"Consumers gained a lot of protections in the Patient's Bill of Rights, and they have a lot to lose if House Republicans succeed in repealing health care reform. People in our communities – nearly 500,000 small business owners, seniors, working families, and young adults – would see vital and popular protections taken away," Congressman Garamendi said.
January 15, 2011 Notebook
They want to repeal the historic patient's bill of rights that we enacted last year and replace it with the insurance industry's right to discriminate. That's bad news for children, women, seniors and our economy. If the patient's bill of rights is repealed, people in Contra Costa and Solano counties and throughout California will be irreparably harmed.
"LAVTA is purchasing buses made in Northern California, putting our neighbors to work and allowing more money to flow through our local economy. We must Make It In America if we’re going to make it in America, and American-made buses are precisely the types of investments we need to get out of our economic slump," Garamendi added. "Rapid bus transit also makes bus travel faster and more reliable – a critical step to get residents out of their cars and into public transit."
January 10, 2011 Press Release
"We don’t know all the answers yet, but we do know that senseless violence has no place in our country. We must come together as a Congress and as a nation united as Americans."
"Today I fought to save the Patients’ Bill of Rights and protect patients and consumers from the greed of insurance companies. Unfortunately, the House Republican majority voted to set up a vote next week that will force seniors to pay thousands of dollars out-of-pocket for prescription drugs, to allow insurance companies to kick you off your insurance when you get sick, and to deprive you of needed preventative screenings recommended by your doctor," said Congressman Garamendi, a former health care advisor to President Bill Clinton.
January 6, 2011 Press Release
"As we climb out of a deep recession, the insurance companies are kicking us back down. Fortunately, for rate increases over 10%, the 2010 health care reform allows the Federal government to review, question, and disclose facts to the public about the increase."
"House Republicans today clearly signaled their out-of-touch priorities, proposing a rule that will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs and drive up our deficit by $5 trillion. The American people have made it clear that they want jobs. Where are the jobs in this plan?"
December 21, 2010 Press Release
"For more than a century, America led the world in scientific innovation, and this commitment to research and education put millions of Americans to work while making our great country the world’s economic superpower. With COMPETES, Democrats are committed to making sure that America stays in business," said Garamendi, a member of the House Committee for Science and Technology.
"President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, ‘The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.’ Congress failed this test.
"The potential solar energy zones identified by the Administration today provide America with an opportunity to tackle the most pressing challenges of our time," Congressman Garamendi said. "We can create quality American jobs manufacturing solar panels if we Make It In America – ending our addiction to foreign oil, bolstering national security, and making American manufacturers more competitive in the global Clean Energy Race that will determine the winners and losers of the 21st century."