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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… Continue Reading Bennet wants business opinions of federal contracts, asks SBA for quicker loans

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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… Continue Reading Federal government may cut Colorado farm subsidies

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Immigration courtrooms silent during ICE review

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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… Continue Reading Immigration courtrooms silent during ICE review

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Romney defends business record

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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… Continue Reading Romney defends business record

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Poll: Most want US payroll tax cut extended

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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… Continue Reading Poll: Most want US payroll tax cut extended

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Senate rejects two balanced budget amendments

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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… Continue Reading Senate rejects two balanced budget amendments

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Bennet wants new visas for students

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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… Continue Reading Bennet wants new visas for students

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Gas pipeline proposed for Colorado River

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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… Continue Reading Gas pipeline proposed for Colorado River

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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… Continue Reading GOP leaders hope for agreement on payroll tax cut

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FEMA supports allowing tribes to ask for aid

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The Obama administration says it supports changing the federal law governing disaster aid to let tribal governments apply directly to the White House for help. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which announced the administration’s stance Wednesday, says right now only governors can ask for a disaster declaration, which brings with it access to federal money… Continue Reading FEMA supports allowing tribes to ask for aid

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