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Military and Veterans

The 3rd Congressional District is home to Travis AFB, the largest air mobility organization in the Air Force, and Beale AFB, which is located in Yuba County and performs a vital intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

As Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, Congressman Garamendi is instrumental in crafting the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual bill that sets the policy for our nation's armed forces. Garamendi ensures that each year, the NDAA supports our men and women in uniform, advances America’s interests around the world, and supports the critical missions at both Travis and Beale AFBs.

Garamendi is honored to represent the thousands of veterans, military personnel, and their families who reside in the district. He has a 100% pro-veterans record and will continue fighting for those who have sacrificed so much in defense of our nation.

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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.

July 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, responded to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that was released on steps the U.S. Army and Marine Corps should take to “mitigate and prevent” fatal training accidents.

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.

June 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, voted to pass H.R. 256—to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 265 to 162 and heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

June 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness who has conducted extensive oversight and enacted policies to address the privatized military family housing crisis, issued the statement below after the Department of Justice announced that a major property management firm—Balfour Beatty Communities—plead guilty to defrauding the U.S. Air Force.

June 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi, Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the statement below following the U.S. Marine Corps’ announcement that Maj. Gen. Robert Castellvi has been permanently relieved from his position. Maj. Gen. Castellvi was the Commanding General of 1st Marine Division and was found to have failed in his duties to properly train Marines and Sailors before a fatal assault amphibious vehicle (AAV) training accident last July off the coast of California that took the lives of eight Marines and a Navy Corpsman.

May 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, convened a hearing to discuss a fatal military training accident on July 30th, 2020 in California that killed nine service members.

April 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness which oversees military construction (MILCON) projects, issued the following statement after the Biden Administration announced it would return all unobligated military construction funds President Trump raided to pay for his border wall to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies for which they were intended: 

April 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement regarding President Biden’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.

March 26, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Mike Turner (R-OH) reintroduced the bipartisan “Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act” to protect military families from bank overdrafts following a veteran’s death.

Congressmen Garamendi (D-CA) is chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, which oversees issues pertaining to the U.S. military and service members. Congressman Turner (R-OH) is a senior Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee.