The DeSaulnier Digest: Fighting for American Workers, Reversing the Damage of the Trump Presidency, and Highlights from a Busy Week
AT A GLANCE
In this week's Digest, you will find information on:
- Our new constituent Q&A series;
- The Congressman's efforts to protect American workers and consumers; and
- Updates from the community.
CONGRESSMAN DESAULNIER ANNOUNCES "ASK MARK" SERIES
Have a question for Congressman DeSaulnier? In our new "Ask Mark" series, constituents can submit a video clip of their question for the chance to have the Congressman answer on social media. To submit a clip, click here and upload your video using the Upload File link. Your clip, along with the Congressman's answer, may be posted to social media. We look forward to hearing from you!
House Passes Bill to Protect Older Workers Against Discrimination
Americans are working more and later in life than ever before. At the same time, statistics from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) show complaints of age discrimination are climbing. To ensure that older workers have the protections they need, the Congressman voted in support of the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (H.R. 2062) to make it easier for older workers who have been discriminated against to prove they were wronged. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 247-to-178.
Congressman DeSaulnier Votes to Reverse Harmful Trump-Era Policies
During his four years in office, ex-President Trump and his Administration advanced hundreds of policies to dismantle environmental, worker, and consumer protections. Last week, the House passed three pieces of legislation that would reverse some of these harmful regulations. Specifically, the bills would undo Trump policies that allowed predatory lenders to issue loans to vulnerable consumers; weakened the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's ability to prevent and remedy workplace discrimination; and drastically limited oil and gas methane emissions standards. Congressman DeSaulnier was proud to join his colleagues in the House in voting to undo these destructive Trump-era policies.
Congressman DeSaulnier Continues Efforts to Hold JUUL Accountable for Youth Vaping Crisis
Last week, the Oversight Committee held an important hearing to hold JUUL accountable for deceptive and targeted marketing practices that have hooked thousands of children across the country on its deadly products. As the author of legislation to promote consumer protection and regulate JUUL's dangerous products, Congressman DeSaulnier continued these efforts at the hearing, asking the acting commissioner of the FDA what they are doing to prevent JUUL from endangering more young people. To watch the full exchange, click here or on the image below.
Congressman DeSaulnier and Oversight Committee Democrats Fight for Paid Leave for All Working Americans
Studies show a business benefits when its employees have access to paid family and medical leave. At another recent Oversight Committee hearing, Congressman DeSaulnier discussed with experts how Congress can support both small businesses and workers by creating a national program to guarantee paid leave for all. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
POST OF THE WEEK
IN THE COMMUNITY
Future Build Celebrates 2021 Graduating Class
Every year, Future Build trains and equips East County young adults for the future by awarding certificates in solar, energy, and construction trades. Our office was happy to join Cohort 19 in celebration at its graduation ceremony at Small World Park in Pittsburg. Congratulations to this year's graduating class!
San Pablo Receives American Rescue Plan Funding to Advance Environmental Justice Initiatives
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, championed by Congressman DeSaulnier, the City of San Pablo has received funding for a high school internship program in underserved communities to raise awareness & mitigate the impacts of COVID. Mark is proud to have voted for this important funding and is pleased to see it used for such a worthy cause in Contra Costa. To learn more about the program, click here.
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