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The Congressman held a series of meetings and site visits in Lake County. The meetings focused on Lake County’s unique water needs, the value of nonprofits in the community, and issues of importance to seniors, students, and educators.
Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill Demands Accountability, Says Congressman Garamendi in House Floor Amendment
Offers measure to ensure TransCanada pays into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which it currently does not, to cover cost of a potential spill. He said, "If you break it, you buy it, and if you spill oil over the heartland of America, you should pay for its cleanup."
Ranking Member Garamendi Helps Guide Bipartisan Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Bill through House of Representatives
This bipartisan legislation promotes a resurgence of our Coast Guard and maritime industries. The new policy direction, funding, and benefits will support the hardworking men and women who work in the field.
At Armed Services Committee Hearing on War Against ISIL, Garamendi Asks for Legal Justification, Urges Authorization Vote
“I cannot in good conscience vote to fund an unauthorized war. With a sufficiently narrowly tailored mission, there are Authorizations for Use of Military Force against ISIL that I could support, but that’s not what we’re debating today.”
“Today’s announcement of a climate change accord between the United States and China, the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters, is an important but incomplete step forward. We need decisive action from our lawmakers to seriously address the climate crisis”
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.