Representative Diana Louise DeGette's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Diana Louise DeGette
Current Office: U.S. House - District 1, Democratic
First Elected: 11/05/1996
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 1
Primary June 24, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Lino; 2 Children
Birth Date: 07/29/1957
Birth Place: Tachikawa, Japan
Home City: Denver, CO
Religion: Presbyterian
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. The Denver Post - Markey, DeGette In Middle Of Health Care Reform Quagmire. 5 March 2010. "I want to vote for the bill," DeGette said. "I helped write the bill. But the one thing we have learned is that we can fix a lot of things later, but if you really give up a woman's right to choose, you can't fix that later. That's gone." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. The Associated Press - Colorado's DeGette Takes National Abortion Role. 27 March 2010. "During this whole debate, pro-choice Democrats kept coming up to me and saying, 'Keep fighting! Keep fighting! Keep fighting!' So that's what I did," DeGette said from Washington last week, after the overhaul was signed into law." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Repealing Mandatory Funding for Graduate Medical Education. 24 May 2011. "Now, most pregnancies, thank goodness, progress safely. But sometimes there's an emergency. And sometimes a medical abortion is necessary to protect a woman's health or life. For example, Mr. Chairman, in cases of preeclampsia, hemorrhage, and severe pulmonary hypertension, or bleeding placenta previa, which can be fatal if left untreated, an abortion is a life-saving procedure. In addition, in managing a miscarriage, sometimes an abortion procedure is essential to saving the woman's life." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" - Transcript. 9 February 2011. "Both of these bills are absolute riddled with little landmines like this. They redefine rape to be forcible rape, they redefine incest, and the one you"re talking about says that if a woman comes into a hospital, a pregnant woman, and she would die if she didn"t have an abortion, if the hospital or the doctors are against it for reasons of conscience, then they wouldn"t have to save the mother"s life. I mean, that"s just appalling to people and is of quite concern." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Issue Position: Reproductive Rights. 28 June 2011. "As the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, Diana has fought for common-sense family planning and reproductive rights. She is a lead sponsor of the Prevention First agenda, which is a comprehensive, bi-partisan approach to reducing unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion. Most recently, Diana led the fight against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment -- a dangerous restriction on women's reproductive rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Statement on U.S. Senate Abortion Vote. 8 December 2009. "I am delighted the U.S. Senate has rejected an extreme amendment that would have turned back the clock on a woman's right to choose. The underlying Senate bill already prohibits federal funding of abortion. The amendment the Senate rejected today was an attempt to use health care reform to restrict women's access to reproductive health services. Throughout the conference process, pro-choice Members will be working to ensure that health care reform legislation does not restrict abortion rights beyond current law. Over 40 Members of the House have vowed not to support a conference report that further restricts a woman's right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Statement On Senate Abortion Provision. 19 November 2009. "I am pleased that the U.S. Senate has maintained current law when addressing the abortion issue. By adopting a common-sense abortion provision, the U.S. Senate ensures that no federal funds will be spent on abortion coverage while not further restricting a woman's right to choose. The health care bill is about providing access to quality health care to over 36 million Americans. I encourage the U.S. Senate to work towards producing a bill that works for everyone." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Diana DeGette. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Diana DeGette in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Diana DeGette a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Diana DeGette voted Did Not Vote on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Diana DeGette in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Diana DeGette in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" - Transcript. 9 February 2011. "Both of these bills are absolute riddled with little landmines like this. They redefine rape to be forcible rape, they redefine incest, and the one you"re talking about says that if a woman comes into a hospital, a pregnant woman, and she would die if she didn"t have an abortion, if the hospital or the doctors are against it for reasons of conscience, then they wouldn't have to save the mother's life. I mean, that"s just appalling to people and is of quite concern." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a two-state solution to the conflict in the Middle East."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a two-state solution to the conflict in the Middle East."
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Supports Supplemental Approps Bill. 15 May 2009. "After recently returning from a trip to Afghanistan, I am convinced even more that we must uphold our commitment to the Afghan people - many of whom have been subjected to human rights abuses. We also have a responsibility to provide the resources for U.S. troops who have been trying to eliminate the Taliban. If we abandon Afghanistan now, our national security interests would be severely compromised. We have an interest in strengthening the institutions in Afghanistan and helping them create the infrastructure that will allow us to build a legitimate and lasting partnership." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Statement on President Obama's Afghanistan Address to the Nation. 22 June 2011. "I commend President Obama for honoring his commitment to begin troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, but I urge him to provide his long-term strategy for total withdrawal as soon as possible. U.S. forces' elimination of Osama bin Laden and other top al-Qaeda leadership -- and the subsequent weakening of their organization in Afghanistan -- underscore how our mission in that country has shifted and how the time has come to bring our troops home." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Statement On New Afghanistan Policy. 2 December 2009. "I am pleased that President Obama has laid out a clear strategy to end the war in Afghanistan. It is in our national security interest to stabilize the country and prevent terrorists from using Afghanistan as a base for terrorist activity. Accelerating the recruitment and training of Afghan security forces will allow Kabul to take control and responsibility for its own security more quickly. Unfortunately, these goals were long-delayed when the previous Administration was distracted by a war in Iraq. Before I agree to support funding the President's increased troop levels in the 2011 budget, I will closely examine the efficacy of his plan to ensure that it is stabilizing Afghanistan, and preparing the country to defend itself." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Peace Action 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of Peace Action West 57 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "j) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?" Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy. Other or expanded principles: "I believe we need to bring a responsible end to this irresponsible war quickly and safely."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "c) Defense"
  • Diana DeGette. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 2561. 106th Congress. Defense Department Appropriations bill, FY2000. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 07/22/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Applauds House Passage of Middle Class Tax Cuts. 2 December 2010. "Given today's highly polarized vote, it is clear Republicans continue to believe if the wealthiest people in America don't get tax cuts, then nobody else deserves them either. It's extremely disingenuous for Republicans to fight to add $700 billion to the deficit in order to give every millionaire a $100,000 check, but then refuse to extend unemployment benefits, giving families who need it most a mere $300 per week. By continuing to stand against middle-class tax cuts and withholding unemployment benefits, Congressional Republicans are quite literally the Grinch that stole Christmas for millions of Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Statement on President Bush's Tax Reform Panel. 1 November 2005. "Today, the nation's complex tax code allows for people and corporations that earn the same amount of income to pay wildly different amounts in income taxes. This undermines our entire tax system," said Rep. DeGette. "We must restore fairness to our tax code. Reform, however, cannot be used to justify placing an even greater tax burden on the middle class. I am extremely concerned that President Bush will use these recommendations to further his policy of cutting taxes for the wealthy and leaving the rest of us to pay for them." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 3 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Twitter: @RepDianaDeGette. 16 April 2012. "The #BuffettRule is common-sense policy to ensure all Americans pay fair share. The House shld hold a vote on it ASAP" (twitter.com)
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Paygo"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am an original co-sponsor and supporter of statutory pay-go to keep our budget in check."
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Votes for Job Creation. 17 July 2012. "It is vitally important that we continue to support job creation. In February 2009, I voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in order to support ailing state budgets, make critical investments in energy, health, and broadband technology, and save much-needed jobs. The HIRE Act builds on the success of the Recovery Act by encouraging job creation and investments in infrastructure. Getting Americans back to work will continue to be one of my top priorities." (degette.house.gov)
  • Diana DeGette. Jobs Report Illustrates Failed Economic Policies. 7 March 2008. "The Democratic Congress recently passed a strong stimulus package that will help jumpstart and strengthen our economy putting us on a road to recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Stimulus Package Aims to Jumpstart Economy. 29 February 2008. "The bipartisan stimulus package will provide much needed relief for American middle-class families struggling with skyrocketing oil and gas prices, increasing home heating bills, and health care costs that are on the rise," said DeGette. "Nearly $2 billion in total recovery rebates will be dispersed through Colorado, including almost 2 million households who will get a check of an average of $895 to help them with the staggering economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Issue Position: Economic Recovery. 28 June 2011. "On February 17, 2010 President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. This law will create or save 3.5 million jobs, immediately cut taxes for 95 percent of workers, and begin an unprecedented transformation of our economy, making us more globally competitive and energy independent for the 21st century." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Degette Comments on Interest Rate Cut. 22 January 2008. "The Democratic Congress is working in a bipartisan way with the Bush Administration to develop a timely, targeted, and temporary fiscal stimulus plan that will provide relief to the American consumer by putting more money into their hands. This stimulus package will help strengthen our economy by encouraging low to middle-class families to reinvest in the economy providing a much needed boost." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette On Financial Market Crisis. 15 September 2008. "The Democratic Congress has taken steps to strengthen our economy by passing a bipartisan economic stimulus package and efforts to shore up the nation's housing finance system. I look forward to working with my colleagues on another economic recovery package that will help our economy -- which continues to suffer as a result of the last eight years of Republican fiscal mismanagement. " (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Diana DeGette a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Votes to Create Jobs, Strengthen Small Businesses. 18 June 2010. "The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act will expand much-needed lending to small businesses and offer tax incentives to help America's small businesses grow. 'This legislation is yet another part of our ongoing effort to create jobs for Colorado and our nation and re-build our economy,'said DeGette. 'Over the past 15 years, small businesses have created two-thirds of the new jobs in our country. Yet last year, almost half of the small businesses seeking loans were unable to receive the credit they needed. To bring back America's Main Streets we must strengthen the small businesses that are the engine of our economic recovery, and this legislation will do just that.' The Act also offers tax incentives to spur immediate investments in America's small businesses. These reforms will lower the capital gains taxes on small business investments, and increase tax deductions to help entrepreneurs to recover more start-up expenses." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Applauds Enactment of Small Business Jobs Bill. 27 September 2010. "That is why I am proud to have supported this small business act, which loosens the credit market to provide loans for small businesses, so they can create jobs and boost their local economies." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Celebrates Colorado Being Named Race to the Top Phase 2 Finalist. 16 July 2012. "I'm pleased that Colorado has once again been named as a finalist for the Race to the Top program. [...] Colorado has long been at the forefront of education reform and this funding would support programs that better prepare our students for college, while rewarding and retaining our high achieving teachers and principals. Today's announcement recognizes our state as a driver of real and meaningful education reform, and one which can serve as a model for the rest of the nation." (degette.house.gov)
  • Allison Sherry. Denver Post: Seating gesture makes inroads. 26 January 2011. ". . . I am proud that (Obama) highlighted Bruce Randolph in Denver and our state's success in education reform, which we hope to replicate across the state and nation. I am also thrilled that the president focused on critical areas of education reform, particularly the Race to the Top program, and immigration reform and the DREAM Act." (www.denverpost.com)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support federal funding for pre-k programs in at-risk school districts."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support federal funding for pre-k programs in at-risk school districts."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support federal funding for pre-k programs in at-risk school districts."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support federal funding for pre-k programs in at-risk school districts."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Letter to Speaker Boehner, Leader Pelosi, Leader Cantor and Whip Hoyer. 7 December 2011. "We write to urge extension of the highly successful grant program for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits (the "1603 Treasury Grant Program") before it expires on December 31, 2011. Since enactment, this program has leveraged more than $22.8 billion in private sector investment for 22,000 projects across the clean energy industry, including solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, combined heat-and-power, and hydro, in all 50 states. Extension of this successful and effective program will create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote private sector development of clean energy technologies. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, clean energy project developers primarily relied on tax equity partnerships with investors to utilize clean energy tax incentives. Since 2008, however, the availability of tax equity declined dramatically. According to a report issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center in March 2011, the number of tax equity investors shrunk by nearly half, with associated tax equity financing tumbling over 80 percent from $6.1 billion in 2007 to $1.2 billion in 2009. This decline severely limited the financing available for energy projects. Congress enacted the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to restore the availability of financing for renewable energy projects and to create domestic jobs in a hard hit sector of the economy. Under the program, developers receive a federal grant in lieu of the tax credit--changing the timing of when the energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity and funding needed to develop domestic energy projects. As a result, the program underpinned strong growth in the renewable energy sector during the current economic downturn. Despite some improvement, the tax equity market is still unable to support the clean energy industry adequately. In July 2011, the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance surveyed tax equity investors and found that expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for renewable energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. Allowing the 1603 Treasury Grant Program to lapse would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs across all clean energy industries. Given the program's importance, as well as its proven record of success, we urge you to include its extension in any year-end legislation considered by the House." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Colorado Republicans push Obama on domestic oil production. 13 May 2011. "Expanding drilling in the gulf is not going to solve the gas-price issue for years, if that." (www.denverpost.com)
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support domestic oil exploration on appropriate federal lands."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Diana DeGette. Will Congress Finally Pass an Energy Bill? 18 September 2008. "Newsweek: This debate is a referendum on offshore drilling. The House Democratic leadership is calling it a compromise. Rep. DeGette: It is a compromise. It allows offshore drilling if the states opt in. From my perspective, I thought that while we develop renewable energy and reliance on alternative sources, we need to have some kind of domestic supply. So I think this a good balanced policy and something we should have come up with to begin with. Newsweek: Just a few months ago, the Democratic leadership was against all drilling, though has now warmed up to the idea. Why the change? Rep. DeGette: I think it's an honest attempt to come up with a comprehensive energy policy, which is frankly past due. Before the August recess, [the Republicans] were talking about only drilling. "Drill here, drill now" was their mantra. Now they're talking about a comprehensive policy, too. So I think we should be able to have a compromise." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Statement on Reorganization of Minerals Management Service. 19 May 2010. "As discussions continue regarding the expansion of offshore drilling, as well as the increased extraction of natural gas within the US, we must ensure that MMS has an effective and transparent mission to keep those drilling initiatives safe. Separating enforcement from revenue is a best management practice that will help achieve that goal." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Applauds Salazar Plan. 10 February 2009. "President Obama and Secretary Salazar are taking the right approach to developing the appropriate balance between responsible energy development and environmental stewardship," said DeGette. "Americans recognize that a rush to drill - whether in the Colorado mountains or off our nation's coastlines - is not the solution to our energy problems. We clearly need to continue developing oil and gas while we transition to cleaner, renewable fuels, but we must make sure we're doing it in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Other or expanded principles: I support domestic oil exploration on appropriate federal lands."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
  • Diana DeGette. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support domestic oil exploration on appropriate federal lands."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support domestic oil exploration on appropriate federal lands."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support domestic oil exploration on appropriate federal lands."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support domestic oil exploration on appropriate federal lands."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Diana DeGette in the 2002 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Twitter: @RepDianaDeGette. "BREAKING: Appeals court sides with #EPA, upholds #CleanAirAct greenhouse gas regs. Big win for science!" (twitter.com)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of Environment America 87 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Diana DeGette in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Diana DeGette in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Diana DeGette voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Diana DeGette in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Statement on EPA Finding on Climate Change. 17 July 2012. "I applaud Administrator Jackson's decision to release a strong finding of the scientific consensus that our climate is warming, and that greenhouse gases from sources such as automobiles are the cause. This decision from our nation's top environmental agency was a long time in coming, and I am pleased that EPA will be moving forward with important rules to protect our environment from the harmful effects of climate pollution." (degette.house.gov)
  • Diana DeGette. Letter to the Honorable Lisa Jackson, EPA. 23 September 2011. "We are writing to express our support for the Environmental Protection Agency's final Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule. This important public health standard will prevent approximately 34,000 premature deaths, more than 15,000 heart attacks, 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis, 4000,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and 1,8 million lost workdays annually. The aggregate health benefits will save up to $280 billion annually in avoided costs, at only a cost of only $800 million. This 350-1 benefit to cost ratio represents a great deal for the public and an opportunity to improve the quality of life and competitiveness of American metropolitan areas. In concert with other improvements to state and federal regulations, it will reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide by 73% and 54%, respectively, by 2014." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Ban Multiple Round Magazines"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Ban multiple round magazines"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Ban multiple round magazines"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Ban multiple round magazines"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Ban Multiple Round Magazines"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Ban multiple round magazines"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Ban Multiple Round Magazines"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Diana DeGette. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Diana DeGette a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Diana DeGette in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Diana DeGette in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Diana DeGette. Moving forward on nation's health care. 29 June 2012. "The U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the historic Affordable Care Act is great news for America's families as they begin to see greater access to health care and lower insurance costs. As a constitutional lawyer and one of the chief architects of the ACA, I always believed the mandate was constitutional, and I am extremely pleased the court agreed." (www.denverpost.com)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Statement on Republican Repeal of Health Reform. 19 January 2011. "I am extremely disappointed that so many of my colleagues supported this disingenuous legislation," said DeGette. "Across the country millions of Americans are already benefitting from reform and with today's vote Congressional Republicans turned their backs on children with pre-existing conditions, seniors, young adults and thousands of others in the First Congressional District of Colorado who can finally afford health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Thankfully, we know today's vote is the end of the line for the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. Today's action was a political stunt aimed at mollifying extremists in the Republican Party, and did nothing to address the most pressing issues facing our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Issue Position: Health Insurance Reform. 30 June 2011. "We took a giant step toward ending a decades-long struggle to provide health care coverage for the citizens of this country who, despite their best efforts, cannot afford health insurance," said Rep. DeGette. "Countless children and people suffering from chronic conditions will soon see the benefits of this legislation. Today we are closer to ending the strangle-hold of rising health care costs on our country and making health insurance coverage a reality for the more than 30 million who feel the needless shame and pain of going without," she said." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Issue Position: Why I am Running for Office. 30 June 2011. "Getting our financial house in order will enable us to begin building a health care system that covers every American regardless of age, health or employment status. This is a long-term project, but as first steps, we must find a way to ensure that small businesses are able to provide all of their employees affordable, quality health care and that no patient is turned away from a hospital because he or she is uninsured or underinsured." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "..pathway to citizenship by paying a fine going to the end the line, learning English"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Diana DeGette. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Supports Immigration Reform. 15 December 2009. "These comprehensive immigration reforms are much-needed to fix our broken immigration system," said DeGette. "This bill includes the common-sense solutions that will move our immigration system towards a humane approach that will help build our economy, protect children and families, and provide for effective enforcement. I look forward to working to pass these long overdue reforms." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Instead of Spreading Fear, Congress Should Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform. 16 December 2005. "Criminalizing illegal immigration and building security walls on our border will do little to stem the tide of immigrants coming to our nation," said Rep. DeGette. "While we do need enhanced border security and immigration laws those efforts must go hand in hand with a new process for temporary workers to legally enter and work in our country. Instead of these extreme measures, Congress should adopt solutions that will help our economy, strengthen our border security and reflect our core, American values." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Representative DeGette Responds to President Bush's National Guard Plan. 15 May 2006. "President Bush must play a leadership role in demanding that Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform. It's inappropriate to think that we will solve our immigration problems by deploying troops to our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Statement on May Day Immigration Rallies. 1 May 2006. "The nationwide protests about U.S. immigration policy held today demonstrate the need for Congress to pass a comprehensive reform package. As the only member of the Colorado delegation to vote against the House bill that makes being or employing an undocumented worker a federal felony, I urge the Congressional leadership to reject overheated rhetoric and work with the White House to forge a comprehensive solution." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. The DeGette Report. 19 December 2005. "We must also create a fair and reasonable process to citizenship, with all of the responsibilities that becoming a citizen entails. We must have strong borders. We must allow those who want to work here temporarily to do so legally and under humane conditions....The bill does not create a path to automatic citizenship, as undocumented workers already in the United States would have to register with the government, pay a $1,000 fine, pass background checks and meet employment requirements to stay here legally. Only after six years of playing by the rules and meeting English and civics requirements would they be able to even start the citizenship process.... It retroactively turns almost eleven million undocumented people in this country into felons, subject to deportation and forbidden ever to return to the United States. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff testified before Congress that it would cost "billions and billions and billions of dollars" - estimates are over $200 billion for five years - to deport every undocumented worker. This, of course, does not even address the practicality of how the government would find every, or even most, of these immigrants, confirm their status and then remove them from our country. The cost of removing undocumented aliens does not address the question of the economic impact of the loss of these workers or the damage to our already weak international standing mass deportations would cause." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette Works for Immigration Reform. 1 May 2007. "As the thousands of marchers in the streets across our nation demonstrated today, there are rising voices for Congress to address comprehensive immigration reform in our country. Our immigration laws and policies are clearly broken. What we need is not more hateful rhetoric but humane solutions which secure our borders and enforce the law while at the same time provide a legal way for people to come to the United States and work and for those already here to earn legal status. Today, I again spoke with the congressional leadership and pushed them to have comprehensive immigration reform considered by the full House by this summer. I am confident that the U.S. Congress will consider legislation I have cosponsored, H.R. 1645, the 'Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act of 2007.' This comprehensive and bipartisan immigration reform bill recognizes current economic and social realities and will improve our current dysfunctional immigration system." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Votes for DREAM Act. 9 December 2010. "'In passing the DREAM Act today, the House of Representatives created a path to citizenship for thousands of young people who want to serve their country,' said DeGette. 'Finally, young people who were brought to America as children, through no fault of their own, will have the opportunity so many of them desire -- to give back to the country they feel has given them so much.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Homeland Security, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General. 27 September 2011. "We applaud the August 18, 2011 announcement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to close many low-priority immigration deportation proceedings. We especially commend DHS for stating that it will consider the family ties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a factor in determining cases that merit relief from deportation, including for gay and lesbian foreign nationals who are the spouses and partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We write to you today with two requests that will further the enforcement of this important mandate [¦] We ask that consideration of LGBT family ties be communicated in the guidance being prepared by the new DHS/DOJ working group [¦] Additionally, we ask that the working group include a member experienced in working with LGBT immigrants and their families to ensure that these factors are recognized and understood in the working group's case-by-case review of all individuals currently in removal proceedings as well as its review of new cases placed in removal proceedings. The vulnerability of LGBT immigrants -- the historical stigmatization of whom both within and outside the U.S. is well-documented -- makes knowledgeable review a necessity. The announcement on August 18 constitutes a major step forward in ensuring that immigration enforcement resources prioritize enhancing border security, national security, and public safety as well as in exercising discretion when warranted." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Diana DeGette voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Degette Statement on DOMA Lawsuit. 27 October 2011. "While the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell was a monumental achievement for those of us who have fought for equality in our armed forces, we cannot forget that gay and lesbian service members are still discriminated against by the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Americans, especially those who are bravely serving our country abroad, deserve equal treatment under the law regardless of their sexual orientation, and I will be proud to submit an amicus brief in support of this lawsuit." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Diana DeGette voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Diana DeGette voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Letter To The Honorable President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Schumer, And Chairwoman Lofgren. 9 February 2010. "Currently, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But, same-sex partners committed to spending their lives together are not recognized as "families" under U.S. immigration law and thus do not have this same right. As a result, tens of thousands of binational families are either already living separately, face imminent separation, or have left the U.S. entirely in order to remain together. This is unacceptable, and we believe comprehensive immigration reform legislation must include a strong family reunification component inclusive of LGBT families." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Joins Colleagues To Introduce Respect For Marriage Act. 15 September 2009. "The Respect for Marriage Act will repeal a discriminatory and disrespectful measure that does not live up to 'equality for all' that is protected under the U.S. Constitution," said DeGette. "We must respect the rights of all Americans who seek to form loving, committed relationships regardless of their sexual orientation. I am proud to be an original sponsor of this much-needed and long-overdue legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Marriage Protection Amendment. 30 September 2004. "And to those who say it will help children, I have this question: Why should we not instead ban divorce? Approximately 1 million children, the product of heterosexual marriages, are living in single-parent homes in this country. Fifty percent of heterosexual marriages will end in divorce. If a State allowed same-sex marriage, I do not think it would affect my own heterosexual marriage. We are proud of the fact that this body represents America." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a two-state solution to the conflict in the Middle East."
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette Statement on Osama Bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "Tonight's news is a testament to the leadership of President Barack Obama, the ability and tireless perseverance of our men and women in uniform, and the dedication of our intelligence officers that work around-the-clock to support and direct their efforts. With today's actions and tonight's announcement, we have affirmed our commitment to hold accountable those who seek to do this country harm, and not rest until they are brought to justice." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "Some government regulations should be simplified and modernized, others could be strengthened, and others should be eliminated."
  • Diana DeGette. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Diana DeGette supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette: Time to End Political Games and Work Together on Social Security. 16 March 2005. "To this point, the President's only proposal is to add $2 trillion to the deficit, slash benefits for future retirees and make saving for retirement much more risky. He insists on privatizing the program even though he admits it will not help the long term solvency of Social Security. That's simply unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. DeGette: Trustees Report Reinforces Need for Bipartisan Solution to Strengthen, not Privatize, Social Security. 23 March 2005. "The Social Security Trustees confirmed that Social Security will remain strong enough for the next three decades to pay full benefits to retirees. This is further evidence that we should not risk Americans' retirement security by borrowing $4 trillion and slashing benefits by 40 percent to privatize Social Security. Disabled, orphaned and retired Coloradoans, and people across our nation, rely on this program to keep them out of poverty. We should continue to honor this commitment by following the example President Ronald Regan set in 1981 when he worked with a bipartisan coalition of Democrats and Republicans to strengthen Social Security. Similar action today would keep Social Security strong well into the next century." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. Social Security Needs a Bipartisan Plan for Modernization. 12 January 2005. "The Social Security system is not in crisis. It is a program that faces challenges that can be overcome if it is modernized for the 21st Century. The only way to do this effectively is by creating a plan that Republicans and Democrats in Congress can support. But to accomplish this, we cannot reduce the debate to overheated rhetoric about phony 'bankruptcies' and non-existent failures. It is irresponsible for any elected official - especially the President of the United States - to scare Americans by so grossly distorting the situation we face. Social Security is the financial lifeline that has kept millions of American out of poverty. At its essence, it is a national insurance program that protects all of us financially from the uncertainties of life - old age, debilitating illness or loss of a spouse. It has provided Americans a level of economic security that has allowed them to invest, help their families and communities, and live without the fear of retiring into abject poverty. For almost 70 years, this system has run a surplus. It will continue to do so for at least fourteen years and has enough money in its reserve to provide insurance for the elderly, widowed and infirm until at least 2042." (votesmart.org)
  • Diana DeGette. The DeGette Report. 6 February 2005. "The Social Security system is not in crisis. It is a program that faces long-term challenges that can be overcome with modest changes today that modernize it for the 21st century. For 70 years, this system has run a surplus. It will continue to do so for an additional four decades or more. Even under current circumstances, the system will remain solvent for years to come. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the program will have enough money to provide full benefits until at least 2052 and possibly far beyond that. With almost fifty years of solvency ahead of us, we have the time to determine the best way to invest our Social Security dues without engaging in risky schemes or cutting benefits. Unfortunately, President George Bush is taking a different approach because he fundamentally does not believe in the program. He has is creating an artificial urgency to help push a solution in search of a problem. " (votesmart.org)

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Colorado Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Decrease1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Eliminate3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decrease6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

2) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

I am an original co-sponsor and supporter of statutory pay-go to keep our budget in check.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

Some government regulations should be simplified and modernized, others could be strengthened, and others should be eliminated.

Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noe) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Nob) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support federal funding for pre-k programs in at-risk school districts.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

I support domestic oil exploration on appropriate federal lands.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Noc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Noe) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Noc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

I support a two-state solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

I will continue fighting for jobs in the First Congressional District, including by bringing transportation funding to Colorado. Implementation of health reform legislation and improving insurance benefits for children and women, as well as providing statutory protection of federal support for stem cell research are two public health priorities of mine. Modernizing our food safety system through a food traceability system that identifies contaminated food, and minimizes risk for consumers and economic losses remains a priority. Increasing America's energy security and economic growth through energy and climate change policies is also a top priority.