The DeSaulnier Digest: Congressman DeSaulnier's Efforts to Protect Public Health, Support Caregivers, and Enforce Consumer Protections

July 26, 2021
DeSaulnier Digest

AT A GLANCE

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

  • The latest installment of the Discussions with DeSaulnier Series;
  • Recent legislation to protect consumers and public health;
  • Congressman DeSaulnier's Work to Support Caregivers as Chair of the Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee; and
  • The 2021 Congressional App Challenge.

DISCUSSIONS WITH DESAULNIER

Congressman DeSaulnier was proud to vote to bring more than $4 million directly to Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and recently had the chance to speak with two leaders in the CCHS lab who have been at the forefront of using this funding to protect our community. To hear their conversation, click here or on the image below.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

House Passes Bill to Regulate "Forever Chemicals"

PFAS chemicals, also known as "forever chemicals," can be found in the air, land, and water in communities across the nation. They have long been known to cause adverse health effects, such as cancer and impaired child development. To protect against the spread of PFAS, Congressman DeSaulnier voted in support of the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 2467), comprehensive legislation that would regulate PFAS chemicals, clean up contamination, and protect public health. The bill passed the House by a vote of 241-to-183.

DeSaulnier Votes to Protect Victims of Fraud

Over the last 5 years, federal regulators have secured $11.2 billion in refunds for consumers who have been defrauded. Unfortunately, a July 2021 Supreme Court ruling stopped the FTC from being able to return that money back to the people who had it stolen from them. Congressman DeSaulnier voted in support of the Consumer Protection and Recovery Act (H.R. 2668) to put that money back in the pockets of consumers. The bill passed by a vote of 221-to-205.

COMMITTEE UPDATE

Congressman DeSaulnier Hosts Hearing to Support Caregivers

Direct care makes it possible for millions of people to live independently in their homes and communities. These vital services are performed by selfless workers who often risk their own health and safety to support people in need. Unfortunately, these services are often unaffordable and inaccessible for those who need it most. The demand for direct care is also rapidly outpacing the growth of the direct care workforce. Tune in as Mark dives into why it's so important for us to support this workforce by clicking here or on the image below.

IN THE NEWS

Congressman DeSaulnier joined KGO Radio's Chip Franklin to discuss two of his bipartisan bills that would help the American people: the first by supporting cancer patients and the second by ensuring students get healthy school meals. Check out the full interview by clicking here or on the image below.

POST OF THE WEEK

CONGRESSMAN DESAULNIER ANNOUNCES 2021 CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE

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