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Our area’s own fiscal cliff

As the nasty rhetoric and sputtering negotiations finally began leading toward a deal this week in Congress, ending the government shutdown and averting a potentially larger financial trauma over the federal debt ceiling, you could sense a huge exhale of relief across much of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Nobody was saying so,… Continue Reading Our area’s own fiscal cliff

Spend most of a week in Washington, D.C., as a group of 30 local leaders coordinated by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance just did, talking to people involved with government in many ways — from elected officials to support staffs, lobbyists and federal agency staffers — and soon you hear the same messages, over… Continue Reading D.C. takeaway – battles there can hurt here

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The Colorado Congressional delegation urged the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to lift the cap on funding for emergencies for transportation issues. The cap, at $100 million, isn’t going to be enough to meet the repair and rebuilding needs for state roads and bridges, according to a press release from the delegation. They’re asking Congress… Continue Reading State leaders ask Congress to lift emergency fund cap

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  The economy at risk, President Barack Obama accused Republicans on Friday of pursuing policies that would weaken the U.S. recovery, and he simultaneously urged Europe’s leaders to prevent an overseas debt crisis from dragging down the rest of the world.   At a White House news conference five months before Election Day, the president… Continue Reading Obama: Congress, Europe must stem economic crisis

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The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service sought Wednesday to tamp down concern over wide-scale cuts, revealing it will seek to keep thousands of rural post offices open with shorter hours. At a news briefing, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the mail agency was backing off its plan to close up to 3,700 low-revenue post offices… Continue Reading Postal Service: Will keep rural post offices open

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Congress sends payroll tax cut bill to Obama

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Congress has passed legislation renewing a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more, backing the main items on President Barack Obama’s jobs agenda in a rare burst of Washington bipartisanship. The Senate approved the $143 billion measure by a bipartisan 60-36 vote. That tally came minutes after the House… Continue Reading Congress sends payroll tax cut bill to Obama

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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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Obama to promote new steps to help housing woes

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Seeking to circumvent congressional opposition, President Barack Obama will promote a series of executive branch steps aimed at jumpstarting the economy this week, beginning with new rules to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages. The White House said changes to the two-year-old Home Affordable Refinance Program will help homeowners with little or… Continue Reading Obama to promote new steps to help housing woes

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Lawmakers, White House regroup on jobs

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Congress and the White House face the choice of continued fighting or a shift toward bipartisan bargaining after the Senate voted to kill President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan. They’re likely to do both as they seek to produce results sought by a discontented public while also drawing bright political lines for voters as… Continue Reading Lawmakers, White House regroup on jobs

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CO athletes pushing for carbon regulation

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Winter athletes and ski executives from Colorado are in Washington to talk about climate change. Coloradans including Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler are scheduled to lobby Wednesday for carbon regulation. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama scrubbed a clean-air regulation that aimed to reduce health-threatening smog. The athletes are part of a group called “Protect Our… Continue Reading CO athletes pushing for carbon regulation

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