Press Releases

Jan 15, 2010

Congressman Garamendi: Taxpayers Getting a Raw Deal with Record Wall Street Compensation

"The public is sick and tired of robber barons guarding the gates of our economy," said Congressman Garamendi, who as California’s insurance commissioner for eight years, regulated the country’s largest financial sector.

Jan 15, 2010

Lawmakers rally for Wall Street Bonus Tax at Capitol Hill press conference

"As we are all now painfully aware, it was Wall Street greed and a lack of sincere government oversight that drove our entire financial system onto the brink of collapse, forcing Congress to save our banking sector from the excess of its own mismanagement," said Rep. John Garamendi. "It’s time we repaid the American taxpayer. This legislation will provide needed money to the small business owners around this country who are eager to expand and hire new workers."

Jan 13, 2010

Congressman Garamendi Offers Condolences to the People of Haiti

"My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti. The people of Haiti need immediate assistance from the international community to help recover from this devastating earthquake. ... Many men and women in uniform from Travis Air Force Base are taking part in this relief effort, and it is truly an honor to represent them in Congress. As always, they are on the front lines of U.S. humanitarian assistance around the globe."

Jan 8, 2010

Congressman Garamendi Says there’s nothing 'Free' About Oppressive Labor Conditions at Fair Trade Event

Issues: Social Justice

"Trade is a wonderful thing when done right, but globalization shouldn’t be a race to the bottom," said Garamendi, whose co-sponsorship of the TRADE Act made it a bill supported by a majority of House Democrats. "We should not reward deplorable labor and environmental conditions abroad only to see jobs exported at home. There is nothing 'free' about oppressive labor conditions."

Jan 8, 2010

Congressman Garamendi Meets with Regional Transportation Officials

"Understanding the specific federal needs of our counties and cities will be of incredible importance when I return to Washington," said Congressman Garamendi, Northern California’s only representative on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. "I am not shy about telling my Congressional colleagues that California is the nation’s largest and most important economy. National recovery begins in California, and our transportation needs must be met to make that happen."

Jan 5, 2010

Congressman Garamendi Discusses National Security and Energy Issues with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories Officials

"We have the greatest research facilities in the world," Congressman Garamendi told employees at LLNL. "From this incredible asset will be the answers to issues we confront in the future – if we’re willing to make the investment. Not only is the work done here important today, it will be important for decades to come."

Dec 24, 2009

Grand Opening

Dec 16, 2009

Congressman Garamendi Votes for Critical Jobs Bill That Will Employ Hundreds of Thousands of Americans; Act Fully Paid for by Redirecting Wall Street Bailout to Main Street

Issues: Economy

Unemployed workers in my district and around the country want the security that comes with having a job and the hope that comes with having a paycheck,

Dec 15, 2009

Congressman Garamendi Votes for Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act

Issues: Foreign Policy

"The Iranian government has suppressed peaceful protest and is on a dangerous path toward nuclear weapons. And with its funding of Hamas and Hezbollah, the Iranian government continues to threaten Israel and undermine the two-state solution. With this vote for sanctions against Iranian oil exports, Congress is taking a measured and responsible approach. I have spoken to many Iranians who sincerely want peace in the Middle East, and I look forward to a day when Iranian government listens to its people and engages in productive diplomacy. Until that time, I stand with the people of Israel and millions of peaceful Iranians."