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IT’S TIME FOR AN INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR
On Tuesday, President Trump announced his decision to terminate FBI Director James Comey. The timing of this decision is concerning and leads us to wonder what exactly the President and his team are hiding. Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowing to recuse himself from all Russia-related investigations, President Trump acted on a recommendation from Attorney General Sessions to remove Director Comey - the very person that was leading an investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election and President Trump's ties to Russia.

I do not believe this Administration can be trusted to handle any part of this investigation and any and all investigations must be impartial and separate from this Administration moving forward. 

It is now more important than ever that an independent special prosecutor be appointed to take over this investigation. I have been calling for a special prosecutor since March when it became clear that Attorney General Sessions could not be trusted to conduct a full and fair investigation into the ties between Trump officials and Russia. 

I am also a cosponsor of the Protecting Our Democracy Act to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate foreign interference in the 2016 election. The bill would create a 12-member, bipartisan, independent commission empowered to interview witnesses, obtain documents, issue subpoenas, and receive public testimony to examine attempts by the Russian government or others to use electronic means to influence, interfere with, or undermine trust in last year’s U.S. elections. 

The future of our democracy and the American people deserve for this process to be handled in a serious, non-political manner. We cannot allow a foreign nation to have undue influence over our democracy.

COLORADO PUBLIC LANDS DAY – MAY 20
In May 2016, Colorado became the first state to establish a holiday recognizing the value of public lands. Colorado Public Lands Day is now celebrated the third Saturday in May to recognize the contributions public lands make to our state. 

Colorado has 24 million acres of public lands, four national parks and 41 state parks, which are crucial to our way of life and economy in Colorado. Our National Parks attract more than 7.5 million visitors every year and our public lands generate $722 million for Colorado’s economy and support 45,000 jobs.

Recently, President Trump signed an executive order to review national monument designations in the U.S., including the Canyons of the Ancients in Colorado. We need to protect our public lands and national treasures, not find ways to roll back these protections.

I encourage you to visit http://copubliclandsday.com/ to learn more about this new annual tradition in Colorado and participate in an event near you.


REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE BILL GONE FROM BAD TO WORSE 

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217 – 213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

House Republicans narrowly passed the bill after finalizing the text the night before the vote and without a review from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO found that the initial legislation introduced by the Republicans in March would cause 24 million Americans to lose health care coverage by 2026, including 7 million who receive health insurance through their employer. Initial CBO estimates also predicted that premiums will be higher in 2018 and 2019, and Medicaid would be cut by $880 billion. In Colorado, 600,000 people could lose health coverage according to the Colorado Health Institute.

But the revised legislation passed last week is even worse because it fails to protect people with preexisting conditions. Eliminating this protection is eliminating a civil right. Each of us knows someone with a preexisting condition and failing to ensure adequate coverage for our neighbors, friends and family is unacceptable and immoral.  

Under the new Republican plan, states will be able to opt out of requiring insurance companies to provide Essential Health Benefits, which includes maternity and pediatric services, outpatient care, substance abuse and mental health treatment and prescription drug coverage. This plan puts tens of millions of Americans at risk of losing their health insurance coverage and it discriminates against seniors through higher rates. 

By all accounts, Coloradans will suffer if this bill becomes law. This plan takes us backward and is a bad deal for millions of hardworking families who have come to rely on affordable, quality health insurance.

See my live reaction to last week’s vote here.

celebrating students of the 7th district

Last week, I hosted the annual Congressional Art Competition and the Spring Awards Reception to recognize the achievements of students in the 7th Congressional District. These are two of my favorite events every year. We have so many talented and accomplished students in our community, and I’m glad I get to help honor them.

This year’s Congressional Art Competition was our largest event since 2007, with artwork from more than 120 local students representing 12 different schools. Thank you to all the participants and congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions: 

First Place: “Ambrosia” by Claire Goldstrom, D'Evelyn High School
Second Place: “Neon Ink” by Emily Strock, Golden High School
Third Place: "Night of the Pumbloom" by Tristan Cruson, Green Mountain High School
Honorable Mentions: 
 • “Wonder” by Jiang Braley, Lakewood High School
 • “Idea of Happiness” by Raven Burns, Green Mountain High School
 • “Frozen in Space” by Erin Broderick, Lakewood High School


Claire Goldstrom was the winner of this year's Congressional Art Competition

The winning artwork from each congressional district will be sent to Washington, D.C. and will be displayed for one year in an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. 

The Spring Awards Reception recognized the 2017 Service Academy appointees. Congratulations to each of you for your hard work and willingness to serve our country.
 • Mitchell Brinton: USNA, USMA, USAFA
 • Ryan Thistlewood: USMA
 • Christian Flannery: USMA, USAFA
 • Sarah Masinter: USAFA
 • Alexandria Pruitt: USAFA
 • Jonah Staton: USMA
 • Ryan Schneider: USAFA



UPCOMING EVENTS
What: Colorado Public Lands Day
When: Saturday, May 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: American Mountaineering Museum (710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401)
Click here for more information about this event and other Public Lands Day events.

What: Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Ceremony
When: Thursday, June 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Community Room at Red Rocks Community College (13300 W 6th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80228)
About: Ed is hosting eight Vietnam War 50th Commemoration ceremonies throughout the spring, summer and fall to recognize and honor Vietnam-era Veterans in Colorado who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces any time between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. 
Click here for more information.

What: Denver Regional Council of Governments’ Bike to Work Day
When: Wednesday, June 28
Where: Across Colorado and the Denver Metro area - http://biketoworkday.us/stations  
About: Bike to Work Day is a fun, annual event with a purpose: to expose would-be bike commuters to the fun and ease of choosing two wheels over four more often, and to promote more sustainable commuting throughout our region. Biking to work takes cars off the road, reducing CO2 emissions and improving our air quality. Join 30,000 riders to help reduce our carbon footprint by participating in this year’s Bike to Work Day.
Click here for more information and to register.
 

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