The DeSaulnier Digest: Grants Workshop Recap and Update from D.C.

May 17, 2021
DeSaulnier Digest

As the Biden Administration continued last week to make great progress in its vaccine rollout, House Democrats continued their work delivering for the American people. Read on for updates from a busy week on the House Floor and in committee, as well as for a recording of our grants workshop.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress


As Congressman DeSaulnier sat in the Capitol on January 6th, it was chilling to hear ex-President Trump inciting the mob that would soon invade the symbol of our democracy. Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing to expose the failures in the Trump Administration's response to the Capitol attack. To hear Congressman DeSaulnier question former Acting Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller, and other members of the Trump Administration, click here or on the image below.


Congressman DeSaulnier Votes to Protect Pregnant Workers

Thousands of pregnant workers face discrimination on the job ranging from being denied bathroom breaks to being forced to work in dangerous conditions. Going to work should not mean having to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a paycheck. To correct these failures and ensure protections against pregnancy discrimination, Congressman DeSaulnier voted in support of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 1065) to establish pregnant workers' clear-cut rights to reasonable accommodations. The bill passed the House by a vote of 315-to-101.

House Passes Bill to Protect Consumers from Predatory Debt Collectors

During the coronavirus pandemic, many families have struggled to pay bills through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, predatory debt collection practices have been on the rise, with data showing a 10% increase in consumer complaints in 2020. That is why Congressman DeSaulnier voted to pass the Comprehensive Debt Collection Improvement Act (H.R. 2547) to protect small and minority-owned businesses, service members, student loan borrowers, and consumers from predatory debt collection practices. The bill passed by a total of 215-to-207.


Last week, Congressman DeSaulnier hosted a grants workshop with representatives from federal agencies to discuss funding opportunities available to small businesses and nonprofits. In case you missed the event, you can tune in by clicking here or on the image below to learn what resources are available to your organization.



Last week, in a testament to the progress of the Biden Administration's vaccine rollout and our collective public health efforts, the CDC updated its guidance on mask wearing. These relaxed measures are a great incentive to go get vaccinated it you have not already as we begin to return to our normal lives. For more information on this update, click here or on the image below. Please remember, though, you must first and foremost follow local and state masking guidance.