Putting problem-solving ahead of politics to provide opportunity


In 2015, the American people suffered through more of Washington’s partisanship and dysfunction. In contrast, Colorado continued to demonstrate that we can move beyond the special interest politics that are designed to divide us.

Outside of Washington, people want the parties to work together to solve problems. During our joint tours of the Eastern Plains and the Denver Public Schools, Sen. Cory Gardner and I heard over and over from Coloradans that what they want from their leadership is a commitment to tackle the issues important to their communities. What they don’t want is bipartisan rhetoric without seeing real action. That’s why this past year, as we have each year since serving in the Senate, we have focused on getting things done and improving the lives of Coloradans.

Our Colorado delegation was able to work together to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility in Aurora will be built after years of gross mismanagement led to delays and cost overruns. And, working with veterans across the state, we were able to improve access to health care for Colorado veterans in rural areas of the state by making commonsense changes to the VA’s Choice Card program. Now, veterans living more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility will be able to access non-VA care closer to home.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.