The American people deserve better

Jan 31, 2020
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Dear Friend,

The U.S. Senate voted yesterday not to allow any witnesses to be called during the president’s impeachment trial. It will be the first time ever that the Senate has completed an impeachment trial without calling any witnesses.

The evidence shows clearly that President Trump withheld vital military funding from Ukraine to pressure its leaders into helping his reelection campaign. In doing so, the president not only abused the power of his office, but he also put our national security at risk – and he should be held accountable for his actions.

The Republican-led Senate’s refusal to even hear from the witnesses who were directed – by the president – to orchestrate this scheme shows that they had no interest in hearing the truth. Instead, it’s clear that they are simply determined to sweep President Trump’s misconduct under the rug. Such an abrogation of their Constitutional duties is shameful, and the American people should be outraged.

As the Senate focused on the impeachment trial this past week, some of us in the House focused our attention on the spread of the coronavirus.

As chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel, which directly oversees our nation’s top health agencies, I convened a meeting Thursday with senior officials with the CDC, NIH, and FDA to get an update on the steps they are taking to address the spread of coronavirus.

I can tell you that our health agencies are keeping a close eye on this virus; and they are taking steps to prevent its spread here in the U.S. And, as I told the officials during that meeting, Congress stands ready to provide them the resources they need to keep the public safe. 

But while, thankfully, this virus is extremely limited here in the U.S., I remain concerned about the amount of time it will take to develop a vaccine. While we have been able to speed up the time it takes to develop new vaccines, we need to expedite the time it takes to get those vaccines approved, produced and distributed to the American people. This is an issue I have been working on for many years now, and it’s one I will continue to address with these agencies going forward.

You can listen to what I told KOA News about this topic yesterday morning, by clicking here.

While the coronavirus is clearly the most high-profile public health issue we were working to address this week, it’s not the only one. In fact, our oversight panel is preparing to hold a hearing with the nation’s top five largest manufacturers of e-cigarettes.

The number of teens vaping in the U.S continues to increase at an alarming rate. According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than five million young people reported using e-cigarettes within the past 30 days – up from 3.6 million who reported using such products the year before.

On Wednesday, our panel will have the opportunity to question the heads of these five companies and ask them to explain – under oath – what steps they are taking to market their products to our young people, how their products may be affect people’s health, and what they are doing – or should be doing – to help us address this teen-vaping epidemic.

If you want to watch this important hearing live, it will be streamed online starting at 8:30 a.m. MT here.

Finally, I wanted to share with you an op-ed I wrote for Colorado Politics this week about the need to protect our public lands. Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry that supports more than 220,000 jobs across our state. And the current administration’s recent attacks on our nation’s public lands are putting it, as well as our environment and our way of life, at risk.

You can read my full op-ed by clicking here.  

As always, if you have any questions, or need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 303-844-4988. Or you can visit my website at DeGette.house.gov to learn more about all of the different ways that my staff and I are available to assist you.

Have a wonderful weekend.
 
Sincerely,
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Diana DeGette