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Congress Unhappy With Progress of Over-Budget Denver VA Hospital

VETERANSCongressional leaders say the future of the over-budget Denver VA hospital is unclear because the Veterans Affairs Department hasn’t come up with an acceptable plan for funding it. In a statement yesterday, the chairmen of the House and Senate veterans committees also criticized the VA for not punishing those Continue reading

Survey Shows Americans Want More Power for States

WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCEAmericans strongly support using resources on public lands to produce energy, and giving states more control over regulating those activities. That’s according to a poll commissioned by Continue reading

Lawmakers End Legislative Session

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers concluded work for the year well in advance of their midnight deadline. But the final hours weren’t without the usual legislative drama and touching farewells. The Senate concluded work on a student-testing Continue reading

Tipton Provides Legislative Update

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Congressman Scott Tipton gave Wild West Radio an update yesterday on what he’s been doing in the Legislature this year. Tipton was excited about legislation he just had reintroduced in the House to limit the Federal Government’s power over water in the U.S. Tipton says the bill is about preserving state’s and private rights. Tipton says Continue reading

Sage Grouse Protection Act Introduced in House

sage_grouse-300Last week, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) helped introduce the Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act (H.R.1997) in the House. The bill, of which Tipton is an original co-sponsor, seeks to empower state-based sage grouse recovery efforts in lieu of a one-size-fits-all federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing that Continue reading

Tipton Reintroduces Water Rights Protection Act

WATER CONSERVATIONAs promised, yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton teamed with Wyoming Senator John Barrasso to reintroduce legislation to protect water users from uncompensated federal takings of privately-held water rights. The Water Rights Protection Act (WRPA), which passed the House in the 113th Congress with bipartisan support, Continue reading

Tipton Continues Fight for Water Rights

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Tuesday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) took federal land management agencies to task for continued administrative attempts to take private water rights without compensation and interfere with users’ access to their private property rights. During an oversight hearing in the House Natural Resources Water, Power and Oceans Continue reading

Veterans’ Affairs Updates “40 Mile Rule”

VETERANSThe Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) yesterday announced it will alter its “40-mile rule” to improve access to health care for veterans living in rural areas. The announcement follows lawmakers’ requests that the VA reexamine the rule’s application and update it. The VA’s new rule is intended to allow Continue reading

Tipton Pursues Permanent Water Rights Protections

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Congressman Scott Tipton stressed the need for a permanent legislative solution to protect private water rights from federal takings and interference, following yesterday’s comments by U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that the agency is, for the time being, backing off Continue reading

Gardner Blasts President for Keystone Veto

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner has some harsh words for President Obama, over his veto of a bill to begin building the Keystone XL Pipeline. Gardner said that “Last November, Coloradans and Americans voted for a change. They voted for a Congress that could work together and pass legislation that benefits all of us. Unfortunately, with his veto of the bill to build the Continue reading

Bill Would Prevent Lawmakers from Getting Paid, if no Balanced Budget

gardnerLegislation has been drafted that would block members of Congress from receiving their salaries unless their chamber of Congress has passed a budget that balances within ten years. The Balanced Budget Accountability Act would also prohibit tax increases unless three-fifths of both chambers of Congress vote in favor of them. Colorado Senator Cory Gardner is a supporter of the Continue reading

House Votes Again to Repeal Obamacare

HEALTH-SYMBOL-300Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted again to repeal the President’s failed healthcare law. H.R. 596 would fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and instruct House committees to submit an alternative plan. In the last Congress, the House voted three times to fully repeal Obamacare. The bills were blocked by Harry Continue reading