News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

A number of national issues that affect Coloradans came to the fore in Washington this week, from health care to taxes to immigration and more, including the devastation that Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands face.

The people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, devastated by Hurricane Maria, are very much on all our minds. Together with 145 fellow House Democrats, I sent a letter on Wednesday imploring President Trump to do more to save lives there. We asked him to augment the many U.S. service members who were working on rescue and recovery by further mobilizing Department of Defense resources, including supporting local law enforcement in both places to end looting related to supply shortages, and appoint a senior general officer to work with FEMA to manage a joint response.These steps were taken in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Are the 3.6 million American citizens in Puerto Rico and the USVI not worth a similar effort?

The Senate’s Graham/Cassidy effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act went down in flames. Perhaps now my colleagues across the aisle will finally turn their energies toward bipartisan efforts to improve the law for all. I’ve been sharing proposals with them on how to do this for months. Americans have spoken out about how the ACA is a lifeline; they want to mend it, not end it. We need to make sure that their concerns are not ignored, and that our health care system can offer all people the coverage and care that they need.

President Trump and his allies in Congress quickly pivoted from their attack on the ACA to an effort to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans.They released a nine-page sketch of the plan. While this outline offers no real details and is more of a political document, it does tell us that the White House and members of the House GOP who negotiated this scheme in secret are planning another multi-trillion dollar giveaway to the wealthiest at the expense of working Americans. Instead of offering the American people a plan for real, job-creating tax reform, Republicans are pressing forward with a framework that would make the deficit balloon, and block critical domestic investments such as infrastructure, education and job training. This is no way to run our country – except, perhaps, into the ground.

 

I joined House Democratic colleagues in signing a discharge petition to force a vote on the bipartisan Dream Act. 800,000 DREAMers nationwide, including more than 17,000 in Colorado alone, are counting on us to pass this critical legislation that lets them remain in the United States. We won’t let Speaker Ryan drag his feet on this crisis any longer – we all have a moral obligation to protect DREAMers.

I spoke out against a bill that would significantly undermine the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. MIECHV is a success story that has long enjoyed bipartisan support. Its evidence-based models are proven to deliver results for children and families in every state, but the bill that eventually passed the House will set MIECHV back. It is truly a shame that House Republicans chose not to continue MIECHV’s bipartisan legacy. Here’s what I said during the debate:

  

And in another setback for a long-standing bipartisan priority, the House this week failed to extend normally non-controversial funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program before the September 30th deadline, further harming families. I’ll keep working toward an extension of CHIP and other vital programs, and will continue supporting ways to ensure a healthy and happy start for every child.

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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