News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

This week, I fought hard for a fairer tax system, while also advocating for women's health, relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and more. 

Yesterday, House Republicans passed their bill to cut taxes for corporations and the ultra-wealthy, with no Democrats in support. We’ve heard Republicans sing the praises of tax cuts for the wealthy and “trickle-down economics” for decades. But in that time, our nation has become increasingly unequal, with the 1% profiting disproportionately from changes to tax law while the middle class suffers. The bill that the House GOP passed is no different in that respect, but its effects could be the most damaging yet. I voted against this scam and will continue fighting to ensure that it never becomes law. Instead, Congress should come together to make our tax code more efficient and more equitable.

 

Meanwhile, I’m not letting President Trump and congressional Republicans off the hook for their ongoing efforts to rip birth control from millions of women through recently-issued rules allowing employers to opt out of offering health insurance to cover it. On Wednesday, students and doctors supporting women’s reproductive rights held “Hands off My Birth Control” rallies in support of contraception across the United States, including in Denver. Colleagues in the Pro-Choice Caucus, of which I'm co-chair, joined me at the event in DC where we sent a clear message to anti-choice extremists: Birth control IS health care, and we must protect it. To that end, I led 188 of my congressional colleagues in sending a letter to top administration officials condemning these rules restricting contraception access and  introducing legislation – currently sponsored by 100 House colleagues -- that would keep them from going into effect. It’s astonishing to think that it’s even necessary to take such a stand in 2017, but recent threats to women’s health are very real, and I’ll continue leading the charge against them. 

I'll also keep advocating on behalf of fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where residents are still suffering widespread power outages, shortages of basic necessities and overwhelmed health facilities due to recent hurricane damage. The response of federal disaster agencies has fallen shamefully short. Meanwhile, storms that hit Florida and Texas seemed to receive more federal attention than those affecting fellow Americans in these overseas territories. At an Environment Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, I questioned a panel of expert witnesses, including Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrators Peter Lopez and Trey Glenn, in the hopes of finding out why and how. Their incomplete answers to my questions are very concerning. While I commend the men and women in the region who have worked tirelessly to rescue and rebuild in all disaster areas, it appears that to me that relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were not given the same level of attention as other places.

 

And I also want to remind you that Open Enrollment for health plans under the Affordable Care Act is happening now until January 12 in Colorado.  Large numbers of Americans have already signed up for quality and affordable coverage this year and you should be one of them. It’s never been easier to ensure good health and peace of mind for you and your family. Visit connectforhealthco.com to easily shop for plans. 

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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