Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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  • Protecting Colorado’s Public Lands

    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.
  • Making Insulin More Affordable

    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.
  • Keeping our Children Safe From the Dangers of Tobacco

    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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Jun 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation today to help lower consumers’ overall health care costs by making more over-the-counter medications available to patients.

Jun 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) released the following statement today in response to the president’s decision to delay an Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation targeting immigrant families in Denver and elsewhere:

Jun 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This morning, following reports last night that administration immigration authorities would target people for deportation in several cities across the U.S. this weekend, including in Denver, U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Jason Crow (D-CO) released the following joint statement:

Jun 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following is a comment from U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), who represents the Denver area, on reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is preparing to conduct operations targeting immigrants in several areas of the country, including in her district:

Jun 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) that will require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to identify and clean up 100 communities across the nation that are disproportionally suffering from large amounts of pollution caused by nearby facilities.

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