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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Aug 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A key House committee announced today that it will be returning early from the scheduled recess to take up a series of gun-safety-related bills in response to the deadly shootings that recently took place in Texas, California and Ohio.

Aug 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of U.S. lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately call the Senate back into session to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R.

Aug 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the aftermath of three devastating mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton, U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Dina Titus (D-NV), and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) are again calling on Congress to pass their bicameral legislation to ban high-capacity gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

Jul 26, 2019 Press Release

DENVER, CO – Can you make an app for that? U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) wants to know.

DeGette, who represents Colorado’s First Congressional district, announced today that she will be hosting the district’s first-ever Congressional App Challenge for middle and high school students.

Jul 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an effort to better protect the nation’s water supply, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) introduced legislation Thursday to close a notorious loophole in the law that has prevented the federal government from regulating a highly controversial drilling process known as “fracking.”

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