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  • Commentary: The U.S. Air Force needs a light attack aircraft
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    The United States military needs to procure a light attack aircraft, and it needs to do so quickly. The U.S. Air Force recently ended a series of experiments using two different existing light-attack aircraft. Light attack aircraft can strike hostile targets when the enemy does not possess a significant anti-aircraft capability. The current conflicts in Iraq/Syria and Afghanistan are examples of such conflicts. Thanks to this “fly off,” the Air Force surely has a good idea what these airplanes ... Read more

  • Op-Ed: MAVNI program needs fixed ... and the military needs immigrants’ critical skills
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 31, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The greatest strength of our nation’s military has always been, and remains, our exceptional service members. The military services have the privilege of drawing from a large and diverse talent pool, including dedicated and talented immigrants. Today, there are thousands of immigrants serving with distinction. Immigrants serving today are a valued and integral part of our military’s readiness. Every day, noncitizens with legal permanent resident status join the military. However, recent news re... Read more

  • Op-Ed: How the $1.7 billion VA boondoggle got unbungled
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    The Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center located in Aurora is officially opening soon. This is a great thing for our veterans and for our community, but it arrived years late and cost the taxpayers far more than it should have. Plagued by years of mismanagement by the Department of Veterans Affairs, I’m convinced that if not for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who took over the construction management of the hospital in 2015, this day might never have come. At the end of the day, at a pr... Read more

  • Op-Ed: Congress must rein in FCC, establish ‘bright-line rules’ to preserve net freedom
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 17, 2018 | Preview rr

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman Innovations such as electricity, passenger cars and air travel have provided all of us with a better quality of life and millions of jobs. The same is true for the Internet – unquestionably the most impactful innovation of the last 25 years. However, while a solid legal structure of consumer protections was built around these other innovative technologies, we cannot yet say the same for the online world. Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has m... Read more

  • Opinion: Veterans Helping Veterans — Why Peer Support Should Be Expanded
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman “You mean it gets better?” a female veteran asks Olga, a certified peer specialist working at the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the last decade, Olga has served as an integral part of the VA’s peer specialist program in Dallas. After going through the dizzying process herself as an Army veteran, she wondered how other veterans experiencing severe mental health episodes were managing to get the care they needed. Now, Olga spends her time connecting with oth... Read more

  • ICYMI: Time to Fight For Homeless Veterans - and Their Families
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    By: James Gillespie Mile High Behavioral Healthcare and the Comitis Crisis Center --------- I will never forget the first time that I met DeLisa. She was walking down the hallway of the Comitis Crisis Center with her two small boys on each side of her, holding their mother’s hands. Comitis is a homeless shelter in Aurora, Colorado. When I first met her, I asked “Who are you here visiting?” My assumption was that she was a donor touring the building. Her reply surprised me: “We just moved into t... Read more

  • Coffman Pens Letter to Trump on the Direction of the VA
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Dear Mr. President, As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and as a combat veteran, it is no secret that I am passionate about our nation’s obligation to provide the care and benefits that our veterans have earned through their service to our country. Today, I do not believe that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is meeting this solemn obligation. The time to clean up the VA is now. The prior administration systematically hid a culture of bureaucratic incompetence that has pl... Read more

  • Three ways Republicans could better reform the ACA
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 18, 2017 | Preview rr

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman In last Sunday’s Denver Post, John Ingold wrote a front page story entitled “The Faces of Medicaid.” In this story he compassionately described a little girl who was disabled, a boy with severe autism and a senior suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease. Ingold highlighted their dependence on Medicaid, a shared federal/state partnership that provides a health care safety net for the poor and disabled. The Republican-led Congress is now considering significant ref... Read more

  • Marijuana & States’ Rights
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman ..."the federal government will respect our states’ rights and sovereignty" It is no secret that I personally did not vote for the ballot initiative in the year 2000 that legalized medical marijuana. Nor did I vote for the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012. My personal views on marijuana have not changed, and if votes on these two questions were on the ballot today, I would still oppose both of these measures. However, the majority of voters ... Read more

  • Preserving Local Community Banks is Goal of Choice Act
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economy

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman When I drive around the smaller towns of the congressional district that I represent, one of the things I like to spot is what I call "staple businesses." These are often "mom and pop" small businesses that have been around for decades and which you can find sprinkled all across America. Whether it's a local pharmacy that has been filling prescriptions for generations, a family-run dry cleaner, or even a small salon or barber shop, what is never missing from vie... Read more

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