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  • Perlmutter and Kulmann: Colorado needs robust federal coronavirus help that the U.S. Senate is refusing
    Posted in In the News on July 29, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare

    The critical need for state and local funding in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic was obvious in the spring. Even with initial aid, we knew difficult decisions would be ahead for mayors, county commissioners, state legislators and governors. And as we’ve seen cases surge once again, unfortunately, many of our local leaders have had to continue responding to the public health crisis at hand as well as the ongoing economic fallout from this virus. In Colorado, we now know the many tough decisions... Read more

  • Perlmutter Holds 11th Telephone Town Hall to Discuss COVID-19
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare, K-12 Education

    Today U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) held a telephone town hall with Dr. Mark Johnson, Executive Director of Jefferson County Public Health and Daniel Chase, Chief of Staff at CDLE. The call was to discuss the latest updates on COVID-19 and answer questions from constituents. To listen to a recording of the July 28th town hall, click below: LINK Read more

  • Somewhere In Between $1- To 3- Trillion, Congress Edges Closer To Likely The Last Coronavirus Aid Package Before Election Day
    Posted in In the News on July 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare

    Call it CARES 2.0, Phase 4 or Phase 5, but by any name, congressional leaders and the White House are negotiating the next — and most likely last — big coronavirus relief package before the November election. House Democrats passed a $3 trillion dollar relief package, the Heroes Act, months ago. Republicans are putting the final touches on a $1 trillion package. The final bill will land somewhere in between and that means some people will be left out. Priorities have been staked out on all sides... Read more

  • Bipartisan State Treasurers Call For Marijuana Banking Protections In Next Coronavirus Bill
    Posted in In the News on July 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A bipartisan coalition of state treasurers sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, asking that they include marijuana banking protections in the next piece of coronavirus relief legislation. The letter, led by Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read, says that the current pandemic has underscored the need to pass the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would protect banks that service the cannabis industry from being penalized by federal regulators. “This provision would not ... Read more

  • Neguse, Crow, Perlmutter cosponsor restaurant relief bill
    Posted in In the News on July 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Three members of Colorado’s congressional delegation are cosponsoring legislation to provide $120 billion to restaurants, making up for their losses in revenue between 2019 and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Reps. Joe Neguse, Jason Crow and Ed Perlmutter signed on to the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act to assist one of the hardest-hit sectors. Business Insider reports that nearly half of restaurant and bar employee... Read more

  • Perlmutter, Posey Introduce Legislation to Study Firefighters’ Exposure to PFAS
    Posted in Press Releases on July 9, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare

    Lakewood, Colo. – U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Bill Posey (R-FL) today introduced bipartisan legislation to study the prevalence and concentration of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the personal protective equipment worn by firefighters as well as firefighters’ risk of exposure to these harmful chemicals. PFAS chemicals are commonly used on firefighting gear to make them more water- and oil-resistant but research has shown PFAS exposure can lead to an increased risk of cance... Read more

  • Treasurer Read Leads Bipartisan Group of State Treasurers in Support of SAFE Banking Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Salem, OR — Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read today, as part of a bipartisan coalition of 15 state treasurers, urged Congress to include the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act in any future coronavirus relief package. The SAFE Banking Act would allow licensed cannabis businesses, their employees, and vendors to safely access traditional financial services. Currently, most of these businesses are forced to operate solely in cash. The coronavirus health crisis has only exacerbated public he... Read more

  • Some Deadline Pressure May Be What’s Needed To Get Coronavirus Aid Moving In Congress
    Posted in In the News on July 5, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Time is running out for Congress to pass another coronavirus relief package this summer. After this July recess, Congress will have just three weeks to try and reach some kind of agreement. And that’s the problem. While almost everyone agrees more needs to be done, they don’t agree on what. But Colorado’s lawmakers have some ideas. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet has joined other members of his caucus to push for extending the enhanced unemployment insurance benefit, which expires at the end of J... Read more

  • Perlmutter Supports Moving Forward Act, Inclusion of Priorities Important to Colorado
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Infrastructure

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) today voted for H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a comprehensive infrastructure plan to rebuild America’s roads, bridges, transit systems, schools, housing, renewable energy infrastructure, broadband access, and much more. The $1.5 trillion package reauthorizes surface transportation programs, including the critical Highway Trust Fund, for five years. “Congress needs to continue to provide additional relief to support families, small businesses, ... Read more

  • Congress, administration in talks to revamp, extend pandemic rescue program for small businesses
    Posted in In the News on June 30, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told lawmakers Tuesday that the administration is negotiating the extension of a massive loan program that has helped keep millions of small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. The Paycheck Protection Program already has disbursed more than $500 billion to roughly 4.8 million businesses, most of them mom-and-pop outfits such as nail salons and retail stores. But the program ends Tuesday with $130 billion left unallocated and scores of ... Read more

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