Impeachment Update and More

November 18, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

IMPEACHMENT UPDATE

  • This past week was the first week of public impeachment hearings (watch highlights here and here).
     
  • New Development: Ambassador Bill Taylor, top envoy to Ukraine, revealed that a member of his staff overheard the President ask Gordan Sondland, Ambassador to the European Union, about “those investigations” when discussing Ukraine during a July 26th phone call.

  • Over the Weekend: Former NSC official Tim Morrison testified that Ambassador Sondland told him that US aid to Ukraine was conditioned on the country announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

STAY UP-TO-DATE ON MARK'S WORK IN CONGRESS

Recognizing ‘Rosies’ on the House Floor

Last week, Mark took to the floor to speak in support of the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act (H.R. 1773), which honors the millions of trailblazing American women who joined the workforce in service to our nation during World War II. Thousands of women worked at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California – now home to the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park – where they produced over 700 ships, the most productive shipyards in history. The Rosies’ invaluable service helped to win the war and has inspired generations of women and men alike. As a sponsor of the bill, Mark supported H.R. 1773, which passed unanimously. 

Mark Leads Effort to Renew Charter for Export Assistance

Senate inaction has left the Export-Import Bank almost inoperable. In the past 5 years, Contra Costa was home to 9 exporters. Now, only 3 remain. The United States Export Finance Agency Act (H.R. 4863) would reauthorize the Bank and address the Senate’s inaction while improving and diversifying the Bank’s activities. Mark kicked off debate and supported the bill, which passed by a vote of 235-to-184.

MARK'S WORK IN THE COMMUNITY

Recognizing Bay Area Woman’s Efforts to Improve Cancer Treatment

Mark presented the Ellen L. Stovall award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care to Dana Dornsife, Founder and Board Chair of the Lazarex Cancer Foundation, on behalf of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). Dana’s work at Lazarex helps patients access and pay for expensive clinical trials – giving hope, dignity, and life to advanced stage and medically underserved cancer patients.

MARK'S WORK BY THE NUMBERS