News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

While Former FBI director James Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee held the attention of Washington and people around the world, I also remained engaged on important legislative priorities for our community during this busy week in Congress.

Thursday’s hearing unearthed disturbing revelations and raised even more questions. By Mr. Comey’s account and those of others, the President of the United States appears to have tried to influence the FBI’s investigation concerning the Trump campaign, Trump White House personnel and Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. What remains unclear is the full extent of the administration’s attempts to sway the FBI inquiry and the extent of Russia’s influence on our country’s politics. Americans are demanding answers to these critical questions, which is why I reaffirm my support of the special counsel appointed to probe the matter, and renew the call for an independent commission to get substantive answers.

 

I’ve introduced several bills advancing Colorado values in DC and voted against one that will take us back to the days of dangerous deregulation.

On the plus side: H.R. 2786, a bipartisan bill that that promotes hydropower projects on existing infrastructure. Hydropower is a renewable and sustainable source of energy that will also create good jobs across America, and my legislation helps to ensure that it plays a key role in creating a clean energy future for the 21st century. I was also proud to work with Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to introduce the Medicaid and CHIP Quality Improvement Act of 2017. These two programs are lifelines for more than 70 million Americans, and our bill ensures they get the best care by improving patient data collection and incentivizing innovation. 

And the entire Colorado delegation joined me in introducing a bill that adds two judgeships to the federal district of Colorado. Our region is growing rapidly, and it’s crucial that our court system expand to meet the needs of a booming population.

At the same time, House Republicans passed the Financial Choice Act, more appropriately titled the Wrong Choice Act. This regressive legislation would dismantle Dodd-Frank, the law that brought the most significant financial changes to financial regulations since the 1930's. This Obama-era Wall Street reform was enacted in the wake of the recession that harmed so many people in the latter years of the George W. Bush administration. The bill would also eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been a strong voice for working families. If it becomes law, this dangerous bill could set the stage for the same conditions that brought the world’s economy to the brink less than a decade ago. We can’t let that happen again, which is why I proudly voted against it and will keep opposing legislation that favors Main Street over Wall Street. 

I also continued my efforts to protect women’s health. In May, five colleagues and I invited White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump to discuss with us ways to expand access to affordable contraception for all women. Much of the agenda being advanced by her father, together with congressional Republicans, raises unsettling questions about this matter. She has yet to respond, but our offer for a discussion still stands.

In June we observe Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. About 67,000 Coloradans live with this heartbreaking disease, not to mention their loved ones who serve as caregivers, and millions more around the world can expect to suffer from it if current trends continue. That’s why it’s critical to find treatment and cures. 21st Century Cures, my biomedical research bill that became law in December, will provide more funding and ease regulatory burdens to allow new discoveries. We have much work ahead in the fight against Alzheimer’s, but we’ve also come very far in our understanding of it. I know that with continued research and advocacy, we can end Alzheimer’s together.

As always, you can visit my website, where you can read my positions on issues and learn about the different ways my staff can assist you. While you’re there, be sure to visit the “Contact” page and send me an email about what matters most to you and your family. Finally, be sure to share this email with your friends, family, and neighbors so that they too can be a part of this important dialogue.


Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress

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