News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

After a productive August district work period spent meeting with fellow Coloradans, highlighting issues of local and national importance, visiting small businesses in our community, holding a live telephone town hall, and more, I was back in DC this week to tackle a long to-do list in Congress. 

In addition to funding the government before the fiscal year ends at the end of this month, we also should address ongoing matters such as reducing gun violence, providing relief from deportation for Dreamers and fighting opioid abuse in a comprehensive manner. But GOP leaders continue to drag their feet on these issues, with a dwindling number of legislative days remaining in the 115th Congress. It’s clear Republicans in Washington have squandered their time in power, failing again and again to deliver for Americans.

With so many vital priorities to address, it’s outrageous that GOP leaders on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where I serve as a senior member, chose to spend much of Wednesday grilling Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about spurious claims of bias against conservatives on the platform. But the hearing did provide a chance to seek answers about actual problems. Twitter is helping empower women, but it’s also exposing them to unacceptable levels of sexual harassment and threats of violence. I asked Mr. Dorsey about the company’s efforts to crack down on this abuse, and am encouraged by the steps it’s taking to ensure a safe and civil online forum.

It's also imperative that we protect women’s hard-fought reproductive rights, which is why I’ve spent much of the week urging my colleagues in the Senate to reject the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. As co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, I sounded the alarm early on about this grave threat, and what we’ve learned about his anti-choice views through this week’s confirmation hearing and bombshell revelations further underscores his commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade. We won’t give up the freedom to make our own health care choices without a fight, which means we must continue raising our collective voices to keep him off the highest court in the land.

Republicans also continued their crusade against the environment this week by defeating my amendment to H.R. 4606, the “Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act.” That bill is far from perfect, but my provision would have greatly improved it by keeping methane waste to a minimum in the production of liquefied natural gas for export. It would have required exporters to show that the natural gas was produced using available techniques and technologies to minimize methane emissions from leaks or venting. Stopping these leaks helps prevent climate change, protects public health and benefits taxpayers. Strong methane rules in Colorado have helped industry and residents alike. It was a setback, but I’m pleased the amendment had some bipartisan support, providing hope that we can find common ground in the future over smart and necessary reforms.

We’ll be talking about these issues and lots of others at my next community forum. It’s tomorrow at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver from 10:30 a.m. to noon. I hope you’ll join me for this timely discussion about what’s happening in Washington and how it affects our Colorado communities. It’s not too late to RSVP. Just click here to register.

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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