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  • 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: Health Care, 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: 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: 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: 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

  • Sanctuary Cities and the Need for Immigration Reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman The question of sanctuary cities is a topic charged with emotion as the controversy has come to a head with the U.S. Justice Department demanding the cooperation of local law enforcement agencies in enforcing federal immigration laws. Sanctuary cities are those local jurisdictions that have taken a formal stand in refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities under any circumstances. They are constitutionally correct in that the federal government c... Read more

  • Reality check: fixing health care requires repeal of Obamacare
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman Two weeks into 2017, it is clearer than ever that xing our nation’s health care system will require a full repeal of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. This law has failed Coloradans — it hasn’t made health care affordable or accessible. Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle like to highlight the number of uninsured Americans to measure the success of the ACA, but there is a big difference between people having health i... Read more

  • Rethinking Immigration Reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman One of the great honors that I have as a member of Congress is nominating young people to our nation’s military academies. Having served in both the U.S. Army and the Marines, I’m continually impressed by the many bright and talented students seeking to serve as our nation’s next generation of military leaders. The story of one young student in Aurora is one I will never forget. Monica Carreta wanted to go to the U.S. Naval Academy. She had just graduated at the... Read more

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