High-Capacity Magazines Bill To Be Introduced By Democrats On First Day Of Congressional Session

WASHINGTON – House Democrats will introduce legislation to ban the production of high-capacity magazines on the first day of the next congressional session, the office of Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), one of the lawmakers sponsoring the bill, told The Huffington Post.

The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act will mirror a failed bill introduced during the 112th Congress. Its authors hope that in the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 first grade students in Newtown, Conn., there will be heightened political urgency to act when it is reintroduced on Jan. 3.

Backed by DeGette and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), the legislation has gained a wave of Democratic co-sponsors since the shooting, which also claimed the lives of 7 adults. But few Republicans have come forward to offer their support. Even more critical to the bill’s political prospects, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has not indicated whether he will allow it to come to the floor for a vote.

Still, backers are hopeful, noting that a ban on high-capacity magazines – which have been involved in many of the recent high-profile instances of mass gun violence – would be a smaller concession for gun-rights advocates than a broader assault weapons ban.

The bill Democrats will introduce would limit magazines, belts, drums, feed strips and “similar device[s]” to 10 rounds of ammunition. It would allow people to hold on to the “large capacity ammunition feeding device[s]” that they currently own, but prohibit them from buying others or transferring the ones they have.

The bill would also exempt retired and current law enforcement officials who use those devices for “purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty)” as well as contractors who have been licensed to carry the devices for security purposes required by federal law.

H/T: Huffington Post

In fact, there were over 4 million visits to Planned Parenthood clinics last year, and over 90 percent of this was basic women’s health care, and not abortions. So why are we talking about this today? Why are we talking about this legislation? Planned Parenthood does these services, and no federal funds are spent on abortion services that Planned Parenthood does provide. But yet the majority will take the radical step of denying women of the basic health care they need. This radical agenda is wrong — it’s wrong for American women, and it’s wrong for us, when the federal budget expires in just 13 days.

“In short, the Romney/Ryan ticket would reverse more than a century of hard-fought progress for women. Mr. Romney, Mr. Ryan, the women of America have a message for you: We’re not going back. We’re going forward. Forward with a Presidents who understands and defends the rights and interests of American women. Forward with a President who believes in economic opportunity and equal pay for equal work.”

- Rep. Diana DeGette, of Colorado

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Congresswoman Diana DeGette is hosting an event in Colorado on September 21st about the rights and benefits same-sex couples now have thanks to the marriage equality ruling! You can get more details and sign up by clicking the link.

America stunned as Sebelius explains still no ‘reliable’ data on Obamacare enrollment numbers

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Just how many Americans have enrolled through Healthcare.gov, the federal government’s online health insurance exchange?

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Diana DeGette is working to limit your rights and she doesn’t even know what she’s talking about…

While talking about “magazine clips” she said, "These are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available…“

Unfortunately, I’m not even surprised…

Read more at the Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_22942476/degette-draws-criticism-pretty-stupid-ammo-magazine-comment

February #YAOTM: Eleanor Bastian '06 (@NorNorBotBot)!

Thanks to Amelia Manderscheid ‘08 for this month’s submission and thanks to Kate Ciurej '08 for the lovely photo!

(above Eleanor Bastian '06 with Congressman John Lewis)

Eleanor recently got a boss promotion as Legislative Director for U.S. Representative Diana DeGette of CO after working in her office as a Legislative Assistant for the past two years.  She manages the energy, environmental and natural gases portfolio for the congresswoman and was instrumental in getting the unanimous passage of the bipartisan hydropower bill.  She worked her tail off to bring about compromise during the lovely government shutdown (remember that thing?). She is a Wellesley woman on the rise and we look forward to her own run for elected office someday. #WellesleyShouldRun


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Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette outlines a possible strategy for enacting climate change legislation during a new session of Congress.

Rep. Diana DeGette (CO) speaks about women's rights @ the DNC:

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“[My husband and I] taught our children that they could rise to even greater heights. They could become surgeons, CEOs, Supreme Court Justices, Secretary of State, and even President of the United States. We did not teach our daughters to be second class citizens. But in proposal after proposal, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to make women second-class citizens again. We will not let that happen.”

“In 2013, Colorado will celebrate it’s 120th anniversary of granting women the right to vote. The very first state in the nation to do so.”

“Even today though, there are still many battles to be won. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would have us fighting to defend old gains all over again.”

“Romney and Ryan support the so-called Personhood Amendment, that would ban many forms of birth control, would ban all abortions even in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother’s life, ban in-vitro fertilization which helps families have children of their own, and it would even ban embryonic stem-cell research which holds the promise to cure so many diseases.”

“Reproductive freedom means economic freedom.”

“In short, the Romney/Ryan ticket would reverse more than a century of hard-fought progress for women. Mr. Romney, Mr. Ryan, the women of America have a message for you: We’re not going back.  We’re going forward. Forward with a Presidents who understands and defends the rights and interests of American women. Forward with a President who believes in economic opportunity and equal pay for equal work." 

Diana DeGette, the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 1st congressional district, has witnessed 24 moments of silence in the Senate since she was first elected in 1996 (including the moment of silence held for the victims of Aurora this past Tuesday).

“How many more moments of silence will we have to have?” She asks.

The Boston Herald writes:

“But the muted response from other lawmakers underscored the long odds gun-control advocates face. The Republican-controlled House has supported National Rifle Association efforts to expand gun rights, and many Democrats are skittish about taking up the issue as they court rural votes.

‘The White House has made clear they’re not going to use this horrific event to push for new legislation. I agree,’ House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said Tuesday.”

How many more moments of silence will our country witness before those with the power to make change understand that change NEEDS to happen to laws surrounding gun control? This is NOT an issue of democratic verses republican power. This is an issue of American safety and well-being verses chaos and fear.

House Approves Bill Barring Federal Funding For Abortions

House Approves Bill Barring Federal Funding For Abortions

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A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for “any abortion” or for “health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion” has been approved by the House.


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DeGette wants FDA to target e-cigs for children

#DeGette wants #FDA to target #e-cigs for children

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Today, Ranking Members Diana DeGette, Henry A. Waxman, and Frank Pallone, Jr., called on the FDA to use its enforcement authority to take immediate action to protect children from the harms of tobacco.  Once FDA finalizes its proposed regulation to assert jurisdiction over various types of tobacco products, like e-cigarettes and cigars, the agency could do this by bringing enforcement cases…

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Congressional probe of GM's ignition switch recall continues

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“We’re hearing there may be up to 100 deaths linked to this.” - Rep. Diana DeGette A member of the US House of Representatives said Wednesday there may be as many as 100 deaths linked to General Motors’ decade-long failure to recall millions of defective cars.

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) referenced the figure during her questioning of GM CEO Mary Barra and former US Attorney Anton Valukas in a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which has been probing the ignition-switch defect.

“We’re hearing there may be up to 100 deaths linked to this,” DeGette said during her remarks.

The number of deaths tied to the faulty ignition switches has been an elusive figure thus far amid several investigations. General Motors has acknowledged at least 13 deaths and 54 crashes that occurred when the switches inadvertently moved out of the “run” position and turned off engines, airbags and other electrical systems, like power steering.

But several families of people who died in accidents are angry that GM has not counted their family members as part of its number, and an earlier Reuters analysis found that as many as 74 people may have died in accidents related to the problem.

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Is GM Doing Enough To Ensure Our Safety?

Auto Recalls and Defects Indianapolis Accident Attorneys Helping Victims of Dangerous Automobiles Defective automobiles and parts can cost innocent people their lives. Victims of defective automobiles have the right to obtain compensation for their injuries. If you or someone close to you has been

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has continued to release documents concerning the delayed recall of 2.6 million vehicles made by General Motors (GM). Jeff Boyer, GM’s new global safety chief, said that GM “did not do enough” in fixing the problems, according to RTV 6. Representative Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, said that she plans to aggressively pursue a congressional investigation into why GM delayed their response. Rep. DeGette told RTV 6 that this situation “raises more troubling concerns about GM’s…actions.”

In the latest round of documents released by NHTSA, RTV 6 news shed light on papers that describe the recall of “335,000 Saturn Ions (for model years 2004 through 2007) for power steering failures.”

The documents, released by NHTSA, indicate that two years ago the agency  opened an investigation into the matter, finding  that 12 crashes and two injuries resulted from the power steering issues. NHTSA closed the investigation when GM said it would recall the defective Ions, but that recall is only now occurring.

For now, GM is in the process of fixing the 2.6 million recalled vehicles, which include the Saturn Ion models. Additionally, we hope that the congressional investigation discovers why GM neglected the safety of their customers by delaying these recalls.   

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The National Committee held a Town Hall with Representative Diana DeGette on Social Security.