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  • 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: Healthcare

    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

  • Trump should update military policy in Afghanistan
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Military & Veterans

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman Between Christmas and New Year’s, I led a congressional delegation to Kabul, Afghanistan, where I met with some of our soldiers, and with senior U.S. military and diplomatic leaders to discuss what progress we are or are not making in that war. What I found is alarming: First, we need to abandon the Obama administration’s false narrative that it has been able to reduce U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, now down to 8,400, because our strategy is “working.” Quite ... Read more

  • Vets who aren't treated, but then discharged are harmed twice
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Too many of our combat veterans return home to find themselves needing help that often just isn’t there. To make matters worse, nearly 22 veterans commit suicide every day — a number that is far too high. What should be a core competency of the Department of Veterans Affairs continually fails those who fought for us. Read more

  • Federal and state threats to small businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economy, Small Business

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman The small businesses in my congressional district consistently ask me to make the federal government’s policies more like Colorado’s. The pro-growth policies in this state have made it one of the best for small businesses in the country. That may soon change. On Election Day, Colorado voters face two ballot measures – one for a state-run healthcare system and one for a dramatic minimum wage increase -- these could transform Colorado from one nation’s most busine... Read more

  • COFFMAN: VA undermines trust, accountability by refusing to disclose report on hospital construction failures
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 26, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman The Veterans Administration’s internal investigation of the Aurora VA hospital construction project is complete. But the VA continues to deny requests to release this report, which details the massive cost overruns, delays, and mismanagement that occurred. American taxpayers and veterans are entitled to see the VA’s detailed explanation of how this project’s cost spiraled out-of-control, while falling massively behind schedule. Nearly a year after it was initial... Read more

  • Fighting diseases through regenerative medicine
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 24, 2016 | Preview rr

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman The development of regenerative medical treatments is one of the most exciting aspects of modern medicine. In fact, a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office states, “virtually any disease that results from malfunctioning, damaged or failing tissues may be potentially cured through regenerative medicine treatments.” These treatments, developed from adult stem cells, show potential to fully restore or establish normal function in damaged huma... Read more

  • Adjustment issues shouldn't prohibit help for veterans
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 16, 2016 | Preview rr

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman Today, thousands of servicemen and servicewomen and recent military veterans have seen combat on multiple deployments. Many have seen their buddies killed or witnessed death up close. Many have also been wounded and had to endure extended and frequently painful and difficult recoveries. These are the types of events that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and other types of mental illness. It is absolutely vital that we as a nation address the twin crisi... Read more

  • Coffman: The twin crisis of veterans' mental health and suicide
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman In April 1991, I returned home from serving as a light armored infantry officer with the U.S. Marine Corps in the first Gulf War. The unit was the first battalion to engage Iraqi forces inside of Kuwait. We did so for three days prior to the main ground attack on Feb. 24, 1991. For us, the stress of being on the front lines waiting for combat turned out to be worse than the actual combat phase itself because the Iraqi army had been severely degraded in a punishi... Read more

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