Issues

Civil Rights

Today, our country faces the most pressing call for racial justice since the 1960s. Having spent more than 25 years in public service fighting for equal treatment and protection for all, Congressman DeSaulnier is passionate about meeting this call with the boldness and urgency it demands. In Congress, he is at the forefront in the fight for equality, embracing the belief that no one is equal until everyone is equal.

Defense and Veterans

Our national security is among Congressman DeSaulnier’s top priorities and he believes that the men and women who bravely and selflessly sign up to keep our country safe deserve our utmost respect and gratitude, which should include quality health care and a VA that works for them, education and job training, transition programs, and mental health services.

Education

Congressman DeSaulnier understands that education is the single-most important investment a nation can make in its future. Throughout his career in public service, from his time as a local Head Start Commissioner to his current seat on the House Committee on Education and Labor, he has been an advocate for quality education for every student.

Energy and the Environment

Congressman DeSaulnier recognizes climate change for the existential threat that it is and, beginning with his time as a member of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), he has been a proud champion of policies that promote sustainability, protect the environment, and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.

Gun Violence Prevention

The United States is the gun violence capital of the world. Every day, there are more than 30 gun-related deaths. The common sense reforms we have made in California are working, and Congressman DeSaulnier is leading the way to bring them to the national level to make our families, schools, and communities safer while adhering to the Second Amendment.

Health Care

In the wealthiest country in the world, no American should go without access to quality, affordable health care. This is especially true during the coronavirus pandemic, which has further revealed a broken system that leaves almost 30 million Americans uninsured. To address the inadequacy of our health care system, Congressman DeSaulnier has been an ardent supporter of protecting and expanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Housing

Housing

The need to expand housing and provide more affordable options in the San Francisco Bay Area could not be clearer. With some workers enduring two-hour commutes to get from homes in the Central Valley to jobs in Silicon Valley and others looking elsewhere to start their businesses or raise their families, the housing crisis presents a serious threat to our region’s quality of life.

Immigration

Since its founding, the United States has stood as a beacon of freedom and a land of opportunity. Since then, immigrants have remained a vital part of our communities and strengthened our economy in California and across the nation. Congressman DeSaulnier believes that the greatest nation in the history of humankind is capable of ensuring the well-being of its own citizens while extending its arms to asylum-seekers, refugees, and immigrants seeking a better life.

Jobs and the Economy

During a time of record-breaking income inequality and runaway corporate greed, restoring the balance of power in favor of the American worker is imperative. As a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and a former small business owner, Congressman DeSaulnier has seen firsthand that workers are being taken advantage of by big business. Congressman DeSaulnier is committed to promoting policies that advance all workers and prepare them for the jobs of the future.

Oversight and Accountability

Americans deserve an efficient and effective government that meets the needs of hardworking families, now and into the future. As a Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee (COR) Congressman DeSaulnier strives to rebuild public trust in government through transparency, accountability, and a higher-level of customer service as well as to hold private industry accountable to consumers.
Preserving Social Security and Medicare

Social Security and Medicare

Social Security and Medicare represent our promise to seniors of a secure retirement, and Congressman DeSaulnier is committed to protecting these programs. As all 73 million baby boomers approach retirement age by 2030, he is focused on making sure we provide every retiree with the financial security they deserve. Congressman DeSaulnier has been a strong advocate for the protection of safety net programs throughout his time in government service and continues to be a champion for seniors in Congress.

Transportation

As the former Chairman of the California State Assembly and Senate transportation committees, and current member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I), Congressman DeSaulnier knows firsthand how important clean, safe, reliable, and efficient transportation systems are to a dynamic and innovative California economy. He is fighting for the federal investments needed to reduce traffic congestion and improve commutes in the Bay Area; for better planning that engages with the business community and incorporates innovative ideas and technologies to improve mobility; and for a connected and sustainable transportation system.

Women's Rights

Despite the tremendous progress made in the struggle for gender equality, women still face violence, discrimination, and institutional barriers to equal participation in society. Even one hundred years after women’s suffrage, the United States has not yet guaranteed equal constitutional rights to women. Women continue to face the impacts of gender discrimination in many areas including pay, workplace protections, social stresses, healthcare and reproductive rights, education, and others. Gender inequities have been further revealed during the coronavirus pandemic, which placed extra childcare and domestic burdens disproportionately on women. In Congress, Congressman DeSaulnier is a vocal advocate for women’s economic, social, and reproductive rights.