The DeSaulnier Digest: Yesterday's Town Hall and an Update on Coronavirus Relief

August 11, 2020
DeSaulnier Digest

Yesterday I hosted a town hall with former Chief Economist at the Obama Department of Labor & current Berkeley professor, Jesse Rothstein to discuss how coronavirus has affected the economy. If you were not able to join us, you can watch the event here or by clicking the image below.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress


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

  • An update on coronavirus relief discussions in Washington;
  • President Trump's declaration of war on Social Security and Medicare; and
  • Congressman DeSaulnier's efforts to increase transparency and accountability in transportation projects.


House Democrats passed the HEROES Act over three months ago to help states fund hospitals, pay frontline workers, and get money into the pockets of families struggling because of the pandemic. Senate Republicans and the President continue to obstruct this legislation that would provide much needed relief to the American people. The President’s Executive Orders are a distraction that will have no real impact. As a result, millions of working families face the prospect of eviction and the inability to pay their bills. As our economic recovery begins to slow and millions of Americans remain out of work, Republicans must extend unemployment benefits immediately.   



Congressman DeSaulnier Authors Bill to Increase Transparency and Accountability in Transportation Projects

Today, Congressman DeSaulnier announced the introduction of the Metropolitan Planning Enhancement Act to make sure that transportation projects are funded because they better local communities, not because of political connections. This bill would mandate that projects are assessed using objective criteria to restore public confidence and ensure badly needed infrastructure improvements are funded. To read more, click here.