Democrats For the People

March 11, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

With Democrats in the Majority, we are working to advance our top priorities. Last week, we considered a democracy reform bill that targets corruption and dark money in campaigns, held hearings on raising the minimum wage and the opioid crisis, and introduced bills to modernize our nation's infrastructure. We waited 8 long years to regain control, and we aren't going to waste any time.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress


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

  • Passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1)
  • Committee actions
  • Modernizing our nation's infrastructure


For the People Act (H.R. 1)
For the last several years, the American people have become disillusioned as Republican control in the federal government and in many state legislatures has led to voter suppression, campaign finance abuses, and ethics scandals. In response, Democrats crafted the For the People Act (H.R. 1). This bill will make it easier to vote by implementing automatic voter registration, requiring early voting and vote by mail, and ending partisan redistricting. Additionally, H.R. 1 reforms big money politics by requiring all political organizations to disclose large donors, updating political advertisement laws for the digital age, and establishing a public matching system for citizen-owned elections. Finally, the bill strengthens ethics laws to ensure that public officials work in the public interest, including by extending conflict of interest laws to the President and Vice President and requiring the release of their tax returns, and establishing a code of conduct for the Supreme Court. I supported this bill, which passed by a vote of 234-to-193.


Last week, Mark introduced two bills to help improve commutes and enhance road safety: the COMMUTE Act and the Stop Underrides Act.

The COMMUTE Act (H.R. 1517) is a bipartisan bill to create a pilot program to use data to drive improvements in transportation access and connectivity. The bill will help us make smarter transportation plans and infrastructure investments to connect communities with employment centers, schools, and medical facilities.

The Stop Underrides Act (H.R. 1511) requires underride guards on the sides and front of trucks and would update the outdated standards for underride guards on the back of trucks. This measure is needed to prevent hundreds of fatalities each year that occur when a car slides under a large truck, such as a semi-trailer, during an accident.


On top of the action on the floor, this was a busy week for our committees in the House. Below find a quick look at the work we did:

  • Education & Labor: Held a markup on the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582), which will gradually raise the federal minimum wage - from its current outdated level of $7.25 an hour - to $15 by 2026.
  • Oversight & Reform: The Trump Administration's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) put out a national drug control strategy for the first time this year, and it was wholly inadequate to address the opioid epidemic. After a request from Congressman DeSaulnier, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) began an audit of ONDCP. Click below to watch Mark question the Director of ONDCP about his lack of compliance with the GAO's audit, and called on the Director to be more aggressive in combating the opioid crisis.



Watch as Mark commemorates the 54th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and comments on the importance of the For The People Act (H.R. 1).