News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

The week following Memorial Day was a busy one for me in Colorado, where I worked to support our neighbors in crisis, protect local families’ SNAP benefits from the GOP Farm Bill, and more. This week, as Congress came back into session, there were a number of opportunities to stand up for our Colorado values in DC. 

As many of you probably heard, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on Monday. Although the ruling isn't what we had hoped for, it won't stop our efforts to ensure full equality for my constituents Charlie Craig and David Mullins, the couple at the heart of the case, and the entire LGBTQ community. Later that day, I spoke at a rally at the Colorado State Capitol honoring the bravery of these two men and pledging to end for good the abhorrent discrimination they experienced. One way we can achieve this is by passing the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Together, we can work to guarantee that none of our friends and neighbors are denied rights, services or accommodations simply because of who they are and who they love.

In addition to defending the rights of LGBTQ people, I worked to protect the scientific community from the Trump Administration’s attempts to silence them. On Thursday, I led more than 100 of my congressional colleagues in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt demanding he withdraw the recently-proposed “transparency rule,” which is anything but transparent. The new provision would limit the scientific research available to EPA policy makers as they draft regulations, and it appears to be targeted at excluding important public health studies while privileging industry-sponsored research. Nearly a thousand scientists and many leading scientific organizations have opposed it, and we’re proud to amplify their warnings.

Fittingly, this letter was released the day after World Environment Day, an occasion to reaffirm our responsibility to protect our natural environment for the entire global community. This year’s theme was “Beat Plastic Pollution,” which is endangering both land and water ecosystems, but there are a multitude of ways we can all defend the planet. I’ll keep resisting the administration’s attacks on environmental protections, because as a fourth-generation Coloradan, preserving nature and all its gifts is personal. But when it comes to ensuring a cleaner world for future generations, we are not only Coloradans or Americans, but global citizens. 

To protect Coloradans from federal government meddling in our state’s marijuana laws, I was proud to sponsor the bipartisan Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act). This bill ensures that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders. Colorado has benefitted tremendously from legalized marijuana, and we don’t need ideologues in the Trump administration interfering with these freedoms here in the Centennial State.

I’ve sponsored a new resolution condemning the Trump Administration’s cruel “zero-tolerance” policy that lets federal authorities separate children from their families at the U.S. border. People around the world have been horrified by scenes of families divided and the very young being placed in shelters. We must reject this startling lack of humanity. I’ve been working to push back, sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen when reports of this intended new practice first surfaced and writing to Appropriations Committee members urging that DHS funds for this purpose be limited. With our resolution, my colleagues and I are strengthening these calls.

 

This full week began with an informative event for my constituents and will end with another: Our fourth annual Resource Fair for Seniors and Caregivers, held on Monday, was a big success. Attendees were able to confer with 26 vendors representing federal, state and city governmental agencies, as well as NGOs, that provided valuable information about the services available to them. And a big thank you to Denver District Attorney Beth McCann, who delivered an eye-opening presentation about avoiding fraud schemes that target seniors. We’ll see you all next year. 

And tomorrow, I’ll be holding my next community forum at Bruce Randolph School in Denver. Please click here to RSVP for this important discussion about Washington’s impact on our Colorado communities. We have a lot to cover, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts, which guide my decision-making as I continue to serve you in Congress.

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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