In case you missed it, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper traveled throughout Colorado to highlight how the Inflation Reduction Act will help communities transition to a clean energy economy and create jobs while lowering energy bills and saving people money on health care. In addition, he discussed wildfire management and recovery efforts, public lands, affordable housing, and more.
Watch a recap HERE or check out the headlines below:
Hickenlooper, D-Colorado, was touring the Western Slope to promote the Inflation Reduction Act and had a meeting with DMEA leadership, then a tour of its community solar garden.
Blackwell said the co-op was honored to have him recognize the important role cooperatives play in rural communities.
“The Inflation Reduction Act will save families hundreds on their electrical bills and create millions of jobs,” Hickenlooper said in a video shot at the DMEA solar garden.
To pay for its many provisions, the act creates a minimum tax of 15% on the profits of corporations with more than $1 billion in income.
Clear Creek Courant: Sen. Hickenlooper visits Idaho Springs to discuss rural healthcare
U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper visited Idaho Springs Aug. 23 to meet with county officials and tour the county’s Health and Wellness Center he helped secure funding for last year.
Funding for the center, which was completed in October 2021, came from a grant from Community Project Funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration secured by Hickenlooper, as well as from the Colorado Housing Fund, large donations from Henderson Mine, Loveland Ski Area and other businesses and individual donors.
The center comes as a welcome change for the county, which previously was without any primary care physicians since 2011, according to county officials.
U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper toured Durango on Thursday to hear the stories of Westside Mobile Park residents who rallied to keep their homes, learn about Durango School District 9-R’s electric bus program and view progress of electrifying homes at the Animas View Mobile Home Park in the Animas Valley.
Now, Hickenlooper is calling for the same protections at the national level. On Thursday, the senator told residents at Westside Mobile Park he is glad they stood up for their homes because they deserve “a fair chance rather than some investor in New York buying their home.”
Cortez Journal: Hickenlooper stops in Dolores to promote river conservation bill
Hickenlooper met with the Montezuma and Dolores County commissioners for dinner on the patio of the Montezuma Mexican Restaurant along the banks of the river. The meeting was announced and open to the public.
On his tour, Hickenlooper also visited officials in Montrose, Delta, Norwood, Rico and Durango.
In Montrose, the senator toured Mayfly Outdoors and talked about the importance of infrastructure, such as industrial parks, to spur economic development.
He met with the Delta-Montrose Electric Association about tax incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act that benefit the buildout of renewable energy. An 80-megawatt solar farm has gained approval from Montrose County on 470 acres in partnership with the DMEA and Guzman Energy.
In Norwood, he toured a federally health care clinic, one of 20 in the state set up serve rural areas. The clinics must accept all patients.
Under the Inflation Reduction Act, federal health clinics qualify for lower priced pharmaceuticals for patients.
Vilsack traveled to Camp Hale, located between Leadville and Red Cliff, to tour the site on an invitation from Sen. Michael Bennet, one of the CORE Act’s sponsors, and was joined by Rep. Joe Neguse, Sen. John Hickenlooper and Gov. Jared Polis. Following the tour, the representatives met with a diverse group of local stakeholders to hear why recognizing and protecting Camp Hale as a national monument is important to the Colorado community and the country as a whole.
Steamboat Radio: STATE AND NATIONAL LEADERS SPEAK IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
The Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference has 400 water leaders from across the state attending, at the Steamboat Grand in Steamboat Springs. Issues being discussed include drought, the Colorado River, water conservation and the health of the forests.
U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper spoke on Wednesday.
“The entire U.S. Senate recognizes that the west is in a widespread drought, so it’s all hands on deck. We’ve got to get Republicans and Democrats working together and in meaningful ways if we are ever going to make progress.”