Press Releases

Congressman Garamendi Endorsed by Public Safety Officials

Congressman John Garamendi, who is running for re-election in California’s 3rd Congressional District, is proud to announce that he has been endorsed by the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), which represents over 66,000 public safety members and is the largest statewide law enforcement association in the nation.

Congressman Garamendi Votes Against Misguided Bill that would Defund Law Enforcement

"The recent tragedy in San Francisco underscores the need for local law enforcement and immigration enforcement to work together to make sure dangerous criminals don’t fall through the cracks. Unfortunately, this bill is not a solution. This bill would defund local law enforcement and risks damaging existing relationships between law enforcement and the immigrant communities they serve," Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi Applauds Opening of Yolo County Small Business Development Center

"Small businesses are America’s economic engine," said Congressman Garamendi. "In the past 10 years, small businesses have created over 65% of all new jobs in this country. This Small Business Development Center will help existing businesses and new entrepreneurs achieve their professional goals and keep our local economy strong."

Congressman Garamendi Gets Update on Travis Air Force Base Security, Talks to Travis Community Leaders

"We are in the first quarter of a trillion dollar nuclear arms race," Garamendi said. "Before we embark on these incredibly expanded nuclear weapons programs, I want to know why. By voting down my amendments for more information on the costs and risks of our nuclear weapons strategy, a majority of my colleagues in Congress would prefer we just vote yes and wallow in ignorance. I don’t like ignorance."

Congressman Garamendi Votes against Flawed Western Water Bill and Calls for Reaching Common Ground

"At its core, this bill is part of a partisan campaign that sounds like a broken record. Yet again, the House brings up legislation that tries to steal Northern California water and send it to part of the Western San Joaquin Valley. H.R. 2898 would imperil jobs in fishing, small businesses in the tourism sector, and agriculture in the Delta region while devastating the environment," Congressman Garamendi said.

Garamendi Calls for Long Term Transportation Solutions, Votes for Must Pass Short Term Stopgap

"The government that functions best is the government that prepares for the future. The GROW AMERICA Act makes a solid investment in our future transportation needs, acknowledging the reality that we are not putting enough resources behind the infrastructure that drives all aspects of our economy, from commuting to work to transporting goods. I’m proud to stand with Democratic leadership in support of the GROW AMERICA Act, and in less partisan times, H.R. 3064’s priorities would be widely acknowledged to be bipartisan and unifying," Congressman Garamendi said.

Garamendi Calls for Long Term Transportation Solutions, Votes for Must Pass Short Term Stopgap

"The government that functions best is the government that prepares for the future. The GROW AMERICA Act makes a solid investment in our future transportation needs, acknowledging the reality that we are not putting enough resources behind the infrastructure that drives all aspects of our economy, from commuting to work to transporting goods. I’m proud to stand with Democratic leadership in support of the GROW AMERICA Act, and in less partisan times, H.R. 3064’s priorities would be widely acknowledged to be bipartisan and unifying," Congressman Garamendi said.

Congressman John Garamendi’s statement on P5+1 agreement with Iran

"We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Without this deal, Iran would be able to resume development of its nuclear program without international supervision and enrich enough uranium for a bomb in as little as three months. Furthermore, if America were to simply walk away from this deal, it’s likely that the strong multilateral sanctions regime would collapse. The military option is just as bad: it would only set Iran’s program back by a few years, destabilize an already volatile region, and possibly lead to a wider military confrontation," Congressman Garamendi said.

Local Members of Congress Applaud President Obama’s Designation of Berryessa Snow Mountain Region as a National Monument

Under this designation, the region will be permanently protected, ensuring continued recreational opportunities and providing an regional economic boost, while also safeguarding the region's beauty, wildlife, rare plants, and waters – which include important sources of drinking water and irrigation for nearby communities. Additionally, all currently owned federal lands within the boundary will be united under one management plan, allowing the region to be managed more efficiently and according to the site-specific needs. 

Congressman Garamendi Votes for Medical Cures Bill that Passes House of Representatives

"The 21st Century Cures Act is a huge step forward in fighting diseases that afflict millions of Americans. It provides vital funding and reforms to accelerate the development and delivery of medical breakthroughs. We need this legislation to bring our medicines into the modern day," said Congressman Garamendi."This legislation would expand opportunities for UC Davis and researchers throughout Northern California. I want to thank Noah Coughlan and the countless other advocates for getting us to this point. I urge the Senate to send this bill to the President’s desk without delay."

Congressman Garamendi & Congresswoman Lowey Respond to New Study on Crude Oil Combustibility, Calls for Immediate Crude Oil-by-Rail Volatility Safety Standard

"I’m a firm believer in the best science, and I’m happy to see this research move forward. However, we’ve already seen major explosions in West Virginia, Illinois, and Quebec. Dozens of people have lost their lives in recent years. We don’t need to wait 18 months for action to keep our communities safe. We need strong volatility standards today," Congressman Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi & Congresswoman Lowey Respond to New Study on Crude Oil Combustibility, Calls for Immediate Crude Oil-by-Rail Volatility Safety Standard

"I’m a firm believer in the best science, and I’m happy to see this research move forward. However, we’ve already seen major explosions in West Virginia, Illinois, and Quebec. Dozens of people have lost their lives in recent years. We don’t need to wait 18 months for action to keep our communities safe. We need strong volatility standards today," Congressman Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi Responds to the Draft Environmental Documents on the Twin Tunnels

"This plan would not create a drop of new water, and would destroy the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Western Hemisphere. I have already developed a Water Plan for All California that would provide a comprehensive, cost-effective water solution that preserves the Delta and plans for the needs of California’s future," continued Garamendi.

Congressman Garamendi & Transportation Secretary Foxx Discuss Critical Sacramento Region Infrastructure Issues

"The whole Sacramento region agrees that we don’t just need a long-term transportation bill. We need a bill that fully funds the repair and modernization of our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, which would dramatically accelerate job growth and business expansion. That’s why I co-sponsored the GROW AMERICA Act, which provides $478 billion of transportation funding. That represents increase of $150 billion over what we currently spend, with the difference funded by closing tax loopholes that allow corporations to shelter profits overseas," said Congressman Garamendi.

Local Water Projects Clear House Following Garamendi’s Extensive Work

"The Energy and Water Appropriations Bill makes significant investments in a number of local water projects, including the Sacramento River Bank Protection, American River, Yuba River Basin, Hamilton City J-Levee, Suisun Bay Shipping Channel, Lower Cache Creek, and the Port of Stockton. Sites Reservoir’s feasibility study also moves forward in this bill," Congressman Garamendi said. "Clearly, when it comes to water appropriations, bipartisanship is still possible. It took literally hundreds of meetings and phone calls locally and in the Capitol, but long delayed water projects are finally moving forward."

Garamendi Warns of New Nuclear Arms Race during Defense Authorization Amendments Hearing

"I think it's about time to pause for a moment and consider what this all means. We really are well into the first quarter of a new nuclear arms race," Garamendi said during the Armed Services Committee hearing. "You will come to realize that over the next 20 to 25 years, we'll be spending well over a trillion dollars on nuclear weapons systems. While we're doing it, so are Russia and China. It's an arms race, much like we saw in the ‘60s and ‘70s. And this one is particularly troublesome, because the weapons are far more sophisticated, the bombs are far more precise, and the delivery systems are too. Just think about the implications."

Congressman Garamendi Responds to Governor Brown’s Revised BDCP Water Policy

"The changes to the BDCP – now known as the California Water Fix and California Eco Restore – just confirm our fear that this project is not about restoring the environment," Congressman Garamendi said. "It is merely about stealing water by building a facility that will lead to the destruction of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The governor has jettisoned all pretense of enhancing the ecology of the Delta. The new plan released today represents a financial savings at the expense of fish, wildlife, the San Francisco Bay, and the Delta."

Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization

"I am proud to introduce the bipartisan Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Reauthorization Act with Chairman Shuster, Chairman Hunter, and Ranking Member DeFazio. This legislation would provide budget stability for the Coast Guard, strengthening its ability to protect our nation and safeguard maritime commerce," said Ranking Member Garamendi.

At Advancing Women’s Careers and Dreams Conference, Garamendi & Experts Discuss Status of Women in the Workplace in 2015

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) hosted the Advancing Women’s Careers and Dreams Conference in Davis, bringing together experts and dozens of accomplished women in business, non-profits, and public service.

Congressman Garamendi Makes Case for Revitalization of American Shipbuilding Industry and American Jobs at Bay Planning Coalition Meeting in Oakland

"We have an opportunity to make sure that a very significant part of the American economy has an opportunity to blossom and grow - not just the shipyards - but the entire supply chain: electronics, engines, and more," Garamendi added.

Garamendi Urges Immediate Action to Keep Communities Safe at Oil-By-Rail Press Conference with Federal Railroad Acting Administrator Feinberg, Local and State Leaders

"Every day we delay the implementation of a stronger safety standard for the transport of Bakken crude oil-by-rail, lives and communities are at risk," Congressman Garamendi said. "We need the federal government to step in and ensure that the vapor pressure of transported crude oil is lower, making it more stable and safer to transport. We also need to upgrade and ensure the maintenance of rail lines, tank cars, brake systems, and our emergency response plans."

Garamendi Votes for Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Medicare Access, Children’s Healthcare & Secure Rural Schools Program

"Today, we came together, not as Democrats or Republicans but as Americans, to uphold our obligation to society’s most vulnerable citizens, including our seniors, children in lower-income families, and Americans who live in rural underserved communities," Garamendi said.

Garamendi Joins More than 180 Members of Congress in Reintroducing Paycheck Fairness Act to End Wage Discrimination

"I’m a proud father to five daughters and grandfather to five granddaughters. I want them to inherit a country where everyone is treated equally under the law and in the workplace," Garamendi said. "The Paycheck Fairness Act is important for women in America, but it’s also important for their families. In many households, women are the primary breadwinner, and their children deserve to be supported by paychecks that reflect the work ethic of their parents, not the bigotry of their parents’ employer."

Student Loan Bill Garamendi Co-Sponsored Today Would Benefit an Estimated 25 Million Americans

"If the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act became law, a typical borrower would save about $2,000 over the course of a student loan. An estimated 2.3 million Californians would see savings,"said Garamendi, a former University of California Regent and California State University Trustee.

170 People in Non-Profits & Local Government Attend Congressman Garamendi's Grants Seminar

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) hosted his first Grants Seminar in Marysville today. More than 170 people attended this six-hour event hoping to get a leg up on applying for grants.

Garamendi-Feinstein Bill Introduced to Make Bay Delta a National Heritage Area

The legislation would establish the Delta estuary as a National Heritage Area to be managed by the Delta Protection Commission. The goal of the National Heritage Area is to protect and promote the vast history, resources, and economy of the Delta community. 

Congressman Garamendi Leads Letter Opposing Delay in Oil Rail Safety Standards

"Families living near oil-by-rail shipping lines are rightfully concerned about the safety of the trains that pass through their communities. For that reason, I have repeatedly called on the Department of Transportation to use all the tools at their disposal to ensure that these shipments are as safe and secure as possible," said Congressman Garamendi. "Every day that strong and effective rules are delayed is another day that millions of Americans, including many in my district, are put at greater risk. While the Department has made this a priority, they must move with greater urgency to address this matter."

Come Join Us on Election Night!

Garamendi at the Polls

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), who represents 3rd District Northern California communities in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties, will hold campaign events in several locations tomorrow for Election Day. 

Fairfield Daily Republic Endorses Garamendi for Congress

“We do not always agree with Garamendi’s politics, but we do not doubt his commitment to preserving the mission at Travis Air Force Base. It’s vital to Solano County that Garamendi’s work continues.” - Fairfield Daily Republic

Davis Enterprise Endorses Congressman Garamendi

"He has established himself as a strong backer of the military, a voice on environmental concerns and an expert on water issues,” the Enterprise wrote.

The Davis Enterprise endorses Garamendi for re-election

Vacaville Reporter Endorses Garamendi for Congress

“While both candidates for the Third District Congressional seat are aligned with one of the two major parties, one has proven an ability to vote independently of the party line if it was what he felt best for his constituents and the country," The Reporter wrote.

Garamendi with Double Digit Lead in Latest Poll

A recent survey of likely voters in California’s 3rd Congressional District shows John Garamendi to be a strong candidate who is poised to win re-election in November.  Garamendi leads his Republican opponent by 12-points (46 percent to 34 percent) – his candidacy is strengthened by a solid base of Democratic voters, and he benefits from a significant gender gap as he holds a large lead with women.

Latest Poll: 46% Garamendi, 34% Logue, 20% Undecided

Congressman Garamendi's Statement on Water Bond Passage in California State Legislature

"We are in the midst of a drought and will certainly face many more in the years ahead. It took extensive work from Governor Brown and his staff and bipartisan cooperation in the legislature to move us forward. Yesterday, in an attempt to help California meet our water needs, the California legislature overwhelmingly passed a $7.5 billion water bond. It makes investments in water infrastructure, and it does not include funding for the twin tunnels boondoggle," Congressman Garamendi said.

100 Lake County Residents Attend Congressman Garamendi’s Social Services and Wellness Fair

"Part of my job is to let you strut your stuff, to let you share what services you are offering to this community," Congressman Garamendi told the attendees. "Lake County has demonstrated that they can effectively work collaboratively to help. Lives are being made better, because these groups are going the extra mile to make a difference."

Congressman Garamendi Stands with Veterans in Support of Big VA Overhaul

“This legislation is long overdue. The VA’s excessive wait times and reports of fraudulent appointment practices for medical care are a national disgrace, and this bill is Congress’ most substantive action yet to immediately solve this problem. There is no excuse in forcing veterans to wait months for needed treatments,” Congressman Garamendi said. “We’re addressing the problem in the short term by expanding options for veterans seeking private care if necessary and in the long term by hiring more health care providers. In addition to the hiring of additional medical staff at our existing facilities, it’s also important for Northern California that two new facilities will be built in Chico and Redding, helping reduce the burden on strained VA facilities throughout the region.”

Congressman Garamendi Argues BDCP’s Twin Tunnels Project Fails to Include Full Range of Better Alternatives as Required by State & Federal Law in Public Comments for Environmental Report

“If we are going to reduce reliance on the Delta, a conveyance facility is not the first place we should start in developing a reliable water system; it is the last,” Garamendi argued in the comment. “As a result, the BDCP as it stands does not meet the state’s mandated goals and fails to offer any alternatives that even come close to meeting them. The only thing the BDCP does is to provide a conveyance facility that will potentially harm the Delta more than help it while providing no reliable water supply.”

Congressman Garamendi Congratulates Yuba, Sutter & Glenn Counties on Economic Development & Transportation Grants

"Competitive grants like these are an important tool for improving the nation’s infrastructure," Garamendi said.

Report Shows Flood Insurance Unaffordable for California Farmers & New Guidelines are Needed Says Senator Feinstein, Congressman Garamendi, and Congressman LaMalfa

"These federal grants will provide for important upgrades for the airport facilities, making them safer, more convenient, and more efficient," said Congressman Garamendi, a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "Competitive grants like these are an important tool for improving the nation’s infrastructure."

Armed Services Committee Member Garamendi Discusses Beale Priorities with Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Commander

"This future command relationship between Beale’s 9th Reconnaissance Wing and Air Combat Command’s 25th Air Force will better align our nation’s critical ISR command and infrastructure to be effective supporting our brave servicemembers in dangerous situations overseas," Armed Services Committee Member Garamendi said. "I’m proud to represent a community with such an important mission and will continue doing everything I can to make sure that Beale Air Force Base’s vital mission is well supported."

Garamendi Votes to Prevent Transportation Shutdown

"This bipartisan legislation will keep our transportation system running, our businesses open, and American workers on the job. It earned my support because it defuses an immediate crisis of a transportation shutdown and gives us time to work on a needed multiyear transportation bill," said Congressman Garamendi.

Garamendi Votes to Prevent Transportation Shutdown

"The well-being of our transportation system is extremely important for our collective and personal well-being. Parents driving their children to school depend on its safety. Commuters on the Capitol Corridor Amtrak line depend on its reliability. Small business owners and manufacturers shipping their innovative products around the world depend on its speed. And yet, our infrastructure received a D+ rating from the American Society of Civil Engineers in their latest report. Additionally, the short funding bills make construction projects tougher and more expensive for local transportation agencies and businesses," said Garamendi. "Leaders in business, labor, academia, and transportation all are calling on Congress to produce a multi-year transportation bill that makes the critical investments to fix our crumbling infrastructure. It is imperative that we solve this problem before the end of this year, so more people can Make It In America."

Garamendi Signs Discharge Petition to Compel Vote for Wildfire Disaster Aid Funding

"This commonsense bipartisan legislation would enable us to better protect our communities and land from the dangerous spread of wildfires," said Garamendi. "The historic drought in the West has turned California into a tinderbox. While these are both natural disasters, they are both within our control to effectively manage."

Garamendi Supports Bipartisan Job Training Reform Bill that Heads to President’s Desk

"America is the land of second chances. When forces beyond our control knock us down, we get back up again," said Congressman Garamendi. "This bipartisan job training bill will help American workers sharpen their skills to land secure middle-class employment at the businesses that need their skills. It will more effectively leverage the resources at our community colleges and bring more out-of-school youth and Americans with disabilities into the workforce. Simply put, it will ensure that more people can Make It In America once again."

Garamendi Supports Immediate Action to Improve Safety of Crude Oil Shipped by Rail in Letter to Secretary of Transportation Foxx

The Members wrote, "We are especially concerned with the high risks involved with transporting lighter, more flammable crude in densely populated areas. Should spills or explosions occur, as we have seen over the last year, the consequences could be disastrous, costing lives, damaging property, and harming the environment. While we are pleased with the many actions that DOT has taken thus far and we believe that your agency is making steady progress, we must still emphasize the utmost importance of demonstrated compliance with federal regulations by the railroad and petroleum industries.  We believe there must be accountability and comprehensive oversight, as well as adherence to the most stringent of standards."

Garamendi Supports Immediate Action to Improve Safety of Crude Oil Shipped by Rail in Letter to Secretary of Transportation Foxx

The Members wrote, "We are especially concerned with the high risks involved with transporting lighter, more flammable crude in densely populated areas. Should spills or explosions occur, as we have seen over the last year, the consequences could be disastrous, costing lives, damaging property, and harming the environment. While we are pleased with the many actions that DOT has taken thus far and we believe that your agency is making steady progress, we must still emphasize the utmost importance of demonstrated compliance with federal regulations by the railroad and petroleum industries.  We believe there must be accountability and comprehensive oversight, as well as adherence to the most stringent of standards."

Congressman Garamendi Meets with His Veteran Advisory Group for Frank Conversation on VA Services in Northern California

"As your representative in Congress, I need to have a clear understanding of all the challenges our veterans in the community face. I heard several related yet different concerns about the VA today. I also heard that overall, the care being delivered is still high quality, albeit sometimes with unacceptable delays," Congressman Garamendi said. "Our lawmakers in Washington need to understand what’s working and what’s not. I heard concerns about demand of services outstripping supply, programs underfunded, procedures poorly conceived or not properly followed, and policies that need to be changed. This was a productive meeting, and I will take what I learned back to my colleagues."

Congressman Garamendi’s Statement on Passage of Iraq Amendment and Defense Appropriations Bill

"Across the political spectrum, there is strong opposition to America entering a third Iraq War, and I share this view," said Congressman Garamendi. "There is deep concern that a slippery slope could land us in the middle of Iraq’s civil war. As elected Representatives, we must have a serious debate about our actions there. With this vote, the People’s House took their responsibility seriously by reasserting that only Congress can send U.S. forces to war."

700+ Attend Congressman Garamendi's Job Fair in Woodland for Job Opportunities, Mentorship, and Resume Review

"When more than 1,000 people attended my Fairfield Job Fair last December, I knew we tapped into a serious need in the 3rd District," Congressman Garamendi said. "These events are always bittersweet. My staff and I are happy to do all we can to help people get a boost in their job search, but it's disheartening to know just how great the demand is for these opportunities. I've already given my staff instructions to begin planning the next one."

Congressman Garamendi’s Amendment to Help Farmers Hard Hit by Drought Unable to Overcome Majority Opposition in House

"Farmers in my district have been hit hard by horrific drought conditions, and they’re not alone. This is a problem felt throughout California and in ten other states. My amendment would have kept farms operating through the immediate implementation of water conservation systems. It’s unfortunate the House of Representatives didn’t give my amendment the consideration it deserves. There are farmers who are losing everything due to conditions completely out of their control," said Congressman Garamendi.

Congressman Garamendi Fights for American Jobs in Transportation Bill

"This morning, I joined my colleagues at the White House as President Obama signed the overwhelmingly bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) into law. WRRDA will put Americans to work rebuilding our water infrastructure, encourage business growth, and safeguard communities in flood prone areas of my district, such as Yuba City, Marysville, the Delta, and Sacramento County," said Garamendi, a Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. "This stands in stark contrast to the extremely partisan House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which, if enacted into law, would drive our economy back into a deep ditch. This bill shortchanges our future by gutting proven investments in transportation infrastructure. It also makes the challenge of housing and homeownership tougher for middle and working class Americans."

Congressman Garamendi Praises Plan to Help 5 Million Student Loan Borrowers Pay Off College Debt

"No one should be priced out of an education. Student loan debt is out of control in America. It's preventing students with loans from taking the entrepreneurial risks that jumpstart economies, stopping students from taking public service jobs, and causing many students to think twice before enrolling in the college education that could forever improve life for them and their families,"Garamendi said.

Following Good Primary Showing, Congressman Garamendi Thanks Voters and Volunteers, Lays Out His Priorities as a Representative

"Voters in the 3rd District sent a clear message: they want a Congressman focused on ending the gridlock in Washington, a Congressman with a proven bipartisan track record of working with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to move America forward, a Congressman focused on the needs of the 3rd District," Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi on Afghanistan Troop Announcement

"The authorization to use military force in Afghanistan was passed by Congress 13 years ago. Much has changed during America's longest war," Garamendi said. "Congress needs to have a serious debate on the role of our military and foreign aid in Afghanistan. We owe at least this much to our brave men and women in uniform who have sacrificed so much."

Local Leaders Endorse John Garamendi for Congress

“I am honored to have the continued support of our elected representatives and community leaders in the 3rd Congressional District,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Working together, we’ve been able to accomplish much for this district and the state, and it’s my privilege to have them as local partners. This district is blessed to have so many people working to make life better in our region.”

Congressman Garamendi Helps Ensure Passage of Critical Water Resources Bill

"I know California is in a drought right now, but it’s a terrible mistake to be complacent about our flood risk. Flood conditions will return, and when they do, we better be ready," Garamendi added."WRRDA authorizes funding for needed levee projects in my district, and working with local, state, and federal officials throughout this region, I’ll continue doing all I can to improve our flood infrastructure."

Congressman Garamendi Endorsed by Firefighters and Highway Patrolmen

“Every day, firefighters and highway patrolmen put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. It is the responsibility of all public servants to ensure that these brave men and women receive the support they deserve,” said Congressmen Garamendi. “I am honored to have the endorsement of our public safety leaders.” 

Garamendi Welcomes Aircraft Manufacturer and Hundreds of Jobs to Solano County

"These sharp-looking planes represent hundreds of middle-class jobs coming to Solano County. I am excited to welcome ICON Aircraft to our community and to have them join my Manufacturing Advisory Committee,' said Congressman Garamendi. "This new facility will help the region’s economy take off. ICON will create customers for other businesses through their supply chain, employee spending in the area, added tourism, and more. I was happy to add my voice to chorus of support from the Solano business community, local officials, and the Solano Community College. When we work together, we can 'Make It In America' and 'Make It In California.'"

Congressman Garamendi Endorsed by Teachers and Nurses

"During National Nurses Week and National Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to thank the nurses and teachers that have touched my life and my family," Garamendi added. "I’m proud to be the father of three public school teachers, a nurse, and a family practice doctor, and I’m proud to stand with teachers and nurses as we work together to make our country healthier and prepared for tomorrow’s challenges."

Congressman Garamendi Supports Travis and Beale Air Force Bases in Defense Bill Debate

"I am proud to support language in the NDAA that would prevent a dangerous capability gap in our Air Mobility and ISR missions," said Garamendi. "We can’t put the cart before the horse by retiring the KC-10 before the KC-46 is ready to meet our Air Mobility needs. Similarly, the top commander for American troops in South Korea, Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, recently testified before Congress and said that the U-2 is essential for knowing what the North Korean regime is doing – just one example of how the information the U-2 provides strengthens our national defense and saves lives."

Congressmen Garamendi Votes to Reduce VA Backlog

"Our veterans have sacrificed enormously for our nation. We have the highest moral obligation to ensure they receive the benefits they’ve earned and every possible opportunity to succeed. This bill has powerful tools to slash the shameful veterans' claims backlog. It provides the VA with needed resources and the necessary pressure to modernize their system and better serve our vets," said Congressman John Garamendi, who represents tens of thousands of veterans.

Congressmen Garamendi Announces Sutter Basin Flood Protection Project Clears Major Hurdle

"The Sutter Basin project provides essential flood protection for the lives, well-being, and property of nearly 100,000 residents. Now that it has a Chief’s Report, I am pleased to announce that this vital project has cleared a major hurdle," said Congressman Garamendi. "For the past two years, the Sutter Basin project has been a top priority of my office. Working with Congressman LaMalfa and a bipartisan coalition on the local and federal level, we were able to partner with the Corps in moving it forward."

Congressmen Garamendi and LaMalfa’s Letter Helps Prevent Breweries From Facing Harmful FDA Regulation

"Ensuring food safety is one of the most important functions of the federal government. However, in this specific instance, the FDA was proposing a burdensome and unnecessary regulation, and I’m glad they’re reversing course," Congressman Garamendi said.

On Earth Day, Congressman Garamendi Extols UC Davis Innovation at Unveiling of BioDigester that Turns Campus Waste into Campus Energy

Congressman Garamendi, a former UC Regent and the father of three UC Davis graduates, said,"On Earth Day, we recommit to protecting our air, water, and ecosystems for this generation and those to come. UC Davis is showing how we can do it. Through a crucial government investment, UC Davis researchers were able to develop this remarkable technology and partner with a private business to take this biodigester to the market. This is an excellent model for protecting our environment, developing renewable energy, and creating jobs."

On Equal Pay Day, Congressman Garamendi Calls for Action to End Gender Pay Gap

"Women deserved equal pay for equal work then. They deserve it now. Significant wage discrimination persists in America today, and this is an affront to the dignity of all workers," Garamendi said.

Garamendi Supports Senate Passage of Unemployment Insurance Extension on Bipartisan Vote, Urges House to Immediately Follow

"America needs a comprehensive jobs bill including major infrastructure and research investments, and if one were passed in the past three years, perhaps this emergency extension would be unnecessary. Let’s restore emergency unemployment insurance right away and work together to finish America’s recovery from the harm generated by the Great Recession," Garamendi added.

Congressman Garamendi Stands with Disabled Veterans in Co-Sponsoring Equal Access to Air Travel Bill

Congressman Garamendi said, “100% disabled veterans put their lives on the line for our nation, and they paid a steep price for their valiant service. There’s a lot more we can and should do for these American heroes. Giving them equal access to the travel benefits enjoyed by their fellow veterans is an easy decision. I’m a representative of thousands of veterans who live near two major Air Force bases, and it’s a privilege to cosponsor H.R. 164.”

Solano County “Rosie the Riveters” Welcomed to U.S. Capitol by Congressman Garamendi

Congressman Garamendi Greets Solano County Rosie the Riveters at the State Capitol

Congressman Garamendi participated in a ceremony honoring the Rosies and expressed his deep appreciation, saying, “Thank you to Kay, Marian, and all ‘Rosie the Riveters’ for reminding us of the remarkable role that women played in World War II and in strengthening our workforce. You sacrificed enormously and your work propelled this nation a major step toward justice. I will continue to fight for a basic principle that you made amply clear: Women deserve equal pay for equal work.”

Congressmen Garamendi and LaMalfa Introduce Water Storage Bill for Sites Reservoir

“Construction of Sites Reservoir would bring California one major step closer to a drought-proof water system. It has support across the aisle and across the state. I will continue to work with Doug and local stakeholders to move this project across the finish line,” said Congressman Garamendi, a former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior.

Garamendi Joins Discharge Petition to Compel Vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

“I support comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together, meets the needs of agriculture, higher education, and the tech sector, secures our borders, stands up for DREAMers, cracks down on abusive labor conditions, and offers a pathway to earned citizenship for otherwise law-abiding immigrants already contributing to our economy,” Garamendi said. “No one will get everything they want out of a comprehensive approach, but it’s clear to me that business as usual is not the solution. America needs action. We have had enough debate. Now, we need to vote on immigration reform.”

Congressmen Garamendi and LaMalfa Announce Sites Reservoir Water Storage Bill

"The devastation of the drought has highlighted the need for additional water storage. Sites Reservoir would dramatically expand our water reserves – and create jobs in the process. We must heed the warning of the book of Genesis: stock up during the years of plenty, so that you can get by in the years of need," said Congressman Garamendi, who served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior under President Clinton. "I want to thank Doug and his staff for working with my office and the JPA in crafting this legislation. This bipartisan bill is vitally important for serving the water needs of California communities, agriculture and environment."

70 Women Attend Congressman Garamendi’s Women in the Workforce Symposium

"I’m here to tell you what you already know: when women succeed, America succeeds," Garamendi said. "Our success as a nation depends on women taking their rightful place as equal leaders in our community, free from discrimination. Our country is not going to do well, until the women in our country do very well."

Congressmen Garamendi and LaMalfa Announce Sites Reservoir Water Storage Bill

"The devastation of the drought has highlighted the need for additional water storage. Sites Reservoir would dramatically expand our water reserves – and create jobs in the process. We must heed the warning of the book of Genesis: stock up during the years of plenty, so that you can get by in the years of need," said Congressman Garamendi, who served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior under President Clinton. "I want to thank Doug and his staff for working with my office and the JPA in crafting this legislation. This bipartisan bill is vitally important for serving the water needs of California communities, agriculture and environment."

Congressmen Garamendi and Runyan Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Air Mobility Mission

"Air Mobility Command is responsible for the rapid delivery of military assets around the world – something that will continue to grow in importance. This bill would strengthen the continuity of this vital mission," said Congressman Garamendi, co-chair of the Congressional Air Mobility Caucus. "This bipartisan legislation would ensure that the Air Force maintains its strategic refueling capability as it transitions from the KC-10 to the KC-46 aircraft over the next few years. The bill requires that critically important acquisition and delivery milestones for the KC-46 are met before a KC-10 divesture could occur. This bill would help maintain stability in the military operations at Travis Air Force Base, our nation’s 'Gateway to the Pacific.'"

Garamendi Joins Effort to Require House Floor Vote on Unemployment Insurance

"If we had pursued a comprehensive jobs strategy over these past few years, perhaps this measure wouldn’t be necessary. Instead, we’ve seen years of obstructionism driven by an extremist faction in the majority caucus. Now, millions of Americans are out of work through no fault of their own. They are the victims," Garamendi added. "Signing onto this discharge petition is one of the only avenues available to me to require a vote on this important issue. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on extending unemployment insurance during a long period of high joblessness."

Congressman Garamendi Helps Position Beale Air Force Base to Get KC-135

"In a period of budgetary uncertainty and change, the Airmen at Beale Air Force Base remain a rock of professionalism and focus as they carry out the vital mission of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance," said Congressman Garamendi. "Bringing KC-135 tankers back to the base would help the Air Force utilize the remarkable talents of Beale’s personnel while expanding the core missions of the base. This would be especially important for reservists, whom I met recently and who have made a long term commitment to living in the area. During this period of transition, I will continue use my position on the Armed Services Committee to forcefully advocate for the Beale community."

Congressman Garamendi Joins FEMA & Local Leaders for Regional Learning Tour on Flood Insurance

"Today FEMA Deputy Associate Administrator Wright and his team heard the flood insurance concerns of Northern Californians loud and clear. While I’ve long cautioned against constructing urban housing projects in unprotected flood plains, we need people to understand that keeping agriculture in flood zones is usually a responsible and beneficial use of the land," Garamendi said. "Buildings used in agriculture need to be treated differently under state and federal law, and refusing to do so only hampers farmers’ abilities to construct basic necessities like barns and sheds that helps their business become more productive."

Garamendi Proud to Report that Hamilton City J Levee Funding Receives Funding for Fiscal Year 2014

Following meetings with Garamendi and other regional leaders, the Army Corps of Engineers allocated $8.6 million for the J Levee, and in the proposed budget President Obama released yesterday, an additional $3.8 million is allocated. The project is expected to cost a total of $52.4 million, of which $34.1 million would come from federal sources and $18.3 from state and local sources.

Garamendi Kicks Off 2014 Election Campaign During Whirlwind Tour of 3rd District

Garamendi takes an oath of allegiance while filing to run for reelection to Congress at the Sacramento County Registrar’s Ofice."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."

Congressman and Mrs. Garamendi Congratulate UC Davis Aggies for their Exceptional Peace Corps Service

John and Patti Garamendi serving in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia“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.”

In Coast Guard Bill Markup, Ranking Member Garamendi Fights for U.S. Jobs, Revival of Maritime Industry & Cruise Ship Passenger Bill of Rights

"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.

Garamendi Welcomes Davis Being Named a Key USDA "Climate Hub"

"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."

Garamendi Commends Passage of the Bipartisan Farm Bill into Law

"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."

Congressman Garamendi Opposes California Water Theft Legislation

"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.

Congressman Garamendi Offers California Water Amendment to Address Drought & Establish a Responsible Water Plan

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.”

Congressman Garamendi on California Water Grab Legislation

"This bill hurts Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike by threatening the livelihoods of farmers, fishermen, and small businesses throughout the state," Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi Embraces Message of Opportunity for All in President Obama’s State of the Union Address

"Today, President Obama touched on three key themes that should resonate with every American: opportunity, action, and optimism," Congressman Garamendi said. "Opportunity: we must provide ladders of mobility to the middle class. Action: Congress and the Administration should work together on behalf of the American people. Optimism: Since the Great Recession, we’ve been through a rough patch in our country, but America’s best days are still to come."

Congressman Garamendi Votes for Farm Bill Compromise

"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."

Congressman Garamendi Votes for Farm Bill Compromise

"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."

Garamendi: Attempting to Sneak California Water Grab into Farm Bill is Grossly Irresponsible

Congressman John Garamendi (Fairfield, CA), a Member of the Agriculture Committee, said, "After two years of negotiations over a Farm Bill, trying to sneak a water grab into the bill at the last minute was grossly irresponsible. It could have scuttled the legislation."

Garamendi: Attempting to Sneak California Water Grab into Farm Bill is Grossly Irresponsible

Congressman John Garamendi (Fairfield, CA), a Member of the Agriculture Committee, said, "After two years of negotiations over a Farm Bill, trying to sneak a water grab into the bill at the last minute was grossly irresponsible. It could have scuttled the legislation."

Congressman Garamendi Urges Swift Action on Presidential Commission on Election Administration Recommendations

"In a representative government, all rights begin with voting rights," Congressman Garamendi said. "These reforms are commonsense and should be non-controversial: expanding online voter registration, expanding early voting opportunities, modernizing voting machines, easing voting access for servicemembers overseas, and providing more polling locations to prevent multi-hour long waits at the polls. Let’s get this done."

Congressman Garamendi to Run for Reelection in 3rd Congressional District

"After a day of working on critical issues in this district – including working with my task force to create jobs, meeting with local leaders to help pass a Farm Bill, preserving health care access for seniors and residents of the district, working with UC Davis to secure research funding, taking care of veterans issues, meeting with the Air Force to strengthen the critical missions at Travis and Beale, fighting for stronger levees and waterways, and advancing the water plan for the district during a severe drought – it’s clear that the people of the 3rd Congressional District are counting on me to get things done," Congressman Garamendi said. "I’m not going to let them down. I will run for reelection in the 3rd Congressional District, and I will be honored to continue representing the people of this district."

Congressman Garamendi: Massive Twin Tunnels Still a Boondoggle

Garamendi said, "This project still doesn’t create one gallon of new water, and it still doesn’t add one gallon of desperately needed storage for existing water. The BDCP remains a bad deal for California."

One Thousand Job Seekers Attend Congressman Garamendi’s Job Fair, Veterans Hiring Program Unveiled

"Congress has a responsibility to get people back to work. That’s especially true for our veterans who have already given so much to our country," Garamendi added. "When I return to Washington, I’m going to show my colleagues the photos from this event and relay some of the stories I heard today. I met veterans, parents, and highly motivated people who just want a shot. They’re not unemployed because they lack the skills or commitment. They’re unemployed because the jobs just aren’t available and because too many of our leaders have failed to act. It’s time for America to invest in jobs – like infrastructure, research, education, and manufacturing."

Statement on Passing of Nelson Mandela

"Nelson Mandela's passing is a time to mourn, but let us also celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most influential and selfless public leaders in modern times. By ending the brutal apartheid regime through a democratic process and by preventing a subsequent civil war through truth and reconciliation, Mandela showed us a way forward in countries subsumed by brutality and oppression," Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi Alarmed by Air Force Suggestion that KC-10 Fleet on Chopping Block Due to Austerity Budgeting

"The era of austerity and sequestration is directly imperiling our national security" said Congressman Garamendi. "The KC-10 Tankers are a vital national security asset, helping with aerial refueling and logistical support in almost every American conflict since Desert Storm. Retiring the entire KC-10 fleet is terrible public policy. I will continue to press the Air Force to fully justify its proposal to retire the fleet."

Garamendi Named to Conference Committee on Water Infrastructure Bill, Important for Region

“On the Conference Committee, I will continue to fight for levee improvement projects in Northern California. The bill should allow local agencies to start projects early. Therefore, we need stronger crediting provisions. We must also work to end the current funding disadvantage facing California ports," Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi Praises Solano County’s Recology Dixon for Technological Innovation to Combat Effects of Climate Change

"[Recology] have teamed up with a company called G2 Energy, and it has put in place a facility to take the methane gas that comes off the landfill, that at one point just went up in the atmosphere – and do keep in mind that methane gas is around 20 times more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide – they put in a project to capture that methane gas, take it out of the landfill, put it in a pipe with a vacuum, run it over to a Caterpillar engine, manufactured in America – actually it’s a big marine engine that probably was driving some very large ship – but it now is sitting there next to the landfill, attached to a generator, and producing an extraordinary amount of electricity," Garamendi said. "Now that’s innovation, and that’s the kind of thing that can be done.  That methane coming off the landfill into the Caterpillar engine into the generator will replace more than a million gallons of diesel fuel that was once used to run that very same kind of an engine."

Congressman Garamendi’s Yuba City Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser a Huge Success

"We have a robust grassroots campaign underway in Yuba and Sutter counties. We’re building the support we need to make sure this region keeps a Congressional representative focused on job creation and building the middle class," said Congressman Garamendi. "Thank you to everyone who attended. I had a lot of productive conversations at the event, and I look forward to following up with everyone at our town halls this winter and in meetings throughout the region."

Congressman Garamendi Statement on Veterans Day

“I’ve met with hundreds of veterans in the 3rd District, and while every story is different in its own way, too many stories are the same. Too many of our veterans are suffering from physical injuries and unable to get a prompt response from the Veterans Administration to address their ailments due to the VA claims backlog, which has been reduced but not nearly fast enough. Many other veterans are suffering in silence with mental health issues like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), unable or unwilling to seek the treatment they deserve. Too many veterans, men and women who have witnessed the unspeakable, have fallen into mental illness or substance abuse, winding up on our streets. Too many recent veterans, returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, have been unable to readjust and find a good job in civilian life," Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill Adding Quagga Mussels to National Invasive Species List

“An invasive quagga mussel infestation in Clear Lake could have serious impacts on the economy and environment in Lake County. Not only do they damage recreational boating equipment, but they can also make the shoreline along Clear Lake dangerous to walk on with incredibly sharp shells. They can also severely impact water deliveries for the region by clogging key water pipes and driving up maintenance and operations costs for local water agencies,” said Congressman Garamendi. “I’m a cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation, because Lake County residents deserve to be  protected from these  harmful invasive species.”

Congressmen Garamendi & LaMalfa Introduce Measure to Protect Agriculture from Unrealistic Floodplain Regulations

“The FEMA requirements threaten to put many farmers in Northern California out of business – and the problem is spreading across the country,” said Garamendi. “I thank Congressman LaMalfa for his leadership and dedication in tackling this problem. We will continue to work with district stakeholders in advocating for a solution.”

Garamendi Joins Coalition to Address Flood Insurance Rate Increases

“Unless changes are made to the flood insurance program, a lot of my constituents will soon be hit hard in their pocketbook,” said Congressman Garamendi, the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. “This effect was not intended by the original reform, but it requires an immediate fix. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act provides some breathing room to prevent some of the worst unintended consequences. This bipartisan legislation is needed and I urge its swift adoption.”

Congressman Garamendi Supports Travis Air Force Base in Bipartisan Letter on KC-10 Aircraft

In an Armed Services Committee hearing and in private conversations with the Air Force last month, Garamendi spoke with Air Force leaders about the importance of the KC-10. Congressman Runyan has also addressed this issue on several occasions with Air Force leadership in recent House Armed Services Committee hearings and conference calls, expressing his strong concerns that the KC-10 not be retired prematurely.

Congressman Garamendi Votes to Reduce Claims Backlog at VA

“Those who served deserve the best service possible at the VA. It’s that simple,” Garamendi said. “No delay. No excuses. Let’s get this done and done right.”

Garamendi Votes for Water Resources Reform & Development Act to Strengthen Flood Protection, Port & Waterway Infrastructure

“This bill is extremely important for my constituents and our nation. The levee projects provide life-saving protection for residents throughout California’s flood prone Central Valley. The construction projects will rebuild our crumbling water infrastructure and create jobs. By revitalizing our ports, waterways, and natural habitats, this bill supports business development, including the agriculture businesses in my district that export their products around the world," Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi’s Statement on Bill to Reopen Government and Prevent Default

Garamendi said, "It is my hope that the Budget Conference Committee will form a rational, bipartisan framework for funding the government. We can use this process to develop budgets that responsibly manage the long-term challenge of our deficit while also protecting our most vulnerable and making sure the government invests in priorities like education, infrastructure, research, and setting the stage for American manufacturing. These are the building blocks of a healthier economy capable of creating good jobs.  Let’s work together to bring back the American Dream and never again give extremists the power to take our economy to the brink."

Congressman Garamendi Advocates for Affordable Flood Insurance at Bipartisan Congressional Meeting

Garamendi called for an immediate delay to impending flood insurance rate hikes caused by new flood risk maps produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Garamendi’s Congressional District includes approximately 200 miles of the Sacramento River.

Congressman Garamendi Helps Introduce House Comprehensive Immigration Bill

Garamendi said, "In my district, we have students from foreign countries we should be eager to embrace as Americans, yet far too often once they graduate, they’re forced to leave the country and use their knowledge and talents elsewhere. We have DREAMers, brought to this country at a very early age, eager to go to college or join the military in the only country they’ve ever known as home. We have farmers with their backs against the barn wall, too often stuck with the decision to hire undocumented immigrants or let their fields go fallow. We have families, living as productive members of our community for decades, worried that father and daughter will be torn apart with a knock on the front door. Our immigration system is broken. It’s time to fix it."

Garamendi Statement on the Government Shutdown

"A government shutdown is deeply harmful for our country, seriously disrupting essential government services and knocking our economy down at a time when we should be building it up," Garamendi said.

First Conversation Between Presidents of America & Iran Since 1979 a Potential "Nixon in China" Moment, Garamendi Says

"This week’s events provide a window into the promise of diplomacy to advance American values and interests. When we engage in good faith diplomacy, the world can change for the better," Garamendi said.

Northern California Members of Congress Ask About Federal Funding for the Sacramento Delta Tunnels

"I have made clear the major flaws of the current plan. I look forward to continued discussion with Secretary Jewell about approaches that would meet the needs of all state residents, especially water conservation, recycling, and storage, respect for water rights, and strengthened flood protection," said Congressman John Garamendi.

Congressman Garamendi Holds Colusa County Meetings with Farmers, Local Officials, and Classrooms

“When I was a boy, I was taught in a three-room schoolhouse in rural Calaveras County, so I’m very familiar with the unique needs and concerns of the most rural parts of California,” said Congressman Garamendi. "Today I had a very productive day in Colusa County, meeting with local officials, educators, health officials, tribal leaders, and land managers on the many federal issues that impact the local community. Clean and reliable water, good schools, safe public lands, health access for the sick, job opportunities, and honoring our historical commitment to the Native American community: that was the agenda today, and the only ‘D’ and ‘R’ I was concerned about was District and Representative."

Garamendi Votes for Veterans Benefits & to Reduce VA Claims Backlog

"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."

California Members of Congress Blast Peripheral Tunnel Plan

"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.

Congressman Garamendi’s Statement on Memorial Day

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."

Congressman Garamendi Holds Hearing to Reinvigorate the American Maritime Industry

"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.

Rep. Garamendi Highlights Bright Future of Clean Energy Production

"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.

Garamendi Fights for Northern California During All Day Farm Bill Markup in Agriculture Committee

"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."

Congressman Garamendi Hosts Two Solano County Town Halls Focused on Social Security and Medicare

"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.

At Sacramento Manufacturing Plant, Congressman Garamendi Welcomes American-Made Locomotives

"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."

Congressman Garamendi Congratulates UC Davis on Recognition as the Best Agricultural Teaching and Research University in the World

"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."

Congressman Garamendi Mourns Loss of Two Beale Airmen in Afghanistan

"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."

Congressman Garamendi Joins Bipartisan American Sikh Congressional Caucus

Congressman Garamendi’s Northern California district includes the cities of Yuba City, Fairfield, and Davis. Last month, the Congressman helped form a coalition encouraging the FBI to track hate crimes against Sikh, Hindu, and Arab-Americans with a letter signed by over 100 Members of Congress.

Congressman Garamendi on Aftermath of Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack

"The Boston Marathon tragedy has shaken our nation. We are in a period of mourning and fact finding, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. At times like these, I’m aware of no words in our language that adequately express our despair in the face of the carnage or our gratitude to all the heroes who stepped up to help people in need," said Congressman Garamendi.

Congressman Garamendi Reintroduces Bipartisan Clean Energy Make It In America Legislation

"During good times and bad, booms and busts, America invests billions of dollars in our infrastructure. We know that clean energy is an absolutely essential part of our future, yet under current law, much of our tax dollars are directly shipped to China, the European Union, and other competitors to purchase equipment manufactured abroad. Our government is directly offshoring too many American jobs, and that must change," said Congressman Garamendi. "When we’re using our limited tax money, we better prioritize American-made goods and equipment. That’s the intent behind the Make It In America: Create Clean Energy Manufacturing Jobs in America Act."

Congressman John Garamendi Wishes the Sikh Community a Joyous Vaisakhi with Congressional Resolution

"The Sikh community is an integral part of American society, and they are an integral part of my Northern California Congressional District in particular," said Congressman Garamendi. "I have worked with the community for decades on issues ranging from combating hate crimes to agriculture. I would like to wish Sikhs celebrating in California, across America, and around the world a joyous Vaisakhi. This festival embodies values that we all share, especially service and dedication to the well being of others."

Congressman Garamendi Joins Major Jobs Initiative to "Make It In America"

Garamendi added, "We can do so much more by improving education, research, infrastructure, and adapting to changing conditions. The very first step though is simple: when the government invests in public works projects, including hydropower, that money should go toward employing American workers. The businesses are ready, the workers are ready, it’s time for Congress to step up to the plate, so we can Make It In America once again."

Congressman Garamendi on President Obama’s Budget Proposal

"On the whole, President Obama’s budget provides a balanced approach that strengthens our economy, creates jobs, and makes America more resilient while responsibly reducing the deficit. There is much to admire in this plan, but I have deep reservations about the proposed change in Social Security policy," Garamendi said.

On Equal Pay Day, Congressman Garamendi Calls for Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act

Garamendi added, "Families increasingly rely on women’s wages to make ends meet. When women bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families, including groceries, rent, and doctors’ visits. I have cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which adds teeth to the Equal Pay Act and brings us one major step closer to an America where women earn equal pay for equal work."

Garamendi Praises Agreement on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Near Term Projects and Inclusion of Rio Vista Estuarine Research Station

The RVERS project would consolidate 160 Delta-focused agency employees into a new scientific research and monitoring station on 10 acres of a former Army base located on the Sacramento River. This consolidation will enhance opportunities for first-class collaborative scientific partnerships, while improving efficiency and reducing costs over time.

Garamendi Highlights New Kaiser Study: Californians Would Pay $100 per Month More in Medicare Premiums Under Ryan-Republican Plan

"California's seniors, and every Californian who will become a senior, have good reason to be concerned about the changes to Medicare that almost every Republican in Congress voted to implement," said Congressman Garamendi, who has made protecting the Medicare guarantee a top priority. "The Ryan-Republican plan to end the Medicare guarantee would raise premiums paid by California seniors in the traditional Medicare program, on average, by at least $1,200 a year. This is effectively a regressive tax increase targeting middle class and lower income seniors, and so long as I'm in Congress, I'll do all I can stop their plan from becoming law."

Garamendi Introduces SAFE Levee Act to Protect Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Region

"The Delta is an economic engine for the Sacramento-San Joaquin region, and all of California; the SAFE Levee Act would help it stay that way," said Congressman Garamendi (D-Fairfield). "For decades I have fought to protect Northern California from short-sighted water grabs and advocated for a comprehensive plan to meet the water needs of all Californians. Such a plan must include robust flood protection."

Garamendi: Tariff on Chinese Solar Imports Levels Playing Field for American Businesses

“The Chinese government is cheating, and it’s killing American jobs,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Instead of supplying cheap rhetoric, President Obama has fought back, so American businesses and workers can compete with fair trade policy. In California, we know that clean energy supports the jobs of the present and the future. Through smart public policy, we can Make It In America, so America can make it once again.”

At UC Davis Rally, President Clinton Gives Rousing Endorsement of Congressman Garamendi and Three Other Northern California Democrats

“John Garamendi is a leader in Congress in trying to bring manufacturing jobs back to America, and he knows there is no great manufacturing country on the face of the Earth where the government and the private sector don’t work together,” said President Clinton at the rally sponsored by the Davis College Democrats and the California Democratic Party. “Farmers are supposed to be self-reliant, but there’s not a farmer on Earth who doesn’t understand that when bad weather comes or bad prices come or natural disasters occur, ‘We’re all in this together’ works better than ‘You’re on your own.’”

At Congressman Garamendi's Manufacturing Forum, Dozens of Manufacturers Discuss Best Practices to Grow Businesses

“By assembling regional leaders interested in growing our manufacturing sector, we've assembled a brain trust ready to Make It In America and create good jobs,” Congressman Garamendi said. “This is patriotic capitalism at work: building the middle class, growing our economy, and keeping America competitive as a global leader.”

Garamendi Fights for a Farm Bill

"We can and we must pass a bipartisan farm bill,” said Congressman John Garamendi. "For months, I have lent my voice to a massive and growing chorus of farmers that have pleaded with House Leadership to bring this vital legislation to the floor, so we can have an honest debate. The time for obstruction is over. The time for action is now."

At Two Veterans Events, Congressman Garamendi Works on Job Opportunities for Veterans

At both events, veterans emphasized the need for greater communication from government agencies about services available to help them. Garamendi asked veterans at both events to get out to their networks two programs available right now to help veterans: the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which entitles many businesses to a $2,400 and $9,600 tax credit to hire veterans, and the Veterans Retraining and Assistance Program, which entitles qualified veterans to receive up to 12 months of education assistance. The veterans in turn asked the Congressman to continue focusing like a laser on services to help veterans find jobs, which he promised to do.

At the Farm & Factory, Congressman Garamendi Supports Solano County Business

Congressman Garamendi with employees at Barrier Systems

"These businesses display the best of American businesses, a risk taking entrepreneurial spirit, skilled workmanship, and a strong work ethic," said Congressman Garamendi. "Both fulfill important societal needs. Endives provide nutrition and variety to America's diet, and Northern California's commuters understand that road safety products prevent one mishap from becoming a tragedy."

Congressman Garamendi Urges Air Force to Bring KC-10 Program to Travis Air Force Base

"The KC-10 CNS/ATM program is of particular interest to our communities given the presence of 27 KC-10 aircraft at Travis Air Force Base," the Members of Congress wrote. "We would ask that you consider performing the modifications and upgrades at Travis AFB, rather than sending the aircraft to a depot."

Congressman Garamendi Urges Levee Repair & Flood Control Investments at Transportation & Infrastructure Stockton Field Hearing

"We must prepare for disasters, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The government has been using the Delta levees to transport water to exporters since the inception of the Central Valley Project, and now the Delta’s levees are in desperate need of repair. It’s time for the state and federal water agencies to make investment in regional flood control infrastructure a top priority." Congressman Garamendi said. "We also must increase water storage and recycling technologies, which will help prevent a statewide economic crisis by reducing the harm of a flood on California’s water supply."

Congressman Garamendi at Davis Transportation Forum Advocates for American Jobs, Transit Investments

"Today, I was stuck in traffic on the Bay Bridge, in the Caldecott Tunnel, and on I-80 – a typical California experience. Our state, which leads the world in technology, cultural exports, and agriculture, can do much better. Thankfully, our state is home to world class research centers and trailblazing businesses that can partner to create world class transportation systems that will propel our economy forward."

Congressman Garamendi Urges Pentagon to Center KC-46A Tanker at Travis Air Force Base in Bipartisan Letter

"Placing the KC-46A at Travis would save the Pentagon money and more closely unite related Air Force priorities. Travis Air Force Base, the 'Gateway to the Pacific,' has the proven ability to support multiple missions," Congressman Garamendi said. "Basing the KC-46A mission at Travis makes sense for the Air Force, and would be a great boon for Solano County's economy."

Over 100 Supporters Turn Out for Garamendi for Congress Solano Headquarters Grand Opening

Solano Grand Opening“The choice has never been so clear,” said Congressman John Garamendi. “The Romney/Ryan Republican budget which my opponent supports is a budget that would terminate Medicare in the next 20 years, instate a 30 to 40 percent reduction in MediCal – 60 to 70 percent of which goes to nursing homes and the rest goes to young children, and explodes the deficit by giving extraordinary tax cuts to the extraordinarily wealthy. This is the most heartless proposal I’ve seen since I’ve been involved in governing.”

Congressman Garamendi Condemns Terrorist Attack Against Sikh Community, Offers Condolences to Community

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this heart wrenching attack and their grieving family members. The attack in Wisconsin against the Sikh community was terrorism on American soil, and I strongly condemn it.

Congressman Garamendi Introduces Bill to Protect Veterans and Military Servicemembers from Predatory Debt Practices and Employment Discrimination

"Millions of Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. As our brave servicemembers return home to civilian life, too many are discovering that the good jobs they left behind are gone, their homes are being foreclosed on, or they're facing mounting debt from unscrupulous creditors," said Congressman Garamendi, who represents more than 50,000 veterans and 10,000 servicemembers at Travis Air Force Base. "This has got to end. My legislation creates stiffer penalties and greater enforcement in response to companies engaging in predatory behavior against American heroes."

Big Day for Women’s Health Due to Affordable Care Act, Former Insurance Commissioner Rep. Garamendi Says

"As a father to five daughters, I want every woman in America to have access to the best, most affordable health coverage possible. For too long, women have borne the brunt of health care costs in America," Congressman Garamendi said. "The Affordable Care Act is putting women and their doctors back in charge of their healthcare and reducing the ways insurance companies can gouge their customers."

Garamendi Votes for Fair and Fiscally Responsible Middle Class Tax Cuts

"Instead of asking more from middle class families, who are struggling to make ends meet, we need everyone to pay their fair share," said Congressman Garamendi. "By lowering rates for billionaire hedge fund managers, the Republican Tax Bill will add $50 billion to the deficit, raise taxes on the middle class, and slash crucial investments in our economic prosperity, such as teachers in the classroom, preventative health care, and ground breaking energy research."

Garamendi for Congress Campaign Shows Broad Grassroots Support, Organizational Strength During “100 Days Out” Events

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) and over a hundred of supporters were out in full force this Sunday with events in all eight counties that comprise the new 3rd Congressional District.

Garamendi Unveils New Make It In America Bills Requiring 85% American Made Content for All Federally Funded Transportation & Clean Energy Projects

"I can say with confidence that my new Make It In America bills are practical and reasonable, because an 85 percent Made In America requirement is in line with price-competitive feasible bids for new cars at BART and LAMTA," Congressman Garamendi said. "It's time for Congress to end the excuses and to give these jobs bills the up-or-down vote on the House floor that they deserve. We're not just debating a piece of legislation; we're debating whether to create millions of jobs with a painless change in policy."

At Sacramento Rally, Garamendi Highlights Serious Flaws in the Current Bay Delta Conservation Plan Proposal

"Today I flew back to California to make it clear to state and federal lawmakers where I stand: the 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) conveyance facility being proposed could wreak havoc on the Delta and the jobs it sustains and put existing water rights in the Delta and Northern California at risk."

Garamendi Statement on Updated CBO Analysis of Affordable Care Act Showing $109 Billion Deficit Reduction Over Ten Years

"America can no longer afford to do nothing, and every American senior, child, and working family deserves the peace of mind that comes with good, affordable coverage."

Garamendi Offers Amendment to Reduce Deficit by Redeploying Troops Out of Afghanistan

"Our troops have served bravely. It is time to bring them home under the President's redeployment plan or faster. It is time to provide our veterans with the support they have earned and to focus our attention on creating jobs and nation building in America."

Garamendi and Northern California Congressional Leaders Send Letter Urging More Analysis of Bay Delta Conservation Plan Process

"The BDCP process is heading toward the creation of a massive water diversion facility that could destroy the entire Delta," said Congressman John Garamendi. "The only protection against this catastrophe is existing water rights and environmental laws at the federal and state levels, which the House of Representatives has already voted to completely overturn with the disastrous HR 1837. Instead of moving headlong on this dangerous course, we must develop an overarching water vision for California that includes critical improvements for the Delta's levee infrastructure, coupled with increased water recycling, conservation, and storage."

House Republicans Create Zero Jobs & Waste Time on 31st Vote to Repeal Health Care Law, Garamendi Votes to Preserve Coverage

"I should be saying today that the House of Representatives voted for a good bipartisan jobs bill to get Americans back to work … but I can’t. The Republican leadership in Congress would rather waste time on meaningless theater than do something about jobs," Congressman Garamendi said. "Yet again, they scheduled a vote to allow 17 million children with pre-existing conditions to once again be denied coverage and to raise prescription drug costs for more than five million seniors."

Garamendi Votes for Jobs, Transportation, Flood Insurance, and More Affordable Education

"This compromise was essential. If we didn’t act, 7.4 million students would have effectively seen a $1,000 tax increase every year they took out Stafford Loans," said Congressman Garamendi. "As someone who voted against every tuition increase as a UC Regent and CSU Trustee, college affordability has always been a top priority for me. I’m glad this time Congress was able to put partisanship aside to help our students."

Congressman Garamendi's Statement on Health Care Ruling

When people fall ill, we should help them get better. Most of us have experienced hard times. Many of us have gone without health coverage. When you lay all the heated rhetoric and legalese aside, the health care debate is really about what we're going to do when people get sick or injured. In America, we should take care of each other. It is irresponsible to force millions of Americans to delay treatment because they can't afford it, to live one broken leg or one chronic illness away from financial calamity.

Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan Agricultural Floodplain Management Act

"Farmers in California, and soon across the country, are facing a real roadblock to the continued success of their businesses," said Congressman Garamendi. "The incorporation of agricultural areas into FEMA's new floodplain maps will make it too expensive for many farmers to build structures needed for agricultural production. The Advancing Agricultural Floodplain Management Act would help remove this roadblock by getting everyone to the table, so we can work out a solution."

Congressman Garamendi's Statement on Senate Passage of Farm Bill

As the largest producer of agricultural products in the country, California's economy is especially dependant on passage of a Farm Bill. The Senate Farm Bill strengthens California's ability to grow and sell its many 'specialty crops,' such as walnuts, almonds, and grapes. Programs such as the Market Access Program and Specialty Crop Block Grants will allow California's farmers to remain competitive in the global market.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Considers Congressman Garamendi's Veterans Jobs Bill

“Our veterans deserve better than a pink slip as a welcome home note,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Far too many of our brave men and women have served our country admirably only to return home and find the job they once had has been eliminated. My bill would help right this injustice.”

On the House Floor, Congressman Garamendi Stands Up For Wind Energy Jobs

The fast growing wind industry is crucial to securing energy independence and employs over 75,000 workers across the U.S. However, the Production Tax Credit (PTC), which supports the development of this emerging industry, is set to expire at the end of the year. The PTC, which is contingent upon energy production, helps wind energy businesses by attracting private investment.

Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan Civil Liberties Act of 2012 to Prevent Indefinite Detention on American Soil

"Anyone can be falsely accused of a crime. Everyone accused of a crime deserves a fair trial," Congressman Garamendi said. "The Civil Liberties Act of 2012 makes sure that participating in a protest, googling 'Al-Qaeda', or attending a worship service will never lead to a tragic miscarriage of justice."

Congressman Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan Civil Liberties Act of 2012 to Prevent Indefinite Detention on American Soil

"Anyone can be falsely accused of a crime. Everyone accused of a crime deserves a fair trial," Congressman Garamendi said. "The Civil Liberties Act of 2012 makes sure that participating in a protest, googling 'Al-Qaeda', or attending a worship service will never lead to a tragic miscarriage of justice.

After Strong Primary Finish, Garamendi Vows to Continue Robust Grassroots Campaign and Work on Nation’s Priorities

“Today our campaign finished a strong first in the primary, but our work is not done. Our grassroots campaign needs to continue through November to make sure that I can continue to represent the 3rd Congressional District. The people in the new 3rd Congressional District can be assured that my voice and vote will be that of an independent fighter for the many challenges they face.”

Garamendi Announces AmeriCorps Education Grant for California Children and Families Foundation

"National service is a critical and cost effective approach to solving problems," Garamendi added. "In these tough economic times, Americans are committed to serving their communities more than ever. I want to thank all those who have served in AmeriCorps and the organizations that have made their service possible."

Rep. Garamendi Announces AmeriCorps Education Grant for California Children and Families Foundation

"National service is a critical and cost effective approach to solving problems," Garamendi added. "In these tough economic times, Americans are committed to serving their communities more than ever. I want to thank all those who have served in AmeriCorps and the organizations that have made their service possible."

Vacaville Reporter Endorses John Garamendi for Congress, Says Incumbent Demonstrates “Willingness to Work Across the Aisle”

"An advocate for investing in America's infrastructure, he's demonstrated a willingness to work across the aisle to accomplish his goals. A vocal proponent of ending the war in Afghanistan, he nonetheless supports the mission of Travis Air Force Base and has worked to ensure that returning veterans receive the assistance they need to make it in the civilian world."

Garamendi Votes Against Escalation of Afghanistan War, Indefinite Detention, and Wasteful Spending

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of House Armed Services Committee, voted against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would expand U.S. involvement in the war in Afghanistan, permit indefinite detention on American soil, and commit to building a multi-billion dollar missile program on the East Coast that the Pentagon says is unneeded and many experts say would not work. Throughout the NDAA process, Congressman Garamendi advocated for vital institutions in Northern California, including Travis and Beale Air Force Bases, the national labs in Livermore, research universities, and high-tech businesses.

Garamendi Manufacturing Amendments Pass House of Representatives

"My amendment is a small but important step in assessing what challenges face the manufacturing sector and its ability to produce three-dimensional integrated circuits and advanced chips," said Congressman Garamendi. "My constituents at the national labs in Livermore, the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, and businesses across Northern California know first-hand the importance of this technology."

Garamendi, Pompeo Bipartisan Amendment to Recognize Air Mobility Command Passes House of Representatives

"Air Mobility Command remains one of the Air Force's most vital missions, and it's an honor to help shepherd its continued vitality in Congress," said Garamendi, who represents Travis Air Force Base, home to the 60th and 349th Air Mobility wings. "When national disasters strike, when quick entry into hostile territory is necessary, when life and death moments are measured by the minute, Air Mobility Command is our military's lifeline."

Garamendi Joins Reps. Adam Smith, Justin Amash, Ron Paul at Press Conference in Defense of Due Process, Urges Rules Committee to Let Amendment Have Floor Vote

Garamendi Joins Bipartisan Coalition in Support of Due Process Rights

"It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you are on, civil liberties are essential to everyone. As authors of this great nation’s laws, Congress must tread carefully when our fundamental, constitutional rights are at stake," Congressman Garamendi explained in written testimony submitted to the committee. "When writing laws that will affect individual liberties, we must speak clearly and with an unwavering voice – there is no room for ambiguity or uncertainty."

Garamendi, McNerney, Capps Lead California Congressional Delegation in Fighting for California's Agricultural Priorities in 2012 Farm Bill

California's specialty crop industry accounts for about half of all domestic farmgate crop value but has received relatively little funding in Farm Bill programs. The 2008 Farm Bill included new funding for Specialty Crop Block Grants, the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, assistance for organic production, local food marketing and promotion, beginning and disadvantaged farmers, and other key programs that help to strengthen this sector.  We request that support for these programs be maintained, and that funding be increased to reflect their effectiveness in creating new jobs, stimulating local economies, improving public health, and increasing access to healthy foods for children, seniors, and low-income citizens.

Garamendi Votes Against Wasteful Pentagon Spending While Supporting Essential Northern California Missions & Due Process Rights

"America's universities are an important resource for the development of energy technologies that serve our national defense needs, and I am pleased that Congressman Garamendi recognizes the role we play," said Nicole Woolsey Biggart, Director of the Energy Efficiency Center at the University of California Davis. “UC Davis is working with the Department of the Navy on efficient lighting technologies and I hope that our work on energy efficient cooling, building envelopes, water efficiency and transportation will contribute to the safety and comfort of our troops wherever they serve. We welcome this development."

Reps. Mike Thompson, John Garamendi, Lynn Woolsey Introduce Bill to Designate Berryessa Snow Mountain a National Conservation Area

“Designating the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as a National Conservation Area allows for the coordination of federal land management for the benefit of the public,” said Garamendi, a Member of the Natural Resources Committee and former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department. “This legislation will help preserve the region’s natural beauty, increase tourism and outdoor recreation, spur business growth, and create jobs in Northern California. By protecting the Berryessa Snow Mountain region, this commonsense bill gives visitors the ability to appreciate its splendor while providing economic opportunity for local communities.”

$150,000 to Sacramento County Water Recycling Projects Following Congressman Garamendi Letter to Department of Interior

"California simply does not presently have enough available water to meet the needs of everyone in the state. We must invest in American-made water recycling – along with conservation and additional storage – and that's why I’m excited by these projects," Congressman Garamendi said. "These projects bring us one step closer to saving the Delta while meeting the needs of all California cities, farmers, and fishermen."

Representatives Garamendi & Thompson Announce Funds to Improve Health Care & Create Jobs in Northern California

"Access to health care is a fundamental right that empowers us to live happy, healthy lives and strengthens our community," said Congressman Garamendi, who served as California's Insurance Commissioner for eight years. "Community clinics provide health services - ranging from prenatal care to chronic disease management and mental health care - that make this right a reality."

Congressman Garamendi Joins West Yolo Community for Winters Youth Day

“For 67 years, Winters has been observing Youth Day to teach high school students about the importance of local government and civic engagement. Now more than ever it is important for young people to get involved in their community,” Congressman Garamendi said. “For the first time in history, debt from student loans has surpassed credit card debt. Over one million students are at risk of losing their Pell Grants over the course of the next ten years. Additionally, the Ryan budget that passed the House would cut 280,000 school lunches for low income students and repeal the health care reform provisions that allowed young adults to stay on their parent’s health care plans until 27.”

At Winters BBQ Fundraiser, Congressman Garamendi Pledges Support for Regional Agriculture and American Manufacturing

"My Republican colleagues often talk about what the founding fathers wanted. I’m right there with them. When George Washington was inaugurated as our nation’s first president, he refused to wear a suit made in England and sought an American clothier," said Congressman Garamendi. "We could Make It In America then. We can Make it In America now."

Garamendi Advocates for Wind Energy, Conservation, and American Manufacturing in Testimony before the Ways and Means Committee

"First, I would like to speak to the importance of extending the Federal Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). Since its adoption in 1992, this financial incentive has provided stability in the energy market. Over the past five years, the PTC has helped the wind energy sector grow at an average of 35 percent a year. Today there are 75,000 jobs supported by the wind industry across all 50 states, including manufacturing jobs at over 470 facilities. About 4,000 to 5,000 of those jobs are in my home state of California. Most recently in my district, I toured a wind farm site that said they would continue expanding only if the PTC was extended," said Congressman Garamendi.

Garamendi Urges BART to Give Rail Car Bidders Opportunity to Submit Revised Final Bid to Lower Costs and Increase American Content

Garamendi said, "There is a significant American made content difference in their bids and approximately a 5% price difference. At stake is a $3 billion investment in American jobs and manufacturing capacity. You have an opportunity to instruct them to resubmit their final bids to achieve maximum domestic content and the best price. Tell them to get a sharp pencil and come back in 90 days with their last and best final offer."

Rep. Garamendi Welcomes 150 New Jobs at New Green Manufacturing Facility in Solano County

"This is a good day," said Congressman John Garamendi. "At a time when we need jobs, clean technology, and advanced manufacturing, this Dixon plant delivers all three. Because of this facility, more than a hundred families in our region will have the economic opportunity that comes with a good reliable job."

Rep. Garamendi Hails Solano I-80 Cordelia Truck Scales Project as a Win-Win-Win

"This project is a win-win-win for Solano County and Northern California," said Congressman John Garamendi. "Drivers will experience reduced traffic congestion and commute times, helping them get to their work and homes faster and safer. The I-80 Cordelia Truck Scales Relocation Project will also help expedite goods movement for Northern California, by enabling commodities and goods to move with more efficiency from the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada's to the Bay Area and beyond.  All the while, strengthening the competitiveness of local businesses and most importantly, creating badly needed construction jobs for the region."

Bay Area Representatives Urge BART to Make It In America

"Our tax dollars for transportation projects should go toward manufacturing American equipment and employing American workers – that's just common sense," said Congressman John Garamendi."When we Make It In America, we create jobs throughout the entire economy – and creating jobs must be our top priority."

Congressman Garamendi, Assemblymember Alejo, Labor Leaders Urge BART to Make It In America & Avoid Another Foreign-Produced Bay Bridge Fiasco

"BART has a simple choice in the weeks ahead: it can support our foreign competitors, or it can help create thousands of jobs for American workers and signal to the world that American manufacturing is back in business. We’re here today to urge BART to do the right thing and Make It In America."

Congressman Garamendi Among Top 10% Most Frugal Members of Congress

In 2011, the Office of Congressman Garamendi spent 77.8% of its available budget, making the office more frugal than 395 of 436 offices in the House. This demonstrated fiscal restraint comes despite the need for three district offices to serve the sprawling 10th Congressional District and higher than national average costs in Northern California.

At Senate Judiciary Committee Garamendi Testifies on Due Process Guarantee Act

"Congress must speak in a clear unwavering voice when the liberty of individuals is at stake. As we know from the dark moments in our past, where there is ambiguity in the law, abuses at the highest levels of the government can occur."

Farmers Praise Rep. Garamendi's Flood Insurance Bill

Aspects of Garamendi's bill have won praise from the California Farm Bureau Federation, which is working with the newly formed Agricultural Floodplain Management Alliance to advocate farming as the best lowest-risk use of floodplains, said Elisa Noble, the Farm Bureau's director of livestock, public lands and natural resources.

Congressman Garamendi, Assemblymember Alejo, Labor Leaders Urge BART to Make It In America & Avoid Another Foreign-Produced Bay Bridge Fiasco

"BART is the largest public rail system on the West Coast. When it has billions of dollars to invest in new rail cars, manufacturers take notice," said Congressman Garamendi, a former Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "BART has a simple choice in the weeks ahead: it can support our foreign competitors, or it can help create thousands of jobs for American workers and signal to the world that American manufacturing is back in business. We’re here today to urge BART to do the right thing and Make It In America."

Congressman Garamendi Among Top 10% Most Frugal Members of Congress

"I want to see less money spent on Congress and more resources paying down our deficit and investing in our schools, roads, health coverage, and veteran’s services," Congressman Garamendi said. "I’ve balanced the checkbook for the family ranch. I know how to make more with less. I’m proud that we managed to stay so under budget while still maintaining robust communications with and support for 10th Congressional District residents."

Congressman Garamendi at Highway 12 Groundbreaking Stresses Need for Good Surface Transportation Act, Make It In America Policies

"As we consider new transportation projects moving forward, I will continue to advocate for stronger Make It In America policies that make sure these investments create as many good American jobs as possible," added Garamendi. "We cannot abandon manufacturing – the backbone of America’s middle class – and transportation provides an opportune chance to use the power of the federal government to help American workers."

Congressman Garamendi Votes against Radical House Republican Budget

"Budgets are a reflection of lawmakers’ values and priorities. This budget does not reflect the values of most Americans. We need to create jobs and preserve vital health services, not take them away. We need to responsibly reduce the deficit, yet this budget manages to increase the deficit while harming the most vulnerable in our society. This radical assault on the health and livelihood of middle class and lower income Americans and seniors cannot stand," Congressman Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi Alarmed by Republican Budget that Harms Medicare, Kills Jobs

"America deserves a budget that creates jobs, invests in vital national priorities, strengthens small businesses, preserves retirement security, improves education access and affordability, and responsibly reduces the deficit. The Republican budget does the opposite," said Congressman Garamendi.

Congressman Garamendi Works to Prevent Voter Disenfranchisement

"Don't radically alter mail delivery expectations in a year that could very well set vote-by-mail records in California. Don't close down these centers in the lead up to a presidential election, giving voters, elections officials, and postal workers insufficient time to work out the kinks," Garamendi said at the hearing. "Don't disenfranchise tens of thousands of Californians who just want their voices heard. Give us six more months to get through this election, and after six months, once the chaos of the election settles down, we'll have enough time to make the best of a bad situation. Democracy is too important to penny pinch."

Garamendi Supports Northern California Jobs on House Floor

"This is about setting smart policy, so that this great nation can once again become the great manufacturing center of the world," said Congressman Garamendi. "Since the days when President George Washington asked Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton to develop an industrial policy, we have known that a robust manufacturing sector is essential to our economic vitality. This holds true today. We need to Make It In America again, so that struggling middle class and lower income families can make it – so we all have a fair shot at the American Dream."

Congressmen Garamendi, Pompeo Launch Congressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus on Capitol Hill

"Air Mobility - the ability to rapidly transport assets around the world - plays a crucial role in America's 21st century national defense," said Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, California). "I have seen this vital mission firsthand at Travis Air Force Base, the 'Gateway to the Pacific,' which is home to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, the largest air mobility organization in the Air Force. It is with great pleasure that I join with Congressman Mike Pompeo in launching the Congressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus. We are both grateful to General Raymond Johns for offering his guidance in this venture. I look forward to seeing this Caucus take flight!"

At Senate Judiciary Committee Garamendi Testifies on Due Process Guarantee Act

Chairman Feinstein, thank you for your leadership on this issue. The Due Process Guarantee Act provides clarity in an area where Congress and the American people cannot afford to have ambiguity. Congress, as the maker of this nation's laws, must always tread carefully when the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution are at issue. We must leave no uncertainty when it comes to the rights of the American people.

Garamendi Opposes Bill that Overrides California Water Law

"This legislation turns upside down 150 years of California water law and court decisions, creating an unprecedented theft of 800,000 acre feet of the Delta water by South-of-the-Delta water contractors," Garamendi said.

Garamendi Tries to Preserve Western States’ Water Rights & to Prevent another California Water War with Letter to House Members & Op-Ed

"In addition to a blatant water grab, HR 1837 also creates sweeping exemptions from federal laws protecting our water and pre-emptively prohibits state lawmakers from striking a consensus-driven compromise. It would be more accurate to call HR 1837 the State Water Rights Repeal Act," Garamendi wrote in the op-ed. "Now is not the time to reignite the California water wars of the past. Now is not the time to pit Californians against each other for short-term gain. There is a more constructive way forward for California. We must focus on responsible, science-based water management, with conservation, storage and recycling playing a prominent role – balancing our water needs and creating jobs across the Golden State."

Garamendi Visits Solano County Wind Farm, Discusses Strategies to Renew Wind Energy Tax Credit and Create Demand for American-Made Wind Equipment

"In my view, there is a readily available solution to afford ongoing clean energy tax credits. We can generate $5 billion a year by ending our wasteful subsidies of the oil industry. That subsidy should be moved to renewable energy," said Congressman Garamendi.

Garamendi Visits Solano County Wind Farm, Discusses Strategies to Renew Wind Energy Tax Credit and Create Demand for American-Made Wind Equipment

"In my view, there is a readily available solution to afford ongoing clean energy tax credits. We can generate $5 billion a year by ending our wasteful subsidies of the oil industry. That subsidy should be moved to renewable energy," said Congressman Garamendi.

Garamendi and Volunteers Knock on Over 800 Doors in Woodland

"I love meeting with voters in this region. It’s always important for a Member of Congress to stay engaged and to take a pulse on the priorities and concerns of the people we hope to represent," Congressman Garamendi said. "I had a number of good conversations, but I was not at all surprised by the issues that most frequently came up. Woodland residents care about job creation, good schools, helping seniors and veterans, and making sure that our neighbors can achieve their slice of the American Dream."

Garamendi Issues Statement on Water Bill

"HR 1837 turns upside down 150 years of California water law and the allocation of water. The bill removes all environmental protections for the Delta and Central Valley rivers while allowing destructive exports of water from the Delta to San Joaquin Valley water districts," Congressman Garamendi said.
"However, one section of the bill, Title 4, has merit in that it affirms existing water rights and area of origin rights in Northern California. Unfortunately, this section was combined with too much bad policy for the bill to receive my support."

Congressman John Garamendi Introduces Flood Insurance for Farmers Act

"I genuinely appreciate the work Rep. Garamendi has put into the Flood Insurance for Farmers Act of 2012," said Charley Mathews Jr., a Rice Farmer in Marysville, CA. "In particular, this legislation addresses many concerns expressed by the California rice industry.  As a rice farmer, I am particularly concerned about existing farm structures such as those used for grain storage which have become incredibly expensive to insure.  I applaud the work of Representative Garamendi and look forward to collaboratively working to advance this legislation."

Proven - Congressman John Garamendi

In this spot, Congressman Garamendi reminds 3rd District voters of his legacy of proven leadership. From stopping the peripheral canal and Southern California water grab to lowering insurance premiums to fighting for education and seniors, Garamendi has been there for Northern California. This is no time for rookies.

A Leader We Can Be Proud Of - Congressman John Garamendi

In this biographical spot, Congressman Garamendi reminds 3rd District voters about his lifelong leadership. As President Clinton's Deputy Communications Director, Garamendi fought to protect Delta and river communities. As California's Insurance Commissioner, he lowered premiums. As a University of California Regent, he always voted against undergraduate tuition hikes.

Principles - Congressman John Garamendi

In this spot, Congressman Garamendi reminds 3rd District Voters about his work as California's first elected Insurance Commisioner, lowering premiums and improving access. He also emphasizes his work fighting for good schools and more jobs.


Armed Services Committee Member Garamendi Encouraged by Defense Secretary Panetta’s Call for an End to Combat Operations in Afghanistan in 2013

"Our brave American servicemembers who are engaged in combat in Afghanistan have selflessly risked everything – many serving four or five tours of duty. It’s time we let them return to their families," Congressman Garamendi said. "We have fought in Afghanistan’s internal civil war on behalf of the corrupt Karzai government for long enough. There is no combat solution to this conflict. I am encouraged by Secretary Panetta’s indication that combat operations will end in 2013, and I urge the administration to make it happen."

Garamendi Calls for End to War in Afghanistan on House Floor

"America faces new threats now. The more than a trillion dollars spent on two wars over the course of a decade undermines our financial stability and takes away from much needed funds for American jobs and investments at home. The Obama administration has shown courageous leadership in eliminating Osama Bin Laden and other top Al Qaeda leaders. They have also shown leadership in bringing the war in Iraq to an end and in planning to ensure that the US military commitment in Afghanistan is not an open-ended one. As President Obama clearly stated in his speech on the drawdown plan last year, we need to focus on nation-building at home. I agree, and I strongly support ending US combat operations in Afghanistan and bringing our troops home by mid-2013, if not sooner. It's us, the 435 Members of this body, the United States Congress, that can choose when this war ends."

Congressman Garamendi Introduces Help Veterans Return to Work Act

"In a combat zone, it doesn't matter what American uniform you wear; every branch of service includes heroes willing to risk everything for our freedom," Congressman Garamendi said."Unfortunately, because of a loophole in existing law, when National Guard and Reserve members return from the front lines, too often they come home to see their job taken away from them."

UC Davis Students Take Advantage of Crash Course on Financial Aid Hosted by Congressmen Garamendi and Thompson

"Our task is to reignite the American dream. The first and most important thing we need to do is make sure we have the best education system in the world," Garamendi continued. "It is a terrible mistake to reduce education funding. I'm doing all I can to make sure that students receive every penny possible to fulfill their American dream."

Nearly 100 Solano County Seniors Attend Rep. Garamendi's Senior Resources Fair

"I want to thank all the service providers that took time out of their busy schedules today to help all the seniors in this room," Garamendi said. "In this community, we do all we can to make sure our seniors live out their golden years with their heads held high. I’m glad I could do my part today."

Momentum Builds for Garamendi Bill Preventing Indefinite Detention of American Citizens

"The Due Process Guarantee Act is picking up momentum because this isn't about Democrats or Republicans; it's about what makes us Americans," Garamendi added. "We have the privilege of living in a free society. Let's keep it that way. I implore my Republican colleagues to let this important legislation come up for a vote."

Armed Services Committee Member John Garamendi Issues Statement on Defense Strategic Review

"The defense strategic review wisely notes the importance of force mobility, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), and cybersecurity in our evolving 21st century global environment," Congressman Garamendi said. "This is good news for residents of Solano, Yuba, and Butte counties as the functions of Travis and Beale Air Force Bases align with the new strategic priorities. The Pentagon's vision also continues a valuable role for the University of California and the national labs in Livermore."

Congressman Garamendi Sends Letter to President in Support of Attorney General Harris' Investigation of Mortgage Fraud

California homeowners, and those throughout the country, continue to suffer as a result of the irresponsible and fraudulent actions of the mortgage industry.  We write in support of California Attorney General Kamala Harris' continued investigation into the potential misconduct and fraud by the mortgage industry. ... We believe that any meaningful settlement must provide assistance for struggling homeowners—particularly those underwater—and should not grant banks a broad release from liability for abuses that have not been investigated and are not remedied by the settlement.

Garamendi/Heinrich Bill Clarifies Detention Policy & Protects American Citizens' Due Process Rights

"Every American deserves their day in court, and this legislation changes existing law to protect our due process rights," Congressman Garamendi said. "We cannot allow our basic rights to be lost, and there is no legitimate national security reason to deny any citizen in America a trial. We can both keep America safe and maintain our liberties."

Garamendi Hits the Ground Running in Colusa County, Meeting Constituents and Small Business Owners

On January 14, Congressman John Garamendi, a candidate for California’s new third Congressional District, joined local duck hunters, city residents, firefighters and business owners on a walkthrough of the city of Colusa. Following meet and greets with local businesses, Congressman Garamendi went door-to-door to introduce himself to new constituents.

After Fighting for Needed Changes, Armed Services Committee Member Garamendi Votes for Improved Defense Bill

"For the first time in nearly a decade, the NDAA does not keep tens of thousands of troops fighting a war of choice in Iraq, and that is a reason to celebrate," Congressman Garamendi said. "The most pro-troops patriotic thing Congress can do is to get our military personnel out of harm's way. After all, they aren't just heroes; they're also sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives."

2.5 Million More Young Adults Have Health Coverage Because of Affordable Care Act

"Earlier this year, my Republican colleagues voted to repeal the Patient's Bill of Rights," added Garamendi. "Just so we're clear, if the Tea Party has their way, these 2.5 million young adults would lose their health care coverage. 2.5 million sons and daughters, possibly your own, would once again be one broken arm, one infection away from bankruptcy, delayed treatment, or worse. So long as I'm in Congress, I will fight to prevent that injustice from happening."

MC-12 to Remain at Beale Air Force Base Following Garamendi Letters to Defense Authorization Conference Committee

"The missions at Travis and Beale Air Force Base are essential for maintaining a smart 21st century military that is highly mobile and equipped with the very best intelligence," Garamendi added. "The men and women at Travis and Beale are top flight. I am committed to the future success of these missions, which bolster our regional economy and are critical to our country’s national security."

Medicare Recipients Save $569, Former Insurance Commissioner Rep. Garamendi Says Patient’s Bill of Rights is Working

"The Patient’s Bill of Rights is making quality health coverage more affordable for millions of seniors, with significant prescription drug savings and free preventative health screenings,"Congressman Garamendi said. "This is good new for every American who hopes to retire with dignity, and it’s only possible because President Obama and Democrats in Congress were willing to take the tough votes necessary to improve our health care system."

Garamendi Make It In America Bill Advances to the Next Station

"Even in the leanest of years, we spend billions of dollars in transportation and other infrastructure projects. When we use these limited resources to purchase equipment made in America, we keep that money circulating in our economy and put hardworking Americans back to work. It just makes sense," Congressman Garamendi said.

Garamendi Coauthors Bipartisan Letter to "Super Committee" Championing American-Made Geothermal Energy


Urge Committee to Maintain Revenue Sharing to Further Energy Independence

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, six Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter authored by Congressmen John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) and Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena, CA) to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, commonly referred to as the "Super Committee," urging them to "maintain the current revenue sharing for counties as it pertains to geothermal receipts."

Garamendi Votes for Important Veterans Jobs Bill

"Our veterans have served valiantly and sacrificed greatly on behalf of all Americans," said Congressman John Garamendi. "As hundreds of thousands of service members return from Iraq and Afghanistan, they face the toughest job market in decades, and many have even faced morally repugnant job discrimination. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act provides veterans with the job opportunities that they have earned."

Garamendi Stands with Holocaust Survivors Fighting for Access to Insurance Companies' Records

As California's Insurance Commissioner Garamendi defended a state law opposed by insurance companies all the way to the Supreme Court. The Holocaust Victims Insurance Relief Act of 1999 (HVIRA) required insurance companies doing business in California to disclose a list of all policies issued by the companies themselves or any other "related" policy.  Although the Supreme Court sided with insurance companies, Garamendi continues to fight for survivors in Congress working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Congressman Garamendi Joins Congressional Leaders Urges "Supercommittee" to End Subsidies for Big Oil Corporations

"Public policy is about choices -- and this is an easy one to make. Instead of lavishing billions more on billion-dollar oil companies, 'the Supercommittee' should focus on creating jobs and strengthening the middle class," Congressman Garamendi said.

Congressman Garamendi Supports President Obama’s Landmark Student Loan Debt Relief Plan


"I’ve spoken to dozens of recent graduates in my district, and they all say the same thing: there are very few jobs available for them, and the ones that exist aren’t paying well," Congressman Garamendi said. "Our country is weakened when we have an entire generation of graduates saddled with debts they can’t afford to pay back. President Obama is wise to offer relief to Americans with excessive student loan debt."


Armed Services Committee Member Rep. Garamendi Congratulates President Obama for Ending Iraq War by Year’s End

"President Obama has put America’s national security and the wellbeing of our brave men and women in uniform first by committing to bring our troops home from Iraq by the end of the year. I want to congratulate President Obama for definitively ending this misguided war. Airmen at Travis Air Force Base will play a critical role in bringing our service members home, and I look forward to thanking many of them in person soon," Congressman Garamendi said.

At Vaca-Dixon Solar Facility, Congressman Garamendi & Other Clean Energy Advocates Urge Action to Save American-Made Clean Energy & Put Americans Back to Work

"Competition for solar energy jobs is heating up, and the winners and losers of the 21st Century Global Clean Energy Race are being determined in the here and now," Congressman Garamendi said. "We can either wave the white flag of surrender – which seems to be the Congressional Republican energy plan – or we can sustain and create good American jobs in the $5 trillion global energy industry."

Garamendi Applauds Transportation Grant for Fairfield Congressman Commends ADA- and CARB-Compliance Efforts

"This $1.5 million grant offers our region an opportunity to improve transit access with seniors and disabled residents while improving air quality and creating good jobs," said Congressman John Garamendi. "I applaud the city of Fairfield’s efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and California Air Resource Board qualifications. I know that this is just one of many steps the city has taken toward creating a more livable community."

Congressman Garamendi Votes Against Trade Agreements Because They Would Cost American Jobs During an Economic Downturn

"Washington should fight for American jobs – not give them away with unfair trade deals,"Congressman Garamendi said. "This week, a majority in the Senate voted to create millions of American jobs with the American Jobs Act and with a bill to level the playing field with countries that manipulate their currency. Unfortunately, Republican House leaders continue to bring legislation to the floor that would increase the emission of toxic air pollutants, including mercury, and now, a bill that will cost thousands of American jobs."

Garamendi Thanks Senate for Passing Chinese Currency Manipulation Bill, Urges House Republicans to Allow Up-or-Down Floor Vote

"The Senate put partisanship aside – at least for one vote – to pass commonsense legislation that helps American manufacturers and producers compete," said Congressman Garamendi. "Countries that hope to create jobs don't turn a blind eye when their greatest job creators are denied fair competition on the international market. We need this bill to Make It In America again."

Rep. Garamendi Rejects House Republican Chair’s Defeatist Statement that "America Can’t Compete with China" In Clean Energy Race

"Every great jobs-creating technological advancement in American history – cars, space travel, and the Internet included – were rebuffed by naysayers that preferred to raise the white flag of surrender before even trying," Congressman Garamendi said. "The solar industry was born in America and is responsible for 100,000 American jobs. With commonsense policies like Make It In America buying preferences, we can do much to once again become the world’s leader in solar production."

California Passes First Make It In America State Law in Nation, Law a Model to Create Manufacturing Jobs, Congressman Garamendi Says

"When we purchase buses, trains, and other transportation equipment with taxpayer money, those investments can be used to help create jobs for our fellow Americans," said Congressman Garamendi. "My Make It In America transportation legislation, H.R. 613, would require more American content in transportation purchases using federal money. Until my legislation becomes law, A.B. 1097 is a great model I hope other states embrace. Public transit agencies should have enough flexibility to give preference to American manufacturers and employers. It just makes sense."

Congressman Garamendi on President Obama's Jobs Address

"Americans need jobs. This is my first priority in Congress, and I was encouraged by President Obama's speech in which he laid out a robust plan to put Americans back to work. This clearly has not been a priority of the Republicans who would rather play games with the economy," Congressman Garamendi said.

Rep. Garamendi Brings Together Dozens of Non-Profit and Faith-Based Groups to Discuss Best Practices to Treat PTSD among Veterans

"As our men and women return from Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, PTSD is a growing problem. You see it in your communities and among your parishioners," Congressman Garamendi said. "We cannot turn our backs on our wounded warriors. We're here today to make sure that men and women who risked everything have everything they need to rebuild their lives. With your help, veterans in our community will not be left behind."

Congressman Garamendi Announces Intention to Run in Proposed 3rd Congressional District

WALNUT GROVE, CA -- Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield) today announced that in 2012, he expects to run for Congress in the proposed 3rd Congressional District, which presently includes all or portions of Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, Lake, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba counties.

“I am excited about the opportunity to represent the people of the proposed 3rd Congressional District, which now includes my home in Walnut Grove and many of the people that I currently represent in Solano and Sacramento counties. I also served Yolo County for eight years in the State Senate and have great familiarity with the entire district from my decade-long service statewide.”

“This is a district composed of industrious farmers, entrepreneurs, businesses, two of the finest Air Force bases in America, one of the greatest universities in the world at UC Davis and three outstanding community colleges,” Garamendi added. ”I look forward to taking all the needs and opportunities of this region to the halls of Congress to do what I can to help this community thrive and prosper.”

Congressman Garamendi Wins Re-election in 10th Congressional District


WALNUT CREEK – Congressman John Garamendi yesterday won re-election to Northern California’s 10th Congressional District. Garamendi won by a large 19-point margin. Congressman Garamendi released the following statement:


Broadening Access to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Washington, DC - Late Sunday, Representative John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA) casted his vote in support of health insurance reform. The bill will cover 32 million Americans who do not have access to quality and affordable health insurance. Congressman Garamendi released the following statement:

Construction Starts on 4th Bore of Caldecott Tunnel

ORINDA, CA - Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek) joined local leaders and transportation officials in the ground breaking ceremony for the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel.

Set to cost around 420 million dollars, it is the single largest project that has received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"The Recovery Act and other recent measures to improve our economy have done much to turn around the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression," states Rep. John Garamendi.

John Garamendi Wins in 10th Congressional District with Commanding Lead


WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi today comfortably won Northern California’s 10th Congressional District special election. With 29 percent reporting, Garamendi currently holds an 18-point lead.

Garamendi Podcast: Federal Stimulus Package is Lifeline for 10th Congressional District Public Schools

WALNUT CREEK – The John Garamendi for Congress campaign today released its latest podcast entitled “Education is Opportunity.” The podcast highlights how President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus package brings improvements to 10th Congressional District schools and keeps tens-of-thousands of teachers in the classroom statewide.

A link to the podcast is available here:

New CBS 5/Survey USA Poll Shows John Garamendi with Double Digit Lead

WALNUT CREEK – A new CBS 5/Survey USA poll shows Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi holds a double digit lead in the 10th Congressional district special election, including among voters who have already voted.

Given his overall lead and lead among those who have already voted, Garamendi is the “likely congressional winner” CBS 5 reports. His lead is strong despite his conservative Republican opponent’s last minute flurry of spending on distortions and attacks.

Contra Costa Times Says “Garamendi's Experience Can Better Serve Area Interests”

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi today received the endorsement of the Contra Costa Times the largest circulation newspaper within the 10th Congressional District.

Garamendi Podcast: Federal Stimulus Provides Important Support for the 10th Congressional District

WALNUT CREEK – The John Garamendi for Congress campaign today released its latest podcast, entitled “Job Creation.” The podcast highlights the benefits of President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus package, which brings needed investment, jobs and infrastructure improvements to the 10th Congressional District. The podcast also emphasizes the danger of a conservative Republican economic philosophy that retraces the reckless policies of Herbert Hoover during the early years of the Great Depression.

Garamendi for Congress Campaign Airs New TV Ad: “Two Cents”

WALNUT CREEK – The Garamendi for Congress campaign began airing its second television advertisement of the special General Election, entitled “Two Cents.” The new ad features two copper pennies, one representing Lieutenant Governor Garamendi and one representing his conservative Republican opponent David Harmer. The contrast between Garamendi’s long record of support for public schools and for protecting Social Security and Medicare and Harmer's stated desire to eliminate public schools, privatize Social Security and cut Medicare is the focus of the advertisement.

John Garamendi for Congress Airs 1st TV Ad: “Leader”

WALNUT CREEK – The Garamendi for Congress campaign began airing its first television ad of the special general election. The ad, titled “Leader,” highlights Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi's long record of public service as a state legislator, President Clinton's Deputy Secretary of the Interior, California's Insurance Commissioner, and Lieutenant Governor. John Garamendi is the only candidate for Congress who has ever represented the people of the 10th Congressional District.

Garamendi for Congress Raises over $1,000,000

WALNUT CREEK – The Garamendi for Congress campaign today announced that it has raised $1,055,183.83 for its campaign in California’s 10th Congressional District special election.

Since August 13, the Garamendi for Congress campaign has raised $537,814.86, including $115,944.52 since October 14. The campaign has $133,288.89 Cash on Hand and $34,400.76 in outstanding bills.

Bay Area Reporter Endorses John Garamendi for Congress

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi today is proud to announce that he has received the endorsement of the Bay Area Reporter, Northern California’s largest LGBT publication.

John Garamendi is “a Proven Quantity as a Legislator and Leader” Vacaville Reporter Says in Endorsement

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, the only candidate for Congress who has ever represented the people of the 10th Congressional District, today is proud to announce that he has received the endorsement of the Vacaville Reporter.

President Barack Obama Urges Support for John Garamendi In the Race for California’s 10th Congress District Seat

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, the Democratic nominee for California’s 10th Congressional District, last night received the support of President Barack Obama for the November 3rd special election to fill the Northern California seat of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.

The announcement by President Obama comes on the heels of Garamendi’s endorsement by former President Bill Clinton last week.

Lt. Governor John Garamendi, Candidate for Congress, Urges Passage of Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, the Democratic nominee for California’s 10th Congressional District, today urged members of Congress to support the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009.

Democratic Candidates for 10th Congressional District Unite Behind John Garamendi for Congress

Garamendi, DeSaulnier and Buchanan

Left to Right: Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

John Garamendi Victorious in 10th Congressional District Primary Election

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi tonight won the special primary election, becoming the Democratic nominee for the November 3rd runoff election.
Garamendi held nearly a nine point lead with almost all precincts reporting late Tuesday night.

President Bill Clinton's Letter

President Clinton and John Garamendi

Dear Friend:

I’m writing to ask your help in electing Democrat John Garamendi to Congress.

During my first term as President, I asked John to come to Washington and be my lead Deputy at the Department of the Interior.

Vice President Al Gore's Letter

Vice President Al Gore and John Garamendi

Dear Friend:

John Garamendi has earned my wholehearted endorsement in the upcoming Special Election to choose a new member of Congress.

As Vice President, I worked side-by-side with John when he was second in command at the Interior Department.

The Fight for Universal Health Care has Defined his Career, John Garamendi Explains in Latest Podcast for Congressional Election

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, California’s first elected State Insurance Commissioner, today explained why universal health care is at the top of his priorities. Garamendi is a candidate for Congress in California’s 10th Congressional District. A transcript is below.

Garamendi to Finish Strong with Series of Get Out the Vote Events in Race for Congress

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi’s congressional campaign will finish strong with four days of a Get Out the Vote Drive now through September 1st.

Livermore Independent Says “Garamendi Stands Out” in 10th Congressional District Race

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a candidate for the 10th Congressional District, today announces that he has been endorsed by the Livermore Independent.

Wrote the Livermore Independent (page 4):

John Garamendi Releases Podcast Highlighting the Importance of Research at Labs and Universities in Region

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a University of California regent and California State University trustee, today continued explaining his positions on the issues that matter to the people of the 10th Congressional District by releasing a podcast highlighting his perspectives on scientific research and the region’s labs.

John Garamendi Releases New TV Ad: “Endorsed”

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a twice elected California State Insurance Commissioner, today released his latest positive ad in the race for the 10th Congressional District.


The ad, titled “Endorsed”, is here:


Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi Mourns Passing of His Friend and Mentor, Senator Ted Kennedy

SACRAMENTO – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi tonight issued the following statement following the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy:

“Patti and I mourn the death of our beloved friend and mentor. Our prayers go out to his wife Vickie, his children, First Lady Maria Shriver, the Governor and the entire Kennedy family.  The nation and the world have lost a leader with unparalleled passion for social justice and equality. His legacy will live on in the many lives and hearts he touched, and they will carry the flame of justice and service forward.”

John Garamendi Endorsed by Former 10th Congressional District Candidate Tiffany Attwood in Race for Congress

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a candidate in the 10th Congressional District, is proud to announce that he has received the endorsement of Tiffany Attwood, a former candidate who has suspended her campaign for Congress to endorse Garamendi.

On August 15, Garamendi hosted an Asia-Pacific Town Hall in Fairfield, where he invited Attwood, a Filipino American, to participate.

John Garamendi Releases Education Podcast

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a University of California regent and California State University trustee, today continued his issues-based campaign by releasing a podcast highlighting his perspectives on education. Earlier today, Garamendi attended an East Bay educators rally sponsored by the California Teachers Association and California School Employees Association highlighting the education community’s support for Garamendi’s candidacy in the California’s 10th Congressional District.

East Bay and Solano County Education Community Backs John Garamendi for Congress at Event Focused on Public School Cuts

WALNUT CREEK – East Bay and Solano County teachers and school employees today gave Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a candidate for Congress in the 10th Congressional District, an A+ for his commitment to education at an endorsement rally in Walnut Creek.

John Garamendi Releases New Podcast on Veterans Issues

WALNUT CREEK– Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi’s issues-based campaign continued today with the release of a new podcast on veterans issues.

Contra Costa Times Endorses Garamendi: “Right combination of experience, knowledge of key issues and dedication to serving the public interest”

WALNUT CREEK – Today, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi received the endorsement of the Contra Costa Times, the most circulated paper in the 10th Congressional District with over 165,000 newspapers in circulation daily, and its sister papers of the Bay Area News Group.

This follows the endorsements from the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Area’s largest newspaper, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Bay Area’s largest progressive weekly.

In their editorial endorsement, the Contra Costa Times (online edition not yet available) said:

Momentum Builds: In FEC Filing, Garamendi Leads Competitors in Cash Raised Overall, Cash Raised this Period, Cash-on-Hand, and Cash-on-Hand after Debts

WALNUT CREEK – California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, the only Congressional candidate who has represented all corners of the 10th Congressional District, announced today that he leads in all finance categories, including cash raised overall, cash raised this period, cash-on-hand, and cash-on-hand after debts.

Momentum Builds for John Garamendi with Strong Campaign Finances, Critical Newspaper Endorsements, and Double Digit Lead in Polls

WALNUT CREEK – Following critical endorsements from the Bay Area’s largest newspaper and largest progressive weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Bay Guardian, Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a Democratic candidate in the 10th Congressional District, continued his momentum today by announcing strong campaign finance numbers.

Momentum Builds as John Garamendi is Endorsed by San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Bay Guardian for Congress

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a Democratic candidate in the 10th Congressional District, today is proud to announce that he has received endorsements from the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Bay Guardian.

John Garamendi Unveils New Ad: “On Health Care”

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a twice elected California State Insurance Commissioner, today unveiled his latest ad in the race for the 10th Congressional District.

The ad, titled “On Health Care”, is here:

It will run on cable television throughout the 10th Congressional District through September 1st. A transcript is below.

New Survey USA/KPIX CBS 5 Poll Shows Lt. Governor John Garamendi with Double Digit Lead

WALNUT CREEK – A newly released Survey USA poll commissioned by KPIX CBS 5 finds Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi holds a double digit lead over other Democrats in the 10th Congressional District special primary election.

John Garamendi Endorsed by Sierra Club in 10th Congressional District Special Election Primary

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, chair of the California State Lands Commission and founder of the Clean Seas Coalition, today is proud to announce that he has received the endorsement of the Sierra Club in the 10th Congressional District special primary election.

Garamendi has Commanding Lead in 10th Congressional District Race

In a survey of voters “likely to vote” in the 10th Congressional District Special Election conducted by Tulchin Research for the Garamendi for Congress campaign, Democrat John Garamendi is poised to win.
With fewer than 24 days left in the campaign, Lieutenant Governor Garamendi currently maintains a double digit lead over his Democratic competitors, among Democratic and “decline to state” voters across all demographic groups. These are the voters who will ultimately determine the Democratic nominee in this safe Democratic seat.

‘Solano Stands with John Garamendi’ Coalition Announces Support at Grand Opening of Garamendi for Congress Headquarters in Fairfield Thursday

FAIRFIELD – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, California’s first elected State Insurance Commissioner, will receive the endorsement today of the ‘Solano Stands with John Garamendi’ coalition at the Solano County headquarters grand opening of his campaign for Congress in Fairfield. 

John Garamendi Releases Map of Stimulus Projects in 10th Congressional District

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a candidate in the 10th Congressional District, today released a map of stimulus projects in the 10th Congressional District.

“A number of constituents have approached me and asked, ‘Where’s the stimulus money in the 10th Congressional District?’ Today my campaign has provided a helpful interactive Google Map,” said Garamendi. “There are many important projects in this list, projects that will put our residents back to work and improve communities throughout the district.”

John Garamendi Endorsed by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, chair of the California Commission for Economic Development, today is proud to announce that he has received the sole endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245.

“As the men and women on the front lines of our green industrial revolution, IBEW Local 1245’s endorsement means a lot to me,” said Garamendi, a Deputy Interior Secretary under President Bill Clinton. “I have the right experience – right when we need it most.”

John Garamendi Endorsed by California Labor Federation

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, chair of the California Commission for Economic Development, is honored to announce that he has received the sole endorsement of the California Labor Federation. In addition, Garamendi is proud to have the sole endorsement of the Sacramento Central Labor Council and Napa-Solano Central Labor Council. Previously, Garamendi was endorsed by the Alameda Central Labor Council.

Endorsement of Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 29

WALNUT CREEK – Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, California’s first elected State Insurance Commissioner and chair of the California Commission for Economic Development, today announced that he received the endorsement of the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 29.

Impressive Fundraising Numbers

John Garamendi will Show Impressive Fundraising Numbers
in 10th Congressional District Special Primary Election

More than $300,000 Raised from More than 350 Donors in FEC Filing Released Tomorrow

CSUEU Endorses John Garamendi for Congress

John Speaking at a RallyThe CSUEU Legislative Committee and Board of Directors has endorsed Lt. Gov. John Garamendi for California’s 10th Congressional District seat.

Lieutenant Governor Garamendi Says Voice of the Delta Must Be Heard in Water Negotiations

SACRAMENTO - Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, a 32-year Delta resident and former Deputy Interior Secretary in the Clinton Administration, gave the following statement at today’s Delta Water Policy press conference and rally at the Capitol:

John Garamendi Endorsed by Alameda County Central Labor Council

WALNUT CREEK – John Garamendi, California’s current Lieutenant Governor and first elected State Insurance Commissioner, is proud to announce today that he has received the endorsement of the Alameda County Central Labor Council.

Goal Achieved! John Garamendi Raises more than $300,000 for Congressional Bid


Contact: Josh Franco, 916-863-6881

Goal Achieved! John Garamendi Raises more than $300,000 in a month and a half for Congressional Bid '

Proven Democrat has Solid Fundraising Showing, Diverse Coalitions of Supporters

700,000 SEIU Workers Endorse John Garamendi for Congress


June 29, 2009

SEIU: Christopher Calhoun: 323-319-6559
Garamendi for Congress: Josh Franco: 916-863-6881

700,000 SEIU Workers Endorse John Garamendi for Congress

A champion for universal health care, higher education, and economic opportunity, Garamendi will stand up for working families in Washington, DC

Garamendi Holds Commanding Favorability and Likely Vote Advantage

May 4, 2009

Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi Holds Commanding Favorability and Likely Vote Advantage In Hypothetical 10th Congressional District Matchup Garamendi Holds 11 Point Lead Over Nearest Democratic Competitor

Garamendi Announces Major Labor Support

For Immediate Release: April 30, 2009
Garamendi Announces Major Labor Support
Sacramento—Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi enjoys strong support from key labor unions in the event he becomes a candidate for California’s 10th Congressional district.  That seat is presently held by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who has been nominated to Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Policy; if and when she resigns, Garamendi expects to become a candidate in the special election.

Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi and Mexican General Consul Alejandra Bologna Warn Against Hysteria and Urge Intergovernmental Cooperation to Deal with Swine Flu Epidemic

Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi and Mexican General Consul Alejandra Bologna Warn Against Hysteria and Urge Intergovernmental Cooperation to Deal with Swine Flu Epidemic

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