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A bill to strip the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from managing construction projects over $100 million cleared an important legislative hurdle today, passing the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health on a unanimous voice vote.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the University of Colorado Boulder $1 million to evaluate the impacts of climate change, including increased wildfires, on indoor air quality and health in low-income Denver area neighborhoods
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Western Water and American Food Security Act (H.R. 2898) which includes Congressman Scott Tipton’s (R-CO) Water Rights Protection Act. The bill addresses a number of challenges posed to water resources in the Western United States including drought management, infrastructure, water rights and federal regulation.
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) received the Friend of the National Parks Award for his dedication to protecting and enhancing America’s national parks.  The award, presented by the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), is to recognize members of Congress during the 113th Congress who upheld the standards and integrity of the National Park System
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Enid, Oklahoma-based Cottonwood Creek, Inc. in which the company has agreed to pay a $170,000 penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to oil pollution at the Bonanza Station in Big Horn County, Wyoming.
In a precedent-setting decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) yesterday, ruling that the state’s RPS does not impose unlawful regulations on out-of-state companies. In their written opinion, the judges determined that Colorado’s RPS would not harm interstate commerce.
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) passed bipartisan legislation requiring federal banking regulators to jointly study the appropriate capital treatment of Mortgage Servicing Rights (MSRs) under Basel III and the NCUA Risk-Based capital requirements
In a precedent-setting decision, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appealshas upheld the constitutionality of Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), ruling that the state’s RPS does not impose unlawful regulations on out-of-state companies.
HUD’s rule equips communities that receive HUD funding with data and tools to help them meet long-standing fair housing obligations in their use of HUD funds. HUD will also provide additional guidance and technical assistance to facilitate local decision-making on fair housing priorities and goals for affordable housing and community development.
A popular telephone scam targeting older citizens has taken a threatening new twist. The grandparent scam is often perpetrated when an older adult is called by someone pretending to be a grandchild or relative. The caller may claim they were arrested in a foreign country for drunk driving or were involved in a car accident. They ask the potential victim to send money so they can return home safely and not to tell anyone so they don’t get into more trouble.
The joint report, Europe, Middle East and Africa Luxury Residential Real Estate Report for 2015, provides insight into the EMEA region’s luxury residential real estate market and identifies purchasing and investment opportunities for ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals looking to diversify their holdings.
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman along with twelve other Western states and state agencies filed a lawsuit seeking to vacate U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules defining the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act.
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule on existing power plants
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet applauded the Department of Interior's announcement that $30,946,187 in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) disbursements have been issued to Colorado counties. The PILT program provides federal payments to local governments that have nontaxable federal land within their boundaries to help offset losses in property taxes. This funding is used to carry out vital services like fire and law enforcement protection and road maintenance.
Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced several Boards and Commissions appointments to the Board of Real Estate Appraisers, the Denver Metropolitan Area Regional Air Quality Council, the Early Childhood Leadership Commission and the Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities.
Tipton: FHA Practices Pose Risk to Taxpayers

WASHINGTON – February 12, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) –Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) questioned Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro during a House Committee on Financial Services oversight hearing to examine the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) precarious financial state. more »

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