Congressman Garamendi’s Statement on Latest Effort to Repeal the Affordable Care Act WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City) voted against the latest effort by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood.
“Today, for the 62nd time, the Republican Majority voted to take health insurance away from roughly 20 million Americans. The only difference is, this time the bill goes to the President's desk for a well deserved veto,” said Congressman Garamendi. “It's hard to imagine the horrible impact this bill would have on the 68,000 people in the counties I represent who have health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act.”
Congressman Garamendi Votes Against Misguided Bill that would Defund Law Enforcement "The recent tragedy in San Francisco underscores the need for local law enforcement and immigration enforcement to work together to make sure dangerous criminals don’t fall through the cracks. Unfortunately, this bill is not a solution. This bill would defund local law enforcement and risks damaging existing relationships between law enforcement and the immigrant communities they serve," Garamendi said.
Garamendi praises president’s speech; Solano GOP head questions talk FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s representative in Congress praised the State of the Union address by President Barack Obama as “a very bold and very important speech about the values of America” while the head of the county’s Republican central committee characterized the speech as a fine job of acting.
The United States “continues to be the beacon and magnet” for people around the world, said Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, shortly after the president’s speech Tuesday.
“It’s easy to forget that when President Obama entered office, our economy was in a free fall,” Garamendi said. “As a result of the Great Recession and housing crisis that emerged in the final years of the previous administration, we were losing 500,000 jobs a month.
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Congressman Garamendi’s Statement on President Obama’s Executive Order Requiring Background Checks WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City) issued the following comment on President Obama’s Executive Order on gun safety background checks:
“Universal background checks are overwhelmingly supported by the American public,” said Congressman Garamendi. “While only an act of Congress can guarantee universal background checks and fully close the gun show loophole, President Obama’s Executive Orders will respect the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment, expand background checks on gun purchases, step up enforcement of existing gun laws, and provide $500 million for mental health services.”
Congressman Garamendi Votes against Flawed Western Water Bill and Calls for Reaching Common Ground "At its core, this bill is part of a partisan campaign that sounds like a broken record. Yet again, the House brings up legislation that tries to steal Northern California water and send it to part of the Western San Joaquin Valley. H.R. 2898 would imperil jobs in fishing, small businesses in the tourism sector, and agriculture in the Delta region while devastating the environment," Congressman Garamendi said.
New Cruise Missile Capability Debated In testimony to the strategic forces subcommittee on April 15, 2015, Robert Scher, assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans, and capabilities, said an additional rationale for the new ALCM is to preserve the president’s ability to respond “to a limited or large-scale failure of deterrence,” but did not provide details.
In a Dec. 14 statement to Arms Control Today, Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), a member of the strategic forces panel, said claims that the new cruise missile will provide the president with more flexible response options “accept that a nuclear conflict could be controlled through the deliberate use of nuclear force.”
He said he disagreed with that approach because “[t]here is no such thing as a limited nuclear war.”
A Senate Republican staffer offered a different view in a Dec. 15 email. In developing the new missile, the United States should be prepared to match “Russia’s new emphasis” on the use of tactical nuclear weapons “to de-escala
Congressman Garamendi Gets Update on Travis Air Force Base Security, Talks to Travis Community Leaders "We are in the first quarter of a trillion dollar nuclear arms race," Garamendi said. "Before we embark on these incredibly expanded nuclear weapons programs, I want to know why. By voting down my amendments for more information on the costs and risks of our nuclear weapons strategy, a majority of my colleagues in Congress would prefer we just vote yes and wallow in ignorance. I don’t like ignorance."