Issue Position: Why I am Running for Office
"I am proud of my record of achievement over the last eight years, but there is much more I want to accomplish. Whether it is the economy, health care, or the environment, we can have a government that helps us solve our problems, not create new ones.
First, we must restore commonsense Colorado values to our nation's economic policies. This means spending only the money the government has in its coffers and suspending the massive, debt-fueling tax giveawgoing to amkeays to the ultra-wealthy so beloved by President George W. Bush.
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.
We must stop the assault on our public lands. As Coloradoans, we know that our few remaining wild lands provide a lasting link to our Western heritage and are critical for ranching and outfitting as well as wildlife habitat. The time is long gone when our nation could abandon despoiled land for greener pastures farther west.
That is why I remain committed to protecting, once and for all, the last wild lands in Colorado for our children and grandchildren and for generations of Americans not yet born. "
Rep. DeGette continues to be a leader in Congress on the issues of importance to her constituents. As a lifelong Westerner, she is committed to common-sense fiscal responsibility and is working with like-minded Members of Congress to reduce the national deficit.
As the First District's Congresswoman, Rep. DeGette has fought to expand her constituents' access to affordable quality health care. She has also worked to expand mass transit and improve transportation in the Denver area, and clean up environmental waste sites and improve opportunities for small business.
Rep. DeGette is also the author of the landmark Colorado Wilderness Act. The plan designates 59 pristine areas comprising 1.6 million acres of land across Colorado as protected wilderness. This would preserve a rapidly disappearing piece of our Western heritage for generations to come.