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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO

Op-Eds

Oct 21, 2011 Op-Eds


Since 2002, the United States has given the government of Pakistan a staggering $22 billion in foreign aid. This year alone, Pakistan is scheduled to receive more than $2.4 billion in U.S. foreign aid, on top of additional funds for reimbursements for Pakistani expenditures related to fighting terrorism in the region.

Sep 29, 2011 Op-Eds

 

The pension program for members of Congress may not be as generous as many public pensions, and it may amount to a mere drop in the bucket in terms of total federal spending, but Rep. Mike Coffman insists its very existence undermines congressional credibility in addressing retirement programs that truly are a threat to national solvency. 
Sep 24, 2011 Op-Eds

I served my country in both the U.S. Army and in the Marine Corps. From the beginning of my military career, I was taught that the fundamental tenets of leadership are to lead by example and to never ask others to do anything that you would be unwilling to do.  Today, our nation is mired in debt and we in Congress have to make tough decisions to find a way out of this crisis. This will involve asking the American people to make sacrifices related to their reliance on a government that has grown much larger than our economy will ever be able to support.

Sep 9, 2011 Op-Eds

Small businesses were responsible for creating more than 60 percent of all net new jobs in the United States during the last 15 years and provided 55 percent of all jobs in the private sector.

But for entrepreneurs looking to start or expand a business, one of the most important things they need is financing. Unfortunately, banks aren’t fulfilling their obligations to assist the economic recovery. Therefore, small business transactions, expansions and investment aren’t occurring.
Sep 4, 2011 Op-Eds

Congress is facing extraordinary pressures to reduce the deficit, and there is not an area of government spending that should be immune from budget cuts, including the Department of Defense.

Aug 20, 2011 Op-Eds
The right to vote is sacred. When I was the Colorado Secretary of State, I worked hard to make sure that every U.S. citizen who called our state home and had the legal right to cast a ballot was afforded the opportunity to do so. However, I fail to see how a portion of the Voting Rights Act contributes to that by forcing an increasing number of local governments to use bilingual ballots all across the United States.
Aug 10, 2011 Op-Eds
I strongly believe that we have a federal government that is much larger than our economy will ever be able to support. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, total revenues to the federal government have never exceeded 21 percent of the gross domestic product in the best of economic times. In 2008, total spending by the federal government was at 20.7 percent of GDP and the national debt stood at 40.3 percent of GDP.
Jul 23, 2011 Op-Eds

The Medicare Board of Trustees conservatively places 2024 as the date when the Medicare trust fund will run out of money.  Simply put, Medicare is going bankrupt, and the longer Congress and the president kick the proverbial can down the road, the more difficult it will be to save and preserve the program for future generations of deserving seniors.

Jul 2, 2011 Op-Eds

Recently I introduced the Facilitating American Security Through Energy Resources Act (FASTER). I did this in light of the recent announcement by the Obama Administration to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for 30 million barrels in an attempt to temporarily alleviate rising energy prices, particularly high gasoline prices. The United States started the petroleum reserve in 1975 after oil supplies were cut off during the 1973-1974 oil embargo to provide a buffer against a “significant” supply disruption. The president claims this is necessary due to the disruption in supply from the fighting in Libya and unrest in other parts of the Middle East and not for the political purpose of tamping down rising gas prices during the summer driving season.

Jun 20, 2011 Op-Eds

Some of the constituents of the 6th Congressional District associate my background mostly with the military prior to my election to Congress, so they might wonder what I’m doing as a subcommittee chairman for the Small Business Committee in the United States House of Representatives and why I’m so passionate about small business.

May 22, 2011 Op-Eds


Last month, I went to China as part of a U.S. China Working Group with four other members of Congress.  The trip was funded by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, a foundation whose mission is to promote better relations between the United States and China.

May 1, 2011 Op-Eds

Last August, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, "The single biggest threat to our national security is our debt."

When the admiral said that, our national debt was $13.3 trillion. Today it is $14.3 trillion. The threat keeps growing.

Apr 22, 2011 Op-Eds

Although you might not have heard of rare earths — the common name for 17 obscure but valuable chemical elements — you most likely own a consumer product that contains them.

Mar 31, 2011 Op-Eds
“We cannot mortgage our children’s future on a mountain of debt. It’s time to put an end to the runaway spending and the record deficits – it’s not how you would run your family budget, and it must not be how Washington handles your tax dollars,” said then Sen. Barack Obama, Oct. 1, 2008. “I think the biggest threat we have to our national security is our debt,” said Admiral Mike Mullen, President Obama’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, July 6, 2010. When then Sen. Barack Obama gave the above remark as part of a campaign speech in the fall of 2008, the deficit – the shortfall between revenues and expenditures – stood at $456 billion. The record deficit in 2008 was the largest deficit in American history and, relative to the size of the economy, the largest deficit since World War II.
Mar 18, 2011 Op-Eds

In case you haven’t figured it out on your own, let me report to you straight from Washington, D.C.: this country’s finances are a mess.

Feb 28, 2011 Op-Eds

On a warm summer morning in 1972 I was waiting in a long line outside of the Military Entrance Processing Station in downtown Denver.  The line consisted of young men, mostly conscripts commonly referred to as draftees, reporting on their assigned date to begin two years of active duty with the U.S. Army.
Feb 10, 2011 Op-Eds
The most important issue on the minds of all Americans is how to get our economy moving again to create jobs. I share the concerns of many Americans on how to end the out-of-control government spending that is threatening both the economic and national security of our nation. The price of gasoline is on the rise and soon families, who have already been hit hard by this economy, will be facing higher prices at the pump once again.
Dec 17, 2010 Op-Eds
When I enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972, the United States was still entrenched in an ideological struggle with the nations and insurgencies who strongly held a shared allegiance to Marxist Communism and who listed the United States as their chief adversary. Today, the United States finds itself in an ideological struggle with radical Islam. This struggle is just as dangerous as the threat of communism once was during the Cold War.
Dec 5, 2010 Op-Eds
Recently, I visited Afghanistan as part of a congressional delegation of five members from the House Armed Services Committee. We were briefed on all aspects of the counterinsurgency mission: the development of Afghan institutions of governance; efforts to reshape Afghan society (i.e., education, role of women, economic development); the training of Afghan security forces (both police and the army); and our own operations, as well as those conducted by our coalition partners. The most inspiring part for me was visiting Helmand province and talking to the Marines on the front lines.
Nov 9, 2010 Op-Eds
Few things can be as paralyzing to residents and dangerous to our first responders as out-of-control forest fires. The pain, anguish, economic cost and potential loss of life associated with catastrophic fires such as the Fourmile Canyon fire earlier this year are irreparably devastating.

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