Ending the Shutdown and Advancing our Values

Jan 11, 2019

Dear Friend,

Right now, we are in the midst of what is soon to be the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history. 

My number one priority, right now, is to end this shutdown and reopen the government. And I am working hard every day to urge the president and my colleagues in Congress to come together and find a way to end this stalemate. The House has taken action this week by passing individual appropriations bills to fully fund our government and get it running again. I hope my Senate colleagues do the right thing and take them up as well. 

While I agree that we need to do more to enhance our border security, we need to have a real conversation about it -- one that’s based in evidence, not fear mongering. And I think it’s shameful that the president is holding the paychecks of hundreds of thousands of federal workers hostage until he gets his way.

As this unfortunate fight to reopen the government continues, I wanted to take a moment to share with you a couple of the other things we have been working on this week.  

On Tuesday, the House voted to approve a bill I authored that’s aimed at speeding up the FDA’s outdated process for approving new over-the-counter medications. The current method the FDA uses hasn’t been updated since the 1970s. The bill I sponsored would improve the process and help make more safe over-the-counter drugs available to consumers sooner, while at the same time giving the agency some additional tools to more quickly address any drug safety issues that may arise. Now that it’s passed the House, this bill now heads to Senate for its approval.

Also this week, I and several other Democrats in the House introduced a bill that would require background checks for all gun sales. My dear friend and former colleague Gabby Giffords, who courageously survived gun violence, was on Capitol Hill this week to urge members of Congress to pass this important bill. It was great to be reunited with her.

colleague Gabby Giffords

As Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, I’ve been working hard to advance a pro-women agenda in this new Congress. On Wednesday, I led more than 200 of my colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to rescind a newly proposed rule that would make it harder for women to get an abortion. The new rule they proposed would needlessly complicate the payment process for anyone who receives abortion care. It’s nothing more than another thinly veiled attempt to strip away our hard-fought reproductive rights -- and I’m proud that we were able to get so many members of Congress to join us in calling for it be rescinded. 

As we continue to fight to reopen the government, I want to quickly remind you that Open Enrollment doesn’t end in Colorado until January 15. So, if you haven’t signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act yet, you still have a few more days. Visit connectforhealthco.com and you can shop for a plan today.

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