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

    In his first years in office, Congressman John Garamendi has been a recognized leader for the environment in Congress, someone willing to take on the entrenched interests that threaten our economy, national security, and treasured national wonders for short term greed. It's a reputation Garamendi has carried with him after decades of public service. As a California state legislator, he authored the first alternative energy tax credit in the nation and helped save Lake Tahoe. As Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Interior Department under President Bill Clinton, he helped shape the Administration's policies on national parks, water resources, clean energy, and conservation.

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  • Agriculture

    As a Member of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman John Garamendi is focused on helping the 3rd District’s agricultural sector thrive. As a cattle rancher, pear farmer, and small business owner, Garamendi understands the trials and tribulations faced by farmers. The 3rd District contributes more than $3 billion in agricultural production, and Garamendi understands how important it is to keep this sector vibrant.

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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.

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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

    The Delta is my home. For more than 30, years Patti and I have had the privilege of living and farming in the Delta. This is where we raised our children and where we enjoy the incredible beauty and diversity of nature. This is where we gossip with farmers over a cup of coffee at the local café.

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