News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

This week, I’ve been working in Washington to protect our freedoms on several fronts.

On Tuesday, President Trump released the language for his long-promised domestic gag rule on abortion providers, and it’s as bad as many feared. The proposed rule bans Title X-funded healthcare providers from even mentioning abortion to their patients unless asked about it, forcing them to choose between continuing to receive Title X funds for a range of health care services or helping women to fully understand and exercise their constitutionally-protected reproductive rights. For millions of Americans, Title X facilities are the only provider for miles that give access to quality and affordable preventive health services, including family planning. The Trump administration’s shameful  actions threaten these lifelines as never before, and we must work to prevent it from going into effect. As co-chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, I’m leading the charge

In the Energy and Commerce Committee this week, I sought answers about steps taken to prevent the kind of horrific sexual abuse perpetrated by Larry Nassar against more than 250 Olympic athletes. I’ve been investigating this scandal for several months now, and on Wednesday, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, where I serve as the top Democrat, continued these efforts with a hearing. I questioned a panel composed of Olympic officials and the head of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which is based in Denver, about what is being done to prevent these injustices. Their responses make clear that the systems put in place to protect athletes need stronger funding and staffing. I hope this hearing helps put us on the road to real, lasting change that ensures the safety of every athlete.

I’m also working to protect our burgeoning cannabis industry. This week, members of the National Cannabis Industry Association were in Washington to promote and secure support for entrepreneurial endeavors that have generated $1.5 billion in sales and $247 million in tax revenue in Colorado alone last year. On Wednesday, I spoke about my efforts to protect and foster this growth that has been threatened by recent actions of the Trump administration. In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo, which had limited federal prosecutions of marijuana in states where it is legal. To combat this action, I’m urging Congress to pass my bipartisan Respect States’ and Citizens’ Rights Act (H.R.2528), which ensures the federal government does not pre-empt state laws on marijuana. I’ll continue working to defend these rights in Colorado and across America, as well as the economic opportunities they’re creating.

Today, I’m home in Colorado, where I was happy to engage in a discussion with students from the University of Denver about the important issue of campaign finance reform and the steps we must take to protect our elections from the influence of big money. Since the Citizens United decision, when the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can spend freely in elections, our political lives have been plagued by misinformation and obfuscation as the cost of campaigns climbs ever higher. Legislation that I’m supporting, such as the Government by the People Act (H.R. 20), which would prioritize small, individual donations over large ones, and the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 1134), which would greatly increase reporting on who funds political advertisements, are a good start, but it’s clear we need to step up our efforts to reverse these dangerous trends. Thanks to these students for the wonderful dialogue and smart perspectives that will energize my work to return power to the people.

I also want to remind you that our fourth annual Resource Fair for Seniors and Caregivers is happening soon. Join me for this informative event on Monday, June 4 from 11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m at the Scheitler Recreation Center, located at 5031 W. 46th Avenue in Denver. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the services that are available through federal, state and city governmental agencies, as well as NGOs. In addition, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann will speak about avoiding fraud schemes that target seniors. I hope you’ll attend this helpful event. Click here to RSVP.  

And as we head into the Memorial Day weekend, I’m thinking of the countless Americans through the years who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We owe it to these men and women to ensure their loss was not in vain. That means contributing to our communities, defending American values and institutions, and working to fight injustice and inequality. As we spend time with our loved ones on this long weekend, we should all recommit ourselves to these goals in memory of those who laid down their lives.

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, please 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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