DeSaulnier Hosts East Bay Biden Cancer Summit

September 24, 2018
DeSaulnier Digest


As the House of Representatives returns to Washington this week, below is a snapshot of our work last week across Contra Costa County.


On Friday, we joined former Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and 450 summits worldwide for a global day of action to eradicate cancer. During our East Bay Biden Cancer Community Summit, we hosted a discussion with a panel of doctors and researchers to discuss innovative ways to fight cancer, and a second panel of survivors who shared their moving stories. To watch the full discussion, click here.  

Unveiled Legislation to Support Patients Before, During, and After a Cancer Diagnosis
During our Summit, I unveiled my bipartisan bill with Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) to help connect cancer patients with a trained professional who can guide them and their families through the complexities of the health care system. These patient navigators provide services like communicating with a patient's health care team, managing medical paperwork, connecting patients with doctors, scheduling appointments, arranging transportation to and from treatment, and answering insurance questions. With all of the unknowns that come with a diagnosis, patient navigators provide much needed support to patients and their families. To learn more about our bill, click here.

My Story
Three years ago, I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. As a cancer survivor, like so many others, I publicly shared my story to add my voice to the growing number of people fighting cancer and other chronic conditions. Read my story in the East Bay Times article below.


We convened a meeting with Bay Area transit agencies, academics, and Uber and Lyft to discuss the transportation challenges we are facing in our region and how we can work towards solutions for increasing access and mobility for commuters.


Service Academy Night in Richmond
Each year, the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine academies accept a select few of our country's best and brightest students to a four-year undergraduate program. As a Member of Congress, I have the privilege of nominating students who live in California's 11th district and exhibit the type of character, scholarship, leadership, physical aptitude, goals, and motivation required by our service academies. If you are interested in learning more about the application process, I invite you to attend our upcoming information session to ask questions, meet with representatives from the service academies, and learn about the nomination process.

Richmond Service Academy Night 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
First Floor
Richmond, CA 94804


Hearing directly from you not only informs my work in Congress, but also is my favorite part of being your Representative. To share your opinions with me you can either email me or take our survey.

Below are some of the top issues you shared with me over the last week:

  • 136 constituents wrote in favor of disaster relief funding for regions impacted by Hurricane Florence.
  • 114 constituents opposed a partisan reauthorization of the Farm Bill out of fears that it will cut essential nutrition programs like SNAP.


Resolution on Refugee Admissions (H.Res. 1073) - urges the United States to set the refugee admissions for the coming year at no less than 110,000 people after the Administration slashed it down to less than 30,000

Same Day Registration Act (H.R. 1044) - requires states to make same-day voter registration available at polling places


Letter signed by more than 60 colleagues in the House and Senate insupport of the Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco this month

Letter to President Trump condemning his recent Twitter remarks denying the fatalities in Puerto Rico from Hurricanes Irma and Maria and their aftermath


Mark spoke with the East Bay Times about the ongoing calls for a statewide probe of the Catholic Church. Read the full article by clicking the image below.