The DeSaulnier Digest: Updates from a Busy Week in Congress

August 2, 2021
DeSaulnier Digest


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

  • The $8.1 million Congressman DeSaulnier secured for Contra Costa in a House-passed bill;
  • Legislation authored by Congressman DeSaulnier to fulfill the promise of the ADA; and
  • Congress' efforts to Build Back Better with a bipartisan infrastructure bill.


Congressman DeSaulnier Secures $8.1 million for Projects in Contra Costa County
Congressman DeSaulnier is excited to announce he secured over $8 million for projects throughout Contra Costa County in an appropriations minibus (H.R. 4502) that passed the House last week. If signed into law, this funding would go to ten different projects in our community, including ones that would address behavioral and mental health, support our veterans, improve transportation accessibility, and increase internet access for students. H.R. 4502 now moves to the Senate for consideration. To learn more about these projects that would directly benefit Contra Costa, click here.

Congressman DeSaulnier Secures Funding to Support Student Engagement
Last week, an amendment authored by Congressman DeSaulnier to increase funding for Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) was included in the appropriations minibus (H.R. 4502) that passed the House by a vote of 219-to-208. The SFEC grant program helps states and school districts promote family involvement in a student's education. Congressman DeSaulnier was instrumental in the creation of the SFEC program and has successfully secured funding for the program throughout his time in Congress.

Bill to Provide Emergency Relief to Capitol Police Heads to President
After responding heroically to the attacks on January 6th and following months of heightened security at the Capitol after the insurrection, the Capitol Police and National Guard were in urgent need of financial relief to avoid staffing cuts and to be made whole. Months of Republican opposition finally gave way and Congressman DeSaulnier voted to provide $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for the cost of deployment to Capitol Hill and roughly $70 million to the Capitol Police to cover expenses incurred in response to the insurrection.

Congressman DeSaulnier Introduces Bill to Help Make Fitness Facilities More Accessible for Disabled Americans
The CDC recommends that Americans get 150 minutes a week of exercise, yet existing barriers make it hard for people with disabilities to meet this goal. To help ensure that people with disabilities can get their recommended exercise, Congressman DeSaulnier introduced the Exercise and Fitness for All Act (H.R. 4756). This bill would create new federal guidelines on accessibility for exercise equipment and facilities. To learn more about how this important legislation will help people with disabilities, click here.



FOX News
Congressman DeSaulnier joined Mike Emanuel of FOX News to discuss House Democrats efforts to ensure the bipartisan infrastructure bill meets the needs of the American people. Tune in to hear his thoughts on how Congress must come together to get this done and begin to build back better by clicking here or on the image below.

East County Today Highlights the Community Funding Congressman DeSaulnier Secured for Projects throughout our Community

Urban One Magazine
Congressman DeSaulnier was honored to author an op-ed for Urban One Magazine's Engaging Black America edition to discuss his work to tackle racial injustice through initiatives like the Conversation on Race town hall series and efforts to exonerate the Port Chicago 50. You can read the piece by clicking here or on the image below.