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LISTEN: Rep. DeGette talks COVID-19, impeachment role during tele-town hall

By: - February 22, 2021 12:36 pm

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) talks to reporters during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol Dec. 1, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rep. Diana DeGette participated in a tele-town hall with constituents on Feb. 20.

During the Saturday morning event, the Denver Democrat took questions submitted online and asked live by phone.

 

Most of the questions concerned the coronavirus and vaccines. They included constituent inquiries about the spread of misinformation about vaccine safety, the lack of a coordinated national mandate for vaccine distribution, how people are prioritized for vaccinations, and when Congress might pass new COVID-19 relief legislation.

Other questions concerned gun control and climate change’s effects on agriculture.

DeGette kicked off the conversation by giving an overview of her recent activity in Congress, including her role as one of nine House managers of the second impeachment trial in the Senate of former President Donald Trump.

“What President Trump did, which was use his platform, as the President of the United States, to incite a deadly attack on the Capitol building, in order to try to stop the counting of the legitimate election results, really is the paradigm of what you think about when you think about an impeachable offense, a high crime or misdemeanor. And I think it was the worst crime ever committed by a president of the United States,” DeGette said during the tele-town hall.

DeGette highlighted her role as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee and a hearing planned for Tuesday morning during which representatives from all five COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers will testify before the committee. 

“I want to know exactly what they’re doing to increase their capacity and to ramp up production of the critical vaccines. And I also want to know exactly how many doses each of these companies have delivered so far, how many more it plans to deliver, and whether they think they’ll actually be able to make the commitments they’ve made to all of us,” DeGette said.

DeGette also talked about renewed hope for passage of her Protecting America’s Wilderness Act.

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