Join Us for a Town Hall in Danville
Over the last few weeks and months, we have been busy in Congress passing spending packages to fund vital federal services, holding the Administration accountable, and passing bills to improve the lives of everyday Americans. With so much going on, we want to share updates with Contra Costa residents and hear what you think about the topics that confront us here at home and in Washington. On July 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building in Danville, we will host a town hall to provide an update from Washington and to hear your thoughts. RSVP by clicking the graphic below. We hope you will join us!
Member of Congress
AT A GLANCE
In this week’s Digest, you will find information on:
- The effort Mark authored to protect veterans;
- Mark’s vote to support 9/11 first responders and the families of 9/11 victims; and
- Congressman DeSaulnier’s words on the situation at the Southern border and efforts to support students in the United States.
Mark’s Measure to Support Veterans Passed the House
Last week, Congressman DeSaulnier successfully included an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to study how an old rule disallowing veterans from simultaneously receiving separation and disability pay is hurting our nation’s veterans. Specifically, the amendment asks for information on how many veterans are impacted by this rule and how much money veterans have missed out on. The amendment was supported without any objections and was included in the larger NDAA package, which passed in the House by a vote of 220-to-197.
Congressman DeSaulnier’s Vote to Support Our 9/11 Heroes
The brave first responders who stepped up and sacrificed themselves for our nation on September 11th deserve our full support. Seventeen years later, cancer rates among 9/11 first responders are increasing at an alarming rate. After the attacks, Congress set up the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to provide financial support to first responders who were harmed and the families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks. Despite years of Democrats pushing to fund this program, it is on the brink of being depleted. Last week, we considered the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (H.R. 1327) to extend the fund through 2090, ensuring that all those harmed during the attacks have access to the resources they deserve for decades to come. Mark voted yes, and the bill passed by a vote of 402-to-12.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), childhood trauma is a public health crisis that affects millions of children every year and costs our economy roughly $2 trillion. Children who have gone through adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have higher rates of suicide, alcoholism, and drug use yet and in many cases do not get the help they need. At last week’s hearing in the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Congressman DeSaulnier questioned expert mental health witnesses about what we can do to support children and families to save lives and reduce the physical, mental, and financial burden that ACEs place on our population.
To see the exchange, click below.
IN THE NEWS
Mark joined KGO Radio’s Chip Franklin to discuss targeting of immigrants as well as the idea that everyone should have the Constitutional right to receive a quality education.