April 22, 2013 4:16 AM
A Senate Judiciary Committee once again takes up the issue of comprehensive immigration reform today.
A bi-partisan group of senators called "The Gang of Eight" released their legislative proposal last week, amid the Boston Marathon bombings.
The almost 900 page immigration bill has faced growing questions from conservative critics.... more »
March 29, 2013 4:23 PM
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Thirteen years after Nevada voters legalized medicinal marijuana in the state constitution, they may finally get access to the drug. Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas presented SB374 to the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday. The bill sets the framework for establishing and regulating medical... more »
March 27, 2013 8:38 PM
DENVER (AP) - The Democrat-led Colorado Senate gave initial approval to next year's budget, but not without Republican dissent. The improving economy is giving Colorado lawmakers the power to restore budget cuts from recent years, and Democrats on Wednesday highlighted the additional funding that's going to public schools and colleges... more »
March 5, 2013 3:52 PM
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Senate has passed a bill creating a new mediation process for patients injured by medical mistakes. The bill passed Tuesday in a 26-3 vote despite criticisms from some lawmakers who said it should have included limits on the amount of money that juries can... more »
February 27, 2013 8:49 PM
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... more »
February 5, 2013 8:53 PM
Senate and House Democrats rolled out a series of gun control bills Tuesday they say will prevent major tragedies like the Aurora theatre shooting and Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre from happening in the future.
"Gun violence is destroying our families and communities," one victim said during a press conference... more »
January 29, 2013 12:47 AM
A Senate committee in Denver says 'no' to a proposal to arm teachers and administrators in our schools.
The republican sponsored bill was defeated by the democratic controlled committee by a 3 to 2 vote along party lines.
The vote came hours after more than a hundred gun... more »
November 26, 2012 8:26 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A wide-ranging bill to give hunters and fishermen more access to public lands has stalled in the Senate after Republicans said it spends too much money. Republicans supported opening lands for outdoorsmen and many other provisions in the bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, but GOP... more »
November 14, 2012 8:01 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate failed again to advance legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid and other critical industries from cyberattack, setting the stage for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order to improve the country's digital defenses. A motion to limit debate and force a vote on... more »
November 10, 2012 12:45 PM
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... more »
July 31, 2012 12:29 PM
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... more »
July 24, 2012 6:59 PM
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... more »
June 13, 2012 12:16 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is criticizing the first round of changes that lawmakers have made in President Barack Obama's proposed military budget. Testifying Wednesday in the Senate, Panetta said the versions of the defense budget that have emerged from the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee... more »
June 3, 2012 11:36 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A program that puts billions of dollars in the pockets of farmers whether or not they plant a crop may disappear with hardly a protest from farm groups and the politicians who look out for their interests. The Senate is expected to begin debate this week on... more »
April 5, 2012 10:01 PM
A new bill requiring schools to get parental consent before giving surveys to kids is now on the governor's desk waiting to be signed into law, but the end product is far from the original proposal.
Bill supporters wanted written consent before asking kids about things like tobacco and... more »
April 2, 2012 7:35 PM
DENVER (AP) - A new crime of "fetal homicide" is on hold in Colorado amid concerns the proposal was vague and cold affect on abortion rights. The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee tabled the bill Monday. The bill was approved last month by the Republican House. Similar bills have been defeated... more »
March 20, 2012 5:38 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A popular small business investment bill backed by President Barack Obama appeared headed for passage in the Senate after Democrats fell short in an attempt to rewrite it with stronger investor protections. The legislation makes it easier for small businesses to raise capital and go public. The... more »
March 2, 2012 5:09 AM
DENVER (AP) - Female lawmakers in Colorado are donning antique hats and giving out cupcakes to mark 100 years since the election of Colorado's first female state senator. Helen Ring Robinson was elected in 1912 as a Democrat from Denver. Ring was elected was 19 years after women earned the... more »
February 20, 2012 8:28 PM
On one hand, NRA instructor Paul Paradis is a staunch constitutionalist.
"You don't have to pay the government to carry a gun whether it is concealed or not," he said.
But on the other hand he also said, "Part of having that privilege is getting appropriate training."
... more »
February 16, 2012 5:37 AM
A Republican bill to boost the Colorado oil and gas industry faces its first test Thursday in the Democratic state Senate. The bill would ban local governments from regulating oil and gas drilling. The proposal comes after some Front Range cities and counties have proposed local limits on where drilling... more »
February 11, 2012 2:25 PM
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) - A general serving at the Air Force Space Command headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base is in line for a second star. The Air Force said Thursday that Brig. Gen. Samuel A. Greaves has been nominated for major general. The Senate must confirm... more »
January 30, 2012 8:06 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Senate Democrat and Republican have agreed on a bill to impose sweeping new penalties on Iran. The Banking Committee chairman, Sen. Tim Johnson, and Sen. Richard Shelby announced the legislation late Monday that would target Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and would apply sanctions to more... more »
November 3, 2011 11:35 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - An adviser to Rick Perry's presidential campaign says he never had a conversation with Herman Cain about sexual harassment, contrary to Cain's assertion. Curt Anderson tells CNN "it's just not true." Asked in an interview whether he believed Cain was lying in his statement to Forbes magazine,... more »
October 12, 2011 6:56 PM
Of the last three years, Leon Carpenter has spent about half of it on the hunt for work.
"Warehousing, landscaping; pretty much anything I can find in this environment," says Carpenter. "Seasonal work, you know? Winter comes around, it goes away," As someone who has periodically looked for work... more »
October 5, 2011 8:09 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the quality of federal judges has suffered because there are too many of them.
Scalia, testifying before a Senate committee Wednesday, also said Congress made a mistake by making federal crimes out of too many routine drug crimes.
The... more »
September 26, 2011 9:37 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is on track to pass a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown at the end of the week.
The measure appears on track to pass the Senate Monday evening. The House would pass the measure later this week. The measure drops a... more »
September 23, 2011 5:01 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and Senate are clashing over the latest must-pass bill, this one bearing aid for disaster victims and money to prevent a government shutdown in a week.
The Republican-run House approved legislation by a 219-203 vote early Friday providing $3.7 billion for victims of Hurricane... more »
September 15, 2011 6:23 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has reached a deal to permit a vote on a bill necessary to prevent another shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as federal transportation programs.
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid announced the agreement on the Senate floor Thursday evening. The announcement came... more »
August 5, 2011 5:05 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The flap over the Federal Aviation Administration that lead to a two-week partial shutdown is expected to end today with a Senate vote approving a House bill. It would extend the FAA's operating authority into next month. The bill includes cuts in air service subsidies to some... more »
August 1, 2011 11:34 PM
Decisions being made on Capitol Hill over how to handle the nation's debt have people across the country waiting to see what happens.
"I'm very concerned," says Colorado Springs resident Geraldine Webb, a disability insurance receiver.
"I do live from month to month," Webb says, and to make... more »
August 1, 2011 9:41 PM
The House of Representative passed a bill Monday evening, raising the debt ceiling by about $2 trillion dollars and calling for about $2 trillion dollars in cuts over the next decade.
The deal will have to pass a vote of the Senate - which is expected Tuesday at noon... more »
July 31, 2011 4:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dear voter: Want to know why Democrats and Republicans in Congress find it so hard to work together to solve tough problems like the debt ceiling, health care and Social Security?
Look in the mirror.
Americans gripe about cowardly, self-serving politicians, and Congress doubtlessly has... more »
July 31, 2011 3:12 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked action on a Democratic approach to resolving the debt-ceiling crisis. It was a test vote largely unrelated to the talks between the White House and congressional leaders on a compromise that can clear both the House and Senate.
The Senate voted 50-49... more »
July 31, 2011 7:48 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - White House officials and congressional Republicans are discussing a potential agreement that could end their bitter debt limit showdown. The hope is that a deal can be completed by Tuesday to avert a possible government default. Officials speaking on condition of anonymity say the White House and... more »
July 30, 2011 7:34 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says there's no deal to break the debt impasse in Congress and no weekend progress has been made as a default deadline approaches. Reid made his comments on the Senate floor after the Republican leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said he... more »
July 30, 2011 4:21 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is stepping back into the debt-ceiling talks, calling Congress' top two Democrats to the White House for a meeting.
White House aides said Obama would receive an update Saturday from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The invitation... more »
July 30, 2011 10:43 AM
In a weekly radio address President Barack Obama made reference to a ticking clock counting down to a Tuesday deadline proclaiming that the disagreements are not that great in urging Democratic and Republican lawmakers to work together in reaching a deal that would avoid a default in the US government... more »
July 30, 2011 6:46 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP-controlled House and the Democratic Senate remain at loggerheads over debt legislation that's required to avoid a first-ever default on U.S. financial obligations. Lawmakers and the White House head into the weekend still in search of compromise.
Weekend talks follow a week of extraordinary partisanship... more »
July 24, 2011 6:44 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will meet with the top Senate and House Democrats Sunday night amid the nation's deepening political standoff over the federal debt.
The White House said late Sunday afternoon that Obama had invited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi... more »
July 18, 2011 3:34 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the Senate's staunchest budget-cutters has unveiled a massive plan to reduce the deficit by $9 trillion over the coming decade.
Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn is proposing to gradually raise the age at which people can claim their full Social Security benefits to 70 and... more »
July 18, 2011 12:13 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The next step in the wrangling over how to increase the government borrowing authority is to let the tea party forces in the House try it their way.
A Republican plan known as "cut, cap and balance" is set for a House vote on Tuesday. It... more »
July 17, 2011 4:41 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama intends to nominate former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to a new consumer financial protection bureau that was a central feature of a law that overhauled banking regulations.
White House and administration sources say Obama plans to announce the nomination Monday at the... more »
May 1, 2011 7:33 PM
This year's legislative session is just over a week from finished, but redistricting has legislators jockeying for position with constituents.
Redistricting is done every ten years using numbers from the most recent census. It accounts for population changes, trying to keep all of the state's congressional districts close to... more »
April 27, 2011 1:11 PM
DENVER (AP) - A Colorado health insurance exchange won final approval in the Senate 20-15 on Wednesday, setting up a likely debate over the federal health law in the GOP House.
Republicans argued unsuccessfully against the health exchange, which allows individuals and small employers to pool together to lower... more »
April 16, 2011 3:26 PM
DENVER (AP) - Senate Democrats in Colorado have given preliminary approval to a bill allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Colorado colleges. Republicans opposed the bill before a voice vote yesterday, saying it would provide an incentive for immigrants to come to the country illegally. The Democratic... more »
April 11, 2011 3:23 PM
DENVER (AP) - A series of budget cuts in Colorado has gotten final approval in the state Senate. The $18 billion annual budget passed the Senate in a 30-5 vote today, sending the spending plan on to the House.
Senators also passed a related bill cutting $250 million from... more »
April 9, 2011 12:19 PM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado senators have given preliminary approval to a $7 billion budget plan, but not before Republicans presented amendments to forbid the state from contracting with abortion providers or from withholding funding from departments and universities. Those amendments failed yesterday. The Senate will take a final vote on... more »
March 20, 2011 9:31 AM
DENVER (AP) - The state Senate plans to work tomorrow on a bill that hopes to crackdown on prostitution by creating a statewide network of so-called "john schools." They would be scared-straight-type programs for men who solicit sex from adult prostitutes. Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer says he will also... more »
March 6, 2011 10:21 PM
The Colorado State Senate is going to tackle civil unions. State Senate Bill 172 would give any couple who enters into a civil union specific legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities. The bill goes before the judiciary committee Monday.
"The goal is to make sure gay couples get treated the... more »
January 30, 2011 3:33 AM
Sides are being drawn over the states so called "Amazon Tax". The bill passed by the 2010 Legislature says online retail giants like Amazon would be required to either start collecting state sales taxes, or provide the state with a summary of customers' web purchases. Wednesday, a federal judge blocked... more »
December 21, 2010 5:38 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has voted to close out debate on a new arms control treaty with Russia, setting the stage for ratification of the accord.
The vote was 67-28 and was seen in part as a proxy vote for the final tally. President Barack Obama considers the... more »
December 5, 2010 11:23 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Republican leader says it's become clear now that taxes will not be raised for anyone during the current economic downturn.
Sen. Mitch McConnell's assessment comes a day after Senate Republicans voted down Democratic efforts to limit any extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for... more »
November 3, 2010 1:06 PM
Senator Michael Bennet surged ahead of challenger Ken Buck Wednesday morning with votes coming from Boulder. Bennet has scheduled a statement for noon. On Twitter, Bennet for CO said: "Thank you to everyone who made this victory possible, working tirelessly to ensure we leave more opportunity to the next generation."... more »
October 27, 2010 7:25 PM
Republican Ken Buck still holds a slight lead over incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet in Colorado's U.S. Senate, according to the latest Rasmussen Poll.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Colorado finds Buck with 48 percent support to Bennet's 44. Six percent are still undecided.
... more »
October 19, 2010 8:48 AM
Former President Bill Clinton is pleading with Colorado Democrats to stick with Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, saying that a vote for Republicans would return the nation to dangerous times.
About 2,000 people packed a high school gym Monday in northeast Denver to hear Clinton speak in a rally that... more »
October 11, 2010 8:35 AM
Former President Bill Clinton will be in Denver in support of Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet as early voting begins in Colorado.
Clinton has not always been on Bennet's side. He endorsed Bennet's Democratic primary challenger Andrew Romanoff and recorded a telephone appeal urging voters to choose Romanoff.
But... more »
October 8, 2010 8:36 AM
Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck is chastising his own party for scaring seniors with messages about cuts to Medicare.
In the third Colorado Senate debate, Buck criticized GOP allies for campaigning against the health care overhaul in part by highlighting some $500 billion in Medicare cuts over the next... more »
October 7, 2010 12:57 AM
Two women running for State Senate District 3 debated in Pueblo Wednesday night. The candidates are Angela Giron (D) and Vera Ortegon (R). More than a hundred people attended the debate which was held at Pueblo Community College. Giron was appointed to the position in August, when her predecessor Abel... more »
October 6, 2010 11:37 AM
Unsuccessful Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff has landed a new job at an anti-poverty group that helps farmers in developing countries.
The Democrat tells The Denver Post that he'll work for Lakewood-based International Development Enterprises, where he'll travel frequently.
The former state House speaker turned down being considered for... more »
September 28, 2010 8:18 AM
The Senate is headed toward a vote on a bill to punish corporations that send jobs overseas.
Senate Democrats are trying to claim the loss of jobs overseas as a campaign issue just before Congress heads home for the November elections. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a... more »
September 21, 2010 7:15 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Clinton administration official is assailing the Senate for failing to advance legislation that would have allowed gays to serve openly in the military.
Former White House adviser Richard Socarides called today 's development in the Senate "a political train wreck." Senate Republicans blocked an effort... more »
September 14, 2010 6:42 PM
The two major party candidates for U.S. Senate will debate Friday night in Colorado Springs. Democrat Michael Bennet, serving out an appointment from Governor Ritter, will debate Republican Ken Buck from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Colorado Springs.
The event will be streamed live on newsfirst5.com... more »
August 24, 2010 8:36 AM
Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck plans to give up two months pay while he campaigns for the U.S. Senate. He earns $140,000 a year and will give up $11,666 in pay for September and October.
Buck says he'll stay in regular contact with his office while he campaigns... more »
August 19, 2010 8:11 AM
Colorado Republicans were in Phoenix Wednesday to learn about Arizona's new immigration enforcement measure and talk about crafting one of their own.
Colorado Rep. Kent Lambert, who is running for Senate this year, says he plans to introduce legislation that matches Arizona's law "as identically as possible."
Lambert... more »
August 17, 2010 8:19 AM
President Barack Obama is giving a blast of attention to Sen. Patty Murray and her re-election bid on primary day, stepping into another competitive race as Democrats try to retain their grip on Congress.
In the middle of a three-day campaign trip, Obama heads north Tuesday from Los Angeles... more »
August 16, 2010 8:54 AM
President Barack Obama is touching nearly every region of the country to stir up cash and attention for Democrats, launching a three-day trip.
Obama will spend the heart of his Monday in Wisconsin, raising money for gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett and other Wisconsin Democrats.
He will cap his... more »
August 13, 2010 8:20 AM
President Barack Obama is signing a bill Friday to put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border. The Senate passed the $600 million measure during a special session Thursday.
The border security measure would fund the hiring of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents, plus 250 Immigration and Customs... more »
August 12, 2010 10:30 PM
The Senate passed a bill today that supporters say will stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. The $600 million bill will pay to put 1000 more border patrol agents on the United States Mexican border. It will also pay for hundreds more ice agents and customs... more »
August 12, 2010 4:48 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Companies hoping to compete for a piece of California's $45 billion high-speed rail project would have to disclose whether they transported Holocaust victims or POWs to Nazi camps during World War II. The state Senate on Thursday voted 31-1 to send AB619 to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's... more »
August 12, 2010 2:22 PM
A phone poll of 750 likely Colorado voters conducted Wednesday shows Ken Buck leading Michael Bennet in the race for U.S. Senate.
The Rasmussen Reports poll shows 46 percent prefer Buck, 41 percent favor Bennet, and another 5 percent want some other candidate. Seven percent are undecided.
... more »
August 11, 2010 9:01 AM
Democrats are hoping to smooth tensions after the bitter Colorado Senate primary.
Party chairman Tim Kaine will be in Denver on Thursday for what the party is calling a unity rally. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and his primary challenger, Andrew Romanoff, have both agreed to attend. Bennet overcame Romanoff's... more »
August 10, 2010 8:32 AM
House Democrats are convening an emergency session to pass a bill aimed at saving hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers from unemployment.
The one-day session Tuesday also may address another issue that will be on voters' minds this November - lax border security - with passage... more »