Tag Archives: Congress

Spending Bill May Not Protect Western States against Sage Grouse Listing

sage_grouse-300Federal officials say Congress acted too late if it wanted to block protections for a bird found in Colorado and Utah. A spending bill approved by Congress last week blocks any money for a final rule to protect the Gunnison sage grouse. But the final rule was issued before the bill passed. An estimated 5,000 Gunnison sage grouse remain, Continue reading

Oklahoma, Nebraska Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

MARIJUANA-300Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a declaration that Colorado’s legalization of marijuana violates the United States Constitution. The two don’t say exactly how the law violates the constitution, but Bruning says Continue reading

PILT Program Funded

piltThe Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILT, program, which last year provided Colorado counties with $34.5 million to carry out vital services like fire and police protection, school construction, and road maintenance, received $372 million in the government funding bill, which passed Congress this weekend. The bill provides funding for a Continue reading

Forest Service Accepting Natural Resource Project Proposals

forest-service-signProposals seeking funds for local natural resource projects through the Medicine Bow-Routt Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) are due January 23rd. Funding is provided for counties through Title II funds of the Secure Rural Schools Act, which is currently being considered for reauthorization by Congress. If Continue reading

House Passes Spending Bill

REPUBLICANYesterday, the House passed legislation to fund the federal government through September 30th, while still allowing Congress to take action on the President’s executive orders on immigration by funding the Department of Homeland Security through a continuing resolution that expires February 27th. The measure cuts funding to the Continue reading

Spending Bill Would Delay Protections on Grouse

sage_grouse-300A legislative rider in Congress’ $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for a wide-ranging Western bird that’s been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The Obama administration faced a September 2015 deadline to propose protections for greater sage grouse. But the spending package agreed to late Continue reading

Lawmakers Vote to Condemn President’s Actions on Immigration

immigration reformColorado’s next Senator wants to repeal President Obama’s recent executive action to allow more than 4 million people in the country illegally to remain here. Republican Continue reading

Hickenlooper Announces Salazar Retirement

john-salazar-flag-293Governor John Hickenlooper announced today that John Salazar, Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture, will retire at the beginning of January 2015. He has served in the role since 2011. The announcement came in a press release. Salazar served three terms representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Veteran’s Affairs Committee, and the Continue reading

McConnell Determined to Slow Down EPA

mcconnellIncoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says his top priority is reining in the EPA, and reversing new carbon pollution laws. McConnell says it won’t be easy to block the regulations, because he feels the only good tool to do it is the spending process. But McConnell says he’s angry that President Obama unilaterally included a Continue reading

Udall Picks Up LGBT Endorsement

mark-udall-300Udall for Colorado yesterday welcomed the announcement of support from One Colorado, the state’s leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender advocacy group. During his time in Congress, Senator Udall has been a steadfast champion for the LGBT community. As a member of the Armed Service Committee, he led Continue reading

Marijuana Businesses Making Political Contributions

MARIJUANA-300Marijuana entrepreneurs are taking another step into the mainstream by becoming political donors. Marijuana businesses are using some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal pot to more states. The political activity includes swanky fundraisers at Four Seasons Continue reading

Tipton Searches for Academy Candidates

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) office is currently accepting applications from students who are interested in attending a United States Service Academy in 2015. Each year members of Congress are able to nominate a limited number of people from their districts to the U.S. Service Academies-including the Air Force, West Point, Continue reading