Congressman Garamendi Visits Lindhurst High School and Live Oak High School
Left: Congressman Garamendi next to the Lindhurst High School welcome marquee Right: Congressman Garamendi speaking to a classroom of 12th graders at Live Oak High School (Click here and here for hi-res)
OLIVEHURST, CA – This morning, Congressman Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Yuba City, Davis, CA), a father of three public school teachers, spoke to the senior class at Lindhurst High School about his duties and responsibilities as a Congressman. The visit came at the request of Civics teacher Eric Anderson. The presentation also featured a Q&A session where questions ranged from healthcare, Medicare & Social Security, college affordability, immigration, and jobs. The event was also recorded and livestreamed by “Blazer Productions,” the school’s multimedia class, which gives students hands on experience in film production.
At Lindhurst High School, one student noted that the Congressman’s top three priorities on his website are “jobs, jobs, and jobs” and asked if he could elaborate on his Make It In America Agenda. Congressman Garamendi responded “Twelve years ago, we had 20 million manufacturing jobs in the United States and since then, we’ve seen a hollowing out of manufacturing jobs in the United States. Make It In America is a whole series of programs and laws that would create new manufacturing jobs. It focuses on agriculture and international trade, loans and financing available for manufacturing, career technical education, and tax policy.”
“I believe your tax money must be spent on American made goods and equipment. If you’re going to build a road or a high school, your tax money ought to be spent on things made in America by American workers. That’s one of the principle things and we’ve had a little success this year. In the new surface transportation bill, the FAST Act, we’ve increased the Buy America content in transit projects from 60% to 70%. All of these are jobs,” Garamendi added.
Later in the day, Congressman Garamendi spoke to 11th and 12th grade classes at Live Oak High School. There the students asked a number of questions about cybersecurity and hacking given recent incidents in the news. Other questions touched on Congress's role in helping students with mental illness, regionalized vocational training, the vulnerability of GPS, and U.S.-Russian relations.
Congressman Garamendi’s office actively promotes civic engagement for young people in the 3rd district through an internship program and classroom visits.