“Working together, Fred and I were able to pass one of the most important pieces of health care legislation in decades. If there’s one thing the two of us understand, it’s that to get anything done in Washington, you have to be willing to put aside your political differences and work across the aisle to build consensus. ”

-Diana DeGette

Diana DeGette and Fred Upton recently announced they are currently working on a new bipartisan piece of legislation they are calling “Cures 2.0” to build upon the incredible success they achieved with their first bill. They were also recently invited to the White House to meet with President Biden and discuss how the U.S. can cure cancer once and for all.

Both joined us virtually on May 10th, 2021 for an afternoon of discussion about their friendship. They engaged in a wide-ranging conversation about issues on which they agree, disagree, and half-agree. The Center of the American West’s Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Patty Limerick moderated the conversation.

This event is part of the Center’s “Bipartisanship (and Friendship) Happen!” series, which brings pairs of accomplished and dedicated public officials together to talk about their determination to extend the ties of shared enterprise and friendship across the divisions of recent times.


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