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 – 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.
Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) released the following statement after voting for a one-time Congressional exception to allow Gen. James Mattis (Ret) to be confirmed for Secretary of Defense by the United States Senate:
"As a fellow Marine combat veteran, I was proud to vote in favor of the exception to allow General James Mattis (Ret) to be considered for the Secretary of Defense. I firmly believe that General Mattis will provide our men and women in uniform with the leadership and support they deserve."
(Aurora, CO) – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) returned from Afghanistan where he spent Christmas visiting some of our deployed troops.
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:
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.”
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.