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  • VA’s Army Of Bored Interior Designers Can’t Keep Their Hands Off Brazilian Wood
    Posted in In the News on August 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    A Republican congressman is going after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for having almost 200 full-time interior designers. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller thinks the designers are a significant factor in the troubled agency’s penchant for wasting tax dollars, and offering inadequate care to veterans The Florida Republican — who has devoted much of his tenure as chairman to exposing waste, fraud and abuse in the VA — points to boondoggles like the department’s n... Read more

  • Ernst, Johnson, Coffman react to report on ISIS intelligence manipulation
    Posted in In the News on August 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) called a recent report’s findings that intelligence on ISIS may have been manipulated to create a more favorable depiction of U.S. antiterrorism efforts “alarming.” Ernst and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) called for an investigation in September into allegations made by whistleblowers that the military intelligence community had manipulated or altered intelligence products to distort the impact of U.S. antiterrorism efforts. The resulting Joint Task Force and U.S. Cent... Read more

  • Aurora Congressman Coffman calls for ‘stolen valor’ investigation into Eric Nelson
    Posted in In the News on August 9, 2016 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, waded into the wild and tangled saga surrounding embattled Aurora Public Schools Board of Education director Eric Nelson Tuesday, Aug. 2, urging U.S. Attorney John Walsh to investigate whether Nelson had violated federal law. In his letter, Coffman formally requested the prosecutor’s office look into Nelson’s claimed military credentials to determine if the APS board member had violated provisions of the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, a federal law intended to punish... Read more

  • Major federal mental health reform passed by U.S. House awaits Senate this fall
    Posted in In the News on August 3, 2016 | Preview rr

    A sweeping reform of the nation’s $130 billion mental health system — already passed by the U.S. House and headed for the Senate next month — would ramp up the number of psychiatric beds and make it easier for families to access treatment even when their relative does not want it. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a Pennsylvania Republican and a clinical psychologist, is behind the legislation, the product of three years of research that began after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in ... Read more

  • More than 70 become American citizens during naturalization ceremony at Aurora city hall
    Posted in In the News on July 28, 2016 | Preview rr

    Hosting a local naturalization ceremony has been a piece of Aurora’s ongoing efforts to integrate and welcome the city’s constantly burgeoning community of immigrants and refugees. Read more

  • Coffman delivers copy of congressional remarks on Aurora’s 125th birthday to council
    Posted in In the News on July 26, 2016 | Preview rr

    "From humble beginnings, Aurora has grown to be the third most-populous city in Colorado with a rich and ethnically diverse population. I have lived in Aurora since I was 6 years old and have watched with amazement the city's transformation from a modest Denver suburb into the thriving city it is today," Coffman said. Read more

  • Republican pushes VA on contracts for veteran-owned businesses
    Posted in In the News on July 7, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    A top Republican wants to make sure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is following a Supreme Court ruling that directs agencies to follow laws to increase the number of federal contracts to veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs). In a letter to Thomas Leney, executive director of the VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) urged the VA to embrace the ruling as a way to reach more “qualified VOSBs." Coffman is chair of the House Veterans Affair... Read more

  • Coffman lauds health clinic
    Posted in In the News on July 6, 2016 | Preview rr

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) is a proponent of the Audrey C. Farley Women’s Center at Salud Family Health Centers, 30 S. 20thAve., which he visited on July 1. Coffman said he’s “such a fan” of what community health centers do in terms of providing care for low-income and uninsured people. He said he believes that community health centers like Salud Family Health Centers are more efficient than traditional care choices.Since the Audrey C. Farley Women’s Center opened in January 2015, it has ... Read more

  • Coffman works with local physician to push stem-cell therapy bill
    Posted in In the News on June 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    As most congressional watchers begin to turn their attention to the November elections, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman canvassed the northern Front Range on Wednesday — not for campaign purposes, but to make a last-ditch effort to move a health-care bill of his that has been stuck in limbo. Coffman, an Aurora Republican, is the House sponsor of the REGROW Act, which would speed physicians’ ability to use experimental stem-cell therapies, allowing for clinical trials on patients once safety, rather than ... Read more

  • Lavish Features Cut From Over-Budget Aurora VA hospital
    Posted in In the News on June 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans

    Imported Brazilian wood has been scratched from the budget-busting design for a veterans hospital under construction outside Denver, eliminated to save money. A planned $10 million landscaping scheme has been slashed to $2 million, and subcontractors who find a way to reduce costs get to keep 30 percent of the savings, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, which took over management of the project after the cost nearly tripled. Corps officials said Wednesday they've been looking for ways to ... Read more

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