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     Today is the first day of the 2021 Legislation, and we open our session at an extraordinary moment of our history. This is my last term, and I will be sworn in, taking an oath to uphold the United States' Constitution. Today, the meaning of my oath has really hit home in light of last week’s events.

On Wednesday, January 6th, a mob incited to insurrection by our sitting President breached the U.S. Capitol. Their purpose was to obstruct the work of Congress in certifying the electoral votes of Joe Biden as our next President. This was a coup, there is no other word for it. Not only was this mob intent on obstruction of Congress, but they were searching for members of Congress to hold hostage? To harm? One crowd was recorded chanting, “hang Mike Pence.” Since our country's founding, we have prided ourselves on the peaceful transition of power to newly elected Presidents. We can no longer make that claim. We are no longer the beacon of freedom.
President Trump has shown no sign of remorse for inciting an insurrection that led to the deaths of 5 people. On the news last night, there was a video clip of the President saying there he is at “zero risk of the 25th Amendment”. While it looks like that may be true, I call on Congress to go through with Impeachment. We need to show him that no one is above the law that the incitement of insurrection has consequences. If there are no consequences, what message does that send to countries across the world? To our own citizens? I call on Congress, to the members of our Colorado Congressional Delegation to hold Donald Trump accountable. We can’t move forward and heal until those responsible for the attack on our democracy are all held accountable.
Information and Upcoming Events
 
  • 2/13 at 9:30 AM HD1 Virtual Meeting email HD1@denverdemocrats.org for a link to the meeting
  • 1/13 First day of Legislative Session
In addition to our political unrest, we are also still facing the pandemic. For the safety of elected members, Capitol staff, and the public, it’s simply not safe right now for us to meet consecutively for our regular 120 days. So, while we are beginning our session on the traditional day of the second Wednesday of January, we will be meeting for a short 3 days until we take a recess. When we meet this week, we will swear in members, elect our new Speaker, and pass the traditional resolutions of hiring our staff. We are also introducing a total of 7 bills that have some very urgent timelines. You can find these bills by clicking on this link https://leg.colorado.gov/2021-bills-authorized-sponsors-pre-release


With more of us getting vaccinations, we will overcome this, and we hope to come back in mid-February to fulfill our duty to meet for the rest of our 120 days and finish the People’s Work.

I wish all of you a safe New Year and a better year than 2020 for all of us.
Please feel free to reach out to my office via e-mail at susan.lontine.hd1@gmail.com for any concerns or if you know of resources that can help out your community. 
Be well.
Sincerely,
Susan

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