Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Garamendi’s Committee Assignments Announced, Including New Roles in Aviation and Counterterrorism

January 29, 2015
Press Release

 Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) announced that he has been appointed to the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. He will continue serving on the Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. He was elected by his colleagues to continue as Ranking Member (leading Democrat) of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

“On the Armed Services and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, I am well-positioned to help Northern California while focusing on two of my top priorities in Congress: implementing Make It In America policies to bring more manufacturing jobs back to America and ensuring a strong, efficient, and smart national security policy,” Garamendi said.

He added, “I am thankful that my Democratic colleagues have entrusted me with committees that tackle such a broad range of important issues. In this sharply divided Congress, we can at least expect that policies that encourage job creation, support our military and veterans, and advance education will be able to forge bipartisan coalitions, and I look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats to show the American people that Congress can still work for them.”

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

The 3rd District has more than a thousand miles of flood levees protecting cities, family homes, agricultural land, and intercontinental transportation corridors, including Interstates 80 and 5 and Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor. By continuing to serve as one of two Northern California representatives on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Garamendi is positioned to continue his work bringing needed transportation projects, flood protection, and manufacturing jobs to our region.

“Last year, ICON Aircraft announced that it would be building its new global headquarters in Solano County, bringing with it an estimated 400 new jobs and $350 million in economic windfall to the region,” Garamendi said. “With my appointment to the Aviation Subcommittee, I look forward to working with companies like ICON, the FAA and other air manufacturing companies to bring more aviation-related jobs to Northern California and across America.”

“Returning to the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, I will continue tackling the myriad of important water issues facing the 3rd District, including levee construction and restoration,” Garamendi added. “I’m honored to continue serving as the Ranking Member of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, helping to develop export-oriented growth strategies to bolster American farmers and manufacturers. In all these roles, I will look for every opportunity to help more people Make It In America.”

House Armed Services Committee

Congressman Garamendi represents two major military base communities in the 3rd Congressional District, Travis Air Force Base located in Fairfield and Beale Air Force Base located in Yuba County. Travis AFB performs Air Mobility missions that involve rapidly transporting military assets around the world for both combat missions and humanitarian purposes. Beale AFB conducts Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance missions to help our nation act upon foreign threats and humanitarian projects.

“Last year, as a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I worked to prevent retirement of the U-2, Global Hawk and KC-10 fleets to protect the vital missions as Beale and Travis. My work has also helped preserve these critical assets that are so vital to our national security,” Garamendi said. “As our military continues to adapt to 21st century threats, I’m lucky to represent bases with missions vital to our ongoing security. I will continue doing everything in my power to make sure that Travis and Beale remain the center of America’s Air Mobility and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance requirements. 

“I am also honored to be appointed to the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, which is responsible for ensuring our safety in the face of terrorist threats. I look forward to expanding my work on cybersecurity,” he added. “If hackers were to breach the computer systems of the Oroville Dam and release its floodgates, the results would be catastrophic. The entire Sacramento Delta region would be flooded and thousands of lives and farmland will be lost. That is why, as a member of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, I intend on working with key infrastructure facilities to ensure their computer systems are secure.”