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REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE PLAN WILL HURT COLORADANS

Millions of people have health coverage due to the Affordable Care Act, including hundreds of thousands in Colorado. While I’m open to improving the law, I will fight against any effort to roll back the progress we’ve already made.

Under the Republican health care plan, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 24 million Americans would lose health care coverage by 2026, including 7 million who receive health insurance through their employer. Premiums will be higher in 2018 and 2019, and Medicaid would be gutted with an $880 billion cut in funding. In Colorado, 600,000 people could lose health coverage according to the Colorado Health Institute. We should be working on improving our health care system, not rolling back progress.


STANDING UP FOR SCIENCE

On CNBC last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stated that he did not believe CO2 was a primary contributor to global warming. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence proving the link between CO2 and climate change. My colleagues and I sent him this letter, along with information from the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Literacy Guide and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report: The Physical Science Basis. It’s important that the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency understands and accepts the science behind climate change.

Last week, the House passed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017, which included my provision requesting NASA to report on the technical and budgetary requirements for a human space flight mission to Mars in the year 2033. I look forward to working together to provide the necessary resources to solve tough scientific, engineering and mathematical problems to better our society and our understanding of the solar system and beyond. This includes dozens of Colorado aerospace companies and research institutions which will help us reach the next frontier of deep space exploration.

 

Last week I spoke in favor of the NASA reauthorization bill and called for continued support of our nation’s space program.
 
Additionally, I’m cosponsoring the Scientific Integrity Act to ensure research can be done and published without undue influence, censorship or distortion. Government research should be insulated from political pressure and special interests.

STOPPING CORRUPTION AND FOREIGN BRIBERY UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

I Introduced legislation that would enable individuals and companies to take legal action against corporate corruption. Current law only allows the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to bring enforcement actions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). 

President Trump has criticized the FCPA saying, “It’s a horrible law and it should be changed.” Additionally, Jay Clayton - President Trump’s nominee to head the SEC - has argued for less onerous restrictions for U.S. and foreign companies with respect to the FCPA.

Given the new leadership at the DOJ and SEC, this legislation is more important than ever. Corruption and bribery undermine the pillars of democracy and erode trust. The potential for lack of oversight for foreign corruption is a serious concern given President Trump, his family business, and his surrogates’ questionable business ties. President Trump has failed to meaningfully divest or sever ties with the Trump Organization, and his family continues to enrich themselves by seeking business deals all over the world. This presents conflicts of interest, but also potentially violates the FCPA and the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. We must hold them and other bad actors accountable.


PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

At the start of the new Congress I said I would look for ways to work with the President and the Republican majority on issues where we could find common ground to continue to put people back to work and grow our economy. I also said I would speak out on issues I believed would hurt hardworking Coloradans. President Trump’s proposed budget will have devastating consequences for our country and for Colorado. I will do my best to fight against the cuts affecting hardworking families, federal employees, businesses and research organizations.


UPCOMING EVENTS

What: Housing Panel Discussion & Resource Fair - Learn about the rental and ownership markets in the metro area and find resources to help you achieve your housing goals.       
When: Saturday, April 8 from 10:00am to noon
Where: Alameda High School - 1255 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80232 | MAP
Click here to RSVP. | Click here to download the flyer.

What: Academy Information Day - Representatives from all U.S. service academies and Colorado's Congressional delegation will be present to offer information about the process of applying to a service academy.
When: Saturday, April 22 from 1:00 to 4:00pm
Where: Denver South High School - 1700 E. Louisiana Ave., Denver, CO 80210 | MAP | More Info


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