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  • Colorado Lawmaker Says Fossil Fuel Firms May Make Less Money Due To Climate Change
    Posted in In the News on January 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter said the oil and gas industry will likely earn less money in the coming years as the world takes steps to more seriously address climate change. Perlmutter, a Democrat who represents a key swing district in a major oil- and gas-producing state, also declared that local communities should be permitted to make sure oil and gas development complies with zoning laws designed to protect schools and residential areas. Perlmutter made his comments in a wide-ranging podc... Read more

  • How Colorado's elected officials usually vote during government shutdowns
    Posted in In the News on January 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    Everyone in Washington seems to be pointing fingers when it comes to whose responsible for the government shutdown. That’s not new. What is different is how Colorado’s congressional delegation has voted for these continuing resolutions when their party controls the White House, Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Take Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Denver), for example. She voted against the continuing resolution that ended the shutdown on Monday, calling these short-term spending bills “political ... Read more

  • Republicans’ Schumer Poster Rankles Dems, Prompts Decorum Vote
    Posted in In the News on January 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare, Immigration, Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    Partisan tensions were so high on the first day of the government shutdown that a House Democrat forced the chamber to vote on the question of whether a GOP poster depicting Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer violated House decorum rules. The poster pictured Schumer with a comment he made in 2013 saying that a government shutdown “is the politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.” Republicans were using it as a prop as they gave floor speeches seeking to cast blame on Senate Demo... Read more

  • Here’s how a federal government shutdown could affect Colorado — from federal workers to research to parks
    Posted in In the News on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare, Immigration, Transportation, Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    WASHINGTON — Colorado braced Friday for the possibility of a government shutdown as lawmakers on Capitol Hill appeared no closer to reaching a deal before a late-Friday night deadline. The most immediate impact on Colorado — as with the rest of the country — would be the furlough of thousands of federal workers whose jobs are deemed non-essential by the administration. Excluding the U.S. Department of Defense, there are at least 36,000 civilian federal jobs in Colorado at agencies that range fro... Read more

  • Congressional Democrats call for censure of president over remarks
    Posted in In the News on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr

    Amidst a broken deal on immigration, which some Democrats blame on the President Trump, Colorado’s congressional Democrats have joined in a resolution asking for a censure of the president. The resolution, HRes. 700 was introduced Thursday. It calls on Congress to censure the president over his reported remarks on Jan. 11 in which he called African nations, El Salvador and Haiti “shitholes” that send immigrants unqualified to be Americans. Trump indicated he preferred immigrants from Norway. He ... Read more

  • Senators to U.S. Treasury: Preserve marijuana banking access
    Posted in In the News on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A bipartisan group of 15 senators on Thursday joined the chorus of Congress members calling on the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s to keep intact marijuana banking guidance. FinCEN guidelines established in 2014 outlined how financial institutions should approach banking services with marijuana-related businesses. That Obama-era guidance provided “much needed stability for a growing market,” U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. and 13 other senators wr... Read more

  • Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s bill on marijuana banking backed by attorneys general
    Posted in In the News on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Arvada to open up financial institutions for the marijuana industry picked up the endorsement of 19 state attorneys general on Tuesday. The bill would address one of the the biggest headaches for the marijuana industry in Colorado: the lack of access to banks. It’s a public safety headache, too, since cash-only businesses are more susceptible to crime. What’s stopping most banks and credit unions is the potential criminal and civil liability they co... Read more

  • Lamborn alone among Colorado congressmen in opposing legalized marijuana
    Posted in In the News on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado’s congressional delegation continued their effort this week to block the federal government’s new crackdown on marijuana use and sales … except for one congressman. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, is siding with the Justice Department as it seeks to prosecute marijuana offenses under federal law, regardless of whether state laws in Colorado or elsewhere allow consumption and sale of cannabis. “The federal government has the right and responsibility to uphold federal laws,” Lambor... Read more

  • Congressmen: Rescinding marijuana banking guidance would be ‘dangerous and imprudent’
    Posted in In the News on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    Longtime congressional proponents of marijuana banking provisions are urging the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to keep intact marijuana banking guidance. FinCEN guidelines established in 2014 — outlining how financial institutions should approach banking services with marijuana-related businesses — provided stability for a burgeoning new industry, U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., and Denny Heck, D-Wash., wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to FinCEN leadership. “Leaving you... Read more

  • AG Coffman Calls Federal Banking Laws ‘Outdated,’ Requests Federal Marijuana Industry Protections
    Posted in In the News on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    A group of 20 state attorneys general — including Colorado’s — injected their support this week into an effort to pass legislation allowing banks to serve legal marijuana businesses without fear of federal retaliation. On Jan. 16, 19 Republican and Democratic state attorneys general signed a letter to congressional leaders outlining their support of the SAFE Banking Act. The legislation was introduced by Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter in the House last year to provide a “safe harbor” for banks who ... Read more

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