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Colorado's congressional delegation hasn't been silent on the Syrian airstrikes conducted by a U.S.-led coalition Friday night. The strikes drew criticism from some and praise from others, though there was one thing Republicans and Democrats agreed upon — the heinousness of reported chemical weapons attacks conducted by the Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad.

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Colorado escaped major wildfires this summer, but millions of acres of forest in the state remain a powder keg, ripe to burn in the future. The next big fire could threaten thousands of homes. The U.S. Forest Service and other agencies can't keep up, because there's too much timber and not enough money.

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The Clean Power Plan and the Iran nuclear deal dominated the headlines nationally this week. Another issue, whether senators should e-file their campaign finance reports, flew under most radars. Colorado's U.S. senators had reactions to those issues.

Bennet speaks out about Clean Power Plan repeal

Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt announced this week that he would repeal the Clean Power Plan. The plan sought to curb carbon emissions from power plants.

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This week of recess marked another in which Colorado’s representatives and senators visited with constituents. Town halls, North Korea and health care dominated their time.

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Congress is out for its August recess, yet Colorado’s delegation is staying busy. Here’s KUNC’s roundup of what your senators and representatives have been up to.

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The future of health care and the politics of gender have been front and center in the national headlines this week. Colorado’s congressional delegation -- made up of the representatives and senators elected to office -- have been part of the action. Here’s a round-up of the votes, reactions and statements from your Colorado representatives.

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Colorado has two elected voices to turn to when it comes to the proposed Republican health care bill: Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner.

Bennet is a Democrat and has made clear his stance on the bill, calling it “fundamentally flawed.”

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Republicans in the U.S. Senate today released a health plan meant to replace former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Colorado’s two senators, Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet have reacted.

Bennet criticized Republicans for crafting the bill behind closed doors.

"Instead of writing a bill in secret and rushing to pass it before an arbitrary deadline, we should work in a bipartisan and transparent way to provide more predictability, affordability and transparency to give Coloradans the health care system they deserve," said Bennet in a statement.

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A gunman opened fire at a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. on June 14, wounding several people including Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

While none of Colorado’s congressmen are on the Republican team, Rep. Ed Perlmutter and Rep. Jared Polis play for the Democrats and were at practice across town when they learned about the shooting.

Perlmutter said when police told the team what happened, they were in total shock.

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Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo., spoke to a sympathetic crowd of about 150 people at Colorado State University May 19. He touched on everything from school vouchers to health care and the future of the Democratic Party.

 

“Our message last time did not capture a whole lot of people in this country that were looking for a change, looking for a view that their government be more responsive to them and were expecting more, and we gotta figure out a way to answer that,” Senator Bennet said.

 

He drew on his experience as the former superintendent of Denver Public Schools to blast Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her support of vouchers, calling her a ‘disaster.’

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