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U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. […]

Polis administration encourages breast milk donations during baby formula shortage

BY: - May 17, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis announced Tuesday that his administration is partnering with a Denver-area nonprofit to address a baby formula shortage that is affecting parents across the state and country. Polis and the Mothers’ Milk Bank are asking for breast milk donations or financial contributions to help parents through the crisis and raise awareness. A nationwide […]

$700M Colorado property tax relief bill signed into law by Gov. Polis

BY: - May 16, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis signed a group of bills into law aimed at saving people money on various fees and taxes, a goal the governor has been adamant about in his reelection effort. The largest measure inked on Monday is a $700 million cut to property taxes over two years in an effort to reduce how […]

People gather for abortion rights rally at Colorado Capitol in Denver

BY: - May 14, 2022

For the second consecutive Saturday, people gathered in downtown Denver to demonstrate support for abortion rights. The “Bans off our Bodies” rally took place at the Colorado Capitol, where abotion-rights supporters, many waving signs, listened to speakers, including Adrienne Mansanares, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which organized the May 14 […]

Colorado judge rules defamation suit against Joe Oltmann, FEC United can proceed to trial

BY: - May 13, 2022

A Colorado judge has ruled that a defamation lawsuit by a former employee of Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems against a network of far-right conspiracy theorists tied to former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign can proceed to trial, rejecting the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case. In a 136-page ruling issued Friday, Judge Marie Avery Moses […]

Elbert County clerk agrees mystery attorney should be revealed in election security case

BY: - May 13, 2022

Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder told a district court judge that he agrees with the Colorado secretary of state that the name of a mystery attorney at the center of an election security case should be revealed to the public. In a document filed Wednesday in Elbert County District Court as part of a lawsuit […]

U.S. House Jan. 6 Committee subpoenas 5 GOP members who declined to testify

BY: - May 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol subpoenaed five Republican House members Thursday who the panel believes have knowledge of the events leading up to the attack, including communication with then-President Donald Trump. The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol […]

Bennet bill would create new federal commission to oversee Big Tech

BY: - May 12, 2022

A new federal commission formed through legislation introduced by Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet would focus on regulating large digital platforms and protecting consumers, creating guardrails on one of the nation’s largest industries. The Digital Platform Commission Act, introduced today, would create a five-member body of commissioners selected by the president and confirmed by the U.S. […]

Decision to relocate Space Command out of Colorado was justified, inspector general concludes

BY: - May 11, 2022

The Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General concluded that the January 2021 decision to move U.S. Space Command’s headquarters from Colorado Springs to Huntsville, Alabama, was reasonable and adequately followed the internal review process, according to a much anticipated report released Tuesday. “Overall, we determined that the 2020 Basing Action process directed by the Secretary […]

Democrats from the West push update of 150-year-old federal mining law

BY: - May 11, 2022

Democrats in Congress are hoping to overhaul the nation’s 150-year-old system for mining the elements needed for battery manufacturing, as high gas prices and Russia’s war in Ukraine underline the need to transition from oil and gas to renewable energy sources. U.S. House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich […]

U.S. House passes $40 billion Ukraine aid package with broad bipartisan support

BY: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to provide an additional $40 billion in economic, humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine as its troops continue fighting back against Russia’s invasion. The legislation, released just hours before, now goes to the U.S. Senate, where leaders hope to quickly send the bill to President Joe Biden’s […]

Biden administration vows to speed up environmental permits needed for infrastructure projects

BY: - May 11, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration will seek to hasten construction of roads, bridges, wind farms and more by tweaking the federal review process for environmental and other permits, administration officials said Tuesday. On a press call, administration officials said they were seeking to make permitting easier without sacrificing environmental standards. The new permitting plan includes five […]