Congress has the duty and obligation to be good fiscal stewards of the public treasury. Wasteful spending needlessly adds to our deficit and takes money away from vital services. Indeed, as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Interior Department under President Clinton, I shrunk the department while improving its management of public lands.
I’ve voted for more than three trillion dollars in spending reductions since entering Congress while supporting needed investments in job creation, health access, research, infrastructure, and services to help seniors, children, and working families.
From my earliest days in Congress, I called for a responsible drawdown from Iraq and Afghanistan, and continue to think we can both save money in defense and keep America and our allies safer by targeting Al Qaeda like a laser and investing in foreign intelligence instead of engaging in protracted ground wars.
I have voted to save money in health coverage by cracking down on Medicare fraud, modernizing electronic health records, removing duplicative paperwork, and encouraging preventative and wellness care to stop expensive ailments before they happen. I have also called for ending tax loopholes that encourage businesses to ship jobs overseas and for ending wasteful Big Oil subsidies. I have also called for ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, restoring the wealthiest 1%’s tax rate to where it was during the surplus years of the Clinton administration.
For more information concerning my work and views on fiscal responsibility, please contact my Washington, DC office. I look forward to your feedback. Thank you.
--Congressman John Garamendi
More on Fiscal Responsibility
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:
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.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, voted to pass the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill provides increased funding for key priorities for infrastructure, national defense, research, and gun safety.
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WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA) released the following statement following the House vote on a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government piecemeal through January 19, 2017: