News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

There’s been a lot of talk this week about what Congress should do in response to the Trump administration’s ongoing attempts to stonewall our investigations.  

The decision to impeach a president is one of the most serious decisions that Congress may face. When the Mueller report was first released, it became immediately clear that it would be up to Congress to decide whether the facts, as they were laid out in the report, were egregious enough to warrant the start of an impeachment inquiry.  

I decided then, that while I believed the president’s actions detailed in the report constituted a prima facie case of obstruction of justice, I wanted to take the time to review the underlying documents and hear directly from the witnesses before making a final decision. Unfortunately, the president has not allowed us to do that.

At the president’s demand, the Department of Justice has refused to provide Congress the documents we requested. And, we’ve had witness after witness - including Attorney General William Barr and Don McGhan – defy our subpoenas and refuse to testify at our hearings.

That’s unacceptable. And, at this point, I believe the facts laid out in the Mueller report, coupled with these ongoing attempts by the president to stonewall Congress, have left us no other choice: I believe it is time for Congress to officially launch an impeachment inquiry against the President of the United States.

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Launching an impeachment inquiry is a serious endeavor, and the decision to do so is one that I do not take lightly. And, frankly, I’m glad to see that other members in the House are giving it so much thought. Because, at the end of the day, this is not about politics – this is about preserving our system of government, and protecting the Constitutional system of checks-and-balance that our framers envisioned.

While I believe this investigation is one of our most important duties, we cannot allow it to distract us from all of the other important work that we are doing. Already this year, the House has passed bills that would enact commonsense gun safety measures, protect women from violence, restore net neutrality, ensure equal pay for equal work, and lower health care costs. And, right now, in addition to fighting to protect our democracy, we are fighting to protect women’s reproductive rights.

In the past few months, we have seen more than half a dozen states pass new laws aimed at limiting access to abortion services – including several that have acted to ban the procedure after just six weeks of pregnancy, and at least one state that’s banned the procedure altogether.

A woman’s choice on abortion is just that, it’s her choice. So this week, I joined with several other members of Congress to introduce legislation that will protect that choice.

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One thing is clear: This recent wave of anti-abortion legislation that we’ve seen pass around the country is not a coincidence, it’s a concerted effort to take this issue back to the Supreme Court and have them overturn Roe v. Wade. We are not going to let that happen.

The bill I and others introduced Thursday would prohibit any state from enacting any law that restricts access to abortion care. And it would keep the protections that Roe v. Wade currently provide in effect, even if the courts decide to overturn it. Getting this bill passed is one of our top priorities, and as co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, I can tell you that our members are energized to get this done.

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As we head into this long Memorial Day weekend, I just want to take a moment to honor all of the brave men and women who have given their life in service to our nation. The freedoms that we, as a nation, are able to enjoy today are because of them, and the sacrifices they made. No matter where you may find yourself, or what you may be doing, this Memorial Day, I hope you’ll take a moment to honor these true heroes.

As always, if you have any questions about our work in Washington this week, 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.

And while you’re there, please be sure to visit the “Contact” page and send me an email about what matters most to you and your family.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress

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