Englewood Herald: Q&A with Diana DeGette, candidate for the 1st Congressional District
What Makes you the best choice for this office?
I believe that I am the best choice for this office due to my seniority in the House, record of progressive legislating while also achieving bipartisan results, and my commitment to delivering for Coloradans and the American people.
If you are elected, which one single issue will be at the top of your agenda?
Promoting access to quality health care including the full range of women’s reproductive care. For all of the good that the Affordable Care Act has done in the past 10 years, health care in the United States still does not cover everyone, not everyone who has access to coverage can afford to use it, and prescription drug costs are too high. Additionally, this is also an issue that I can address through my role as a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
If you are elected, what must you accomplish in order to consider your term a success?
Passing legislation that makes a true difference in people’s lives. That can be through standalone legislation like my 21st Century Cures Act, or by adding amendments to legislation on the floor such as the amendment I have successfully added to the past two years’ EPA funding bill requiring the agency to identify and clean up 100 communities across the nation that are disproportionally suffering from large amounts of pollution.
What measure or measures will you push for in the new year to make strides toward economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic?
My top priorities are helping the families and small business owners who are struggling to make ends meet because of the pandemic. This includes more PPP loans, more Economic Impact Statements, reinstating the additional $600 federal unemployment increase and passing rental and mortgage assistance. We also need to ensure that state and local governments have the resources they need to respond and maintain critical government functions with the decrease in tax revenues.
What is the one thing congress can do to achieve social justice?
One thing we can do is ensure that corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes. This must be the cornerstone of our tax system. Our nation’s long-term fiscal outlook must be secure while being able to make the investments and reinvestment in infrastructure, education and workers that will keep America competitive long into the 21st century.