News from Representative DeGette


Dear Friend,

After a very full week, I’m happily back home in Colorado, where the work to protect our values continues in a more amicable fashion -- the western way. 

On Tuesday, I introduced the Colorado Wilderness Act, which will provide federal protection for wild spaces in the Centennial State -- approximately 740,000 acres in all. I’ve introduced a version of this bill in every Congress since 1999, but now more than ever, we need a comprehensive vision for protecting Colorado’s last remaining wild places from special interests and the Trump Administration’s assault on public lands. My bill presents a path that will secure our state’s outdoor heritage and preserve it for future enjoyment, and we are seeing a surge of grassroots enthusiasm for it. Now we must work together to make it law.

I also introduced the Children’s Program of All-Inclusive Coordinated Care (ChiPACC) Act with a bipartisan group of colleagues, which would let states create comprehensive care programs for children with life-limiting illnesses. This will fill existing gaps in Medicaid’s hospice and palliative care that add a needless, heavy burden to families facing their most trying times. The family of every child who qualifies will receive a specialized care plan covering a range of services: palliative, counseling, respite, expressive therapy and bereavement -- providing them greater comfort and peace of mind.


While I was launching these two important legislative efforts on behalf of Coloradans and those in need, the Trump administration was failing to meet a basic requirement to clean up the humanitarian disaster it has caused by splintering the families of refugees on our southern border. The administration missed its court-mandated deadline to reunite all families by Thursday -- but even worse was its shocking admission in a court filing earlier this week that more than 460 migrant parents may have already been deported without their kids. As this shameful chapter continues, we must ask: What kind of people could sanction and carry out such cruelty? And what kind of government would put them in a position of power to do so? We can’t let up our efforts to hold them accountable and ensure they set things right -- for the sake of these families and America’s integrity. This disgrace will continue to have echo effects for the families who have been affected, and for our nation’s standing in the eyes of the world, long after the immediate crisis is over. 

Energy and Commerce was especially busy this week. On Tuesday my colleagues on the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, where I serve as Ranking Member, joined me in examining drug treatment centers’ advertising practices to ensure they are transparent and fair. As the opioid epidemic worsens, some bad actors are taking advantage of vulnerable people through nefarious practices such as websites or 1-800 numbers that do not clearly disclose who a patient is contacting or where they’re being referred, and others are promising free housing or luxurious treatments such as daily yoga sessions -- something that’s great for a spa, but won’t curb opioid addiction. We need to determine how pervasive these practices are so we can put a stop to them.

I’m looking forward to spending next week here at home, meeting with constituents and getting out into the community, and carving out some time for strategic discussions of what the fall will bring -- more on that in September, in my next newsletter from Washington. Meantime, I wanted to flag for you an upcoming opportunity to discuss with me all the latest news from DC and how it affects Colorado: 

On Tuesday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. MT, I’ll be holding another live telephone town hall to provide an update on my work in Congress and issues of importance to our community and our nation, and of course to hear from you. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the call. I’m looking forward to a great discussion. To sign up to participate, please click here.

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.


Diana DeGette
Member of Congress


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