Press Releases

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."

Nov 7, 2009

Rep. John Garamendi Casts "Most Important Vote of My Public Policy Career"

Issues: Health Care

H.R. 3962 will transform America's health care delivery system. The plan includes a public option to help increase competition and hold the insurance industry accountable. Denial of treatment for pre-existing conditions and denial of coverage due to technicalities in condition reporting will be ended. Out-of-pocket expenses will be capped and subsidies and tax breaks will be made available to consumers and small businesses. This combined with the reduction in administrative overhead costs, the savings associated with an emphasis on preventative medicine, and other measures will provide individual consumers and as the nation with substantial long term cost savings. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the health care reform bill will cut the deficit by over $30 billion over the next decade and will continue to create a surplus over the next 20 years.

Nov 6, 2009

Rep. John Garamendi Expresses Condolences on Ft. Hood Shootings

"My heart and prayers go out to the victims and families who lost loved ones during the mass shootings at Fort Hood Army base. These brave Americans were preparing to be deployed to the most dangerous areas in the world. The fact they suffered such violence on a U.S. base makes this even more difficult to accept and comprehend."

Nov 6, 2009

John Garamendi Sworn into Congress, Vows to Address "the Issues that Confront our Fellow Citizens and the World Beyond"

"He and his wife Patti began their years in public service as Peace Corps volunteers in Ethiopia, and since then, John has spent 37 years serving the people of California,” added Rep. Pete Stark, the Dean of the California congressional delegation. "As we prepare to enact health care reform, John will lend an effective voice to that effort. As California's insurance commissioner, he learned the problems families face when trying to buy health coverage. He's an expert in insurance regulation. His perspective will be of great value.”

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