Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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I believe that America’s reputation in the world is best strengthened by having a strong and capable military, smart diplomacy, and a commitment to human rights, democracy, and cooperation. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in rural Ethiopia in the 1960s, I know that an American hand extended in friendship can shape hearts and minds.

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to support our military and programs like the Peace Corps while working with our allies across the globe to achieve peace and security in our times.

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September 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee within the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after being named a conferee to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which provides the authority and direction for all United States military activities.

September 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee within the House Armed Services Committee, met with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to discuss the President raiding $3.6 billion to pay for his border wall from 127 military construction projects. Garamendi oversees all 127 projects as Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee.

September 3, 2019 Press Release

Walnut Grove, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Readiness, released the following statement after being notified by the Pentagon that the Trump Administration will divert $3.6 billion from the military construction (MILCON) budget to pay for the President's border wall.

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.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee within the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after he voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The bill will now be conferenced with the Senate’s version of the legislation. 

“This legislation includes the largest pay raise for our service members in a decade, and as Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee I fought to include the strongest possible language to:

June 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC- Today Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, applauded passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019 (H.R.3409) in the Committee. The bipartisan legislation authorizes the United States Coast Guard – our nation’s fifth military service branch – for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R.3456), with bipartisan support. The bill’s original cosponsors include Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA) and Garret Graves (R-LA)—co-chairs of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus with Congressman Garamendi—and Representatives Albio Sires (D-NJ), Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS), and Donna E. Shalala (D-FL).

June 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Led by Chairman John Garamendi (D-CA) and Ranking Member Doug Lamborn (R-CO), the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee for Readiness finalized its mark for the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today. The Subcommittee's mark is available here.

May 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness held a hearing on the Department of Defense’s budget requests for military readiness.

Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, made the following statement at the conclusion of the hearing: