News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

Today, was a significant day in our nation’s history. By a vote of 236 – 173, the U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark legislation to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.  

It was the first time that either chamber of Congress has passed a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill. As a founding member of the Congressional Equality Caucus, this is a bill I have been working on for several years now because I believe – as so many others do – that it is beyond time that we, as a nation, provide the LGBTQ community the protections they deserve.

You can watch my remarks on the House floor just before the vote: 

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While today was a historic day in our fight to protect the LGBTQ community, the fight to protect women’s rights in this country is becoming more urgent by the day.

In just the past few months, we have seen new anti-abortion legislation passed in several states – including, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Alabama and now, Missouri. These bills are not only appalling, but they are all part of a concerted effort aimed at sparking a Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade.

As chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, I’m going to continue to do everything I can to stop this dangerous assault on one of our most fundamental rights. 

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In addition to fighting to protect women’s access to health care, I’m also working to protect our environment. It’s clear that we are in the midst of a climate crisis. And if we don’t act now, its devastating consequences are going to continue to affect all of us – from stronger storms and longer droughts to more damaging wildfire seasons.

On Tuesday, I introduced legislation that would reduce the large amount of methane gas that’s released into our atmosphere each day by oil and gas producers. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that’s up to 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide, and when it’s released into the atmosphere, it becomes one of the leading contributors to global warming.

One third of all methane gas released in the U.S. comes from oil and gas drilling sites. My bill would require companies to capture that gas, instead of allowing it to further pollute our air and exacerbate this climate crisis.

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With Democrats in control of the House, it’s been easier for us to tackle some of the more pressing issues facing our country. In fact, just this week – as part of our ongoing effort to make health care more affordable for all Americans – we passed several important bills in the House that will:

  • Make it easier for generic drug makers to get the data they need to get lower-priced generic drugs to market faster.
  • Prevent brand-name drug makers from keeping generic drugs off the market.
  • Encourage more states to set up their own state-based insurance marketplaces, which have shown a proven ability to offer lower premiums than the federal marketplace.
  • Help more people find quality, affordable health care by increasing funding for outreach and enrollment assistance.
  • Revoke the Trump administration’s rule that allows insurers to sell “junk plans” that don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act and don’t cover things such as: prescription drugs, maternity care or pre-existing conditions.

These bills headed to the Senate are critical to help fix our nation’s health care system. I will continue to urge my colleagues in the Senate to approve them as soon as possible.

As always, if you have any questions about these or any other issue, you can always contact my office, or visit my website at 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. And please, if you haven’t done so already, don’t hesitate to share this email with your friends, family, and neighbors so that they, too, can be a part of this important dialogue.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress

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