News from Representative DeGette

       

Dear Friend,

Like so many other Americans, I love watching and cheering on our U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams as the compete against some of the very best athletes from around the world. There’s something magical about rooting for Team USA that seems to bring the entire country together.

The exceptional athletes involved in our nation’s Olympic movement are the best of the best. They have dedicated their lives to representing our nation on the world’s biggest stage, but, sadly, for too many years, our own U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) has failed them.

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To better protect our athletes, I introduced bipartisan legislation this week that will begin the process of reforming the USOC. If approved, it would require Congress to appoint a 16-member commission – that would include at least eight Olympic or Paralympic athletes – to determine what needs to be done to ensure the committee that was empowered by Congress to govern our athletes, is once again working for them.

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One of the specific questions that we want this commission to answer is how much more funding and staff U.S. SafeSport needs to fully do its job. On Wednesday, the House approved an amendment I introduced to provide U.S. SafeSport with an additional $2.5 million. If we’re serious about better protecting our Olympians, we must ensure that this independent organization has all of the resources it needs.

I’m pleased to say that’s not the only thing we passed this week. Yesterday, the House approved my environmental justice amendment that would require the EPA to identify – and then help clean up – 100 of the most vulnerable communities across the country that are suffering from pollution.

When we, as a nation, fail to protect our environment, it is often our poorest communities that suffer the most. This includes Denver communities such as Elyria-Swansea and Globeville that are being devastated by all of the pollution caused by nearby factories and refineries.

If you’re interested, you can click below to watch my remarks on the House floor Thursday urging my colleagues to support this important amendment:

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That same day, I and 50 other members of Congress filed an amicus brief in federal court in support of a lawsuit that’s seeking to block the Trump administration’s decision to roll back a key Obama-era rule that limited methane gas emissions. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that’s up to 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide. When it’s released into the atmosphere it becomes a leading contributor to our current climate crisis. If we’re going to be serious about solving this climate crisis, we need to take steps now to begin curbing methane emissions.

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As chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, I have been leading the fight against this administration’s continuous efforts to restrict American’s access to reproductive health care.

As chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel, which oversees the Department of Health and Human Services, I convened a hearing this week to investigate the Trump administration’s ongoing attempts to undermine our nation’s Title X family-planning program.

This highly-successful program provides access to essential health services, such as breast cancer screenings and basic wellness exams, to more than four million Americans every year. But now, a new rule that this administration finalized this year threatens to cut off funding to many of these clinics around the country.

On Tuesday, our panel called the Trump administration’s top official in charge of this program in to testify. You can watch part of my exchange with her about this important program here.

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As always, if you have any questions about these, or any other issue, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 303-844-4988, or visit my website at DeGette.house.gov where you can learn more about the some of the topics that are most important to our community, and all of the different ways that my staff may be able to assist you.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress

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