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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February 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, released the following statement after being notified by the Pentagon that the Trump Administration will raid $3.8 billion of funding for critical ships, vehicles, aircraft and other equipment necessary for our national defense to instead pay for the President’s border wall.

January 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded House passage of his legislation, H.R. 550, which was amended to include Representative Barbara Lee’s (D-CA) legislation to repeal the 2002 Iraq War Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and Representative Ro Khanna’s (D-CA) legislation to prohibit the use of military force against Iran without an AUMF. The legislation passed by a vote of 236-166.

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.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement after voting to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (S. 1790). The House of Representatives passed the final bill by a vote of 377-48.

December 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement after concluding a hearing on privatized military family housing:

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:

October 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee within the House Armed Services Committee, and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee within the House Armed Services Committee, introduced the "Pharmaceutical Independence Long-Term Readiness Reform Act" (

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.