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  • Perlmutter Shows Support for Passing the Dream Act, Funding CHIP and CHCs
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare, Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) continues to show support for several critical programs that many Coloradans and Americans rely on: “While Republicans are busy celebrating their plan to cut taxes for corporations and their wealthy donors, there’s still real work left to be done to keep the government open past Friday and address a long list of overdue priorities to help hardworking Coloradans. I will continue to fight for access to affordable healthcare for children and famili... Read more

  • House passes massive tax package; Senate to vote next — REP. COFFMAN VOTES ‘YES’ — Colorado delegation comments
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON | Gleeful Republicans on Tuesday muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades through the House. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed criticism of the widely unpopular package and insisted “results are what’s going to make this popular.” The vote, largely along party lines, was 227-203 and capped a GOP sprint to deliver a major legislative accomplishment to President Donald Trump after a year of congressional stumbles and non-starters. Senate Majo... Read more

  • Perlmutter Statement on Republican Tax Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after the harmful Republican tax bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives: “This Republican tax bill gives the most benefits to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, plain and simple. These benefits are paid for by hardworking families across the country and by adding to the debt. This bill may save a few hundred dollars per person on their tax bill, but it will put more than $7,100 on the credit card f... Read more

  • Colorado Reps vote party-line on taxes
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A Republican plan to change what Americans pay in taxes moved one step closer to becoming law Tuesday afternoon when the bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The 227-203 vote, which broke largely along party lines, sends the bill to the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote Tuesday evening. That means President Donald Trump could sign the bill into law as early as Wednesday morning. The bill lowers the tax rates paid by individuals and corporations while inc... Read more

  • Colorado Delegation Splits Along Party Lines For GOP Tax Bill Votes
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado's delegation in both the House and Senate split along party lines for the Republican tax overhaul bill. The House approved the plan by a mostly party-line Tuesday vote of 227-203. The Senate, voting early Wednesday, passed an amended bill 51-48 in a party-line vote. NPR reports two provisions had to be removed from the House bill before the Senate could vote on it because of rules violations. One provision at issue would allow families to use education savings accounts, often called 529... Read more

  • Where Colorado’s 9 members of Congress stand on net neutrality
    Posted in In the News on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal open-internet rules adopted two years ago. In a 3-to-2 vote, the rules that are known as net neutrality caused a fierce debate leading up the vote (and sure to continue after) had caused much public speculation, interest and furor over FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s move to rescind the regulations. The Associated Press reported that the Thursday vote could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more... Read more

  • LOMAX: Solar trade barriers won’t help American workers
    Posted in In the News on December 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy

    There’s nothing wrong with a vigorous debate over where, when and how we get the energy needed to run our households, businesses and the broader economy. But too often, the debate over energy policy is falsely portrayed as an all-or-nothing, zero-sum game. In reality, it takes a mix of different energy sources working together to support our way of life. Politicians and political campaigners who suggest otherwise, pitting the different energy sources against each other in a winner-take-all conte... Read more

  • Colorado’s Mike Coffman is first Republican U.S. Rep. to ask FCC to delay vote on net neutrality
    Posted in In the News on December 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman on Tuesday became the first Republican to urge regulators to delay a vote on net neutrality, which would repeal open internet rules adopted two years ago. In a letter to Ajit V. Pai, the Federal Communications Commission chairman who proposed the rollback, Coffman said that altering the rules “may well have significant unanticipated negative consequences.” He asked Pai to let Congress hold hearings on the issue and pass open internet laws. “As you stated in your dissent to... Read more

  • Why It’s Getting Easier for Marijuana Companies to Open Bank Accounts
    Posted in In the News on December 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Editor's Note: This story was updated 12/7 to correct the year when medical marijuana dispensaries opened in Hawaii (it was 2017), and 12/6 to clarify comments made by Brian Smith, who said that many marijuana businesses were reluctant to open bank accounts because they were hesitant to enter a highly regulated system. State and local officials in places that recently legalized marijuana are bracing for the arrival of a sector that largely runs on cash. They’re anxiously envisioning burglars tar... Read more

  • 66 Congress members make plea to extend protection for medical marijuana states
    Posted in In the News on November 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    With the current federal appropriations bill set to expire Dec. 8, there’s a new bipartisan call for continuing protection of medical marijuana states. Two congressmen behind a namesake provision for medical cannabis, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, on Wednesday sent a letter co-signed by 64 of their peers to House and Senate leadership. The letter, addressed to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ry... Read more

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