Mark Passes Multiple Bills Out of House

October 1, 2018
DeSaulnier Digest

Last week, while much of Capitol Hill and the media were focused on the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, we were hard at work passing multiple bills to make our aviation system safer, address the opioid epidemic, recognize our nation's dedicated youth, and honor a former dedicated civil servant of the Richmond community.

More on our legislative accomplishments and my position on the Kavanuaugh confirmation below.  


MARK'S LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

House Passes DeSaulnier Amendments to Address Aviation Safety in Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization

Following a series of high profile near misses across the country and in our backyard at SFO, we authored and passed four safety measures to help prevent runway accidents as part of the bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for five years.

Each of the amendments began with one goal in mind: to make our aviation system safer. While the FAA Reauthorization is a step in the right direction, there is more work to be done to address gaps in safety. We are drafting legislation that will enhance aviation safety and bring the industry in line with others that proactively plan for and minimize the human factors that can contribute to an accident. Click here, to learn more about our amendments.

            The Mercury News: House passes aviation safety bill prompted by SFO close calls

Mark Supports Reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (H.R. 302)

The overall bill that our safety amendments were included in reauthorized of the FAA for five years. The bill provides much needed stability and certainty for the FAA and also includes a number of important provisions on safety and passenger experience. In addition to my safety amendments, the bill will also require the FAA to establish minimum standards for seat dimensions on air craft, require the new planes to be equipped with secondary barriers to the cockpit, and establish rest period requirements for flight attendants. I supported this bill, which passed the House by a vote of 398-to-23.

Representatives DeSaulnier, Carter Pass Measure to Curb Fraudulent Prescriptions as Part of Bipartisan, Bicameral Opioid Package

Bipartisan legislation I authored with Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA) the only pharmacist in Congress, to empower pharmacists to exercise their right to deny suspected fraudulent prescriptions passed the House of Representatives as part of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6). This comprehensive package will address the growing opioid epidemic. I supported this legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 393-to-8. The bill has also passed the Senate and will be signed into law. Click here, to learn more about the bill.

        Tune in as Mark and Rep. Carter Discuss Their Bill

Senate Committee Unanimously Passes DeSaulnier Bill to Rename Richmond Post Office
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee unanimously passed Mark's bill to rename the Nevin Avenue Post Office in Richmond, California as the "Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building." Mr. McCraw was a dedicated public servant, a pillar in the Richmond community, and is more than deserving of this tribute. Earlier this month, this bill (H.R. 606) was unanimously passed in the House of Representatives. It will now be voted on by the full Senate. If passed, it will move to the President's desk to be signed into law. Click here, to learn more about the bill.

Legislation Authored by Representatives DeSaulnier and Brat to Renew the Congressional Award for Young Americans Passes House

Mark passed bipartisan legislation authored with Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA) to reauthorize the Congressional Award program. The Congressional Award Foundation is Congress's only charity and the highest honor a Member of the House or Senate can present to a youth civilian. Since the program was established in 1979, young Americans have contributed over 8.5 million hours of public service to communities around the country. It is an important way to honor dedicated youth, and we encourage Contra Costa's young people, and others around the country, to participate in the program. Click here, to learn more about the bill.


KAVANAUGH HEARINGS

As the news unfolded surrounding the Kavanaugh Hearings, Mark put out a series of statements following each development.

MARK IN THE NEWS 

National Transportation Safety Board Puts Forth Recommendations in Line with DeSaulnier's Work
The National Transportation Safety Board held a Board meeting to vote on the probable cause of the July 7th near miss at SFO, which put roughly a thousand lives in danger. The findings and recommendations from this meeting corroborate the work Mark has been doing, and amendments he included in the FAA Reauthorization will require the FAA to implement some of the recommendations put forth.

KOFY TV: DeSaulnier Discusses NTSB Findings

Mercury News: NTSB: Air Canada pilots' lack of awareness led to SFO near-disaster

Wall Street Journal: Taxiway Collisions Emerge as Biggest Threat to U.S. Air Travelers

https://desaulnier.house.gov/contact/emailRECENT KEY VOTES

Tax 2.0 Package

In yet another misguided move, Republicans moved forward with a bill that doubles down on their tax bill that put the ultra-rich and corporations over the middle class. This package, which was made up of three bills, permanently extends many of the harmful provisions in Republicans' original bill, further demonstrating their hypocrisy in only supporting increased spending when it benefits their wealthiest donors. I opposed this package, but unfortunately all three bills passed in the House.

Spending Package and Continuing Resolution (H.R. 6157)

Before the September 30th deadline, the House voted on a bill that would authorize spending for several government agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD). The HHS budget was better than in recent years and I was pleased to see a $2 billion increase for funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Unfortunately, this bill was coupled with increased DOD spending, which once again adds funding prematurely before its audit is completed. I remain steadfast in opposing any increases for the Pentagon until the American people know the extent of the wasteful spending that has already begun to be uncovered. I opposed this bill, which passed by a vote of 361-to-61.


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:

  • 161 constituents wrote in favor of increasing the number of refugees we admit to the United States.
  • 76 constituents expressed support for the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which helps preserve our parks, historic sites, recreation, and natural areas.

LEGISLATION MARK RECENTLY SUPPORTED

Protecting the Health and Wellness of Babies and Pregnant Women in Custody Act (H.R. 6805) - ensures access to resources necessary to meet the needs of pregnant women and children who are incarcerated including banning the use of restraints on pregnant and postpartum women

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2417) - requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees

Election Day Holiday Act (H.R. 6880) - makes Election Day a national holiday so Americans have the time they need to participate in our democracy

Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act (H.R. 6775) - establishes grants to ensure that every school can meet the recommended student-to-counselor ratio

Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act (H.R. 6594) - requires immediate reunification of immigrant children who remain separated from a parent or legal guardian

State Access to Firearms Evading Revocation (SAFER) Act (H.R. 5652) - makes it illegal to knowingly transfer or return a firearm to a person whose state license to possess or purchase firearms has been revoked or has had his/her firearms confiscated

Block Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0 (H.R. 4271) - blocks the implementation of Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0

Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act (H.R. 6238) - safeguards the rights of state, territorial, and local government employees to join a union and collectively bargain

Child Gun Access Prevention Act (H.R. 5941) - provides funds to states that enact CAP laws holding adults criminally liable if they leave an unsecured firearm in a manner that they know or reasonably should know is accessible to a child under 18


LETTERS MARK RECENTLY SENT

Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to use trauma-informed questioning with Dr. Ford during her testimony

Letter to Oversight Committee Chairman Gowdy requesting information on the Administration's implementation of the SECRET Act, which requires disclosures of White House processes for granting security clearances

Letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos specifying concerns that the unilateral policies she is planning will prevent employees from conducting their important work to investigate and prevent discrimination in education, including sex discrimination and sexual violence

Letter urging the Administration to reverse its decision to cut more than $230.1 million in assistance to help Palestinians in desperate need of food, healthcare, education, and clean water

Letter asking Boeing and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) to work together in supporting the flight technicians at Boeing to unionize in South Carolina

Letter to Secretary Pompeo urging the State Department to continue its practice of including critical information on reproductive rights in its annual human rights reports

Letter to the President condemning his Administration's efforts to dismantle the U.S. refugee program

Letter to Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta opposing a proposal to reduce workplace injury and illness reporting

Sincerely,
Signature
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress