In case you missed it, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper traveled across Colorado to Bailey, Woodland Park, Colorado Springs, and Denver to meet with community members and discuss rural broadband, affordable housing, the Inflation Reduction Act, and listen to veterans’ stories and needs.
Hickenlooper also joined Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Tribal leaders, and other local officials at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site to dedicate a more than 3,000 acre expansion to the site.
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Fox 21 Colorado Springs: Senator Hickenlooper looks to expand veteran services
The fight to expand community care for veterans continues in El Paso County. Senator John Hickenlooper is heading across the state to identify issues impacting veterans, starting at Mt. Carmel Veteran Service Center in Colorado Springs.
Hickenlooper helped pass the PACT Act into law in August, which The PACT Act expands access to health care and benefits for veterans suffering from the effects of toxic exposure. The state leader said he isn’t stopping there.
“I believe it will take a lot of the anxiety out of veterans having to schedule their health care and sort through what they can afford, what they can’t afford,” Hickenlooper said.
Hickenlooper celebrated the passage of the PACT Act, and now looks to expand services by hearing directly from the source.
Hickenlooper said there’s still a lot of work to be done as local veterans tell him they continue to face struggles accessing behavioral health, employment opportunities, supportive health care, and more. Hickenlooper believes in order to make progress, it’s going to take bipartisan support.
Pikes Peak Courier: Senator Hickenlooper talks Inflation Reduction Act in Woodland Park
In a time of a housing crisis in Colorado, Sen. John Hickenlooper, stopped in Woodland Park this month to learn about the issues in Teller County.
The focus of Hickenlooper’s visit was to highlight the benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act. “The act is not a progressive’s wish list. It is a bipartisan bill that many Republicans had a loud voice in,” said the Democratic U.S. senator.
The bill includes $100 billion in tax credits for clean energy generation and $10 billion for renewables such as solar panels on roofs, Hickenlooper said. “Climate change is real, and the consequences are exactly what was predicted over the last 40 years,” he said. “We’re at a tipping point.”
With lower energy costs, the savings will balance higher interest rates. “That’s what going to happen; we’re going to drive costs down due to wind and solar,” he said.
The Flume: Senator Hickenlooper visits Park County
U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper stopped at The Chill Squirrel in Bailey on Monday evening. Hickenlooper is currently on recess from the United States Senate and on tour around rural Colorado discussing the needs of rural communities, particularly around the issue of broadband.
Green discussed the work being done with HighLine Communications and issues with Century Link not maintaining and adding services to the area. “We need some help,” stated Green.
The Infrastructure Bill passed by Congress has money dedicated to broadband. This money will go directly to the states, and the states will send the funding to counties and municipalities. Each state will start with money for studies, with the goal to begin projects by next spring.
Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper joined [Secretary] Haaland and other officials at Wednesday’s ceremony [to announce and dedicate 3,478 new acres of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site].
“We recognize and acknowledge our history, no matter how dark and painful, and obviously Sand Creek was only one part of the abuse and turmoil that Native Americans suffered and endured,” Hickenlooper said. “We can’t change that past, but we can ensure the story and the victims are remembered.”