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A Bipartisan Plan to Fix Our Broken Immigration System

(40) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 8:56 AM

Last week, I joined seven of my Senate colleagues in announcing a set of bipartisan principles to fix our broken immigration system.

Working together with Senators Schumer, Durbin, Mendendez, Rubio, McCain, Graham and Flake, we agreed on a framework that creates a rigorous but fair path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants...

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Bring Teachers' Pay Into This Century

(878) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 10:37 AM

Our ability to compete for the jobs of tomorrow depends, above all, on our capacity to educate children today. Yet we are still operating under yesterday's system to attract and retain new, talented teachers. It is outdated and designed to fail.

Study after study affirms what I saw in the...

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DOMA Has to Go

(152) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 12:14 PM

Fifteen years ago, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The law remains on the books today, and it is a stark reminder of why so many Americans are so disgusted with the politics of Washington.

People in my state don't see eye to eye on everything, but most...

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Keeping the DREAM Alive

(282) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 5:16 PM

Late last year, the U.S. Senate tried but failed to muster the courage or the votes necessary to pass the DREAM Act -- a narrowly missed opportunity for lawmakers to put politics aside and do the right thing for our country and our economy. But despite the failure...

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Presidential Teacher Corps: Building a 21st Century Teaching Force

(267) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 8:41 PM

In his State of the Union address, President Obama made a passionate plea for young people across the country to consider a career in teaching because it would offer them a unique opportunity to "make a difference in the life of our nation."

I couldn't agree more.

My time at...

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Educate to Innovate

(34) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 6:23 PM

As a lot of you may have noticed, campaign season is over - at least for now. And now we have to move ahead in Washington with the difficult task of governing - of coming together and doing the work the American people sent us there to do.

And...

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Reforming the Senate

(25) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 2:38 PM

One thing I hear time and again from Coloradans in every corner of our state is that Washington needs to quit the bickering and partisan politics. We need to reform Washington now more than ever to make sure it works for Coloradans and all Americans. A key piece of that...

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Don't Give Up on DREAM Act

(197) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 4:13 PM

On Saturday the Senate took a long awaited vote on the DREAM Act, a narrowly-focused bill that is good for our education system, military and taxpayers.

The debate over the DREAM Act is about whether a child who has excelled in the classroom has the opportunity to attend college...

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Enough Delays

(61) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 2:37 PM

Since I first came to the Senate about a year ago I've been consistently frustrated by how the filibuster is abused to bring progress to a halt.

If you turned on the news yesterday, what you saw was yet another Republican filibuster killing an important piece of legislation. This isn't...

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Leading on Education

(21) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 12:22 PM

I can tell you from the time I served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools that parents, students, and teachers all want schools to be community centers -- places where families and entire communities come together to learn, and raise the bar on achievement.

Unfortunately, too often this doesn't happen...

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Facebook and Internet Privacy

(22) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 1:21 PM

Social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr provide an unparalleled ability for people to stay connected in new and unique ways. In doing so, these websites have access to vast amounts of personal information and data about their users.

Facebook is by far the largest of these social...

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Close the Revolving Door

(50) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 12:20 PM

In Colorado, we have a lot of mountains that are a challenge to climb. Our most challenging mountains are the ones that are more than 14,000 feet tall -- the 14ers.

Back in Washington there aren't any 14,000-foot mountains, but we do have 14,000 lobbyists who work to grind progress...

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A Major Victory, But the Fight Continues

(62) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 6:32 PM

While Washington spent the past year arguing, more than 120,000 Coloradans saw double digit increases in their health insurance. And 57,000 more Coloradans became uninsured.

In the short time I've been in the Senate, I've heard from thousands of Coloradans who found themselves victim to the terrible feeling of...

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Reform the Filibuster

(180) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 7:05 PM

During the past year I've had conversations with thousands of people from all parts of Colorado, and I've heard a common refrain: Washington isn't working. Last week, the obstructionist actions of Republican senator Jim Bunning left no doubt that the people of Colorado are right -- Washington is broken, and...

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Save the Public Option

(772) Comments | Posted February 16, 2010 | 5:25 PM

I've been a strong advocate for a public option since we were just starting the health care reform debate this summer in the Senate.

The fight has been difficult, but I've remained confident that a public option will be included in our final health care legislation -- and I still...

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Corporations and Democracy

(121) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 6:53 PM

Usually, when some new political development is called "a threat to democracy," I consider it a bit of an exaggeration.

But I don't think the threat is exaggerated at all with regard to yesterday's Supreme Court ruling that overturned decades of precedent controlling corporate money in political campaigns. This new...

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The Politics of "Yes"

(34) Comments | Posted November 25, 2009 | 9:15 AM

When it comes to health care reform -- when it comes to lowering costs and finally doing something about the millions of people in this country who live just one medical emergency away from financial ruin -- "no" is not a serious response.

So when John...

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Why Colorado Matters in the Health Care Debate

(18) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 4:17 PM

On Tuesday we told you about our open letter to the U.S. Senate, supporting an up or down vote for the public option. The response to our effort has been overwhelming: Over 16,000 people have already signed on to our letter at UpOrDownForReform.com.

When we elected Barack...

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Public Option in Danger

(100) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 12:43 PM

The public option will provide much-needed competition and choice for health care. And with the majority of Senators, Representatives, and the American people supporting a public option, its passage would seem inevitable.

But in fact, the public option is in real danger.

That's because the quiet threat of...

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Now Is the Time

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 5:24 PM

Over the past year, I've visited all 64 counties in our state and had conversations with thousands of Coloradans. That's how I know Coloradans want a meaningful departure from the status quo on health care -- I've heard their stories.

Regardless of the county they live in or the cable...

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