It was once again a busy week in Congress as House Democrats passed the coronavirus relief package. Read on for an update on this bill, a recap of our latest town hall, and other news. As always, do not hesitate to contact my office if we can be of assistance to you or your family.
House Passes American Rescue Plan Act
Democrats in the House have been hard at work paving the way for additional coronavirus relief with the American Rescue Plan Act. This bill takes crucial steps to combat the coronavirus by mounting a national vaccination program; scaling up testing and tracing; providing critical funding to treat and protect all Americans, including in communities of color; supporting the VA’s ability to meet the treatment needs of our nation’s veterans; and investing in the resources to safely reopen schools. The American Rescue Plan Act also provides relief for working families and Americans hit hardest by the pandemic. It includes $1,400 per person in direct assistance to households in need, extends and expands unemployment insurance, increases the federal minimum wage to $15 phased in over five years, expands access to reliable childcare and affordable health care, and extends enhanced SNAP benefits. Finally, it provides funds to protect renters and homeowners and funding for enhancements to refundable tax credits like the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Congressman DeSaulnier was proud to vote in support of this bill, which passed the House by a vote of 219-to-212.
Congressman DeSaulnier Unveils Bill to Review and Correct Historical Injustices
Now more than ever, we must come together as a nation to dismantle the systems that were built to disadvantage people of color. A critical piece of this work is to confront and correct injustices experienced by individuals and groups that were based on bias, discrimination, and hate at the hands of the federal government. One example that inspired this legislation is the case of the Port Chicago 50. To address such injustices, Congressman DeSaulnier introduced the Confronting and Correcting Historical Injustices Act, a bill that would establish an independent commission responsible for reviewing and investigating federal cases in which individuals and groups have been unjustly discriminated against and recommend legislative or executive action to make those people whole. Read more about the bill here.
Congressman DeSaulnier Passes Measure to Expand Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park
Congressman DeSaulnier passed an effort to mark a local historic site at the Nystrom Elementary School as part of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California. The amendment was successfully included in the Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act (H.R. 803), a package of bills that takes steps to conserve public lands and waters, protect communities from the effects of the climate crisis, and support the Biden Administration’s commitment to advancing environmental initiatives. The bill passed the U.S. House by a vote of 227-to-200. You can read more about this amendment here.
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION TOWN HALL
Joined by a panel of gun safety experts, Congressman DeSaulnier hosted a town hall to explore how we can reduce gun violence in California and across the country. If you missed the event or would like to rewatch, click here or on the image below.
Congressman DeSaulnier spoke with Chip Franklin of KGO News to discuss why commonsense measures to end gun violence are so important, especially following the attack on the Capitol. Click here or on the image below to learn more.