The DeSaulnier Digest: Year in Review

December 20, 2021
DeSaulnier Digest

As we look ahead to the new year, I am proud to share a report of our community engagement, legislative accomplishments, and constituent services from 2021. I am also excited to provide an update on how the recently-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will impact the Bay Area as well as the progress Democrats are making to advance the Build Back Better Act, a major and badly-needed investment in American families.

We wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and look forward to continuing to serve Contra Costa in 2022. As always, if we can be assistance to you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Sincerely,
Signature
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress

MARK'S WORK TO SUPPORT CONTRA COSTA THROUGH COVID CRISIS

Since March 2020, over $3.6 billion was delivered to Contra Costa through pandemic relief, including:

  • $3 billion to keep small businesses open and keep people employed
  • $202.5 million to support our health care systems
  • $111 million to protect students and teachers
  • $38.7 million to keep people safely housed
  • $2.5 million to keep our transportation systems open and safe

DEMOCRATS CONTINUE RECOVERY EFFORTS

After being passed by Democrats in the House and Senate, President Biden signs $1.2 trillion infrastructure investment into law to:

  • Repair our crumbling roads and bridges
  • Create millions of good-paying union jobs
  • Bring an expected $4.5 billion to the Bay Area to upgrade transit lanes, expand BART and bus services, and enhance sidewalks and bus lanes
  • Support a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Improve the safey, efficiency, and affordability of public transit and rail

Democrats have also passed Build Back Better Act out of the House of Representatives, which would support American families by:

  • Ensuring free preschool for 3- and 4-year olds
  • Slashing child care costs
  • Lowering drug costs for seniors
  • Expanding the Child Tax Credit
  • Increasing affordable home care options
  • Cutting pollution and reducing energy costs