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Mike Garcia | Continuing the Fight in 2022 on Behalf of the 25th

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The year 2021 proved historic for our country and community, filled with many challenges and successes. In 2022, I remain committed in my efforts to fight for the people of the 25th Congressional District and ensure our community and nation remain safe and secure. Since January 2021, my office successfully helped more than 1,015 constituents with federal casework, held six town hall events, and re...

Honoring and thanking military families

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America remains the best nation in the world because of the men and women in the military who are willing to fight to protect the freedoms granted to us in the Constitution and ensure our nation remains safe and secure. While our nation will forever be indebted to those that are willing to raise their right hand and sign on the dotted line — we must never forget that behind every brave service mem...

Honoring military members today and always

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Today, on Veterans Day, I want to share my appreciation for all the brave men and women who have selflessly served this nation in the US Armed Forces. America is the greatest nation on earth because of the many generations that have fought to preserve the freedoms and liberties we enjoy. As a former US Navy fighter pilot who flew in over 30 combat missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom, I understand ...

Mike Garcia | Mr. President, Leave No One Behind

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When you join the United States Armed Forces, one of the most critical principles you commit to is the notion that “no one gets left behind.” As someone who served nearly 20 years and flew over 30 combat missions in the Middle East, I know the importance of this commitment. When you are in a life-or-death situation, facing enemy fire, you need to know that as you take the necessary risks to suppor...

Congress needs to pass the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act

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It is no secret, our men and women in uniform make countless sacrifices on behalf of our great nation every day. Behind every dedicated service member is their family that also selflessly serves this nation in their own way. Parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, children, and last but not least, spouses. While it is imperative we work to ensure that our service members receive the ...

The border crisis is not just at the border

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The border crisis is not just at the border. In Southern California’s high desert, there are thousands of large-scale illegal marijuana grows run by transnational criminal organizations and worked by indentured servants and illegal immigrants.

The Science Says Open Schools

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While everyone was impacted in different ways by this deadly pandemic, students, teachers and parents quickly found themselves confronting bigger issues when it came to virtual learning. As a result of these lockdowns, many students fell behind in school and it also took a toll on many students’ mental health.