Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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I believe all our students, from pre-kindergarten to the post-graduate university level, deserve every opportunity to advance and prosper. Indeed, our economy’s long term growth depends on a well educated, innovative workforce.

I also believe that scientific research is one of our nation’s most important investments, creating jobs and entirely new sectors of our economy while making our research universities the best in the world. Clean energy, innovative water recycling and water use technology, and advances in the space program will all help America prosper and grow in the coming century. For this reason, I am a strong proponent of technology transfers converting public research into private industry and jobs.

I am a former University of California regent and California State University trustee who believes there are few priorities more important than keeping college costs low to make sure that no qualified student is priced out of an education.

As a Member of Congress, I was proud to support a $36 billion expansion of the Pell Grant scholarship for lower income students and voted to make student loans more affordable by removing profiteers from the industry. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reports that by converting to a direct loan system, this policy will save taxpayers $61 billion over 10 years.

I am also a strong supporter of President Obama’s “Pay As You Earn” plan. The plan would allow six million students to consolidate their federal loans into a single payment per month, cap their loan payments at 10 percent of discretionary income (down from 15 percent), and forgive student loan debt after 20 years. This plan is especially important for students facing a downgraded job market and rising tuition costs. I helped the lead the fight against Republican efforts to double the Stafford Student Loan interest rate.

I am passionate about closing the achievement gap in our nation’s schools and committed to providing teachers with the tools they need to do their jobs, especially lower class sizes. I have always supported robust investments in our schools, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and in vocational training. When we let students slip through the cracks, their potential is limited, and our country loses future skilled workers. In Congress, I will continue doing all I can to make sure that every American – and especially the next generation – can pursue the American dream.

For more information concerning my work and views on education and science, please contact my Washington, DC office. I look forward to your feedback. Thank you.

--Congressman John Garamendi

More on Education

October 23, 2018 In The News

Students at Anna Kyle Elementary School in Fairfield gained a whole lot of civic knowledge when Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, stopped by Wednesday morning to answer questions on the political process.

March 29, 2018 Press Release

California’s 3rd Congressional District—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D—Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA) spent the day meeting with constituents in Lake and Colusa counties:

March 23, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation’s opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums.

February 21, 2018 In The News

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Solano, who last fall introduced a bill to ease the American college graduate’s loan burden, awaits action on the bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4001, that is now in the hands of a Republican-controlled committee.

February 6, 2018 Page

When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families.

"When Women Succeed, America Succeeds"

In 2013, our nation marked the 165th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s rights convention that addressed women in social, economic and political life.  The Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions at the convention recognized the potential of women’s contributions to our nation and demanded that women be granted all the rights and privileges that men possessed.  

December 10, 2017 In The News
Rep. John Garamendi and a Republican colleague in the House have introduced the bipartisan Student Loan Refinancing and Recalculating Act to address what Garamendi calls “the ballooning student loan debt crisis in America that cripples more than 40 million Americans and their families.”
October 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the bipartisan Student Loan Refinancing and Recalculating Act, H.R. 4001, to address the ballooning student loan debt crisis in America that cripples over 40 million Americans and their families.

The total student loan debt in America has reached $1.3 trillion, and over $875 billion of it is held by the federal government at interest rates of up to 6.84%. That percentage far exceeds the market rate for most government loans.

June 2, 2017 In The News
Last month, President Trump released his 2018 budget request. It’s a cruel departure from the bipartisan approach Congress took in passing the omnibus funding bill just five weeks ago — a bill that at least maintained level funding for research, science and protections for our nation’s most vulnerable people.
May 10, 2017 Press Release
Yesterday, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City, CA) hosted his annual Congressional High School Art Competition, featuring the works of 108 students throughout the 3rd Congressional District.
May 10, 2017 Press Release
Every year, the Congressman has the privilege of nominating a limited number of people to four of the five service academies.