“This is outrageous and I’ll do everything I can to stop it. The Obama administration views terrorist attacks as just another criminal justice problem where terrorists should be afforded all of the due process protections that bringing them onto U.S. soil will provide. These hardened terrorists, who have perverted Islam into a political ideology, are irregular enemy combatants who should be housed at Guantanamo, and not in Colorado or in any other state.” said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-6) introduced the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act of 2015.
“As someone who enlisted in the Army at the age of seventeen and later served in combat as a US Marine, I know there is no greater honor and no better way to demonstrate your commitment to the United States than serving in our nation’s military,” Coffman said.
“It is time we allow those young men and women brought to the United States as children by their parents the same opportunity I had to demonstrate that loyalty and commitment through military service. These young men and women were raised and educated in this country, and they are ready willing and able to serve and defend the United States. Let them serve the country they love and call home. ”
Coffman’s legislation extends eligibility for military service from U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) to include individuals who meet all other requirements for enlistment, do not have any record of unlawful activities since their arrival in the U.S., and have received background checks and work authorization from the Department of Homeland Security.
“This bill provides a common sense solution to help solve two nationally important issues,” continued Coffman. “First, the bill provides a new group of willing, capable, and skilled applicants to serve in the military and our military needs the ability to recruit the best people it can. Second, it creates an opportunity for individuals who already consider the U.S their country and who have a conditional immigration status the opportunity become U.S. citizens through military service.”
The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Peter King (R-NY), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Juan Vargas (D-CA).
Coffman Has a combined 21 years of military service and is the only member of Congress to have served in both Iraq Wars. He currently serves on the Armed Services Committee and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
(AURORA, CO) Congressman Mike Coffman released the following statement following the passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2015.
“After many, many months, I am pleased to announce that the Aurora VA hospital is now fully authorized by the House of Representatives and that legislation is on its way to the President’s desk. In addition, later today, the House will pass a Continuing Resolution which not only keeps the federal government funded, it also allows the VA to transfer already available funding to the Denver project. This hospital is an absolutely critical project which will serve veterans not just in Colorado, but also in Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and parts of four other states.
In spite of the incredible mismanagement of this project by the VA and a shocking lack of accountability for those responsible for that mismanagement, completing the hospital in Aurora has been my number one legislative priority. We must not punish our nation’s veterans for the sins of incompetent VA bureaucrats.
In addition to funding the Aurora hospital, this legislation will continue numerous programs of critical importance to our nation’s veterans, including a pilot-program to increase women veteran’s access to healthcare, nursing home care authorities, and measures to combat veteran homelessness.
Finally, I’m proud this bill also includes some long overdue reforms. In particular, it leaves the construction management of large projects to the experts - organizations like the Army Corps of Engineers - and allows the VA to refocus on what it needs to do: providing healthcare and benefits to our veterans.
These are goals I’ve worked towards for over a year - getting the VA out of the major construction business once and for all and ensuring the completion of the Aurora VA hospital for the sake of our region’s veterans. The Veterans Affairs committee and my Oversight subcommittee have held nearly a dozen hearings on this issue and the hardships it has imposed upon our veterans over the past several years. We have done so for good reason: billions of dollars have been wasted by the VA on mismanaged construction projects which could have gone instead towards veterans’ healthcare and benefits.”
See Congressman Coffman’s floor statement here.Read More
(AURORA, CO) Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman introduced the Pay Our Military Act in response to a potential shutdown of the Federal government. A shutdown could occur on Thursday, October 1 if Congress does not pass a continuing resolution to fund the government.
Coffman’s legislation would ensure that men and women serving in the armed services continue to receive pay even in the case of a shutdown. The bill would also protect the pay of Department of Defense civilians and contractors necessary to support service members, as well as National Guard troops activated in the event of a presidential emergency declaration.
“The possibility of another government shutdown is on the horizon this week, so I have introduced the Pay Our Military Act,” Coffman said. “Our Soldiers, Airman, Sailors and Marines cannot go on furlough so It is inexcusable for them to go without pay in the event of a government shutdown. As a Marine Corps combat veteran, I understand how important it is for our service members to focus on protecting us and our nation and not on whether they can keep food on the table and the lights on at home.”
“Paying our military should not be a casualty of left or right squabbling. I urge my fellow members of Congress to pass this bi-partisan bill so our military service members can focus on defending our nation” Coffman said.
Coffman passed similar legislation in 2013 that shielded the Department of Defense from the last government shutdown.Read More
(AURORA, CO) In response to Speaker Boehner’s resignation, Congressman Mike Coffman issued the following statement:
“Speaker John Boehner was under constant attack from conservatives who thought he did not do enough and from liberals who thought he did too much. I will always remember him and respect him for his leadership and for his understanding that compromise is necessary to make a divided government work.”Read More
(AURORA, CO) Congressman Mike Coffman released the following statement on Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.
“Today is a monumental day for Congress and our nation. For the first time in history, Members of Congress had the opportunity to greet Pope Francis in the U.S. Capitol. It was truly an honor to welcome him to the United States and celebrate his historic address to Congress.
"At some unfortunate point in this country we decided we couldn't admire and like people we don't always agree with. I don't subscribe to it. I was incredibly eager to hear what the Holy Father had to say today. Not because I agree with every word, but because this Pope is a great man, with an aura and attitude that exudes Christ's greatest command - that we love one another."Read More
(Washington, D.C.) The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires health care practitioners to provide care to an infant born alive during a failed abortion that is equivalent to the care they would provide to any other infant born at the same gestational age, and it imposes criminal fines and penalties for failure to do so.
After voting for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman released the following statement:
“This bill represents an important step forward for protecting infants born alive during late-term abortions. Federal law must recognize that any person born alive deserves an equal chance at life.”
(Washington, D.C.) The Defund Planned Parenthood Act denies funding to Planned Parenthood or its affiliates for one year, unless they certify that they will not perform or fund any abortion. Important exceptions are made for cases of rape, incest, or where the mother’s life is in danger. This bill ensures that women will have continued access to important care, by authorizing and appropriating $235 million to federally qualified community health centers.
After voting for the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman released the following statement:
“The Planned Parenthood videos released this summer shock the conscience. Imposing a one-year moratorium on Planned Parenthood funding will give Congress and the American people time to investigate and evaluate the serious allegations made. I am pleased to see that Colorado’s federally qualified health clinics will receive funding to ensure women’s access to health care.”
(AURORA, CO) U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) issued the following statement today in response to Chairman Miller’s letter to the VA regarding continued funding for the Aurora VA hospital.
“My highest priority is funding the Aurora VA hospital. We owe this to our veterans.
The VA's severe mismanagement of this project is the reason why it is over budget and overdue. Nonetheless, I’m confident that we will honor our promises to our veterans and find the funds to keep workers on the job and finish this project.
Unfortunately, as the Chairman points out, the latest proposal from the VA appears to divert some funding away from the medical care for our veterans. The Chairman has appropriately asked the VA to better explain how its proposal will pay for the hospital without compromising veteran health care, and I look forward to VA’s explanation.
I am pleased that we do have a concrete proposal from VA before us and remain confident that, after further discussions, we will find the budget dollars necessary to complete this project.”
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee for House Veterans Affairs and is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran.Read More
(AURORA, CO) In response to the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Congressman Mike Coffman released the following statement after he cast his NO vote.
"Having served in the region with the U.S. Marine Corps, I know that when Iranian leaders chant “death to America" they really mean it. This is a bad deal that will endanger our security and further destabilize the region.”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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