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  • House passes commercial space regulatory bill
    Posted in In the News on April 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives approved legislation April 24 that would reform commercial remote sensing regulation and create a licensing regime for “non-traditional” commercial space activities. The House approved on a voice vote H.R. 2809, the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act, after about 25 minutes of debate on the House floor during which no members spoke in opposition to the bill. The bill, which cleared the House Science Committee last June, is intended to both strea... Read more

  • House Approves American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act
    Posted in In the News on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act (H.R. 2809), which simplifies and strengthens the space-based remote sensing regulatory system, enhances U.S. compliance with international obligations, improves national security and removes regulatory barriers facing new and innovative space operators. The bill is sponsored by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Chairman Smith: “American innovato... Read more

  • HOUSE PASSES LEGISLATION CREATING, REFORMING COMMERCIAL SPACE REGULATION
    Posted in In the News on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Today the House passed the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act by voice vote with bipartisan support. The bill modernizes the existing regulatory system for commercial remote sensing satellites and designates the Department of Commerce as the agency responsible for regulating new “non-traditional” commercial space activities. Action now moves to the Senate. House Science, Space and Technology (SS&T) chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) led floor debate on the bill, H.R. 2809, though it was not a ... Read more

  • Young Arvadan making her ecological mark
    Posted in In the News on April 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    One 7 year old in Arvada is proving even the youngest of us can make a difference in the world. Madhvi Chittoor, a first grader at Hackberry Hill Elementary, recently had success getting US Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to proclaim the entire month of April as Plastic and Styrofoam Pollution Awareness Month throughout the state. “The aim is to make Colorado residents aware of the impact that plastic pollution has on our environment,” said Chittoor. “Not only d... Read more

  • Lawmakers In Mountain West Join In Effort To Fix DACA
    Posted in In the News on April 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Members of Congress are pushing to seal the deal on the status of immigrants who came to this country illegally as children. The decision was supposed to be made by March 5, but that didn’t happen. “No action was taken, no vote was taken, and so I think it’s pretty frustrating,” says Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado. He’s one of 239 representatives who sponsored a resolution that would force a vote on immigration, including the status of people currently protected under the Deferred... Read more

  • House bill seeks to limit punitive effect of CFPB guidance process
    Posted in In the News on April 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., has introduced legislation designed to make the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s guidance process more transparent. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., would require the CFPB director to issue “guidance” that "is necessary or appropriate to enable the bureau to carry out federal consumer financial law, including facilitating compliance with such law." It also prohibits penalizing institutions that rely in good faith on guidance from ... Read more

  • Bennet, Democratic lawmakers demand ouster of embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt
    Posted in In the News on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is among the lead sponsors of a resolution introduced Wednesday calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign, the same day White House budget officials opened an investigation into the decision to install a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in Pruitt’s office. The measure, signed by 170 Democratic lawmakers, slams Pruitt for “repeated ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and actions that fundamentally undermine the mission of the... Read more

  • Bennet, Democratic lawmakers demand ouster of embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt
    Posted in In the News on April 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is among the lead sponsors of a resolution introduced Wednesday calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign, the same day White House budget officials opened an investigation into the decision to install a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in Pruitt’s office. The measure, signed by 170 Democratic lawmakers, slams Pruitt for “repeated ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and actions that fundamentally undermine the mission of the... Read more

  • House committee approved revised NASA authorization bill
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The House Science Committee, after some unusual last-minute drama, approved a NASA authorization bill April 17 that offers more support to the agency’s Earth science program. The committee voted 26–7 to approve H.R. 5503, the NASA Authorization Act of 2018. The bill approved by the committee was an amended version of the one introduced April 13, authorizing funding for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and including a number of policy provisions. The markup of the bill, though, was i... Read more

  • Colorado Democrats back congressional resolutions calling for EPA's Pruitt to resign
    Posted in In the News on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER – Colorado’s Democratic members of Congress are cosponsors of identical resolutions introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House and Senate calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign amid a series of scandals. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is one of the lead cosponsors of the Senate’s resolution, and Reps. Diana DeGette, Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter are cosponsors of the House version. Their calls for Pruitt to resign aren’t new; three of the members called... Read more

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