Work in Washington and Impeachment Update

December 6, 2019
DeSaulnier Digest


  • The House Intelligence Committee released its draft report – “The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report” – to all Members of Congress and the public. To read the full report, click here.
  • The House Committee on the Judiciary began its impeachment hearings by hearing testimony on the “Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment.” To watch a recap of the first day of hearings, click the photo below.

  • On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to receive presentations from Democratic and Republican counsel on the evidence the House has on the President.

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi asked Committee Chairs to begin drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump.


In this week's Digest, you will find information on:

  • Congressional action to restore voting rights protections; and
  • Our office’s work in the community.


Combatting Voter Suppression

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court undermined the hard-won battle for civil rights and ordered Congress to update voting rights laws – an order that the Republican-led Congress ignored. Last week, Mark joined House Democrats to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), which will prevent policies that stop Americans from exercising their constitutional right to vote. H.R. 4 passed, with his support, by a vote of 228-to-187.

Mark Votes to Crack Down on Insider Trading

The laws about insider trading have been loosely interpreted by courts for decades. To protect against this predatory behavior, the House passed the Insider Trading Prohibition Act (H.R. 2534), the first clear ban on insider trading. H.R. 2534 will hold bad actors accountable for insider trading activities. Mark voted in favor of this bill, which passed on the floor of the House by a vote of 410-to-13.