Congressional leaders of both parties praised an emerging deal Wednesday to extend a payroll tax cut and extra jobless benefits through 2012, but cautioned that bargainers still had to nail down final details. The rare, bipartisan consensus reflected a desire by both parties to put the long-running drama over the issue to rest and a […]
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President Barack Obama called on Congress Monday to create an $8 billion fund to train community college students for high-growth industries, part of his broader pitch to make higher education more affordable for all Americans. The fund was part of Obama’s proposed budget for 2013. The overall package aims to achieve $4 trillion in deficit […]
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Remember those great ideas you had for an invention that could make money and put you on easy street? It might be time to pull them out of the closet and dust them off. Patent lawyers, politicians and scientists are pushing for a U.S. patent bureau in Colorado. Also in the running are New Mexico, […]
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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet wants to know what businesses think about their experiences with federal grants and contracting processes. Bennet launched two online surveys for Coloradans who have applied for, submitted bids or have been awarded federal grants and contracts. “As I travel the state, I’ve heard from Coloradans who have had both positive and […]
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The federal government may cut millions of dollars a year in direct subsidy payments to Colorado farmers for corn, wheat and soybean crops. The cuts are part of agriculture reform heading to the U.S. Senate in a couple of months. Instead of subsidies, farmers are asking for a government-backed insurance program that would safeguard farmers […]
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In a trial of a politically divisive program, U.S. prosecutors in Denver and Baltimore are reviewing thousands of deportation cases to determine which illegal immigrants might stay in the country — perhaps indefinitely — so officials can reduce an overwhelming backlog by focusing mainly on detainees with criminal backgrounds or who are deemed threats to […]
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Mitt Romney says he likes being able to “fire people” who don’t provide adequate business services. The Republican presidential candidate also is defending his business background as rivals step up their attacks. Romney told a Nashua Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Monday that he wants to allow people to shop for their own health insurance […]
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Most Americans want Congress to vote to continue the payroll tax reduction, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that comes as Democrats and Republicans wrestle over whether to extend the cut through 2012. It’s the latest instance in which lawmakers on Capitol Hill have allowed partisan sniping to hold up action that polls show […]
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The Senate has rejected two proposals to amend the Constitution to require Congress to come up with a balanced budget every year. The votes on the two measures, one backed by Republicans and the other by Democrats, effectively ends for this year the drive to change the Constitution as a way of forcing Congress to […]
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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is unveiling a bill that would help keep foreign students with high-tech skills in the United States. Bennet says the bill being unveiled Tuesday will create a new category of visas for students graduating with specialties in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He says the bill will help fill Colorado’s increasing […]
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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is considering an application for a 22-mile gas pipeline that would run from the Divide Creek area under the Colorado River to processing facilities near Parachute. The BLM says the pipeline proposed by Bargath LLC would be bored under the Colorado River to avoid impacts to the riverbed, aquatic […]
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House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he’s confident that congressional Republicans are ready to move ahead with legislation that would continue a payroll tax cut. “I feel confident in our ability to move ahead,” the Ohio Republican told reporters after GOP leaders previewed legislation to extend the Social Security payroll tax cuts — and long-term […]
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