Celebrating Cesar Chavez and Equality for All

April 1, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

Tomorrow I will introduce a House Resolution to recognize the importance of local news with Members from around the country who are part of a working group I formed on the topic. While our Bay Area communities once boasted nearly 1,500 journalists providing local coverage, now less than 300 serve an area of roughly 7 million people. This trend is not unique to the Bay Area.

As part of the bill’s introduction, we will also hold a special order on the House floor to highlight the vital role local journalism plays in communities around the country. From the floor, I will share stories about how disappearing local news reduces accountability and transparency on local issues, and does a disservice to our communities. While coverage of national issues can be found nearly everywhere in today’s 24/7 news media, reliable local news coverage is lacking. Check out our Facebook page for more up-to-date information about when I will be on the floor, and follow along on C-SPAN.

Also, as we commemorate the life and legacy of César Chávez today, you can read more below on the votes we took last week to promote equality in our nation.

Sincerely,
Signature
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress

 

AT A GLANCE

In this week’s Digest, you will find information on:

  • Mark’s vote to advance pay equity for women;
  • Opposition to the Trump Administration’s transgender military ban; and
  • Our work in the community.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Mark Voted to Advance Pay Equity for Women

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote and was a major step toward gender equality. Yet still today, women earn on average only 80 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. That is unacceptable. To do our part to close the gap, House Democrats passed the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7), which gives women more pathways to challenge their discriminatory pay in the workplace. Mark supported this bill to ensure equal pay for equal work, which passed by a vote of 242-to-287.

To hear more about the Congressman’s thoughts this bill, click the image below to watch a short video:

Opposing the Transgender Military Ban

For generations, American service members have died to protect our nation’s values—one of which is equality under the law for all citizens. President Trump’s decision to ban transgender service members from serving in our Armed Forces is not only un-American, but is also unjustifiable. No American should be discriminated against because of which gender they identify as. To show our unity in the House, we voted on a resolution to oppose the transgender ban and urge the Department of Defense to reconsider this policy (H.Res. 124). Mark supported this resolution, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 238-to-185.

Mark’s Bill to Enhance Safety of Aviation System Approved by Committee

Legislation Congressman DeSaulnier introduced with Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN), the Notice to Airman Improvement Act (H.R. 1775), was passed unanimously by the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. The bill will require a safety enhancement for our aviation system by improving the communication of important safety information to flight crews. The near miss incident involving Air Canada Flight 759 at SFO in July 2017 highlighted the need for the changes called for in this bill. Passage by Committee means the bill is one step closer to being considered on the House floor.

IN THE NEWS

Mark’s letter with Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Cummings to Purdue Pharma seeking documents related to the harmful effects of OxyContin highlighted by The Hill

BY THE NUMBERS

IN THE COMMUNITY

The North Richmond Resident Leadership Team rolled out its vision for North Richmond over the next decade

Pittsburg High School got in the spirit of César Chávez Day by honoring his legacy with musical performances, speakers, and student dancers in front of an energetic crowd