Crow named to Small Business Committee and 2 task forces
Rep. Jason Crow has been appointed to the House Small Business Committee. He said, “As the son of small-business owners, I know just how hard it is to run a small business but also the incredible value they add to the community. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and nowhere is that more true than in Colorado’s 6th District. The entrepreneurial spirit is an inherent part of our district’s DNA with thousands of small businesses owned by people of color, veterans, women and immigrants. I look forward to making sure our small businesses have the tools they need to succeed and grow our economy right here at home.”
Crow was also named co-chair of the new Democrat Coalition Infrastructure Task Force and to the Gun Violence Prevention Task.
Gardner to introduce legislation to pay federal workers
Sen. Cory Gardner introduced legislation to immediately pay federal workers affected by the current lapse in appropriations. The legislation would appropriate funds for all federal employees to be paid their standard pay during the shutdown regardless of their furlough status. With this bill, once the shutdown ends and regular appropriations are made, the amounts paid to compensate the federal employees will be deducted from the department’s full year appropriations to avoid any windfalls for the department.
DeGette appointed to House Natural Resources Committee
Rep. Diana DeGette was appointed to serve as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
The move gives the Colorado Democrat even more sway to influence future environmental policy as it comes just one week after she was named the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s powerful and far-reaching Oversight and Investigations panel, which has direct oversight authority over the Environmental Protection Agency. “Coloradans know-how important our natural resources are to our way of life and our state’s overall economy,” DeGette said. “As Chair of the Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel, and now also as a member of the Natural Resources Committee, I will be doing everything I can to ensure our state’s treasured resources are protected for future generations to enjoy.”
Crow statement on temporary reopening of the federal government
Rep. Jason Crow said about the temporary agreement to reopen the federal government after it was partially shut down for 35 days, “In the Army, I learned quickly that when politicians talk tough, real people get hurt. For the last 35 days, we saw that firsthand as our president used our federal workers as a bargaining chip in his political games. “Over 20,000 Colorado workers and their families have spent the past four weeks dealing with pain and chaos. Our top priority as a country now must be getting our federal workers paid and back to work as quickly as possible. As this senseless shutdown ends, we must restore servant leadership to Washington and make sure we never use people and their paychecks as political pawns in policy discussions again.”
Rep. Diana DeGette on deal to reopen the government
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette released the following statement on the agreement to temporarily reopen the government:
“This government shutdown should never have happened, and we need to make sure it never happens again. I met with a group of federal workers at home today who have been forced to bear the brunt of the president’s misguided actions, and the harm that it has caused them will be felt for a very long time. The president’s announcement today was a total capitulation to the House, and I hope we can take him at his word that he will continue to negotiate in good faith on a border security bill. In the meantime, it’s important that we work quickly to get the government reopened as soon as possible and ensure that every federal worker is paid the money they are due.”
Gardner statement on funding resolution
Senator Cory Gardner said, “I’ve been clear that I do not believe government shutdowns are ever the right answer, and I applaud the president’s funding resolution to reopen the government and provide a platform for additional border security funding. Today’s announcement to reopen the government and come together to negotiate border security is what I have been saying from the very beginning. Now that the government will reopen, it is time to leave partisan corners, work together to fund border security, and get back to work for the American people.”
Gardner introduces legislation to drive down costs for early childhood education
Following last week’s celebration of National School Choice Week, Sen. Cory Gardner reintroduced the 529 Expansion and Modernization Act, legislation that expands the tax free educations savings account, called 529 savings plans, to be able to be used for early childhood expenses and alternative education opportunities like trade schools and apprenticeship programs. Currently, 529 savings plans are limited to educational costs for post-secondary education or private, public or religious k-12 educational expenses.
Lawmakers demand answers from EPA on Administration’s efforts to roll back air-quality standards
Rep. Diana DeGette, chair of the House oversight panel that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency, sent a letter to the head of the EPA demanding detailed information about the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back several key environmental and public health protections. The letter comes as the EPA seeks to roll back mercury and air-toxicity standards across the nation – a move designed to save companies billions of dollars a year, while also increasing the risk of illness and even premature death for thousands of Americans.
Navy relocation of PMOSSP to Littleton
Sen. Cory Gardner announced the U.S. Department of the Navy is relocating the Program Management Office Strategic Systems Program Flight Systems (PMOSSP) from Sunnyvale, Calif. to Littleton Oct. 1. PMOSSP Flight Systems provides the technical oversight and fleet support for the nation’s sea-based strategic deterrent.
DeGette letter to EPA on PFAS
Rep. Diana DeGette and others sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler today requesting information on actions taken by political appointees at the agency to block the release of a chemical hazard study focused on perfluorinated compounds (PFAS). The request comes in response to several recent news reports that the EPA does not intend to set a drinking water limit for PFAS despite evidence of widespread risk.
DeGette files bill to make doping at international competitions a crime
Rep. Diana DeGette sponsored legislation introduced today to make it a federal crime to engage in a doping scheme designed to influence the outcome of a major international athletic competition, such as the Olympics. The move comes one week after the World Anti-Doping Agency refused to uphold the suspension of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency for its role in the 2014 Russian state-sponsored doping scandal that took place at the Sochi Olympics.
House Democrats file bill to halt Trump travel ban policy
Rep. Diana DeGette joined with several of her House colleagues to introduce legislation that would block the implementation of President Donald Trump’s travel ban policy. If approved, the measure would prohibit federal agencies from using any federal funds or resources to implement the executive order that the president signed in March 2017 and the presidential proclamation he issued in September 2017, which place restrictions on travelers seeking to enter the U.S. from five majority-Muslim countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – as well as North Korea and Venezuela.
Crow’s first bill: cracks down on election dark money spending
As his first piece of legislation, Rep. Jason Crow introduced the End Dark Money Act to crack down on dark money organizations. The bill is designed to stem the flood of dark money in our elections by helping to close the loophole that allows mega-donors to hide their political contributions through so-called “social welfare” organizations. Currently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is forbidden from stopping the abuse of social welfare organizations by mega-donors who use 501(c)s to hide their political contributions. Crow’s bill would repeal this prohibition on the IRS to ensure non-profits adhere to their social welfare mission or forfeit their tax-free status.
Bipartisan legislation introduced to award Fred Korematsu the Congressional Gold Medal
Senators Cory Gardner and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) joined by colleagues in both chambers, introduced bipartisan legislation to award Fred Korematsu the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his fight against the illegal incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and his work to advance civil rights.
Oversight panel investigating Trump’s family-separation policy to hold first hearing
The chairman of the House oversight panel investigating the Trump administration’s child-separation policy, Rep. Diana DeGette, announced that her committee will hold its first hearing on the administration’s controversial policy Feb. 7. The announcement comes just one day before the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services is due to turn over dozens of internal documents to DeGette’s committee as part of its ongoing investigation of the administration’s actions.
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