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1 year 2 months ago

GOP Senator says possible deal on debt limit

A Republican senator says she understands Senate leaders have reached an agreement to avoid a Treasury default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire made her comments Wednesday as she walked into a meeting of Senate Republicans in leader Mitch McConnell's office....

1 year 5 months ago

Senate passes immigration bill

The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration overhaul bill in a bi-partisan vote, making it the first attempt to tackle immigration reform in six years. Fourteen Republicans joined all Democrats to pass the legislation. The bill would revamp America's legal immigration system, vastly increase security resources along the...

1 year 7 months ago

Immigration reform discussions continue today

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....

1 year 8 months ago

Senate bill paves way for medical marijuana shops

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...

1 year 8 months ago

Colo. Senate gives initial OK to budget

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...

1 year 9 months 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...

2 years 1 month 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...

2 years 4 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...

2 years 4 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...

2 years 8 months ago

Parents' rights bill passes with a twist

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...

2 years 8 months ago

CO delays fetal homicide proposal

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...

2 years 8 months ago

Senate moves toward vote on small business bill

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...

2 years 9 months ago

Concealed carry controversy

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." ...

2 years 10 months ago

Drilling proposal faces Colorado Senate test

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...

2 years 10 months ago

Top senators agree on tough penalties for Iran

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...

3 years 1 month ago

Perry adviser denies harassment talk with Cain

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,...

3 years 2 months ago

Job seekers searching for optimism too

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...

3 years 2 months ago

Scalia: Judges 'ain't what they used to be'

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...

3 years 4 months ago

Senate to vote on FAA bill

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...

3 years 4 months ago

Local concerns in debt debate

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...

3 years 4 months ago

Local concerns in debt debate

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...

3 years 4 months ago

Debt negotiations underway at White House

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...

3 years 4 months ago

'No progress' toward debt deal

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...

3 years 4 months ago

Dems, GOP still at loggerheads as clock ticks

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...

3 years 7 months ago

State Senate passes health exchange bill

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...

3 years 8 months ago

Hot in-state tuition debate gets a partial pass

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...

3 years 8 months ago

State Senate approves budget cuts

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...

3 years 8 months ago

Bigger fights looming over state budget talks

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...

4 years 1 month ago

Bennet surges ahead of Buck

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."...

4 years 2 months ago

Bill Clinton stumps for Bennet in Colorado

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...

4 years 2 months ago

Bill Clinton to stump for Sen. Bennet in Denver

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...

4 years 2 months ago

Giron, Ortegon face-off in Senate 3 debate

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...

4 years 2 months ago

Andrew Romanoff lands job at anti-poverty group

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...

4 years 2 months ago

Senate moves toward saving US jobs

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...

4 years 4 months ago

Colorado GOP in Arizona to talk about immigration

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...

4 years 4 months ago

President Obama politicking, raising money

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...

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