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  • Defenders and attackers of loan guarantees briefly switch sides
    Posted in In the News on February 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Some rhetorical judo led to a Democrat calling to close the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program while a Republican praised the initiative yesterday. At the hearing, titled "Risky Business: The DOE Loan Guarantee Program," before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy, lawmakers challenged the program's record and debated the future of DOE's role in spurring clean energy deployment. The main philosophical debate was whether a government agency should be in the bu... Read more

  • Bera new top Democrat on House space subcommittee
    Posted in In the News on February 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace, Energy/Environment

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats have named Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) as the new ranking member of the space subcommittee as they finalized the roster of members who will serve on that subcommittee. Bera, entering his third term in the House, succeeds Donna Edwards, a Maryland Democrat who previous served as the top Democrat on the subcommittee. Edwards chose not to run for reelection to the House in 2016, unsuccessfully running for the Senate instead. “As a kid who grew up during the height of the s... Read more

  • Congress rolling back BLM’s methane rule, similar to Colorado’s rule
    Posted in In the News on February 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to roll back the Bureau of Land Management’s nascent rule requiring oil and gas companies to look for and fix field equipment that may be leaking methane, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The move is part of Republicans’ broader effort to dismantle some regulations put in place by former President Barack Obama’s administration. The House and U.S. Senate, which also has a Republican majority, also gave final approval th... Read more

  • Lawmakers Concerned: Trump Freezes EPA Grants, Bars Communication
    Posted in In the News on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    DENVER (CBS4) – Some Colorado lawmakers say they are deeply troubled by an order by President Donald Trump to censor several agencies’ communication and freeze grant awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On Tuesday, Trump ordered an unspecified number of projects that receive funding from the EPA frozen until further notice. CBS News reports funding will not cease from cleanup operations like the Gold King Mine spill, which polluted the Animas River in southwest Colorado in 2015.... Read more

  • Perlmutter Denounces Gag Order on EPA
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after the Trump Administration instructed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to temporarily suspend its contract and grant awards as well as issued a media blackout on all external communications from the federal agency: “I’m troubled by recent reports that the Trump Administration has placed a gag order on the EPA essentially silencing employees. Furthermore, I will need to look into their suspension of n... Read more

  • Perlmutter Legislation to Spur Transfer of New Technologies at National Labs Included in House Energy Research and Innovation Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    Washington, D.C. – Legislation cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) passed the U.S. House of Representatives today as part of H.R. 589, the Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act. H.R. 589 provides policy direction to the Department of Energy (DOE) on basic science research, nuclear energy research and development (R&D), research coordination and priorities, and reforms to streamline national lab management. Perlmutter’s legislation, the Department of Energy Laboratory Modern... Read more

  • Colorado Representatives Answer Your Questions
    Posted in In the News on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Campaign Finance Reform, Equal Rights, Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Foreign Affairs, Healthcare, Immigration, K-12 Education, Transportation, Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    What would you like to ask your Congressperson? That’s the question we presented to 5280 readers on social media in December. We fielded dozens of questions on topics that matter to Coloradans before selecting a few to take to our local legislators. Voters re-elected every incumbent Representative in 2016, keeping our mix of three Democrats, who primarily represent the Denver-Boulder metro area, and four Republicans who represent Colorado Springs, the Aurora suburbs, and rural communities on the... Read more

  • Is Congress Gearing Up to Give Away Public Lands?
    Posted in In the News on January 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment

    In early January, the United States House of Representatives passed a large rules package to govern in-house procedures for the 115th Congress. That might not seem like juicy news, but one particular item in the package could set up for big changes in the American West, including Colorado. In passing the rules package, the House changed how they value federally owned public lands. Under the new rules, the House will not consider sales of these lands—from National parks and forests to swaths of B... Read more

  • Perlmutter Joins More Than 170 Members of House of Representatives in Effort to Create Independent Commission to Investigate Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections
    Posted in Press Releases on January 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) joined more than 170 members of the House of Representatives to introduce the Protecting Our Democracy Act to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate foreign interference in the 2016 election. "It is clear Russia intervened in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This action by a foreign nation was unprecedented, violated our Constitution and undermined the founding pillars of American lib... Read more

  • ‘Scaring People’: Perlmutter Responds To Energy Survey
    Posted in In the News on December 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights, Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– After what they’re calling a “witch hunt,” two U.S. Representatives from Colorado are letting president-elect Donald Trump know they’re not happy with transition policies. “This was going to start scaring people and really stymie some good work,” said Congressman Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat representing Golden. “We don’t want to see any witch hunt in any department.” The response from Perlmutter and Rep. Diana DeGette, also a Democrat, joined 24 other House Democrats who sen... Read more

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