Leader Pelosi's Historic 8 Hour Speech on Behalf of Dreamers

February 12, 2018
DeSaulnier Digest

Dear Contra Costa Residents:

 Before heading back to Washington, we will be hosting our 58th town hall and mobile district office hour in Pleasant Hill this evening. We hope you will consider joining us for a timely discussion on issues facing our country, including the budget, the economy, and immigration. I will also be in Concord on March 3rd, if you are unable to join us tonight. Stay tuned for more details.

Pleasant Hill Town Hall
Monday, February 12, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Diablo Valley College, Cafeteria
321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


IN THE NEWS: BUDGET AGREEMENT

After voting against the budget agreement last week, I issued the following statement explaining my no vote.

“I cannot support giving the already bloated Department of Defense (DoD) hundreds of billions of dollars in additional funds when $8.5 trillion previously given to the DoD was unaccounted for, $125 billion in wasteful spending was buried, and just this week it was reported that the agency lost track of $800 million more, and the DoD has never had a complete audit. Taxpayer dollars should be spent in a transparent, efficient manner and reflect the priorities and needs of working families.

“This 652 page major piece of legislation had no hearings, no non-partisan analysis, and could not be read by most Members.

“I am also concerned that this so-called deal did not include a commitment from Republican Leadership to bring a bipartisan immigration bill to be debated and voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives, so there would be an open debate and Democrats and Republicans would vote, and be held to account for their votes, by the American people. The ‘People’s House’ needs to return to an open and functioning democratic institution.”


RECENT KEY VOTES

Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (H.R. 4924)

For too long, the House of Representatives had a deeply flawed system in place to protect staff against sexual harassment and support them through the process. This bill will create more protections for victims of assault, support staff, reduce the financial burden of reporting a claim, and prevent perpetrators including Members of Congress from using taxpayer dollars to make payouts to their accusers. I supported this bill.

Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act (S. 96)

Otherwise known as Kari’s Law, this bill requires direct dialing for 911 calls made on multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) frequently used by hotels, offices, and other enterprises. The namesake of the bill is Kari Hunt, who was murdered in a hotel room while her 9-year-old daughter unsuccessfully tried calling 911 four times but failed because of the required prefix. I supported this bill to help ensure that this tragedy never happens to someone else.

Anti-Consumer Protection Bills

Two bills, both of which would undermine commonsense regulations set up under Dodd-Frank, were considered on the floor this week. Taken separately, they deregulate banks and taken together, they are part of the larger scheme to prioritize big banks and big donors over everyday Americans. I opposed both of these bills (H.R. 1153 and H.R. 4771) to stand up for the people the government should be protecting.


MARK AROUND TOWN

Leader Pelosi’s Historic 8 Hour Speech

I joined Leader Nancy Pelosi as she shared the story of a Dreamer from Contra Costa County during her historic 8 hour speech on the House floor. Marco is a local resident who has demonstrated incredible courage by sharing his story about how DACA has helped him achieve his dream of helping residents successfully reenter society after being in prison. His work is helping make our community healthier and safer. To watch his story click the image below.

Saint Mary’s in the Capitol

I enjoyed welcoming Saint Mary's College of California to Washington, DC and highlighting the good work the college is doing to prepare today’s students to be the leaders of tomorrow.


OPINIONS FROM THE DISTRICT  

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:

- 1,208 constituents contacted me in support of the removal of Representative Devin Nunes from his Chairmanship on the House Intelligence Committee and from Russia interference investigations, in the wake of the recently-released Nunes Memo.

- 614 constituents wrote to me to express their outrage at the repeal of Network Neutrality by the FCC.

- 350 constituents sent me letters asking to preserve the Antiquities Act and protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, which have been opened for public drilling by the Trump Administration.

- 95 constituents spoke out against the Streamlining Environmental Approvals Act (H.R. 313), one of the Republican Majority’s many misguided attempts to roll back protections of our public lands and waters to benefit large corporations.


LEGISLATION MARK RECENTLY SUPPORTED

Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act (H.R. 4680) – prohibits the detention of individuals based solely on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and renounces the detention of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Reaching English Learners Act (H.R. 4838) – funds the development of teacher preparation programs that train future teachers to instruct English learners.

Stop Harmful and Abusive Telecommunications Expression (HATE) Act (H.R 4527) – orders an updated report to Congress analyzing the role new forms of communication play in generating violence and carrying out hate crimes, like cyberbullying.

 


LETTERS MARK RECENTLY SENT

Letter to Governor Brown from Bay Aream Members of Congress seeking clarification on his plans for the WaterFix tunnels and steps to ensure transparency and accountability in the process.

Letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) opposing cuts or changes to a critical agency in the fight against the opioid crisis – with the opioid crisis ravaging the United States, it is now more important than ever to ensure that the office responsible for combating drug addiction has the funding and structure it needs to effectively carry out its mission.

Letter to President Trump urging him to protect funding for programs that support Palestinian refugees – in order to ensure safety and stability in the Middle East, the United States must continue to contribute to the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA).


MARK IN THE NEWS

After witnessing Leader Nancy Pelosi’s finest hour fighting for our highest democratic ideals, I spoke with ABC7 News and the San Francisco Chronicle about her historic speech on the House floor, Congressional budget negotiations, the need for an open debate and vote on bipartisan Dreamer legislation, and how we return the House to a functioning democratic institution.

ABC7 Bay Area: Interview on Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Historic 8 Hour Speech

To watch the interview click the image below.


San Francisco Chronicle: Pelosi speaks for 8 hours on House floor, demands debate on ‘Dreamers’

“This is a pivotal moment,” DeSaulnier said. “For me, it’s about the Republicans’ refusal to follow the norms of a functioning democratic institution. It’s much bigger than the Dreamers. It’s about does a democracy work. It’s not only the right thing do to, it’s her finest hour.”