DeGette named chair of Commerce’s powerful Oversight and Investigations panel
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette was named the CHAIR of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s powerful and far-reaching Oversight and Investigations panel today. As chair of the panel, DeGette will have oversight authority and the power to investigate the actions of several prominent federal agencies that fall under the broader committee’s jurisdiction – including, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Energy.
Senators announce $1.6 million grant for University of Colorado
Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner announced the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded $11 million for seven projects in total, one of which is going to the state of Colorado. The Colorado project is funded through the OPEN+ program provided by ARPA-E OPEN+ program.
“As farmers and ranchers in Colorado navigate the uncertainty of persistent drought, investing in technology is one of the best ways we can provide them more opportunities for success,” Bennet said. “Congratulations to the researchers at CU Boulder for securing this grant and leading the way to develop innovative tools to improve farming across the country.”
“The University of Colorado Boulder will be able to grow their innovative research in soil and crop health with this $1.6 million grant,” said Gardner. “It’s critical we continue to develop cutting-edge technologies that our farmers can utilize and I’ll always advocate for and support funding for these types of programs.”
Crow co-sponsors raise the wage act
Rep. Jason Crow signed on to co-sponsor the Raise the Wage Act of 2019. The bill would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2024 and ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.
“For too many hard-working Coloradans, the American dream remains out of reach as our minimum wage fails to keep pace with the cost of living. I grew up in a working class family and worked in construction to help pay my way through college. Since then, the problem has only gotten worse, especially for women and communities of color,” Crow said. “It is our responsibility to make sure every hard-working American is paid a living wage.”
Bipartisan bill to prevent any president from leaving NATO
U.S. Senators Cory Gardner, Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to explicitly prohibit any President of the United States from withdrawing from NATO without Senate approval.
The bill requires the president to seek the advice and consent of the Senate to suspend, terminate, or withdraw U.S. membership in NATO and formalizes the Senate’s opposition. If the president attempts to leave NATO without Senate approval, this legislation restricts any funding from being used to do so. It also authorizes Congressional Legal Counsel to challenge the administration in court.
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