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Social Justice

I believe America’s international strength and respect lies in its diversity and commitment to social justice. This is especially true in California, home to the most diverse population in America. All Americans, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability, deserve equal treatment under the law. When considering legislation, I always remember the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

For more information concerning my work and views on the issue of social justice issues, please contact my Washington, DC office.

I look forward to your feedback. Thank you.

--Congressman John Garamendi

More on Social Justice

June 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement in support of Armed Services Committee Chairman Smith’s demand for answers on the militarization of police in America:

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass the Heroes Act, legislation to address the continued public health crisis and provide desperately needed support for struggling families and essential workers. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 208-199. The legislation includes funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers, and strengthened assistance for the American people.  Rep. Garamendi also released a new detailed estimate of the direct benefits that the Heroes Act would provide to California and local communities. 

April 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Garamendi returned to Washington, D.C. and voted to pass the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a $484 billion emergency relief package to support small businesses, hospitals and health care workers, and to expand testing for COVID-19 nationwide. The legislation passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 388-5-1 and will head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

April 13, 2020 Press Release

Sacramento, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the below statement after it was announced that a sailor aboard the U.S.S. Roosevelt died due to complications with COVID-19:

April 13, 2020 Press Release

Sacramento, CA—Congressman Garamendi (D-CA) joined a bipartisan group of his Congressional colleagues urging U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to provide additional emergency assistance for family farmers and ranchers. On April 2, Garamendi urged Secretary Perdue to provide direct assistance to farmers who have lost markets due to COVID-19 pandemic, including international export markets important to California.

March 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Garamendi applauded the passage of the historic Families and Workers-First legislation, known as the CARES Act, which the President signed into law this evening.

March 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Andy Kim (D-NJ), chairman and vice-chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, introduced the “Support Our Military Working Dogs Act” (H.R.6188) in commemoration of National K9 Veterans Day 2020 later this week. The United States K9 Corps was established on March 13, 1942.

March 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi’s (D-CA) “Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020” (H.R.5671) passed Congress and is heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) joined the legislation as original cosponsors, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sponsored the companion legislation in the Senate.

February 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), John Garamendi (D-Calif.), and Scott Peters (D-Calif.), who represent districts in California where military bases that received evacuees from China are located, released this joint statement after HHS failed to provide them a briefing on the coronavirus response. The Members called for a timely briefing from senior health officials following a whistleblower complaint alleging improper training and procedures for HHS workers handling evacuees from China.

February 26, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, supported passage of the “Preventing Disaster Revictimization Act” (H.R.5953), which unanimously passed out of the Committee. Garamendi is a cosponsor of the bipartisan legislation. This bill would prevent the federal government from raiding a wildfire victim settlement fund that allows victims of the California wildfires and other disasters to seek reimbursement from natural disasters.