Chambliss suggested the guest worker plan could reward those who falsify documents and exploit loopholes
WASHINGTON — An influential Republican senator objected Wednesday to a provision of the sweeping bipartisan immigration reform package unveiled this week. The key provision, authored by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) would grant agricultural guest workers permanent U.S. residency – often referred to as a “green card” – after five years. Read more »
Tipton’s bill would give states, counties and tribes more of a say in forest management
WASHINGTON – Emergency measures are needed on the federal level to clear bug infested and deteriorating tree stands that pose a high risk of sparking wildfires to avoid a repeat of last year’s devastation that burned more than 100,000 acres and killed several people in Colorado. Read more »
Udall and Bennet were among the 15 Democrats who opposed the measure
WASHINGTON — Four months after hinting they would support a ban on semi-automatic weapons, Colorado’s two Democratic senators voted no on a legislative proposal designed to do just that.
“(I)t went too far because it would also have banned certain hunting rifles and even some shotguns,” Sen. Mark Udall said in a press release. “If this bill had been more carefully crafted to only ban weapons designed for the battlefields and keep them out of the hands of the criminals and the mentally ill, I would have supported it.” Read more »
The bill would give legal status to undocumented immigrants and authorize new funding for border security
DENVER – After months of closed-door negotiations, a much-anticipated proposal to revamp the nation’s immigration policy will likely be considered this week by lawmakers.
Details of the bill, which a bipartisan group of Senators known as the “Gang of Eight” have been working on in private since late last year, first began to emerge this week when they were leaked to the media. Read more »
Tipton’s bill would allow the development of hydropower on as many as 373 existing man-made Bureau of Reclamation sites
WASHINGTON — Rep. Scott Tipton bill to produce hydropower from small canals and ditches sailed through the House of Representatives last week, picking up strong Democratic support after the Cortez Republican struck a compromise on a key environmental provision.
The legislation would allow the development of hydropower on as many as 373 existing man-made Bureau of Reclamation sites, 28 of which are in Colorado, that possess the capacity to generate 5 megawatts or less. Read more »
McCarthy avoided directly answering specific questions from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle
WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers yesterday told the new nominee expected to head to the troubled Environmental Protection Agency that killing jobs and eliminating entire industries is not the public health mission Congress intended when it created the federal department. Read more »
The legislation does not address the problem of those who refuse mental-health treatment
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill to help school officials and the public identify symptoms of mental illness in students and others sailed through a Senate panel Wednesday.
The Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act passed without opposition in the Senate Education, Health, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Read more »
The federal grants were included in the $792 billion stimulus package Congress approved in 2009
WASHINGTON — Boulder County received $25 million and the Colorado Energy Office $9.6 million from the federal government to help conserve and reduce energy in homes and businesses. But a federal audit found that the agencies mishandled some of the programs, failing to oversee sub-contractors and follow federal rules. Read more »
The lawmakers want details about border security, enforcement, and the impact of a large-scale legalization on U.S. workers and taxpayers.
WASHINGTON — Legislation to revamp the nation’s immigration process that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants is being crafted behind closed doors on Capitol Hill prompting criticism from some Republicans for the lack of transparency. Read more »
FLIP-FLOP? Udall voted against authorizing the military to defend the border — before he voted for it
DENVER – Immigration policy has received renewed attention in recent months, as politicians have scrambled to “rebrand” on the issue in hopes of winning the votes of increasingly influential Hispanic voters. And that could put some Democrats, particularly those on primary and general election ballots next year, in a difficult position. Read more »