News from Representative DeGette


Dear Friend,

I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with family, friends and great food. I’m thankful every day to represent the community where I’ve spent my life, and as we prepare for a new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, I’m working to achieve action on our shared values and priorities.

One critical goal is stopping the rapid and dangerous progression of climate change, which was examined in great detail in the Fourth National Climate Assessment. The Trump administration cynically tried to bury this report by releasing it last Friday, in the middle of the holiday weekend, but they couldn’t hide the shocking conclusions from experts across the federal government: the effects of climate change are already happening -- wreaking havoc on our environment,  our economy, and our communities -- and could get much worse. 

Though President Trump callously dismissed these dire warnings, we will continue demanding action on this crisis; we’ll keep working to expand and preserve our public lands through efforts such as my Colorado Wilderness Act, prevent harmful emissions that pollute our air, hold accountable public servants tasked with environmental stewardship, and much more. I’m prepared to lead this charge because stopping climate change is the moral imperative of our time.

We also have a responsibility to oppose the Trump administration’s inhumane and cruel immigration policies. Like many Americans, I was shocked and alarmed by last Sunday’s events that took place at our southern border near San Diego, in which federal agents used tear gas on civilians seeking asylum. We must demand answers regarding why these heavy-handed tactics were employed, and we must scrutinize every action this administration has taken to advance its reckless, xenophobic agenda. This can’t be who we are as a nation.

The actions of President Trump and his Republican allies have forced us to examine our national conscience, but we can help right these wrongs by committing to a new agenda that puts people over partisanship, and hope over fear. When Democrats lead the House next year, we will introduce H.R. 1, which helps to restore our democracy by getting dark money out of our politics, strengthening ethics rules and tackling voter suppression. We’ll also work to achieve gun safety reforms that save lives, equality for all, more affordable health care, and fairer wages for working families. It won’t be easy, but it’s the job we were elected to do. The 116th Congress will truly be for the people.

And as we enter the holiday season, I encourage you to give the gift of good health and peace of mind by purchasing a health plan under the Affordable Care Act. Open Enrollment lasts until January 15 in Colorado, but why wait? Visit today to easily shop for quality and affordable coverage.

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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