News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

Early this morning, while most Americans were sleeping, the Republican-led Congress passed its fifth spending bill funding the government through March 23, the “Bipartisan Budget Act.” I opposed this bill. Under its current Republican leadership, Congress has lurched from crisis to crisis over the federal budget since this fiscal year started in October, voting five times for stopgap spending bills and shutting down the government twice. It's a disgrace, and these repeated failures have left the government damaged by congressional fecklessness and important priorities still unaddressed. Among them is finding a solution for Dreamers, who are integral members of our communities in Colorado and across the land. Read more about my views here 

To draw attention to this situation, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday spearheaded a record-breaking, non-stop effort calling for a vote on bipartisan immigration reforms, including a legislative solution to DACA. It was time well spent, sharing the stories of Dreamers across the country. While I held the floor with her in solidarity, I listened proudly as she honored my constituent Marco Dorado. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and settled with his family in Denver's Globeville neighborhood at age three. Marco has thrived here, graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder as student body president with a degree in finance. He exemplifies the hard work and leadership typical of Dreamers who deserve to remain in the United States. I am honored to represent Marco and others like him, and will continue fighting to protect dreamers from GOP inaction or worse.

Also this week, the effort continued in Congress to combat the growing opioid epidemic. On Tuesday, I joined a bipartisan group of colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where I serve as ranking member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, to provide an update on our investigation into alleged pill dumping in West Virginia, which has national implications. The shipment of millions of opioid pills into tiny towns in the state during a short time raises serious concerns about the integrity of the drug supply chain. We sent a strong message to the Drug Enforcement Agency, demanding they stop playing games. They are refusing to fully cooperate with our investigation, responding to our requests for information with pitiful, redacted documents. Despite this setback, we will continue working to dig deep into the causes and effects of this public-health crisis. The lives of people in Colorado and across the country depend on it.

 

In another show of bipartisan unity, House Democrats and Republicans worked together to pass important legislation addressing sexual harassment and discrimination. Two bills will overhaul how Congress responds to such incidents within the Capitol Hill community: colleagues, staff and others deserve better than the system we now have, and reforms are long overdue. The current process doesn’t empower victims to speak out against transgressors. These fixes represent a step toward giving victims the courage to come forward, but we can’t stop here. We must ensure every workplace provides their employees with the proper tools to seek justice.

While Americans may be divided on many things, we’re uniting to support our diverse, dedicated athletes at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea, which kicked off this morning. I can’t wait to watch the highlights of the opening ceremony while home in Denver tonight! Coloradans excel at winter sports, so it’s a point of pride but no surprise that more members of Team USA hail from Colorado than any other state – 31 in all. I’m sending best wishes to all our athletes, especially bobsledder Lauren Gibbs – who’s a constituent of mine – and former Denver residents Noah Hoffman and Troy Terry, competing in cross-country skiing and ice hockey, respectively. All these Americans exhibit the passion, perseverance and pursuit of excellence that we should all aspire to emulate. Best of luck, team. You’re all good as gold to me!

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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