Press Releases

Mar 21, 2010

With Historic Health Care Vote, Congressman Garamendi Joins Majority in House in Forming a More Perfect Union

"In the fight to extend health coverage to every man, woman, and child, this bill is an incredibly important beginning. But it's still just a beginning. 'A more perfect union' implies that the progress of the American experience is never complete. Each subsequent generation is expected to pick up the torch and continue on our long road toward positive change. Today the House of Representatives bestowed upon this great nation the most historic health reform since Medicare. I am proud to have voted 'yes' for health care reform. I won't live to see a perfect union, but it is a tremendous honor to see a more perfect union formed before my eyes."

Mar 21, 2010

A Baker's Dozen of Lesser Known Benefits of Health Care Reform

2. It significantly increases the number of primary care doctors in America and includes new investments in medical training. 3. It cracks down on health care fraud by enhancing screening procedures for health care providers.

Mar 18, 2010

Rep. Garamendi, California’s First Elected Insurance Commissioner, Says CBO Estimate Ends Excuses to Delay Health Care Reform

Issues: Health Care

"Today’s cost estimate by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirms what we already expected: the health care bill being considered by Congress will expand coverage to millions of Americans while significantly reducing our deficit. With these numbers, the naysayers and obstructionists have run out of excuses. We know how many people it will extend lifesaving coverage to, and we know how significantly it improves our economy."

Mar 17, 2010

Former CA Insurance Commissioner Rep. Garamendi Reacts to New Uninsured Figures in California

Issues: Health Care

"This week, members of Congress will make be making a stark choice. Do we stand with the millions of people without coverage and millions more one pink slip away from health care ruin? Or do we stand with the entrenched interests who will do all they can to stop reform to maximize their profits at the expense of patients? I believe every American deserves access to affordable health care coverage, and I will do all I can to make that happen."

Mar 11, 2010

Congressman Garamendi Reminds Lower Income Californians to File for Earned Income Tax Credit

"Nearly a million low-income Californians fail to claim their earned income tax credits in their tax filings, needlessly robbing themselves of money that could go to rent, groceries, or other expenses," Congressman Garamendi said. "The average family qualified for the EITC receives a $1,400 refund, so If you qualify, the money is yours to keep; take it."

Mar 10, 2010

Congressman Garamendi Supportive of Ban on For-Profit Earmarks this Year

"By banning for-profit earmarks, Chairman Obey continues an extensive reform of the earmark process," Garamendi added. "Under the Republican Congress, special interests ran roughshod over the public interest, best exemplified by the Bridge to Nowhere proposal in Alaska. In 2005, earmarks totaled 15,800 and cost $27 billion. Under the Democratic Congress, earmarks were reduced in scale and dramatically improved by tailoring them towards the public interest. Compared to 2005, earmarks in FY 2009 appropriations were cut by 30% and their cost was reduced by 60%."

Mar 10, 2010

Former Deputy U.S. Interior Secretary Rep. Garamendi wants More Wind Mills, not Off-Shore Oil Drills after Senators Meet with President to Discuss Leasing America’s Coastlines to Oil Companies

"Our beautiful coastlines are the birthright of every American, and I don’t want to see the California coast sold to oil companies with a track record of ecological catastrophe," said Congressman Garamendi. "Here and abroad, we’ve seen dozens of oil spills that have despoiled natural habitats and destroyed tourism and fishing economies. Just last year, a massive oil spill from an offshore oil rig near Australia lasted nearly three months, spewing at least six million gallons of oil over 9,000 square miles. There are better options."

Mar 5, 2010

Congressman Garamendi on February Jobs Report

"Almost all economists agree that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and other jobs bills approved by President Obama and Congressional Democrats prevented the complete collapse our economy last year. Nevertheless, no one should be content with an economy hovering near double digit unemployment."