LAMBORN: “Outdoor enthusiasts can soon hike the incline with complete confidence that they are no longer trespassing”
WASHINGTON — Hikers of the popular “vertical mile” trail at the foot of Pikes Peak made a giant step toward legal respectability under legislation President Obama signed into law last Friday.
The law allows the United States Forest Service to accept railroad companies’ surrender of the right of way at a steep incline on Mount Manitou in central Colorado. Read more »
A House panel declined to add funding for Colorado wildfires to a disaster relief bill (Li Tsin Soon Image)
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of Colorado representatives failed to convince a Congressional committee to attach a $125 million amendment to a Hurricane Sandy relief bill Monday night. The amendment would have included a $19.8 million authorization to clean up debris in waters that the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires affected last spring. Read more »
Perlmutter was one of two suburban members appointed vice chair of a House Democratic task force on gun violence on Jan. 4
WASHINGTON — Rep. Ed Perlmutter is not the only suburban-based Democrat who is championing gun-control measures. Months after the Golden lawmaker appeared on a national Sunday television talk show to discuss the need to restrict firearms, Rep. Bill Enyart of Illinois has also emerged as a leader. Read more »
Senator Udall’s pivot to the right comes just days after he cast his vote for the fiscal cliff tax hike — a package Senator Bennet opposed
WASHINGTON — Days after his Senate “twin” said he could not vote for the fiscal-cliff deal because it did not reduce the deficit sufficiently, Sen. Mark Udall has sought to reposition himself as a deficit hawk, saying that reducing federal expenditures and the debt will be his top priority in the new Congress.
The Colorado Democrat, who is up for re-election next year, gave three interviews last weekend in which he emphasized his new found commitment to reducing the nation’s $16 trillion debt. Read more »
A Lamborn spokeperson suggested that the hurricane package should be offset with spending cuts elsewhere
WASHINGTON — Congress passed the first installment of federal relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy Friday, but not before a small group of House Republicans, including Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs, vowed to strip the bill of pork-related spending. Read more »
TAX HIKE: Bennet and Udall’s votes were not decisive for the outcome of the tax hike bill, which passed with 89 votes
WASHINGTON — On a climactic vote to raise taxes and put off the bulk of scheduled spending cuts, Colorado’s “Senate twins” split apart.
Early Tuesday morning, Michael Bennet voted “no” on the so-called “fiscal cliff” agreement, while Mark Udall voted “yes.” Read more »
NEW SHERIFF? The outcome of Tuesday’s vote has some conservatives questioning whether or not Rep. Boehner (R-Ohio) should stay on as Speaker
WASHINGTON — In a dramatic, late night-vote Tuesday, Colorado’s House members split along party lines on the so-called “fiscal cliff” legislation – which raised taxes and largely postponed scheduled spending cuts. All three Democrats voted yes on the legislation and all four Republicans voted no. Read more »
PAUL: “[U.S. troops] need to come home, and they will come home, but it won’t be in this session of Congress”
WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Coffman admitted his proposal to remove all four Army brigades from Europe is unlikely to be approved before Congress adjourns for the year.
“I’m worried. It didn’t get into the Senate version of the bill,” the Lone Tree Republican said in an interview Tuesday night at the Capitol. “I hope that it passes, and I absolutely think it is necessary.” Read more »
“INSANE”: Gun-control advocates’ demonization of the conservative proposal is another sign that efforts to address the Newtown tragedy are becoming polarized
WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver assailed a Republican governor’s suggestion that school personnel should be armed to combat a gunmsn like that of the Newtown, Conn. massacre, calling it “the craziest idea” she has heard. Read more »
Most members of the Colorado congressional delegation have said the country should enforce existing gun regulations rather than add new curbs
WASHINGTON — Hours after learning of a shooting massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the nine members of Colorado’s congressional delegation released a joint statement that expressed sympathy and offered help to the 26 victims, family members, and their neighbors. Read more »