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Fiscal Responsibility

Congress has the duty and obligation to be good fiscal stewards of the public treasury. Wasteful spending needlessly adds to our deficit and takes money away from vital services. Indeed, as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Interior Department under President Clinton, I shrunk the department while improving its management of public lands.

I’ve voted for more than three trillion dollars in spending reductions since entering Congress while supporting needed investments in job creation, health access, research, infrastructure, and services to help seniors, children, and working families.

From my earliest days in Congress, I called for a responsible drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan, and continue to think we can both save money in defense and keep America and our allies safer by targeting Al Qaeda like a laser and investing in foreign intelligence instead of engaging in protracted ground wars.

I have voted to save money in health coverage by cracking down on Medicare fraud, modernizing electronic health records, removing duplicative paperwork, and encouraging preventative and wellness care to stop expensive ailments before they happen. I have also called for ending tax loopholes that encourage businesses to ship jobs overseas and for ending wasteful Big Oil subsidies. I have also called for ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, restoring the wealthiest 1%’s tax rate to where it was during the surplus years of the Clinton administration.

For more information concerning my work and views on fiscal responsibility, please contact my Washington, DC office. I look forward to your feedback. Thank you.

--Congressman John Garamendi

More on Fiscal Responsibility

July 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives John Garamendi (CA-03), Don Beyer (VA-08), and Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.), co-chairs of the Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group, led 17 of their colleagues in calling on President Joseph R. Biden to actively guide the formation of the Department of Defense-led Nuclear Posture Review. The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) will be part of an integrated National Defense Strategy that the Department of Defense says will be completed by early next year.

July 15, 2021 Press Release

DAVIS, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) held a district work day to highlight the expanded Child Tax Credit payments of up to $300 per month per child for working families that begin hitting bank accounts today, as well as other components of the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief law that are benefitting communities throughout his Congressional District.

June 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, introduced the “Investing in Commonsense Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) Act of 2021.” This legislation would pause the development of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program until 2031 and extend the service life of the Minuteman III missiles to 2040 that the GBSD program is intended to replace.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the “Primary Regulators of Insurance Act” with Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA). Congressman Garamendi served as California’s first-ever elected State Insurance Commissioner from 1991 to 1995, and again from 2003 to 2007. Congressman Loudermilk is a senior member of the House Committee on Financial Services.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, applauded the House Democratic Caucus’ introduction of its “Moving Forward” infrastructure plan to create 10 million new jobs in America by investing $760 billion over five years. As a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Garamendi will help shape this plan into legislation and strongly advocate for its adoption by the full House.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377), which passed the House by a vote of 218-206. The legislation would eliminate the $10,000 cap on the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT) that was implemented in the 2017 Republican tax law and has disproportionately harmed California.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

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.

October 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, released the following statement in response to the Office of Inspector General of the Air Force’s report on the use of the Prestwick Airport and Trump Turnberry:

July 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA.) and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS.) reintroduced the “Energizing American Shipbuilding Act” (H.R.3829). This bipartisan legislation seeks to recapitalize America’s strategic domestic shipbuilding and maritime industries by requiring that increasing percentages of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil exports be transported on U.S.-built, flagged, and crewed vessels.

March 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to ensure that U.S.-flagged and crewed vessels play a key role in the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to China.