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6 months 3 weeks ago

How a Government Shutdown Could Impact You

There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding a possible, partial government shutdown which is looming this Monday. While not all Americans will be directly affected by a shutdown, its impacts could be felt across the country. Here are some of the basics on what will remain intact, and what will be...

8 months 3 weeks ago

Future of food stamp program in question

Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are proposing to cut the food stamp program by as much as 5%. According to a new study, those cuts would eliminate more than five million Americans from the supplemental nutrition assistance program The report comes just as Congress is working to pass...

9 months 1 week ago

Congress recalls watchdog to explain IRS audit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative political groups is heading back to Capitol Hill as a key House Democrat says his committee's investigation has found no evidence of political bias at the agency. IRS inspector general J. Russell George...

9 months 1 week ago

Perlmutter introduces marijuana banking bill

WASHINGTON, DC - Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter, (D) Boulder, introduced legislation Wednesday that seeks to resolve conflicts in federal and state law that currently prevent marijuana business owners from opening bank accounts. Under current law, bankers and bank employees run the risk of being prosecuted under federal anti-money laundering...

1 year 1 month ago

Senate confirms Lew as Treasury secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate confirmed Jacob "Jack" Lew to be Treasury secretary, affirming President Barack Obama's choice of a budget expert at a time when Congress and the White House are at odds over sharp government spending cuts. The Senate voted 71-26 to support the nomination. Lew, 57, had...

1 year 2 months ago

Obama will submit his budget in March

WASHINGTON (AP) - An administration official says President Barack Obama plans to submit his 2014 budget plan to Congress in mid-March. The budget was supposed to have been released last week but the White House says it's been delayed by passage of legislation last month to avert the so-called fiscal...

1 year 3 months ago

Council tightens fire code; tables TOPS

COLORADO SPRINGS - On a 6-2 vote Tuesday, the Colorado Springs City Council passed stricter fire codes for any new homes built in the foothills of Colorado Springs. Smoke alarms, sprinkler systems and fire resistant Class A roofing materials are now required. Wooded siding and shake shingles are prohibited...

1 year 5 months ago

Farm bill could hinge on budget talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - A farm bill that stalled in Congress before the election could see quick action by the end of the year if congressional leaders decide they need its spending cuts to make a deal for averting the "fiscal cliff." The farm bill passed by the Senate in June...

1 year 5 months ago

Q&A: Could Sandy postpone the election?

WASHINGTON (AP) - One week before a close election, superstorm Sandy has confounded the presidential race, halted early voting in many areas and led some to ponder whether the election might even be postponed. It could take days to restore electricity to more than 8 million homes and businesses that...

1 year 7 months ago

13 defense executives bemoan uncertainty of cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thirteen defense executives are complaining that the threat of automatic, across-the-board cuts to military spending is creating uncertainty that's already affected their industry. Seven senators released copies of the executives' letters on Monday. The six Republicans and independent Joe Lieberman are trying to ratchet up the political...

1 year 8 months ago

Obama pledges all-out response to drought

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is pledging a wide-ranging response to the worst drought in a quarter-century. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says his administration is giving farmers and ranchers access to low-interest emergency loans, is opening more federal land for grazing and is distributing $30...

1 year 8 months ago

Defense official: Cuts hit warfighters, weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Pentagon official says automatic cuts in defense spending would force the military to reduce training for warfighters and trim the number of weapons purchased. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter outlined the impact of the $55 billion in across-the-board reductions that would hit Jan. 2 if...

1 year 8 months ago

AP sources: House GOP won't extend farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - House GOP aides say party leaders have dropped plans to extend the current farm program and instead are going to press for immediate help for livestock producers whose federal protections against drought losses expired last year. The decision Tuesday comes as Republicans feel pressure to extend relief...

1 year 8 months ago

Senate panel OKs $604 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel has approved a $604 billion defense spending bill that reverses proposed Pentagon cuts in Air Force personnel and equipment. The Appropriations defense subcommittee approved the bill by voice vote Tuesday. The measure would provide $511 billion for the base budget and $93.3 billion for...

1 year 8 months ago

House to vote on drought relief, farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House next week will take up legislation to provide disaster relief to livestock producers and others hit by the drought. The legislation will also extend for one year the long-term farm and food bill set to expire at the end of September. House Republican leaders have...

1 year 8 months ago

States ask help collecting Internet sales taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's governors are asking Congress to help states recover an estimated $20 billion in sales taxes that go uncollected by out-of-state online merchants every year. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that it isn't fair to local businesses to exempt online...

1 year 8 months ago

Dealing with drought and trying to hold on

Nearly 1,300 counties across the country are considered disaster areas because of drought, including all of Colorado. The Department of Agriculture's federal administrator for the Farm Service Agency, Juan Garcia, is in Colorado. The Farm Service Agency, among other roles, helps distribute disaster assistance to farmers and ranchers. Garcia...

1 year 9 months ago

GOP House votes again to kill health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressing an election-year point, Republicans pushed yet another bill through the House on Wednesday to repeal the nation's two-year-old health care law, a maneuver that forced Democrats to choose between President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement and a public that is persistently skeptical of its value. The...

1 year 10 months ago

Sex offender residing at lawmakers home

DENVER (AP) - Court records show a state lawmaker who voted against a comprehensive rewrite of Colorado's sex-offender registration laws has a convicted sex offender living at his house. The Denver Post reports 32-year-old Michael Frierson lives at Republican Rep. Randy Baumgardner's address in Hot Sulphur Springs. Frierson pleaded guilty...

1 year 11 months ago

Obama calls on Congress to help small businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Congress could help sustain the economy's "momentum" by passing legislation that would give businesses a 10 percent income tax credit if they create new jobs or increase wages this year. Obama made his pitch during a roundtable discussion with small business leaders in...

2 years 4 weeks ago

Divided Congress settles for below-the-radar bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is finding it hard to do what used to be easy. The Washington divide, hardened by election-year politics, has stifled the agendas of both parties. Lawmakers are limited to below-the-radar bills and modest ambitions. Complicating the legislative process are emboldened congressional conservatives, their ranks larger after...

2 years 1 month ago

US preparing to restart military aid to Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is developing plans to restart programs that would fund military training and equipment in Yemen, nearly a year after they were shut down due to escalating chaos in the embattled country. While no agreements have been cemented, U.S. defense officials say military assistance, which could...

2 years 1 month ago

Congressional offices receive mailed threats

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some congressional offices outside Washington and media organizations have received threatening letters containing a suspicious powdery substance that was tested and proved to be harmless, the FBI and the Senate's top law enforcement officer said Wednesday. Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer said in a memo to Senate offices that...

2 years 2 months ago

Tearful Giffords says goodbye to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The applause rolled through the big chamber, growing ever louder as hundreds of Republicans and Democrats suddenly realized Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was back in the House. But this time she had come to say goodbye. Fellow lawmakers gave her a fitting send-off: cheers, hugs, a...

2 years 3 months ago

Wikipedia may black out Wednesday in protest

Wikipedia may black out its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress. Founder Jimmy Wales announced on Twitter Monday that the popular site will shut down its English versions for 24 hours in protest. Wikimedia, the foundation behind the site, says it is still collecting public...

2 years 4 months ago

Congress clears $662 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has cleared a $662 billion defense bill and will send the measure to President Barack Obama for his signature. The Senate voted 86-13 for the sweeping bill on Thursday. The bill would authorize money for military personnel, weapons systems, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and...

2 years 4 months ago

Romney says Attorney General Holder should quit

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling on President Barack Obama's attorney general to resign because of the flawed law enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling major arms trafficking networks on the Southwest border. Romney tells reporters after a rally in New Hampshire that Eric Holder...

2 years 5 months ago

Local jobs at stake in budget stalemate

Thousands of local jobs are in jeopardy after the Congressional "Supercommittee" failed to agree on spending cuts. The stalemate triggered $1 trillion in automatic cuts to Medicare and defense spending. Economist Fred Crowley of Southern Colorado Economic Forum says any cuts in defense spending will have a direct, negative...

2 years 5 months ago

Congress easily OKs bill for vets, contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has overwhelmingly approved a bill helping government contractors and unemployed veterans, finally giving President Barack Obama the chance to sign the first, tiny shred of his $447 billion jobs bill into law. The House consented to the popular legislation Wednesday 422-0 as Democrats and Republicans...

2 years 6 months ago

Obama touts aid for emergency service workers

NORTH CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama is pressing for Congress to spend billions of dollars to help firefighters facing layoffs. Obama said Wednesday that while the private sector continues to add jobs, financially strapped state and local governments are doing the opposite and cutting firefighters, teachers and...

2 years 6 months ago

High court to rule on Stolen Valor Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether a law making it a crime to lie about having received military medals is constitutional. The justices said Monday they will consider the validity of the Stolen Valor Act, which passed Congress with overwhelming support in 2006. The federal appeals...

2 years 6 months ago

Some say trouble in Congress, started long ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - People might be shocked that Congress can barely agree to keep government offices open, let alone tackle big problems confronting the country. Veteran lawmakers and scholars use words like "unprecedented" to describe the current level of dysfunction and paralysis. There's no single culprit, it seems....

2 years 7 months ago

US Chamber spells out its own job agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is issuing an open letter to Congress and the White House calling for measures designed to increase employment, including greater oil drilling, quick road and bridge construction and temporary corporate tax breaks. The chamber estimates its proposals could encourage corporations to...

2 years 7 months ago

Congressman plans to boycott Obama speech

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) - An outspoken Republican congressman from Illinois is defending his decision to boycott President Barack Obama's jobs speech next week. U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh said Saturday that Obama is abusing his power as president by calling a joint session of Congress for the address. Walsh said at...

2 years 7 months ago

August jobs report shows little change

The job report is out, and employers added no net workers last month and the unemployed rate was unchanged. This is a sign that many were nervous the U.S. Economy is a risk of slipping into another recession. The Labor Department says total payrolls were unchanged in August, the...

2 years 8 months ago

Bachmann says she's a proven leader

WASHINGTON (AP) - A day after winning a test poll of voters in Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann is seeking to distinguish herself from another tea party favorite and GOP presidential hopeful, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. Interviewed Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," the Minnesota Republican says that...

2 years 8 months ago

Lawmakers trade blame for downgrade

WASHINGTON (AP) Lawmakers trade blame for downgrade One of the world's three major credit rating agencies says there's too big a gulf between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to dealing with debt, so it's giving the government a downgrade. Standard & Poor's has bumped the U.S. credit rating...

2 years 8 months ago

After accidents, tougher pipeline rules proposed

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are considering plans that could spur major upgrades to the nation's aging energy pipelines, driven by a string of recent oil spills, deadly natural gas blasts and what they call federal regulators' inaction. Since last summer, major pipeline accidents have destroyed neighborhoods in California and...

2 years 9 months ago

Airport may shelve runway rebuilding project

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - Officials at the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport say they will cancel a crucial runway rebuilding project unless Congress approves funding by next week. Officials say that could cause intermittent shutdowns of the airport throughout the coming year for emergency repairs. The $7 million project...

2 years 9 months ago

Senate GOP blocks hearing on free trade bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked a hearing on three trade bills because they don't want to link the deals to an extension of a program that retrains workers hurt by foreign trade. Thursday's hearing was set for Senate Finance Committee. At issue were long-stalled trade agreements with...

2 years 11 months ago

Apple details iPhone tracking for Congress

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is telling Congress that its iPhone location tracking is meant to improve service, not stalk customers. The company outlined its stance in a letter released Monday by the House of Representatives. An Apple Inc. vice president, Guy Tribble, is set to testify Tuesday before...

2 years 11 months ago

Redistricting talks collapse

DENVER (AP) - Bipartisan talks to draw new congressional district boundaries for Colorado have collapsed after a legislative committee failed to meet a self-imposed deadline. Now Republicans and Democrats are vowing to draw their own maps to redraw the state's seven districts as required after every census. If the...

3 years 1 week ago

Reapportionment efforts continue

DENVER (AP) - Former Republican State Rep. Rob Witwer of Genesee has been appointed to the panel working to redraw the boundaries of Colorado's state legislative districts. GOP House Speaker Frank McNulty announced the appointment Monday. Witwer will serve on the 11-member Colorado Reapportionment Commission. The commission is separate...

3 years 1 month ago

Redistricting hearings continue

Five more meetings are planned in the coming week on redrawing boundaries of Colorado's seven congressional districts. Every ten years following the Census, the state legislature is required to redraw boundary lines of the districts according to population. This is known as redistricting. A 10-member committee is evaluating...

3 years 2 months ago

President defends his budget proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he expects there will be some "posturing on television," but he's confident that congressional leaders will try to find room to compromise on the budget issues in the coming months. Obama says it will take both parties working together to figure out...

3 years 3 months ago

Giffords has surgery on eye socket

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Doctors have successfully performed surgery on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' eye socket to remove bone fragments as the wounded congresswoman showed more signs of improvement. There were no complications from the surgery, and Giffords is improving so much that she was able to give her husband...

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