Getting Answers and Helping Families

Feb 1, 2019

Dear Friend,

It’s been one week since the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history ended, but its effects are still being felt. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that President Trump’s decision to shut down our government permanently cost our economy $3 billion

That’s inexcusable and doesn’t even account for all of the stress and financial hardship that the shutdown caused so many hardworking families.

This is why I’m continuing to work closely with my colleagues to help avoid another shutdown. And as we do that -- now that the government is reopened -- we’ve been working on other priorities as well:

Just yesterday, as the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel, I announced that I will be holding our first oversight hearing of the year next Thursday, Feb. 7, to examine the president’s shameful family separation policy.

Despite all of the public outrage that erupted last year over this cruel policy, the previous Republican majority did nothing to hold the Trump administration accountable for its actions. Well, that officially ends next week when I call several key witnesses to testify before our committee.

This is not the only thing we’re doing to hold this administration accountable.  

On Monday, I sent a letter to the acting head of the EPA demanding answers on the administration’s efforts to roll back several key environmental standards. There’s no reason why we should be rolling back these standards now and putting our public health at risk. 

I also sought answers this week from the heads of the nation’s three largest manufacturers of insulin -- Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk -- demanding to know why the price of insulin continues to skyrocket. This is a lifesaving drug that millions of Americans rely on, and if we don’t act now, these skyrocketing prices will continue to put it out of reach for a lot of people. 

In addition to fighting these fights, I’m also continuing to work with several colleagues to ensure men and women receive equal pay for equal work. As part of that effort, I proudly sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which Democrats introduced this week to further strengthen these efforts.

Paycheck Fairness Act

I also proudly supported two resolutions to revive the Equal Rights Amendment, which failed to be ratified by the required number of states 37 years ago. It’s been more than three decades, but the protections this important amendment offers are still sorely needed.

I’m honored to have the opportunity to carry on the dedicated efforts of so many strong leaders who came before -- and I will continue to work as hard as I can to try to get the ERA enshrined into law.

In closing, I just want to remind you that today marks the beginning of Black History Month. This is an important occasion to celebrate the many achievements of African Americans in Colorado and across our nation. And it’s also a time to reflect on the past and remember how far we’ve come in our quest for a truly equal society -- and how far we still have to go. 

Thanks for all of your continued support.

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