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Mid-Year Report
My staff and I are here to help the hardworking people of the 7th district. One of my greatest responsibilities is helping constituents cut through the red tape with federal agencies. If you are having a problem with a federal agency, are looking for resources, or have questions about what constituent services we offer, email my office here or call (303) 274-7944.

Here's how my staff and I have been working for you so far in 2016:

WWII Veteran, oscar Reiss, finally Awarded Medals 
Oscar Reiss, second from the left, was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, WWII Victory, and Army of Occupation of Germany Medals after nearly 70 years.

Last week, I had the honor of presenting WWII Veteran Oscar Reiss with the awards and decorations he earned nearly 70 years ago.

Oscar Reiss was drafted into U.S. Army in 1944 and served in the 79th Infantry, 315th Division, B Company in Alsace, France, guarding the right flank during the Battle of the Bulge where his actions resulted in award of the Silver Star medal. The medal citation reads:

"Under intense enemy fire, with complete disregard for his own safety, he crawled to a position from which he was able by means of his knowledge of German to induce three enemy officers and four enemy enlisted men to abandon their machine gun position. Upon later interrogation of the enemy officer he learned the exact position of enemy field pieces and directed friendly artillery fire on them, enabling the objective to be taken with minimum of casualties. When this position was later reached it was discovered that four enemy 105mm diameter guns had been completely destroyed. The courage and determined devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and the armed forces of the United States.” 

Several days later, Oscar was wounded by shrapnel resulting in his award of the Purple Heart medal. He was discharged from the Army in 1947 and returned home to start his family and use the GI bill to further his education. He earned a PhD in biochemistry and went on to teach at the University of Colorado.

Oscar Reiss requested assistance from my office in April of this year regarding obtaining his military awards and decorations. My staff worked with the National Personnel Records Center to research which awards Oscar was entitled to and then obtain the medals and decorations. 

Oscar, on behalf of a grateful nation, thank you for your service.

Click here to read more about Oscar's service. 

Helping Amanda with her Tax Refund
 Amanda was owed a refund for her taxes but couldn't get through to anyone at the IRS.
Whether you lost important documents, have not received a response from the federal government or need help with benefits or resources, my office regularly helps constituents navigate federal government agencies. I'm proud my office was able to help Amanda, and I look forward to helping you in the future. 

"I completed my tax return about a week or two before the April deadline. I was owed money but did not get my return back for weeks. The "normal" time frame to get my return back passed so I decided I was going to call the IRS to get the issue resolved. Actually getting to talk to a person was almost impossible. The call options looped and then eventually the call just hung up on me. 

"After feeling so hopeless with the IRS, I remembered being told one time to call my Congressman if I was having issues getting my tax return money back, so I did. The phone was answered before the second ring and I was immediately transferred to a REAL LIVE person who could help me - Colin Anonsen. 

"All I did was fill out a Privacy Release Form, allowing Colin to look into my case three days later, my return money was deposited into my bank account. I am very grateful for the work Colin did to help me get my money back! I would recommend to anyone to call Ed's office any time you're having issues with the IRS."

- Amanda from Lakewood

Are you still owed a tax refund or are having problems with the IRS? Request assistance from my office here or call (303) 274-7944. 

Thank you to the nearly 300 people who participated in the Campaign Finance Reform survey! I hear your frustration with our election system and I'm working on fixing it. I believe reforming campaign finance will lead to more trust in government and better public policy benefiting the American people, not just special interests. 

Here are a few pieces of legislation I'm currently cosponsoring: 

H.R.430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act
• Mandates disclosure requirements for independent expenditures in federal elections

H.R.20: Government by the People Act of 2015
• Empowers everyday citizens by providing a My Voice Tax credit for campaign contributions
• Protects the voices of people and small donor backed candidates from being drowned out by super-PACs and wealthy donors

H.J.RES.22: Constitutional Amendment
• Authorizes Congress and the states to set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.
• Allows them to distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections

H.J.RES.48: Constitutional Amendment
• Undoes the Citizens United decision and prevents corporations from getting the same rights as American citizens 

Additionally, I've supported legislation requiring early voting and limiting wait times at polling locations. I believe more transparent and fair elections lead to better representatives, and better representatives create better public policy, and campaign finance reform would be a big first step to address these issues.