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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 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. 

April 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Garamendi returned to Washington, D.C. and voted to pass the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a $484 billion emergency relief package to support small businesses, hospitals and health care workers, and to expand testing for COVID-19 nationwide. The legislation passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 388-5-1 and will head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

April 21, 2020 Press Release

Mobilize AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and FEMA volunteers to support public health responders and COVID-19 contact tracing and testing

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), co-chair of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus, introduced legislation that would mobilize America’s service organizations to significantly expand testing and contact tracing for the coronavirus pandemic.

April 13, 2020 Press Release

Sacramento, CA—Congressman Garamendi (D-CA) joined a bipartisan group of his Congressional colleagues urging U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to provide additional emergency assistance for family farmers and ranchers. On April 2, Garamendi urged Secretary Perdue to provide direct assistance to farmers who have lost markets due to COVID-19 pandemic, including international export markets important to California.

February 3, 2020 Press Release

Dixon & Yuba City, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) hosted a Senior Service Roundtable and Manufacturing Advisory Meeting in his district to deliver an update on the state of affairs in Washington and engage with his constituents on a wide array of topics. In Dixon, Garamendi convened elected officials and members of his Manufacturing Advisory Committee at Altec’s facility to discuss the local manufacturing sector.

February 3, 2020 Event

Join Congressman John Garamendi for a Manufacturing Advisory meeting to:

Discuss USMCA, Make It In America, American Workforce
Modernization, and your priorities in Congress.

Learn about how Congressman Garamendi is supporting
American shipbuilding.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, applauded the House Democratic Caucus’ introduction of its “Moving Forward” infrastructure plan to create 10 million new jobs in America by investing $760 billion over five years. As a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Garamendi will help shape this plan into legislation and strongly advocate for its adoption by the full House.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377), which passed the House by a vote of 218-206. The legislation would eliminate the $10,000 cap on the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT) that was implemented in the 2017 Republican tax law and has disproportionately harmed California.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to support workers, farmers, ranchers, and manufacturing in the United States. The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 385-41 and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the President.