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John Garamendi

John Garamendi's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: John Garamendi
Office: U.S. House (CA) - District 3, Democratic
First Elected: 11/03/2009
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Patricia; 6 Children
Birth Date: 01/24/1945
Birth Place: Mokelumne Hill, CA
Home City: Walnut Grove, CA
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Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: Social Justice. 9 November 2011. "For 30 years I have fought for and support the rights of women. I am a strong pro-choice feminist and a proud father of 5 daughters and 3 granddaughters! My daughters and wife are my closest advisors and confidants and all of my decisions are heavily weighed by their influence. I work to ensure that women will have equal opportunities in my office and that I am a strong, leading voice for the rights of women everywhere." (votesmart.org)
  • Johh Garamendi. East Bay Young Dems: Questionnaire for Candidates Seeking National Office. Responded "I support a women's right to choose [¦] I will not vary from these bedrock positions." to the question: "Women's right to choose is under attack in our country. How would you use your office to protect a woman's right to choose in all 50 states." (oaklandliving.files.wordpress.com)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Garamendi voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Garamendi in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Garamendi voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed John Garamendi in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Garamendi voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Repealing Mandatory Funding for Graduate Medical Education. 24 May 2011. "You just heard a very cogent argument. I don't understand why we ought to have ignorant doctors. It doesn't make any sense to me. Abortions are sometimes necessary for saving the life of a pregnant woman. And to have a medical system in which the doctors don't know about that procedure is really stupid. I won't say this amendment is that, but it's really not wise to have ignorant physicians. And it's really not wise not to have physicians at all." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. Afghanistan Still Needs an Exit Strategy. 5 October 2011. "The human cost of this war is immeasurable. The dedication and the commitment of American men and women in uniform is absolute. Our troops in Afghanistan execute their orders that put them at risk because they trust the mission in which they are deployed. That is absolutely essential to our Nation's security. This steadfast loyalty is our Nation's most sacred resource, and thus, it is our most solemn responsibility to ensure that it is never squandered. There is no U.S. military solution in Afghanistan. A political reconciliation is essential. Afghanistan's future depends upon Afghans, not American soldiers. By ending this war, America can focus on rebuilding the foundations of America's strength and security by paying down our Federal deficit, growing our economy, and putting Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Congressman Garamendi Votes to End the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 27 July 2010. "Today the House of Representatives voted to lead our great nation down the wrong path in Afghanistan and Iraq. For at least another year, we will continue to spill brave American blood and spend tens of billions of dollars in the longest war in American history. I do not think a large scale military presence in Afghanistan or Iraq is in the best interests of our economy or national security. I want our troops home. I recognize that the threat from Al Qaeda is very real. With our allies, we must focus like a laser on eradicating Al Qaeda's presence wherever it may be. I think a speedy withdrawal of most soldiers from Afghanistan furthers this goal. $32 billion is a lot of money. It's enough to pay for the health care of 12 million children for a year. It's enough to keep 500,000 police officers patrolling our streets for a year. It's enough to employ 500,000 teachers for a year. It's enough to provide 20 million households with renewable energy for a year. I am deeply disappointed by the deficit hawks who say that we can't afford jobless benefits, we can't afford to keep teachers in our classrooms, we can't afford the infrastructure investments needed to continue our climb out of a recession, yet we can afford more war. We've been in Afghanistan for nine years, and it's come at a tremendous cost. We've tragically lost more than 1,100 American lives and spent close to $300 billion. We've also been in Iraq for seven years, where we've lost more than 4,400 American lives and spent more than $700 billion. I do not want to see one more American lose their life in an internal Afghani civil war." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Debt Ceiling Negotiations. 12 July 2011. "I think we need to support the President in this matter. I think we need a balanced approach here, one in which the wealthy finally get to pay their fair share, in which the oil companies no longer receive our hard-earned tax dollars so that they can have their $4 billion subsidy. I think it's time, as we heard earlier from our colleagues, to end the wars. If we end the war in Afghanistan, we could over the next 4 or 5 years have a third of a trillion dollar reduction in our deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: Afghanistan/Pakistan. 26 April 2012. "The border shared by Afghanistan and Pakistan is now the front line in our efforts to rid the world of a terrorist element bent on harming the United States and our allies. A continued American presence there is appropriate for the time being. Our military effort must be matched with an equal humanitarian, education, and economic development effort. We must develop an exit strategy that involves all interested countries in the region. We must not let Pakistan's nuclear weapons arsenal fall into the hands of stateless enemies." (www.garamendi.org)
  • John Garamendi. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "In the ten years since the 9/11 attacks, spending on defense and security has increased 96% and totaled almost $8 trillion. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost $1.36 trillion, and taken the lives of over six thousand men and women while leaving over thirty thousand wounded. In the same time frame, the base budget for the Pentagon has mushroomed to $5.6 trillion. A recent report from the General Accountability Office detailed hundreds of billions of dollars in duplicative programs with little oversight. Significant savings could be realized by auditing the Pentagon and requiring that it produce financial documents like any private sector business." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Video: Fox News: Garamendi Says Invest in Education, Not Tax Cuts for Millionaires. 26 April 2012. "We have a foolish war in Afghanistan that's costing us well over 100 billion dollars a year. We need to wind that down." (www.youtube.com)
  • John Garamendi. Garamendi Rejects "a Blank Check for Any War Anywhere" During House Vote on Pentagon Spending Bill. 26 May 2011. "'With Bin Laden dead, Al Qaeda's training camps in Afghanistan destroyed, and fewer than 100 Al Qaeda operatives left in Afghanistan, we have largely completed our mission in Afghanistan. Spending $120 billion a year to maintain 100,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan's internal civil war on behalf of the corrupt Karzai government is not the way to keep America safe,' said Congressman Garamendi. 'I voted today to enhance our national security by insisting we refocus our efforts toward targeting Al Qaeda and other terrorists like a laser wherever they take root. While there was much in the NDAA worthy of support, including funding for the noble work being done at Travis Air Force Base and the Livermore national labs, I cannot in good conscience vote for any bill that continues unnecessary warfare,' added Garamendi, who was the sole dissenter to the NDAA at the Armed Services Committee hearing earlier in the month. The people of the 10th Congressional District and the majority of Americans want us to bring the troops home from the longest war in American history, and I do too. I will not -- I cannot -- back down from my solemn promise to do all I can to end the war in Afghanistan.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 July 2011. "'Congress must send a strong message that a token withdrawal is unacceptable. Maintaining anywhere near 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, at a cost of $10 billion per month, is an ineffective strategy for fighting terrorism and an unjustified drain on our budget. Our brave troops have largely succeeded in driving out Al Qaeda from Afghanistan. Our troops in Afghanistan continue to fight valiantly, but they are now on the wrong mission.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Rep. Garamendi Praises President Obama & Forces for Bin Laden Operation, Calls on Leaders to Reevaluate Strategy in Afghanistan. 2 May 2011. "Following the September 11 terrorist attack, I joined most Americans in supporting the eradication of Al Qaeda's training camps in Afghanistan. We were savagely attacked, and it was appropriate to dismantle the terrorist group responsible. Today, in 2011, it is estimated that fewer than 100 members of Al Qaeda remain in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda's network is spreading its roots throughout the globe, in places like Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, and even the United States. We must focus on Al Qaeda like a laser wherever they reside. This operation against Bin Laden, through a targeted strike involving cooperation between special forces and intelligence, is a perfect example and suggests that a more focused strategy can be successful. The biggest security threat to America isn't one person or one country, but rather the ideologies and conditions that fuel extremism and terrorism. Our influence throughout the world is determined not just by the strength of our military but also the vitality of our economy and the values of our great democracy. Ultimately our national security is much more dependent on ending desperate poverty, funding good schools, and empowering women in the developing world while eradicating international terrorist networks like Al Qaeda. With Bin Laden dead and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan largely extinguished, it's time we revisited the wisdom of continuing the war in Afghanistan.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. John Garamendi voted Did Not Vote on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Peace Action West endorsed John Garamendi in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of the Peace Action 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of Peace Action West 63 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. American Jobs Act. 14 September 2011. "One of the groups we really need to help are those men and women that have been fighting the wars. Now, my personal view is that the war in Afghanistan ought to stop tomorrow. We ought to bring that $120 billion a year that we're spending in Afghanistan, bring it back here, invest it in America in education and bridges, infrastructure and debt relief; 120 billion a year in Afghanistan, and we're still spending a vast amount of money in Iraq. End those wars, bring that money home. Bring the soldiers home. And when we do, we're bringing home a lot of wounded Americans, wounded Americans who need our respect and who need jobs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. Congressman Garamendi Releases a Comprehensive Breakdown of Defense Savings Supported by Bipartisan Defense Experts. 18 October 2011. "Congress will have some tough choices to make in the weeks ahead, and clearly Defense spending is on the table. This matrix of possible Defense Department savings is compiled from proposals made by Think Tanks ranging from the far right to the center and the far left. It can help us find responsible defense savings to reduce the deficit while ensuring America's national security." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Letter to Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 13 October 2011. "You have a unique opportunity to bring our defense spending in line with our legitimate national defense needs while getting our nation on the path to a balanced budget free of deficit. As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted last year, paraphrasing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 'The United States should spend as much as necessary on national defense, but not one penny more' [...] The June 2010 report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force detailed proposals to reduce our nuclear stockpile substantially, realizing savings of over $100 billion without compromising our national security. The report proposed over $960 billion in defense department savings over the next decade [...] Bringing our defense spending in line with our legitimate security needs must be considered along with other measures to regain our economic footing." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Congressman Garamendi Releases a Comprehensive Breakdown of Defense Savings Supported by Bipartisan Defense Experts. 18 October 2011. "Congress will have some tough choices to make in the weeks ahead, and clearly Defense spending is on the table. This matrix of possible Defense Department savings is compiled from proposals made by Think Tanks ranging from the far right to the center and the far left. It can help us find responsible defense savings to reduce the deficit while ensuring America's national security." (www.votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. John Garamendi voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. John Garamendi voted Yea on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012. 27 July 2011. "The President has called for a balanced approach, one of taxes, raising the taxes that should have been raised back in December and eliminate some $700 billion of this problem, but let's do it now. Let's go after the oil companies that are receiving our tax money at the very same time that over the last decade they have created nearly a trillion dollars of profit. They don't need our tax money. The poor in America, the senior citizens in America, they are the ones that need help." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Fiscal Choices. 12 April 2011. "Now they're saying we're going to cut taxes on corporations from 35 to 25 percent, we're going to cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans from 35 to 25 percent, and yet we're going to experience unprecedented growth in revenue even though we are cutting taxes. Again they can't get anybody to verify this except the Heritage Foundation, which has not been particularly accurate in the past. This is the Harry Potter budget. This is their theology: Cut taxes, the economy explodes." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Job Creation and the American Dream. 25 October 2011. "Just this week, I guess it was actually last week now, the Senate took up a couple of pieces of the American Jobs Act, a bill that would put 200,000, almost 300,000 teachers back in the classroom and about 100,000 police and firemen back on the streets to protect us with a one-half of one--one-half a percent increase in taxes on those who have an adjusted gross income over $1 million. And the Senate Republicans killed the bill with the filibuster, didn't even allow it to come to a vote. So with the filibuster, they were able to kill a bill that would have put 400,000 Americans back to work in the classroom, on the streets for policing, and protecting us with firemen. I wonder what they are thinking." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 26 July 2011. "And that brings us to, well, what do we do now? If we can't get a bill through the House that has any chance of actually solving this problem. And I must say the president has put forth a very balanced plan. Some of that $4 trillion is actually what weve been demanding, which is, let"s raise some taxes, get our money back from the oil companies, and make those Wall Street barons pas pay their fair share. So, that"s part of the $4.7 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Progressive Caucus. 18 November 2010. "Well, because tax cuts, particularly at the upper income levels, don't equate to economic growth. You are quite correct, the George W. Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 helped create the extraordinary deficit that we currently have. There were a couple of other things, two wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, that were not paid for by American money but rather by borrowed Chinese money and the tax cuts and the ultimate near collapse of the economy in 2007 and 2008. Those all added to the huge deficit. But it's also, just as you have pointed out, clear by the employment statistics that following the tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 that the number of people employed actually reduced by nearly 600,000 people over the period of the next 5 years. So, you know, it doesn't equate. Now, we need to provide the current tax cuts for those in the middle class that are earning less than $250,000. And, really, for every American earning $250,000 or less--if they make more, they're going to pay a little more--it's very, very clear that if we continue to provide the tax cuts for the very wealthy, it's not going to create more jobs. For those who need the money, they're going to pay their mortgage, they're going to make that car payment, they're going to buy food, they're going to buy clothing, they're going to invest that tax money into the economy, stimulating the economy. For those that are wealthy, I guess they will go buy another Mercedes-Benz, which I think is manufactured overseas." (www.votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. The Budget and the Affordable Care Act. 13 April 2011. "The Republicans want to reduce the taxes for Donald Trump and for other billionaires, millionaires, from 35 percent to 25 percent. You go, why should we do that at a time when we're taking money away from seniors, at a time when we're forcing the middle class to pay more, at a time when you're shifting the cost of all of these services to the middle class, at a time when you're going after the unions and trying to destroy the union movement in America? Why in the world would you give Donald Trump, why would you give billionaires, why would you give those people at the very tiptop of the American economy, those people that now control over 25 percent of all of the wealth in America, the top 1 percent of wage earners in America, why would you give them, not a 10 percent, it's about a 17 percent reduction in their taxes? It makes no sense at all. We talk about shared sacrifice. The Republican budget proposal that will be on this floor later this week will not be shared sacrifice. It is, in fact, giving to the top of the American heap of all taxpayers, of all wealth, even more. I suppose it must be the trickle-down theory, that if these folks, if Donald Trump and the other billionaires and millionaires have more money, somehow jobs will be created. The fact is it doesn't work. Don't believe me. Take a look at the American economy from 2001 to 2009, the George W. Bush period. George W. Bush started the first very year of his Presidency with massive tax cuts that created a 2-plus trillion dollar deficit and very few jobs. During the Clinton period, we ended with a $5.3 trillion surplus and the creation of over 22 million jobs, and the tax rate for Mr. Trump and for other millionaires and billionaires was 39 percent. It is, in fact, the history of America's economy that proves that you're not going to create more jobs by reducing the taxes for Mr. Trump and the like." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. The Budget Crisis. 7 April 2011. "In previous wars, World War II, World War I, the Civil War, the government raised taxes to pay for the war; but not these two wars. This was entirely borrowed, all of the cost of it. And right now the Afghanistan war is costing $100 billion to $120 billion a year and we just voted today, not more than an hour and a half ago, for $157 billion for the Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq wars, $157 billion. Now, again, this is all on borrowed money. Despite efforts by the Democratic Caucus to raise money, raise taxes for those wars, taxes on the highest, wealthiest Americans, those votes failed." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Garamendi Votes for Fair and Fiscally Responsible Middle Class Tax Cuts. 1 August 2012. "'Instead of asking more from middle class families, who are struggling to make ends meet, we need everyone to pay their fair share,' said Congressman Garamendi. 'By lowering rates for billionaire hedge fund managers, the Republican Tax Bill will add $50 billion to the deficit, raise taxes on the middle class, and slash crucial investments in our economic prosperity, such as teachers in the classroom, preventative health care, and ground breaking energy research.'" (garamendi.house.gov)
  • John Garamendi. American Jobs. 26 October 2011. "You also spoke to the issue of fairness in taxes. Eighty-four percent of all of the wealth in this Nation is now controlled by the top 20 percent, and the bottom have become more and more poor." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 5 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. 19 July 2011. "In addition to taking away Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits, H.R. 2560 would also subvert the federal government's ability to respond to downturns in the economy or special needs including a possible national security crisis. During inevitable cyclical downturns, it will be necessary to raise the debt limit to stimulate growth by cutting taxes and providing unemployment benefits to help people get back on their feet if they're laid off, among several proven effective measures. Furthermore, in the event of a security threat, we have an obligation to act. This bill, including the proposed balanced budget constitutional amendment would make it nearly impossible to respond to any economic or security crisis." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. Make it in America. 17 January 2012. "A couple of other pieces of the American Jobs Act still have to be put in place, and the one that I like is called the infrastructure bank. We know that we are not flush with cash. We know the Federal Government has a serious deficit, and we know that we need to solve that. We also know that we're not going to solve it unless we actually put people back to work. And the infrastructure bank is a very good way to deal with two problems simultaneously, putting people back to work, building infrastructure, perhaps pipelines, certainly those kinds of projects that have a cash flow--sanitation systems, water systems, toll roads, toll bridges--all of those things where there is a cash flow where we pay a fee for using that particular piece of infrastructure." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave John Garamendi a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. John Garamendi voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: Jobs. 11 November 2011. "We must value manufacturing. It is in the manufacturing of the new innovations that flow from research that high value is added, jobs created and economic growth achieved. Our manufacturing must be nourished, and supported with high skilled employees. Tax policy, government regulations, education and research policy must be aligned to create an environment in which businesses thrive and produce the wealth necessary to support the private and public investments necessary to sustain economic growth and social justice." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Letter to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi. 10 May 2012. "'House Republican Leadership continues to avoid its basic responsibility of passing a transportation bill that puts American workers back to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure,' said Rep. John Garamendi (CA-10). 'Construction workers and businesses cannot wait. We should pass the bipartisan Senate bill, so we can Make It In America again' [¦] Our top priority, and the top priority of the American public, is job creation. It is therefore incomprehensible to us that the House leadership has not even brought up a long-term transportation bill up for a vote, when this indecision has unnecessarily put so many Americans out work; 17,000 people last month alone. With Federal funding for transportation projects set to run out on June 30, 2012, we urge that the House either immediately consider the long term transportation bill that was overwhelmingly agreed to in the Senate, or instruct House Conferees to cede to the Senate language in its entirety so that a transportation jobs bill can be signed into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Make it in America. 17 January 2012."Way back in September, President Obama proposed the American Jobs Act. It wasn't the first thing that was done to get Americans back to work, but it's a very, very important step. The first thing that was done by President Obama and the Democratic majority in this House way back in January of 2009 when the new administration took office was to create the American Recovery Act. Some people call it the stimulus. No matter what else you hear, the stimulus works; and it's working today [¦] We can rebuild jobs in America. That was step one." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Putting Americans Back to Work. 12 October 2011. "So what is the American Jobs Act? Well, let's start with the foundation. The foundation of any economy is the infrastructure. It is that part of the structure of an economy that is the foundation. It is the transportation system. Infrastructure is the sanitation and the water systems and the modern communication systems. In the President's American Jobs Act is $50 billion, in addition to what we're already spending, to build the bridges, to repair the roads, to add to the transportation systems--the light rail, the heavy rail, the Amtrak systems--to move Americans, and also to move modern communication systems. Fifty billion dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Congressman Garamendi Supports PAYGO To Help Bring Clinton-Era Growth Back To America. 5 February 2010. "'When I served under President Clinton, we presided over a remarkable era of economic growth and job creation by paying for sound investments and important research. We turned huge deficits into a $5.6 trillion projected surplus,' Congressman Garamendi said. 'Unfortunately, President Bush decided we could have our cake, add layers of an unfunded war in Iraq and tax breaks for the rich, and eat it too.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. DOT Authorizes Nearly $370 Million for California Rail, Garamendi Praises Jobs-Creating Decision. 9 May 2011. "By strengthening a modern infrastructure network, this investment will create thousands of California jobs, advance environmentally responsible transportation, connect commercial markets, and unleash economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. American Jobs. 26 October 2011. "'Small business is where 64 percent of all new jobs have been created over the last 15 years. Big businesses actually lost many, many jobs as they have offshored jobs. In fact, it was just last December that the Democratic-controlled House passed a tax bill that terminated tax breaks for big businesses sending jobs offshore. That was about $12 billion of tax breaks that were terminated so that American businesses would not get a tax break to send jobs offshore. I would just like to point out that not one Republican voted to end that tax break that sent those jobs offshore. But the point here is that small businesses really do create 64 percent of the jobs. Now, in the American Jobs Act, as my colleague from New York said, there are some very, very important provisions that deal directly with small businesses, encouraging them to hire. For example, we've got some 6 million people that are unemployed more than 6 months, so those are the long-term unemployed. If a small business were to hire one of the long-term unemployed, they would receive an immediate $4,000 tax credit. That is off the bottom line of their taxes, providing a very powerful incentive to hire the long-term unemployed. Now, I think the entire Nation is sick and tired of our wars, but the wars are real. Those wars have created a situation where a very, very high percentage of the veterans that come back are unable to get a job. These may be those veterans that have been off in Afghanistan or Iraq. There's a tax credit again for a veteran returning from the wars, a $5,600 tax credit for hiring an unemployed veteran. Now if that veteran happens to have a service-connected disability, and we've seen the terrible tragedies of those disabilities, arms, legs, and other problems that have befallen the veterans as they serve our country, there's a $9,600 tax credit in the American Jobs Act for those small businesses that hire the veterans. So by hiring new people, small businesses will be able to receive a very, very significant benefit as a result of this American Jobs Act.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: Jobs. 26 April 2012. "Garamendi has also been one of Congress' lead advocates for a Make It In America agenda to bring back American manufacturing - the backbone of America's middle class. Garamendi is the author of four Make It In America bills that would create pathways to the middle class for thousands of hardworking Americans. They would: “Create American jobs by ending tax loopholes that reward the offshoring of American jobs." (www.garamendi.org)
  • John Garamendi. Put People to Work. 15 June 2010. "There is a program that's available that will be coming up that will stimulate small businesses. It puts forward major programs for the Small Business Administration to support loans. We also need to support the local governments. Yes, it's going to cost us some money in the short term, but we have a choice: We are either going to put people to work or we are going to have welfare. I want people to work. I want them to be taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Congressman Garamendi Supports President Obama's Landmark Student Loan Debt Relief Plan. 26 October 2011. "'Ask most business owners in America what they need most right now, and they'll tell you they need customers,' Garamendi continued. 'This initiative will help boost demand in our economy precisely when we need it. Instead of paying off interest that goes into the banking ether, thousands of young adults will have more money available to make purchases that will help small businesses grow and hire new workers.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. The Road to Economic Recovery. 25 May 2010. "The next step is going to occur this week when we vote on the American Jobs and Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes legislation. That bill is going to be up on the floor of this House this week. What it does is to provide a very significant amount of funding for small businesses, increasing the Small Business Administration loan potential. It provides funding for research for green technologies. It provides tax credits and subsidies so we can advance the green industries, so that future jobs of this Nation are going to be advanced." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. American Jobs Act. 14 September 2011. "Small businesses. Our Republican colleagues love to talk about small businesses, and they say, correctly, most jobs are created by small businesses. That's true. That's accurate. Sixty-four percent of the new jobs over the past 15 years were created by small businesses. But what are they doing for small businesses? Cutting the contracts that the small businesses depend upon as they push an austerity budget. The American Jobs Act takes a different path. It tells small businesses: You get an immediate tax break; 3.1 percent of your payroll tax will be eliminated in the next year. That's a lot of money, and I'll explain how much it is. In addition to that, if you hire a long-term unemployed worker, your entire payroll tax will disappear.'" (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. John Garamendi Releases Education Podcast. 18 July 2012. "As a member of Congress, I'm going to fight for the federal government to rewrite the No Child Left Behind legislation in such a way as to encourage education, not hold it at risk. And must important of all, provide the funding that's needed. [¦] We cannot allow our education system, the most important investment any society can make, to continue to be on a starvation diet." (www.garamendi.org)
  • David Dayen. Calitecs: CA-10: An Interview With Lt. Gov. John Garamendi. 5 August 2009. "Well, just to go back to education, one thing the federal government can do is fix No Child Left Behind. It was a great concept, but not good in detail. The reauthorization is coming up, and the Feds had better fund it. You can't place a burden like that on the states and expect them to deliver. So funding, and some reform of the law, has to get done. I don't think testing should be the only evaluation of students. There's a place for it, but we're building a nation of robots by teaching to the test. I have significant concerns about No Child Left Behind that need to be addressed [¦] But I'll fight to bring money back to the state. First by funding No Child Left Behind." (www.calitics.com)
  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: Education. 26 April 2012. "In the halls of Congress and throughout his career, Congressman Garamendi has been a fierce advocate for students and teachers, believing that America's prosperity depends on a well-educated workforce. Garamendi has consistently spoken out against destructive cuts to all levels of education. Garamendi understands that laying off teachers means less individual attention to students, larger class sizes, more students dropping out of school, and ultimately a less competitive workforce." (www.garamendi.org)
  • John Garamendi. Make it in America. 25 April 12. "The opportunity to get to the middle class is largely dependent upon the education that a person is able to receive in the K 12 system and in higher education. Specific steps were taken for those in low-income communities whose schools are unacceptable. Specific money was put to those schools through the title I programs so that they could raise up the standards of education and provide those who do not have the family support and those that do not have the economic support to be able to get a decent education in K 12. Much, much more needs to be done. But that was put in place by the Democrats in the last Congress." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. Congressman Garamendi Votes to Improve Oil Spill Prevention and Response as First Step in Responding to Dangers of Offshore Oil Drilling. 22 July 2010. "'Deepwater platform drilling is inherently dangerous, but until we finally transition away from drilling, it's essential that we require the best safety and response standards available,' Congressman Garamendi said. 'These two bills are a good first step. The next steps include raising the ludicrous $75 million oil industry liability cap for spill cleanup, ending oil subsidies, further investing in clean technology, and stopping all new platform oil drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. John Garamendi voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. John Garamendi voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. John Garamendi voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Topics of the Day. 30 June 2010. "'The fact of the matter is there is a very, very good reason for the moratorium and, in fact, my colleagues on the Republican side here said the reason. They didn't know why this occurred. Was it human error? Was it a fact? Was it a problem on the rig? Was it a problem down at the bottom? They don't know. And, in fact, we don't know today, and that's why we have a moratorium. We have a moratorium because we don't know why this blowout occurred. We have pretty good evidence that the blowout preventer didn't work. We have pretty good evidence that the efforts of the various methods, the standard methods of dealing with the blowout didn't work. We don't know exactly why this well failed. And until we do know, we ought not be drilling in deep water because we certainly cannot afford another blowout." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act. 10 May 2011. "' My amendment would require that, as the Secretary is trying to determine whether permit applications meet the critical safety requirements, he must consult with an independent safety organization, and that organization must not be affiliated with the American Petroleum Institute. Now the institute has said, No problem; we'll create our own. Well, I'm sorry, but that's not the way to provide the appropriate safety standard. We don't need to have more deaths. We don't need to have more blowouts. We need to do the drilling safely, and that it be done in a manner that ensures that lives will not be lost and that oil will not be spilled in the ocean. That's what this amendment does by providing an outside independent organization with the requirement that they consult with the Secretary on the applications. We do not change the 50-day requirement. That remains in place; so there is a timeframe. We don't change any of the requirements with regard to losses and the rest, which I think are inappropriate; but nonetheless, we don't change that in this legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Rep. Garamendi Introduces His First Bill, Would End New Oil And Natural Gas Leases On West Coast. 5 May 2010. "Exactly six months ago, I entered Congress promising to protect this great nation from threats foreign and domestic. Today I'm fulfilling that promise. The risk is too great to permit new platform oil and natural gas drilling on the West Coast. Our coastline was well served by a congressional moratorium that helped protect us for 27 years. It's time we reinstated the ban on new drilling in federal waters near California, Oregon, and Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2021, Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011, and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1249, America Invents Act. 22 June 2011. "This bill gives offshore oil companies a pass to pollute by exempting the offshore drilling companies from applying the pollution controls to vessels, which account for up to 98 percent of the air pollution from offshore drilling. I suppose, if you're in the Gulf of Mexico and the wind is blowing towards the shore, you would care about this; but in California, the wind almost always blows onto the shore, and the offshore drilling and the additional pollution that would be allowed because of this is a serious problem for California." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Justice is Served: The Death of Osama bin Laden. 4 May 2011. "The second point, the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico is up this year compared to the previous year, and even though there is more production of oil out of the Gulf of Mexico, we've still seen this spike in gasoline prices. So the notion that somehow more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico will drive prices down is just not the case, because we've seen more production and yet a spike in prices. Finally, with regard to the bills that were just announced during the middle of this discussion about drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Democratic Party wants to make sure that that drilling is done safely; the President wants to make sure that drilling is done safely. And what we have suggested, that when these bills come to the floor, they be amended so that the recommendations made by the commission that studied the blowout on the BP platform, that those safety recommendations be put into the law. I guess that's not such a bad idea, but I want to just get that out here just so we have some understanding about what was discussed over this last hour." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: Make It in America: Clean Energy and Transportation. 26 April 2012. "Garamendi has also been a staunch advocate for clean technology, understanding that America's economy and national security depend on ending our addiction to oil. His Make It In America package includes bills that encourage domestic manufacturing of public transportation and clean energy like solar, wind, algae, and biofuels to create good middle class jobs, rebuild America's manufacturing sector, and help America take its place in the 21st Century Green Industrial Revolution. Garamendi's legislation could create local Northern California jobs when regional transit systems like the Capital Corridor Make It In America and buy American-manufactured equipment." (www.garamendi.org)
  • John Garamendi. Garamendi Testifies Before House Natural Resources Committee: Disasters Like Gulf Coast Oil Spill "Will Happen Again" with Reliance on Platforms. 28 May 2010. "It will happen again. Despite every effort, accidents do occur. And when those accidents occur, should it be from a drilling platform on the West Coast when a blowout occurs, we're talking about a major problem. Environmental to be sure, and economic. It is important for this nation to end its addiction to oil. As long as we drill, as long as we open our coastlines to drilling, we will continue our addiction, just as surely as a junkie on the street will find the next pusher. It's time for us to say enough and to spend those vast amounts of money that are employed in the drilling industry, to spend that money on renewable energies of all kinds. Solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, all of those things must be our future." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Directing Committees to Review Regulations from Federal Agencies. 10 February 2011. "You will have a fight on your hands when you try to do away with the regulations that protect the men and women on those drilling rigs from the extraordinary accidents that happen in deepwater drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Congressman Garamendi Pleased with President Obama's Decision to Suspend New East Coast Oil Drilling Leases for Seven Years. 2 December 2010. "We must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Offshore oil drilling is best left in the dustbins of history. It's dirty; it's dangerous; it's deadly. President Obama is wise to call for a seven year moratorium on new drilling leases on the East Coast. Oil poisons our air and water, wreaks havoc on our climate, and threatens jobs in many of our nation's most important industries. We must make sure that people who work in the offshore oil drilling industry feel free to alert appropriate authorities if something is amiss. We've learned in recent weeks that alarms on the Deepwater Horizon platform were at times shut off, putting at risk workers on the platform and the entire Gulf Coast. With this legislation, we can confidently tell platform workers, 'If you see something, say something. We will protect you.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. Congressman Garamendi Secures Money for Travis Air Force Base Environmental Review, Will Help Base Progress toward AB 32 Climate Change Goals. 27 September 2010. "By developing strategies to reduce Travis's carbon footprint through the EMIS pilot program, the Air Force will also help California achieve its AB 32 climate change goals. We've had a rough patch in the economy, but one bright spot in California has been the rapid growth of our green technology sector. Our leadership in reducing greenhouse gases -- at Travis and throughout the state -- is a win for our economy and a win for our precious natural resources." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Garamendi in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Garamendi voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed John Garamendi in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: Environment. 10 November 2011. "I take seriously my responsibility to be outspoken on perhaps the most critical issue that confronts the future of our state, our nation and our world: global climate change. I have given speeches across California, the nation and internationally on the need for us to make a serious commitment to this battle while we still have the opportunity to use conservation and reduce our use of carbon-based fuels to reverse or slow the effects of greenhouse gases on our environment. In March 2007, I was honored to deliver a keynote address at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC, entitled 'Climate Change & Energy Policy: What California Must Do' and in October, I gave a speech at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on California's response to the challenges of global climate change and the global lessons learned from California's leadership." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: Make It in America: Clean Energy and Transportation. 26 April 2012. "Garamendi has also been a staunch advocate for clean technology, understanding that America's economy and national security depend on ending our addiction to oil. His Make It In America package includes bills that encourage domestic manufacturing of public transportation and clean energy like solar, wind, algae, and biofuels to create good middle class jobs, rebuild America's manufacturing sector, and help America take its place in the 21st Century Green Industrial Revolution. Garamendi's legislation could create local Northern California jobs when regional transit systems like the Capital Corridor Make It In America and buy American-manufactured equipment." (www.garamendi.org)
  • Kelpie Wilson. Alternet: Can Global Warming Be Slowed by Complex Concept of Carbon Trading? 6 March 2008. "Garamendi wants California to auction its emissions allowance permits to create a fund to deal with aspects of the problem not covered by markets, like energy research and development and environmental justice. He also supports bringing in transportation, which accounts for 40 percent of California's greenhouse gas emissions. He said there have been lots of discussions of how to do that, but his view is, 'If anyone figures out a way to have a cap-and-trade system that rewards individuals, then we will have a big winner because everyone will want to make an extra buck.'" (www.alternet.org)
  • Scott Hadly and Charles Levin . Ventura County Star: LNG decision charts new territory in regulations. 15 April 2007. "'That gave us a narrower legal frame in which to do that (greenhouse gas) analysis,' said Garamendi, who voted against approving the lease for BHP Billiton. 'In the future, I believe every environmental impact statement with LNG or any energy source has to and must deal with total greenhouse gas emissions, and I believe that current state law requires it.' Garamendi was referring to Assembly Bill 32, signed into law last year by Schwarzenegger. It was the basis for the Coastal Commission's analysis." (www.vcstar.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed John Garamendi in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 8 July 2011. "We made a commitment to states to support them as a part of the Affordable Care Act in the expansion of healthcare to all Americans. This includes expansion of Medicaid to nearly 17 million new individuals over the next decade. We established incentives for states to find the uninsured made newly eligible for the program by covering their full cost initially and 90% permanently. This proposal would retreat on that promise and undermine the health reform effort that we together worked so hard to achieve." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Former CA Insurance Commissioner Congressman Garamendi Says Affordable Care Act Improving Health Care Access & Affordability for Millions of Americans on One Year Anniversary. 23 September 2011. "While there is always room for improvement, let there be no doubt: Americans, including seniors, young adults, women, and small business owners, today have access to much better and more affordable health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Former CA Insurance Commissioner Rep. Garamendi on Republican Plan to Destroy Medicare: This is a Feeding Frenzy for Insurance Industry Sharks. 16 April 2011. "By contrast, the Affordable Care Act has many provisions that will slow the rise in health care costs for both private and public health services. Unfortunately, the Republicans want to repeal these necessary cost controls while simultaneously destroying Medicare. The Republican budget plan is simply unhealthy for America." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. The Budget Crisis. 7 April 2011. "A doctor goes into a hospital and scribbles on a piece of paper what he believes to be wrong with the person. He writes on a piece of paper in illegible handwriting what the pharmaceutical will be. Medical errors abound. We know that, in fact, infections occur in hospitals. We know that readmissions occur in hospitals. All of those things need not exist in America. We can significantly reduce the costs of medical services by instituting electronic medical records. That can be done, and, in fact, in the health care reform bill, the Affordable Care Act, it is done. Republicans want to repeal that. Somehow they think that that is going to reduce costs. I don't think so. Nonetheless, that is what they want to do." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Video: CA10: John Garamendi on Health Care and the Public Option at Democratic Unity Brunch “ 9/12/09. 12 September 2009. "The health care issue is in play [...] I am committed to the public option." (www.youtube.com)
  • John Garamendi. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Garamendi voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Contra Costa Times: Patients' rights vs. insurance discrimination. 15 January 2011. "Next week, the House of Representatives will take up legislation to deny you access to the same type of health insurance that members of Congress enjoy. That's hypocritical and unfair. While most Americans are concerned about creating more jobs and strengthening the economy, the top priority of the new Republican majority in the House is eliminating your new health care rights and benefits. They want to repeal the historic patient's bill of rights that we enacted last year and replace it with the insurance industry's right to discriminate. That's bad news for children, women, seniors and our economy. If the patient's bill of rights is repealed, people in Contra Costa and Solano counties and throughout California will be irreparably harmed. For instance, there's a severely disabled young woman in Walnut Creek who had high-risk surgery last year. If repeal passes, insurers will once again be able to deny her coverage. And a woman from Martinez has a daughter who was born with epilepsy and would reach her lifetime benefits at age four. The health care law will help keep her alive. They are just two of millions of Californians who depend on the benefits of the health care law." (garamendi.house.gov)
  • John Garamendi. Former CA Insurance Commissioner Congressman Garamendi Says Affordable Care Act Improving Health Care Access & Affordability for Millions of Americans on One Year Anniversary. 23 September 2011. "As California's Insurance Commissioner for eight years, I've seen firsthand how, if left unchecked, the rapacious greed of insurance companies can destroy lives and bankrupt families. Two million Americans every year suffer from bankruptcies caused by our profit driven health care system. That's why in one of my first acts as a Member of Congress, I was proud to vote for the Patient's Bill of Rights." (garamendi.house.gov)
  • John Garamendi. Health Care. 10 November 2011. "I believe that every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care. As California's Insurance Commissioner for eight years, I understand that the for-profit insurance industry will stop at nothing to maximize its profits at the expense of consumers. Only two days after I was sworn into Congress, I was proud to vote for a comprehensive health care reform bill that would have insured almost every American. Three months later, I voted for a new version of the bill that was signed into law by President Obama in March. I was also proud to help write legislation passed by the House that would end the insurance industry's ability to legally collude at the expense of consumers. I continue to fight for Medicare for All, better regulation of the insurance industry, and more affordability protections." (garamendi.house.gov)
  • John Garamendi. Letter to the Honorable Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court. 10 February 2011. "As an Associate Justice, you are entrusted with the responsibility to exercise the highest degree of discretion and impartiality when deciding a case. As Members of Congress, we were surprised by recent revelations of your financial ties to leading organizations dedicated to lobbying against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We write today to respectfully ask that you maintain the integrity of this court and recuse yourself from any deliberations on the constitutionality of this act." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Repealing Mandatory Funding for Graduate Medical Education. 24 May 2011. "So what are we going to do here? Eliminate the funding to train primary care physicians. Now, that in itself is bad enough. But this is just one piece of a much larger plan to dismantle health care in America. The repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act will increase the cost of medical services all across this Nation and particularly increase the cost to government. Not my projection. The independent Congressional Budget Office said clearly that the Affordable Health Care Act will reduce the cost of Medicare and Medicaid. So repeal it. Increase the deficit. Huh? Is that what this is all about? I don't get it guys and women. Makes no sense to me." (www.votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. The Budget and the Affordable Care Act. 13 April 2011. "Healthy Americans don't need medical care, and I suppose the idea of the Republicans here is that they ought to get sick. You take a look at the wellness issue, part of the Affordable Care Act, it provided for numerous activities specifically designed to keep Americans healthy: blood pressure screening for adults, programs for children to avoid obesity, public health programs for vaccination so that our children and, indeed, our adults don't get sick. All of these programs in the wellness portion of the Affordable Care Act would be repealed by the action that the Republicans just voted on not more than a half-hour ago." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. The Budget and the Affordable Care Act. 13 April 2011. "I thank you, and let's just do a colloquy here back and forth. You've talked about ways in which we can bend the cost curve for health care for all Americans, not only those on Medicare. It was in the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform. Our Republican friends like to call it ObamaCare because it actually would reduce the cost of medical services for everybody, whether you are in Medicare or Kaiser or anywhere else. And you mentioned four very, very important ways it does it. One is hospital readmissions, otherwise known as hospital infections. Our former colleague a week ago likely died of a hospital infection. The Affordable Care Act places a heavy burden on hospitals that have a high infection rate, or readmissions. It is a very, very expensive, deadly situation. It is just one of several ways in which the Affordable Care Act reduced over time the cost of medical services." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Garamendi voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. American Jobs Act. 20 September 2011. "We just listened to a discussion about the problem, and certainly immigration is a piece of the problem. But in the whole totality of the extraordinary unemployment in the United States, it is but one piece. The solutions to the crisis that faces America and Americans is way beyond just the immigration policy. I would hope that my colleagues from the Republican side would work towards a comprehensive immigration reform program, one that certainly will deal with the border and security on the border, although I think much of what was said earlier is overblown. And dealing with deportations, I would point out that the current Obama administration has deported more people in the last year than in the entire 8 years of the Bush administration. Much needs to be done. A comprehensive immigration policy needs to be put in place. But if it were in place today, the unemployment in this Nation would not be solved by that alone." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Putting Americans Back to Work. 12 October 2011. "I want to thank my colleagues from across the aisle for bringing the issue of securing our borders to our attention tonight and along with it the issue of immigration. I would just like to remind them that the current administration has done more in the last 2 1/2 years to secure our borders than in the previous 8 years of the George W. Bush administration, putting more Border Patrol to work--significantly more--and also putting on the borders members of the National Guard. It remains a difficult and in very many places a very dangerous situation. Nonetheless, a great deal is being done. I would also like to remind my colleagues from the Republican side that they control this House. When a certain piece of legislation came here with regard to appropriations, they actually proposed to cut the men and women that are there to protect the border. So I'm not quite sure I understood all of tonight's debate from their side. And also I would remind them that if immigration is such a big issue, they should bring a comprehensive immigration bill to this floor so that we have a rational immigration policy in the United States." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. Congressman Garamendi on Prop 8 Ruling: "California is a Freer, More Just Place Today". 4 August 2010. "California is a freer, more just place today. By overturning Proposition 8, Justice Vaughn Walker affirmed a basic American value: we all deserve to be treated fairly under the law, and we all deserve the freedom to marry. Marriage is an institution that outwardly demonstrates the love partners share, and it preserves healthy family bonds. Same-sex couples simply want the basic dignity and security that comes with equal access to marriage, and the nearly 300,000 children in America raised by gay and lesbian couples deserve every protection our society provides to married families. Today's ruling is not the end of the fight for equality. There will be more appeals and more debate. True marriage equality may take years or even decades, but I am confident that the wisdom of time will shine favorably on those who stand with equality." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: The LGBT Community. 26 April 2012. "Throughout our country's proud history, every generation has faced a national debate on civil rights issues. While these struggles have often been slow and arduous, as we have witnessed for more than two centuries, the trajectory of our society is toward more equality under the law. I fully support eliminating barriers to equality for all Americans, including the LGBT community. Marriage Equality for All: I support marriage equality for all Californians. We all deserve the freedom to marry." (www.garamendi.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of the American Family Association 11 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Garamendi supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Garamendi voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: Social Justice. 9 November 2011. "Throughout our country's proud history, every generation has faced a national debate on civil rights issues. While these struggles have often been slow and arduous, as we have witnessed for more than two centuries, the trajectory of our society is toward more equality under the law. I fully support eliminating barriers to equality for all Americans, including the LGBT community. I support marriage equality for all Californians. We all deserve the freedom to marry." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • John Garamendi. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1540, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. 25 May 2011. "The provision is unnecessary. The administration is not asking for additional power. We have a case in point. The administration didn't need additional power to go into Pakistan to get bin Laden. The administration doesn't need additional power to go to Yemen to deal with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, nor did the administration need power way back in the 1990s when President Clinton launched Tomahawk missiles into Afghanistan to go after bin Laden and al Qaeda in Afghanistan at that time. The President, the administration, is not asking for this authority. They claim and the courts have provided them with sufficient authority to carry out the mission against terrorism as we know it today. So in conclusion, I want to raise this issue to this House, to the Senate, and to the American public that in the Defense authorization there is an unlimited opportunity for any President now and in the future to wage war anywhere in the world against any nation that has a terrorist in that nation. That we should never do. We should aggressively maintain our authority under the Constitution to declare war and to authorize the use of military force'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Justice is Served: The Death of Osama bin Laden. 4 May 2011. "It is with gratitude that I and my colleagues congratulate all who were involved in bringing to justice Osama bin Laden. A job well done. Mission accomplished." (www.votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. McGovern Joins Colleagues Urging Rep. King to Focus on All Terrorist Extremism. 10 March 2011. "We are writing regarding the Homeland Security Committee's upcoming hearings, which you have stated will focus exclusively on radicalization among Muslim Americans and homegrown terrorism. We agree that Congress and all levels of government have a duty to protect America from terrorism, whether from abroad or homegrown. We are, however, deeply concerned that the stated narrow scope and underlying premises of these hearings unfairly stigmatizes and alienates Muslim Americans. We ask that you reconsider the scope of these hearings and instead examine all forms of violence motivated by extremist beliefs, rather than unfairly focusing on just one religious group." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1540, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. "First, section 1034 is unlimited. There's no geographic limitation in section 1034. All that needs to be found by the President or the Secretary of Defense is there is a terrorist out there somehow associated with the Taliban or al Qaeda. And we know that al Qaeda is spread throughout the world, including the United States. So the entire globe is the subject of this authorization to use military force. And it's not just force against an individual terrorist or an individual terrorist organization. It's force against any nation that harbors, supports, or provides some sort of aid to a terrorist organization. What kind of a nation would that be? Well, certainly we would consider Yemen, Somalia, maybe even Pakistan. And we did successfully go after Pakistan--not Pakistan, but after bin Laden who happened to be hiding in Pakistan. But the point here is unlimited authorization to go anywhere in the globe to go after terrorists of any color, any stripe, anywhere. I don't suppose we intend to declare war against ourselves, so maybe America is not included in this.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Rep. Garamendi Praises President Obama & Forces for Bin Laden Operation, Calls on Leaders to Reevaluate Strategy in Afghanistan. 2 May 2011. "The biggest security threat to America isn't one person or one country, but rather the ideologies and conditions that fuel extremism and terrorism. Our influence throughout the world is determined not just by the strength of our military but also the vitality of our economy and the values of our great democracy. Ultimately our national security is much more dependent on ending desperate poverty, funding good schools, and empowering women in the developing world while eradicating international terrorist networks like Al Qaeda. With Bin Laden dead and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan largely extinguished, it's time we revisited the wisdom of continuing the war in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Jordan Guinn. Recordnet: Area politicians weigh in on Obama's address. 25 January 2012. "'He stressed the need for an agile defense network,' Garamendi said. 'Travis Air Force Base can provide mobility, and Beale Air Force Base is reconnaissance,' he said. Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville, is home to unmanned drone aircraft and the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, and Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield hosts the 60th and 349th Air Mobility Wing." (www.recordnet.com)
  • John Garamendi. Garamendi and Bipartisan Congressional Coalition Send Letter to President Obama Urging an End to War in Afghanistan. 9 May 2011. "Sunday's events in Pakistan underscore the need for an emphasis on intelligence gathering and highly mobile Special Forces units. We can no longer fight this war by the old rules. This battle requires a nimble and agile force with a capacity for rapid response anywhere in the world. It requires integration and cooperation between intelligence-gathering entities. The CIA, NSA, NGIA and JSOC's new Targeting and Analysis Center were all instrumental in finding and tracking Osama bin Laden. Such operations can transform the way intelligence is gathered, analyzed, and acted upon." (garamendi.house.gov)
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  • John Garamendi. At His Senior Resources Fair In Antioch, Congressman Garamendi Celebrates 75th Birthday Of Social Security And More Recent Accomplishments For Seniors. 11 August 2010. "75 years ago, Congress established Social Security, the bedrock institution protecting Americans as we age. Since then, it's weathered 13 recessions, multiple predictions of doomsday, and repeated attempts to actualize that doomsday through privatization. Yet here we stand today, surrounded by dozens of seniors able to live their golden years more comfortably because their Social Security checks are not going away." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Topics of the Day. 30 June 2010. "But that's once more sign, a signpost--we're following a path here--a signpost of where the Republicans stand. Big business, ending Social Security; and in fact, their budget, put out by the Republican Study Committee, their budget called for the end of Medicare, the privatization of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Congressman Garamendi Votes Against Republican Budget that Sacrifices Seniors and Middle Class to Pay for Tax Cuts for Millionaires and Billionaires. 15 April 2011. "'I for one did not come to Washington to destroy Medicare, an effective, affordable, and popular program that provides the peace of mind of quality health coverage to 47 million seniors and persons with disabilities. The Republican budget dismantles Medicare, replacing it with an untested privatization scheme that will lead to less coverage and higher premiums. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the Republican budget would more than double the amount seniors pay for health care, forcing them to pay $6,000 more by 2022. Under the Republican budget, thousands of seniors would lose their health coverage entirely. In a few short years, this plan will lead to delayed preventative treatments, harming seniors' quality of life, increasing preventable deaths, and imposing on all insured Americans the 'hidden tax' of costly emergency room visits." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Heads Up America. 28 July 2011. "If you care about Medicare for your parents, or if you happen to be 65, pay attention to what's going to be on this floor in the next couple of hours. If you think Social Security is important to you or to your parents and to your future as the foundation for your pension, pay attention to what's going on here. Because have no doubts, America, that the Republican Party is putting forth, using the debt limit as a lever, putting in place fundamental changes in Medicare, basically looking to terminate Medicare as we know it, and changing Social Security so that it is no longer the foundation for your pensions." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Issue Position: Seniors. 26 April 2012. "Congressman John Garamendi has been very firm on fighting for every America's right to retire with dignity. He is resolutely opposed to all efforts to privatize Social Security, dismantle Medicare, and defund Medicaid/MediCal." (www.garamendi.org)
  • John Garamendi. No Privatization or Cutting of Social Security. 20 July 2010. "My 89-year old mother came up to me and said, John, does that Republican leader really mean to cut Social Security to pay for the war? And I said, well, apparently that's what he means. But I'll tell you this, Mom, and to every other mother and father out there that's on Social Security, no way, no how will the Republicans get their way, either privatizing Social Security, or cutting it to pay for the war. That's not going to happen. The Democrats have been for Social Security since 75 years ago when it was first established, and we remain strong to that commitment. It is there. It is the fundamental opportunity for retirees to have a foundation. No privatization and no cutting of Social Security, despite what the Republican leader might say." (votesmart.org)
  • John Garamendi. Seniors. 9 November 2011. "Congressman John Garamendi has been very firm on fighting for every America's right to retire with dignity. He is resolutely opposed to all efforts to privatize Social Security, dismantle Medicare, and defund Medicaid/MediCal. Garamendi has also passionately resisted Congressional Republican overtures to privatize Social Security and dismantle Medicare. Seniors - and every American who hopes to one day retire - must know that the foundational institutions of retirement security will be protected come rain or shine. Garamendi will never let the Republicans destroy Social Security or Medicare." (www.garamendi.org)
  • John Garamendi. Social Safety Net Programs Under Attack. 18 July 2011. "Later this week, this House will take up the second iteration--the second coming, if you will--of the House Republican budget, a budget designed to destroy Medicare, basically to terminate it for anyone who's 55 years or younger, a plan designed to put Social Security on a track to privatization, a plan designed to take nearly $700 billion out of the Medicaid program, basically destroying those things that have held the fabric of America together. Have no illusions about what this is all about. It's not just a constitutional amendment; it's not just cut and cap. It is really about destroying Medicare, Medicaid, programs that are essential for seniors. If you want to make a cut in something, why don't you take a third of a trillion dollars out of the war in Afghanistan, which is what we're going to spend over the next 4 years? Now there's a good cut that we ought to make." (votesmart.org)

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