Congressman Garamendi Unveils Student Loan Refinancing Bill on UC Davis Campus DAVIS, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), a former UC Regent and CSU Trustee, today unveiled his new student loan refinancing bill at UC Davis’s Student Community Center. Joined by students and faculty concerned about growing student loan debt, Garamendi explained why Congress should support his Student Loan Refinancing and Recalculating Act.
“Congress has improved student loan refinancing since I entered Congress, but tuition throughout America continues to skyrocket,” Congressman Garamendi said. “1 in 7 borrowers default on federal student loans within three years of beginning repayment. We know that 30% of Federal Direct student loan dollars are in default, forbearance, or deferment, and at least 40 million Americans are burdened by student loan debt. Congress can and should do more. The Student Loan Refinancing and Recalculating Act would save millions of students and parents thousands of dollars as they prepare for the future.”
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
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
Congressman John Garamendi Introduces Comprehensive Bill to Address California Drought and Water Infrastructure Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), the representative for 200 miles of the Sacramento River located in the 3rd Congressional District, introduced legislation that would modernize California’s water management policies and provide short-term and long-term solutions to alleviate California’s ongoing drought. The legislation is specifically designed to align with Proposition 1, the water bond recently passed by California voters. This will ensure that federal, state and local agencies will be able to fully coordinate on the implementation of the projects funded and authorized by the bill.
“This legislation will accomplish three vital tasks,” said Garamendi. “First, it will use the latest available science and real-time monitoring of endangered fish to assure their protection while maximizing water deliveries. The operational directives within the bill remain consistent with the Endangered Species Act and existing biological opinions. Second, it wi