Issues

  • Jobs

    For decades, Congressman John Garamendi has been a champion for creating jobs in Northern California and throughout the country. Garamendi believes Congress must invest in transportation, clean technology, education, and research; help Make It In America; responsibly pay down the deficit; and extend tax savings to hard working middle class families and small businesses.

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  • Health Care

    Congressman Garamendi, California's Insurance Commissioner for eight years, believes every American deserves access to quality affordable health coverage. He voted for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to bring America one step closer to a country where everyone is protected by the shield of insurance. But he also understands that our work is not done to create a health care system that works for everyone, and like any law, the ACA can and should be improved.

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  • Education

    In the halls of Congress and throughout his career, Congressman Garamendi has been a fierce advocate for students and teachers, believing that America's prosperity depends on a well-educated workforce. Garamendi has consistently spoken out against destructive cuts to all levels of education. Garamendi understands that laying off teachers means less individual attention to students, larger class sizes, more students dropping out of school, and ultimately a less competitive workforce.

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  • Environment

    Congressman John Garamendi has been a recognized leader for the environment in Congress. He is someone willing to take on the entrenched interests that threaten our economy, national security, and treasured national wonders for short term greed. America must take the climate crisis seriously. Congressman Garamendi is a passionate advocate for investments in clean energy, building weatherization, public transit, and biking amenities, because these are the key ways we can lower our carbon footprint.

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  • Agriculture

    As a rancher and pear farmer, Congressman Garamendi understands the concerns of the 3rd District’s agriculturalists. He served on the Conference Committee when Congress passed the bipartisan Farm Bill, ensuring that California’s needs were met.

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  • Military Affairs and Foreign Relations

    Ever since Congressman Garamendi and his wife Patti embarked on a journey that would forever shape their lives – they two years they fought smallpox in rural Ethiopia as volunteers in the Peace Corps – Garamendi's perspective on foreign policy has been shaped by three primary principles.

     

    1. America’s moral authority as the world’s leader of free nations rests on a devotion to human rights and individual liberty for all citizens of all nations.

    2. Diplomacy should always be our first mission in international relations, and ultimately, is almost always the best way to resolve conflicts abroad.

    3. A strong and smart military is an essential safeguard for national security and an effective deterrent against those who would consider acts of aggression against peaceful nations and innocent people.

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  • Seniors

    Congressman John Garamendi believes every American deserves the right to retire with dignity. He is resolutely opposed to all efforts to privatize Social Security, dismantle Medicare, and defund Medicaid/MediCal.

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  • Social Justice

    In America, everyone who works hard and plays by the rules deserves to pursue their American dream. We must have equal opportunity for all, do what we can to end discrimination, and remove barriers to opportunity.

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  • Transportation

    As a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and as the Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Garamendi is using his role to improve infrastructure in our region.

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  • Veterans

    Those who have put service to our nation above all else deserve our respect, our thanks and our assurance that the doors to the future will be open to them. We must demand that education, job training, healthcare, and housing be readily available to these heroes. California is at a critical juncture, and the investments we make now in educating our people are key to our collective success in the years to come. Those returning to California from service in Iraq and Afghanistan have much to give our state, and our state has much to gain from educating them.

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  • Water

    Congressman Garamendi has lived with his wife Patti on the Delta for over 30 years. This is where they raised their children and enjoy the incredible beauty and diversity of nature. Congressman Garamendi is dedicated to stopping the twin tunnel project and has introduced his own plan, a Water Plan for All of California, which would create new access to water for California through water conservation, recycling, and storage while protecting senior water rights and investing in needed levees.

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