Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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May 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to send a witness Tuesday to testify before a key House oversight panel that’s investigating the agency’s efforts to undo one of the Obama administration’s most successful anti-pollution rules.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel, which oversees the EPA, will be holding a hearing Tuesday to review the agency’s efforts to undermine a 2012 Obama-era rule that limited mercury emissions, and other important pollutants, from coal-powered power plants.

May 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) introduced legislation today to curb the large amounts of methane pollution and waste that are being released into the atmosphere each year by oil and gas producers across the country.

May 6, 2019 Press Release

DENVER, CO – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) unveiled new legislation today to designate more than 740,000 acres in 33 areas of Colorado as federally-protected wilderness.

“Colorado’s public lands are what set us apart from the rest of the country,” DeGette said at a news conference Monday to announce the plan. “They are the reason why so many of us are so proud to call Colorado home, and they are the reason why so many people from across the country flock here to visit each year.”

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, introduced legislation today to permanently protect nearly 60 million acres of undeveloped national forest in 39 states.

The legislation – known as the Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2019 – would make permanent the U.S. Forest Service’s so-called roadless rule, which it put in place in 2001 to limit road construction and timber harvesting in 58.5 million acres of undeveloped forests throughout the country – including 4.2 million acres in Colorado.

Apr 3, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and two other Energy and Commerce Democratic Leaders sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt today demanding answers about his troubling Washington, D.C.

Jul 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC  – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and a bipartisan group of her House and Senate colleagues have introduced a bill providing fourth graders and their families free entrance to all federally-managed lands, waters and historic sites, including national parks – more than 2,000 sites in all.

The Every Kid Outdoors Act is meant to encourage kids to get outdoors and experience America’s public spaces while engaging in healthy activity and educational programs.

May 10, 2017 Press Release

Denver Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) praised the Senate’s 51-49 vote this morning to retain a key Bureau of Land Management waste prevention rule that keeps methane emissions in check.

Jan 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC –Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) today was selected to serve on three key Energy and Commerce subcommittees working on issues of national concern that have special resonance for Coloradans.

Dec 6, 2016 Press Release

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. 

This is the last EPA hearing this Committee will hold with the Obama Administration.

The EPA has not always received the support it deserves from Congress. Even as the Agency has worked to fulfill its mission of protecting human health and the environment, it has faced criticism and attack.

Despite sometimes unfair opposition, EPA has commendably responded to unprecedented environmental challenges facing the country and the planet. I would like to highlight some of the agency’s accomplishments. Under the Obama Administration:

May 18, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC –  Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Congressman Gene Green (D-TX), leading members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today issued the following statement on a new bipartisan, bicameral proposal to reform U.S. chemical safety efforts under the Toxic Substances Control Act: