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The Trump Shutdown Continues

January 14, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest


Today marks the 24th day of the Trump Shutdown-the longest shutdown in American history. Before we provide you with an update, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the incredible hardship and sacrifice being made by the 800,000 federal employees, 37,000 of whom live in California, who missed their first regularly-scheduled paycheck last Friday.

In addition to voting multiple times to re-open the government, I led a letter to banks, mortgage lenders, and credit unions to recognize the customer-first work being done by some credit unions around the country to provide interest-free loans to affected federal employees. I also joined hundreds of federal workers in marching to the White House to show the President just some of the suffering that is being caused by his shutdown.


In addition to information on the shutdown, in this week's Digest you will find information on:

  • Update on California wildfires
  • Our bill to improve and revitalize the Contra Costa Canal


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 proudly joined hundreds of federal workers to raise our voices and demand that Donald Trump re-open the government. Click the image to watch.

Mark's message to Contra Costa families impacted by the Trump Shutdown. Click the image to watch.

More of Mark joining federal workers to demand action.



California Wildfires

Donald Trump threatened to cut federal funding to assist Californians who are recovering from wildfires. He would rather punish his political foes to gin up support from his base than assist California families still suffering from the fires. I joined my fellow colleagues from California in condemning the President's threat and requesting he immediately restore federal support for Californians recovering from wildfires.

Upgrading the Contra Costa Canal

I joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to introduce legislation to improve the safety and upkeep of important water supply infrastructure. The Contra Costa Canal Transfer Act (H.R. 432/S. 93) would transfer the title of the Contra Costa Canal System to the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD), enabling the CCWD to undertake necessary upgrades to the system. The bill would help eliminate safety risks while maintaining recreation opportunities. Learn more about our bill here.

Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress