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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 Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, 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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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.

March 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded President Biden’s Executive Order to secure domestic supply chains for essential goods.

March 1, 2021 Press Release

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.

December 9, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), Co-Chair of the American Sikh Caucus, along with Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA-16) and Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX-18)—members of the American Sikh Caucus—sent a letter to Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the United States, regarding India’s recent crackdown on protestors surrounding the nation’s recent passage of agricultural reform bills. Congressman Garamendi and his colleagues expressed their solidarity with the protestors and defended their right to peacefully protest these new laws.

April 21, 2020 Press Release

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.

February 21, 2020 Press Release

Yuba County, CA—Today Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, hosted a Congressional Delegation comprised of other key members of the House Armed Services Committee to tour Beale Air Force Base in Yuba County. Garamendi then met with the Yuba-Sutter Habitat for Humanity to discuss their ongoing projects and how he can support their work through his efforts in Congress.

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.