News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

As another federal spending deadline looms, I remain committed to supporting a budget that upholds our western values, and that means continuing to oppose funding for the Trump Administration’s senseless border wall. Here’s an update on more of what happened in Washington this week. 

While the partisan battles in this Congress have been contentious, I’m pleased that Republicans and Democrats came together to support my bill, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (H.R. 1318), which passed the House and the Senate unanimously. I expect it will be signed into law by the President soon. Too many American women are dying often preventable deaths resulting from pregnancy and childbirth, and those numbers are rising. My bipartisan legislation helps to reverse this troubling trend by empowering states to develop policy solutions that save lives. Thanks to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for joining me in this effort, which helps ensure healthier families. 

This week also brought welcome news for the diabetes community. On Tuesday, the FDA announced it was finalizing guidance treating insulin as a biologic product, which is a big step in tackling the dramatic increase in the price of this life-saving drug. As co-chair of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, I conducted a year-long investigation into this problem and sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urging the agency to provide an approval pathway for biosimilar insulin makers. I commend him for following through, and I will continue working to ensure everyone living with diabetes can afford the medicine they need.

I also worked to push back on Trump’s proposed expansion of the public charge rule, sending three letters -- with fellow Colorado congressional Democrats, the Pro-Choice Caucus and the House Judiciary Committee -- to administration officials condemning this possible change. If implemented, immigrants who use programs such as SNAP or Medicare Part D could put their immigration cases in jeopardy. Immigrants in Colorado and across America should not have to choose between seeking help for their families and risking their chance to live in this country. We must remain united against this draconian policy.

Wednesday was the third anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement, which represented a monumental step in the global fight against climate change. Though President Trump foolishly removed the United States from this initiative, I will continue fighting for policies, here in America and around the world, that protect our environment for future generations. 

Thursday marked two years since 21st Century Cures, the landmark biomedical research bill I shepherded through Congress with Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), was signed into law by President Obama. What began as a spark of hope is now living up to its promise to save lives and improve public health. While we reflected on its incredible progress this week, we also must recommit ourselves to the work that still remains.

And I want to remind you about an important Open Enrollment deadline: Tomorrow, December 15, is the last day to sign up for a health insurance plan that begins on January 1. The holiday season is a busy time of year, but don’t miss out on this great opportunity for you and your family. Visit connectforhealthco.com to shop for quality plans that won’t break the bank. 

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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