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Colorado's transportation needs have far outpaced critical upgrades which has led to intolerable congestion on our highways and has presented a serious threat to our quality of life. Since I was sworn in as a member of Congress, I have been working hard to secure critically needed transportation dollars for projects throughout the 2nd Congressional District. Such projects include the US 36 corridor between Denver and Boulder, I-70 west through the mountains, and the Jefferson and Eagle County Airports.

We need to take a multifaceted and long-sighted approach to solving our many transportation problems. We need to improve the condition and capacity of our roads, but we can't simply pave our way out of our transportation woes. That is why I support alternative transportation projects, like bus-rapid transit in the Roaring Fork Valley between Aspen and Basalt, lightrail transit projects in the Denver-metro area, and the award-winning HOP and SKIP service in Boulder.

We need to insure that federal regulations help rather than hinder our quality of life in Colorado, which is why I have worked to include language in recent aviation legislation that preserves the Jefferson County Airport's ability to maintain control of airport operation without federal interference. The citizens of Jefferson County should have the ability to decide what kind of air traffic is right for the airport and their respective communities.

I have also introduced H.R. 1035, The Small Business Telecommuting Act, which promotes telecommuting technology for small business employers. This bill encourages employers to offer telecommuting options to their employees, while also allowing families to spend more time together. Implementing telecommuting legislation, recognizing local community involvement and encouraging lightrail alternatives will take us a step closer to reducing traffic congestion and air pollution

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