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Justice Department Settles with Colorado Apartment Complex for Discriminating Against Families with Children
The Justice Department announced today that the owners and manager of the Westland Apartments, a 28-unit apartment complex in Lakewood, Colorado, have agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging discrimination against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The settlement must still be approved by the U.S. District Court of the District of Colorado
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s announcement of new guidelines for families to install renewable energy and water conservation projects in their homes.
U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) today introduced the First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account Act (H.R. 5575) along with U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA). The act would amend the federal tax code to create 529-style savings accounts for first time homebuyers.
Congressman Ken Buck voted in favor of House Concurrent Resolutions 89 and 112. These resolutions express the sense of the House of Representatives that a carbon and oil tax, respectively, would be detrimental to American families and businesses. Both of these taxes would regressively impact Coloradans who rely on these energy sources for heating their homes, driving to work, and powering the small businesses they own.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that six Colorado housing agencies have won a total of $412,668 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Veterans Affairs Support Housing (VASH) program to help veterans and their families access affordable housing.
A collaboration of international award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning and University of Denver (DU) graduate students resulted in the winning proposal for the 14 th Annual 2016 NAIOP Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge on April 28, 2016. Challenged to create the dynamic best use of the Westminster Station Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) site, KTGY prepared the site and building plans and the 3D model that illustrated the development ideas generated by the DU team
A new survey finds that Colorado voters strongly oppose the idea of raising interest rates on consumer loans. Opposition was widespread among voters across lines of race, party affiliation, and household income, but the intensity of opposition was especially strong among voters of color and those who had served in the military. Overall, 51% of voters said they would be "much more likely" to vote against a legislator who voted to increase interest rates. That number rose to 58% of military service-members or veterans, and 62% of non-whites.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined his Senate colleagues in support of an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill that boosts funding for wind energy. The measure adds $15.4 million to the $80 million already included in the bill to bring it on par with the funds appropriated in recent years. $30 million of that total is slated for the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden.
In an effort to continue his push to incentivize clean energy and job growth, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced the Solar Expansion Distributed Generation Exponentially (EDGE) Act. The bill will promote investment in small scale distributed generation solar projects, especially residential installation, across the U.S., and encourage long-term job growth in the solar industry
The Senate today adopted an amendment introduced by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to establish more practical mortgage lending processes on a voluntary basis, encourage investments in energy-efficient homebuilding, and help create tens of thousands of construction jobs. The amendment is based on the bipartisan Sensible Accounting to Value Energy (SAVE) Act that they've previously introduced.
High-tech hardware designed and built at the University of Colorado Boulder will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the commercial SpaceX Dragon capsule on Friday, April 8.
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) joined a bipartisan group of 44 current and former Senators and 163 current and former House members in filing an amicus brief in support of the Obama administration's historic 'Clean Power Plan' (CPP). The CPP will reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, save consumers $155 billion by 2030, create jobs, and prevent 90,000 childhood asthma attacks through 2030.
Members of the press are invited to attend an exclusive live press conference release of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 2015 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, which will show the U.S. wind energy industry supporting more jobs than ever.
Congresswoman Diana DeGette, joined a bipartisan group of 44 current and former Senators and 164 current and former House members to file an amicus brief in support of the Obama administration’s historic ‘Clean Power Plan’ (CPP). The CPP will reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, save consumers $155 billion by 2030, create jobs, and prevent 90,000 childhood asthma attacks through 2030. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is considering a challenge to the rule in West Virginia et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency. The full text of the amicus brief filed today can be found here and a full list of the 208 current and former members of Congress that signed can be found below.
Bennet Tours IP Automation, Meets with Southern Colorado Companies to Discuss Innovation and Infrastructure
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet toured IP Automation, a local engineering design firm and manufacturer of custom machines, and met with southern Colorado companies including Vestas, Qualtek, and ConcealFab to highlight the important role transportation plays in the region's economic growth. Much of these company's success relies on their ability to safely and reliably transport their products and supplies on federal highways, including Interstate-25.