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October 2, 2015
WASHINGTON – Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., released the following statement in response to the shooting at Umpqua Community College:
“Yesterday morning, I joined with 146 other members of Congress on a letter to Speaker Boehner asking him to allow a vote on sensible gun legislation. Sadly, only hours after delivering that letter, we learned the horrific news of another mass shooting in the United States. Another mass shooting that has robbed nine young Americans of a promising future. Another mass shooting that has robbed nine families and their friends of a loved one. Something must be done to stop these senseless tragedies. 
“Throughout my career, I have worked to end gun violence in our streets. That effort has earned me a lifetime ‘F’ rating from the National Rifle Association. That is one ‘F’ I am proud to have earned. We must stand up to the bully special interest groups who oppose any reasonable legislation to stop these mass shootings.
“Many politicians were quick to offer up prayers for the victims and their families. I echo that sentiment. However, prayers alone will not end gun violence. For those who only offer up their prayers but are unwilling to follow through with action, I ask ‘what is faith without works?’ 
“I join with the President in his call for action. I am ready to work.” 


September 18, 2015
WASHINGTON – Rep. Sam Farr spoke in support of Planned Parenthood before the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. The bill would deny access to health care for millions of Americans, particularly women, by prohibiting Planned Parenthood and its affiliate clinics from receiving any federal funds for one-year. The bill passed 241-187 on a primarily party line vote. 
In Rep. Farr’s district, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte operates five clinics, providing health care for over 5,000 patients including general medicine, family planning and prenatal care. The majority are women, who make up 78% of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s patients at their clinics in Gilroy, Salinas, Seaside, Watsonville and Westside (Santa Cruz).
The bill now heads to the Senate.  
Rep. Farr’s speech can be viewed here:


August 13, 2015
WASHINGTON – Rep. Sam Farr, D- Calif., released the following statement on the Iran nuclear agreement: 
“Give peace a chance. After two decades in Congress, this is the first time I will be able to vote for peace, not just against war. Preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is one of the most important decisions facing this Congress. With a vote of this magnitude, we have the responsibility to move past the rhetoric and look at the merits of the agreement.
“Before reaching this decision, I consulted with nonproliferation and security specialists at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and the Naval Postgraduate School, as well as Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew. After listening to the experts, my constituents and my heart, I believe that this deal is the best way to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. 
“Like any negotiation that involves compromise, this deal is not perfect. I hold no illusions that enforcing this deal will be easy. Along with the international community, we will need to keep close tabs on Iran to make sure that every aspect of the agreement is honored by the Iranian government. But at the end of the day, this deal is the strongest nonproliferation agreement that has ever been negotiated. It is a good diplomatic alternative to another costly and potentially disastrous conflict in the Middle East. 
“The Administration, along with our international allies, should be commended for achieving this historic deal. No other option stops the bomb and allows the world to give peace a chance.”


September 9, 2015
WASHINGTON – Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., announced today that Hollister Municipal Airport was awarded a $5.8 million FAA grant to continue repairs of the main runway. The airport began a major runway renovation project earlier this year and this grant will provide the funds necessary to finish the project.
“San Benito County offers a first-class travel experience and now we will have a brand new runway to smoothly welcome visitors,” said Rep. Farr. “The Hollister Airport is an important part of our local economy. Any investments we make modernizing the airport will benefit the entire region.”   
Last October, Rep. Farr joined with local officials to present the airport with a $3.1 million grant to begin the runway renovation project. Those funds were used to repave 2,400 feet of the runway. The new grant will be used to completely repave the remaining 6,250 foot main runway. Sections of the current runway date back to World War II.
“We are grateful of Congressman Farr and the FAA for the continued support of the City of Hollister and the Hollister Municipal Airport runway project,” said Mike Chambless, “Hollister Airport Director. “Congressman Farr has been instrumental in assisting the Hollister Municipal Airport in the realization of its development potential.”
Due to the airport’s proximity to Pinnacles National Park, air traffic is expected to increase in the coming years as more visitors travel to the region. The airport also expects to see more flights this February during the Super Bowl held in nearby Santa Clara.
The City of Hollister owns and operates the Hollister Municipal Airport and hosts a number of airport-related businesses. The airport is also the location of the CalFire Air Attack Base, which plays an important role in suppressing wildfire in six counties
Construction is expected to begin after the Super Bowl in February and should be completed in the summer. The grant will cover 90% of the construction cost for the new runway and the airport will provide the remaining amount.  

July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON Rep. Sam Farr, D- Calif., released the following statement after voting against H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act: 

“Local police make our communities safer by engaging and building trust with the public they serve. Sanctuary cities exist because of the federal government’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Pushing the burden of enforcing a broken immigration system onto local police makes it impossible for them to build community trust.

“We should not be asking police to fill that void by acting as federal immigration officers. If we truly want to make our cities safer, let’s leave public safety decisions to local governments who better understand the needs of their individual communities. Instead of punishing local jurisdictions by withholding funding, Republicans should be working with Democrats to fix our broken immigration system.”