Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi’s Statement on Visit from CA Governor Schwarzenegger, Speaker Bass, and Senator Steinberg

January 21, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA), a former California Lieutenant Governor, today issued the following statement after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Speaker Karen Bass, and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg visited members of Congress to request additional federal funding for California:

"We are all Californians, and we will always stand in solidarity on behalf of the people of our great state. No matter what our differences, the California delegation must unite to make sure that we are able to bring back to California the federal money and investment our state deserves.

"In 2008-2009, facing a $60 billion budget deficit, California used American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money to backfill the state budget. Overall, California has received more than $63 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, including $9.7 billion for education and $7.9 billion for health and human services, and more help is on the way.

"While we’ve made great strides with ARRA and other recent pieces of legislation meant to help stimulate our economy, California has historically paid its fair share in taxes only to see its money go to other states.

"Now California needs continuing federal help. We are home to America’s largest economy and California has the most innovative business and technology centers, most diverse working populations, and best public university system of any other state in the nation. America can’t recover from this economic downturn unless California recovers.

"I will work with the entire California delegation, Democrats and Republicans, to provide all possible federal assistance to get our economy moving and increase employment in California.

"Governor Schwarzenegger needs to meet his words with actions. At a time when California was drastically cutting funds for our children in schools, and for seniors requiring medical assistance, Recovery Act funds helped dull the worst impact of recent budgets. However, because Governor Schwarzenegger imposed a three-day a month furlough on California’s Office of Historical Preservation, California’s Recovery Act funds are stuck in a bottleneck, costing the state money, jobs, and infrastructure. Governor Schwarzenegger should immediately lift these furloughs to make sure all Recovery Act funds reach the people of California."

For more information on the furlough situation, please read Inspector General Laura Chick’s letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: