Coronavirus Update

March 9, 2020
DeSaulnier Digest


Last week, Congress voted to provide $8 billion in emergency funding to support federal, state, and local public health officials to combat the spread of coronavirus. That includes nearly $3 billion for the development of treatments and a vaccine, and $300 million to ensure that any vaccine is affordable. The funding package quickly passed the House with Mark’s support and was signed into law.

Below is the latest on the outbreak in the United States:

  • 607 people have become infected in the U.S.;
  • 121 individuals have tested positive in California;
  • 22 individuals have died in the U.S.;
  • 19 testing labs to screen for coronavirus are active in California.

To help protect yourself and community the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people take the following steps:

  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw away the tissue;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, face, nose, and mouth;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


As a member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as a frequent user of BART, Mark understands the importance of ensuring our public transportation is safe, efficient, and reliable. He spoke with ABC7 News about the progress BART has made and improvements still needed to make sure Bay Area travelers are well-serviced. Watch the interview below.


Mark Voted for Bill to Support Federal Workers

Since its creation in the aftermath of 9/11, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been in place to protect the traveling public, but its workers have not been treated fairly. Democrats in the House passed the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act (H.R. 1140) to give TSA workers the same civil service protections that are shared by their other federal government colleagues. Mark supported this bill, which passed by a vote of 220-to-171.



In 2016, Wells Fargo’s top management committed widespread fraud, incurring fees for customers, damaging their credit scores, and breaching their trust – all while padding the pockets of its corporate executives.

Have you been treated unfairly by large banks, like Wells Fargo? How have they affected your financial well-being or shaken your trust?

Share your experience here on my page or on my website and we could share your story on the House Floor.