Majority Leader Reid, Udall, and Sen. Patty Murray at Thursday’s press conference.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Mark Udall unveiled legislation Thursday to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Obamacare contraception mandate, a move openly acknowledged by the Democratic Senate leader as an election-year ploy.
“It would be political malpractice not to deal with this,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said during a press conference, when asked by a New York Times reporter the extent to which politics influenced the bill now cosponsored by 41 Democrats.
“On Hobby Lobby, Mark Udall has an exemplary record on issues dealing with women,” Reid added. Read more »
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle killed the Sportsmen’s Act Thursday in a protest vote aimed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who refused to allow amendments to the measure aimed at reelecting vulnerable Democrats.
The vote to break the filibuster required 60 supporters, but fell well short of its goal with 41 yes votes to 56 opposed. All 45 Republicans voted against the bill along with 11 Democrats.
Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, a bill co-sponsor, voted yes as did Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.
The measure was also sponsored by Democrats facing tough reelection fights in North Carolina, Louisiana, and Alaska, prompting its nickname by Republicans as the “Red State Democrat Reelection Act.” Read more »
WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Udall cancelled his appearance at his own fundraiser Wednesday in Denver with President Barack Obama citing “last-minute votes and legislative activity,” adding to reports the vulnerable incumbent is avoiding the Democratic leader and his plummeting poll numbers.
The statement issued by Udall’s campaign office early Wednesday said “the Senate has decided to vote on Wednesday to confirm the new U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who has authority over issues like flood recovery.”
However, that vote passed a technical hurdle last week and lawmakers were expecting the confirmation vote this week. Also, the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Homeland Security Department has primary authority over flood recovery. Read more »
Sen. Mark Udall
DENVER — He may want to keep his distance from President Barack Obama, but Democratic Sen. Mark Udall remains devoted to Obamacare.
Udall is slated to introduce Wednesday a bill that would compel for-profit employers to pay for coverage of all forms of birth control mandated under the Affordable Care Act, even if some of those contraceptives violate the religious convictions of business owners, according to multiple media outlets.
The bill would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision last week in the Hobby Lobby case, but it could also rev up the Democratic Party’s flagging campaign fortunes by doubling down on the “war on women” strategy. Read more »
Sen. Mark Udall
WASHINGTON – Senate Republican strategists say Sen. Mark Udall’s record of legislative accomplishments is thin and undistinguished but political observers here say most voters don’t care how many bills a lawmaker has passed.
In an interview last week, one Senate Republican aide noted the Senate has not voted on an amendment that the Colorado Democrat has sponsored since 2012.
“What does he do here? Why does he show up? He doesn’t do anything,” the aide said on background to discuss the matter candidly.
A look at Udall’s legislative record confirms the upper chamber has not taken a recorded vote on an amendment he has sponsored in two years. Read more »
Sen. Mark Udall
DENVER — Another 2,320 Coloradans have had their health insurance policies cancelled in the aftermath of Obamacare, bringing the total to nearly 340,000, according to figures from the state Division of Insurance.
The Colorado Senate Republicans released updates Monday showing another 2,320 individuals had their health-care coverage dropped from two insurance providers, MEGA Life and Health and Mid-West National, as of June 5.
Republicans were quick to blast Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for the cancellations, noting that he voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act and has said he would do so again.
“Today’s announcement is yet another reminder that Sen. Udall lied to Coloradans when he promised them if they liked their healthcare plan, they could keep it under Obamacare,” said Republican Rep. Cory Gardner in a statement. Read more »