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Economy

My top three priorities in Congress are jobs, jobs, and jobs. Continuing our economic recovery from the Great Recession requires a commitment to fair trade deals, stopping outsourcing, and promoting American manufacturing through Make It In America policies. My work in Congress includes:

  • Opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I believe in fair trade deals that promote American manufacturing. The TPP will not do that. It will promote outsourcing and undermine labor and environmental standards. I have opposed it every step of the way and will vote against it again if it is brought back before Congress.
     
  • Supporting American manufacturing. I serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and I am committed to rebuilding American infrastructure using American parts and American labor. When the California High Speed Rail authority requested a waiver to outsource production of train cars to a foreign supplier, I immediately called the Authority and got them to reverse course. I will do everything in my power to support Making It In America.
     
  • Promoting our maritime industry. I'm the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, I recognize the importance of our domestic maritime industry. It's vital to our economy and our national security. I have authored legislation that would require a percentage of our oil and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) exports to be carried on American ships sailed by American mariners. This will create jobs for our domestic industries and revitalize our ports and shipyards.
     
  • Growing American Food for American Schools. I've introduced legislation that would use the force of law to require school districts to file for a waiver if they want to use imported food for school lunch programs, and make those waiver requests accessible to the public. I believe that American schoolkids should be fed by fresh, healthy agricultural products from local American farms.

These are just a few of the ways in which I'm supporting American jobs--but I also want to hear your ideas.

For more information concerning my work on the economy, please contact my Washington, DC office.  I look forward to your feedback.

Thank you.

--Congressman John Garamendi

More on Economy

May 3, 2021 Press Release

Garamendi Encourages Restaurants to Pre-Register through SBA Portal Today HERE

April 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), a leader of the Congressional Make it in America Initiative, applauded President Biden’s announcement that Celeste Drake will serve as the Nation’s first Director of Made in America at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

March 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA03) voted to pass the Senate-amended “American Rescue Plan” (H.R.1319), in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law this week.

February 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) voted to pass the “American Rescue Plan” (H.R. 1319), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219-212. The legislation includes much-needed relief to re-open schools, distribute vaccinations in every American community, send an additional $1,400 stimulus check to individuals, support small businesses, and extend unemployment benefits.

October 28, 2020 Press Release

Davis, CA.—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) announced his major accomplishments for the 116th Congress (2019-2020), including 3 bills signed into law, $2,300,000 in earned but previously unpaid federal benefits to his constituents and over $1,800,000 for 3rd District veterans. In Washington, he works on issues crucial to California and our country's economy and national security.

September 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA03) applauded passage of his amendment (Garamendi #33) to the “Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act” (

August 19, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded the United States Department of Agriculture’s decision to purchase $40 million of U.S.-grown almonds to support America’s almond growers as they grapple with the impact COVID-19 has had on their industry. This decision follows a letter from Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) to the United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue advocating for the United States Department of Agriculture’s support for California’s almond industry through a direct purchase program as it grapples with the effects of COVID-19.

August 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) joined members of Congress from both parties in urging Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to provide additional USDA support for California’s walnut growers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and olive growers impacted by the ongoing trade dispute with the European Union.

These letters follow Congressman Garamendi’s advocacy for California’s almond growers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this month. 

May 22, 2020 Press Release

Sacramento, CA – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) hosted a virtual town hall for local farmers and food producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Garamendi was joined by Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Agriculture and Jamie Johansson, President of the California Farm Bureau to answer questions and hear the opinions of local farmers.

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass the Heroes Act, legislation to address the continued public health crisis and provide desperately needed support for struggling families and essential workers. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 208-199. The legislation includes funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers, and strengthened assistance for the American people.  Rep. Garamendi also released a new detailed estimate of the direct benefits that the Heroes Act would provide to California and local communities.