By DANNY YOEONO
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier gave a congressional update to a crowd of over 600 people at Diablo Valley College on Feb. 23.
In what was his last Town Hall of the recess, DeSaulnier delivered a thorough presentation regarding the work he is doing in Washington D.C.
To start the meeting, DeSaulnier said the dialogue in the country today is not as civil or robust as it used to be. He implored his constituents to be engaged and look into Indivisible, an initiative for liberals to reach out to their elected officials in an effective manner.
“Here in Northern California, we live on the edge, not in a bubble.” DeSaulnier pointed out that our area is a hotbed of innovation and should be the model the rest of the country builds off of. We needn’t go back to an economy that is no longer there, like coal, he said.
A talking point for DeSaulnier was the fight to get things done in a republican controlled Congress. He made the case that Congress has the responsibility of looking into the president’s administration and to see those tax returns. He believes President Trump is not innocent, which is becoming clearer and clearer, he said.
Despite the political fighting, one accomplishment DeSaulnier pointed to was the John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act (H.R. 1289), a bill authored by DeSaulnier that will authorize the National Park Service to acquire by donation 44 acres of land in Martinez. This bill has passed in the House and is now sitting in the Senate.
DeSaulnier received a standing ovation when he said, “Being an American politician is a spiritual thing. I am a public servant first and a Democrat second.”
He added that members of Congress should vote in the best interest of the country.
With a crowd of 600 people, this was one of the highest turnouts for a Town Hall in DeSaulnier’s time. But large groups of concerned citizens is not unique to the 11th District. Republican representatives across the country are seeing their own constituents protest against them. But at the Town Hall Thursday, DeSaulnier received thank you’s and praise.