Democracy Awards

One Month of the Trump Shutdown

January 22, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

Today marks one month since Donald Trump shut down the government over his demands for a wall along our Southern Border. As a result of this shutdown, 800,000 federal workers are expected to miss their second paycheck, our economy has slowed, and many of our government services remain closed--jeopardizing safety and leaving many Americans on edge.


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

  • A summary of our efforts surrounding the government shutdown
  • Highlights from our emergency town hall on the shutdown
  • Our effort to include Contra Costa in wildfire planning


Mark's votes to end the shutdown:

Since Democrats have taken the majority in the House of Representatives, my Democratic colleagues and I have voted 9 times to end the shutdown. Yet, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have refused to take action to put an end to this shutdown.

  1. January 3 - Helped pass a package of six appropriations bills that have all previously either passed the Senate with unanimous or overwhelming bipartisan support.
  2. January 3 - Helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8 - giving the president and Congressional leadership time to negotiate a compromise on border security while reopening our government.
  3. January 9 - Helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.
  4. January 10 - Helped pass legislation to fund the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
  5. January 10 - Helped pass legislation to fund the Departments of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other key agencies.
  6. January 11 - Helped pass legislation to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior.
  7. January 15 - Voted to end the shutdown and fund the government through February 1.
  8. January 16 - Voted to fund disaster recovery efforts and to fund the government through February 8.
  9. January 17 - Voted to end the shutdown and fund the government through February 28.

Other efforts Mark has taken to help those impacted by the shutdown:

Throughout the shutdown, state and local governments and companies have stepped up to help federal workers who are impacted. A summary of the efforts Mark has taken is below:

  • Sent a letter to credit unions, banks, and mortgage lenders recognizing credit unions for offering interest-free loans to furloughed federal workers, in the hopes that other financial institutions will follow suit.
  • Sent a letter to Governor Newsom applauding his efforts to extend unemployment insurance to affected federal workers and offering to partner.
  • Sent a letter to Secretary DeVos encouraging her to support student loan borrowers impacted by the shutdown.
  • Cosponsored a bill to require the Treasury Department to offer interest- and fee-free loans to impacted federal employees.
  • Sent a letter to the CEO of Sallie Mae urging them to proactively help federal employees impacted by the shutdown.


On Saturday, we hosted an emergency town hall and resource fair to help those impacted by the shutdown. If you were unable to attend you can watch the full town hall here.

Below you will find highlights and press coverage of the event.  



Mark joined Phil Matier with CBS San Francisco to discuss the need to end the Trump Shutdown and stop the President's border wall proposal. Click the image to watch


Mark Urges Trump Administration to Include the East Bay in Wildfire Prevention Efforts

Given the President's hostile attitude toward the State of California and his recent threats to end federal funding for wildfire victims, Mark sent a letter to the Trump Administration urging the Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service to include the East Bay of San Francisco, and communities like it, when undertaking wildfire planning and prevention in California. You can read more on the letter here.



Mark Celebrates Martin Luther King Day

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, Mark joined his colleauges in sponsoring legislation celebrating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and attended several events in our community.