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Mark Speaks Out Against the Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh

October 9, 2018
DeSaulnier Digest

This past week, was a historic week for our country as the nation was gripped by the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

At our upcoming town hall in Richmond, we will be discussing what is happening in Washington, DC, and I will take your questions on topics ranging from legislation we are working on in Congress, the Supreme Court confirmation process, and much more. Details for the town hall are below. We hope to see you there!  

Richmond Town Hall
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lovonya DeJean Middle School
Multipurpose Room
3400 Macdonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94805
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.

Please RSVP by visiting https://desaulnier.house.gov/town-hall-rsvp, or contact my offices in Walnut Creek or Richmond for more information about the event.

MARK'S STATEMENT ON THE CONFIRMATION OF BRETT KAVANAUGH

"This is a transformative moment in our history where women are speaking out and taking great risks to make their voices heard. While our Constitution and its subsequent amendments guarantee equality for women, we as a country have yet to fulfill that promise. Unfortunately, some people want to go back in time. They believe that an "enlightened" world of white males is what makes this country great.

Today, a black mark in our history was made by a President who forcefully elevated to the Supreme Court a man who was not properly investigated, committed perjury before the U.S. Senate, and has neither the moral character nor judicial temperament to be a judge in any court in the United States of America.

In times like these, things do not come easily - they come with a struggle, but we cannot let our voices be silenced. This is a country that should inspire merit irrespective of gender, ethnicity, or sexual preference. We must keep fighting for justice, equality, and a better America."


MARK'S LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Aviation Safety Measures Signed into Law:

We are pleased to announce that our four safety measures to help prevent runway accidents were signed into law on Friday as part of the bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next five years.

As a frequent flyer, I feel fortunate that our nation's air travel system is safe and the number of accidents have steadily declined in recent years. However, the recent rise in near-miss incidents across the country has given us reason to pause and evaluate if we are doing all we can to prevent accidents before a catastrophe occurs. Our safety provisions will address some of the challenges that contributed to high profile close calls and are a step in the right direction. Regardless, there is still more work to be done, and we are currently drafting legislation that will address remaining gaps in aviation safety. To learn more about our safety measures, click here.


MARK AROUND TOWN

Meeting One-On-One with Residents at El Cerrito Resource Fair

Mark stopped by the El Cerrito Senior Resource Fair and met-one-on-one with residents to answer questions about federal legislation and assist with issues related to Social Security, Medicare, the Veteran's Administration, or other federal agencies. If you were unable to join us, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office for help. 

Experiencing Richmond's Diverse and Rich History

As a history buff, Mark thoroughly enjoyed visiting to the Richmond Museum of History to view old books, newspapers, and periodicals that detail Richmond's history - from its early days as the birthplace of the idea for the transcontinental railroad, to WWII when the biggest wartime shipbuilding operation on the West Coast sprung up on its shores, to the colorful and diverse history of today.

Discussing the Importance of Guaranteeing Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Mark met with members of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of the Bay Area and children living with Type 1 Diabetes to discuss the importance of supporting the Special Diabetes Program, and my support for NIH funding, guaranteeing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and ensuring access to insulin.


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:

  • 56 constituents called on me to oppose the Republicans' recent tax package, which will add at least $3.2 trillion to the national debt and dismantles the state and local tax program.
  • 32 constituents wrote in favor of emphasizing benefits to American workers and protecting the environment in renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

LEGISLATION MARK RECENTLY SUPPORTED 

Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act (H.R. 4345) - helps facilitate the development of veteran treatment courts to keep veterans who commit crimes as a result of mental health issues out of jail and focused on treatment

Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (H.R. 1318) - supports initiatives to reduce pregnancy-related deaths


LETTERS MARK RECENTLY SENT

Letter to President Trump urging him to rescind Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court

Letter urging Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to treat immigrant children in his care humanely in response to reports that they have been moved to live in tent cities

Letter urging the State Department to rescind the decision to stop issuing visas to unmarried same-sex partners of diplomatic personnel

Letter to President Trump to oppose the Administration's moves to roll back important measures to reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry

Letter to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing the Administration's proposed replacement of the Clean Power Plan

Letter urging Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar to resume collective bargaining with the union representing HHS employees after it has refused to bargain with the union, and has falsely claimed that it has reached an impasse with the union

Sincerely,
Signature
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress