News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

I enjoyed my time back home in Colorado during the August district work period, when I met with small business owners, discussed constituent concerns via town halls, worked to address public health crises confronting our community and more. After this long break away from Washington, Congress reconvened this week to address a number of important priorities including funding the government, raising the debt limit and providing relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

On Tuesday, President Trump announced he is ending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, a crushing blow to the 800,000 DREAMers nationwide, including more than 17,000 in Colorado. When President Obama established the program in 2012, he made a promise to DREAMers that America would help them live without fear of deportation and let them remain vital members of our communities. Although DACA may not be the means used to achieve this objective, its spirit remains stronger than ever. I am urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to put legislation on the House floor that gives these young men and women the chance to achieve their American dream.

Congress must not break faith with DREAMers, and we can still fulfill the promise made to them by passing legislation that achieves DACA’s objectives. A prime example is the bipartisan Dream Act (H.R. 3440), which I was proud to cosponsor this week. This bill would grant lawful permanent residence status to qualified young people brought here as children and provide a pathway to citizenship. Let’s work together to do what's right by these young people and our country. I urge Congress to pass this bill and provide a pathway to citizenship. 

 

Meanwhile, on another front, I continue to oppose anti-choice provisions in the fiscal year 2018 appropriations bills being debated in Congress. This year we have seen repeated Republican efforts to attack and undermine women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care, and their appropriations minibus is being used as yet another vehicle to pass arbitrary and offensive anti-woman policies. Our fight is far from over. As co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, I will continue strongly opposing these shameful policies and will work to keep them out of any government funding bill.

Thursday was Colorado Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day, and I was proud to join the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance in its efforts to fight this disease. There is no screening test for this type of cancer, so it’s important for women to know the symptoms. If you experience frequent bloating, abdominal pain or pressure, urinary urgency or frequency, or feel full quickly when eating, don’t hesitate to go to your doctor. Listen to your gut feelings -- ovarian cancer has a 93% survival rate when it is detected early -- and spread the word to raise awareness and save lives.

The Equifax breach shows how urgent the need is to find better ways to protect personal data. I have made this a priority for several years now, pushing for hearings on the matter in the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee where I am ranking member and joining fellow Democrats in sending a letter last week to the Government Accountability Office asking the agency to help determine the most effective post-breach services for protecting consumer data. Clearly, as a country we need to craft new means to keep thieves and hackers from obtaining and using personal information. Simply compensating consumers whose data has been hacked with a year of monitoring is not going to be enough. I’ll continue working to ensure that our private data is secure. 

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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