Roll Call: Some lawmakers question amount of time spent in committees

“One member who benefited from the voting flexibility at Education and Labor was California Democrat Mark DeSaulnier. There’s good reason he probably needed this special carve-out — he sits on four committees and seven subcommittees, one of the most packed rosters in the entire House.

A day with DeSaulnier illustrates the breakneck schedules of the chamber’s busiest members.”

East Bay Times Op-Ed: Bay Area, nation must prepare for clean-energy transition

By Congressman Mark Desaulnier Although policymakers have been attempting to shift the economy from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy for years now, the coronavirus pandemic jump-started that process. COVID-19 travel restrictions and far fewer commuters during the pandemic have caused a major decrease in fossil fuel consumption. But the pandemic is not a …

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The Hill: Democrats unveil bill to prevent members of the Sackler family from evading lawsuits through bankruptcy

By Jordan Williams Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) and Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.) unveiled legislation on Friday aimed at preventing members of the Sackler family from evading lawsuits over the opioid crisis through bankruptcy proceedings.  The “Stop Shielding Assets from Corporate Known Liability by Eliminating Non-Debtor Releases Act,” or SACKLER Act, would close a loophole to prevent those who have not …

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SF Chronicle: Fury, gloom and determination: Bay Area lawmakers process trauma as they press impeachment

“DeSaulnier, who has been open about the importance of behavioral health since his father’s suicide in 1989, said that professional support is key. He said he is still processing the fact that rioters were Americans egged on by Trump.

“For Americans to do what they did and for the president to do what he did, I’m incredulous,” DeSaulnier said. “And that has been troubling for me. … I have just been in a really dark, gloomy mood ever since. But it also pisses me off, and I’m more determined to do whatever I can to help the country to get through this.””

East Bay Times: Bay Area Democrats recount horror of Wednesday’s riot, support call to remove President Donald Trump from office

By Emily DeRuy U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier feared he and two aides might be taken captive by the mob raging outside the door. Rep. Anna Eshoo spent five hours in a windowless room, wrestling with spotty cell service to assure her frantic family that she was safe. San Mateo Rep. Jackie Speier’s mind traveled back …

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Richmond Standard: Rep. DeSaulnier: ‘History will not forgive’ Trump

By Mike Kinney Congressman Mark DeSaulnier today said the 25th Amendment “should be immediately invoked to remove the President from control” following the stunning siege of the U.S. Capitol Building by Trump supporters on Wednesday. And if “the Vice President and Cabinet refuse to take action, Donald Trump should be impeached as rapidly as possible,” …

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