Mike Coffman

Mike Coffman


President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration


(Washington, D.C.) The trend of this White House politicizing immigration continues. President Obama wants a partisan political wedge issue, not meaningful, sensible, compassionate immigration reform. The president's unilateral actions will make it harder for congress to fix the immigration system, and the worst part is - that seems to be exactly his intention. Shutting down the government is not an option.  I will be looking into what other options are available that would force the President to negotiate with Congress on immigration reform next year. I support a step-by-step approach that starts with securing our borders.  I've introduced legislation that will allow the young undocumented adults, who grew up here and graduated from high school here, to have an opportunity to serve in the military and to earn a path to citizenship from their military service. Read More

Supporting the Keystone XL Pipeline


(Washington, D.C.) Today, I voted in favor of, and the House passed, H.R. 5682, a bill that if enacted will immediately allow TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline.  I hope that the Senate will take up this important bipartisan legislation next week and that the President will immediately sign it into law.  By approving Keystone XL now, we can improve our economy, bolster our national security, and reassert our standing in the world as nations can rely on us rather than depend on despotic rulers for their energy supply. Read More

Man fights VA, says half of his father’s insurance benefits went to employee


[[{"fid":"380","view_mode":"full","attributes":{"alt":"Fox 31 Denver","title":"Fox 31 Denver","style":"width: 85px; height: 85px;","class":"media-element file-full"},"fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Fox 31 Denver","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Fox 31 Denver"},"type":"media"}]] DENVER — Wade Barton still gets emotional every time he visits his father’s grave at Fort Logan National Cemetery west of Denver. “I wish things were better off than they were,” Barton said looking over his father’s tombstone. His father died almost two years ago, but his son’s battle against the Department of Veterans Affairs rages on. Barton is fighting the office over his dad’s life insurance policy. He’s upset because half of the money went to a VA social worker who helped with his father’s care. “My dad told me that money was to be used after he died for burial services and whatever else needed to be handled,” Barton said. He wants to know why half of the $10,000 policy was given to an employee, which he believes is against federal regulations that prohibit employees from getting gifts from veterans over $20 a year. Documents obtained by FOX31 Denver show the VA employee, Jim Sellers, met with Barton’s father on at least seven occasions while he was getting care at the VA hospital. Barton said he doesn’t believe his father intended to leave Sellers half of the life insurance money and demanded the local VA office investigate. The VA Office of Inspector General looked into the matter in April and found there was “insufficient evidence to pursue further investigation,” according to a letter the VA sent Barton in April. Sellers is listed as a friend on the life insurance document, which was signed in 2009 at the VA medical facility in Denver. The VA said Sellers was not in the room at the time the document was signed and did not help Barton’s father with the paperwork. US Rep. Mike Coffman, who is the leading member of the House Subcommittee for VA Oversight and Investigation, doesn’t believe Barton got a true investigation by the OIG. “Clearly there is no question, on the surface, that there appears to be very significant wrong doing,” Coffman told FOX31 Denver Investigative Reporter Tak Landrock. Coffman asked for a second investigation by the OIG and got it. The second investigation found no criminal wrongdoing, but this time the agency that investigates governmental department said Sellers may have exercised questionable judgment in accepting the proceeds in his role as a VA employee. The OIG said it would leave it up to the VA to decide if any administrative action is warranted. Sellers refused to speak with FOX31 Denver after repeated requests for an interview. In a written statement to FOX31 Denver a VA spokesman wrote, “The veteran was fully alert, cognizant and not influenced by any other person.” It goes on to say, “The veteran was within his rights to name whomever he desired to receive the proceeds from his VA Life insurance policy.” Coffman disagrees with the VA’s stance on this issue  and is ordering the OIG to dig deeper. “We could argue that maybe the mental state of that patient was that he was cognizant to make that decision, but it doesn’t matter because if we look at regulations they are fairly clear that this should not have occurred,” Coffman said. Coffman thinks there is a cover-up to protect Sellers, but he also wants to know if there a systemic problem at VA centers across the county. “This may not be an isolated incident; this may be a pattern that goes across the nation in VA facilities. Where you have a system that has figured out that people that are in a position of trust, over elderly veterans, that they essentially manipulate them,” Coffman said. For Barton he will continue to fight and is hoping justice will prevail. Read More

Honor those who serve


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Coffman Urges the President to Increase Wildfire Prevention Funding


(Washington, D.C.) On October 21, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) sent a letter to the President pressing him to increase funding for the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership in his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request. The Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership was formed last year when the Departments of Agriculture and Interior established a framework to partner with local entities to reduce the risks of wildfire upon Western communities and their water supplies.  In July 2014, under this arrangement, the Departments of Agriculture and Interior announced $187,500 to Colorado in order to fund forestry work around the Colorado-Big Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas projects.  These projects use diversions, tunnels, pipes, dams and reservoirs to carry water under the Continental Divide to the Front Range of Colorado. The funding will be used to thin forests and clear hazardous fuels around a reservoir above Estes Park and for forest thinning around Turquoise Reservoir and the water collection system in the surrounding watershed.  This will help to prevent and mitigate the devastating effects that future fires can have on our water resources and the communities that depend upon them. “Colorado is a state blessed with many natural resources, but some of the most important are our forest lands and watersheds,” Coffman wrote in the letter.  “These are vital resources for the economy and quality of life for many of our families and businesses.  We must take all necessary steps to protect our forests and our watersheds on public lands from catastrophic wildfires and invasive species.” The Bureau of Reclamation funds the Partnership through its WaterSMART program.  The Department of the Interior committed $152,000 to the Partnership during its first year, and followed up by committing an additional $187,500 in July 2014.  Coffman’s goal is to see the funding for the Partnership doubled for Fiscal Year 2016 to protect watersheds and forests from the dangers of wild fires, drought and invasive species. “I greatly appreciate Congressman Coffman’s leadership in protecting our forests,” expressed Mayor Steve Hogan of Aurora, Colorado.  “Healthy forest lands and watersheds are critical to protecting Aurora’s water supply.  I look forward to working with Congressman Coffman and others to secure the necessary funding for this critical program.” The Front Range of Colorado’s municipal water supplies suffered greatly as a result of flooding, erosion and sediment deposition after the 1996 Buffalo Creek Fire, the 2000 Bobcat Fire, the 2002 Hayman and Schoonover fires, and the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire. The Buffalo Creek fire and the subsequent debris flows from flash floods deposited mud, ash and decomposed granite in Strontia Springs Reservoir, requiring significant rehabilitation efforts. Moreover, the storage capacity of the Reservoir was reduced by 15 percent in the months following the fire.  The Hayman Fire burned 138,000 acres of forest, and destroyed 133 homes and 466 outbuildings at an estimated cost of $238 million. The Waldo Canyon fire burned the watershed above Colorado Springs, resulting in the death of two individuals, the loss of 346 homes, over $450 million in insurance claims, and significant damage – as a result of post-fire storms – to utility infrastructure. “If we are to avoid more of these devastating wildfires, more funding for wildfire prevention is needed,” wrote Coffman.  “Doing so will bolster the Forest Service and the Department of the Interior’s abilities to protect our natural resources and our communities.” Read More



(Washington, D.C.) No Labels – a national movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to a new politics of problem solving – this morning congratulated U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) on his election victory, along with 60 other National Strategic Agenda supporters. The group emphasized that running on a message of problem solving was effective for candidates across the nation and the political spectrum. “It’s clear that ending partisan gridlock has the support of America’s voters,” said No Labels Executive Director Margaret Kimbrell. “Coffman was among the 60 Problem Solvers who won their elections last night. These election results mark a new era in politics, one where candidates like Coffman who promise to be collaborative and work on solving problems — not just on getting re-elected — will do well at the ballot box.” “Problem solvers are going to set the tone in the 114th Congress,” predicted No Labels Co-Chairman Jon Huntsman. “With the end of the divisive nature of an election season comes a fresh start and real opportunities to solve some of the nation’s most pressing problems. We’re looking forward to working with members of Congress like Coffman as part of a growing, bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus to take on the issues that we know have consensus — like immigration and tax reform.” Bill Galston, No Labels Co-Founder, said “Problem solving is a positive message that doesn’t require candidates to tear each other down or to check their principles at the door of the political arena. It’s a winning message for all candidates, like Coffman, because it really can unite us above differences of partisanship and ideology.” Elected officials who support development of No Labels’ National Strategic Agenda received the Problem Solver Seal of Approval; most recipients chose to use it as a credential as they sought re-election. The National Strategic Agenda will be built on four widely agreed-upon goals (based on a nationwide survey): •      Create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years; •      Balance the federal budget by 2030; •      Secure Medicare and Social Security for another 75 years; and •      Make America energy secure by 2024. At the time of this release, 60 National Strategic Agenda supporters won their races. Seven races are still too close to call. Read More

New Geriatric Research Education and Clinic Approved


(Washington, D.C.) Today, the office of Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-6) announced that the Veterans Administration has approved the Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) for the establishment of a new Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora Colorado.  “The Director of the Center for Aging at CU Anschutz, Dr. Robert Schwartz credits Coffman and fellow Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter for help bringing the new research and treatment center to Aurora.” Denver Post (10/23/14) VA Hospital at Anschutz in Aurora Lands Geriatric Research Center “I am pleased that our community will continue to lead in the important area of geriatric health, said Coffman.  “As a member of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee and as a veteran myself, I am particularly pleased that this effort will focus on supporting our older veterans,” he continued.  Each GRECC contains a research component, an education component, and a clinical component. Currently there are 19 GRECCs which compete for research grants to conduct research on aging and the diseases commonly associated with it, to research how care is best delivered to elders, and to determine the efficacy of rehabilitation. The GRECCs also work with clinical staff in VA medical centers to demonstrate new or improved care for elderly veterans. This new center is expected to include twelve new full time VA employees hired as researchers, clinical educators and administrative staff dedicated to improving the lives of elderly veterans.   Placing the GRECC at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will allow its staff to collaborate with geriatric researchers at the University’s medical school. This collocation was a key factor in the success of the application.   This is the first new GRECC in more than 15 years. Congressman Coffman provided a letter of support for the application and the new center is part of his ongoing efforts to improve lives of veterans.  The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System was chosen over two other national finalist hospitals.  Schwartz credits much of that to the overwhelming support of local groups and legislators including U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and U.S. Rep Ed Perlmutter, as well as support from the campus Dean of Medicine.  http://www.denverpost.com/aurora/ci_26771190/va-hospital-at-anschutz-aurora-lands-geriatric-research Read More

VA hospital at Anschutz in Aurora lands geriatric research center


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Read the Threatening Emails Sent to a VA Whistleblower After He Appeared on TV


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After appearing on Fox News on September 2, Davis was emailed just minutes later by William Lamm, who asked Davis to appear at an Administrative Investigation Board meeting scheduled for September 4. Lamm said Davis would be asked to sign a copy of a “notice” at that meeting. Davis told TheBlaze that he isn’t sure what the Board meeting would cover, but based on the notice, it appeared to be an attempt to start an internal VA investigation into Davis’s actions. The notice Davis was asked to sign said employees must testify “freely and honestly in cases respecting employment and disciplinary matters,” and also said issues discussed as part of the investigation cannot be talked about outside the VA. “VA Directive 0700 requires you to refrain from disclosing any information developed in the course of the investigation, including the substance of your testimony, with others, if so directed by the Convening Authority or by a member of the administrative investigative board,” it reads. “This is to protect the integrity and fairness of the investigative process.” Davis replied in an email on September 3 that the White House Office of Special Counsel is already investigating his whistleblower case, and said the VA has already determined that the OSC investigation must be concluded before the VA itself takes any action against Davis. “Therefore, I will have to decline your invitation to meet tomorrow,” Davis wrote. “Mr. Lamm, I respectfully ask that you please stop contacting me about this matter.” Later that day, Lamm wrote back that Davis had no choice but to attend the meeting, and reminded him that the notice Davis was required to sign says refusing to testify on disciplinary matters “may be ground for disciplinary action.” “Mr. Davis, with all due respect, the notification that was sent to you and to your representative to appear before the Administrative Investigation Board was not an invitation to which you can decline,” Lamm wrote. Lamm backed off his demand later in the day, in an email that said the VA wants to cooperate with the OSC, and that the OSC would not be able to have an “Agent” attend the planned hearing. Davis told TheBlaze that this veiled threat seemed empty, as the OSC told him personally that it does not employ any such “Agents.” Still, the exchange prompted Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) to write VA Secretary Robert McDonald about the VA’s effort to silence Davis. “Mr. Davis recently indicated to my staff that he is receiving threatening emails regarding disciplinary action against him,” Coffman wrote. “He indicated he is being harassed and investigated and that human resource officials have demanded that he sign a document, without a VA or OMB identification control number, purporting to be a Notice of Witness Obligations, Protections and Privacy.” “Please be assured that retaliation against VA employees that have provided whistleblower information to Congress will not be tolerated,” Coffman added. “I request a response and explanation within five working days.” Davis and House aides said they are not aware of a response from McDonald, more than a month after Coffman’s letter was sent. In the meantime, Davis is continuing to blow the whistle on the failure of the VA to clean up the mess after the health care scandal broke earlier this year. He’s also tweeting updates at his Twitter profile, @ScottDavis_WB. Most recently, Davis has warned that the VA appears to be preparing to jettison thousands of old veterans’ claims for healthcare that were never processed. Davis said the VA has been sending letters to people who filed these unanswered claims, and appears to be preparing to argue that it can freely drop any outstanding claim unless veterans write back. The trouble is, Davis said, is that the VA is getting a response rate of about 8 percent, and said the VA appears to be looking for an easy way to justify ditching these old claims. Davis added that eliminating potentially hundreds of thousands of old claims would let the VA boast about improving its performance rate for veterans seeking medical help, when really it would only be trashing claims it never answered. “By deleting the record, you’re deleting your true turnaround time,” he told TheBlaze. Read More

Delay for Butler VA project prompts groans from American Legion


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Mike Coffman began his distinguished career of serving our nation at a very young age.  At age seventeen, after finishing his junior year at Aurora Central High School in 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.   Through the Army, Coffman was able to earn a high school diploma.  In 1974, he left active duty to attend the University of Colorado under the G.I. Bill where he continued his military career by serving in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Coffman took a leave of absence from the U.S. Army Reserve and the University of Colorado to attend D.G. Vaishnav College in Chennai, India in 1976 and the University of Veracruz in Xalapa, Mexico in 1977.  Coffman graduated from the University of Colorado in 1979 and immediately transferred from the U.S. Army Reserve to the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as an infantry officer.

In 1983, Coffman came back home to Colorado and started a small business, an Aurora-based property management company, that would grow to over 20 employees. He remained the senior share holder of the firm for the next seventeen years until selling his interest in 2000. While in business, he continued serving in the military by joining the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

In his role as a Colorado small business owner, Coffman saw the need to bring more common sense pro-growth economic policies to state government so he ran and was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1988 and re-elected in 1990.  Shortly after his 1990 re-election, Coffman took an unpaid leave of absence from the state legislature and volunteered to return to active duty for the first Gulf War where he served as the executive officer for a light armored infantry company.   The battalion that Coffman served in was ordered to attack and defend positions inside of Kuwait, for three consecutive days prior to the main ground attack, as part of a deception and reconnaissance-by-fire operation.  Coffman retired from the military in 1994 after having served for seven years between the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve and thirteen years between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve.

In 1994, Coffman was elected to the State Senate where he served as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.  While in the State Senate, he completed the Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  In 1998, Coffman was elected to the office of State Treasurer and re-elected in 2002.  In 2005, the U.S. Marine Corps was under strength in meeting their requirements for the Iraq War and begun to extend Marines beyond their active duty enlistments, recall Marines recently released from active duty, and selectively reach out to retired Marines and request their return to active duty.   Coffman resigned his position as the State Treasurer and volunteered to return to the U.S. Marine Corps for an assignment in Iraq.  In Iraq, Coffman was a civil affairs officer where he worked in support of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) in 2005 and in 2006 he was reassigned to help establish interim local governments in the Western Euphrates River Valley.

In 2006, Coffman came home after completing a full tour of duty in Iraq and was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve out the remainder of his term as the State Treasurer.  In that same year, he ran and was elected to the Office of Secretary of State and served in that capacity until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.

Coffman is the only veteran in the Colorado delegation and the only Member of Congress to have served in both the first Gulf War and in the Iraq War.  Congressman Coffman represents the 6th Congressional District of Colorado and serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Veteran’s Affairs Committee where he is the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and on the House Committee on Small Business.

Coffman and his wife Cynthia were married in 2005 just before he deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps.  Cynthia Coffman was the Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Bill Owens before becoming the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Colorado under Attorney General John Suthers.  Coffman attends Faith Presbyterian Church in Aurora with his eighty year-old mother, Dorothy Coffman.

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