With summer coming to an end, kids are heading back to school, and Congress will be returning from our August District Work Period. Before I head back to Washington D.C., I want to share a few updates and upcoming items with you.
Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival Parade
After hitting re-set on the pEDometer at the beginning of 2015, I’m starting to rack up steps by going the extra mile for Colorado’s 7th District.
I attend as many events and knock as many doors as I can because I want to hear from you. Understanding your challenges and concerns helps me to better represent you here in Colorado and in Washington D.C.
Voting Rights Act
The Voting Rights Act was passed 50 years ago on August 6th, and the best way to honor the civil rights leaders who brought our country a big step closer to a more perfect union is by continuing the fight for voting rights. The Voting Rights Act has been weakened in recent years, and House GOP leadership continues to block any attempt to restore its strength. This law is one of the most important elements of our democracy, and I’m committed to protecting and strengthening it.
Learn more about the current fight to strengthen the Voting Rights Act and the opposition from House GOP leadership here in this article from The Hill.
Congress Faces Deadlines
After spending August in our districts, Congress will return to Washington with a number of fiscal deadlines looming. GOP leaders in the House have piled these deadlines up on top of each other because of their refusal to work on long-term solutions. We’ve seen these arguments and shutdowns before, but we haven’t seen the Republicans come to the table with sensible, long-term compromises that allow our federal government to fund highway and transportation projects, pay our bills, and even simply keep the lights on.
This is why I’ve called for long-term solutions to these questions, such as the Highway Trust Fund bill passed by the Senate earlier this year. In order to operate efficiently, we need to plan for years into the future. And yet, the same people who rail against government spending are the ones who have crippled our ability to operate, plan, and govern efficiently, which is what Americans demand we do.
It’s very frustrating House Republican leadership continues to spend their time and energy on creating distractions. Their most recent focus has once again been defunding women’s healthcare programs, and some are even talking about using this issue to set up another budget showdown that could lead to another government shutdown. We need to move on and start focusing on rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and making sure our economy works for American families who are working hard every day to get by.
For more details on the looming fiscal deadlines Congress will face, check out this Washington Post article.
Fall is a wonderful time to get outside and take advantage of everything Colorado and our community have to offer. Check out my website for a listing of family-friendly events in our area.
One of my favorite parts of the job is getting to travel around the 7th Congressional District visiting the scientists and thought-leaders who are changing the world we live in for the better. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve gotten to see several of the businesses that are doing creative, innovative and cutting-edge work in science and technology. Check out this article to learn more about the amazing things our fellow citizens are working on.
I want to hear from you!
Have an idea about how my team and I can be of service to you and Colorado’s 7th district? Send me a note here!