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Ruling on Trump’s ‘one in, two out’ on regulations has stakes in Colorado

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Colorado lawmakers and environmentalists are anxiously awaiting a federal judge’s ruling on President Trump’s “one in, two out” policy on regulations. Public interest groups and a labor union sued the government to block enforcement of the policy, saying it overstepped Trump’s constitutional authority. Judge Randolph Moss’s comments during a hearing last week in U.S. District […]

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Rural Colorado girl at the center of a lawsuit on federal restrictions on medical marijuana

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A new lawsuit has cast an epileptic 11-year-old girl living in rural Colorado into the heart of a nationwide dispute over medical marijuana. The lawsuit filed by the attorney of Alexis Bortell seeks to force the federal government to change its Schedule One classification of marijuana. “What we hope to accomplish from the lawsuit is […]

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Gardner leads call for better technology to fight Western wildfires

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Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, is one of the lawmakers crafting legislation to upgrade technology to help battle Western wildfires. Members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources could to introduce a bill as soon as next month. Senators at a hearing last week called for the new technology to help […]

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U.S. Senate considers increasing affordable housing subsidy backed by Bennet

As Colorado cities struggle with a shortage of inexpensive homes, witnesses at a U.S. Senate hearing this week said the problem will only get worse unless the federal government intervenes soon. By 2025, about 15 million people nationwide will spend more than half their incomes on rent if home prices continue to rise at the […]

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How Colorado’s congressional delegation voted (July 22, 2017)

H.R. 2825: Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act of 2017 This was a vote to pass H.R. 2825 in the House. H.R. 2825, the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act of 2017, is the Homeland Security Department’s first ever reauthorization. The legislation is intended as an improvement to the first authorization after the September 11, […]

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Colorado U.S. Rep. DeGette advocates continuing troubled discount drug program

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. second from right, and others, listen as Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, during a signing ceremony for the 21st Century Cures Act. At right is Max Schill, 7, who suffers from Noonan Syndrome. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON — Colorado U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette led Democrats’ concern Tuesday over a Republican effort to cut subsidies for a drug discount program that serves at-risk persons. She said during a congressional hearing that a Trump administration proposed rule to cut reimbursement for the 340B program is misguided. Pharmaceutical companies should be investigated for skyrocketing drug prices […]

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Colorado congressmen propose bill seeking safer helicopter fuel systems

Two Colorado congressmen introduced legislation last week intended to prevent the kinds of accidents that killed the pilot of a Flight For Life helicopter and severely burned two nurses on July 3, 2015, at a Frisco hospital. The bill, introduced by U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, D-Denver, and Jared Polis, D-Boulder, would require all newly manufactured […]

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How Colorado’s Congressional delegation voted (week ending June 24, 2017)

H.R. 1654: Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act This was a vote to pass H.R. 1654 in the House. This bill authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to coordinate Federal and State permitting processes related to the construction of new surface water storage projects on lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior and […]

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