The DeSaulnier Digest: Protecting Contra Costa Workers and Students

August 3, 2020
DeSaulnier Digest


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

  • Congressman DeSaulnier's statement on Marathon Petroleum in Martinez;
  • President Trump’s latest attacks on your right to vote; and
  • Congressman DeSaulnier's efforts to protect workers and students from coronavirus.


Marathon Petroleum Corporation has announced plans to "indefinitely idle" its Martinez facility. Over the weekend, Congressman DeSaulnier issued the following statement on the matter:

“This move is a big loss for our workforce and potentially the economy. That is why, before the pandemic hit and had a drastic impact on energy production, I started convening labor unions, environmental groups, and local governments to talk about how we prepare for a shift to sustainable energy and renewables in Contra Costa. The transition needs to be as successful as possible for everyone and we cannot leave workers behind – they need to be guaranteed meaningful and comparable work. I will continue to bring together stakeholders to support workers, our community, and the environment and improve Contra Costa’s energy assets.”

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President Trump repeated false claims regarding voting by mail to attack our democratic process and even threatened to delay the election.

Importantly, voting from home, especially in the midst of a pandemic is safe, secure, and convenient and only Congress can change the date of our elections.



Congressman DeSaulnier Passes Efforts to Protect Workers and Students from Coronavirus

American workers and students are counting on Congress for support during this pandemic. Two amendments Congressman DeSaulnier authored to examine the effects of telecommuting and to increase funding to support students and their families passed on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. To learn more, click here.

On the House Floor

  • In two separate votes (H.R. 7027 and H.R. 7327), Congressman DeSaulnier showed his support for protecting the children and workers in the child care industry, which has been deeply impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • With Congressman DeSaulnier’s support, the U.S. House passed a bill to fund services for workers, students, police reform, and NIH funding (H.R. 7617).
  • To support our nation’s water infrastructure, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 7575).


The Census benefits you, your family, and your neighbors by getting our community the funding it deserves for schools, hospitals, and infrastructure. If you’ve completed the Census’ 9 easy questions, challenge a friend and neighbor to do the same. Click the link below for more information.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress