U.S. Senate

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Our region has attracted the attention of the Terminator.

“I’m right now on a campaign to terminate gerrymandering,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger in a video from Budapest, where he’s shooting his latest film.  

Schwarzenegger is raising money for efforts in four states, including two in the Mountain West, to end the political practice.

We hear about gerrymandering a lot these days, but not necessarily an explanation for what it is. It’s complicated, but not impossible to explain.

U.S. Senate committees will hold hearings this week on the Trump administration's plan to reorganize the government. It includes a department that manages millions of acres of public lands in our region.

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Nuclear testing during the Cold War sent radioactive fallout far away from the actual test sites. Politicians are moving to expand who can be compensated by the government for getting sick after exposure to that fallout.

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Details are unfolding about how British data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica influenced national elections. Meanwhile, a newly surfaced document suggests the group also had a hand in our region -- and in one especially tight Senate race in Colorado.

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Fire prevention and repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act were on the table this week in the U.S. House, while Colorado’s senators backed the appointment of Allison Eid to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Here’s a look at what the Colorado congressional delegation was up to this week.

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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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Things are in limbo after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A group of 13 senators crafted the bill after the House passed their version of a health care bill to replace what is also known as Obamacare in May.

Based on what’s in the Senate bill right now, Bente Birkeland spoke with Joe Hanel of the nonpartisan Colorado Health Institute to break down what the numbers could mean for residents and the state’s budget.

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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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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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President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture appointee will inherit a difficult economic situation. Low commodity and beef prices are hitting Colorado hard. Exports like grain are not expected to rebound in 2017 due to the strength of the dollar, further impacting farm and rural area incomes. A strong dollar can purchase more foreign currency meaning American consumers pay less for imports. On the flip side, it also means that foreign consumers pay more for American exports, like beef.