Members of Congress in Colorado want to get a lot done in a short amount of time. These are their priorities.

Congress’ year-end to-do list is quite long. And Colorado members of Congress hope to get some of their priorities across the finish line before the year-end deadline.

For Sen. Michael Bennet, the priorities he plans to push are two longstanding legislative goals: expanding the child tax credit and reaching a bipartisan deal on a farm worker immigration bill.

“Sen. Bennet’s lame duck priorities include expanding the CTC and passing the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. Senator Bennet has said several times that we should not enact corporate tax breaks later this year without also extending the Child Tax Credit extension, and he will continue to work with his colleagues to find a way to do it,” Bennet said. the spokesman said. “Sens. Bennet and Crapo continue to work to introduce a Senate companion to the House-passed Farm Workforce Modernization Act and Sen. Bennet believes it is essential that they achieve it by the end of the year.

Although the Democratic-led House has passed the farmworker bill, outside groups do not expect immigration reform to come through in the upcoming GOP-controlled House. Many see these last few weeks as the best last chance to pass a bill.

Sen. John Hickenlooper also hopes to clear some legislation from his desk in the coming weeks.

“We’re working to bring a number of bills to the president’s desk. Protecting the Colorado River’s endangered fish, advancing SAFE Banking, and our bill to reduce the threat of orbital debris are at the forefront of the list,” he said in a statement. “We’re also pushing to include more than $60 million in congressionally directed spending for projects across Colorado in the bill to fund the government.”

For months, retiring Rep. Ed Perlmutter has also focused on getting his SAFE Banking bill passed in the Senate, and that will remain his number one priority. The other two are making sure funding to move USGS employees from the Colorado Federal Center to the School of Mines stays intact and gets things done.

Other Colorado Democrats in the House hope that two major bills, an omnibus budget bill and the annual defense policy bill, will serve as vehicles to advance their priorities.

Rep. Diana DeGette is focusing on “health care and the fight against homelessness” in the final weeks of the 117th Congress. And he hopes the passage of a government funding bill will include some of his priorities for his district.

“He has several requests for funding for community projects focused on fighting homelessness, as well as some health care priorities that he hopes will soon be passed in the end-of-year legislation,” a DeGette spokesman said .

While Colorado’s congressional Democrats have used earmarks, funding lawmakers can target to specific projects in their district or state, state Republicans cannot. It is currently unclear whether Republicans will eliminate earmarks when they take control of the House next year. More than 115 Republicans have submitted requests for funding of community projects.

Republican Rep. Ken Buck saw at least one priority already going into the lame duck session. His Speak Out Act passed the House on November 18 and is awaiting President Biden’s signature. He also saw an antitrust package, worked on with Rep. Joe Neguse, pass the House in late September. That is still awaiting Senate action.

“Rep. Buck will continue to advocate on behalf of all working people in Colorado and focus his legislative efforts on spending, border security, crime, the expansion of American energy and the reign of Big Tech,” a Buck spokesman said.

Neguse also has a long list of topics he wants to cover in the final weeks of the session.

According to a spokesman for his office, the Boulder Democrat “will prioritize his antitrust legislation, wildfire resilience, firefighter pay, water conservation and habitat protection for the rest of the year.” .

Rep. Jason Crow wants to make sure the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes his more than 25 amendments. A Crow spokesman added that he is working to get his Small Business Administration cyber awareness bill and an Afghan SIV bill done by the end of the year.

One of Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn’s priorities is also to pass the NDAA to “eliminate delays and restrictions” under a continuing resolution. But Lamborn said he is “not looking to make new amendments or previous amendments already incorporated into the House version of the NDAA.

Like Crow, Lamborn also has several amendments included in the bill, including the development of hypersonic technology and the modernization of the core nuclear triad.

“Also, I plan to continue to garner support for the two fentanyl bills I introduced, HR8968, the Fentanyl Protection for Children Act, and HR9221, Bruce’s Law,” Lamborn said in a statement.

Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert did not respond to questions about year-end priorities.


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