Update on Impeachment and Upcoming Town Hall

November 4, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest

Last Thursday, the House voted to move into the next phase of our impeachment inquiry. The resolution, which passed without a single Republican Member in support, outlines the rights of Republican Members and the President or his attorney to be active participants in the process. It also empowers the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on the Judiciary to hold open impeachment hearings so that the public can watch the process unfold with their own eyes.

As our impeachment inquiry continues, please know that I will remain actively engaged and continue to provide regular updates.

Sincerely,
Signature
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress

AT A GLANCE

In this week's Digest, you will find more information on the impeachment inquiry and Congressman DeSaulnier's work on behalf of Contra Costa. Topics include:

  • Information about our 100th town hall and mobile district office hour;
  • Continued work to help #SaveIsabel and a conversation with Rachel Maddow; and
  • Reauthorization of America’s higher education system and our amendment to recruit and retain teachers.

IMPEACHMENT UPDATE

  • 6 weeks into the inquiry;
  • 16 subpoenas issued;
  • 3 arrests;
  • National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, testified that the White House left references the President made to former Vice President Joe Biden out of the transcript of the President’s call with Ukrainian President Zelensky.

Congressman DeSaulnier Votes to Advance Impeachment Inquiry

After more than five weeks of investigations, the House voted to move forward into the public phase of its impeachment inquiry. To watch Mark’s floor speech on the vote, click below.

Immediately following the vote, Mark hosted a Facebook Live town hall to answer questions and explain next steps.

UPCOMING TOWN HALLS

This Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Concord High School, we will hold our 100th town hall and mobile district office hour since coming to Congress. Please join us for a special update from Washington and an evening with our community. RSVP by clicking the link below.

IN COMMITTEE

Mark’s Continued Efforts to #SaveIsabel

On August 7, 2019, the Administration made a unilateral and irresponsible decision to end an immigration program that protects children and families with life-threatening medical conditions. Although the program has been reinstated, Isabel and many others in her situation are left in legal limbo as they await their fate. Mark demanded answers from Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli at USCIS about what is being done to provide relief to these families. To watch Mark discuss the hearing with Rachel Maddow, click the photo below.

Passed an Amendment to Better Recruit and Retain Teachers

A measure Mark authored to better recruit and retain teachers was included in the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), which represents a comprehensive overhaul of America’s higher education system that would lower the cost of college for students and families. The bill was passed by the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor and awaits consideration on the floor. Learn more here.

Mark and Gov. Jerry Brown Discuss the Importance of CA’s Clean Air Act Waiver

As a former member of the California Air Resources Board, Mark has seen firsthand how California's leadership in setting progressive environmental standards for our country to follow has improved our public health and boosted our economy. At an Oversight hearing, he explored with former California Governor Jerry Brown how the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back California’s Clean Air Act waiver will harm our country. To watch their exchange, click below.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Mark Votes to Support Turkey Sanctions

The Trump Administration’s sudden withdrawal of troops from the Syrian-Turkish border led to Turkey launching a military invasion of northeast Syria on October 9th, with reports of widespread attacks against civilians and over 100,000 displaced persons. In response, the House passed the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey (PACT) Act (H.R. 4695), which provides a strong, targeted response to the crisis. Mark voted in favor of this bill, which passed on the floor of the House by a vote of 403-to-16.

The U.S. House Commemorates the Armenian Genocide

Between 1915 and 1923, 1.5 million Armenians and hundreds of thousands of Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christians were brutally and systematically slaughtered at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. The Armenian Genocide was the first Genocide of the 20th century and despite overwhelming evidence documenting this dark chapter in human history, the Republic of Turkey has denied its existence and pressured U.S. policymakers to refrain from using the term "genocide." Mark was proud to sponsor H.Res. 296, which recognizes and commemorates the Armenian Genocide. It passed in the House by a vote of 405-to-11.

BY THE NUMBERS

A crowd of nearly 400 joined Mark and an inspiring panel of community leaders for a town hall on “Women in Leadership, Politics, and Society” in Danville.