News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which was released yesterday, paints a very different picture than what the president and attorney general had hoped the American people would see. And I believe the one-paragraph conclusion that Mueller included in his 448-page report says it all:

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The report that was released yesterday by Attorney General Barr had almost 1,000 redactions. To me, that’s just unacceptable. I believe Congress has a responsibility to continue investigating the president's actions detailed in this report, but, in order to do that, we need all the facts. And that’s why, earlier today, House Democrats subpoenaed the Department of Justice to turn over the full unredacted report to Congress by May 1.

While I believe it’s important that this investigation continue, it shouldn’t prevent us from doing any of the other important work that we had set out to do this year. And I want to thank everyone who attended our community forum in Denver last Saturday to share their views on some of the issues that matter most to them. Hearing directly from you is invaluable, and I’m always so grateful for those who take their time to share their thoughts with me.   

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A few days after our forum, I had a chance to meet with a group of local marijuana and marijuana-related businessowners who are worried that the federal government could suddenly come in one day and shut down their businesses. In 2012, the residents of Colorado voted to legalize marijuana within our borders and now, seven years later, it is a multi-billion-dollar industry in our state. These businessowners shouldn’t have to live with the constant threat of federal intervention; or have to worry about the federal government suddenly taking away everything they’ve worked so hard for. 

That’s why, earlier this month, I reintroduced legislation that would prevent the federal government from enforcing its anti-marijuana laws in states such as ours, and I’m committed to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this much-needed legislation that would protect these local businesses, and our economy, as soon as possible.

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Speaking of our economy, I also had the chance to meet this week with a group of local labor leaders to talk about ways we can create even more good-paying jobs for people living in the Denver area. As I told them, our labor unions work hard to protect workers’ rights and we should all be working equally as hard to protect them.

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Finally, I want to thank all those who will be taking time tomorrow to honor the 13 people murdered during the horrific attack at Columbine High School. It’s now been 20 years since that frightful day but, for many of us, the images we saw will live with us forever.

As time goes on, the memories of those we lost, will never be forgotten. You can read the remarks I entered into the Congressional Record to commentate this upcoming anniversary here: https://degette.house.gov/sites/degette.house.gov/files/Columbine%2020th%20Annviersary%20Remarks%20%28005%29.pdf.

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Sadly, in the two decades since this horrific shooting took place, we have seen similar tragedies play out again and again across this country. Enough is enough. We can and must do more to protect our communities from the constant threat of gun violence. 

When Democrats took back control of the House earlier this year, some of the very first bills that we took up and passed were bills aimed at better protecting our communities from the threat of gun violence – including bills that would expand the use of background checks.

I will continue to work with my colleagues to get these commonsense measures passed and signed into law - because, as the students at Columbine said when they returned to campus for the first time after the shooting: “We are Columbine.” We are all Columbine. And we all have a responsibility to keep our community safe.

As always, you can visit my website at www.degette.house.gov, 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.

To all those observing Easter or Passover this weekend, I wish you and your families a joyous holiday.

Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress

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