"It’s a cloudy day in the Sunshine State for the millions of Floridians who truly want to see jobs created in their state, but Florida’s deep loss is likely to be California’s tremendous gain," said Congressman Garamendi, California’s former Lieutenant Governor. "When the governors of Ohio and Wisconsin surrendered their federal high speed rail money, destroying thousands of jobs in Ohio and Wisconsin, President Obama and Transportation Secretary LaHood shifted much of their money to California. I encourage the Administration to do the same with Florida’s previously allocated $2.4 billion."
The House Republican continuing resolution cuts threaten to stifle job creation by gutting key investments. Instead of moving America forward, the GOP budget proposal would put this country in reverse. Under the House Republican plan, more than 200,000 children would be kicked out of Head Start and thousands of teachers would lose their jobs; 20,000 fewer researchers would be supported at the National Science Foundation, stifling the innovative research that creates next generation jobs; 25,000 new construction jobs would be lost and 76 projects in 40 states would be cancelled; there would be 1,330 fewer cops on the beat and 2,400 fewer firefighters on the job; AmeriCorps' effective services to our country would be eliminated; and needed food programs like WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) would be decimated.
"I congratulate the Egyptian people for their resolve, courage, and determination to end a thirty year undemocratic system. President Mubarak’s resignation today is a major step toward democracy, but it does not complete the task. We should encourage the military, which is now in control, to set out a path to achieve free, transparent, and open elections no later than the current September schedule. There must be an immediate end to any and all laws that prevent the development of viable political parties and a process that encourages moderate and progressive parties to emerge. At this moment, 'We are all Egyptians.'"
Garamendi added, "House Republicans want to decimate water cleanup, making your tap water more toxic. They want to drastically cut funding to the FBI and U.S. Marshals, making our streets less safe. They want to cut billions from clean energy production and research, eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs, making America less competitive, and endangering national security by continuing our dangerous addiction to foreign oil. They want to close national parks and layoff park rangers, possibly making your favorite vacation spot a haven for criminals. Every American is harmed by this destructive and foolish plan."
"For 50 years, the Peace Corps has served the world - eradicating diseases, building homes, and teaching children in five continents," said Congressman Garamendi. "As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, I've witnessed the Peace Corps' ability to change lives and transform hearts and minds in the developing world. The Peace Corps deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, because it represents the best in universal human values: compassion, selflessness, and dedication to our fellow man."
February 4, 2011 Press Release
"As a Member of Congress, I want to use the latest technologies to engage the residents of my district," said Congressman Garamendi. "Visible Vote’s innovative and free video town hall software – combined with our existing telephone town hall outreach – will enable thousands of people to reach me – even through their smartphones."
"After meeting many of these impressive young men and women, I’m confident that America’s military will be in good hands when today’s cadets become tomorrow’s top military leaders," Congressman Garamendi said. "I salute our 2011 finalists, thank them for their desire to serve our country, and look forward to watching their rise in the military."
"Egypt has a proud and rich history as a leader in the Middle East, and the Egyptian people now have an opportunity to once again lead the way – this time toward an open and free democracy," said Congressman Garamendi. "The people of Egypt deserve self-determination, the ability to choose their own leaders. There must be a period of transition before elections can occur, and I urge the government, the military, and opposition factions to respect human rights and renounce violence. America will work with the democratically elected leaders of Egypt to ensure regional stability and security."
January 28, 2011 Notebook
America has energetic entrepreneurs, a skilled workforce, and visionary inventors. Let’s give them the opportunity to do what they do best- to work. The building blocks of a prosperous future are available today. Let’s start building.
"Sargent Shriver was a true American hero, a selfless humanitarian, and a firm believer that America's best days are still ahead. He was also a trusted friend and mentor. This resolution honors his storied life and legacy," said Congressman Garamendi.