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  • The time is now for VA reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman Even as the chorus for reform at the VA grows louder, VA officials and the Obama Administration continue to deny the problems. Newspaper headlines trumpet stories of long wait lines, wasted taxpayer dollars, and an out-of-control bureaucracy But VA leadership and this Administration simply don’t get it. As a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I have tackled a number of issues surroundin... Read more

  • Mr. President, sign the Defense authorization now
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 20, 2015 | Preview rr

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman This week, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) goes to President Obama for his signature. This bi-partisan bill, passed by both the House and Senate with overwhelming majorities, meets the President’s full request for the national security budget. In a nutshell, NDAA provides essential pay and benefits to the men and women serving in our nation’s military. Expanded retirement options for troops, greater protections against sexual assault in the militar... Read more

  • Completed Aurora VA hospital is in sight
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 10, 2015 | Preview rr

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman Finally, a completed Aurora VA hospital is in sight. In early October, Congress voted to fully fund its construction, and the president has signed the legislation. This was no small feat. Despite the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) gross mismanagement and negligence, I look forward to celebrating the completion of the VA hospital in Aurora thanks to a bipartisan effort from the Colorado delegation. The road to this event is a long one. More than a decade ag... Read more

  • Why I believe Iran Cannot Be Trusted
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman The President believes that if Iran is diplomatically treated with the same trust and respect afforded to responsible governments that Iran will somehow suddenly begin to conduct its affair in a responsible and rational manner. I disagree: My belief is that the Iranian government cannot be trusted and is based upon my personal experiences in the Middle East. Simply put, as long as Iran legitimizes state-sponsored terrorism, publicly states that Israel has no rig... Read more

  • We Must Close the Military Sex-Offender Loophole
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 26, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman & U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier Most Americans would find it chilling if a convicted sex offender were dropped into their neighborhood without warning, free to pick new victims at will. But apparently — according to a recent report — that’s exactly what the United States military has allowed to happen in our communities. In Arizona, the Marines released a chief warrant officer who was convicted and served time for making his 12-year-old babysitters wear his wife’s hig... Read more

  • Coffman: Getting the Aurora VA hospital built for our veterans
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman On the southeast corner of Anschutz Medical Research Center is a half-finished Veterans Affairs hospital that, when completed, will be a state-of-the-art medical center designed to meet the needs of our veterans. Unfortunately, the Aurora VA hospital is hundreds of millions over budget and is already years behind schedule due to incomprehensible incompetence by the VA. The general contractor, Kiewit-Turner Construction (KT), sued the VA for its mismanagement of ... Read more

  • From Our Politician – Reforming Congress
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 9, 2014 | Preview rr

    Dear Friends: From the day I was elected to Congress in 2009, I have been engaged in a fight to change the culture of Washington, D.C. No doubt, trying to sell reform to members of Congress on changing a system that they have benefitted from has been an unbelievable tough sell but this is one that we can never give up on. There are many reforms that could easily make Congress better serve the American people but I believe that the top three are a balanced budget amendment, mandatory term limits... Read more

  • COLUMN: Breaking our dependence on foreign oil
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman This editorial that follows is about the U.S addiction to foreign oil and how it imperils our economic and national security. We must and can end that addiction through a renewed emphasis upon various forms of energy development here within North America where we have reliable partners in Canada and Mexico, our own abundant energy resources, and, if unleashed, the entrepreneurial, spirit to use energy more efficiently. Iranian-American relations collapsed when r... Read more

  • COLUMN: Limited U.S. options in Iraq
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 22, 2014 | Preview rr

    What I remember most about serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq was realizing the extraordinary level of hatred that the Sunnis and Shia Arabs had for each other. To understand Iraq today, one must understand the deep religious divisions within the country. The Islamic faith fractured into two very separate sects following a leadership struggle after the death of the Prophet Mohamed in 632 AD. Muslims who believed that the leader should be a descendant of the Prophet Mohamed himself becam... Read more

  • Reforming the Veterans Health Administration
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 24, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    The revelation of systemic mismanagement and corruption within the Veterans’ Health Administration (VHA) has been a shock to the entire country. As a former Army soldier and a Marine Corps combat veteran, my proudest moment serving as a member of Congress was when Republicans and Democrats, on the House Veterans Committee, stood shoulder-to-shoulder on behalf of our nation’s veterans, and unanimously voted for a subpoena for the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Retired Army... Read more

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