Holding Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable and Promoting Clean Cars

May 20, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

In Washington last week, Democrats in the House passed our signature bill to reduce prescription drug prices. As part of the package, my amendment to shed light on pharmaceutical companies that use federal funding to research drug development for profit was passed by the House of Representatives. This is an important step for our health care system, and one I am proud to have been a part of.

To hear more about what has been happening in Congress lately and to learn more specifically about our work to hold the Administration accountable, we encourage you to attend a “Protecting Our Democracy & The Mueller Report” town hall on May 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek. It will be an opportunity to learn about what needs to be done to safeguard our democratic systems as the 2020 election draws closer. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Signature
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress

AT A GLANCE

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

  • Mark’s effort to reduce prescription drug prices;
  • Our new bill to incentivize cleaner transportation; and
  • Mark’s historic House vote to promote LGBTQ+ equality.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Mark’s Successful Effort to Hold Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable for Prescription Drug Costs

Americans pay more for prescription drugs than people in most other high-income countries, despite many of these same drugs being developed with seed money and research from the federal government. For too long, companies have taken this funding, but their profit margins have been shrouded in secrecy. It is immoral for companies to prey on people in need of medication. Mark’s effort, which requires a simple study on how companies use taxpayer dollars to develop drugs, will help us better understand how much money companies are making off taxpayer investment. It is a first step towards holding companies accountable and slashing prescription drug prices.

To watch Congressman DeSaulnier’s comments on his amendment, click the photo below.

Mark Introduces Bill to Support Environmentally Friendly Vehicles and Technology

The transportation sector is the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. As a former member of the California Air Resources Board and Chairman of the transportation committees in both the California State Assembly and the California State Senate, Congressman DeSaulnier has seen firsthand how California’s forward-looking policies on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions drive innovation, economic growth, and job creation. To move us in the right direction, Mark introduced the Clean Corridors Act (H.R. 2616), which would direct $3 billion in federal dollars over the coming decade to construct and install infrastructure to support technologies like hydrogen fuel cell and electric battery-powered vehicles. This bill is supported by five groups, including the Association of Global Automakers and the National Resources Defense Council.

House of Representatives Passed the Historic Equality Act (H.R. 5)

Both society and the law must value the lives of others and treat every person with respect and dignity regardless of who they are, what they look like, or who they love. Last week, the House took a significant step towards protecting the rights of all citizens by passing the Equality Act (H.R. 5), a landmark bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Despite the historic gains made in recent years, LGBTQ+ Americans in most states still lack basic legal protections against discrimination that are afforded to most others in our country. Mark supported this bill, which passed by a vote of 236-to-173.

IN COMMITTEE

Mark Votes to Advance Desegregation Measures on Eve of Brown v. Board of Education Anniversary

Last Friday marked the 65th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional. Unfortunately, our nation has yet to fulfill the promise of that landmark decision, and our public schools are now more segregated than at any time since the 1960s. To honor this important anniversary and continue the fight for integration and equality, last week Mark voted in the Education and Labor Committee to advance the Equity and Inclusion in Enforcement Act (H.R. 2574) and the Strength in Diversity Act (H.R. 2639), two bills that address segregation and discrimination in our schools. 

IN THE NEWS

Mark joined Chip Franklin and Nikki Medoro of KGO 810 AM to talk about the Mueller Report, impeachment, and other news of the day

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IN THE COMMUNITY

Our office was honored to take part in the 11th annual Walk of Honor over the Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge where we honored the service of our military veterans.

At the Contra Costa County Office of Education’s annual ROP/CTE Students of Excellence Celebration, students from throughout Contra Costa were honored for their successful pasts and bright futures.