The DeSaulnier Digest: Last Week's Town Hall and Updates on a Busy Week in Congress

July 27, 2020
DeSaulnier Digest

As families gear up for the start of the school year in the coming weeks, I was joined by Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey and Dr. Bill Walker of Contra Costa Health Services for a town hall discussion on coronavirus, the classroom, and our community. If you missed the event or want to hear it again, click the graphic below or click here to listen to the recording.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress


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

  • The passing of civil rights legend and American hero John Lewis;
  • The importance of funding public lands; and
  • A recap of a busy voting week in Congress.



As parks have provided safe places for Americans to exercise and get fresh air during the pandemic, this surge in visitation has had a drastic impact on park infrastructure and natural resources. I joined my friend, former Congressman George Miller, in writing an op-ed on why now, more than ever, Congress must pass efforts like the Great American Outdoors Act to fund badly needed public lands so Americans can continue enjoying these spaces.

Congressman DeSaulnier announced Caroline W. Chen, Bentley Upper School Senior, as the winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 11th Congressional District. Her piece “Bringing Light to Dark Times” incorporates mixed media to depict a timely scene of American resilience. Her artwork will be sent to Washington, DC to be displayed in the United States Capitol. Las Lomas High School Junior Cassie Halaszynski received runner-up honors for her piece “Mother Nature Aflame” and Carondelet High School Senior Savannah Doran placed third for her piece “Ocean View.” These works will be displayed in Congressman DeSaulnier’s Walnut Creek and Richmond offices.


On the House Floor

  • Instead of sinking more money into the trillion dollar defense industry, we should focus our spending on schools, roads, and public health. Congressman DeSaulnier once again voted against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (H.R. 6395) to show that standing with our troops does not mean we need to write the Pentagon a blank check.
  • With Congressman DeSaulnier’s support, Democrats in the House passed two bills to protect the immigrants who make this country great: the NO BAN Act (H.R. 2486), which repeals the Trump Muslim Ban and the Access to Counsel Act (H.R. 2486), which ensures that individuals detained while attempting to enter the United States are guaranteed access to legal counsel.
  • To protect our public lands and parks for future generations, Congressman DeSaulnier voted in support of the Great American Outdoors Act (H.R. 1957), which would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
  • The Confederate flag and other displays have no place in our government. Congressman DeSaulnier voted in favor of H.R. 7573, which would remove Confederate statues from the United States Capitol.
  • With Congressman DeSaulnier’s support, the U.S. House passed a bill to fund services for agriculture, environment, veterans, and foreign affairs (H.R. 7608).


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