DENVER -- Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette has big plans for her 11th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
DeGette is facing off against republican Casper Stockham in November's general election. Democrats have controlled Colorado's first congressional district for decades.
"I really do believe I have a contract to be rehired every two years," DeGette told Politics Unplugged hosts Anne Trujillo and Marshall Zelinger during this week's broadcast. "I think it's up to me to make the case to my constituents that they should rehire me. I don't take it for granted."
DeGette told the hosts about her plans to pass the 21st Century Cures Initiative which she says will overhaul the way biomedical research is done on things like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes.
The congresswoman would also like to see changes to the Affordable Healthcare Act. While she says it has provided health care to millions of people who would not otherwise have health coverage, she says there are things that can be done to improve it.
Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4 p.m. on Denver7.