Colorado is known for its treasured landscapes and abundant natural resources. Our outdoor spaces are why so many visitors flock to our state each year to visit. Protecting Colorado’s public lands is not only essential to protecting our renowned way of life, it’s essential to our economy. One of my top priorities has been ensuring that these areas remain untouched for future generations to enjoy. And that’s why I recently introduced the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2019 to permanently protect 740,000 acres of Colorado wilderness.
As the mother of a daughter who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age, I know the challenges that come from managing this complicated disease – and I understand why it’s critical that Congress act now to help lower the cost of insulin. Right now, there are 7.5 million Americans living with diabetes who rely on insulin every day to survive. There is no reason why any of them should be forced to choose between putting food on their tables or buying the life-saving medication they need. As Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I am leading the Congressional investigation into the skyrocketing cost of this drug, and I will continue to do everything I can to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable and help make insulin more accessible to all those who need it.
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in our country. And studies show that nearly all adult smokers started before they reached the age of 21. I believe Congress has a responsibility to protect the health of our young people from the dangers associated with the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes. In fact, our state has the nation’s highest rate of teenagers reportedly using e-cigarettes, or vaping. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to raise the nation’s smoking age to 21, just as more than 13 states and the District of Columbia have already done. I’ve also filed legislation to crack down on the sale of the kid-friendly flavors of nicotine that experts say have caused a dramatic increase in the number of teens who are now vaping across the country.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 231 – 199, approved legislation today to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following is a comment from U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) on her vote not to table, or kill, a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), today called for a new “national strategy” to combat a rising number of opioid-related deaths in the U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A half-dozen senior Trump administration officials will testify before a key House oversight panel Tuesday as it investigates the administration’s efforts to curb the flow of a deadly synthetic opioid, known as fentanyl, into the United States.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel, and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), chair of the full committee, today launched an investigation into allegations of physical and sexual abuse of migrant children by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers.