A federal government shutdown may please a narrow segment of partisans, but it's bad for the middle class, Main Street businesses and Colorado's flood victims. Today alone, tens of thousands of Colorado federal employees were forced to stay home, small business loan applications remain unprocessed, and our national parks and public lands, which inject millions of dollars into the economies of places like Grand Junction, Estes Park, Cortez and Gunnison, are closed. These are only a few of the countless ways that a government shutdown already is harming our state. With urgent flood recovery efforts still underway in Colorado, it's past time for the House to stop playing games and to allow a vote on the Senate-passed funding bill that keeps the government open. That way we can get back to work on the issues that matter, like supporting policies that spur job growth, reducing the federal budget deficit, fixing our broken immigration system and pursuing a balanced national energy policy. We can even debate any constructive fixes to the nation's health care law — but not in a way that will shut down our government and hurt Coloradans. LIKE this post to help me urge the House to end this shutdown.
Thank you all for your prayers for my brother Randy. Here is my family’s statements on his passing: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Randy. Randy's body was discovered today by the heroic search and rescue team that worked for days to locate him in a remote area of the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Our family is extremely grateful to Sublette County Sheriff Dave Lankford, his staff, Tip Top Search and Rescue, the United States Forest Service, Wyoming Air National Guard, and all others involved for their tireless efforts over the past several days. Although an autopsy is forthcoming, it appears he died of natural causes. Randy left this earth doing what he loved most: hiking in his most favorite mountain range in the world. He appeared to be on the obscure, off-trail route that he had proposed to his family. The entire Udall family is touched beyond words by the tremendous outpouring of support from people around the country. Randy's passing is a reminder to all of us to live every day to its fullest, just as he did."