John In The News

Jan 13, 2010 | KCRA

Travis Air Force Base Assisting with Federal

"Travis Air Force Base, located in California's 10th Congressional District, is playing its part in this response as well," Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek), said in a statement. "This is the first plane sent out from the entire Air Mobility Command of the USA, and a vital step in the much broader relief effort."

Jan 12, 2010 | Huffington Post

Health Policy Experts Push For House Language In Final Version Of Health Care Bill

But if the final reform bill winds up looking more like the Senate bill than the House bill, those protections will be easy for insurers to work around in the new insurance exchanges, Rep. John Garamendi, health policy experts and former industry insiders told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.

Jan 12, 2010 | 89.3 KPCC

Members Meet to Talk Health Care

One wag noted that if Nancy Pelosi could get enough Democrats to find the hidden room, maybe Congress could actually pass health care legislation. Oh, and which member had Pelosi's ear as she descended the grand staircase? California's newest member, John Garamendi.

Jan 12, 2010 | FireDogLake

Rep. Garamendi: State-based Exchanges in the Senate bill could "throw 30 million people to the sharks"

As California Congressional Representative John Garamendi told reporters today, "Under health reform, 30 million people will buy their insurance through the Exchanges. I spent years as insurance commissioner in California, chasing after the insurance company scoundrels. You’re going to toss 30 million Americans to these sharks unless there is a real strong regulatory environment [like the House's Exchanges] and public option."

Jan 12, 2010 | Think Progress' Wonk Room

Progressives Push Lawmakers To Close The Loopholes In Health Care Reform

This afternoon, Health Care for America Now (HCAN) hosted a press call outlining some of the remaining loopholes in federal health care reform legislation. Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), health expert Karen Pollitz, former Blue Cross chief medical officer and former state regulator Michael McGarvey, and Wendell Potter urged lawmakers to include a national health care exchange in the final health care reform bill.

Jan 8, 2010 | KCBS

Stimulus Money Put To Work on BART Project

Millions of dollars in stimulus funds are being spent on an East Bay BART project. The project is designed to put more seats on trains. "This is one example right here of where the Recovery Act money is being put to good use, people are working, people are able to pay taxes, take care of their families, have the pride of work," declared Congressman John Garamendi. "And, leave behind something that will be used for the next hundred years."

Jan 8, 2010 | Streetsblog

eBART Extension Nears Bid, Rep Garamendi Tours Station Sites

Representative Garamendi spent most of his day traveling to meetings on transportation policy and in the afternoon visited the Central Contra Costa Crossover project, which began construction in October 2009. The project, funded in part with $13 million in federal stimulus funds, will add two sections of crossover tracks between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations. When completed in December 2010, the Crossover project will mean riders on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line will have more seating, more frequent trains and better on-time performance during commute hours.

Jan 7, 2010 | Contra Costa Times

New congressman takes bus tour of East Contra Costa

Rep. John Garamendi recently took the wheel of the 10th Congressional District. But Thursday he took a back seat when hearing about transportation needs in East Contra Costa County. During a bus tour along Highway 4, Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, heard from local elected leaders and officials from Contra Costa Transportation Authority, BART and Tri Delta Transit about the transportation issues facing the area.

Dec 4, 2009 | McClatchy

Drought occupies epicenter of Valley political campaigns

The Obama administration so far has resisted loosening environmental rules, and experienced lawmakers including the newly elected Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, say it would be shortsighted to start exempting projects from the Endangered Species Act.

Dec 3, 2009 | 89.3 KPCC

Freshman California Congressman Garamendi talks about life in Washington

California’s newest member of Congress may be a freshman on Capitol Hill, but he’s a veteran with more years of public service than most of his colleagues.