An End to the Shutdown, But More Work Remains

Jan 25, 2019

Dear Friend,

Finally, some good news: The shutdown is heading towards its end. 

An agreement was reached today to temporarily reopen the federal government and pay all of our federal workers all of the money they are owed. The Senate has passed a bill and it's on its way to the House, where it is also expected to pass. 

While this is certainly a huge relief for the more than 800,000 federal employees who have been furloughed or are working without pay, it’s important to remember that this shutdown never should have happened, and we need to make sure it never happens again. 

I met today with a group of federal workers at home who have been forced to bear the brunt of the president’s misguided actions, and the harm that it has caused them will be felt for a very long time. Among the people I met with was a young married couple living in the Denver area who both work for the EPA and have both been furloughed. They suddenly went from a two-income household to having no income at all. They were struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet and were not sure what they were going to do if the shutdown doesn't end soon. 

I also heard from several local community leaders about how the shutdown has affected funding for local women’s shelters, and our national parks, and local healthcare providers’ ability to provide care to local residents. 

Shutdown Roundtable  

Hearing these stories was heartbreaking -- and, sadly, there are many more just like these all across the county. And they further prove just how devastating this shutdown has been on everyone, not just the federal workers who aren’t getting paid, but for all whose livelihoods depend on a having a fully functioning federal government.

 I hope the President remembers that before he decides to pull a stunt like this again.

In addition to this big news, I also want to let you know about some of the other things that happened this week. 

On Thursday, I was appointed to serve as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee in the new Congress. Having a seat on Resources, in addition to my role as the new Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel, gives us a real chance to influence our nation’s energy and environmental policies. 

As a member of the Resources committee, I’ll be able to fight even harder to ensure that our state’s treasured resources are protected for generations to come. And one of my first priorities on this committee will be to build support for the Colorado Wilderness Act, a bill I will be introducing soon to designate an additional 740,000 acres in Colorado as federally-protected Wilderness, which is the highest level of land protection available.

Also, on Tuesday, we took time to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, which established American women’s constitutional right to an abortion. But Wednesday also marked two years since President Trump reinstated the anti-choice Global Gag Rule, which now threatens that right for women around the world. These two events taken together should remind all of us that for every victory we achieve affirming our freedoms, there is often an ongoing effort to once again suppress them. 

With so much at stake, we must remain vigilant in this fight, and I can’t thank you enough for standing by my side.

As always, you can visit my website, where you can read my positions on issues and learn about the different ways my staff can assist you. While you’re there, be sure to visit the “Contact” page and send me an email about what matters most to you and your family. Finally, please share this email with your friends, family, and neighbors so that they too can be a part of this important dialogue.


Diana DeGette
Member of Congress