The DeSaulnier Digest: Upcoming Town Hall and Updates from a Busy Week in Congress

March 15, 2021
DeSaulnier Digest

Join me this Wednesday, March 17th at 11:30 a.m. PT for a town hall featuring the Biden Small Business Administration for an update on relief for small businesses in the American Rescue Plan and the Paycheck Protection Program. To register or submit a question for the event, RSVP by 8:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday by clicking here or on the image below. You will receive an email with the log-in information prior to the town hall. The discussion will also be broadcast live on my Facebook page (

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress


Congressman DeSaulnier Serves as House Rules Committee Manager for Three Bills Central to Democrats' Work on Behalf of the American People

Last week, Congressman DeSaulnier returned to D.C. and served as House Rules Committee manager for 3 important pieces of legislation that would help to end gun violence and protect workers' rights. To view the Congressman's full remarks, click here or on the image below.

Congressman DeSaulnier Hails Passage of Landmark Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

Congressman DeSaulnier is a longtime advocate for gun violence prevention and proud to have an "F" rating from the NRA. To promote commonsense solutions to gun violence, the House took up two measures to expand background checks. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8) would require a background check for every firearm sale in America, closing the loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to make a sale without performing a background check. The Enhanced Background Checks Act (H.R. 1446) would extend the initial background check review period from three to 10 business days, closing the "Charleston loophole" that allowed the sale of a gun that was used to kill nine people at Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina in 2015. H.R. 8 passed the House by a vote of 227-to-203 and H.R. 1446 passed by a vote of 219-to-210. Learn more here or by clicking the image below.

House Passes Workers’ Rights Legislation

The staggering rise in inequality we’ve seen over the past few decades has coincided directly with a decline in union membership. To address this inequality and get our economy working for all Americans, we must protect workers’ ability to unionize and negotiate for fair pay, decent benefits, and safe working conditions. As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, a former small business owner, and a former union member, Congressman DeSaulnier was proud to vote in support of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 842), to strengthen and expand workers' ability to unionize. The bill passed the House by a vote of 225-to-206. Learn more here or by clicking the image below.

Congress Passes the American Rescue Plan Act

Following a final vote in the House, the American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law by President Biden on March 11th. The American Rescue Plan Act represents a promise to the American people that despite the Trump Administration’s inaction, we have not abandoned them on their path to recovery. The bill provides survival checks of up to $1,400 to individuals, extends and expands unemployment benefits, invests in acceleration and expansion of vaccinations, provides support to re-open schools safely, and offers relief to our hardest-hit small businesses, among many other things. Learn more about the package here or by clicking the image below.


To read more on the legislation Congressman DeSaulnier helped pass to reduce gun violence, click here or on the image below.