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Colo. Democrats Decry New House Committee Names

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Colorado’s House Democrats, soon to be in the legislative minority, are disappointed with today’s Republican edits to House committee names. The Democrats were joined in their criticism by a prominent labor official.

The GOP took the word energy out of the House Transportation & Energy Committee; the words human services from the House Health & Human Services Committee; and the word labor from the Business Affairs & Labor Committee.

“These are troubling deletions,” House Democratic Leader Sal Pace said in a statement, published below. “With the removal of the words like labor and human services, I’m concerned that working families and the neediest among us, including children who require protective services, are being shunted aside for special interests.”

Both parties have altered committee names from time to time as their political fortunes have changed.

Mike Cerbo, executive director of the Colorado AFL-CIO, said that “by unnecessarily changing the name of the committee, [McNulty] is sending a very unfortunate signal to every Coloradan without a job right now that their concerns don’t matter.”

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HOUSE DEMOCRATIC COMMUNICATIONS
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House Democrats: “New GOP Committees Signal Drastic Changes”

(DENVER) Today, the State House Republicans released their would-be committee chair assignments and changed the names of key House committees. While the list included several traditional committee titles, there were also some pointed omissions.

In response to the Republican’s announcement, House Democrats expressed concerns that the cuts signaled a change in direction and a new policy agenda driven by extremist conservatives. Such an agenda would hurt working families and the neediest Coloradans, including seniors, children, and people with developmental disabilities.

The GOP axed the word “Energy” from what was previously called the House Transportation & Energy Committee; stripped “Human Services” from the House Health & Human Services Committee; and sliced “Labor” from the Business Affairs & Labor Committee.

“These are troubling deletions,” said House Democratic Leader Sal Pace, “With the removal of the words like labor and human services, I’m concerned that working families and the neediest among us, including children who require protective services, are being shunted aside for special interests.”

“Both new and traditional sources of energy are lynch-pins of our economy. The New Energy Economy in particular has been a real growth engine for this state, accounting for thousands of new, good paying jobs,” continued Pace. “After their anti-green jobs votes last year, it is clear in removing the word energy from the title of an important committee, that House Republicans no longer see one of our fastest-growing sectors as a top agenda item.”

“These new committee titles signal a drastic change in direction,” Pace concluded.

STATEMENT FROM MIKE CERBO ON
MCNULTY COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION

Problems with eliminating “Labor” in new
“Economic and Business Development Committee”

DENVER—Today the Speaker designee of the House of Representatives Frank McNulty announced potential committee assignments where he changed the name of the Business Affairs and Labor Committee to the House Economic and Business Development Committee—eliminating “labor” in the title. In response, Mike Cerbo, executive director of the Colorado AFL-CIO and the former vice-chair of the Business Affairs and Labor Committee, made the following statement:

Representative McNulty has already stated a desire to work with Democrats across the aisle and with the Hickenlooper administration, which is the right approach. However, by unnecessarily changing the name of the committee, he is sending a very unfortunate signal to every Coloradan without a job right now that their concerns don’t matter. The committee should retain its Business and Labor Affairs title as it has for decades and Representative McNulty should keep his word to work with all Coloradans – including working families – to get this economy going again.

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