Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Garamendi Hosts Manufacturing Advisory Meeting and Senior Service Roundtable in Busy Work Day

February 3, 2020
Press Release

Dixon & Yuba City, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) hosted a Senior Service Roundtable and Manufacturing Advisory Meeting in his district to deliver an update on the state of affairs in Washington and engage with his constituents on a wide array of topics. In Dixon, Garamendi convened elected officials and members of his Manufacturing Advisory Committee at Altec’s facility to discuss the local manufacturing sector. In Yuba City, Garamendi hosted a Senior Service Roundtable at the Yuba-Sutter Senior Center to discuss legislation he introduced to support the local senior community, and to hear from his constituents about their priorities and interests.

Manufacturing Advisory Meeting

“It was a pleasure to host members of my Manufacturing Advisory Committee, elected officials, and other community members in Dixon for an important discussion on how to support and grow the local manufacturing sector. In Congress, I am championing ‘Make It In America’ initiatives that will create new middle-class manufacturing jobs. Making It In America and rebuilding our local and national manufacturing base is one of my top priorities in Congress, and I appreciate the wisdom and insight of every participant in today’s meeting. Thank you to Altec for hosting today’s meeting, and to Mark Wegel—Altec’s Director of Government Relations—and Operations Manager Brad Dahl for providing me with a tour of their Dixon facility. I will take every participant’s ideas and information with me to Washington and continue our efforts to strengthen the local economy and create rewarding jobs,” Garamendi said.

About Altec

Since 1929, Altec has been a leading provider of products and services to the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights and signs, and contractor markets. They deliver products and services in more than 100 countries throughout the world. 

Altec’s Dixon facility includes a Green Fleet utility line that includes hybrid equipment and systems to support their clients’ needs with minimal impact on the environment. The facility also installs Altec equipment on chassis that run on alternative fuels such as CNG, LNG and propane.

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Senior Service Roundtable

 “Seniors are engaged volunteers, elders with wisdom and experience, patriarchs and matriarchs of proud families and resilient communities. To do my job effectively, I need to know what concerns our senior community, what’s working and what isn’t, and where the federal government can contribute to the health and well-being of 3rd District seniors,” Congressman Garamendi said. “Today’s roundtable was an excellent opportunity to deliver an update on the state of affairs in Washington and consult with the local senior community about their priorities and interests. I spoke about my legislation, the Fair COLA for Seniors Act (H.R. 1533), which would require Social Security to use the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) to calculate a fairer cost of living adjustment (COLA)for seniors. The bill would increase benefits and ensure that cost of living adjustments in Social Security reflect the real rising costs for seniors and disabled Americans,” Garamendi continued.

“I also spoke about my support for the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3), which gives Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies for lower and more transparent prices for both Medicare patients and Americans with private insurance. It was important for me to gather feedback on this legislation and hear the community’s ideas on how to best assist local seniors. I appreciate everyone who participated in today’s roundtable,” Garamendi concluded.