- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Republicans again blocked access to funds to operate a Colorado program granting immigrants driver’s licenses regardless of their legal status.

The state Department of Revenue has asked budget writers for permission to spend about $166,000 that they’ve already collected from immigrants who have paid for licenses, driving permits, and identification cards.

The program receives no state funding and is operated through user fees. Without the funds, the department has said it may need to reduce the offices that process the licenses from five statewide to one.

The Joint Budget Committee voted on the issue on Wednesday and Friday and both times the request failed to get enough votes to pass.

Democrats say without the funds, immigrants will be waiting months and possibly years to get licenses.

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