Paying Tribute to Chairman Cummings

October 21, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

Last Thursday, October 17th, our nation and Congress suffered a great loss with the passing of House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings. He was a steadfast force for good and had a knack for bringing both sides together. Chairman Cummings was a true statesman and defender of justice, who will be remembered for his goodness, decency, and integrity.

I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work alongside him. In the days since his passing, I find myself remembering a saying he would use often: “come on now, we are better than this.” Please join me in remembering Chairman Cummings — because of his service, Congress and our country are better off.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress


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

  • Impeachment update;
  • Engagement on the future of work; and
  • Upcoming town halls.


  • 4 weeks into the inquiry;
  • 13 subpoenas issued;
  • 3 arrests;
  • Despite White House and State Department attempts to block witness testimony, several senior diplomats and officials, including U.S. Ambassador to the E.U Gordon Sondland, have testified before impeachment committees.


Mark Led the Floor Debate on Consumer Protection Bills

Last week we considered two bills to protect consumers by giving Americans access to clear, digestible information that will help them make informed investment decisions. The share of income going to the top 10% in this country is skyrocketing. In 2019, a person in the bottom 10% gets a $50 tax cut and a person in the top 1 percent gets a $34,000 tax cut. We have an obligation to our workers, who sacrifice and provide so much for our country to give them something in return. Mark spoke on the House Floor in support of the Outsourcing Accountability Act (H.R. 3624) and the SEC Effectiveness Testing Act (H.R. 1815). He also voted in favor of both bills, which passed in the House.

To watch Mark on the Floor, click HERE.


Mark Continues His Future of Work Effort

Last week, Mark had the opportunity to share his comprehensive research on the Future of Work, Wages, and Labor with his colleagues in Congress. At a roundtable organized by the Committee on Education and Labor, experts from across the country came to share their diverse perspectives on the phenomenon. One expert was our own Doug Bloch from Contra Costa County.


We are hosting two upcoming town halls during the month of November. First we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of a woman's right to vote and discussing the work still left to accomplish gender equity at our "Women in Leadership, Politics, and Society" town hall. Second, we are holding our historic 100th town hall and district office hour since taking office. Details for the town halls are below. You can RSVP for one or both here. We hope to see you there!

Women in Leadership, Politics, and Society Town Hall
Saturday, November 2nd
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Danville Community Center
420 Front St., Danville, CA 94526
Doors Open at 12:30 p.m. 

100th Congressional Town Hall
Thursday, November 7th
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Concord High School Multi-Purpose Room
4200 Concord Blvd., Concord, CA 94521
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.