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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO

National Security

The most important role of any government is to protect its citizens.  Keeping the peace by maintaining a strong military is essential to deterring those who would wish to harm us.  Adequate funding for maintaining a strong defense is critical but we must also do it in a smarter way that reduces the waste and delays in our current acquisition process.  Nation building should not be used as a principle tool for achieving America's national security objectives.  Instead, the United States should support factions within a given region that share our security objectives.

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Aug 11, 2016 Press Release

Aurora, CO -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today issued the following statement in response to a Congressional joint task force’s report on U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) ISIS intelligence manipulation:

Jun 23, 2016 In The News

Aurora Congressman Mike Coffman said if Buckley Air Force Base is not awarded new F-35 fighter jets, the base would likely lose its Air National Guard unit someday.

“If we don’t get them, we will lose the runway. It’s only the fighter aircraft of the 140th Wing Colorado Air National Guard that require us to have an active runway at Buckley,” he said. “It affects the longterm health of (the) base when we’re looking at base closures.”

Jun 18, 2015 In The News

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter insisted to a doubting Congress Wednesday that the U.S. has a detailed strategy for Iraq and Syria despite charges from both sides of the aisle that the Obama administration lacked an overall plan which was producing results.

Mar 20, 2015 Op-Eds

The President believes that if Iran is diplomatically treated with the same trust and respect afforded to responsible governments that Iran will somehow suddenly begin to conduct its affair in a responsible and rational manner.

Mar 3, 2015 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)– U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) offered the following statement after voting to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year.

Feb 19, 2015 In The News

University of Colorado Denver students asked retired Gen. James Mattis questions ranging from the geopolitical to the personal on Tuesday. The discussion spanned ISIS militants in the Middle East and the conflict in Ukraine to Mattis's favorite books and how he'd like to be remembered.

Dec 15, 2014 In The News

After a trip last month to Afghanistan with other members of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mike Coffman said he was "cautiously optimistic" that current U.S. policy gives the people there "the greatest hope for stability."

Oct 6, 2014 In The News

The Pentagon is more top-heavy than ever before. How much does this bureaucratic bloat cost taxpayers? The Pentagon has no idea, and neither does the Government Accountability Office. Pentagon officials know they need more generals and admirals, they just can’t tell you why. Those are the conclusions from a GAO report released earlier this month.

Sep 30, 2014 In The News

A Republican congressman from Colorado was not trying to undermine President Barack Obama's military actions in the Middle East by urging generals who disagreed with the president to resign "in a blaze of glory," a spokesman said Monday.