need.”
"This bill hurts Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike by threatening the livelihoods of farmers, fishermen, and small businesses throughout the state," Garamendi said.
"Agriculture is the backbone of the Sacramento Valley’s economy," said Congressman Garamendi, whose 3rd Congressional District produces over $3 billion of agricultural goods. "Through commonsense policies, this Farm Bill fortifies the agricultural industry for the next five years. Using the input of my Agricultural Advisory Committee, I have fought for a Farm Bill that meets the needs of our District."