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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO


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Apr 22, 2010 Op-Eds
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is doing the right thing in sponsoring a bill eliminating the possibility the Army could condemn ranchland in Southeastern Colorado to expand Fort Carson’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. Bravo!
Apr 20, 2010 Op-Eds
Although you may have never heard of rare earths - the common name for 17 obscure but valuable rare earth elements – you most likely own a consumer product that contains them. Rare earths are used in components for wind turbines, in rechargeable batteries for hybrid cars, in key weapons systems for our military, and in everyday consumer products like computers, cell phones, and iPods. The problem is currently, the U.S. is nearly 100 percent reliant on imports for these vital materials and a disruption in supply could severely affect the U.S.’s ability to manufacture high-technology products and jeopardize our national security.
Apr 6, 2010 Op-Eds
In the final days leading up to passage of the health care bill, and in the days since, Democrats have touted claims that the legislation will reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades. These claims are utterly false, and it doesn’t take someone with green eye shades to figure that out.
Mar 20, 2010 Op-Eds

Re: "Savings estimate wins votes," March 19 news story.

Reading many of the media reports from the past few days about the "new" compromise health care bill Democrats will move through Congress this weekend, you would think the final bill is a magic deficit reduction potion. Democrats are touting claims that this so-called new final package will reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades. These claims are utterly false, and it doesn't take a budget expert or economist to see that. Let me explain. The evidence lies in the assumptions that the official scorekeepers of legislation, the Congressional Budget Office, used in arriving at their conclusion that the bill would save money.
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.