Impeachment Update, Facebook Town Hall, Women’s Event, and More

October 28, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

We are thinking about all who have been impacted by the wildfires and power outages confronting Contra Costa and Northern California. We thank the first responders throughout our region who are working to protect our communities and encourage all Contra Costa residents to stay alert and informed. As the weather changes and conditions evolve over the next few days, you can stay up to date by visiting https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/. As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office if you need assistance.

Sincerely,
Signature
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress

AT A GLANCE

In this week's Digest, you will find information on Congressman DeSaulnier's:

  • Upcoming town halls;
  • Amendment on election security; and
  • Recognition of the incredible work of Betty Reid Soskin.

UPCOMING TOWN HALLS

As Congress will vote this week on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, we want to give Contra Costa residents a chance to share their opinions on what is going on in Washington. Please join us on Wednesday for a Facebook Town Hall to discuss the latest updates. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates on what time the town hall will begin.

This Saturday, November 2nd, we will host a town hall on “Women in Leadership, Politics, & Society” at the Danville Community Center to discuss topics like the need to close the gender pay gap, protect women’s health care, increase female representation in government, and more. We hope that you will join us and our panel of distinguished women, listed below. To RSVP, click here.

IMPEACHMENT UPDATE

  • 5 weeks into the inquiry;
  • 16 subpoenas issued;
  • 3 arrests;
  • Last week, Ambassador William Taylor, the Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, delivered explosive testimony detailing the clear quid pro quo demanded by President Trump in exchange for U.S. military assistance to Ukraine.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Passed an Amendment to Protect Our Nation’s Elections

In 2016, foreign agents used disinformation campaigns on social media to influence the Presidential election. The Stopping Harmful Interreference in Elections for Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act (H.R. 4617) will help prevent these bad actors from being able to make an impact in the future by requiring campaigns to report election interference and limiting political spending by foreign nationals and organizations. Mark successfully included an amendment to the bill that would require the FEC to alert state officials when it becomes aware of disinformation campaigns targeting elections in a state. This will enable states, who manage all elections, to more quickly and appropriately respond and keep elections secure. Mark voted in support of the SHIELD Act, which passed by a vote of 227-to-181.

Working to Support Patients Throughout Their Cancer Diagnosis

When a person is diagnosed with cancer, they should be able to focus on one thing – getting well. Patient navigators, who are equipped to help guide patients through the complexities of life changes associated with a diagnosis, can be a vital resource. While some patients currently have access to these professionals, many of the most at-risk Americans do not. That is why Mark and his colleague Representative Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) introduced the Patient Navigation Assistance Act (H.R. 4830) to allow Medicare to pay for patient navigation series.

Mark Voted to Block Criminals from Avoiding U.S. Disclosure Laws

Shell companies are often used by terrorists, money launderers, and criminals to hide illicit funds because there is no requirement that the actual owner of the company be disclosed. The Corporate Transparency Act (H.R. 2513) would require companies to disclose their true, beneficial owners when the company is formed, making it more difficult for these bad actors like terrorists to hide their money. Mark supported H.R. 2513, which passed by a vote of 249-to-173. 

RECOGNIZING A LOCAL HERO ON THE HOUSE FLOOR

Last week, Mark took to the floor to give a speech about his constituent, friend, and pillar of Contra Costa, Betty Reid Soskin. She is fondly known as the National Park Service’s oldest serving ranger – at 98 years old – and has educated thousands of visitors about the Rosie the Riveter story and her own experience as a young black woman working in Richmond during World War II. Betty’s colleagues, fans, and friends deeply admire her activism, leadership, and dedication to social justice. Her positivity, sense of self, and commitment to doing what is right and preserving and honoring our past continues to inspire Mark and everyone she meets.

To watch the video, click HERE.

IN COMMITTEE

Mark Takes the Gavel at the Oversight National Security Subcommittee on the Administration’s Policy in Syria  

Last Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing with Kurdish, human rights, and foreign policy stakeholders on the on-the-ground impacts of the President’s new Syria policy. Mark questioned the witnesses about the human rights toll caused by the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the recent invasion by Turkey.

To watch the Congressman’s full question line, click HERE.

BY THE NUMBERS

MARK AROUND TOWN

Mark joined the East Bay Leadership Council at East Brother Beer Company in Richmond to give a Congressional update