Fairfield, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) hosted a district work day in Solano and Yolo counties to meet with community leaders and deliver an update on the state of affairs in Washington.
Travis Air Force Base
At Travis Air Force Base, Garamendi met with base leadership to get an update on the recently awarded contract of $123.6 million for the KC-46 3-Bay Maintenance Hangar, the base’s future infrastructure needs, and to provide an overview of the resources he secured for the Travis community in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
“The men and women of Travis Air Force Base provide a critical service for our military as the Gateway to the Pacific. In Congress, I will always fight to secure indispensable resources for Travis Air Force Base to ensure its missions are supported and successful. In 2019, as Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, I secured over $107 million in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help Travis meet its priorities and accommodate the delivery of the KC-46 Aircraft to the base. I appreciate the Travis Air Force Base Wing Command for sharing their priorities and meeting with me today,” Garamendi said.
An overview of the resources Garamendi secured for Travis Air Force Base is included below:
- $6.6 million for KC-46A ALTER B181/B185/B187 SQUAD OPS/AMU to make the required changes to facilities on base for Travis to fulfill a new role as a home for the new KC-46A tanker aircraft.
- $19.5 million for KC-46A Regional Maintenance Training Facility to provide full-scale training necessary for maintaining the new KC-46A aircraft.
- $64 million for the Alert Force Complex that needs to be improved to adequately support a detachment that plays a critical role in ensuring survivable, endurable and reliable communications from the President Secretary of Defense to the nation’s strategic nuclear weapons delivery systems.
- $17 million for additional updates to improve the antiquated Mechanized Material Handling System at Travis.
National Association of Realtors
In Fairfield, Congressman Garamendi met with Jeannette Way of the National Association of Realtors to discuss legislation he recently supported to put more money in the pockets of California homeowners.
“Last month, I joined my Democratic colleagues in voting to pass the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377) to eliminate the $10,000 cap on the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT) that was implemented in the 2017 Republican tax law and has disproportionately harmed California. The Republican tax bill’s cap on SALT is terrible public policy that forces my constituents to pay additional federal taxes on previously taxed income. This law has cost Californians over $12 billion, it puts a financial strain on middle-class families, and disincentivizes home ownership. I was pleased to vote for the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, and I appreciate Jeannette Way and the National Association of Realtors’ support and advocacy to make homeownership a goal that’s attainable for every Californian,” Garamendi said.
Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD) and the UC Davis Graduate Student Union
In Davis, Garamendi met with ASUCD leadership and other student advocates from UC Davis to discuss their shared priorities for the student community.
“I voted against every tuition increase as a UC Regent and CSU Trustee, and I brought that determination with me to Congress to fight for an affordable education for all. In Washington, I’ve voted to increase STEM education opportunities for girls and women, introduced legislation to allow students to refinance their student loans at a lower rate, and fought to secure a quality K-12 and higher education for everyone,” Garamendi said. “I appreciate the opportunity to meet with student leaders from UC Davis to discuss their priorities and how I can best represent the UC Davis community in Washington,” Garamendi concluded.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Garamendi also met with representatives from SMUD to discuss local renewable energy projects and more.
“I appreciate SMUD’s commitment to delivering innovative renewable energy projects for our region that will lower costs for rate payers and protect the environment. I share their commitment to environmental leadership through my work in Congress and will always support efforts locally and nationally to lower emissions and combat climate change,” Garamendi said.
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