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GUEST COLUMN: Sen. Udall's contributions have been many and diverse

Susan Dunn Published: March 23, 2014 0

Sen. Mark Udall has addressed all Coloradans' real and numerous concerns. Whether Democrat, Republican or unaffiliated, we can all be proud of Colorado's senior senator. Unlike other senators who tried to position themselves by sponsoring extremist's policies, Udall proved that it's not necessary to be a left or right-wing extremist to represent your constituents well.

Though we associate the Udall name with environmental issues, Udall's legislative accomplishments are many and varied. He promoted job growth in Colorado by cutting red tape for ski areas to increase offseason activities. He addressed consumer concerns in the Wall Street Reform Act, which curtails lending abuses, while requiring free credit reports for consumers. He introduced a balanced budget amendment as a Democrat. Reflect upon that for a moment.

Sen. Udall brought Democrats and Republicans together for the State of the Union address. He worked to establish equality for all men and women in the military by helping to end "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT), co-sponsoring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and working to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He fought to expand health care options for troops and their families. Like Republican Sen. John McCain, our senator pushed for a ban on wasteful earmarks in the appropriations process. Perhaps most importantly to both voters, he pushed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for greater transparency and tighter a reign on the NSA.

Of course, he led the way on environmental issues, too. Our senator pressed the EPA to cut red tape and protect organizations that seek to clean up abandoned mine sites and waterways. Udall led his peers in Congress in passing the Wind Production Tax Credit, which has added to clean energy production. He has been a leader in preventing and fighting wildfires, leading the U.S. Forest Service to upgrade its fleet of Korean War-era air tankers. Udall facilitated the $450 million in funding for Coloradans to use to restore roads after last fall's flooding. Sen. Udall has been wonderful for Colorado, and he'll definitely be getting my vote again!

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Dunn has a bachelor's degree in Sociology, works part-time for Restaurant As Mission, and volunteers for nonprofit organizations.

Carno's response:

Dear, Sen. Udall, tell all the Coloradans who have been hurt and know it, by Obamacare that you've addressed their concerns, particularly as they drive to work paying higher gasoline prices, when, in fact, you'd like them to pay even higher prices (to reduce consumption- right?)

You're going to continue lying both about what you really believe and your record, because that's the only chance you have of being re-elected. You and I both know that. This race is really about reaching as many concerned voters - including those from your party - with that news.

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