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  • Trump Plans to Ban Bump Stocks by Administrative Fiat
    Posted in In the News on February 28, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today President Trump said he plans to prohibit bump stocks by executive order, notwithstanding the lack of legal authority to impose such an administrative ban. "We can do that with an executive order," Trump told Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). "I'm going to write the bump stock, essentially, write it out. So you won't have to worry about bump stock[s]. Shortly that will be gone." Trump's determination to ban bump stocks by administrative fiat is a blatantly political attack on the rule of law tha... Read more

  • Guns & money: How all members of Congress are affected by the NRA’s spending
    Posted in In the News on February 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    As the list of mass killings in the United States grows, so does the flow of money to members of Congress from the National Rifle Association and gun-rights groups. Between 1998 — a year before the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. — and 2017, the National Rifle Association spent $203.2 million to prop up its candidates, defeat gun control advocates seeking office and on lobbying. The effort has been successful. Since 1994, when then-President Bill Clinton signed a crime... Read more

  • Ex-ATF officials says bump-stock OK was mistake
    Posted in In the News on February 25, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — In 2013, an ATF official signed a letter to a member of Congress saying that two bump stock devices examined by bureau technicians “are not subject to the provisions of federal firearms statutes” and are therefore legal. Now, three months after one such device was used to kill 58 in a mass-shooting in Las Vegas and more than a week since the Parkland, Fla., high school massacre, the author of that letter says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was wrong to OK th... Read more

  • Stop the war on health care for Coloradans
    Posted in In the News on February 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Perhaps no other issue defined the American political landscape last year as much as health care. After seven years of railing against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the GOP spent the entirety of 2017 repeatedly trying to repeal it, then — when all efforts failed — sabotage it. Now, in 2018, President Donald Trump has made renewed calls for repeal. But Coloradans have not forgotten how disastrous Trump’s first year in office has been for American health care. At the very least, last year shows t... Read more

  • System to Minimize Fire Not Standard in Grand Canyon Copter
    Posted in In the News on February 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP) -- The sightseeing helicopter that crashed at the Grand Canyon, killing three British tourists, was not required to have a system that would keep it from bursting into flames on impact, U.S. authorities said. Investigators were combing through the wreckage Tuesday in a remote, rugged portion of the natural wonder, west of the national park, and will determine if the Airbus EC130 B4 helicopter owned by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters had been updated with a crash-resistant... Read more

  • Colorado members of Congress forced into tough votes with latest budget agreement
    Posted in In the News on February 9, 2018 | Preview rr

    DENVER – Congress brought a quick end to the second government shutdown in three weeks when it quickly passed a wide-ranging, $400 billion budget agreement early Friday morning that will fund the federal government through March 23. Many lawmakers were forced to make difficult decisions with their vote, as the budget measure includes extra military spending, which has been sought by Republicans, and increases in non-military spending for community health centers, the opioid crisis and other heal... Read more

  • Open the banking system to the marijuana industry
    Posted in In the News on February 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Last year, retail sales of whiskey reached $3.4 billion. By comparison, total marijuana sales across the U.S. hit nearly $9 billion in 2017 with estimates projecting sales will continue to rise to $11 billion in 2018 and $21 billion in 2021. Like whiskey, the marijuana industry in the U.S. is a multi-billion dollar industry, employs hundreds of thousands of people, and provides a significant revenue stream for communities across the country. But whiskey manufacturers, sellers, and consumers can ... Read more

  • Push to Move US Public Land Managers West Wins New Support
    Posted in In the News on February 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Denver (AP) -- From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation's most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing streams and hiking trails. But more than 99 percent of that land is in 12 Western states, hundreds of miles from the nation's capital. Some Western politicians — both Republicans and Democrats — are asking why the bureau's ... Read more

  • Yalie attends State of the Union
    Posted in In the News on February 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Viviana Andazola Marquez ’18, whose father was deported earlier this year and barred from re-entering the U.S. for 20 years, last month attended President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo. Melecio Andazola Morales was detained by Immigration Customs and Enforcement officers in October and held in custody for 64 days. During this time, Perlmutter and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet LAW ’93, D-Colo., co-sponsored a bill calling for him to be rel... Read more

  • Congressman Perlmutter takes daughter of deported immigrant to State of the Union
    Posted in In the News on February 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

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