News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

Hurricane Florence is now pounding the East Coast and playing havoc with travel there, so I’m thankful to have made it back home today. I pray that everyone in its path stays safe, and I pledge to support strong recovery efforts. Meantime, here’s a recap of some of the things I worked on during this unpredictable but productive week -- in Colorado and in Congress. 

I received some very useful feedback from our end-of-summer community forum, and I want to again thank those who took part in that conversation to help inform my decisions in DC. 

I had several meetings with folks in our community. They included representatives from the Colorado Black Health Collaborative and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, as well as residents of Cherry Hills Village and members of the political science honor society at MSU Denver.

Later in the week, as Congress convened, two bills I authored passed the House. By a vote 383 to 2, on Wednesday evening we approved the Every Kid Outdoors Act (H.R. 3186), a bill that grants fourth graders and their families free entrance to all federally-managed lands and historic sites, including our national parks. Everyone should experience the splendor of America’s natural wonders and iconic landmarks, and this bill goes far in achieving this for our kids. We’re one step closer; let’s keep working to make it law.

On Thursday, the House passed the America’s Water and Infrastructure Act, a significant package of bills that included my bipartisan legislation with Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) promoting new hydropower products using existing facilities. This energy source is clean, domestically produced and can create hundreds of thousands of good jobs in Colorado and across America. No wonder this bill has garnered a lot of support, further affirming that in this hyper-partisan era, good ideas can still unite us. 

Meanwhile, the Trump administration continued its efforts to advance bad ideas for our environment. On Tuesday, just months after we learned that methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are 60 percent higher than previous estimates, the EPA announced it wants to roll back parts of the Obama-era New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) that helped reduce this harmful waste. The EPA’s previous methane standards were proven to work and provided a targeted, cost-effective approach to fighting climate change and protecting public health. I pushed EPA to enforce the current standards, but Tuesday’s announcement reverses more than two years of progress in limiting methane emissions. We must fight this giveaway to methane polluters.

Another threat to our air? Wildfires. They have a severe impact on air quality and the natural environment, as we in Colorado know better than most -- especially this summer. On Thursday, the Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on the subject. There is no one solution to mitigating the massive risk of wildfires, but it’s clear climate change is a major contributing cause; there are dramatic changes occurring in our forest ecosystems as a result. To minimize the effect of future fires, we need adequate funding for forest management and proactive, long-term planning. I’ll continue working to achieve both in Congress.

In the middle of a busy week, Americans paused to acknowledge the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Seventeen years later, we continue to remember the victims, honor the heroes and stand united against terrorism. Our nation survived that horrific day, but still struggles with its aftermath. We will never forget.

Tomorrow is the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, an occasion to honor the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States. Every corner of our country has benefited from this diverse group’s influence, especially Colorado. I’m proud to represent a vibrant Hispanic community, and I’ll continue celebrating these Coloradans’ legacy, listening to the community’s concerns and protecting everyone’s right to the American Dream. 

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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