Colorado has repeatedly broken the "most destructive fire in state history" record over the last several years, from the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires of 2012 to the Black Forest Fire of 2013. This cycle of increasingly destructive fires has made it clear that the question is not if, but when, we’ll have another catastrophic megafire.
From Colorado’s towering peaks to its rolling plains, the Centennial State requires a certain toughness from those who call it home. The pioneering, strong women who settled Colorado trekked across these plains and over the Rocky Mountains, rising to the challenge of helping to settle the frontier. It was this spirit of strength and independence that has helped define our special way of life in Colorado.
The Colorado we know today was born from a mining boom that drew thousands of pioneers and entrepreneurs to places like Leadville and Clear Creek with the promise of gold and silver. In fact, the Colorado Capitol's golden dome harkens back to the Centennial State's mining roots. But even as many families benefited from the gold and silver booms, Colorado and the West are littered with stories of pioneers who thought they hit the mother lode and discovered only too late that they instead had found pyrite — a worthless stone also known as "fool's gold."
The upcoming Colorado Capital Conference in Washington, D.C., is an opportunity for you and others from across Colorado to meet and engage with national leaders and key opinion leaders in our nation's capital.
Colorado's story is one of opportunity and perseverance in the face of adversity. That has been true throughout our state’s history — a history that has been shaped by the pivotal role played by African Americans. Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to expanding access to opportunity across Colorado and around our nation.
From Janet Yellen's confirmation as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve to Colorado once again leading the nation in proportion of women serving in the state legislature, we're truly witnessing history in the making. These milestones confirm that gender should never limit opportunity if every one of us is to reach our fullest potential.
In the nearly three years since the Affordable Care Act became law, we've made important progress toward ensuring that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. As of January 1, more than 138,000 Coloradans have found affordable coverage through our state’s new health insurance marketplace and the common-sense Medicaid expansion the law supports.
I know it seems like members of Congress don’t get much done in Washington, D.C. And it’s often the truth. But despite the ongoing partisanship in Washington, with you by my side, we Coloradans accomplished a lot in 2013. Even as a minority of lawmakers focused their efforts on senselessly shutting down the federal government and blocking legislative action, with Coloradans by my side I was able to make progress on the issues we care most about. From protecting our constitutional rights to caring for our veterans, I’m proud to have been able to bridge the partisan divide and get things done for Colorado and our nation.
Coloradans don’t have to look far to see how truly magnificent our state is. From the towering 14,000-foot peaks of the High Country to the grasslands of the Eastern Plains, I love calling Colorado home. Our diverse and stunning landscapes allow us to enjoy the outdoors year-round with plentiful hiking, skiing, hunting, fishing, kayaking and dozens of other activities to keep us moving.
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.