​DeSaulnier Bills to Improve Local Water Infrastructure & Honor Local Civil Servant Pass the House

September 17, 2018
DeSaulnier Digest

SPECIAL UPDATE: MARK'S LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

​DeSaulnier Bills to Improve Local Water Infrastructure & Honor Local Civil Servant Pass the House

We are proud to announce that last week, despite the condensed schedule due to Hurricane Florence, two bills we authored unanimously passed the House of Representatives. The bills now head to the Senate for consideration. Pleae find more information on our bills below:

  • Improving the Contra Costa Canal System: Our bill, theContra Costa Canal Transfer Act (H.R. 6040), would allow for necessary safety and structural improvements to be made to the Contra Costa Canal by transferring the title of the canal system from the Bureau of Reclamation to the Contra Costa Water District. These improvements would help prevent water contamination and future accidents, and would enhance recreational land around the canal. Learn more here or read about our effort in the East Bay Times, by clicking the image below.

     
  • Renaming the Richmond Post Office in Honor of Dedicated Civil Servant: Our bill (H.R. 606) would rename the Nevin Avenue Post Office in Richmond, CA in honor of Harold D. McCraw Sr., a distinguished and dedicated civil servant who served the United States Postal Service (USPS) for 45 years. Renaming the Post Office is a fitting tribute to Mr. McCraw and his unwavering commitment and service to the USPS and the community of Richmond. Learn more here or read about our effort in theRichmond Standard by clicking the image below.

 

MARK'S UPCOMING EVENT: EAST BAY BIDEN CANCER SUMMIT

This Friday, September 21st we will host our East Bay Biden Cancer Community Summit in Concord. This event is in conjunction with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden's national call to action to double the rate of progress against cancer. Our East Bay Summit, like regional summits across the country, will bring together doctors, researchers, advocates, and survivors to share stories and discuss innovative research and technologies. With so much promise on the horizon for cancer therapies that improve and save lives, this discussion is critical to building on that momentum and driving national action. We hope you will join us!

RECENT KEY VOTES

Funding for Energy and Water, the Legislative Branch, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (H.R. 5895)

Last week, the House moved forward to fund three of the 12 spending bills necessary to avoid a shutdown on October 1st. I supported this legislation, which was a surprisingly non-controversial and bipartisan effort to fund important programs. The bill passed by a vote of 377-to-20.
 


OPINIONS FROM THE DISTRICT  

Hearing directly from you not only informs my work in Congress, but also is my favorite part of being your Representative. To share your opinions with me you can either email me or take our survey.

Below are some of the top issues you shared with me over the last week:

  • 133 constituents wrote in favor of increasing the number of refugees the Trump Administration is letting into the United States to help ease humanitarian crises around the world.
     
  • 105 constituents expressed concern about the United States Department of Agriculture's effectiveness in preventing restricted drugs from appearing in food products after consumer reports revealed trace amounts were found in some beef and poultry products.
     
  • 82 constituents continued to stress the importance of strong climate protections in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations.

LEGISLATION MARK RECENTLY SUPPORTED

Resolution prohibiting Members of Congress from serving on corporate boards (H.Res. 1043) - decreases the likelihood of corruption 

 

Strength in Diversity Act (H.R 6772) - supports voluntary local efforts to increase socioeconomic and racial diversity in schools

Fair and Equal Housing Act (H.R. 1447) - prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the sale, rental, or financing of housing

Customer Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 5586) - prohibits businesses from discriminating against their customers based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity

Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act (H.R. 1488) - prohibits credit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity


LETTERS MARK RECENTLY SENT

Letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to abandon her deregulatory agenda, which is causing undue hardship on students

Letter opposing Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court due to his stance on LGBT issues

Letter to Senate and House Republican leadership urging them toreject any provisions to expand inhumane and costly family immigration detention or otherwise undermine legal protections for detained immigrant children

Letter to President Trump urging him to consult with and obtain authorization from Congress before ordering any additional U.S. military action in Syria

Letter to EPA Administrator Wheeler and Transportation Secretary Chao opposing the proposed rollback of emissions standards for motor vehicles

 


MARK IN THE NEWS

After two and a half years of research and cross-country meetings with local workers and experts, we rolled out our "Future of Work, Wages, and Labor" report and legislative action plan. At its core, the goal of our report is to restore power to the American worker where it belongs. Read more in our op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle.