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incitement of insurrection

I couldn’t imagine what would prompt me to pursue another impeachment of Donald Trump. And then a violent mob attacked one of the most sacred symbols of our democracy, the U.S. Capitol, intent on destruction and harm.  

Even with only a few days left of the Trump presidency, we must always ensure our President will preserve, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, as is required of the oath of office. President Trump has shown he will not and cannot be trusted to uphold his oath. He has damaged the Constitution and damaged America. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to reduce the continued threats of violence on fellow Americans and ensure the government transitions peacefully. Therefore, I solemnly voted once again to impeach Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors, specifically “incitement of insurrection”.

To read more about my views on the events of the last week or so, I encourage you to read my piece published here in the Colorado Sun.

COVID in COLORADO

RECENT COVID RELIEF:
On December 21st, Congress passed the sixth major COVID relief package, H.R. 133, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Here's a rundown of a few of the items that might impact you and your family:

Economic Impact Payments - The package provided an additional round of Economic Impact Payments of $600 for individuals making up to $75,000 per year and $1,200 for couples making up to $150,000 per year, as well as a $600 payment for each child dependent. This means a family of four could receive $2,400 in direct payments. It also expanded these direct payments to mixed-status households, which is retroactive to the CARES Act. Click here for frequently asked questions and more information.

Unemployment Assistance - This bill provided an additional $300 per week for all workers receiving unemployment benefits, through March 14, 2021. This bill also extends the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, with expanded coverage to the self-employed, gig workers, and others in non-traditional employment, and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which provides additional weeks of federally-funded unemployment benefits to individuals who exhaust their regular state benefits. However, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) will need to receive guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor before issuing the newly enacted benefits and it could take several weeks before claimants receive benefits.

Rental and Mortgage Assistance - The CDC's national eviction moratorium has been extended until January 31, 2021.

Paycheck Protection Program / EIDL - On January 11th, the SBA began a staggered reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program. Only small community financial institutions are able to submit PPP loan applications to the SBA, followed by all authorized lenders. Second-draw loans will be available to small businesses and non-profits with 300 or fewer employees and can demonstrate a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. For more information about the Paycheck Protection Program, visit SBA.gov.

VACCINE DISTRIBUTION IN COLORADO: The supply of the COVID-19 in Colorado remains limited, and vaccinations will be prioritized for high-risk health care workers and Coloradans most at risk for severe cases of COVID-19. The general public should not expect to receive the vaccine until summer 2021. To get the facts on the COVID-19 vaccine and to see when and where you can expect to receive a vaccine, please visit CDPHE’s website at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine or call the CO-HELP hotline at 303-389-1687.

LEVEL ORANGE: Jefferson County and Adams County are currently in Level Orange, according to Colorado's COVID-19 dial.

If you have questions or need help accessing COVID-related benefits, please call my office at (303) 274-7944.


good news report: specialist cho

In Washington D.C. this week, while I was purchasing coffee for a group of National Guard members from New Jersey, I got to talking with a few National Guard members from Delaware and learned about Specialist Cho who had to miss his citizenship ceremony because he had been deployed to the U.S. Capitol.

I immediately went to work to get him sworn in as a U.S. citizen as soon as possible and I'm proud he was able to do so today. I’m glad I could play a small role in helping one of our men in uniform become a citizen of the country he’s currently helping to defend and protect. I never thought I’d see this type of deployment to the U.S. Capitol but I greatly appreciate the service of the men and women who have come to Washington D.C. to ensure a peaceful transition of government, including Specialist Cho.


And a big thank you to Senator Coons of Delaware, Delaware Governor Carney, and Rep. Lofgren of California who helped make this happen so quickly.


artemis astronaut and Colorado native discusses mission to moon

This week, I hosted a discussion with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Artemis Astronaut Matthew Dominick as students of the 7th Congressional District asked them questions about the Artemis mission, NASA priorities and much more. 

On the virtual town hall, Dominick, a native of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, shared his journey of graduating from high school in Golden, Colorado to becoming an astronaut and what he is looking forward to most about the Artemis missions. Administrator Bridenstine weighed in with what NASA has accomplished during his time leading the agency and the missions ahead for NASA. 

Click here or below to view the full conversation.



 

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