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  • Major push to land federal grant for $230M I-25 road project bears fruit
    Posted in In the News on July 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Transportation

    A $230 million project to expand Interstate 25 between Loveland and Fort Collins has netted a $15 million grant from the federal government. The money came from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program, which helps pay for road, rail, transit and port projects. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) had asked for $25 million, according to an April 2016 letter of support for the... Read more

  • Perlmutter, Democrats Lead Effort to Force Vote on Student Loan Debt Refinancing Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Student Loan Debt

    Washington, D.C. — This week, U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney (CT-02), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) led a discharge petition in an effort to force a yes-or-no vote on H.R. 1434, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. In less than forty-eight hours, nearly 170 House Democrats signed the discharge petition in support of allowing students to refinance existing loans. H.R. 1434 would allow borrowers with existing underg... Read more

  • Gardner, Bennet, Perlmutter Advocate for Amendment to Help Commerce City
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Washington, D.C. – Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) today sent a letter to Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee respectively, and Congressmen Mac Thornberry (TX-13) and Adam Smith (WA-9), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee respectively, urging them to include the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Amendment i... Read more

  • Colorado Leaders Tell Commerce Secretary of Skilled-Worker Shortages, Regulation
    Posted in In the News on July 1, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Simplifying complex regulation and finding enough workers to grow and innovate top the list of priorities for Colorado business and civic leaders who were given the chance to help shape the federal government’s business priorities at an event Thursday. Officials from local industry, economic development organizations, local government officials, representatives of federal labs and higher education gathered Thursday at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center to discuss expanding the digital economy and... Read more

  • Perlmutter, Secretary Pritzker Host Innovation Roundtable with Local Business Leaders
    Posted in Press Releases on June 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Wheat Ridge, Colo. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) hosted an Innovation Roundtable with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to hear about the challenges and opportunities facing local Colorado businesses and how to develop public policy at the federal level to help business grow and foster America’s innovation and competitiveness. More than 30 local business leaders, government officials and academics were in attendance including Colorado School of Mines, CO Technology Association... Read more

  • Congress Must Ease Banking Regulations on Marijuana Businesses
    Posted in In the News on June 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    JUST four years after Washington and Colorado led in legalizing recreational uses of marijuana, the pot train has left the station. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia allow legal marijuana access in some form, with legislatures in Ohio and Pennsylvania approving medical marijuana in 2016. Full legalization measures are polling well in California and Nevada. Nationwide, a majority of Americans now support tossing out the drug-war ban on cannabis. But Congress hasn’t gotten on board. ... Read more

  • House GOP Block Marijuana Banking Amendment
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Republicans blocked a crucial amendment addressing the marijuana banking crisis as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (H.R. 5485). The bi-partisan amendment, filed Monday, June 20 by U.S. Reps. Denny Heck (WA-10) and Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), would have banned federal regulators from penalizing banks, credit unions, and other depository institutions for providing banking services to legal and licensed marijuana b... Read more

  • Effort to open banking system to legal marijuana businesses stalls in U.S. House
    Posted in In the News on June 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Failing in an effort to match the success of their Senate counterparts, House members on Tuesday watched as Republicans killed a budget amendment that would have prevented federal regulators from penalizing financial institutions that worked with legitimate marijuana businesses. Though a Senate committee last week passed a similar amendment,House Republicans in the Rules Committee blocked any vote on the amendment proposed by Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Arvada, and Rep. Denny Heck of Washington to the... Read more

  • Shooting of Guard Highlights Public Safety Danger of Cash Only Marijuana
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Two suspects are still at large after an armed robbery resulted in the June 18 death of a security guard at Green Heart Marijuana Dispensary in Aurora. The Aurora Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are offering reward money to anyone who may have information. That dispensaries in Colorado routinely have large amounts of cash on hand has long been argued as a critical public safety issue by advocates, industry workers and politicians. Marijuana is still outlawe... Read more

  • Congress investigates years-long delay in DigitalGlobe satellite data-sales OK
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace, Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado-based satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe Inc. has been waiting for federal government permission to sell high-resolution data captured by its newest satellite, more than two years after its application was supposed to be decided. Ranking members of the Science, Space and Technology committee in the U.S. House of Representatives are demanding to know by June 24 why the Westminster-based company (NYSE: DGI) has received no answer when agency rules require one in 120 days. DigitalGlobe... Read more

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