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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHOULD RESPECT COLORADO VOTERS

Last week, the White House Press Secretary told reporters the government would step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws. The Trump Administration continues to be ambiguous about how they intend to regulate medical and recreational marijuana. But in Colorado, medical marijuana and adult-use marijuana are inextricably linked and difficult to separate.

If President Trump and Attorney General Sessions favor states' rights then I would urge the new Administration to respect the will of the voters. I will continue to press for Congressional action to align federal and state laws as it relates to giving legal businesses access to the banking system.

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99-YEAR OLD WWII VETERAN FINALLY AWARDED MEDALS 

Last Friday, I had the honor of awarding Buford Johnson with 10 medals and awards he earned but never received from his service to our country during WWII. Private First Class Johnson is a 99-year old Veteran who served in the U.S. Army from June 1943 to September 1945. Several months ago, Mr. Johnson’s daughter reached out to our office to request assistance in obtaining WWII military medals and military personnel file for her father. 

 
PFC Buford Johnson received 10 medals and awards, including the Bronze Star.

After reaching out to the National Personnel Records Center, we were able to confirm the medals to which he was entitled, which included the Bronze Star Medal which was not listed on Mr. Johnson’s original discharge certificate. The Bronze Star Medal is the fourth-highest individual military award and the ninth-highest by order of precedence in the US military, and was awarded to Mr. Johnson for meritorious achievement in active ground combat. Being able to honor heroes like Mr. Johnson is a privilege and a highlight for my office. Thank you Mr. Johnson for your service to our country.


PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

Last night, President Trump addressed a Joint Session of Congress. Many questions remain as to the direction the President intends to steer our country. The President’s speech was long on promises but short on details. Since taking office, President Trump and his Administration have been focused on everything but the economy. Their initial unrealistic and harmful policies have created confusion and uncertainty. 

I think we should remain focused on building economic opportunity for Coloradans. This means fighting for good paying jobs with increasing incomes, reducing the student loan burden, making housing more affordable, and ensuring hardworking families have the opportunity to thrive.
I believe we can find common ground with the White House and Congress on issues like infrastructure, tax reform, paid family leave, aerospace, and job creation. But I will continue to hold the Administration accountable when their policies harm Colorado’s economy or infringe on the freedoms and values Coloradans cherish.

This last month has shown our democracy can be fragile and we all need to safeguard it at every level. As Coloradans and as Americans, we all have a responsibility to protect the liberty, equality and opportunity we enjoy.  
 

LISTENING TO YOU

  
Nearly 130 constituents attended my Government in the Grocery in Thornton last Saturday.

Since being elected to Congress, I’ve held Government in the Grocery events where Coloradans can meet with me about whatever issue is on their mind. Usually, 10-15 people attend. So far this year, each of my Government in the Groceries have had more than 120 constituents come out to make their voices heard. We also had record high participation on our January telephone town hall and continue to receive thousands of emails and calls on a weekly basis.

Thank you for making your voice heard. Our democracy is strongest when people participate, and your actions help me better represent you.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Note: Some event times and locations are subject to change. Please check the events page for the latest information.

What: Senior Resource Fair - Find information on mobility services, health care, or other services for seniors offered in our community.
When: Friday, March 3 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Carpenter Rec Center - 11151 Colorado Blvd, Thornton, CO 80233 | MAP
Click here to RSVP.

What: Telephone Town Hall - A telephone town hall is a live conference call you can participate in from your own home. Join me as we discuss important issues such as the economy, the newly forming Trump Administration and other issues important to Coloradans.
When: Monday, March 13 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
How: Click here to sign up and you will receive a call when the town hall is starting.


 
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