January 27, 2014 Press Release
“After two years of negotiations over a Farm Bill, trying to sneak a water grab into the bill at the last minute was grossly irresponsible . It could have scuttled the legislation.” Specifically, the proposal would have turned on Delta pumps this year and next year setting the stage to suck the Delta dry. This provision arrived at the 11th hour of negotiations over the Farm Bill, which is expected for a vote this week. Luckily for Northern California farmers, fishers, and small businesses, this last minute attempt was unsuccessful.
“In a representative government, all rights begin with voting rights,” Congressman Garamendi said. “These reforms are commonsense and should be non-controversial: expanding online voter registration, expanding early voting opportunities, modernizing voting machines, easing voting access for servicemembers overseas, and providing more polling locations to prevent multi-hour long waits at the polls. Let’s get this done.”
Congressman Garamendi, whose Sacramento Valley-based District was one of the areas hardest hit by the housing crisis, congratulated the cities of Colusa and Fairfield on obtaining grants to improve housing for their residents.
Yolo County resident Mary Kimball is the Executive Director of the Center for Land-Based Learning, which works across Northern California to promote the integration of agriculture, nature and society, as well as to motivate the community to respect the natural environment that produces our food.
Congress Members Garamendi (CA-3), George Miller (CA-11), Mike Thompson (CA-5), Doris Matsui (CA-6), Jerry McNerney (CA-9), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Ami Bera (CA-7) today thanked Governor Jerry Brown for declaring a drought emergency in California. Given the dire nature of the state’s water resources, the Members urge the Governor to prioritize adding to the water supply – including water recycling, conservation, and storage – instead of pushing for a $25 billion water infrastructure project, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), which threatens the Bay Delta ecosystem, farmers, fisheries, local communities, and other stakeholders that depend on a healthy Bay Delta.
Garamendi praised UC Davis for expanding support for first-generation, low-income students as they embark on their college career. He also commended six outstanding Yolo County students and academics who have been awarded Fulbright Program scholarships to study abroad.
“I can’t force a vote, but I can force a conversation. The letters my office is getting from constituents who don’t know how they’re going to feed their families, who don’t know how they’re going to pay their rent, are heartbreaking."
January 15, 2014 Press Release
“Though flawed, this government appropriations bill increases critical investments in education, infrastructure, and defense, expanding opportunities for my constituents to secure a new job or keep the one they have. However, Congress needs to act on a comprehensive jobs plan."
“Denying this vital lifeline to America’s long term unemployed is cruel and fiscally unwise. The economy has improved since the dark days of the Great Recession, but the job market is still very tough,” Congressman Garamendi said.
At the second meeting of his Agricultural Advisory Group (AAG), Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), today heard from about 40 local farmers about the issues that impact their businesses.
October 13, 2015 Video
In House Floor debate on HR702, which would allow unfettered exports of American crude, Rep. Garamendi urges provisions requiring transport of exports on American ships crewed by American mariners.
October 9, 2015 Video
October 8, 2015 Video
Rep. Garamendi, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, discusses Syria, Afghanistan, and the dangers of a dirty bomb