Obama and a group of Senators have called for granting legal status to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., but the details of the plans remain unclear
WASHINGTON — Both President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators have proposed overhauls of the nation’s illegal immigration laws in recent days. Both proposals were short on details, and elicited a variety of responses from Colorado’s four GOP congressmen. Read more »
OVERSTATED ROLE? McCain said Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) was “not part of the core negotiations” on a bipartisan immigration proposal announced today
WASHINGTON — Senator Michael Bennet’s role in a bipartisan group seeking to overhaul the nation’s illegal immigration laws was questioned after a key senator said he was “not part of the core negotiations.”
The Colorado Democrat, the new chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, did not attend a press conference at the Capitol Monday to announce the tenets of a comprehensive illegal immigration reform bill. Read more »
ON THE FENCE? Udall and Bennet have yet to say how they will vote on President Obama’s controversial nominee for Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel
DENVER – As an unlikely coalition of those on the political left and right appears to be solidifying in opposition to President Obama’s contentious choice to head the Defense Department, Chuck Hagel, many are wondering how Colorado’s two U.S. Senators plan to vote. Read more »
GUN BAN: Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Golden) is the original co-sponsor of a far-reaching gun control bill introduced in both legislative chambers Thursday
WASHINGTON — Rep. Ed Perlmutter said despite his lobbying of individual House Republican members to support legislation to ban semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, none have agreed to sign on as co-sponsors of the bill.
“I’ve had conversations with (GOP) members, and while they have not signed on, they have not turned me down,” the Golden Democrat said in an interview at the Capitol Thursday. Read more »
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) has introduced legislation that would put an end to lucrative congressional pensions
DENVER – U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) introduced legislation Wednesday that seeks to put an end to the defined benefit pension plan enjoyed by former Members of Congress. The third term Republican was joined in the bipartisan effort by Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat. Read more »
A bipartisan majority of House lawmakers approved a bill to conditionally raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt limit on Wednesday
WASHINGTON — Five of Colorado’s seven representatives joined a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in voting to raise the limit on the nation’s $16.4 billion debt on Wednesday – but attached some strings.
The “No Budget, No Pay” act would extend the federal treasury’s borrowing authority until May 19. If the House or Senate have not agreed on a budget outline by April 15, federal lawmakers’ salaries would be withheld. Read more »
DOCK THEIR PAY? A new poll shows significant support for slashing the paychecks of Congress and the President
DENVER – With President Obama and Congress preparing for a protracted fight over whether to raise the nation’s record $16.4 trillion debt limit, a new Rasmussen Reports poll suggests that voters have an idea about where lawmakers and the president can find some savings: Their own salaries. Read more »
Udall has signaled support for extending a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, but has not yet weighed in on other proposals
WASHINGTON — Colorado’s Mark Udall indicated support for two key proposals of President Obama’s legislative package to reduce gun violence, taking a stand slightly to the left of his fellow Senate Democrats who also are up for re-election in 2014.
The Colorado Democrat told Denver’s FOX affiliate last month he supports a renewal of the assault-weapons bans that lapsed in 2004. Read more »
Salazar’s announcement Wednesday that he will step down as Interior Secretary may quiet the controversy of his four years in office
WASHINGTON — For many liberals, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar deserved to wear the white cowboy hat he often wore in public. His tenure represented an embrace of environmental interests and a rejection of traditional resource development.
“Ken has helped usher in a new era of conservation for our nation’s land, water, and wildlife,” President Obama said in a statement Wednesday. Read more »
OVERTAXED? A majority of those surveyed say more tax hikes are not necessary
DENVER – Stinging from the bite of recent tax hikes enacted as part of the so-called fiscal cliff compromise, a majority of Americans say that additional tax hikes are not needed, according to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll.
The survey results come as the White House once again embarks on a collision course with Congress over raising the country’s debt limit. Read more »