Update on Iran

January 13, 2020
DeSaulnier Digest

Last week, I introduced legislation that would require vehicles purchased by the federal government to meet low greenhouse gas emissions standards. The Clean Federal Fleet Act (H.R. 5554) will ensure that the federal government leads the effort to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change by increasing fuel economy.

As the Trump Administration continuously rolls back environmental protections despite overwhelming, scientific evidence of a climate crisis, we must signal to the world that we stand committed to protecting our planet.

More information on this bill and our other work in Congress is included below. As Congress continues its efforts, I will remain a vocal advocate in the fight against climate change.

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:

  • Reactions to the Trump Administration’s actions in Iran; and
  • Details on our January 23rd Impeachment Town Hall with Congressman Mike Thompson

WEEKLY RECAP

LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Response to Trump’s Attack on Iran

The Trump Administration’s recent attack on Iran led to escalating acts that threatened our global security. Despite being briefed by the Defense Secretary, Secretary of State, CIA Director, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Administration has not provided intelligence to Congress that shows General Soleimani posed an imminent threat to the United States. To hear more about my thoughts on the matter, click the video below.

Mark Voted to Limit the President’s War Powers

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a War Powers Resolution to require President Trump to request Congressional permission before engaging in any acts of war. For almost two decades, Presidents have been exploiting a law passed in the wake of 9/11 intended to protect our country, not intended to open unlimited power for the President. The Constitution gives Congress the explicit right to declare war. Mark supported this critical legislation, which passed by a vote of 224-to-194.

To read his full statement, click HERE.

Mark Votes to Regulate PFAS Chemicals

Last Friday, Mark voted in favor of the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535), comprehensive legislation that would regulate PFAS chemicals, clean up contamination, and protect public health. PFAS chemicals—found in food packaging, firefighting equipment, non-stick cookware, and outdoor gear—have been known to cause serious health effects like cancer. Included in the final bill was a provision Mark sponsored that would ensure aviation stakeholders, building code inspectors, and fire marshals provide input on this pervasive problem. The bill passed the House by a vote of 247-to-159.

IN THE NEWS

Introduction of the Clean Federal Fleet Act

The San Francisco Chronicle detailed our efforts to require vehicles purchased by the federal government to meet low greenhouse gas emissions standards. Click the photo below to read the story.

Mark joined KCBS Radio to discuss the Clean Federal Fleet Act

BY THE NUMBERS

IMPEACHMENT TOWN HALL

Join us on January 23rd at Alhambra High School in Martinez for a discussion on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. To RSVP, click the graphic below.