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  • Veteran, 99, from Lakewood to get honors from Perlmutter
    Posted in In the News on February 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Buford Johnson never rose above the rank of Army private first class during World War II, but heroism for a veteran isn’t measured in stripes. The 99-year-old Lakewood resident will receive his many medals and ribbons anew on Friday morning from U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter. His honors include the Bronze Star for heroism and the Purple Heart for his injuries on the battlefield. The ceremony is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at American Legion Post 178 at 1655 Simms St. in Lakewood. Johnson served under ... Read more

  • Few Colorado lawmakers plan in-person town halls during winter recess
    Posted in In the News on February 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    DENVER — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are having their winter recess this week. While some of Colorado’s delegation are out of the country, some have plans to meet with constituents during their time off. There have been calls for lawmakers across the country to hold town halls, with pressure from voters and groups opposed to President Donald Trump’s policies. Sen. Michael Bennet (D) Bennet has no meetings scheduled. He is in Cuba as part of an official delegation, according to his office. Sen. Cor... Read more

  • With Congress out of session, many in Colorado ask: Where are the town halls?
    Posted in In the News on February 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congress is off this week, but few Colorado lawmakers are using the time to meet with constituents — a slight that has angered activists across the state. Three members of Colorado’s nine-member delegation aren’t in the country: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton — in Cuba, Japan and Germany, respectively. The rest generally are avoiding the open-air, town hall hearings that are appreciated by residents and protesters but disliked by politicians looking ... Read more

  • Defenders and attackers of loan guarantees briefly switch sides
    Posted in In the News on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Some rhetorical judo led to a Democrat calling to close the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program while a Republican praised the initiative yesterday. At the hearing, titled "Risky Business: The DOE Loan Guarantee Program," before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy, lawmakers challenged the program's record and debated the future of DOE's role in spurring clean energy deployment. The main philosophical debate was whether a government agency should be in the bu... Read more

  • These Are The Colorado Congress Members Holding Town Halls During Recess
    Posted in In the News on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    The groups pushing for town halls are often linked to Indivisible--a network of former Democratic congressional staffers who wrote a guide “for resisting the Trump agenda.” Part of the plan is to demand public town halls. The forums then become places where left-leaning voters can express disapproval for Congress and the new president. It’s a strategy modeled on the Tea Party’s success ahead of the 2010 midterms. That’s when people packed town halls to express anger over Obamacare. Democrats los... Read more

  • Trump press conference reaction: Bennet throws shade, Gardner focuses on agriculture and more
    Posted in In the News on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    After a combative news conference where President Donald Trump aired his grievances against the news media, the intelligence community and his detractors during a stream-of-consciousness news conference that alternated between claims that he had “inherited a mess” and the assertion that his fledgling administration “is running like a fine-tuned machine.” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado’s senior senator, was quick to post a gif on Twitter showing his view of Trump’s “fine-tuned machine.” The r... Read more

  • Perlmutter to honor Vietnam vets at commemoration ceremony
    Posted in In the News on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-7th District, is inviting all Vietnam-era veterans to be honored at a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony on March 24. All Vietnam-era veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are encouraged to participate. The commemoration does not distinguish between veterans who served in-country, in-theater or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period. The deadline to fill out ... Read more

  • Bera new top Democrat on House space subcommittee
    Posted in In the News on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace, Energy/Environment

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats have named Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) as the new ranking member of the space subcommittee as they finalized the roster of members who will serve on that subcommittee. Bera, entering his third term in the House, succeeds Donna Edwards, a Maryland Democrat who previous served as the top Democrat on the subcommittee. Edwards chose not to run for reelection to the House in 2016, unsuccessfully running for the Senate instead. “As a kid who grew up during the height of the s... Read more

  • Perlmutter sets commemoration ceremony for Vietnam-era vets
    Posted in In the News on February 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter plans to hold a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony on Friday, March 24. All Vietnam-era veterans in Colorado are eligible to receive the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin at the ceremony. The ceremony is part of an ongoing national program to honor all Vietnam-era veterans — military service members who were on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of where they served. This year’s ceremony coincides with Vietnam Veterans Day, an annual celebration o... Read more

  • Congress rolling back BLM’s methane rule, similar to Colorado’s rule
    Posted in In the News on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to roll back the Bureau of Land Management’s nascent rule requiring oil and gas companies to look for and fix field equipment that may be leaking methane, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The move is part of Republicans’ broader effort to dismantle some regulations put in place by former President Barack Obama’s administration. The House and U.S. Senate, which also has a Republican majority, also gave final approval th... Read more

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