Mike Coffman

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

Coffman Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition Winners

2016/05/03

Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) announced the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. Nicole Hathaway of Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado claimed first place.

Hathaway’s entry, titled “Silver Linings,” will be displayed as part of a yearlong national exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. Hathaway will receive two free round-trip airline tickets to Washington, DC to view her artwork in the U.S. Capitol and will be eligible for a partial scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). 

“I was very impressed by the range of artistic talent displayed at this year’s competition,” said Coffman. “Each year, thousands of tourists from across the world visit Washington, DC and view winning artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol. I couldn’t be more proud that Nicole’s work will be representing the Sixth District of Colorado.”

In addition to Hathaway’s work, two other students received 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Coffman also personally chose a piece to receive the “Mike Coffman Award.”

Started in 1982 by the U.S. House of Representatives, this annual competition highlights high school students' artistic works from across the country. According to the Congressional Institute, more than 650,000 high school students have participated since the competition’s inaugural year.  

 

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Coffman Passes Amendment to Sanction China for Supporting Iranian Nuclear Program

2016/04/29

Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) introduced and passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that strips China of Department of Defense (DoD) funding under a Cooperative Threat Reduction agreement unless it acts to stop nuclear proliferation to Iran and other countries in violation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Cooperative Threat Reduction program exists, to prevent terrorists and enemies from obtaining Weapons of Mass Destruction.

“This amendment is not only in the best interests of our nation, it is also common sense,” said Coffman. “We simply cannot consider providing non-proliferation funding to countries that are complicit in nuclear proliferation. Sending money to China for non-proliferation activities when it is has been complicit in helping Iran develop its ballistic missile program is crazy.”

The measure seeks to pressure China to bring the fugitive Karl Lee to justice. Karl Lee, also known as Li Fang Wei is a Chinese national who is wanted by the FBI for his alleged role as a principal supplier to Iran's ballistic missile program. Since 2006, Lee has controlled a large network of front companies based in Eastern China, which were used to defraud United States banks, regulators, and companies, in violation of Weapons of Mass Destruction proliferation regulations. Karl Lee was indicted on April 28, 2014, in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

According to Coffman, this amendment underscores Congressional concerns over Karl Lee’s proliferation network and pressures China to bring this fugitive to justice. The amendment is also intended to discourage future ballistic missile proliferation by China to international bad actors like Iran.  

Coffman proposed the amendment during the House Armed Services Committee meeting to amend the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual defense spending authorization bill put forth by Congress. The amendment passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.  

A Marine Corps combat veteran, Coffman serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. 

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Reps. Rice, Coffman, Speier & Blum Create House Whistleblower Protection Caucus

2016/04/27

U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Rod Blum (R-IA) today announced the formation of the bipartisan House Whistleblower Protection Caucus, an informal group of House Members dedicated to protecting the rights of whistleblowers, who often take on significant personal and professional risk in order to report improper activity in government agencies, help improve congressional oversight and transparency, and eliminate fraud, abuse and wasteful spending. The Caucus will work to build bipartisan support for strong whistleblower protections, raise awareness about retaliation against whistleblowers, and provide guidance to other House offices about how to respond to whistleblower disclosures and allegations of retaliation.

The House Whistleblower Protection Caucus has been endorsed by several organizations across the political and ideological spectrum, including the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), the Government Accountability Project (GAP), the Liberty Coalition, Public Citizen, the National Taxpayers Union, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, and the Union of Concerned Scientists Center for Science and Democracy.

“Whistleblowers help us do our jobs more effectively. They come forward to give us the facts so that we can hold people accountable, protect tax dollars, and make our government work better for the people we serve – and they often do so knowing they may face retaliation and may be risking their careers,” said Representative Kathleen Rice. “Whatever issues may divide Democrats and Republicans in Congress, whistleblower protection must remain a bipartisan priority so that people can continue coming forward without fear of retaliation and we can continue to rely on the information they provide.”

“In many cases whistleblowers are on the front lines discovering fraud and corruption and all too often risking their careers to report it. Certainly that is the case in many of the recent VA scandals,” said Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO). A Marine Corps combat veteran, Coffman serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.  “We owe these men and women our gratitude and must ensure they are protected from retaliation.”

“Whistleblowers are on the front lines, working to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse,” said Speier. “Throughout my career, whistleblowers have been central to my work in oversight and reform. They’ve brought to light wasteful spending, hostile workplaces, and dangerous practices from the Pentagon to the pipelines beneath our feet. We must provide them with the protections they need to work with Congress and the Inspectors General to conduct genuine oversight. I look forward to working with my colleagues to fight for strong whistleblower protections across all departments and agencies.”

“I am pleased to join my colleagues Reps. Rice, Coffman, and Speier to found the bipartisan Whistleblower Protection Caucus so we can educate other members of Congress on the issue and work together to implement common sense measure that protect whistleblowers. Federal employees with the courage to  blow the whistle play a key role in exposing abuse and mismanagement in our government, and this caucus will play a leading role in raising awareness about the need to support those who are willing to take a risk and report wrongdoing,” said Rep. Rod Blum.

“Despite a period of extreme partisanship, Congress is banding together to create a foundation of support for employees committed to the truth,” said Shanna Devine, Legislative Director for the Government Accountability Project. “The House Whistleblower Protection Caucus is the latest action in a cultural sea change toward whistleblowers; since the start of the 114th Congress, more than a tenth of the Senate has joined its companion caucus.”

Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), said: "In this charged political climate, it's encouraging to see members of Congress from both sides of the aisle come together with the aim of strengthening protections for whistleblowers. A more accountable and effective federal government is in the interest of Americans of all political stripes. I applaud Reps. Rice, Coffman, Speier, and Blum for getting the ball rolling with this important caucus and look forward to supporting their work."

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Reps. Coffman, Rice, Speier & Blum Create House Whistleblower Protection Caucus

2016/04/26

Washington, DC - U.S. Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Rod Blum (R-IA) today announced the formation of the bipartisan House Whistleblower Protection Caucus, an informal group of House Members dedicated to protecting the rights of whistleblowers, who often take on significant personal and professional risk in order to report improper activity in government agencies, help improve congressional oversight and transparency, and eliminate fraud, abuse and wasteful spending. The Caucus will work to build bipartisan support for strong whistleblower protections, raise awareness about retaliation against whistleblowers, and provide guidance to other House offices about how to respond to whistleblower disclosures and allegations of retaliation.

The national Veterans Affairs (VA) wait times scandal that the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee revealed in 2014, which resulted in then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigning, would not have occurred without VA whistleblower employees stepping forward.

The House Whistleblower Protection Caucus has been endorsed by several organizations across the political and ideological spectrum, including the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), the Government Accountability Project (GAP), the Liberty Coalition, Public Citizen, the National Taxpayers Union, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, and the Union of Concerned Scientists Center for Science and Democracy.

“In many cases whistleblowers are on the front lines discovering fraud and corruption and all too often risking their careers to report it. Certainly that is the case in many of the recent VA scandals,” said Coffman. “We owe these men and women our gratitude and must ensure they are protected from retaliation.”

“Whistleblowers help us do our jobs more effectively. They come forward to give us the facts so that we can hold people accountable, protect tax dollars, and make our government work better for the people we serve – and they often do so knowing they may face retaliation and may be risking their careers,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice. “Whatever issues may divide

Democrats and Republicans in Congress, whistleblower protection must remain a bipartisan priority so that people can continue coming forward without fear of retaliation and we can continue to rely on the information they provide.”

“Whistleblowers are on the front lines, working to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse,” said Rep. Speier. “Throughout my career, whistleblowers have been central to my work in oversight and reform. They’ve brought to light wasteful spending, hostile workplaces, and dangerous practices from the Pentagon to the pipelines beneath our feet. We must provide them with the protections they need to work with Congress and the Inspectors General to conduct genuine oversight. I look forward to working with my colleagues to fight for strong whistleblower protections across all departments and agencies.”

“I am pleased to join my colleagues Reps. Rice, Coffman, and Speier to found the bipartisan Whistleblower Protection Caucus so we can educate other members of Congress on the issue and work together to implement common sense measure that protect whistleblowers. Federal employees with the courage to  blow the whistle play a key role in exposing abuse and mismanagement in our government, and this caucus will play a leading role in raising awareness about the need to support those who are willing to take a risk and report wrongdoing,” said Rep. Rod Blum.

“Despite a period of extreme partisanship, Congress is banding together to create a foundation of support for employees committed to the truth,” said Shanna Devine, Legislative Director for the Government Accountability Project. “The House Whistleblower Protection Caucus is the latest action in a cultural sea change toward whistleblowers; since the start of the 114th Congress, more than a tenth of the Senate has joined its companion caucus.”

Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), said: "In this charged political climate, it's encouraging to see members of Congress from both sides of the aisle come together with the aim of strengthening protections for whistleblowers. A more accountable and effective federal government is in the interest of Americans of all political stripes. I applaud Reps. Rice, Coffman, Speier, and Blum for getting the ball rolling with this important caucus and look forward to supporting their work."

A Marine Corps combat veteran, Coffman serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. He is a Marine Corps combat veteran with service in both the first Gulf War and the Iraq War.

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Coffman Priorities Included in Annual Defense Bill

2016/04/25

Washington, DC – On Friday, the House Armed Services Committee released its 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill, as introduced, will have dozens of provisions in it that have been proposed by U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06). The Armed Services Committee will amend the NDAA during a lengthy session to be held next week.

Coffman’s proposals include several measures to protect and strengthen the missions at Buckley Air Force Base (AFB), which is the largest employer in Coffman’s district.

Buckley AFB has been securing parcels of land as part of the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program (REPI). REPI is a key tool for combating encroachment that can limit or restrict military training, testing, and operations by acquiring a buffer between military bases and civilian communities. Coffman’s proposal increases the Presidential budget request for REPI by over $15 million.

“This $15.8 million increase in REPI funding ensures that Buckley can continue to be a base for our Air National Guard's fighter aircraft for decades to come.  Buckley is absolutely vital to our local economy and to our national security and I am pleased that this funding will be included in the 2017 NDAA," said Coffman.

Among other policy priorities, Coffman included language in this year’s NDAA to prohibit the transfer of detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) to the United States.

Coffman has been a leading critic of the President’s goal of closing GTMO and transferring detainees on to American soil.  Colorado has been one of the locations that the Obama Administration has been inspecting for a possible transfer site. 

“There is absolutely no reason to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility only to give these terrorists all of the rights afforded American citizens under our criminal justice system instead of continuing to hold them as enemy detainees," said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran.

Coffman’s priorities as part of the NDAA and House Armed Services Committee report include a number of proposals to help veterans at home.

“It is absolutely necessary that veterans who have been recently separated from the military have the tools to succeed in their transition to civilian life,” said Coffman.

Currently, veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) face incredible challenges getting certified to participate in seeking and securing federal contracts under the program’s rules. Coffman’s language, included in the NDAA, reforms, streamlines, and simplifies the current process the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) uses to certify eligibility.

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides on-the-job (OTJ) training and apprenticeships for recently separated military veterans. These programs are rarely used because information about them is not made available to separating service members.  Coffman’s NDAA report language ensures that recently separated members of the military are informed of the apprenticeships and OJT opportunities available in order to help them make the transition from military to civilian careers.

 “My priorities in this year’s NDAA reflect the priorities of the 6th district of Colorado as well as the men and women who have served this country in uniform,” said Coffman. “I look forward to working with Chairman Thornberry and members of the House Armed Services Committee to ensure that these proposals remain in the NDAA, as it moves through the process, to become law.”

Coffman serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. He is a Marine Corps combat veteran with service in both the first Gulf War and the Iraq War.

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Discussion aims to improve health care for veterans

2016/04/25

Shorter wait times and better treatment of veterans were two main topics on the minds of participants at a round table discussion hosted by Congressman Doug Lamborn at the Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence Monday.

"I think it's imperative that we in the community embrace our veterans and put our love, our grace, and our arms around them and show them the love that they deserve," said David Gambrell, who served with Army's 101st Airborne during the Iraq Invasion.

Lamborn invited his colleague Rep. Mike Coffman from the 6th Congressional District to meet with veterans, local health providers, and veterans' groups all to get a better sense of the problems they face as patients of the Veterans Administration health care system.

"Our veterans don't deserve to have to go through the long wait times. The providers shouldn't have to have their reimbursement problems. There's just too many people falling through the cracks and it should never happen," Lamborn said.

Lamborn expressed frustration about the government's lack of discipline toward bad actors tied to the wait time scandal.

"I think that the bottom line is that we have to have major reform within the VA," Lamborn said.

Members of the US House of Representatives have passed some reform bills aimed at improving the quality of care veterans receive through the VA, but these bills have unfortunately stalled in the Senate.

While the process of getting care is often frustrating for veterans, Gambrell told us there's no point in stewing about it.

"In order for us to get that ball rolling with the VA, we have to be mindful in our own approach because change makes change," Gambrell said.

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Coffman introduces bipartisan measure to expand earned income tax credit

2016/04/20

Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) on Friday would use cost savings from fraud prevention efforts to expand the earned income tax credit (EITC).

The Enhancing Advancement, Reducing Noncompliance and Improving Trust (EARN IT) Act, H.R. 4946, would expand access to the EITC for childless workers, as well as for young, single people who are beginning their careers.

“I grew up in a working class neighborhood, and I fully understand the importance and the value of work over welfare,” Coffman said. “This is why increasing incentives to reward work is so important and this legislation does exactly that.”

Under current laws, the EITC primarily benefits low- and moderate-income adults who are older than 25 and have children, but little assistance is available for younger, low-income single adults.

The bipartisan EARN IT Act would raise the maximum credit for childless adults, increase phase-in and phase-out rates, phase the credit in and out over greater incomes, and lower the minimum age to claim the EITC from 25 to 21.

“This bill will increase assistance for low wage workers without causing job losses,” Coffman said.

The EARN IT Act would use cost savings resulting from enhanced enforcement and fraud prevention efforts to offset the additional costs of expanding the EITC. The expected net cost savings for preventing fraud would total $3.7 billion over a 10-year budget window, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

“I’m pleased to have the support of both Republicans and Democrats on this important legislation,” Coffman said. “Standing up for low wage workers is not a partisan issue but it’s an issue we can all support.”

U.S. Reps. Cresent Hardy (R-NV) and Tim Walz (D-MN) cosponsored the bill.

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WATCH: Coffman Presses VA Officials On Delays in Veterans’ Healthcare

2016/04/19

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) questioned Veterans Administration (VA) officials at a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing regarding continued delays, manipulation, and corruption in Veterans’ access to healthcare through the VA.

 

 

“I find it appalling as a taxpayer and a veteran that when [a VA employee] gets a bonus that they clearly did not earn [and] should not have been given, that the only provision in which the VA is allowed to claw back is if [the bonus] is administratively given to the wrong person. But if it’s given to the person that is the subject matter of the bonus even if they didn’t earn it, there is no provision for claw back. That law needs to change and the Secretary needs to take a position affirmative for that legislation and not simply sit on the sidelines. This is about cleaning up the VA,” –Representative Mike Coffman, Chairman, House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

 

This hearing was held in the wake of a March 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report commissioned by Coffman, the Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.  The report found that “not all newly enrolled veterans were able to access primary care from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and others experienced a wide variation in the amount of time they waited for care.”

Coffman has been a leading critic of the ‘culture of corruption’ at the VA. “The VA has been mired in scandal after scandal and yet nothing changes. Our veterans are not receiving the care they are owed and no one is held accountable. It is absolutely outrageous. It’s offensive to veterans and taxpayers.”

According to Coffman those responsible for the corruption have even received bonuses. “Veterans in Colorado and across the country are still being forced to wait for care and yet, the VA paid out more than $142 million in bonus money last year.”

Once again, Coffman demanded VA officials support legislation that would allow the Administration to claw back bonuses given to VA employees found to be accountable for the scandal.

Coffman serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. He is a Marine Corps combat veteran with service in both the first Gulf War and the Iraq War.

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Coffman Introduces EARN IT Act

2016/04/15

Washington, DC -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) introduced the EARN IT Act, Enhancing Advancement, Reducing Noncompliance, and Improving Trust Act. The legislation is co-sponsored by Representatives Tim Walz (D-MN) and Cresent Hardy (R-NV).

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) rewards work for low-income workers and families by adding to their income through a refundable tax credit. The Tax Policy Center of the Brookings Institution notes that, “The EITC is the single most effective antipoverty program targeted at working-age households.” Initially the tax credit phases in, meaning workers get a larger credit the more they earn; then it gradually phases out, meaning the credit shrinks as wages grow to the point that workers no longer need it.

“I grew up in a working class neighborhood and I fully understand the importance and the value of work over welfare.  This is why increasing incentives to reward work is so important and this legislation does exactly that,” said Coffman.

Under current law, the EITC benefits mostly low to moderate adult workers with children over the age of 25 but gives very little help to low income single adults.  For example, a childless worker can only participate in the program with an adjusted gross income below $14,820 and could receive $503 while a worker with three or more children, with an adjusted gross income as high as $47,747 could receive $6,242.  

The EARN IT legislation expands the credit for childless workers, especially young, single people at the beginning of their careers. Specifically, the bill would:

  • Raise the maximum credit for childless adults;
  • Raise the phase-in and phase-out rates so the credit grows more quickly, then shrinks more quickly as income nears the maximum;
  • Phase the credit in and out over a greater range of incomes; and,
  • Reduce the minimum age to claim the credit from 25 to 21.

The bill is a bipartisan effort.  In 2013, then-Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan proposed expanding the EITC to childless adults. President Obama has also put forward a similar proposal in his annual budget.   Increasing the EITC, unlike increases in the minimum wage, does not discourage employers from hiring low skilled entry-level workers by raising their cost of doing business.

In 2014, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Office (CBO) did a study on what the impact would be of raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and their study concluded that the increase in the minimum wage would result in lifting 900,000 workers out of poverty but at a cost to the economy of 500,000 jobs.

“This bill will increase assistance for low wage workers without causing job losses,” said Coffman.

Increasing the EITC will have an additional cost to the U.S. Treasury.  To offset this, the EARN IT proposal also includes cost savings generated from tightening up the enforcement and preventing fraud to make sure that only those who meet the eligibility requirements for the EITC are drawing it.  According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, doing so would result in a net savings of $3.7 billion over the 10-year budget window which is more than enough to pay for increasing the EITC for low wage workers who need additional help.

“I’m pleased to have the support of both Republicans and Democrats on this important legislation.  Standing up for low wage workers is not a partisan issue but it’s an issue we can all support,” said Coffman.

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Colorado delegation slams VA secretary over reform comments

2016/04/13

Members of Colorado's congressional delegation slammed U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald this week for touting his agency's reform accomplishments during a Denver speech.

The VA has overhauled its construction practices, shortened patient-care waiting lists, become more efficient at meeting veterans' needs and made other improvements, McDonald said during a speech Monday. His comments about how the agency has responded in the wake of its Aurora hospital construction debacle,struck a particular nerve with some in the Colorado delegation.

"I was deeply disappointed in McDonald's speech ... and it says everything about why he has not made a difference in cleaning up the VA," U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, wrote in an e-mail to The Denver Post on Monday. "Pure spin. No substance. He is merely a place holder."

McDonald spoke before about 400 people — Coffman and several other politicians among them — at a United Veterans Committee of Colorado banquet on April 10.

The VA did not respond to several efforts seeking reaction from McDonald to the lawmakers' comments.

"You can't fire your way to excellence," McDonald said after describing how those responsible had already left the agency or were demoted.On Sunday, McDonald spoke of issues that have marred his time since taking charge in July 2014, including the $1.6 billion construction project at the VA medical center in Aurora which is $1 billion over budget and years behind schedule. An internal investigation found rampant mismanagement, but the VA has said no one currently with the agency will be disciplined.

Coffman said McDonald has refused "to acknowledge the depth of the problems at the VA."

Other federal elected officials at the banquet struck a similar note.

"The VA's conclusion that no further personnel action was necessary to hold individuals accountable is an abdication of its responsibility," U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said in an e-mail to The Post.

Particularly troublesome to the Colorado delegation was McDonald's characterization of the agency working in tandem with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in finishing the long-overdue VA center.

"Since we discovered errors in construction, we've made major reforms," McDonald said. "We changed how we design, bid and construct facilities. And we're shoulder-to-shoulder with the Army Corps of Engineers."

Coffman said McDonald has it wrong.

"The reality is that the VA has been kicked off the project and permanently stripped of their ability to manage any construction projects in excess of $100 million which puts them out of the hospital building business altogether," Coffman said.

Bennet agreed: "We striped the VA of construction authority because the VA should devote its resources and personnel to improving the delivery of care to veterans and because it demonstrated incompetence building several medical facility."

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada, also at the event, said the Army Corps was "now in charge" of the project.

"The VA Medical Facility has been woefully mismanaged from the start, which is why we passed legislation to strip the VA of its construction authority," he said in an e-mail to The Post.

Another at the event, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, said he appreciates McDonald's zeal, but noted little substance in VA's handling of own construction mismanagement.

"I remain concerned ... about the continued lack of accountability at the VA," Gardner wrote in an e-mail. "I look forward to learning the results of the VA Office of Inspector General's review and I expect decisive action against anyone who is found responsible."

McDonald confirmed a criminal investigation was ongoing into the project's mismanagement, but reiterated that those responsible are already gone.

"The evidence simply does not support actions against any individual still employed by VA," McDonald told the UVC gathering. "We don't administer punishment based on opinions, recycled and embellished media accounts, or external pressure."

Coffman, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, also fumed when McDonald described a waiting-list scandal that erupted in the VA's Veterans' Health Administration in Phoenix in 2014 and spread nationwide as having stemmed from a lack of training.

"I can't believe he said that," Coffman wrote. "It had nothing to do with a lack of training but was fundamental to a culture of corruption. VA employees manipulated their appointment wait records to show that they were meeting specific goals in order to receive cash bonuses."

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Veterans Affairs

Armed Services

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

Ken Buck

COLORADO's 4th DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

COLORADO's 5th DISTRICT

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