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  • Colorado’s congresspeople are open to idea of “bump stock” ban in wake of Las Vegas massacre
    Posted in In the News on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — Efforts on Capitol Hill to ban so-called “bump stocks,” a device used by the Las Vegas shooter, have gained traction among Colorado lawmakers — with several lawmakers in support and none so far in opposition. The delegation’s Democrats have been the most outspoken in backing the legislative drive to prohibit the device, which accelerates the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons. On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet spoke on the floor of the Senate where he noted his support of a ... Read more

  • Obama administration declined to ban bump stocks
    Posted in In the News on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr

    According to records obtained by 9NEWS, the Obama administration’s ATF turned down a request to use its regulatory powers to ban so-called “bump stocks,” the aftermarket device used by the Las Vegas shooter to rain down gunfire on a crowd at rates similar to automatic weapons. The revelation came to light from a 2013 exchange of letters between the ATF and Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado) in which the congressman asked the agency to crack down on the devices. In light of his past push to ban them... Read more

  • Ex-Equifax CEO: There's No Evidence Breach Was an Inside Job
    Posted in In the News on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Equifax Inc. has seen no evidence that the cyberattackers who got access to sensitive information on 145 million U.S. consumers worked for the company, former Chief Executive Officer Richard Smith said. Smith appeared Thursday before the House Financial Services Committee to testify on the breach of Atlanta-based firm’s servers. Equifax has “no indication” that the attack was an inside job, Smith said in response to a question from Representative Edwin Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat. The attack... Read more

  • All Colorado Congress members to Jeff Bezos: Build Amazon HQ2 here
    Posted in In the News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - It’s not every day that Colorado’s entire congressional delegation unites around one goal, but it happened Wednesday with the objective of landing Amazon.com Inc.’s massive second headquarters complex. Both of the state’s U.S. senators and all seven of its members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter sent Wednesday to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, urging the e-commerce giant to pick Colorado as the site for its “Amazon HQ2.” “Colorado offers a highly skilled wo... Read more

  • Gun control: Where Colorado's Congressional delegation stands
    Posted in In the News on October 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    Many people have asked Next to check in with our representatives in Colorado, to see what their perspectives are on the gun debate. We reached out to the Colorado Congressional delegation with the same questions, to find out which legislative options are available to stop mass shootings in the future, and which options the members of our delegation support. We'll compile answers as they come in here: Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D): Do you support the recently drafted bill to ban bump stocks and any othe... Read more

  • Colorado's CHP+ program has funding through January, but state says Congress needs to act quickly
    Posted in In the News on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    DENVER – Colorado officials say the health insurance program for children and pregnant women has enough federal money left over to remain operational through the first month of the year, but warn the money could be gone after that if Congress does not act to restore funding in the next couple months. Funding for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ran out Saturday when Congress failed to act to restore funding for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The Colorado Department of Health Care... Read more

  • Colorado’s congressional delegation urges Trump administration to help with Green Mountain Reservoir mussel larvae
    Posted in In the News on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    Nearly every member of Colorado’s congressional delegation has signed a letter to the Trump administration seeking its help with the emerging crisis of tiny invasive mussel larvae found in Green Mountain Reservoir. News broke last month that the quagga mussel larvae were discovered in the Summit County body of water. The mussels, when grown, can clog pipes, harm fish and hamper hydroelectric power generation. Once an outbreak begins, it often spreads quickly and can be hard — if not impossible —... Read more

  • Reaction to Trump tax plan split along party lines in Colorado
    Posted in In the News on September 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    President Donald Trump proposed sweeping tax cuts for individuals and businesses Wednesday that he said would create new jobs and invigorate America's international competitiveness. It won cautious approval from some Republican Colorado lawmakers but concerns from Democrats that it favors the wealthy. Trump said his tax reform proposal would be "simpler and more fair for everyday Americans." Highlights of the proposal include: - Eliminating most itemized tax deductions but retaining incentives f... Read more

  • Colorado's officials ponder next moves on health care after failure of Graham-Cassidy
    Posted in In the News on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    DENVER – After the latest Senate Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act died before being brought to the floor Tuesday, Colorado’s senators and governor were quickly back to offering more solutions to fix some of the issues with the federal health care law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced at a weekly lunch with Republican leadership that he wouldn’t bring the Graham-Cassidy measure to the floor for a vote because his party was short. Pulling Graham-Cassidy means tha... Read more

  • DACA students rally to renew eligibility, ‘mourn loss of dream’
    Posted in In the News on September 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    When she was 2 years old, Claudia Hurtado and her sister were taken across the border with people she didn’t know. Separately, her parents crossed from Mexico to Texas, and there, met the people with their children, before coming to Denver to give them “a better future,” said Hurtado, who’s now able to work and and live without fear of deportation because of the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program. DACA started under President Barack Obama in 2012 when the federal government decided t... Read more

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