"Overall, I am pleased with this year’s MilCon/VA appropriations bill. It secures funding for quality health coverage for veterans and makes a good but incomplete effort to reduce the VA claims backlog," Congressman Garamendi said. "This legislation also invests in important military construction projects, including the new Distributed Common Ground Station (DCGS) Operations Facility at Beale Air Force Base."
"The California water system is under enormous stress from a growing population and climate change. The proposed peripheral tunnel plan fails to deliver a real solution for this fundamental problem," said Congressman Garamendi.
The Congressman said, "Memorial Day is always a day of mixed emotions. This is a solemn occasion to remember the heroes who never returned home. This is also a day we celebrate the achievements of the heroes among us, the people who served. This is a day we reflect on what it means to be a free people, and all the sacrifices and struggles it took to reach this point. As the son of a World War II Major, today is also a day for me to remember the work my father and millions of other Americans in the Greatest Generation did to secure our freedom."
"From colonial times to the present, the maritime sector has been vital to the defense of our nation and to the strength of our economy," said Congressman John Garamendi.
"If the Midwest is America’s breadbasket, California is America’s garden basket, home to the world’s largest variety of rice, fruits, vegetables, and nuts," Congressman Garamendi said. "The Third Congressional district feeds America and the world, and the thousands of farmers and agricultural workers I represent need a commonsense farm policy that gives California a solid foundation for success. While there’s room for improvement, particularly in light of the shortsighted cuts to food assistance, I believe passing a Farm Bill out of the House Agriculture Committee is a good first step."
"As we move from coal and oil, the energy of the previous two centuries, to the clean energies of the future. We will see that in agriculture as we grow crops that can generate energy. We’ll see it in geothermal, we will see it in wave energy in our oceans. There's enormous potential. And the research that goes into this are also jobs," said Congressman Garamendi.
"I remember the days before Medicare, when my elderly neighbor was shipped off to a county hospital to die. We’re not going to go back to those days. We’re not going back. Not on my watch," Garamendi said.
"An investment in American manufactured transportation is an investment in American jobs now and for years to come," said Congressman John Garamendi. "These locomotives were built in America because the Recovery Act said that they had to be. The Department of Transportation invested $466 million to build 70 advanced locomotives, leading to 200 new jobs in Sacramento and hundreds more across the country. These employees’ wages circulate throughout our economy, supporting businesses along the way. In just a few months, these high tech locomotives will facilitate efficient transportation for passengers along the East Coast, creating yet another virtuous cycle for our economy."
"The UC Davis faculty, students, and staff have a remarkable passion and dedication to academic excellence, and their agriculture program is the best in the world," said Congressman Garamendi. "This number one ranking is most deserved and I commend them. For decades, UC Davis, a historic land-grant university, has developed cutting-edge farm practices, research, and local partnerships. As epitomized by the mechanical tomato harvester developed there, this work directly boosts agricultural productivity and profits."
"Staff Sergeant Richard A. Dickson and Captain Reid K. Nishizuka served our country valiantly. These heroes served their nation until their last days, executing their mission with courage and the kind of selfless commitment that is the core of our nation’s strength," said Congressman Garamendi. "When they joined the Air Force, Sergeant Dickson and Captain Nishizuka knew the dangers of the job, yet they willingly put their lives on the line in service to our country. As a community and as a nation, we must rally behind their families and friends during this period of mourning. My thoughts and prayers are with them all."
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