To curb teen vaping epidemic, DeGette files bill to crack down on e-cig flavors
In an effort to curb the steep rise in teens vaping across the country, Rep. Diana DeGette filed legislation today to crack down on the often kid-friendly flavors of nicotine used in e-cigarettes. The legislation – known as the SAFE Kids Act – gives e-cigarette manufactures one year to prove to the federal Food and Drug Administration that kid-friendly flavorings in e-cigarettes – such as “gummy bear,” “cotton candy,” “tutti fruitti” and “cookies ‘n cream” – are used solely to help adults stop smoking cigarettes and do not lead to increased use among teens or cause any additional harm to users.
DeGette urges Congress to support sweeping elections reform bill
DeGette took to the House floor March 7 to urge her colleagues to support a massive elections reform bill that she has sponsored aimed at improving voters’ access to the polls and stopping the flood of unlimited amounts of undisclosed money from influencing our elections. The legislation, known as H.R. 1, would, among other things, require states to automatically register any eligible citizen to vote, and immediately restore voting rights to individuals with felony convictions after they have completed their sentences.
Gardner, Menendez seek answers from Trump Administration on North Korean cyberattacks
Sen. Cory Gardner, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, asking for a firm administration response to recent reports that hackers linked with the North Korean regime conducted cyberattacks on multiple U.S. and European targets, including banks utilities, and oil and gas companies.
Crow cracks down on red-tape; signs on as original co-sponsor of VA-SBA Act
Rep. Jason Crow, a member of the Small Business Committee and former Army Ranger, signed on as an original co-sponsor of the Verification Alignment and Service-Disabled Business Adjustment (VA-SBA) Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS) helps streamline duplicate programs for service-disabled veterans-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and veterans-owned small businesses (VOSB) under the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), eliminating confusion, red tape and redundancy between the two agencies and helping veterans better navigate the certification process.
Legislation to overhaul VA hiring process
Gardner and Gary Peters (D-MI), along with Representatives Scott Tipton and Crow, introduced the Veterans Improved Access and Care Act, legislation designed to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hiring process to make it easier to fill staffing shortages at the agency. Many VA hospitals continue to experience long wait times and staffing shortages as a result of a lengthy hiring process, and a primary driver of the protracted hiring process is the onboarding process for licensed medical providers.
Crow co-sponsors Dream and Promise Act
Crow joined fellow members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, to protect our nation’s Dreamers, as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. This legislation would allow our immigrant neighbors to contribute fully to Colorado’s communities and our country while providing them with a pathway to citizenship.
President signs bill making all national parks free for fourth-grade students into law
The president today signed into law the ‘Every Kid Outdoors Act’ that contained language originally introduced in the House by DeGette to extend a popular national parks program that allows U.S. fourth-grade students, and their families, to visit any of the nation’s national parks or federal public lands for free.
Bipartisan, bicameral group of members introduce tech legislation to address workforce shortage
Gardner, Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), along with Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-6) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), reintroduced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act March 13. The bipartisan legislation would provide industry intermediaries, like state tech associations, the ability to receive federal grants to develop apprenticeships within the technology sector. It also works to alleviate the skills gap that may slow the continued growth of the technology sector.
Warranty of Habitability Legislation Advances through the Senate Local Government Committee
The Senate Local Government Committee today voted 4-to-1 to advance the Residential Tenants Health And Safety Act, a bill sponsored by Senators Angela Williams (D-Denver) and Jeff Bridges (D-Arapahoe County). This legislation would protect renters whose landlords are slow to fix vital repairs, putting the health and safety of their tenants at risk. The bill now heads to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.
Bridges’ bill to allow creation of early childhood development service districts unanimously passes committee
The Senate Local Government Committee unanimously voted to advance the Early Childhood Development Special District, a bill sponsored by Sen. Jeff Bridges to allow the creation of early childhood development service districts. The bill now moves to the committee of the whole for consideration.
Gardner, Peters reintroduce bipartisan legislation to expand telehealth services
Gardner and Gary Peters (D-MI) reintroduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, legislation that would expand access to healthcare in both rural and urban areas by paving the way for Medicare to cover additional telehealth services. Currently, Medicare covers limited telehealth services, setting a poor industry standard, discouraging innovation, and restricting access to specialized services.
Legislation would help combat addiction and abuse by creating tougher law on initial opioid prescriptions
Gardner and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The John S. McCain Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act would limit the supply of initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days. This bill is named after late Sen. John McCain, who was the Republican lead of this legislation last Congress.
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