Mike Coffman

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

Coffman Honors Hispanic Heritage Month

2014/09/15

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) made the following statement today in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15, 2014 -October 15, 2014:  "As we begin Hispanic Heritage Month, I want to thank the men and women who dedicate themselves to their family, their community, and most certainly our country. I salute you for enriching our culture, our traditions, and strengthening our nation. Thank you!" "Con el comienzo del Mes de la Hispanidad, quiero agradecerle a los hombres y a las mujeres que se dedican a sus familias, su comunidad, y sin duda a nuestro país. Te agradezco por enriquecer nuestra cultura, nuestras tradiciones, y por fortalecer a nuestra nación. ¡Gracias!" Read More

Coffman Statement in Remembrance of 9/11

2014/09/12

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) made the following statement today in remembrance of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001: "Thirteen years ago today 3,000 American lives were taken in an unspeakable act of terror. Today we honor those lives and those that continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones.  We should also take today to remember the strength we found in each other in the days and weeks after that fateful day in September - the unbreakable bond that unites us a nation helping us rise from the ashes." Read More

House committee OKs Coffman’s VA hospital projects oversight bill

2014/09/11

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The USA Act will save taxpayers money

2014/09/11

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Reaction from Colorado delegation to President Obama's ISIS speech

2014/09/11

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Congress Taking Action On Costly, Delayed VA Hospital In Aurora

2014/09/11

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Medical examiners critical of Veterans Affairs IG

2014/09/11

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Davis, current head of the association and chief medical examiner in Jefferson County, Ala., also questioned the standard used in the IG report exonerating the VA for the deaths of at least 20 patients who faced unreasonable delays or substandard care. "I can't imagine a circumstance where someone would word it that way," he said. Richard Griffin, acting VA inspector general, is under fire for allowing department officials to add a pivotal sentence in the published report on falsification of appointment lists at the Phoenix hospital that essentially absolves the agency in any patient deaths. “While the case reviews in this report document poor quality of care, we are unable to conclusively assert that the absence of timely quality care caused the deaths of these veterans,” the report said. Agency officials and much of the news media seized on that sentence. VA released a statement quoting that finding before the final IG report was publicly issued Aug. 26. That sentence was not in the draft report that the IG sent to agency executives for comment prior to completion of the final version. The Washington Examiner reported the discrepancy Monday. Griffin confirmed it during a Senate hearing Tuesday. Congress established the inspectors general program in 1978 to act as independent watchdogs in federal agencies. The final IG report verified allegations that patient waiting lists were being falsified to hide long delays in care, charges that were first reported to the IG by an agency whistleblower in October 2013. It also described the practice of maintaining phony waiting lists as "systemic" throughout VA. The IG’s investigation has spread to 93 VA health facilities nationwide since the allegations were publicly disclosed in April. The language used by Griffin’s investigators that they could not “conclusively” prove delays in care cause deaths is inconsistent with pathology practices because no mater how long a patient waits for treatment, the underlying cause of death will be the medical condition, the doctors told the Republic. The newspaper also said Griffin did not identify any previous IG investigative report which listed untimely care as a cause of death. Griffin also would not discuss why his findings did not address how many patients who died might have lived longer if they had received proper and timely treatment. The high standard used by the IG to determine whether delays caused deaths was questioned by key members of Congress even before the final report was issued last month. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigation, asked Griffin what standard the IG would be using to assess harm to patients in an Aug. 19 letter. As the Examiner reported last week, Coffman urged Griffin not to use the “unrealistic” standard requiring 100 percent certainty in weighing whether patient deaths were linked to delays caused by fraudulent scheduling practices at the Phoenix hospital. The better standard would be that the delays “more likely than not” adversely affected patient care, the standard VA uses when conducting internal reviews, Coffman said. Coffman also asked whether VA administrators pressured the IG to use the higher standard. Griffin has repeatedly denied VA executives had undue influence over the final version of the report since the Examiner story last week. "No one in VA dictated that sentence go in that report, period," Griffin told the Senate Committee Tuesday. After the initial Examiner report was published, Griffin issued a statement responding to what he called “media coverage of baseless allegations on independence and integrity over the IG’s report.” The statement linked to the Examiner story and declared, “there is no basis in fact to support these allegations.” Griffin’s office has refused to answer detailed questions about its Phoenix investigation submitted by the Examiner. Last week, the Examiner asked the IG office to describe why it used language saying it could not “conclusively” prove delays caused deaths, and whether that standard was used in prior investigations. The IG also was asked to explain what its investigators did between October 2013, when it received the initial whistleblower complaint, and April 2014, when the allegations were revealed publicly at a House Veterans Affairs Committee meeting. The IG refused to answer those inquiries, instead releasing only a generic response to the Examiner. “In all instances, including the statement referenced in your email below, the OIG, and not VA, dictated the final findings and recommendations,” said Griffin spokesman Catherine Gromek. Read More

Obama preparing to expand offensive against Islamic State

2014/09/11

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The U.S. already has stepped up aerial surveillance in Syria, which would be needed to provide the real-time intelligence necessary to conduct precise attacks. “They know that Syria has to be a piece of the plan,” said former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Jane Harman, one of a group of outside foreign experts Obama consulted over a three-hour dinner at the White House on Sept. 8. “He’s seriously considering all options.” Obama will deliver a televised address to the nation today at 8 p.m. to lay out his strategy to battle the Islamic State, which has captured swaths of Syria and Iraq. The Sunni extremist group’s sweep across Iraq in recent months and a campaign of terror that has included the beheading of two U.S. journalists has galvanized public fears of a rising terrorist threat and stirred demands from lawmakers that Obama articulate a plan for dealing with Islamic State. A U.S. public wary a year ago when Obama sought congressional authorization for air strikes against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons has now shifted its mood. Sixty-five percent of Americans back bombing strikes against the Sunni extremists in Syria, more than double the level of support from a year ago, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released yesterday. Representative Peter King, a Republican of New York and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, linked public support for an expanded military mission to “those beheadings; they were tragic enough, but it also brought back the memories of 9/11.” Obama’s foreign policy rating is dropping on both sides of the Atlantic, according to a Transatlantic Trends survey sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. The survey showed 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s international policies, while 64 percent of Europeans support them, down from 69 percent a year ago. The growing Islamic State threat to the government of Iraq and U.S. interests in the country prompted Obama to authorize air strikes against Islamic State targets there. The campaign, which has resulted in more than 150 raids by U.S. planes and drones, has helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces roll back some of the Islamic State gains. “There has to be a political solution; there’s not a military solution alone for this,” Representative Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican, said in an interview today with Bloomberg Television. He said he doesn’t support U.S. troops on the ground. Obama has refrained from intervening in Syria, where Islamic State is one of several groups seeking to topple Assad. The chaos in the country has given Islamic State “a virtual safe haven,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday. “It is very dangerous for terrorist organizations, extremist organizations, to be able to occupy and operate in a safe haven or a virtual safe haven, like we see in Syria,” Earnest said. He declined to answer a question on whether Obama would authorize strikes on targets in the country. In preparation for his speech, Obama met at the White House yesterday with House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. The discussion, which lasted more than an hour, gave Obama a chance to preview his thinking and gauge congressional reaction. Obama told the congressional leaders “he has the authority he needs to take action” against Islamic State, according to a statement released by the White House. Obama “would welcome action by the Congress that would aid the overall effort and demonstrate to the world that the United States is united in defeating the threat,” the statement added. Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said today that Obama has made clear he will use drones and airstrikes against Islamic State. “This is a smart, strategic and effective approach, and I support it,” Reid said on the Senate floor. He said he agreed that Obama has the authority to act against Islamic State. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, told Obama that he would support use of the U.S. military to train and advise Iraqi security forces to target Islamic State leadership, the speaker’s office said in a statement after the meeting. Harman, president of the Wilson Center, a congressionally chartered research group in Washington, said Obama thinks he has authority for military action under the 1973 War Powers Act, which gives the president 60 days after notifying Congress of a military action. His most recent notification, of airstrikes near Haditha Dam in Iraq, was sent on Sept. 8. Obama would like an authorization passed by Congress, Harman said, though he thinks it will be difficult to gain before midterm congressional elections in November. McConnell said Obama should seek a congressional vote. “Whether or not he thinks he’s authorized to do what” he plans to do, “it would be to all of our advantage for Congress to be in effect approving a plan” to defeat the Islamic State, McConnell told reporters at the Capitol. The administration also is debating asking Congress for a multibillion-dollar budget to support a broad military mission in the region before lawmakers recess later this month. No final decision has been made. The request, which is still being crafted at the White House, assumes increased air strikes and money to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling the Islamic militants, according to an administration official, who asked for anonymity because the plan hasn’t been made public. Funds also would be earmarked for support of Syrian moderates. Obama in June asked Congress to approve $500 million for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 to arm and train “moderate” Syrian rebels to better fight Assad. The package would involve direct military spending, such as munitions to carry out airstrikes, and indirect spending, such as countries furnishing military equipment by requiring U.S. forces for transport. In an interview last weekend on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, Obama said he would be “asking Congress to make sure that they understand and support what our plan is. And it’s going to require some resources, I suspect, above what we are currently doing.” Earnest said Obama’s advisers are in “intensive consultations” with members of Congress on the price tag for the operation. The U.S. military probably can continue with the current air campaign without seeking additional funds for now by shifting money in its $85 billion Overseas Contingency Operations account. The Pentagon is asking Congress for permission to shift about $2 billion in its war budget, in part to pay for ramped-up operations in the Middle East, according to a Defense Department document obtained by Bloomberg News. Some of the money also would pay for equipment and needs in Eastern Europe. Read More

Mismanagement alleged at VA appeals board

2014/09/11

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Coffman Statement on President Obama’s Speech on ISIL

2014/09/11

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) made the following statement after President Obama's speech on combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):  "President Bush did too much, getting us involved in a costly and unnecessary occupation, but President Obama has done too little to take the fight to those who seek to do us harm. I agree with President Obama that a political solution is necessary to dismantle ISIS and know how hard that will be from my time in Western Iraq with the Marine Corps in 2005 and 2006. But we have ignored this threat for far too long. We cannot continue leading from behind." U.S. Representative Mike Coffman is the only member of Congress to have served in both Iraq Wars. Read More

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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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Scott Tipton

COLORADO's 3rd DISTRICT

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