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  • Colorado lawmakers react to Trump dumping border policy
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Colorado lawmakers are weighing in on President Donald Trump's decision to end a policy of dividing families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the detainment measure that was part of his zero-tolerance policy on border security. Republicans facing tough mid-term elections, including U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman of Aurora, a Republican, and Ed Perlmutter of Arvada, a Democrat, were opposed the controversial practice that separated about 2,000 children from the... Read more

  • Fervor continues in Colorado over immigrant family separation policy
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    DENVER – As fervor over the separation of immigrant families at U.S. borders continued into Thursday after President Donald Trump’s vague executive order was signed Wednesday, Colorado lawmakers, faith leaders and political hopefuls from both sides of the aisle continue to hammer the issue. The Department of Justice filed documents in court Thursday asking that the Flores settlement agreement be modified to allow the government to indefinitely detain immigrant children with their families and to... Read more

  • US House OKs farm bill but says no to hardline immigration measure
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Immigration

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted narrowly to approve a bill that extends farm programs overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but rejected a hard-line Republican-sponsored bill on immigration reform — a pair of votes that conservatives had insisted should be taken side by side. The vote of 213 to 211 on H.R. 2 — the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 — included a “yes” vote from Rep. Ken Buck of Greeley, a member of the House’s Freedom Caucus. Thirty Republicans ha... Read more

  • First-Ever Home Run Punctuates Congressional Softball Game
    Posted in In the News on June 20, 2018 | Preview rr

    Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman hit the first out of the park home run in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game’s 10-year history Wednesday just as the skies opened up in the fifth inning. The triumphant Bad News Babes and the members’ team hurried off the softball field as soon as the coaches agreed to call the game. The Bad News Babes, made up of women of the Washington press corps, were already up 2-0 before Bowman’s blast. But the shutout didn’t dampen the cordial attitude of the women on the f... Read more

  • Sen. Cory Gardner, Republican senators write letter to Sessions urging family separation stop
    Posted in In the News on June 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    DENVER – Amid mounting pressure on Republican lawmakers to take a stance on the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents if they entered the country illegally, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and 11 other Republican lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Tuesday asking they stop the policy while Congress comes up with a solution. “We support the administration’s efforts to enforce our immigra... Read more

  • Perlmutter Discusses Family Separation at the Border
    Posted in In the News on June 18, 2018 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) gave an interview on 850 KOA’s Morning Show on Monday, June 18 to discuss the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border and comprehensive immigration reform. Read more

  • Banks take on Sessions over legalized pot
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The nation's banks are taking on Attorney General Jeff Sessions over pot with a big lobbying push to loosen federal restrictions on the surging legalized marijuana industry. Emboldened by support from both President Donald Trump and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — two relentless foes on most other issues — top banking trade groups are pressing policymakers to make it easier for their members to serve cannabis businesses that are now legal in states like California and Colorado. “If we’re not a... Read more

  • More Banks Working With Marijuana Businesses, Despite Federal Moves
    Posted in In the News on June 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    By the end of March, 411 banks and credit unions in the U.S. were "actively" operating accounts for marijuana businesses, according to a report from the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). That's up more than 20% from when President Trump took office early last year. While the number of financial institutions servicing cannabis growers, processors, retailers and related businesses dipped slightly in the two months immediately following U.S. Attorney General Jeff ... Read more

  • Federal crackdown sparks banks to lobby on pot
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The nation's banks, which just scored a big victory on a landmark deregulation bill, are now using their lobbying firepower for a more unorthodox cause: loosening federal restrictions on the marijuana industry. Emboldened by support from both President Donald Trump and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — two relentless foes on most other issues — top banking trade groups are pressing policymakers to make it easier for their members to serve cannabis businesses that are now legal in states like Cal... Read more

  • Bridenstine endorses Kavandi for NASA deputy administrator
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says he’s pushing to have a current NASA center director and former astronaut be nominated to be his deputy. At a Space Transportation Association luncheon here June 12, Bridenstine said that Janet Kavandi would be a “great” deputy administrator if nominated by the White House and confirmed by the Senate. His comments were the first time he identified a specific candidate for the job. “That’s the kind of person at this juncture, given how important... Read more

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