Bennet singled out an organization founded last year by a former Bush official as an example of a group worthy of additional IRS scrutiny
WASHINGTON — Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said the testimony of two former commissioners of the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday did not impress him.
“I don’t think we got a lot of answers and the conversation needs to continue,” the Colorado Democrat said in a brief interview as he walked to his Senate office. Read more »
Bennet issued statements attacking a conservative non-profit group last year
WASHINGTON — As the 2012 presidential election race heated up, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado led a Democratic effort to scrutinize and curb the reach of tax-exempt organizations, which he identified with a conservative leader and suggested would grow after the Republican presidential primary ended. Read more »
SURVEY: A majority of likely voters believe President Obama or his top aides were aware that the IRS was improperly targeting conservative groups
DENVER – Most Americans believe that President Obama or his top aides were aware that federal tax officials were improperly targeting conservative non-profit groups, and think those responsible should be fired or sent to prison, according to the results of a recent public opinion poll. Read more »
Lingering concerns about transparency and email abuses have dogged McCarthy’s nomination
WASHINGTON — Gina McCarthy’s confirmation to head the Environmental Protection Agency moved forward Thursday after Republicans ended a boycott to vote her nomination out of committee, but threatened to again stall the process if the agency refuses to meet certain demands for transparency. Read more »
TIPTON: “It is no wonder the American people are cynical of government”
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday faced a bipartisan blast of criticism for his agency’s wide-ranging subpoena to seize the home, work and cell phone records of 100 Associated Press (AP) reporters in a government leak investigation. Read more »
Bennet concedes that there is “a lot of confusion” about Obamacare
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the chief political arm for Senate Democrats admitted Wednesday that small-business owners in Colorado find the new federal health care law bedeviling.
“There’s a lot of confusion,” Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado said in an interview Wednesday, “and we need to do a better job of explaining the tax credits, the individual mandate, and (other parts of the law).” Read more »
SESSIONS: “This is one reason the American people have so little confidence in any promises we make”
WASHINGTON – The Senate’s proposal to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws will eliminate post September 11 legislation that required a visa entry and exit system to use fingerprints or eye scans and will instead rely on names and dates of birth for border security. Read more »
Many business owners are still wondering how Obamacare will impact them
WASHINGTON — Alea Kilgore can still see it in the faces of the Colorado small-business owners who attend the seminars her government agency sponsors about complying with the new federal healthcare law.
The manager of the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center, Kilgore has helped lead six classes in the last 12 months about the Affordable Care Act — known more commonly as Obamacare. Read more »
The defeat of border control measures came as a Senate panel worked to sort through 300 amendments to the bill
WASHINGTON — Supporters of a contentious immigration bill have taken a significant step back from their pledge to require a more secure southern border before amnesty is granted to 11 million illegal immigrants.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee and two Republican authors of the bill on Thursday killed an amendment that would require border security requirements be “fully operational” before those non-citizens can apply to live in the U.S. legally. Read more »
Lamborn questioned the federal government’s ability to apply one set of rules across vastly different geographic localities.
WASHINGTON – The federal government’s plan to impose fracking regulations on states where rules are already in place to govern the process based on local needs is a solution looking for a problem, western officials told a congressional panel on Wednesday. Read more »