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Please Support our Veterans, Vote Yes on Prop 41

My family and I are voting Yes on Prop 41, and we encourage you to do the same. For years now, I've attended the Dixon and Yuba City Stand Downs for homeless and lower income veterans. I've heard the horror stories, but I've also seen the success stories. I want to see more success stories. I want to see veterans rise from homelessness. I want to see the scourge of veteran homelessness purged from our great state. Please, vote Yes on Prop 41.

Sacramento Bee: The Republican Ryan Budget: Medicare's Death by a Thousand Cuts

Make no mistake, if this plan ever becomes law, it will mark Medicare's death by a thousand coupons. Seniors remaining with traditional Medicare will pay more as private insurers siphon off the healthiest and youngest among them. Seniors purchasing private insurance will also shoulder more of the cost of medical care as the value of their insurance coupon declines over time.

Sacramento Bee Op-Ed: Water bill in Congress promotes division, destroys state consensus

Instead of threatening the Delta and river communities throughout Northern California, I hope my colleagues in Congress will come back to the negotiating table. We can improve water access for Central Valley farmers without throwing out more than a century of water law. We can unite as Californians and invest in American-made water recycling and storage, from the Delta to the Bay Area to the Central Valley and farther south. We can create thousands of jobs throughout the state without destroying thousands of jobs in the Delta. We can embrace consensus instead of fostering division.

Daily Republic: Rep. Garamendi honors African-American military veterans

Congressman John Garamendi literally made history Sunday by hosting an interview at Mount Calvary Baptist Church with several African-American men who’d served in the military and U.S. Air Force during the 1950s and 60s. The event will later become a part of the Smithsonian. 

Vacaville Reporter: Garamendi serves veterans well


As a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and as a member of the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Support Group, I want to set the record straight: Garamendi has our back.

Congressman Garamendi has supported every bill in the House designed to help veterans and their families. Just a few weeks back, he voted for tax credits for employers who hire veterans.


Food Bank Blog: Congressman Garamendi Visits the Food Bank


At a time of record need and our Food Bank and partner agencies are stretched thin, cuts to nutrition assistance would be devastating for struggling families and our community. Charity simply cannot make up the difference if programs like SNAP, the Emergency Food Assistance Program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or WIC is cut.

We appreciate the support for these programs from Congressman John Garamendi and for the time he took to visit our warehouse in Fairfield this week. After spending just  an hour with him, it is obvious that fighting for the nutritional needs of all Americans is important to him.


Lake County News: Bipartisan members of Congress champion geothermal energy with letter to 'super committee'

"Geothermal royalties are extremely important to Lake County and it is absolutely essential that the federal government continue allocating a portion of these revenues to counties in order to help mitigate the local impacts of geothermal development," said Lake County Administrative Officer Kelly Cox."Congressman Thompson's leadership on this issue has been outstanding," Cox continued. "He and Congressman Garamendi completely understand why it would be wrong to take these revenues away from counties. Their continuing efforts to protect our community's interests are very much appreciated.

UC Davis Aggie: UC Affordability

When I attended UC Berkeley in the early 1960s, no Californian was priced out of an education. A good work ethic and college degree were usually all it took to enter the middle class. Maintaining low tuition created a system that ultimately paid for itself by keeping California’s best talent in California and by attracting the greatest minds from around the world. It is no accident that major biotechnology companies have flourished near UC Davis.

John Garamendi Visits the Marysville Appeal-Democrat

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi admits there is quite a bit of diversity in his new congressional district, which stretches from Bay Area suburbs to the liberal college town Davis to the conservative, relatively rural Yuba-Sutter-Colusa region. But as he gears up to seek re-election in what'll be the 3rd Congressional District, he said, he is excited for the issues the district presents.

The Reporter: "Solano County's Congressman John Garamendi: Support 'Make it in America'"

During a break of the House of Representatives, Congressman John Garamendi, D-Solano, left Washington, D.C., to stop by and visit his district.

Garamendi currently represents District 10, but that will change since new district maps are out.

Running for re-election next year, if Garamendi holds onto his post he will represent the new District 3 which includes all of Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun City, Dixon and Rio Vista.

Contra Costa Times: "Make it in America must be a priority"

Last Thursday, we hosted an important meeting in Walnut Creek with entrepreneurs and local business leaders to talk about opportunities for business growth and job creation. This meeting couldn't have been timelier, as small businesses, entrepreneurs, and middle-class families continue struggling to recover from the worst recession in generations.

We asked key federal agencies -- including the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States -- to talk with local businesses about initiatives that create good jobs, programs that can help companies produce more goods here at home, and opportunities for our local businesses to export these goods overseas.

The Department of Commerce's Undersecretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez joined us to highlight the National Export Initiative and other programs that help local businesses sell their products around the globe.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs -- like the participants who attended our event last week -- are key to our country's economic recovery.

Read the Entire Article in the Contra Costa Times

Garamendi Defends Medicare as House Republicans Seek to Dismantle It

On May 3rd, 2011, Congressman John Garamendi, California's Insurance Commissioner for eight years and a key health care advisor to President Bill Clinton, spoke on the House floor in strong opposition to the House Republican Majority's bills to destroy Medicare and the insurance exchanges that help lower premium costs for consumers. Below is a transcript of his remarks:

Congressman Garamendi to Introduce Amendment at Defense Bill Hearing to End to War in Afghanistan

"Nearly a decade ago we entered Afghanistan to kill Al Qaeda operatives and eradicate their training camps. With Osama Bin Laden dead, the training camps destroyed, and fewer than 100 Al Qaeda left in Afghanistan, we’ve achieved most of our mission critical goals," said Congressman Garamendi. "It’s time we shifted away from fighting an internal civil war and toward focusing on Al Qaeda like a laser wherever it takes root."

Democrats Call for 'All-California' Water Approach at Fresno Hearing

"FRESNO, CA – At a time when California's salmon fishery will be reopening for the first time in years and California's reservoirs and groundwater banks are refilling at a rapid pace, Democratic members of the House Subcommittee on Water and Power attended a field hearing in Fre

Congressman Garamendi on New EPA Emissions Standard: This Rule Will Save American Lives

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, today praised the Environmental Protection Agency for establishing a national standard for harmful power plant emissions.

Rep. Garamendi’s statement to California Assembly Water Committee exposes danger of House GOP spending bill on CA water access

“Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA), a member of the house of the Natural Resources Committee and a former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Interior Department, today submitted a written statement to the Assemble California State Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife for their “Oversight Hearing on Risks to California’s Water and Wildlife from Proposed Reductions and Elimination of Federal Funding.”

Rep. John Garamendi: House Republicans Vote to End Homeowner Foreclosure Assistance

Rep. John Garamendi released the following statement:

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA), who represents communities like Antioch, Oakley, and Fairfield hard hit by the subprime mortgage crisis, today voted against H.R. 830, a House Republican bill that ends assistance for homeowners trying to save their homes from foreclosure.

Congressman Garamendi introduced an amendment to the bill that addresses one of the major underlying causes of the subprime mortgage crisis and the Great Recession: Wall Street’s broken bonus compensation system.

President Obama is Right: We Need to Create American Jobs Now

With his State of the Union address, President Obama delivered an important message that Congress and the American people need to hear: our nation's leaders must pass legislation that creates American jobs now.

America, our shining city on a hill, has been blessed with great fortune in our proud past, but as the President noted, every generation faces new challenges and new opportunities. We must be bold and forward looking, never forgetting that America's prosperity has always relied on hard work, solid education, and well-maintained infrastructure. We're a nation that has always thrived when we've built things - the light bulb, the automobile, the Internet, and the GPS. We need to build things again. We need to make it in America.

More funds for Travis Air Force Base


Travis Air Force Base was approved for more funding last week -- this time to improve access to and from Solano County through the North Gate at the base.
Congressman John Garamendi, D-Solano, reported in a press release that a bill approved by the House of Representatives includes a $750,000 earmark he requested for the North Gate.

Garamendi & Farr: It’s Time to Stop Offshore Drilling

By Reps. John Garamendi and Sam Farr

Three months after the Deepwater Horizon disaster - which has dumped more than 12 times the amount of oil from the Exxon Valdez spill into the Gulf of Mexico - we have cautious room for optimism. If the cap on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well holds - and that's a big if - the cause of the worst oil disaster in U.S. history will have finally been patched.

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