Reopening Our Government, Protecting Our Values

Jan 18, 2019

Dear Friend,

As President Trump continues to force our government into this prolonged shutdown -- which is now the longest in our nation’s history -- I’m continuing to do everything that I can to not only get the government reopened, but also to support those in our community who have been harmed the most by the president’s shutdown. 

On Monday, I joined with a group of my fellow Colorado Congressional Democrats at the Denver International Airport to shed light on how this shutdown is affecting more than just government workers, it’s starting to have a real impact on the federal government’s ability to protect the traveling public. That’s because many of the people we rely on to keep us safe -- TSA officials, Air Traffic Controllers and others -- are no longer showing up for work, or are being distracted by the added stress of their own personal finances as they try to make ends meet without the paychecks they are still due.             

There are countless stories all across the country about how this government shutdown is having a real effect on people’s lives. And that’s why, again this week, I voted twice to immediately reopen the government -- and I’m proud of all my fellow House Democrats who joined me in that effort. 

While the House has passed multiple bills to reopen the government, the Senate has so far refused to vote on any of them.  And that’s because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Trump’s ally in the Senate, is refusing to allow any bill that would reopen the government come up for a vote in the Senate until the President says it’s okay. That’s not how our Democracy is supposed to work.

We should all be working together to reopen the government immediately and end this shameful shutdown before it does any more harm to our country and our economy

Thankfully -- despite the president and Senate Republicans refusing to act -- our community leaders are stepping up and have offered to help local residents harmed by the shutdown with things such as mortgage assistance and a resources fair to help those in need

While ending the shutdown continues to be our top priority, we did get some good news this week. On Wednesday, I was officially named the Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. As the Chair of this important panel, I plan to work tirelessly to keep the Trump administration in check, and accountable to the American people. Whether it’s Trump's tragic family separation policy at the border, to climate change, or to making health care more affordable, our panel is going to be hard at work ensuring that our federal agencies are working in our best interests, and not those of the special interests. 

After meeting with a group of women's health leaders Tuesday, I am more confident than ever about our ability to defend reproductive rights, which are under constant threat in Congress. As a result of the last election, we now have even more members of Congress who, like me, are committed to ending the assault on abortion, birth control, family planning programs and more. And for the first time ever, the House of Representatives has a pro-choice majority. As the Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, I couldn’t be prouder of my colleagues, and I’m eager to continue working with them in this fight. 

Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus

And as we head into the weekend, I want to wish you a happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will be observed on Monday. As we honor this civil rights icon, let's also recommit ourselves to serving our community and advancing the fight for equality. We're not there yet, but we can get closer if we remain united by his timeless ideals.  

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, be sure to 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