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MR. BANNON IS WRONG FOR THE WHITE HOUSE
Many constituents have contacted my office with concerns about President-elect Trump’s choice to appoint Stephen Bannon as White House Chief Strategist. I share these concerns and believe that the hateful, racist speech Mr. Bannon has sanctioned as the Executive Director of Breitbart News has no place in the White House. 

This choice would further divide Americans at a time when we must come together. That’s why I joined with 168 of my colleagues to send a letter to the President-elect urging him to rescind Mr. Bannon’s appointment.

Click Here to read the letter.

Thank you PARALyZED VETERANS OF AMERICA - MOUNTAIN STATES CHAPTER
I am honored to be named 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Mountain States Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America Auxiliary. PVA is an outstanding organization and I’m proud to call so many of its members, my friends. I look forward to continuing to work with PVA on improving the VA, maximizing the independence of paralyzed veterans and improving research and education surrounding spinal cord injury and disease.

WHEAT RIDGE STUDENTS SPEAK WITH ASTRONAUT  LIVE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
This past Friday, I joined about 400 students from Wheat Ridge High School as they spoke with Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Nineteen students got the opportunity to ask Commander Kimbrough questions about his experiences on the Station, coming back to Earth and how they communicate with mission control. Commander Kimbrough launched to the station on October 19 and will return home in February. 

This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of the NASA Office of Education’s efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the United States. Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides authentic, live experiences in space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel, while introducing the possibilities of life in space. Teachers at Wheat Ridge have been preparing the students by incorporating space into lessons in each of their core classes – science, math, history, and English.

The International Space Station is larger than the size of a football field and took more than 10 years to assemble in Space.  For the past 15 years, astronauts have used the Station as a laboratory as we work to conduct research to increase our understanding of the world and prepare for deep space exploration.  

I’m incredibly thankful to NASA and Wheat Ridge High School for working with us to get this downlink set up.

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