Protecting Younger Athletes, Older Workers, & Defrauded Students

January 21, 2020
DeSaulnier Digest

As the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump began this afternoon with debate about the rules and process, evidence continues to come to light affirming that the President abused the power of his office for personal gain. Last week, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the President broke the law by withholding aid to Ukraine in order to strong-arm the new Ukrainian President to investigate former Vice President Biden.

For more updates like this, join us this Thursday, January 23rd in Martinez for an impeachment town hall with Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05).

You can RSVP for the town hall here. We hope to see you there!

Impeachment Town Hall with Rep. Thompson
Thursday, January 23rd 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Alhambra High School Performing Arts Building
150 E Street Martinez, CA 94553
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.

Sincerely,
Signature
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress

AT A GLANCE

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

  • New legislation to support early childhood mental health and
  • An effort to reduce age discrimination.

IN THE NEWS

As the impeachment trial begins in the Senate, Congressman DeSaulnier sat down with Dan Ashley of ABC7 News to discuss the importance of the Senate doing what’s right and upholding its oath of office by ensuring that the trial is as fair and transparent as possible. He also spoke about the need to protect student-athletes from the dangers of concussions and the best ways to do so.

Congressman DeSaulnier joined KTVU Fox 2 to discuss the impeachment of President Trump and what comes next as the trial begins in the Senate.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Congressman DeSaulnier Introduces Legislation to Protect Student Athletes

The Congressman introduced the bipartisan Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act (H.R. 5611), which would require states to form concussion management teams and develop concussion guidelines, as well as ensure that students who have concussions receive appropriate academic support. This year, the bill received support from the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA, and U.S. Soccer Federation, among other groups. You can read more about the bill HERE.

Mark Introduces Legislation to Increase Access to Early Childhood Mental Health Services

Millions of Americans have loved ones who benefit from mental and behavioral health services, but far too often these interventions come too late. The evidence is clear: the sooner children receive support, the more they thrive. That is why Mark introduced the Early Childhood Mental Health Support Act (H.R. 5569), which would give funding to Head Start and early childhood centers to provide mental health services to young children. These early interventions will go a long way to support students and their families and help to destigmatize vital mental and behavioral health care. To learn more about this bill, click HERE.

Leading Efforts to Help Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers and Protect Older Workers Against Discrimination

Mark led the debate on a bill to begin consideration of legislation to protect older workers from discrimination and defrauded student loan borrowers. The first, H.J.Res. 76, would strike down a policy put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that makes it harder for students who were defrauded by their college to receive student loan debt relief. The second, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (H.R. 1230), would renew the ability of older workers to use the same standard to prove discrimination as women, racial minorities, and others. Mark successfully included an amendment to H.R. 1230 to support the EEOC in its work to protect older workers against discrimination. The Congressman voted yes on both bills, both of which passed with bipartisan support. You can watch Mark speaking on the floor in the video below.

IN THE COMMUNITY

Congressman DeSaulnier joined groups across Contra Costa to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to commemorate his work for justice and equality.