I believe all our students, from pre-kindergarten to the post-graduate university level, deserve every opportunity to advance and prosper. Indeed, our economy’s long term growth depends on a well educated, innovative workforce.
I also believe that scientific research is one of our nation’s most important investments, creating jobs and entirely new sectors of our economy while making our research universities the best in the world. Clean energy, innovative water recycling and water use technology, and advances in the space program will all help America prosper and grow in the coming century. For this reason, I am a strong proponent of technology transfers converting public research into private industry and jobs.
I am a former University of California regent and California State University trustee who believes there are few priorities more important than keeping college costs low to make sure that no qualified student is priced out of an education.
As a Member of Congress, I was proud to support a $36 billion expansion of the Pell Grant scholarship for lower income students and voted to make student loans more affordable by removing profiteers from the industry. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports that by converting to a direct loan system, this policy will save taxpayers $61 billion over 10 years.
I am also a strong supporter of President Obama’s “Pay As You Earn” plan. The plan would allow six million students to consolidate their federal loans into a single payment per month, cap their loan payments at 10 percent of discretionary income (down from 15 percent), and forgive student loan debt after 20 years. This plan is especially important for students facing a downgraded job market and rising tuition costs. I helped the lead the fight against Republican efforts to double the Stafford Student Loan interest rate.
I am passionate about closing the achievement gap in our nation’s schools and committed to providing teachers with the tools they need to do their jobs, especially lower class sizes. I have always supported robust investments in our schools, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and in vocational training. When we let students slip through the cracks, their potential is limited, and our country loses future skilled workers. In Congress, I will continue doing all I can to make sure that every American – and especially the next generation – can pursue the American dream.
For more information concerning my work and views on education and science, please contact my Washington, DC office. I look forward to your feedback. Thank you.
--Congressman John Garamendi
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) announced more than $122 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in California’s 3rd Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA03) voted to pass the Senate-amended “American Rescue Plan” (H.R.1319), in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law this week.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), returned Peace Corps volunteer (Ethiopia 1966-1968) and co-chair of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus, reintroduced the “Peace Corps Reauthorization Act.” The reintroduction coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps’ founding by President John F. Kennedy, and the start of National Peace Corps Week.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) voted to pass the “American Rescue Plan” (H.R. 1319), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219-212. The legislation includes much-needed relief to re-open schools, distribute vaccinations in every American community, send an additional $1,400 stimulus check to individuals, support small businesses, and extend unemployment benefits.
Sacramento, CA – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) announced the winners of this year’s Congressional High School Art Competition in the 3rd District. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s art competition wad conducted virtually.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass the Heroes Act, legislation to address the continued public health crisis and provide desperately needed support for struggling families and essential workers. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 208-199. The legislation includes funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers, and strengthened assistance for the American people. Rep. Garamendi also released a new detailed estimate of the direct benefits that the Heroes Act would provide to California and local communities.
Mobilize AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and FEMA volunteers to support public health responders and COVID-19 contact tracing and testing
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), co-chair of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus, introduced legislation that would mobilize America’s service organizations to significantly expand testing and contact tracing for the coronavirus pandemic.
Fairfield, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) hosted a district work day in Solano and Yolo counties to meet with community leaders and deliver an update on the state of affairs in Washington.
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Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted for two bipartisan appropriations bills to fund the federal government through the 2020 fiscal year. The $1.4 trillion spending deal funds nearly aspect of the federal government and includes $25 million in long-sought funding for critical research into gun violence at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. The legislation is expected to be signed into law later this week.