Aurora, CO-- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) last night presented the Aurora City Council a copy of the Congressional Remarks in which he recognized the City’s 125th anniversary.
“From humble beginnings, Aurora has grown to the 3rd most populous city in Colorado with a rich and ethnically diverse population,” Coffman said. “I have lived in Aurora since I was six years old and have watched with amazement the city’s transformation from a modest Denver suburb into the thriving city it is today. I am honored to have this opportunity to recognize Aurora’s 125th anniversary.”
Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06), an Iraq War combat veteran and member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the terrorist attack in Nice, France.
"My heart goes out to the French people in the aftermath of another horrible terrorist attack. Radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on all, to include other Muslims, who do not share in their vision of hate. They must be destroyed. So long as they are allowed to put forward the narrative that their movement is ascendant, they will continue to inspire new attacks and we must join with others to end their perceived momentum by destroying their so-called caliphate and eradicating any safe harbors they may have."Read More
Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today issued the following statement on the passage of the Conscience Protection Act:
“The Conscience Protection Act reaffirms that Americans have the fundamental right to refuse to participate in or to support abortions and to do so without fear of losing their jobs or facing other forms of retaliation. This is the right thing to do and I was proud to support its passage in the House today."Read More
Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today issued the following statement on the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act:
"Today I voted for the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act to combat the opioid epidemic that is sweeping across our country. I was proud to support this step in providing communities, impacted by this epidemic, the tools to get those who are suffering from opioid abuse back on their feet and on the road to recovery.”Read More
A top Republican wants to make sure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is following a Supreme Court ruling that directs agencies to follow laws to increase the number of federal contracts to veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs).
In a letter to Thomas Leney, executive director of the VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) urged the VA to embrace the ruling as a way to reach more “qualified VOSBs." Coffman is chair of the House Veterans Affairs' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
In June, the court unanimously sided with Kingdomware Technologies Inc. in a case against the VA. The web software company argued that the agency should have given it priority as a service-disabled VOSB under the Rule of Two. The company was bidding to provide an emergency notification service for four medical centers.
The Rule of Two under the Veterans Benefits, Health Care and Information Technology Act of 2006 says a contracting officer “shall award contracts” by restricting competition to veteran-owned small businesses if the officer reasonably expects that at least two businesses will submit offers and that “the award can be made at a fair and reasonable price.”
"Many of the 'mundane low-cost or repetitive items that VA cited in its Kindgdomware briefs, such as griddles and food slicers, are exactly the sort of products hundreds of VOSBs are well qualified to supply,' " Coffman said in his letter. “VA has repeatedly been subject to protests as a result of not setting these procurements aside.”
Coffman raised concerns with the VA’s interim implementation policy, which says the VA will implement the court’s ruling in every context where the law applies and would rescind any inconsistent guidance.
He asked the VA to clarify in what instances it believes the ruling would not apply and if it plans to apply the Rule of Two to smaller purchases. Coffman asked the agency to respond by July 22.Read More
Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act:
“Today I voted for legislation to help an estimated 11 million Americans who suffer from severe mental health disorders by reforming an outdated mental healthcare system that has made their struggles that much worse. The passage of this legislation is a new dawn for individuals and families suffering from the very real challenges of mental health illness.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) is a proponent of the Audrey C. Farley Women’s Center at Salud Family Health Centers, 30 S. 20thAve., which he visited on July 1.
Coffman said he’s “such a fan” of what community health centers do in terms of providing care for low-income and uninsured people. He said he believes that community health centers like Salud Family Health Centers are more efficient than traditional care choices.Since the Audrey C. Farley Women’s Center opened in January 2015, it has provided primary care health services to women, including family medicine, prenatal care, cancer screenings, and 24-hour, on-call care.
Coffman said he meets frequently with workers at Salud Family Health Centers. He said doing so helps him do his work in Washington D.C., since many requests that come before Congress involve funding for various programs he says “are subtle in nature.”
“It gives me the information to be able to go back to Washington and go to bat for (my constituents) – to my colleagues – in terms of what I know is happening in these communities,” Coffman said.
Development Director Jennifer Morse said staffers at the center have valued and appreciated Coffman’s support over the years.
“We have a very amiable relationship with the congressman, so it’s almost like having a friend stop by,” Morse said.
Coffman was honored with the Distinguished Community Health Advocate award through the National Association of Community Health Centers in March for supporting federal funding for community health centers.
Congressman Coffman represents the 6th Congressional District of Colorado. His seat is up for re-election in November. His opponent is Democratic State Sen. Morgan Carroll.
Salud Family Health Centers was founded in 1970 in Fort Lupton. Today, workers operate nine communities in northern Colorado and serve more than 74,000 patients every year.Read More
“I am pleased that the Commission on Care appears to have taken a serious look at the significant problems plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs, including a review of access to healthcare for our combat veterans with other-than-honorable discharges. While it will take time to study the details of each recommendation, the report is a clear reminder that VA’s top priority and focus should be caring for our nation’s veterans. I look forward to hearing from the Commissioners and discussing their proposals to reform the VA.”
Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong:
“When public officials leave office they often disappear and are never heard from again, but Senator Armstrong had a passion for fighting for conservative causes that started from the day when he was first elected to office in 1962 to his final days at Colorado Christian University.”
Bipartisan legislation introduced last week by U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) would allow first-time homebuyers to use tax-advantaged savings accounts.
The First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account Act, H.R. 5575, would build on the success of 529 savings accounts that enable students and parents to deposit pre-tax funds to save for college by using the same model for first-time homebuyers.
“The American dream of home ownership is getting harder and harder to attain for those starting out on their own these days because of the challenges involved in saving up for the down payment,” Coffman said. “The First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account Act is a straightforward and bipartisan solution to this problem.”
The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University identified Coffman’s congressional district, Colorado’s 6th, as a “renters’ crisis” area. Half of all citizens in the district spend at least 30 percent of their income on rent.
Earlier this year, Coffman introduced a bill that would enable first-time homebuyers to draw funds from an IRA account for a down payment on a home.
Comstock called the First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account Act a “smart, bipartisan” solution that would help young families purchase their first home.
“With many young Americans living paycheck to paycheck, the First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account Act will bring a policy we already have in Virginia to the national stage by creating a 529-style savings account so families can afford the down payment and other associated fees when they buy their first home,” Comstock said.
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), a cosponsor of the bill, said that high rents, student loans and a changing economy have made it hard for many — especially young people — to buy their first home.
“Buying a home is one of the most critical tools for lifting folks into the middle class and keeping them there, so I’m thrilled to introduce bipartisan legislation to empower first time home buyers and give them a fair shot at the American dream,” Maloney said.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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Had the opportunity to welcome 74 new U.S. citizens from 35 countries today. Congratulations to all! https://t.co/gNC4vSSJ3R
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Had the opportunity to welcome 74 new U.S. citizens from 35 countries at a naturalization ceremony in Aurora today. Congratulations to all!
Interesting read on the "golf balls" at Buckley Air Force Base and the important role they play in our national defense (via Denver7)
INTERN SPOTLIGHT → Dylan Rogers Dylan Rogers is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studies Political Science and Psychology.
#ICYMI → Was honored to have the opportunity to present Congressional Remarks to the Aurora City Council last night #Aurora125 (via The Aurora
Congrats Aurora, Colorado City Hall! Honored to present you with this Congressional Record.