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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO


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Mar 12, 2010 Op-Eds
Although I did not attend the health care “summit” held at the Blair House hosted by the president, like so many other Americans I watched it intently. While the event was a fascinating study in public discourse, it was not the game-changing summit Democrats had billed it to be. I was left underwhelmed with the president and utterly disappointed in the plan he put forward.
Mar 10, 2010 Op-Eds
Congress must adopt a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. Our nation’s economic future may well depend on it. Today our national debt sits at more than $12 trillion. The president’s budget projects more than a $1.6 trillion dollar shortfall this year. When you include all of the unfunded liabilities of paying for future entitlement spending the national debt looks more like $65 trillion. It is also projected that in the next 15 years our national debt will eclipse our gross domestic product (GDP), essentially bankrupting our government.
Mar 5, 2010 Op-Eds
Bipartisanship is, as everyone knows, in short supply in Washington these days. But it has not vanished completely. When Presidential Science Adviser John Holdren and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden unveiled President Obama's new plan for space exploration they encountered unexpectedly strong and dramatic opposition from Democrats and Republicans alike. What produced this rare consensus? Nothing less than a roadmap put forth by these two men for strategic retreat from space leadership.
Feb 28, 2010 Op-Eds

Mike Coffman is understandably miffed with the League of Conservation Voters, which seems as dedicated to boosting the size of government as in protecting the environment. So when the league gave the 6th District congressman a paltry 7 percent rating on its National Environmental Scorecard, Coffman lit into it with righteous gusto.

Feb 4, 2010 Op-Eds
The reelection campaign of President Obama began last week with the delivery of his State of the Union address. Battered by the wholesale rejection of his domestic policy agenda in the Massachusetts Senate election, the president shifted into 2012 mode. They say in Washington “good policy makes good politics.” Unfortunately, in the president’s 70 minute speech, I heard too much of the latter and not enough of the former.
Feb 2, 2010 Op-Eds
This week President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2011. Just a few days prior the president spoke at a meeting of House Republicans, promising fiscal discipline and a renewed commitment to tackling our rising national debt. These were also themes in the president’s State of the Union address and on both occasions I was encouraged to hear the president talk about the economy and commit to focusing on job creation. Disappointingly, a review of the president’s fiscal year 2011 budget shows the administration has chosen more of the same reckless and unsustainable taxing, spending, and borrowing.
Jan 25, 2010 Op-Eds
On the Tuesday before Christmas, a little known freshman Democrat from Alabama, Rep. Parker Griffith, made waves in the nation’s capital – he changed party affiliations.
Jan 25, 2010 Op-Eds
During my first year in Congress, I witnessed a disturbing pattern in legislative strategy pursued by Democrat leaders. Often in Congress, non-controversial provisions are attached to annual authorizing and funding bills, which in essence, become legislative vehicles for other measures. It’s not a new practice. Both parties have long used this as a tactic to move legislation through Congress, but the Democrats’ escalation last year using all three troop funding bills as a means to pass extremely controversial and unrelated social and economic policy was inappropriate and set a terrible precedent.
Jan 13, 2010 Op-Eds
Founding Father and statesman Patrick Henry once said of the Constitution, "It is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
Jan 12, 2010 Op-Eds

Lies and federal databases

Examiner Columnist
January 13, 2010
Washington Examiner