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  • Here’s how a federal government shutdown could affect Colorado — from federal workers to research to parks
    Posted in In the News on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare, Immigration, Transportation, Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    WASHINGTON — Colorado braced Friday for the possibility of a government shutdown as lawmakers on Capitol Hill appeared no closer to reaching a deal before a late-Friday night deadline. The most immediate impact on Colorado — as with the rest of the country — would be the furlough of thousands of federal workers whose jobs are deemed non-essential by the administration. Excluding the U.S. Department of Defense, there are at least 36,000 civilian federal jobs in Colorado at agencies that range fro... Read more

  • Senators to U.S. Treasury: Preserve marijuana banking access
    Posted in In the News on January 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A bipartisan group of 15 senators on Thursday joined the chorus of Congress members calling on the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s to keep intact marijuana banking guidance. FinCEN guidelines established in 2014 outlined how financial institutions should approach banking services with marijuana-related businesses. That Obama-era guidance provided “much needed stability for a growing market,” U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. and 13 other senators wr... Read more

  • Perlmutter Statement on Fourth Continuing Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Healthcare, Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after voting against the Republican majority’s Continuing Resolution: “Today we find ourselves in the same spot we were in four weeks ago, and in another month when this fourth CR is set to expire, we will likely be in a similar situation. This is no way to govern. In order to reach a real solution that will fund our government and address some of these pressing issues, we must work together. I stand ready and wa... Read more

  • Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s bill on marijuana banking backed by attorneys general
    Posted in In the News on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Arvada to open up financial institutions for the marijuana industry picked up the endorsement of 19 state attorneys general on Tuesday. The bill would address one of the the biggest headaches for the marijuana industry in Colorado: the lack of access to banks. It’s a public safety headache, too, since cash-only businesses are more susceptible to crime. What’s stopping most banks and credit unions is the potential criminal and civil liability they co... Read more

  • Lamborn alone among Colorado congressmen in opposing legalized marijuana
    Posted in In the News on January 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado’s congressional delegation continued their effort this week to block the federal government’s new crackdown on marijuana use and sales … except for one congressman. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, is siding with the Justice Department as it seeks to prosecute marijuana offenses under federal law, regardless of whether state laws in Colorado or elsewhere allow consumption and sale of cannabis. “The federal government has the right and responsibility to uphold federal laws,” Lambor... Read more

  • 19 attorneys general urge Congress to give cannabis states access to banking
    Posted in In the News on January 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    A letter to 10 major Congressional leaders from 19 attorneys general asks Congress to push through legislation that would allow states with medical or recreational marijuana laws to bank as other business do. The group suggests that Congress give special attention to measures such as the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE). Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-Colorado, introduced the SAFE legislation (S. 1152 and H.R. 2215) last April. The letter comes only 12 days after U.S. Attorney Genera... Read more

  • Colorado attorney general, 18 others write to Congress urging legislation to protect pot banking
    Posted in In the News on January 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    DENVER – Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and 18 other attorneys general from across the country sent a letter to congressional leadership Tuesday asking that Congress pass measures to safeguard marijuana businesses in how they deal with the banking industry. “[T]he states and federal government share a strong interest in protecting public safety and bringing grey market activities into the regulated banking sector,” the letter to leadership read. The attorneys general – many, but not a... Read more

  • Colorado's senators push on with bipartisan immigration deal, despite the 's-show'
    Posted in In the News on January 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    DENVER – Colorado’s U.S. senators pushed ahead with their bipartisan immigration deal Tuesday as its uncertainty continued, furor over the president’s vulgar remarks carried into its second week, and as one of their fellow dealmakers said the situation had itself become an “s-show.” “Our bipartisan #DACA deal is not ‘dead,’” Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., tweeted Tuesday after President Trump and several of his GOP Senate counterparts claimed as much. “Democrats and Republicans negotiated in good... Read more

  • Perlmutter Statement on AG Sessions’ Decision to Rescind DOJ Guidance for Marijuana Activity
    Posted in Press Releases on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Lakewood, Colo. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his decision to rescind the “Cole memo”, a document from the U.S. Department of Justice which provided guidance for federal enforcement of marijuana activity. “Today’s decision by Attorney General Sessions rolls back the progress we’ve made to balance the laws of Colorado with the priorities of federal law enforcement. The Cole memo provided assurances to states like ... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers fire back at AG Sessions' move to rescind Obama-era pot rules
    Posted in In the News on January 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Colorado lawmakers are firing back at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced today he has rescinded the Obama-era Justice Department policy that paved the way for a hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana. "Given the Department's well-established general principles, previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately," Sessions said in a one-page memo sent to federal prosecutors nationwide. U.S. Rep... Read more

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