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  • Colorado Farm Bureau presents Friend of Farm Bureau Award to Congressman Mike Coffman
    Posted in In the News on October 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Centennial, CO – Today, Colorado Farm Bureau presented Congressman Mike Coffman with its Friend of Farm Bureau Award at the Colorado Farm Bureau State Office in Centennial, Colo. The Friend of Farm Bureau award is awarded at the end of each Congress to members who worked to support agriculture and rural Colorado. “The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is our thanks to Congressman Coffman for standing up for Colorado farm and ranch families in Congress,” Don Shawcroft, Colorado Farm Bureau president, s... Read more

  • APS elementary school teacher surprised with $25,000 award
    Posted in In the News on October 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    One Aurora teacher just became $25,000 richer. Jennie Schmaltz, a third-grade teacher at Elkhart Elementary School, was surprised with a Milken Educator Award Wednesday — an honor that comes with a no-strings-attached prize of $25,000. An Aurora native and graduate of Smoky Hill High School, Schmaltz was presented with the award and check Oct. 26 at a surprise assembly in the Elkhart gymnasium. Several notable dignitaries attended the ceremony, including Aurora Public Schools Superintendent Rico... Read more

  • Coffman, Denham, McCaul demand action to avert soldier bonus claw back
    Posted in In the News on October 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Outraged by a report of soldiers being forced to repay enlistment bonuses, U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) called for action to avert the claw backs. Thousands of soldiers who were paid bonuses of $15,000 or more to enlist or reenlist in the California National Guard at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been ordered to repay their bonuses, the Los Angeles Times reports. Coffman, a veteran of the war in Iraq and a member of the House ... Read more

  • Gardner, Coffman, Tipton lead call for reforms to Veterans Choice Program
    Posted in In the News on October 25, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Reforms to the Veterans Choice Program led by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Scott Tipton (R-CO) would modernize the program’s payment, authorization and referral systems. In a letter to Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald, Gardner, Coffman, and Tipton and other members of Colorado’s delegation wrote that they had received complaints about Health Net, the system used to reimburse non-VA providers, from around the state. “The effectiv... Read more

  • 70 lawmakers press for 11 more F-35s in defense spending bill
    Posted in In the News on October 18, 2016 | Preview rr

    A bipartisan group of 70 lawmakers is asking House appropriators to fund an additional 11 F-35 joint strike fighters in the fiscal 2017 spending bill. Lockheed Martin's F-35 joint strike fighter is the "backbone of future air superiority" for the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marines as well as several allies around the world, the Oct. 4 letter says. Because of how critical the new technology is, the lawmakers urged those negotiating the compromise between the House and Senate appropriations bills to... Read more

  • VA barely makes subpoena deadline on Aurora Hospital project
    Posted in In the News on October 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs made its required report after the close of business on the deadline day in relation to its Aurora hospital project, though its status is unclear. “As of now, we have not determined if this CD complies with [the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee] issued subpoena,” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s congressional office said in an email. The VA had been subpoenaed for the thousands of pages of supporting documentation detailing the Aurora VA hospital construction project’... Read more

  • Politics ramp up in SpaceX explosion investigation
    Posted in In the News on October 4, 2016 | Preview rr

    SpaceX’s investigation into the mysterious explosion of its rocket last month is drawing political support — and branching out in unusual directions. A bipartisan group of 24 members of Congress — many of whose interests align with those of SpaceX — have sent a letter to the heads of the Air Force, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration praising the agencies’ roles in assisting or overseeing SpaceX’s investigation into its September launch pad explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and... Read more

  • 3 Colorado Congressmen pen letter asking for more oversight of SpaceX launches after rocket failures
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2016 | Preview rr

    DENVER – Three of Colorado’s U.S. representatives want more oversight into investigations regarding two SpaceX failed launches that ended in the company’s rockets exploding. Colorado Republican Reps. Mike Coffman, Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton all signed off on the letter, penned by Coffman, that was sent to the heads of NASA, the Air Force and FAA on Sept. 29. The letter was also signed by seven other Congressmen. It expresses concern over the Air Force’s initial certification of the Falcon 9 r... Read more

  • Enough foot-dragging by VA on Aurora hospital reporting
    Posted in In the News on September 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    What an odd battle the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to wage over releasing information meant to explain the massive cost overruns at its Aurora hospital still under construction. The latest development is that, despite being handed a subpoena from Congress, VA officials are still withholding information that could prove useful in getting to the bottom of how the Aurora facility blew past its expected price by more than a billion dollars. This week, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson tu... Read more

  • Congress members question whether SpaceX should conduct its own investigation
    Posted in In the News on September 30, 2016 | Preview rr

    Ten Republican Congress members led by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) have sent a letter to the heads of the Air Force, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration questioning whether SpaceX should be allowed to lead its own investigation into a Sept. 1 launch pad explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket and a communications satellite. Read more

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