Small businesses are the cornerstone of our local economies and the embodiment of the American dream. Colorado’s small businesses create thousands of home-grown jobs and are the primary engine of our economic growth. From Durango to Greeley and Lamar to Craig, these Main Street businesses support good-paying jobs, sustain middle class families, and reinforce that entrepreneurial spirit which encourages the best and brightest to set up shop right here in Colorado.
When September’s heavy rains turned into historic floods, we knew the damage would be extensive and that the road to recovery would be long. But Coloradans are tough. And during difficult times we know that it’s by banding together that we can overcome any challenge.
Women's health is about more than just ensuring individual well-being — it's about creating stronger families, more productive workplaces and healthier communities. That is why I have made it my mission to make sure that Colorado women’s views are represented in Washington and that their health care concerns remain a top priority for lawmakers.
The September floods devastated dozens of communities across the Front Range and through the plains. When the torrential rains finally stopped, entire towns had been nearly wiped off the map. But Coloradans have shown the nation that in the face of natural disasters, our resilient spirit shines through and we do all we can to rebuild better, stronger and smarter than before.
Despite the more than two-week government shutdown and imminent threat of a default on our nation's obligations, the U.S. Senate bridged the partisan divide and found a common-sense way forward. This agreement ensures that we can once again focus on strengthening our economy and boosting job creators.
I've compiled some helpful links to information for Colorado residents and businesses hurt by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides we have experienced since last week. If you or someone you know is affected by the flooding, please click below to see what resources are available to help you rebuild and recover.
The right to vote forms the foundation of our democratic society – and it is a right we must work tirelessly to protect. But following decades of progress toward giving every American access to the ballot box, our voting rights recently suffered a significant setback.
Colorado women work hard every day, displaying the kind of common-sense leadership that makes our communities better places to live and work. That's why I recently launched my Women's Policy Network, an initiative to ensure that the ideas and concerns of women across our state continue to guide my work.
Colorado is home to some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial companies in the nation. And our growing aerospace sector is no exception. Last month, two exciting, Colorado-based projects made national news -- and further cemented our state as a leader amongst high-tech job creators.
The national debt is one of the most serious problems facing our country today. When I visit with Coloradans, they often ask why the federal government cannot balance its books just like small businesses and families. I agree: Washington needs to follow the example of hardworking Colorado families and learn to live within its means.
For years I have pushed to strengthen border security, provide a tough, but fair, pathway to earned citizenship for millions of undocumented Americans, and hold employers accountable for hiring undocumented workers. Finally, my colleagues agreed and last week the U.S. Senate passed historic comprehensive immigration reform in an overwhelming bipartisan way. It was a proud moment for the Senate, which all too often is mired in gridlock.
A college education is the gateway for students to secure high-paying jobs and build a successful future, and as Coloradans, we are lucky to be home to some of the finest higher-educational institutions in the country. But in order to keep opportunity within reach for all Coloradans, we must do everything we can to ensure that the debt students accumulate does not cripple their careers before they even start.
The horror of the Newtown shooting, arriving on the heels of the mass shootings in Aurora, Columbine, Virginia Tech and Tucson, has appropriately reignited a national debate over gun violence. Sadly, this week even a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, drafted by two conservative U.S. senators - Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia - failed to pass the U.S. Senate, despite being supported by 90 percent of Americans and over 70 percent of NRA members.
I have long held the view that we need a balanced approach to securing our energy future — a strategy that includes renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass alongside traditional sources, like natural gas and coal. With our innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, Colorado can be a model for the nation and lead the way toward energy independence.
Nearly 8,500 Coloradans shared their stories with me about how the sequestration harms them and their families. From job losses to pay cuts to an inability to make tuition payments, these realities underline why these automatic budget cuts are neither the smartest nor the most strategic way to reduce the federal budget deficit.
Over the past several weeks, my colleagues in Congress and I have received daily warnings that if we do not act soon to reduce the federal budget deficit in a balanced and comprehensive way, a series of automatic budget cuts - commonly called sequestration - will severely hurt our military readiness and domestic discretionary programs.
At the start of last year, I wrote to Coloradans asking you for your top priorities for 2012. Thousands of you wrote back to tell me what matters most to you, your families and your businesses. I am pleased to say that, from reforming the way Washington works to improving our energy strategy, 2012 was a great year for making your ideas to create jobs, boost our economy and preserve our quality of life a reality.
For many years, you and I have been fighting to make Colorado the country's leader in clean energy production. The latest chapter in that fight was six months ago, when I pledged to deliver a speech on the Senate floor nearly every day we were in session about how the wind Production Tax Credit and the wind energy industry have boosted our economy and created jobs in Colorado and across our great nation.
Our great state - and much of Colorado's history - began with a mining boom. However, this heritage, literally the state's foundation, left behind 7,000 abandoned mine sites and the toxic runoff they often create. These sites, the legacy of past decades of irresponsible mining, today threaten the foundation of much of our outdoor economy and what makes our state great: our land and water.
Two weeks ago, small-business owner Lisa Goodbee, president of Goodbee & Associates in Centennial, and 14 other small-business owners met with President Obama in Washington, D.C. They asked him to continue working with Congress to reach a balanced deal that fixes our budget.