News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

For much of this week, Congress has been reeling from the horrific shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. The attacker critically injured Majority Whip Steve Scalise and wounded Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, as well as House staffer Zack Barth and former staffer Matt Mika. My heart goes out to these victims and all who were affected by this attack. I am keeping all the injured, along with their loved ones, in my thoughts. Members of Congress, our staff, and visitors to the U.S. Capitol place our safety in the hands of the Capitol Police every day, knowing how capable and professional these men and women are. We extend our deepest gratitude for the service of the entire force.

The shooting occurred during a morning practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, a charitable, bipartisan tradition here in Washington since 1909. The gunman attacked people out on the field gearing up for this event before coming to work, making his actions all the more reprehensible. The game went on as planned the next day; we cheered on our teams and enjoyed the spirited competition. It was memorable and moving. My staff and I attended, along with more than 25,000 others, to show solidarity with Rep. Scalise and the victims, to prove the resilience of the institution of the U.S. Congress and to stand in unity against violence. 

Bipartisanship is my watchword, but there are still issues where Congress remains split along party lines. I joined 195 of my Democratic colleagues this week in filing a lawsuit against President Trump over his accepting profits from foreign entities without congressional approval. Enforcing the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution is an important and necessary step to safeguard our democracy and ensure the President’s actions are for the benefit of our nation, not his wallet.

We also observed two important anniversaries this week. Monday marked a year since the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando that claimed 49 lives and injured 58. During Pride Month, a celebration of the LGBTQ community, this anniversary offers a stark reminder of the hatred and prejudice that we must continue to fight. As a founding member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, I will remain on the front lines.

Thursday was the fifth anniversary of the introduction of DACA, an Obama-era program that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people. As the program’s future hangs in the balance, research is confirming its wide-ranging social, educational and economic benefits for the nearly 790,000 young people who have received it. I have seen these positive developments in the young Coloradans I’ve met whose lives have been changed through DACA and I will continue fighting to protect and strengthen it. 

I’m looking forward to next Monday, when I will hold two public events in Colorado:

My third annual Senior Resource Fair will be on Monday at 11 a.m. Last year's event was well-attended; many participants told me it was really useful to seniors who face daily challenges of all sorts, as well as the loved ones who help them with those challenges. Come learn about the many services available through more than 20 organizations representing federal, state and city government, along with local non-profit groups. There will also be a presentation from Denver District Attorney Beth McCann on avoiding fraud and other types of schemes targeting seniors. I hope you can join me for this important event. RSVP by clicking here.

Monday afternoon at 4 p.m., you’ll have an opportunity to join a Facebook Live conversation with me on current events. In addition to in-person meetings, community forums and other events, I love connecting with constituents through Facebook Live, where people can take part without having to travel to an event. We’ll focus on climate change, financial aid/student debt, entrepreneurship, health care and more. These are critical issues for the future of our community, our country and our world. Write your questions on these subjects and others ahead of time on my Facebook page, or ask them live during the event. Please note that this page is an official resource, not affiliated with any campaign, and therefore political questions are not permissible.

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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