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  • Five things Colorado should know about Congress’ $1.3 trillion spending package
    Posted in In the News on March 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare, Immigration, Transportation

    WASHINGTON — Congress this week passed a $1.3 trillion plan to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, and tucked into that 2,232-page measure — which President Donald Trump must sign to avoid a shutdown — are several provisions that will have an impact on Colorado. Among them: New money to fight wildfires A longstanding concern among Western lawmakers is the way that the federal government is forced to pay for its efforts to fight wildfires. Too often, the cost has been so much that the U... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers fall short in effort to shield recreational marijuana from federal enforcement
    Posted in In the News on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON — A $1.3 trillion plan to fund the federal government through the end of September won’t include protections for the recreational marijuana industry — a blow to Colorado lawmakers who tried to add that language to the must-pass bill. The legislators wanted the measure to include a provision that would prohibit the U.S. Department of Justice from spending money to crack down on recreational use in states that had legalized the drug. Congress has protected medical marijuana this way for... Read more

  • Colorado’s NREL – once threatened by draconian cuts from Trump – is spared in proposed federal budget
    Posted in In the News on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    WASHINGTON — Once faced with devastating cuts, a research facility in Colorado now looks as if it will emerge unscathed in the federal government’s next budget. Included in Congress’ $1.3 trillion spending plan for the rest of the fiscal year is $2.3 billion for a program within the U.S. Department of Energy that provides the bulk of the funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. That’s a roughly $230 million increase from what the department got the last time for its Office... Read more

  • Bennet, Gardner praise inclusion of extra wildland firefighting money in omnibus bill
    Posted in In the News on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    DENVER – Colorado’s U.S. senators praised the inclusion of extra money for firefighting in the latest $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill hours before they were set to vote on the measure. The wildfire funding fix, according to Sens. Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R), will be a boon to the U.S. Forest Service and Interior Department as they work to fight wildfires, primarily across the West. Currently, both agencies have to “fire borrow” money from fire prevention and other funds when they... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers don't get recreational pot protections in omnibus, but push on for fix
    Posted in In the News on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    DENVER – Several of Colorado’s members of Congress say they will continue to work toward passing protections for recreational marijuana programs after the protections they’d sought weren’t included in the omnibus spending bill, though similar protections for medical marijuana were included. Sens. Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) joined Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D) and Jared Polis (D) in saying they were disappointed that an amendment Polis had offered wasn’t included in the final measure. The ... Read more

  • House committee advances two space bills
    Posted in In the News on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — The House Science Committee favorably reported bills March 22 that would recognize a NASA center as a center of excellence in rocket propulsion and would resolve a commercial space regulatory issue. The committee approved H.R. 5345, the American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry (ALSTAR) Act, and H.R. 5346, the Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act, on voice votes and with no opposition. “Together, the two bills help ensure that America remains competitive in space... Read more

  • House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Colorado delegation split
    Posted in In the News on March 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON| The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation’s opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums. The Colorado delegation’s vote was anything but partisan. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Scott Tipton and Doug Lamborn were “yes” votes. While... Read more

  • Stolen Equifax Data May be Saved for Nation-State Attack, Warn Concerned Experts
    Posted in In the News on March 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The lack of availability of the bulk of data stolen in the Equifax breach is worrying cybersecurity experts who keep waiting to see if the hacked info on millions of Americans will be used in a nation-state attack, a congressional panel heard last week. Last year’s hack exposed personal information including Social Security, credit card and driver’s license numbers of some 148 million Americans. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), ranking member of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terroris... Read more

  • House members call on Senate to confirm Bridenstine as NASA administrator
    Posted in In the News on March 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — A letter signed by more than 60 House members calls on the Senate to advance the stalled nomination of fellow congressman Jim Bridenstine to be NASA administrator. In the March 20 letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the House members, led by space subcommittee chairman Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), argued that the impending retirement of Robert Lightfoot as the agency’s acting administrator “makes it all the mor... Read more

  • QND graduate wins national recognition for architecture
    Posted in In the News on March 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, K-12 Education

    ARLINGTON, Va. -- Quincy native Korey White has found her passion in advocating for inclusiveness in a predominantly-male field. A 2007 Quincy Notre Dame graduate, White, 29, is an architect with Stantec in Arlington, Va. She recently received the American Institute of Architects' 2018 Young Architect Award -- a national designation given to architects with 10 or fewer years in the field -- in large part due to her advocacy work. White was one of 18 architects across the country to receive the a... Read more

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