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.
--Congressman John Garamendi
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Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), who served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation from 2013-2018, issued the following statement after the Coast Guard announced a contract award for the new Polar Security Cutter—guaranteeing the ship will be built in America by American workers:
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to ensure that U.S.-flagged and crewed vessels play a key role in the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to China.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) reintroduced legislation to provide farmers access to discounted rates under the National Flood Insurance Program. The Congressmen’s bipartisan Flood Insurance for Farmers Act of 2019 (H.R.830) would also lift the de facto federal prohibition on construction and repair of agricultural structures in high flood-risk areas designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was appointed by his Congressional colleagues to four key Subcommittees on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City), former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior under President Bill Clinton, reintroduced the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act (H.R.357), with Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-CA09), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA11), Mike Thompson (D-CA05), and Doris O. Matsui (D-CA06), as original cosponsors.
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October 11, 2018
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Thompson and Garamendi Announce Disaster Loans Now Available for Nonprofits in Lake County
Assistance available through SBA as part of disaster declaration
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which forbids public sector unions from requiring “fair share” fees from non-members who still benefit from the collective bargaining process:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, introduced in the House of Representatives H.R. 5893, the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act of 2018. The legislation seeks to rebuild America’s domestic shipbuilding and maritime industry by requiring a small percentage of exported crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) be transported on U.S.-built and U.S.-flagged vessels by 2040.
Fairfield-The Capitol Corridor train arriving at the Fairfield-Vacaville Train Station was too good a photo op to pass up.
Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering was speaking, but graciously allowed the cluster of dignitaries to gather so their staff could take pictures of them with the passengers getting off the train in the background.