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ICYMI: Hickenlooper Talks Colorado Issues at Virtual Town Hall

May 5, 2022

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper held a virtual Town Hall yesterday to discuss issues that are top-of-mind for Coloradans. Hickenlooper took questions from around the state on wildfires and climate change, broadband, immigration, U.S. Space Command, water, reproductive rights, small business, the CORE Act, and more.

More than 500 Coloradans tuned in live. More than 350 questions were submitted ahead of time, with more submitted live on social media.

Full video of the event can be found HERE

On reproductive rights: 

“The Supreme Court’s draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade is deeply flawed, and I think it’s extreme. Reproductive freedom should not be up for debate. It appears the court is on the brink of reversing abortion rights for millions of people, and more than ever we need to fight for the right to choose… The decisions a woman makes around her own health care should be between her and her doctor. Period. I support the Women’s Health Protection Act which would codify Roe v. Wade into law, and we’ll do everything we can to pass it.”

On a bipartisan approach to combating climate change: 

“We’re going to do everything we can to find common ground [on climate change] and there will be some give and take… But I think this is a key moment, where it’s very important that we get unified, that we find compromises and that we take firm aggressive steps to address climate change in a way that we really haven’t done before. I hold that as one of my absolute top priorities.” 

On inflation: 

“[Inflation] is a big deal for everybody. We had the supply chain issues, the whole oil and gas industry shut down during COVID, and then Putin’s war on Ukraine has just continued to drive prices on gas and on food through the ceiling. There are other causes as well, corporate greed is always there… Congress and the Biden administration have taken and are taking steps to help.” 

On U.S. Space Command staying in Colorado Springs:

“U.S. Space Command is crucial to our national security and it’s crucial to our security in space and at home. It’s also crucial to Colorado’s economy. I think the best case we can make for maintaining U.S. Space Command’s headquarters in Colorado is the fact that is the place where we can reach full operational capacity as quickly as possible… [The move] will threaten our national security by delaying getting to that full capability, especially at a perilous time in the world… I’m more convinced than ever that Colorado Springs, and Colorado, are the right place for Space Command.” 


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