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I’ve lived in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta community of Walnut Grove for more than three decades, and I understand that sound water management is required to make Northern California prosperous. I have been a leading opponent of the twin tunnel boondoggle, formally known as California WaterFix, which has the potential to destroy the Delta. I am also strongly opposed to rolling back state and federal environmental laws in order to pump more water to the San-Joaquin Valley and Southern California.

I believe it is possible for California to solve its water problems, but the Delta and Northern California communities must be at the table, and it will take a comprehensive, multifaceted approach. We must prioritize storage like Sites Reservoir, conservation, recycling, levee improvements, and habitat restoration. Any water plan without these elements is incomplete at best. You can view my Water Plan for All of California here

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April 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representatives Jim Costa, Josh Harder, TJ Cox and John Garamendi (all D-Calif.) today called on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and California Governor Gavin Newsom to maintain coordination of operations between the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project.

March 23, 2020 Press Release

Sacramento, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), who represents the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Congress, sent a letter to Director Karla Nemeth of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) objecting to the agency’s lack of consideration of the “western route” for the new Delta Conveyance Project.

February 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), who served as Deputy Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton, sent a letter to California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Jared Blumenfeld, and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, advocating for the Sites Reservoir Project—an off-stream reservoir—and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Governor Newsom’s Wat

February 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA03), Josh Harder (D-CA10), Jim Costa (D-CA16), and TJ Cox (D-CA21) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) issued the following statement after the State of California released its voluntary agreement framework to water users:

January 23, 2020 Press Release

Solano County, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) hosted a work day in Solano and Sacramento counties to support the Travis Air Force Base community, and to discuss California’s diverse natural resources. Garamendi started his day by participating in Travis Air Force Base’s Civic Leaders Breakfast with Travis Air Force Base leadership and Solano County community members.

January 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded the inclusion of the Sites Reservoir Project in Governor Newsom’s 2020 Water Resilience Portfolio.

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) voted in favor of the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038) which passed the House by a vote of 260-165. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Garamendi is a cosponsor.

October 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) joined a bipartisan group of Representatives in cosponsoring the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which was introduced today by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which was negotiated over several months with input from agricultural stakeholders and labor organizations, makes meaningful reforms to the H-2A agricultural guestworker program and creates a first-of-its-kind, merit-based visa program specifically designed for the nation’s agricultural sector. 

October 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) announced that his bipartisan bill (H.R.1764) to support local wastewater treatment and water recycling infrastructure projects unanimously passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as part of legislation (H.R.1497) reauthorizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund.