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Garamendi Joins Bipartisan Coalition in Sending Letter to Speaker Boehner & Leader Pelosi Urging Vote on ISIS War in November
Signatories to the letter have diverse viewpoints on the wisdom of the conflict and the exact strategy that should be pursued, but the bipartisan Members all agree that a vote is required to “uphold the Constitutional and institutional responsibilities of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Congressman Garamendi Speaks Up for Vital Missions at Travis and Beale Air Force Bases at Meeting with Senate and House Members on Defense Authorization Bill
Yesterday, Congressman Garamendi advocated for the missions at Travis and Beale Air Force Bases as he participated in a meeting with other Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to discuss the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). He also met with an Air Mobility Commander and convened the Air Mobility Caucus.
"The President has presented his case, and I stand with him in support of the basics of this mission. Now it is time for Congress to stand up and be counted," Garamendi said.
"I look forward to hearing the President’s strategy against the self-described Islamic State, but it’s incumbent on Congress to vote on that strategy if it involves military action," Garamendi said.
The Congressmen asked the Coast Guard to reactivate the Polar Sea icebreaker in a letter to Commandant Paul Zukunft. The U.S. currently does not have the icebreakers it needs to meet its responsibilities in the Arctic. Putting the Polar Sea back into service would better enable the U.S. to secure its national security, environmental and economic interests in the region.
Offers Legislation to Create American Maritime Jobs and Calls for Reauthorization of Surface Transportation Bill and Protecting Steelworker Jobs.
Amendment Succeeds in Reasserting Congressional Role in Authorizing War While Legislation Funds Vital Missions at Travis and Beale Air Force Base and Other Important Defense Priorities
"Today, the House of Representatives stood unified that we will not rush into a third Gulf War," Congressman Garamendi said, "The Constitution gives Congress the right and obligation to give advice and consent before waging war. I have serious doubts about waging any military campaign in Iraq, and clearly I am not alone."
Iraq Amendment Requiring Administration to Seek Congressional Approval Introduced by Armed Services Committee Member Garamendi
"Before we ever consider sending our brave men and women in uniform back into the Iraq powder keg, we owe it to our servicemembers and to the American people to at least have a frank and public debate in the Halls of Congress," Armed Services Committee Member Garamendi said.
“While I always welcome news of servicemembers returning home from Afghanistan, I remain deeply concerned about the scope and length of our continued military involvement in Afghanistan beyond 2014.