"With this bill, we force America’s health insurance industry into the same market that we want all American industry to be in: the free market competitive system. This is simple. Insurance companies should not be able to monopolize the health insurance marketplace," Congressman Garamendi said. "For 65 years, the insurance industry has used the anti-trust exemption to collude against consumers, fixing prices and raising rates well above inflation. Enough is enough."
February 22, 2010 Press Release
"When almost every other industry colludes at the expense of consumers, we call it a crime. When the health insurance industry colludes, we call it business as usual," Congressman Garamendi said. "This legislation removes one of the most damaging weapons in the insurance industry’s arsenal: the ability to manipulate the market together behind closed doors. In my eight years regulating the insurance industry in California, what I learned above all else is that you can’t trust the insurance industry to regulate itself. Insurance company executives will scratch and claw their way to maximum profit, and they don’t care who gets hurt along the way."
"Standing here on these beautiful rolling hills, it’s encouraging to remember that the exhilarating breezes produced by nature here are capable of providing clean power to 74,000 Californians – nature providing opportunities to protect nature," said Congressman Garamendi, a member of the House Science and Technology Committee. "The Shiloh II project is precisely the type of clean technology project that Congress should promote. Environmental protection and job creation aren’t just compatible; with the coming climate change calamity, they’re intimately linked. Like Shiloh II, we must prioritize clean energy projects that green our planet and our wallets."
February 12, 2010 Press Release
"I am a district-focused representative and want to make sure that everyone in our district has an opportunity to take advantage of the resources and services available in my district offices," Congressman Garamendi said. "For the first time in the history of the 10th Congressional District, my staff will host regular office hours in the City of Livermore to make sure that all of our residents in Alameda County have an opportunity to conveniently meet with us to air their concerns related to federal agencies."
February 5, 2010 Press Release
"When I served under President Clinton, we presided over a remarkable era of economic growth and job creation by paying for sound investments and important research. We turned huge deficits into a $5.6 trillion projected surplus," Congressman Garamendi said. "Unfortunately, President Bush decided we could have our cake, add layers of an unfunded war in Iraq and tax breaks for the rich, and eat it too."
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"I believe that everyone should retire with dignity, and I am very alarmed by the proposal put forth by the Republican members of the House Budget Committee, who apparently want to throw millions of seniors into the shark tank that created the near collapse of our economy. It’s important that Congress repudiate this dangerous plan immediately. Millions of seniors depend on Social Security and Medicare to provide them with their retirement and health care needs, and this proposal amounts to an astounding cut in health benefits and fiscal security. Our seniors are too important to expose to the rollercoaster fluctuations of Wall Street."
"America is on a path to recovery, but further efforts to increase employment are needed," said Congressman Garamendi, who as California’s first elected Insurance Commissioner regulated the largest financial sector in America. "The big banks continue to deny loans to small businesses, and it’s time for a change."
February 2, 2010 Press Release
"Our country is suffering from a failed policy. 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' has robbed our national defense of over 13,000 vital troops and armed service personnel, including scores of Arabic translators. To cover the unnecessary costs of recruitment and retraining, taxpayers have been charged up to half a billion dollars because of DADT. At a time when America is fighting wars on two fronts and facing financial uncertainty, it is painfully clear that we must work swiftly to end DADT. All Americans, gay or straight, should be able to proudly serve our country."
January 29, 2010 Press Release
"It is an honor to be among those selected as an ‘American Hero’ by the broad coalition of emergency responders and emergency management experts behind ProtectingAmerica.org," Congressman John Garamendi said. "But our country’s real heroes are the men and women on the frontlines of natural disasters and other emergencies, risking life and limb to help people at their greatest vulnerability. Today, I salute you and want you to know that in Congress, I will continue fighting for the resources you need."