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Some Old and New Issues For Garamendi in New District



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 14, 2013

Congressman John Garamendi is representing more of the northern Sacramento Valley than ever before.  The new Third Congressional district follows the Sacramento River from Benicia to Hamilton City near Chico, "Does it make sense?  It's a large district.  When I'm out in the district, I rarely drive less than 250 miles a day. "

Part of the district was included in his old tenth Congressional District. Some of the interests he represents have changed, while many have not, "I have virtually the entire rice industry and all the duck hunters that go with that. It's exciting and the environmental issues in this district are extraordinary.  What are we going to do about water in California? That's not new. That was the old district as well as the new district.  I just go further up the Sacramento River."

Garamendi hopes to be appointed to the House Water Resources Committee.  He says that would give him a greater voice on issues affecting the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta.
 
He also says tens of billions of dollars in spending cuts could be avoided if Congress would take the time to look at defense spending, Medicare fraud, and prescription drug prices, 'We oughta be negotiators of prices.  We could save billions of dollars if we were to do that.  And similarly, every program needs to be looked at.  Some are not necessary.  Others are extremely important, but are they efficient?  Well, probably not as efficient as they could be.  That's our task." 

The Third Congressional District extends from Antioch north to the Mendocino National Forest and northeast to the Plumas National Forest.   

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