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  • Melecio Andazola Morales has been deported despite help from Colorado congressmen, loud outcry
    Posted in In the News on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    A Denver-area father living in the U.S. unlawfully has been deported despite help from at least two of Colorado’s Democratic congressmen and an outcry about his case that stretched across the nation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Melecio Andazola Morales was removed from the country Dec. 15. Andazola Morales’ supporters say he was at an interview with an immigration agent Oct. 12, believing he was about to be granted U.S. residency, when he was detained by immigration officers. H... Read more

  • How Colorado leaders reacted to the GOP tax bill
    Posted in In the News on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Political corks were figuratively popped and crying towels moistened Tuesday night as Republicans gained the votes they needed in the U.S. House and Senate for conservative-colored tax reform and President Trump’s first major legislative victory. The GOP majorities in the House and Senate are expected to send President Trump a bill that represents the nation’s first comprehensive tax reform legislation since the days of Reagan in 1986. Longtime media critic and left-leaning blogger Jason Salzman... Read more

  • How Colorado lawmakers voted on the federal tax overhaul — and why
    Posted in In the News on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON — Colorado’s five congressional Republicans joined with most of their GOP colleagues this week to pass a sweeping overhaul of the tax code that lowers rates for corporations and repeals a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act. Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner helped his party narrowly approve the measure 51-48 early Wednesday in the upper chamber while U.S. Reps. Ken Buck, Mike Coffman, Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton were part of a 227-203 House vote on Tuesday in favor of the bil... Read more

  • Colorado business leaders detail benefits of federal tax reform
    Posted in In the News on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado business leaders said they have more to like about the final version of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that the U.S. House of Representatives passed Wednesday than the original version of the bill introduced last month. Most notably, “pass-through” businesses such as S Corps and LLCs will get a 20 percent tax deduction on their first $315,000 on joint income, a level lower than the 25 percent rate that was first proposed. In addition, local companies will be able to deduct interest ... Read more

  • House passes massive tax package; Senate to vote next — REP. COFFMAN VOTES ‘YES’ — Colorado delegation comments
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON | Gleeful Republicans on Tuesday muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades through the House. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed criticism of the widely unpopular package and insisted “results are what’s going to make this popular.” The vote, largely along party lines, was 227-203 and capped a GOP sprint to deliver a major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump after a year of congressional stumbles and non-starters. Senate Majo... Read more

  • Colorado Reps vote party-line on taxes
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A Republican plan to change what Americans pay in taxes moved one step closer to becoming law Tuesday afternoon when the bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The 227-203 vote, which broke largely along party lines, sends the bill to the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote Tuesday evening. That means President Donald Trump could sign the bill into law as early as Wednesday morning. The bill lowers the tax rates paid by individuals and corporations while inc... Read more

  • Colorado Delegation Splits Along Party Lines For GOP Tax Bill Votes
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado's delegation in both the House and Senate split along party lines for the Republican tax overhaul bill. The House approved the plan by a mostly party-line Tuesday vote of 227-203. The Senate, voting early Wednesday, passed an amended bill 51-48 in a party-line vote. NPR reports two provisions had to be removed from the House bill before the Senate could vote on it because of rules violations. One provision at issue would allow families to use education savings accounts, often called 529... Read more

  • Bennet backs BLM move to Western state
    Posted in In the News on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters out of Washington, D.C., has the conditional support of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. Any move out of the nation's capital could earn Bennet's support "as long as the move is more than symbolic and includes resources to better manage our public lands," his office said in a statement. Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Scott Tipton, both Colorado Republicans, offered companion bills in the House and Senate to move the agency's headquarters, which emp... Read more

  • Bill In Congress Could Bring BLM To Colorado
    Posted in In the News on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER (CBS4) – Rep. Jared Polis is the latest to join an effort to move the Bureau of Land Management out of Washington DC and into the West. “Our public lands are in Colorado and Utah and Arizona and to have people that are helping to administer them that are closer to the land will be a step up in public land management,” said the Democrat who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican who represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, introduced the ... Read more

  • Where Colorado’s 9 members of Congress stand on net neutrality
    Posted in In the News on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal open-internet rules adopted two years ago. In a 3-to-2 vote, the rules that are known as net neutrality caused a fierce debate leading up the vote (and sure to continue after) had caused much public speculation, interest and furor over FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s move to rescind the regulations. The Associated Press reported that the Thursday vote could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more... Read more

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