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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Jobs and the Economy

While America has made major strides since the Great Recession, there is still much work to be done to ensure the viability of all segments of our nation’s economy. Congressman DeSaulnier continues to fight daily to address the concerns and challenges facing California families. As a father of two sons, Mark is working to ensure the next generation has a better life than their parents.


Congressman DeSaulnier supports serious plans to responsibly tackle our long-term deficit that take into account the entire budget, including tax expenditures, and specifically address wasteful tax code spending. So-called "tax expenditures" are, in most cases, no longer necessary, poorly designed, or do not amount to good public policy when compared to the needs of the majority of Americans.


Across the nation and in California, people are working harder than ever, but too many families are still struggling to make ends meet. Although there have been 6 years of consecutive job growth, wages have been stagnant for 35 years. Even for many hardworking people with jobs, it’s been too long since they got a raise, and workplace policies often make it nearly impossible for people to both care for and provide for their families. We must ensure education and training opportunities are affordable and accessible for the innovative new jobs of the next generation. Additionally, once workers are employed, we must ensure that their rights are protected.

Working for You

Congressman DeSaulnier is a proud sponsor of the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 2150), which would provide a pay raise for nearly 35 million hard-working Americans by increasing the minimum wage to $12 per hour.

Equal pay is not simply a woman’s issue – it’s a family issue. Mark is a strong supporter of the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 1619), which closes loopholes that allow companies to pay women less for the same work as men.

In order to achieve a better balance between work and family life so that people never have to choose between their income and their health or their children, Congressman DeSaulnier is fighting for the Healthy Families Act (H.R. 932), which guarantees workers the right to earn up to seven paid sick days to care for themselves or a loved one who is sick, or to take time off to address domestic violence.

Among his efforts to keep jobs at home, Congressman DeSaulnier opposed “Fast Track” authority to speed up the largest trade deal in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Without significant improvements, the TPP will harm American workers and undermine worker protections around the world.