Breaking the Gridlock
I continue to work hard for our congressional district through October and I appreciate you letting me bring this brief update.
In the United States House of Representatives, there is simply too much power, in too few hands, with too little getting done for the American people and that is why I joined a bipartisan caucus call “Problem Solvers.” We are made up of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats who have come together to try to bridge the partisan divide in Washington, D.C.
“Breaking the Gridlock” is an opinion piece that I recently wrote about the reforms that are supported by our Problem Solvers caucus that, once implemented, will help the U.S. House of Representatives work in a more bipartisan basis to solve problems from immigration reform to health care reform-- both topics that have a strong bipartisan consensus but, under the current rules, never make it to the floor for a vote.
On Tuesday, I joined my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, to introduce H.R. 7022, titled, “Homes for our Heroes Act.” This bill is designed to increase accountability and transparency at both the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) on how they operate a joint housing voucher program known as HUD-VASH to help homeless veterans.
After years of effort, a project using this program will soon begin construction to provide homeless veteran housing on the grounds of the Anschutz Medical Campus close to the new VA hospital.
On September 28th, the House unanimously passed H.R. 5791 and H.R. 5792, naming two U.S. Post Offices after law enforcement officers who were recently killed in the line of duty. The first U.S. Post Office is located at 9609 South University Boulevard in Highlands Ranch and is named after Douglas County Deputy Sheriff Zackari Spurlock Parrish, III and the second U.S. Post Office, located at 90 North 4thAvenue in Brighton, will be named after Adams County Deputy Sheriff Heath McDonald Gumm.
H.R. 5791 and H.R. 5792 are now on their way to the Senate and I will press to get these bills across the finish line before the end of the year. It is important that we never forget the ultimate sacrifices of both Deputy Parrish and Deputy Gumm.
As always, I invite you to stay in contact with me via my website, facebook or twitter account. It's an honor to represent you in Washington, D.C.