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It is no surprise that UC Davis, a school world renowned for training the leaders of tomorrow, would send their alumni around the world to continue the Peace Corps role of serving & assisting economic, social, & agricultural development.
"I have and will continue to advocate for the Air Mobility mission at Travis Air Force Base, the ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) mission at Beale Air Force Base, and cyber-security at the National Labs in Livermore. These three programs are absolutely essential to national security in the 21st century."
Garamendi Praises Senate for Voting for Due Process and Afghanistan Withdrawal Amendments to National Defense Authorization Act
Urges House to Incorporate Amendments into its Version of NDAA
“I strongly condemn the murder of Ambassador Stevens and the three other members of the diplomatic mission to Libya,” said Congressman John Garamendi. “These men and women dedicated themselves to selflessly serving our country and partnering with the Libyan people to build a new democratic government."
"When families are struggling here at home, we shouldn't spend money on things we don't need, and we do not need to be further padding the budget for the Afghanistan war," said Garamendi.
Congressman Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan Civil Liberties Act of 2012 to Prevent Indefinite Detention on American Soil
"In addition to securing an essential component of our freedom, my legislation would reject the legal limbo of indefinite detention, and bring to justice anyone who would do us harm. We can keep America safe AND protect our civil liberties."
The Congressman 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 Votes Against Wasteful Pentagon Spending While Supporting Essential Northern California Missions & Due Process Rights
"While including some good provisions, overall this bill takes us in the wrong direction," said Congressman Garamendi. "In order to protect funding for crucial defense programs and investments in our economic prosperity, we have to be a responsible guardian of public funds. Cut where we can to protect what we need. Instead, this bill would establish an unending escalated commitment in Afghanistan, wasting billions of dollars propping up a corrupt Karzai government, and it would create new Pentagon projects that defense officials say are wasteful."
“Col. Davis's candid testimony reinforced my own conviction that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, only the prospect of continued shedding of American blood in a war that is not ours to fight”
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."