Colorado lawmakers hoped to finally pass some long-standing priorities in the federal defense spending bill. By and large, they didn’t.

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When the annual National Defense Authorization Act finally reaches President Joe Biden’s desk, it will get there without several priorities that Colorado’s members of Congress had hoped to include. As one of the rare must-pass pieces of legislation each year, lawmakers try to attach whatever they can to the massive defense funding bill. But getting those extras all the way to the finish line isn’t...

Colorado Democrats announce plan to protect abortion rights in light of Supreme Court case

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Democratic lawmakers in Colorado plan to introduce legislation next year that would protect abortion access in Colorado in light of a U.S. Supreme Court case that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade precedent. At a rally in front of the Colorado State Capitol on Wednesday, lawmakers said they would introduce legislation early next session to codify protections for the full range of reproductiv...

Entrepreneurs of Color Fight for Fair Share of Legal Weed Wealth

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People of color historically disadvantaged by the nation’s marijuana laws are largely missing out on burgeoning cannabis opportunities and wealth now that legalization spreads across the states—and minority entrepreneurs are pushing for change. “I was the only Black woman for a long time in a lot of rooms—sometimes, still am,” said Iyana Edouard, a 27-year-old cannabis marketing specialist and con...

Rep. Perlmutter talks COVID, Build Back Better bill, the debt ceiling, and marijuana reform

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Representative Perlmutter (D-CO) joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the current state of the economy, the recently discovered COVID-19 variant, the debt ceiling deadline, marijuana banking reform, and the outlook for enacting the Build Back Better legislation. JARED BLIKRE: COVID cases continue to surge in the US as we enter the thick of the holiday season and now dealing with a new Greek letter,...

More Senators Urge Marijuana Banking Reform To Be Enacted Through Defense Bill

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U.S. senators representing Colorado are adding their voices to calls for marijuana banking reform to be included in must-pass defense legislation. In a letter sent to Senate committee leadership on Wednesday, Sens. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) noted that the House passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with the banking amendment, and argued that l...

Bipartisan Senators Urge Passage Of Marijuana Banking Through Defense Bill

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Bipartisan members of a key Senate committee sent a letter on Tuesday urging the chamber to adopt language from a House-passed national defense bill that would protect banks that service state-legal marijuana businesses. The House approved its version of the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in September, with an amendment that would prevent financial institutions from being pena...

Colorado's role in bringing infrastructure bill to life

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Late on the night of Nov. 5, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse walked alongside two fellow Democratic lawmakers as they made their way outside the U.S. Capitol, prepared to announce that a deal had finally been reached to allow for a vote on the infrastructure bill that had been idling for weeks in the U.S. House of Representatives. Accompanying Neguse, the second-term lawmaker from Lafayette who arranged for ...

How Colorado’s Democrats have shaped the federal spending bills — and what it might mean for their futures

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After weeks of negotiations on the massive bipartisan infrastructure bill and the upcoming Build Back Better Act, the members of the influential House Rules committee started taking friendly bets on when a deal might be done. “We were actually taking over-unders as to when we would be finished,” said Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat. Perlmutter guessed the finale would come at 5 p.m. on Nov...

Democratic divide puts congressional action on marijuana in doubt

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A split on Capitol Hill over marijuana policy has lawmakers confronting the possibility that they could again fail to pass any meaningful changes to the federal prohibition of cannabis this Congress, even as polls show vast majorities of Americans support at least partial legalization of the drug. The clash, on one level, follows familiar contours for Washington policymaking: A narrower measure wi...

Lawmakers advance bill to reduce wildfire impacts as climate change fuels more intense blazes

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The House Science, Space and Technology Committee advanced legislation Tuesday that aims to reduce losses from worsening wildfires in the United States. The bill — the National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act — was introduced last month by representatives from California, Oregon and Colorado in the wake of destructive, climate-change-fueled fire seasons in Western states and harmful smoke...

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