A Week of Change
I appreciate you taking the time to read this brief update. It remains an honor for me to serve as your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.
No doubt, as you all know, this was a very eventful week both for the future of the 6th Congressional District and for me personally. On Tuesday, the result of the election was not the one I had hoped for. Now my time as your Representative will end at the close of 2018. I want to emphasize how much I have appreciated your confidence in me and the opportunity you provided me over the past ten years to serve as your member of Congress. I pledge that I will continue to do my very best to represent you all the way up to my very last day in office. I will also ensure that my office cooperates fully with your U.S. Representative-elect Jason Crow so that the transition has as little impact on you as possible.
As I continue to work for you through the end of my last term in office, this week involved far more than just the election. In fact, today is Veterans Day and I participated in various events related to recognizing and honoring our veterans and active service members. These activities included:
- Attended the 24th Annual Aurora Veteran’s Salute at the Wings over the Rockies,
- Participated in a local event in Denver to commemorate the 243rd Birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps,
- Spoke on Saturday at the Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Colorado State Capitol, and
- Speaking on Monday in Littleton at the Re-dedication of the Operations Red Wings Monument.
In other activities around the district, on Thursday I had the honor of presenting the Comitis Crisis Center with a Congressional Record in recognition of all it has done in the Denver Metro Area to combat homelessness. The Comitis Crisis Center does amazing things for those in our community who are most in need, including providing 138,000 meals, assembling 11,000 hygiene kits, and providing 50,000 overnight beds. I have wanted to recognize the Comitis Crisis Center for all it does for quite a while and since this week is National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, it was the perfect time to do so. Mayor Bob LeGare of Aurora joined me for this presentation at the Aurora Municipal Center.
Next week, I will return to Washington D.C. as Congress begins its “lame duck” session to finish out the business of the 115th Congress. Key items I expect us to address include, reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, voting on the floor on the final conference report on the Agriculture Bill (which includes food stamps), a Tax Extenders bill, and most importantly, finishing up the annual appropriations process. To date, we have approved appropriations bills that cover 75% of the federal government’s discretionary funding, but the balance is presently on a continuing resolution through December 7th. The key remaining appropriations bill is for the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. Getting this bill approved is of particular importance to me because H.R. 392, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017, is included in it. This bill would update and revise, in important ways, the H1-B visa program under which highly skilled and educated foreign workers are authorized to come and work in the United States, filling positions companies cannot find U.S. citizens to fill. The shortage of high skilled workers is particularly acute here in Colorado and important to maintaining the growth of our state’s economy, as well as our nation’s economic growth.
Finally, I invite you to stay in contact with me via my website, facebook or twitter account. See you around the district!