Dear Fellow Coloradans,
As Colorado’s 35th United States Senator in the 109th
Congress I worked to fulfill my pledge to "fight for Colorado’s land,
water and people". I focused my efforts on promoting a strong national
defense and homeland security, economic opportunity and security, revitalizing
rural America and agriculture, health care access and affordability, energy
independence, and protecting our land and water.
I served on five Senate Committees: Energy & Natural Resources, Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, Ethics, and the Select Committee on Aging. And while the most junior member of the Senate new to the peculiarities of the legislative process, I nevertheless introduced 126 bills, resolutions, and amendments in the 109th Congress. 58 of these measures passed the Senate and 22 were signed into law. I ranked among the top Senators in the number of amendments offered during consideration of legislation and adopted by the Senate.
I worked to promote accountability and a new direction of our efforts in Iraq; ensure adequate armor and other resources to better protect our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; develop a coherent, long-term plan for fighting terrorism at home; improve federal cooperation with local emergency officials, especially in the area of interoperable communications; help craft a comprehensive strategy to better secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, and address the economic reality of undocumented immigrants in our country; ensure the destruction of our nation’s chemical weapons stockpile, much of which is located right here in Colorado; and help local law enforcement with resources and training to fight the methamphetamine scourge, drug trafficking, and other challenges facing our country’s resource-strapped first responders.
I championed a new ethic and goal of setting America
free from its overdependence on foreign oil, including the development
of alternative and renewable energy sources, new technologies to utilize
fossil fuels in a more efficient and environmentally-sound manner, and
I worked on the needs of rural America and agriculture, and educational opportunity. I worked to honor our health care commitment to our veterans, and fought to protect our state’s and country’s land and water.
Finally, in my first two years as your Senator, I worked to restore ethics and promote fiscal sanity to our federal government, and to break the Washington partisan gridlock. I worked with core groups of colleagues on both sides of the aisle, for example, to prevent the destruction of the historic foundations and practices of the Senate over judicial nominations, to promote energy independence, and to create a reasonable balance between providing critical tools to law enforcement to fight terrorists while at the same time protecting Americans’ freedoms.
January 2007 saw the opening of the 110th Congress, with a new leadership and new goals. After just two years in the Senate, I was honored to be invited to serve on the Senate’s powerful Finance Committee, in addition to continuing to serve on the Energy & Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Ethics Committees. In the 110th Congress I will continue my focus and expand my work on protecting America, fighting for the middle class, and fighting for rural America.
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