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  • Coffman Works to Build Support for Buckley AFB
    Posted in Press Releases on March 26, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans, Middle East Peace/Israel

    U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) sent a letter recently to the Secretary of the Air Force requesting that the 2009 criteria used by the Air Force to determine base selection for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) be reconfigured to more accurately reflect the training realities at Buckley AFB and other bases around the country. The letter, which was also signed by Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Representatives Cory Gardner, Ed Perlmutter, Scott Tipton and Doug Lamborn, was ... Read more

  • Bipartisan Bill on Gulf War Health Research
    Posted in Press Releases on March 14, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Veterans

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), along with U.S. Representative Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and U.S. Representative Michaud (D-ME), introduced the Gulf War Health Research Reform Act of 2014. The legislation is the product of an extensive investigation by Coffman’s House Veteran’s Affairs Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigation (O& I) that found the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) exercising too much control over the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses (RAC) that wa... Read more

  • Combating sexual assaults in the military
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    We must end the scourge of sexual assaults in our military. When young women decide to serve their nation in the armed services, they should never be forced to live under a cloud of intimidation or sexual harassment. This is a challenge the military must confront and overcome. During my own military career, I have witnessed quite a number of challenges that the military has had to confront. Each time, it overcame the obstacles, and always emerged as a more effective fighting force. For example, ... Read more

  • Coffman and Gutierrez respond to letter from the U.S. Armed Services regarding possible Exclusionary Enlistment Policy
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Today, U.S Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), sent a letter to the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Air Force responding to a status update on the policy review of possible U.S. Armed Services policies that prohibits U.S. citizens from enlisting in the military if that enlistee has an undocumented dependent. “Service in the U.S. military is the highest duty one can perform for the country, so I am very concerned about the pos... Read more

  • Coffman Statement On Appropriations Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on January 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Balanced Budget Amendment

    Today, Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement after voting against the $1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014: “I’m voting against the $1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill for the same reason that I voted against the budget. It breaks the spending caps on defense without any real effort at reforming how the Pentagon operates. I will continue to work hard to reform the Pentagon to make sure that every dollar appropriated for the defense of our country is... Read more

  • Bill would give illegals citizenship through service
    Posted in In the News on January 3, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    A Colorado lawmaker is urging Congress to pass legislation that would give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship through military enlistment. The Military Enlistment Opportunity Act would let undocumented immigrants who have been screened by the Homeland Security Department, as well as “documented, legally present non-citizens” the chance to join the military with the promise of receiving permanent residence status. Permanent residence could be rescinded, how... Read more

  • Aurora military academy hopefuls mix school dreams with lofty military aspirations
    Posted in In the News on January 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    It was the mystery and majesty of the sea that drew Victoria Ramirez-Solis to the Merchant Marines. The Hinkley High School senior knew she wanted a career in the military since she was a student at Aurora Hills Middle School. She also knew she wanted to attend college, and the idea of a service academy seemed a perfect way to realize both goals. In the end, it was the water that guided her decision as she considered academies through different branches of the military. Victoria Ramirez-Solis, i... Read more

  • Coffman Urges Action on Immigration Reform Proposal
    Posted in Press Releases on January 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) sent a letter to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) urging action on his legislative proposal, H.R. 435, the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act, that would authorize undocumented individuals, who were brought to the United States illegally as children and who otherwise meet all military requirements for enlistment, be allowed to join the armed forces and have a pathway to citizenship based on their military service. “Although some may find m... Read more

  • Marine facing probe for emailing Afghan threat warning garners Hill backing ahead of hearing
    Posted in In the News on December 17, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    A Marine facing military discharge for mistakenly sending a threat warning from an unclassified email account garnered high-level support ahead of a military hearing that began Tuesday, with several members of Congress leaping to his defense. Maj. Jason Brezler, a Marine Corps reservist and New York City fire fighter was facing a board of inquiry -- the equivalent of an administrative hearing in the military -- for warning his fellow Marines of an insider threat in August 2012. He had tried to w... Read more

  • GAP Praises House Approval of Military Whistleblower Protection Act Makeover
    Posted in In the News on December 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    The Government Accountability Project (GAP) today praised yesterday's House approval of section 1714 in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA FY 2014), which overhauls the discredited Military Whistleblower Protection Act (MWPA) of 1988. The reform is a consensus between House and Senate negotiators, with no Senate opposition expected when that chamber votes on the NDAA next week. GAP Legal Director Tom Devine commented: This is the first significant advance in milita... Read more

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