Reaction to Trump Administration’s Exit from the Iran Nuclear Deal
Dear Contra Costa County Residents:
As the House of Representatives returns to session this week, below is a snapshot of our recent work in Washington.
RECENT KEY VOTES
Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act (H.R. 3053)
Nuclear waste is currently stored temporarily at more than 100 sites around the country. To have a safe, long-term solution, we should engage in a robust, consent-based process and thorough environmental review. Instead, H.R. 3053 expanded the capacity of the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada by 37 percent without requiring an environmental review of this change. I opposed this bill because it falls short of a safe, comprehensive solution. The bill passed by a vote of 340-72.
Citizens' Right to Know Act (H.R. 2152)
In today's criminal justice system, too many people are put in jail simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. This bill is an attempt to undermine programs that work to ensure that a person's financial situation is not what determines whether they are incarcerated. I opposed this bill, which passed by a vote of 221-197.
MARK'S LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
DeSaulnier-Authored Opioid Bill Passes Committee and is Headed to House Floor for a Vote
This past week, bipartisan legislation that Mark authored with Congressman Buddy Carter to help fight the opioid epidemic has passed out of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, and is expected to be considered for a vote in the coming weeks. Over the past 20 years, the opioid prescribing rate has increased by 56 percent, or enough to provide nearly every adult in America with a bottle of pills. With such a high volume of prescriptions being written, there is a very serious and increased risk that prescriptions can be forged, fraudulent, or altered. As the bill heads to the floor for a vote, Mark hopes his colleagues from both sides of the aisle will join him in supporting this critical legislation to combat fraudulent prescriptions. Learn more about the bill here.
MARK AROUND TOWN
Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week and Recognizing Outstanding Students
In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we attended events honoring Contra Costa County's educators and students. Our teachers, who have chosen to devote their lives to educating the next generation, are part of the foundation of our society. Yet, all too often their hard work and dedication is underappreciated. In Congress, I am working to ensure that teachers receive the resources they need to help students thrive.
Thanking the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund and West County Teachers for All Their Hard Work
Acknowledging Contra Costa's Regional Occupation Program Students of Excellence
Celebrating Teachers and Students of the Year with the Danville and Sycamore Valley Rotary Club
OPINIONS FROM THE DISTRICT
Below are some of the top issues you shared with me over the last week:
- 245 constituents wrote in to ensure that the upcoming reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which contains nutrition programs that provide millions of Americans with essential food benefits through programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, supports people who need it the most.
- 127 constituents requested support for the Marine Mammal Protection Act to help strengthen protections for marine mammals' conservation.
- 121 constituents reached out to me in favor of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Payday Lending Rule to help protect our families and small businesses from deceptive lending practices.
LEGISLATION MARK RECENTLY SUPPORTED
Safe Equitable Campus Resources and Education (SECuRE) Act (H.R. 5241) - puts students with disabilities onto the radar of colleges in their sexual assault prevention efforts, policies, and procedures for response and support after an assault
Teacher Appreciation Week Resolution (H.Res. 876) - supporting the goal of increasing public school teacher pay and public education funding
Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act (H.R. 810) - strengthens penalties for people who illegally transfer firearms when they have a reasonable suspicion that such weapon will be used in an illegal manner
National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 4732) - would create a coin to commemorate the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum
Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act (H.R. 5545) - supports federal and local programs to prevent and treat drug use
LETTERS MARK RECENTLY SENT
Letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Azar opposing efforts by the Administration to tie the hands of doctors in the United States who provide reproductive health services
Letter to the World Health Organization Director General in support of Taiwan's participation as an observer in the upcoming World Health Assembly meetings
Letter to Secretary Mattis urging him to reverse his policy recommendations banning transgender men and women from serving in the military and requesting that he identify the "Panel of Experts" and principal advisors who helped draft it
Letter expressing concern to the State Department about the accelerating rate of murders of Colombian human rights defenders and community-based social leaders
Letter to the Department of Education General Counsel inquiring about possible conflicts of interest at the Office of Federal Student Aid
Letter to Secretary of Defense Mattis expressing concerns with the redaction of U.S. troop numbers in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan
MARK'S RECENT STATEMENTS
Congressman DeSaulnier Reacts to President Trump's Decision on Iran Nuclear Agreement:
"The Iran nuclear agreement is working. Since the United States joined other world leaders in 2015 to enact an unprecedented agreement to curtail Iran's nuclear power, Iran went from being able to build a nuclear weapon in two months to now being delayed to a year. This irresponsible decision by President Trump to withdraw from the agreement is harmful to the United States, our allies, and the international community. At a time when tensions are high in the Middle East and smart diplomacy is critical to preventing conflict, withdrawal could embolden Iran as a greater threat in the region, will erode American credibility on the international stage, and will isolate us from other world leaders who are remaining in the deal."
MARK IN THE NEWS
I joined ABC7 to discuss the need for automakers to detail their commitment to current fuel economy standards and reject the Trump Administration's proposed rollbacks, which would obstruct progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption.