Passes Measure on Key Climate Bill, Introduces Loan Forgiveness Help for Public Servants

May 6, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

Things in Washington seem to be busier than ever before with Democrats in the majority in the House and in the aftermath of the release of the redacted Mueller Report. Some of the important work we are doing is highlighted below.

Sincerely,
Signature
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress

AT A GLANCE

In this week’s Digest, you will find information on:

  • Passage of Mark’s amendment to the Climate Action Now Act (H.R. 9);
  • Mark’s committee discussion of the Medicare For All Act; and
  • Our work in the community.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Congressman DeSaulnier Passes Measure to Prove U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement Will Harm America’s Workers and Economic Competitiveness

Last week, the House considered the Climate Action Now Act (H.R. 9), a bill that ensures the United States honors our commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement and lays the groundwork for further climate action. Congressman DeSaulnier authored an amendment requiring the Administration to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to produce a report on the impacts of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement on U.S. workers and U.S. global economic competitiveness. It is important to have a comprehensive, scientific perspective on the dangers of inaction and the impact of the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The amendment was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, and H.R. 9 passed by a vote of 231-to-190.

To see the Congressman’s remarks on his amendment, click below:

Congressman DeSaulnier Introduces Bill to Promote Loan Forgiveness for Public Servants

Congressman DeSaulnier joined with Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) to introduce the What You Can Do for Your Country Act (H.R. 2441), a bill to strengthen the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which allows America’s public servants to qualify for student loan debt relief after working full-time for 10 years at certain nonprofit organizations or for local, state, or federal government. Implementation failures at the U.S. Department of Education resulted in only one percent of eligible applicants being approved for loan forgiveness. The PSLF program started as a simple promise to dedicated public servants, but the Department of Education has made it almost impossible to deliver on that promise. This bill will help make borrowers whole who were cheated by layers of bureaucratic incompetence and implement lessons learned for future borrowers. Our nation’s hard-working public employees fight the stigma of bureaucracy every day – they should not be victims of it.

To read more about the bill, CLICK HERE.

IN COMMITTEE

Mark Discusses Making Our Health Care System More Affordable and Fair at the First-Ever Hearing on Medicare for All

Health care is a human right that should be available to all Americans regardless of their income. The Medicare for All Act (H.R. 1384) would provide high-quality health care to every American with no out of pocket costs. Mark joined his colleagues on the Rules Committee in hearing from physicians, researchers, and advocates like Ady Barkan – all of whom made clear that our current system is failing those who cannot afford good care.

Click below to watch the Congressman’s comments:

At the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Mark took the gavel last week at a hearing to listen to Members’ priorities and he discussed the importance of the intersection between housing and transportation with Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43).

BY THE NUMBERS

IN THE COMMUNITY

Richmond Promise celebrated its 2019 scholarship recipients with its 4th Annual Scholars Celebration at the Richmond Auditorium.

Future Build Cohort 15 held its graduation ceremony this week at Small World Park in Pittsburg and celebrated its newest group of future tradespeople by awarding certificates in solar, energy, and construction trades.