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  • What Colorado lawmakers are saying about the Senate’s delay of the Republican health care bill
    Posted in In the News on June 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delayed a vote on the Republicans’ controversial health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. McConnell had pledged a vote before the July 4 recess, but now lawmakers will go home without any decisions made. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, has remained publicly undecided on the bill even as other defections made his vote less significant for the eventual passage or failure of the bill. However, Gardner could become a swing vote again as R... Read more

  • House Dems Go At Deutsche Bank Again For Info On Trump Loans And Russia
    Posted in In the News on June 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    House Democrats are stepping up pressure on Deutsche Bank to access information on President Donald Trump’s multimillion-dollar loans from the institution. In a letter sent to the bank’s lawyers this week, leading House Financial Services Committee Democrats including California Rep. Maxine Waters rejected the institution’s claims that it could not legally release details of the loans for privacy reasons. Last month, the Democrats demanded information about the estimated $340 million in loans s... Read more

  • Eleven Ways the Trump Administration May Try to Kill Legal Marijuana
    Posted in In the News on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Members of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety have been ordered to "undertake a review of existing policies" regarding federal marijuana law enforcement, among other things. Their report is due on or before July 27, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws believes the document may use as its template a list by a fellow at the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation of eleven ways the administration of President Donald Trump can shut dow... Read more

  • ‘It is too risky’: Marijuana group says PNC Bank to close its accounts amid fears of a DOJ crackdown
    Posted in In the News on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    One of the nation’s leading marijuana legalization groups says PNC Bank has notified it that it will close the organization’s 22-year-old accounts, a sign of growing concerns in the financial industry that the Trump administration will crack down on the marijuana business in states that have legalized it. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) lobbies to eliminate punishments for marijuana use but is not involved in growing or distributing the drug — an important distinction for federally regulated ... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers divided over President Trump's Cuba reversal
    Posted in In the News on June 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    President Donald Trump's announcement Friday that he plans to tighten restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba drew mixed reactions from Colorado lawmakers, with Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner voicing support and Democrats U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter calling the move "a mistake" and "shortsighted." "Effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba," Trump said at an appearance in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, ... Read more

  • Perlmutter outlines reasons for joining "emoluments" lawsuit against Trump
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter said Friday he's suing President Donald Trump because he believes it's a violation of the Constitution if the president's businesses keep receiving payments from foreign governments without an OK from Congress. Perlmutter is among the nearly 200 congressional Democrats - including all three fellow Democrats in Colorado's congressional delegation, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette and Jared Polis - who signed on this week to a lawsuit charging Trump wit... Read more

  • Congressional Baseball Game carries on, one day after shooting
    Posted in In the News on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    The Democratic and Republican congressional baseball teams proceeded with their annual game to benefit charity Thursday night under the lights at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., only 36 hours after a shooter unleashed gunfire at a GOP team practice. The Democrats won the game, 11-2. Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his team's manager, accepted the trophy, then gave it to his GOP counterpart, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, to put in Scalise's office on behalf of the Democrats. After acc... Read more

  • Colorado's delegation OK after baseball shooting
    Posted in In the News on June 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    DENVER (AP)-- No one in Colorado's congressional delegation was hurt in the shooting at a baseball practice for Republican congressional members that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. No Colorado lawmakers were playing on the Republican team but U.S. Reps. Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter were practicing with the Democratic team on another field about two miles away Wednesday morning. Polis told KOA-AM that there was no security at the Democratic practice until after the shooting. He says ... Read more

  • Dodd-Frank battle may not help America's favorite banks
    Posted in In the News on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The Republican overhaul of the Dodd-Frank banking law moving toward a House floor vote is a Washington cage fight, with Democrats and Republicans sharply divided. But one section of it seems to meet with widespread approval: regulatory relief for small banks. Known as community banks for their local focus, these institutions are mother-and-child figures on Capitol Hill, inspiring love and support on both sides of the often miles-wide aisle. There's far-ranging agreement on the need to lighten th... Read more

  • What withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement means
    Posted in In the News on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    The United States is leaving an international agreement aimed at lowering greenhouse gases. “I am fighting every day for the great people of this country,” President Donald Trump said during a speech at the White House Thursday afternoon. “Therefore, in order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.” Here’s how the agreement works and what U.S. withdrawal means: What is the Paris climate agreement? It’s a promis... Read more

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