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  • Reps. Coffman and Bishop Introduce ‘VA Safe Opioid Return Act’
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (CO-06), a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Mike Bishop (MI-08), released the following statements upon introduction of H.R. 6848, the ‘VA Safe Opioid Return Act’. If enacted, this bill would require a physical pill drop off receptacle at all U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities nationwide, if such VA centers have an on-site pharmacy or law enforcement officer. “Enabling our veterans to dispo... Read more

  • Coffman’s Veterans Bill Becomes Law
    Posted in Press Releases on September 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Aurora, CO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), a Marine Corps combat veteran and a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, applauded the signing into law of his bipartisan, H.R. 2147, the ‘Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act’. The new law will require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire 50 additional Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists to ensure veterans have greater access to court-ordered VA treatment programs. Coffman introduced the bill in the ... Read more

  • 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

  • Senate Passes Coffman’s Bill for Veterans’
    Posted in Press Releases on August 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) applauded the Senate’s passage of H.R. 2147, the ‘Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act’. This bipartisan bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire 50 additional Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists to aid in the rehabilitation of veterans caught up in the criminal justice system. Coffman’s bill will now go to the President for his signature into law. H.R. 2147 will help those veterans, caught up in t... Read more

  • Coffman NDAA Language Signed Into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on August 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Military & Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee for Military Personnel for the House Armed Services Committee, applauded the signing into law of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The NDAA contains significant policy and funding initiatives for the Department of Defense (DoD) and key provisions for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District. This is the earliest date both the House and the Senate have pass... Read more

  • Rep. Coffman to Oppose Space Force
    Posted in Press Releases on August 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Aurora, Colorado— Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman, Chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee and member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, announced his opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposal to create a separate “Space Force” as an additional branch of the U.S. military. This new branch would presumably assume all responsibility for space activities largely under the control of the U.S. Air Force with some assets under the Navy a... Read more

  • Coffman Statement on VA Secretary Wilkie’s Confirmation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Robert Wilkie as Secretary of Department of Veterans Affairs: “I look forward to sitting down with Secretary Wilkie and letting him know, in no uncertain terms, that unless he cleans house by firing senior VA leaders who have consistently failed our veterans, that no matter what he says or does, he will never change the culture of bureaucratic incompetence that has plague... 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

  • Rep. Coffman Named to New Subcommittee on Technology Modernization
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Military & Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) was selected by House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) to serve on the newly created Subcommittee on Technology Modernization. The subcommittee will focus on oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) technology projects, specifically the Electronic Health Record (EHR) modernization program. “As a Marine Corps combat veteran, it is an honor to join the Subcommittee on Technology Modernization,” ... Read more

  • Coffman Votes to Fund the Department of Defense
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Military & Veterans

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the following statement after the House passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2019, which provides funding for the Department of Defense: “I am pleased that this year’s defense appropriation bill reflects many of the priorities I set as Chair of the House Armed Services Committee’s Military Personnel Subcommittee. These include taking care of our men and women in uniform, their families, and taking steps ... Read more

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