News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

Congressional Republicans barely averted a government shutdown last night by passing a continuing resolution to keep the lights on through January 19. While no one wanted the government to shut down, I voted against this shoddy stopgap measure because it does not address vital priorities for our community.

The resolution includes a paltry funding patch to the Children's Health Insurance Program that provides little comfort to anxious families, whereas previous long-term CHIP extensions have passed with broad, bipartisan support. And it ignores hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who desperately need a legislative solution that lets them remain in the United States. Their lives have hung in the balance ever since President Trump announced his intention to end the DACA program in September, and it's up to Congress to provide them a lifeline. Americans should be able to depend on their government to meet these needs, but Republicans don't seem up to the challenge. 

The White House and congressional Republicans have turned the holiday season, which should be a time of happiness and excitement, into an anxiety-riddled waiting game for millions of Americans who depend on these protections. 

Republicans instead spent most of the week working to pass their tax bill to benefit corporations and the ultra-wealthy – more aptly described as a tax scam. President Trump is trying unsuccessfully to sell it as an early Christmas present for Americans—wrong! We fought hard to defeat this giveaway to the 1% at the expense of the middle class, and we succeeded in educating Americans about its dangers, but it was not enough to stop it. This bill will not create jobs. In fact, it will further incentivize corporations to ship them overseas. We’re entering a new gilded age, but it’s still not too late to reverse this harmful direction in which we’re headed. We must continue to raise our voices in favor of progressive policies that uplift working Americans. It will pay off.

We’ll also be headed back to a less enlightened time if public -health officials in the Trump administration get their way. Last week, it was reported that leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aim to stop employees from using words such as “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and ‘transgender” in documents. This is unconscionable if true; ideology should never trump science in our government, and I worked quickly to push back. On Wednesday, I led 87 congressional colleagues in writing to the heads of the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services demanding clarity on these alleged actions. Science and reason must prevail if we want to continue finding solutions to public health challenges. 

 

In happier news, a bill I authored promoting energy conservation and encouraging innovations in LED lighting is set to become law. The EPS Improvement Act  (H.R. 518), passed the House of Representatives earlier this year, and last night, the Senate approved its companion version. The future will be brighter thanks to this legislation, which will benefit creators and consumers alike. 

As I head home to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, I’m reflecting on the past year and its many twists and turns. Opposing the increasingly harmful agenda of President Trump and congressional Republicans has been an unprecedented challenge. It feels as if we are fighting a war with multiple theaters, working tirelessly to preserve a wide array of rights and protections. While we have not been able to successfully push back on every bad law or policy, we have still secured big victories, such as blocking Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Coloradans should be proud that raising our collective voices helped preserve health care for millions of Americans. Thankfully, I have also been able to continue working across the aisle whenever possible on bipartisan priorities such as investigating the causes of rising insulin prices, improving environmental standards and ensuring the continued success of the 21st Century Cures Act.

I was also hard at work, as ever, serving our community in other ways, successfully assisting more than 500 constituents in solving their issues navigating the federal government. And I worked to elevate the voices of Coloradans who feel insecure under this administration, such as Dreamers and other groups of immigrants, LGBTQ, young people and more. We have been tested, but because of this, we found out how strong we are when we are united. The next year will bring more challenges, but we will meet them with a greater appreciation of our undying strength and resolve. I want to wish you and your family a joyous and peaceful holiday. Serving you in Congress continues to be a great honor. 

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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