News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

Congress reconvened this week amidst a wave of change. Democrats will soon control the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, providing a much-needed check on President Trump’s harmful agenda. But a Democratic majority in the House won’t only be doing damage control; my colleagues and I want to pass meaningful legislation that helps working families and highlight priorities neglected and undermined over the last two years.

Achieving these goals can only happen with strong leadership. That’s why I’m running to serve in the new Congress as the Democratic Whip, the third-ranking House Democrat. With a diverse caucus, we need a whip with the skills and experience to build coalitions and win votes. My track record of developing, drafting and whipping landmark bills proves I have the background that the Democratic caucus needs for this job and at this moment. Read my letter announcing my candidacy by clicking here.  

The 116th Congress, fueled by greater diversity and a commitment to good governance, has the potential to achieve big things. I congratulate the newly elected members from both parties and look forward to working with all of my House colleagues to help make the American dream achievable for all. 

 

There was positive change elsewhere this week. On Thursday, the FDA announced they are restricting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes at gas stations and convenience stores. I applaud this action, which comes not a moment too soon. A whole new generation is being exposed to nicotine through these products, whose appealing flavors attract a large number of children and teenagers. Ultimately, we must go further by banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes and cigars, which I demanded in a letter I sent to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb earlier this year. Better yet, Congress should also pass my Tobacco to 21 Act (H.R.4273), which will safeguard the health of even more of our kids.

I’m also continuing to fight back against the Trump Administration’s assault on the environment. On Thursday, my colleagues and I sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler demanding he reverse the agency’s reckless effort to replace the Clean Power Plan. This Obama-era initiative would have put our country on the right track to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and leading the world in the fight against climate change. The proposed replacement, the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, is a giant step backward, like so much else coming from this administration.

 

I want to remind you that Open Enrollment season is underway, your chance to secure quality and affordable health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Between now and January 15, Coloradans can visit connectforhealthco.com to easily shop for plans. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to achieve better health and security for you and your family.  

And on Wednesday, we observed World Diabetes Day. This year’s theme was “The Family and Diabetes,” a reminder that this condition affects not only those living with diabetes, but their loved ones as well. One notable example is the financial impact on families caused by skyrocketing insulin costs. They need relief, which is why my Diabetes Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), and I conducted an extensive investigation into this troubling trend. We must continue doing all we can to raise awareness and fight for cures on behalf of every person affected by diabetes.

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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