Press Releases

Dec 11, 2009

Congressman Garamendi Says 'No More' to House of Cards Finance Practices

"For eight years as California’s Insurance Commissioner, I regulated the largest financial industry in America: the insurance companies. The insurance companies had one commandment: thou shalt pay as little as possible as late as possible. Many in finance have their own commandment: thou shalt build up thy house of cards as fast as possible as profitably as possible without consideration of the long term consequences. The games have to stop; it’s time we created an economy that can withstand the unhinged greed of financiers."

Dec 4, 2009

Congressman Garamendi Says New Unemployment Figures Good Sign, Recovery Act Working

Issues: Economy

Today's announcement that the unemployment rate dropped in November is welcomed news for the millions of American workers, including tens of thousands of people in my district, struggling to find a job in this difficult economy. The Recovery Act and other jobs-creating measures have laid down the building blocks to repair our economy.

Dec 1, 2009

Congressman John Garamendi's Statement on Increasing Troop Levels in Afghanistan

I thank President Obama for his careful and thoughtful deliberation on this matter. He faces a difficult decision on a war he inherited, and I know his heart is in the right place. However, I remain convinced that increased diplomatic, economic, social, and educational assistance in the region will result in a lasting solution in Afghanistan. American national security, our dedicated soldiers already serving, and the people of Afghanistan will be better served if we focus our efforts on improving the socioeconomic conditions of the region instead of sending more of our brave soldiers to fight in this war.

Nov 25, 2009

Congressman Garamendi’s Thanksgiving Message: Unemployment is Creating Hunger in America

"On Thanksgiving, we come together with friends and family to celebrate all of life’s blessings. On this holiday when we give thanks, we should all take a moment to remember that millions of our fellow Americans are struggling to make ends meet in this tough economy. 49 million Americans, including 17 million children, are food insecure, and food banks across the country are overwhelmed with families who have seen mothers and fathers lose their jobs. As the wealthiest country on Earth, we can do more to make sure no one goes hungry in America."

Nov 19, 2009

Congressman John Garamendi Backs Four More Bills to Create Jobs and Help Small Businesses

Issues: Economy

"People are struggling in this economy, and I will continue to do all I can to create the jobs we need to bring financial security to all hardworking families," said Congressman Garamendi, former chair of the California Commission for Economic Development. "Today, I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass legislation that will make achieving the American dream more possible for thousands of small business owners and their employees in my district."

Nov 18, 2009

Congressman John Garamendi Chosen for Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Science and Technology

"I am absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to create quality transportation and technology jobs for residents of the 10th Congressional District and Northern California," Congressman Garamendi said. "I want to thank my colleagues for assigning me to the House Transportation and Infrastructure and House Science and Technology committees."

Nov 12, 2009

Congressman John Garamendi Hosts First Town Hall as a Congressman; 100+ Livermore Constituents Talk Economic Development, Job Creation, and Health Care

Issues: Economy

"It’s about jobs, and that's what I really want to focus on here," Rep. Garamendi said. "We know that job creation is no accident; it requires a sustained commitment to research and education, particularly career technical education. When Livermore’s national labs, schools, private employers, and government agencies work together to repair our struggling economy, we can move our region forward and create the jobs we need."

Nov 11, 2009

Congressman John Garamendi’s Statement on Veterans Day

"It’s about jobs, and that's what I really want to focus on here," Rep. Garamendi said. "We know that job creation is no accident; it requires a sustained commitment to research and education, particularly career technical education. When Livermore’s national labs, schools, private employers, and government agencies work together to repair our struggling economy, we can move our region forward and create the jobs we need."

Nov 9, 2009

Rep. John Garamendi Votes to Create and Preserve Jobs with Support of Three Small Business-Friendly Bills

Issues: Economy

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy, and with the passage of these three bills, we can continue the important work of moving our economy forward with job creation," said Rep. Garamendi, former chair of the California Commission for Economic Development. "Small businesses have generated 64 percent of all net new jobs over the past 15 years, and with the passage of these good business-friendly bills, small business owners will find it a little easier to continue their important contributions to our nation."

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