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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Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) sent a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee urging the subcommittee to include language in their fiscal year (FY) 2018 Federal Aviation Reauthorization legislation that studies the potential for a more holistic set of standards to test the competency required to become a commercial pilot.
The military personnel system is going through a crisis according to some of the most notable former military officials in the nation and in the midst of those choppy waters, two new lawmakers are taking the helm.
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) took over as chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee this year. This responsibility comes as a slew of issues plague the military. TRICARE, talent management, sexual assault and housing allowance, among others, are all at the forefront of the personnel realm.
Aurora, CO—U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) is renewing his call for an independent investigation into allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.
Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, requesting the U.S. Treasury Department decline Exxon Mobil Corporation’s request for a waiver of the sanctions against Russia in order to allow Exxon Mobil to proceed with its drilling projects in the Black Sea in partnership with Rosneft, the Russian state-owned oil corporation. Coffman states:
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) filed bipartisan legislation today reaffirming the United States’ commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-6), Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-2) are the lead cosponsors of the resolution, which has 18 cosponsors. NATO’s collective defense agreement was invoked for the first time following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and NATO has been a critical partner in U.S. efforts to combat terrorism.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) released the following statement today in regards to Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), joined by Representatives Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Susan Davis (D-CA), and Mike Coffman (R-CO), today introduced the Department of Defense Emergency Response Capabilities Database Enhancement Act, legislation that would require National Guard and Reserve forces to track cyber capabilities. This is a companion bill to legislation introduced by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Deb Fischer (R-NE).
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) released the following statement today in regards to U.S. National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn:
“As national security advisor, Michael Flynn is responsible to the President, Vice President, and the American people. It is his duty to be fully transparent and forthright in his actions—anything less is unacceptable. If in fact he purposely misled the President, he should step down immediately.”
Between Christmas and New Year’s, I led a congressional delegation to Kabul, Afghanistan, where I met with some of our soldiers, and with senior U.S. military and diplomatic leaders to discuss what progress we are or are not making in that war.