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1 year 5 months ago

Senator Giron awaits ruling on recall challenge

DENVER (AP) - A second Colorado lawmaker who is facing a possible recall election over gun control is awaiting a decision Tuesday on her challenge to the petition. Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo says a recall petition verified last month isn't valid because the petition was improperly worded. Democratic...

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 6 months ago

Senator targets rental car recalls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is introducing a bill that would stop car rental agencies from renting automobiles that are under recall for problems that aren't yet fixed. Schumer says the federal law is needed because of serious crashes in recent years involving rental...

3 years 9 months ago

Bennet tours Vestas factory in Pueblo

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet was in Pueblo today to tour the Vestas wind tower factory. The junior senator wanted to learn more about Vestas' training program at Pueblo Community College and the company's future. Vestas projects wind energy production will increase in the U.S. by about 40% in the...

4 years 2 months ago

Our next president? Senator eyes 2012 run

Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota says he's looking at a possible run for president in 2012, but he's a long way from making a decision. Thune said during a weekly telephone news conference with reporters Wednesday that he's thought about running for president and has discussed...

4 years 3 months ago

NTSB releases preliminary report on Alaska crash

Federal investigators say the plane carrying former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens had its emergency beacon separate from its mounting bracket when the aircraft crashed into a remote southwest Alaska mountainside earlier this month. The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the Aug. 9 crash also says that the...

4 years 4 months ago

Weather is a focus of crash probe

Federal investigators say weather is one factor they'll examine as they try determine the cause of Monday's plane crash in Alaska that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens and four others. Rescuers managed to reach the site just hours after the crash, but they and the four survivors were forced...

4 years 5 months ago

Clinton says Byrd was proud of the pork

Former President Bill Clinton recalls that the late Sen. Robert Byrd made no apologies for delivering billions of federal dollars to his home state of West Virginia. At a memorial service today for Byrd, Clinton recalled him saying that "the constitution does not prohibit humble servants from delivering whatever they...

4 years 7 months ago

Bennet calls for limits on lobbying

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado is repeating his call to limit lobbying in Washington by giving all members of Congress a lifetime ban on lobbying after leaving office. Bennet on Wednesday introduced the lifetime ban, one of several proposals under consideration to reduce the influence of lobbyists. Bennet's...

4 years 9 months ago

Colorado senator investigated for mortgage fraud

The Colorado Division of Real Estate is investigating allegations that a state senator and the mortgage company where he works engaged in false advertising. Division Director Erin Toll says state investigators believe Republican Sen. Ted Harvey and the company where he works as a mortgage broker, American Home Funding,...

5 years 1 week ago

Lieberman resists Medicare buy-in plan

Republicans say you shouldn't bet on a health care bill coming out of the Senate before Christmas. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says Americans are "overwhelmingly opposed" to the bill. McConnell says it's a stretch to think the Senate will ignore public opinion and "jam this through before Christmas." Independent...

5 years 1 month ago

Hearing on Fort Hood shootings today

The first Capitol Hill hearing on the Fort Hood shootings is set for this morning. The Senate Homeland Security Committee will look at the threat posed by homegrown terrorism and chairman Joe Lieberman says it also wants to know whether the shooting was the result of intelligence failures. Lawmakers are...

5 years 1 month ago

Sen. Udall sees nukes as part of energy solution

U.S. Senator Mark Udall is sponsoring a bill that would authorize research into modular, small-scale nuclear power plants to help meet energy needs while cutting carbon emissions. The Colorado Democrat said in a speech in the Senate Thursday that the threat of climate change requires an "all-of-the-above solution." Udall is...

5 years 2 months ago

Snowe suggests scenario for government-run option

The only Republican to vote for the Finance Committee's health care bill says she opposes a government-run health insurance option, unless private insurers fail to do their part. Sen. Olympia Snowe says the private insurance market has to offer health coverage that's more widely accessible and affordable. If it doesn't...

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