Congressman Garamendi’s Maritime Advisory Committee Meets at Cal Maritime Economy for Wide-Ranging Conversation VALLEJO, CA - Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), the Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, convened his Maritime Advisory Committee at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo. More than 50 people participated in the discussion, representing state and federal agencies, maritime businesses, and labor unions.
During the registration period, participants were shown a list of working group topics and asked to rank their top three topics. These rankings helped guide working group conversations. The top four topics ranked topics were the Jones Act, Buy America provisions, strategies to revitalize American shipbuilding, and strategies to educate lawmakers about the Maritime industry.
“Our national security is dependent on the Jones Act, which requires that goods shipped between American ports be on American ships with American mariners. Without the Jones Act, it will be very
Beale seeks infrastructure upgrades Camp Beale opened in 1942, and much of the electrical and sewer infrastructure was installed then. The base's wastewater treatment facility and its electrical system are both more than 70 years old.
Despite the age of its infrastructure, Beale is home to critical intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance missions highlighted by the iconic U-2 Dragon Lady and modern, unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk. The data gathered by Beale's missions is analyzed and sent up the chain of command.
"It's one of three critical bases for gathering intelligence," Congressman John Garamendi said. "(Beale) is growing and it will continue to grow."
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Delta Area Representatives Release Statement on News that Office of Inspector General will Review Funding for California WaterFix Washington, DC – Representatives Mike Thompson (CA-05), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Doris Matsui (CA-06), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) and John Garamendi (CA-03) released the following statement today in response to the news that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of the Interior will conduct a review of the Delta Habitat Conservation and Conveyance Program, also known as California WaterFix. The OIG will investigate claims made by internal whistleblowers that the Bureau of Reclamation executed a Financial Assistance Agreement (FAA) with the California Department of Water Resources without authorization under current law; violated cost sharing requirements set forth under the FAA; and granted funds to support duplicative projects.
“We are encouraged to learn that the Department of Interior’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) will conduct a review of the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) role in funding the ill-conceived California WaterFix.”
HASC Member John Garamendi’s Statement on National Defense Authorization Act Committee Markup Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 out of Committee and move it to the House Floor. This annual bill sets policy for the Department of Defense and provides the authority and direction for the United States military. The House Armed Services Committee adopted the bill by a 60-2 vote.
“I voted for this defense bill because it makes some good policy adjustments on key issues. It requires the Pentagon to make stronger justification for its nuclear weapons programs, and fully funds replacing the Hydrant Fuel System at Travis Air Force Base in my district, which is critical for the refueling missions based there.
However, I am deeply concerned about the funding for our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. This bill shortchanges our troops in the region. It is intentionally structured so that funding for America’s battle against