In Colorado and in Washington, I’m working for you. That means making government more efficient, improving your quality of life and growing opportunity for all Coloradans.
In Colorado, my office regularly helps folks navigate some of the red tape when dealing with a government agency. Click here to request assistance with a federal agency or call my Colorado office at (303) 274-7944. Unsure of how we can help? Visit my website to learn more about all the services my office offers.
In Washington, I’m working to advance policies and legislation to address some of the big issues facing our country today:
STUDENT LOANS: LET BORROWERS REFINANCE
The average student borrower owes $30,000, and national student loan debt accounts for $1.3 trillion. Unlike other types of debt, student loans cannot be refinanced to lower, more current rates. This means many families and individuals are stuck paying the federal government interest rates of nearly 7% for federal undergrad loans, when the same loan today has a rate of 4.29%. I’m cosponsoring the Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act to allow student loan borrowers to refinance their debt.
At my annual Tuition Fair (above), I met many students and parents concerned about the rising costs of higher education and out of control student loans.
BETTER HEALTH CARE, BETTER JOBS FOR VETERANS
Joe Labutka (pictured above) attended my “Commuting with your Congressman” event to tell me about H.R. 748- which extends the Post-9/11 GI bill for veterans completing a STEM degree, like Joe. I am now cosponsoring the legislation.
The new VA Medical Center in Aurora was plagued by problems for more than a decade but we have worked to get the project on track. We also need to make the entire VA health care system more efficient and responsive for Veterans. This new medical facility will serve Veterans all over the Rocky Mountain region and is an important step in improving the health care for those who served our country.
Additionally, I think we can improve educational opportunities for Veterans. I’m cosponsoring two pieces of legislation to improve the Post-9/11 GI bill to better serve Veterans pursuing STEM education and to cover college application fees. For Veterans who want enter the workforce right away, we should be doing more to connect Veterans with apprenticeships and hands-on training. That’s why I support legislation to create a pilot program to encourage employers and labor management organizations to develop training and on-job certification courses to help Veterans get good paying jobs while advancing the American manufacturing sector.
Ever since the Citizens United decision, campaigns and elections have been overrun by corporate interests. It is time we clean up the system. I support a Constitutional Amendment empowering the Congress to regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.
We also need more transparency. Voters should have the right to know who is behind super PAC advertising the same way they have a right to know who is giving money to candidates. I will continue working to make elections more fair, transparent and accountable to the American people.