The DeSaulnier Digest: A New Day in America

January 22, 2021
DeSaulnier Digest

Last week, in a celebration of American unity and democracy, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office. Though we face enormous crises, I am confident that under this new leadership, we can work together to provide relief for the American people and rebuild toward a more just and equitable future. I look forward to continuing this work with my Congressional colleagues alongside the Biden-Harris Administration. For more on our efforts so far, click here or on the image below.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress


President Biden's National Strategy and Executive Actions on Coronavirus

In his first few days of office, President Biden has taken swift action in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The President announced the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, a $1.9 trillion plan to address the pandemic and provide relief to Americans in need. While the Biden Administration and Congress work to pass that plan into law, President Biden has also taken action to ramp up the pace of PPE manufacturing and virus testing; require mask use during interstate travel; create better data collection systems; establish a health equity task force to address the needs of vulnerable populations; issue safety guidance for schools and workers; and find more treatments for the coronavirus and future pandemics.

California Stay-at-Home Order Lifted and Eviction Moratorium Extended

On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom lifted the state’s stay-at-home order, which means that Contra Costa will now return to the Purple tier in the state’s re-opening plan. Activities like limited outdoor dining and operation of hair salons and barber shops may begin to resume. Governor Newsom also announced that California’s eviction moratorium has been extended through June 30, 2021. For a detailed explanation of what the newest health order means and what services may resume, visit the Contra Costa Health Services COVID-19 page and California’s COVID-19 resource page.


Congressman DeSaulnier sat down with Richard French to discuss why he believes President Biden is the exact right leader for this moment & how Congress must work with the Administration to implement a federal response to the pandemic. For more on Congressman DeSaulnier's thoughts, tune in by clicking here or on the image below.