Latest on impeachment
This week, the House formally submitted two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate for trial – one for abusing the power of his office, when he withheld vital military funding from Ukraine to try to help his own re-election campaign, and another for obstruction of Congress, when he refused to cooperate with our investigation and, instead, tried to cover it up.
While this is a solemn time in our nation’s history, I was honored that Speaker Pelosi asked me to preside over the House this week as we worked to name the lawmakers who will serve as impeachment managers and prosecute the case against President Trump in the Senate.
As I’ve said before, none of us came to Congress to impeach a president. But President Trump – through his own actions – left us no choice. By formally submitting these articles of impeachment to the Senate, the House has now fulfilled its duty to defend our democracy. And I hope our colleagues in the Senate will do the same.
Earlier today, I spoke with Colorado Public Radio to share my thoughts on some of the latest news regarding the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate, as well as to discuss some of the legislation we are working on for the coming year. If you missed it earlier, you can listen to the full interview by clicking here.
One of the things we discussed during this morning’s interview was the hearing I chaired earlier this week on the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Congress has provided states with billions of dollars over the years to help combat this nationwide crisis. This week, our panel heard directly from some of the top state health officials on the front lines of this fight about what programs are working, and which are not.
It’s clear, from what we heard, that while we are starting to make some progress in the fight against opioids, many state health officials around the country are becoming increasingly concerned about the growing number of overdose deaths that are now being linked to stimulants, such as methamphetamine and cocaine, as a result.
After the hearing, I and several other committee members immediately sent a letter to our nation’s top federal health and drug-enforcement agencies demanding to know exactly what each of them are doing to curb this growing threat. This is an issue that is affecting countless families and communities across our country and we are going to continue to do everything we can to get them the help they need.
As a reminder, we will be holding our next community forum on Saturday, January 25, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at North High School located at 2960 Speer Boulevard in Denver.
If you are available then, we’d love to have you join us!
Forums such as these give me an opportunity to hear directly from you and discuss some of the issues that matter most to our community. If you are planning to attend, we simply ask that you please RSVP by clicking here (as space will be limited).
In the meantime, if you have any questions, or need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 303-844-4988, or visit my website at DeGette.house.gov where you can learn more about all of the different ways my staff and I are available to assist you.
Have a wonderful weekend.