Mike Coffman

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

Coffman Receives Award for supporting Community Health Centers at National Health Center Week event in Aurora

2014/08/13

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) received the Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award today from the National Association of Community Health Centers for his work supporting Community Health Centers at a National Health Center Week ceremony in Aurora at the Metro Community Health Providers Network (MCPN) – North Aurora Family Health Services Center. “I’ve always been deeply impressed with MCPN and their growth over the years is a testament to their success in expanding access to health care for the underserved.” Community Health Centers provide comprehensive primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable individuals and families with otherwise limited access to health care.  Health Centers operate as locally owned community organizations at about 9,000 sites across the nation. "Members of Congress are faced with tough choices every day, and Congressman Coffman has consistently, repeatedly stood up on behalf of health centers," said Jana Eubank from NACHC at the awards ceremony. “Community health clinics have been the foundation for providing care to the uninsured and underinsured in Colorado and I want to do everything I can to support them.” Read More

Coffman Pleased with WTO Decision Against China

2014/08/08

(Washington, D.C.)  U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) today applauded the decision  by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body of the WTO’s earlier ruling that China’s restrictive export policies for rare earth metals, tungsten, and molybdenum clearly violate of WTO rules. Rare earths  get their name  because while plentiful in the earth’s crust they are rarely found in deposits sufficiently concentrated to mine them.  There are 17 rare earth metals and they are essential for everything from making computers to precision guided munitions. China has amassed a near monopoly status, over 95%, of the world supply of rare earth metals, limited their exports, and attached tariffs on those allowed out of the country against WTO rules. This ruling is the culmination of a long process begun by Rep. Coffman, an early rare earth advocate in Congress. Coffman first introduced his RESTART Act in 2009 to shift our reliance away from China and to rebuild a competitive supply chain for rare earth metals  in the U.S. In addition, to his legislative efforts, Coffman also urged the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to take action with the World Trade Organization against China's illegal rare earth trade policies in a formal letter cosigned by 28 other US Representatives. Trade Representative Kirk ultimately did file the requested complaint which led to this decision by the WTO. “China has consistently attempted to enhance its own manufacturing base at the expense of jobs in the United States and in the rest of the industrialized world.  They have now been told not once but twice that this is unacceptable,” said Coffman, the Republican Co-chairman of the bipartisan House Rare Earth Caucus. In addition to the introduction of the RESTART ACT and the bipartisan letter to U.S. Trade Representative Kirk,  Coffman formed the first bipartisan Rare Earth Metals Caucus.   He was able to pass amendments to the FY 13 and FY 14 National Defense Authorization Acts that required the Department of Defense to recognize the strategic significance of China’s dominance on rare earth metals and the consequences of that to U.S. economic and national security. “As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee and one who understands the role that rare earths play in our national security, I am pleased that the WTO has finally brought this issue to a close.  I call on the government in China to abide by the results and halt the imposition of these unfair export duties,” said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran. Under WTO rules, the panel and appellate reports will be adopted by the WTO within 30 days.                                                                                                                                                  Read More

Coffman Statement on VA Reform Bill Becoming Law

2014/08/07

(Washington, D.C.)  U.S. House of Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the below statement today after President Obama signed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 into law:  “As a Marine Corps combat veteran, member of the conference committee and Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I am proud that Republicans and Democrats were able to put aside their partisan differences to focus on supporting our nation's veterans with choice, accountability and greater transparency. The signing of this bill by the President is but the first step on a long road of necessary reforms for our nation to live up to our obligations to veterans who have sacrificed so greatly for our country.” Read More

VA deputy secretary: Changes coming to Colorado health care system

2014/08/07

[[{"fid":"559","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"height: 54px; width: 225px;","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] The deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Wednesday changes specific to the Eastern Colorado Health Care System, including the Colorado Springs clinic, stemming from the department's unflattering audit of healthcare access wait times. "We still take too long to deliver decisions to our veterans, we still don't meet our quality standards and there are occasions where the quality of our data, the integrity of our data ... has been called into question," Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said after a day of touring Colorado VA health care facilities and meeting with employees. Gibson said $12.6 million will be made available to Eastern Colorado facilities to accelerate access to care. Additionally, he said, the facilities have started expanding their care hours and have increased the use of contracts with community partners to get patients on wait lists. The department was rocked by scandal earlier this year when an investigation at Phoenix health care facilities found secret wait lists with thousands of veterans who were unable to access care. Since then, whistleblowers at facilities in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Fort Collins have said employees falsified records to make wait times appear shorter. The VA inspector general is looking into the allegations, and issued a report last week showing documents had been falsified at the Fort Collins facility. Gibson announced shortly after the Fort Collins report was released that he recommended two employees at the facility be removed and four others face other disciplinary actions. But while Gibson pledged Wednesday to protect whistleblowers while holding employees accountable for their actions, he said he had no idea where the investigations in Colorado or at other facilities across the nation were in the process. "I got one," Gibson said. "And we've taken action on it." Gibson, who has been with the department for five months, pledged to completely overhaul the nation's veteran healthcare system in two years, including transforming the culture of the agency. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, wished Gibson luck Wednesday. "These problems are really deep," Coffman said. "I think we've got a team at the top that I hope is going to be able to make a difference and I hope they can. This is an organization that I think is mired in bureaucratic incompetence and quite frankly corruption. So you've got a heavy lift." Coffman chairs the House Veterans Affairs subcommittee of Oversight and Investigations. Coffman, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, and Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, met with Gibson at the Denver VA Medical Center, 1055 Clermont St. Gibson also toured the half-constructed Denver medical center that will replace the Clermont facility. Coffman said it looks like it will be 2017 before that hospital opens its doors, noting its gone millions over budget and years over schedule . Read More

Partisan enthusiasm gap emerges over U.S. alliance with Israel

2014/08/06

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With the U.S. and other countries trying to mediate a durable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, another enthusiasm gap between the parties is emerging this midterm year, this one targeting the shifting feelings about the deep U.S. alliance with Israel. Mr. Silverman is thrilled with the turnout of 2,200 demonstrators at the Capitol, but he is worried about the Democratic Party’s increasingly cold shoulder toward Israel. “Frankly, it kind of staggers me that this could be a partisan issue, but it’s becoming that way,” Mr. Silverman, a former Denver prosecutor, said on his KNUS-AM talk show. “Support for Israel among Democrats has gone way down. Among Republicans, it’s still solid. And I think that’s a damn shame, and I call on Democratic leaders to turn that around.” The Denver rally wasn’t an outlier. President Obama’s calls for a cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, along with his administration’s recent criticism of Israel, have exposed a partisan divide that would have been unimaginable a decade ago. Although Democrats have long counted Jews as reliable members of their voting bloc, it’s Republicans who are showing up at the demonstrations, incurring the wrath of Palestinian advocates by supporting unconditional military assistance for Israel and demanding that the White House do the same. At a rally last week in Dallas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, called on the Obama administration to “end our policy of calculated ambivalence and renew our commitment to a strong Israel.” Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican, told a crowd in Chicago, “We should not have a cease-fire until Hamas is militarily defeated.” Many Democrats remain strong, outspoken supporters of the Jewish state and note that not every Republican is unabashedly pro-Israel. Many on the Republican Party’s libertarian wing are suspicious of foreign aid programs in general and unquestioned aid and support for Israel in particular. The Democratic National Committee issued a press release Monday blasting Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, for his 2011 proposal to cut the foreign aid budget, which would have included Israel. Mr. Paul has since moved to shore up his relationship with Israel. In April, he introduced the Stand with Israel Act, which would impose conditions on foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, including “formal recognition of Israel’s right to exist.” Mr. Paul’s bill has 17 co-sponsors — all Republicans. If Democrats are reluctant to show heavy support for Israel, it may be because they’re in a political bind. Polls over past month show that Democratic voters are taking an increasingly dim view of Israel. Polls consistently show that a majority of Americans support Israel, but the partisan divide is deep. A Gallup poll released Monday found that 65 percent of Republican voters agreed that “Israel’s actions in the current Middle East conflict are justified.” Only 31 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of independent voters agreed. A Pew Research Center survey released in mid-July found that 60 percent of Republicans believe Hamas is responsible for the outbreak of violence. Just 29 percent of Democrats blame Hamas and 26 percent blame Israel. Only 13 percent of Republicans say Israel is responsible. The Pew survey also found that 73 percent of Republicans sympathize with Israel, up from 68 percent in April, while Democrats sympathizing with Israel slipped from 46 percent to 44 percent. A CNN poll released July 21 showed 73 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats say Israel’s military actions in Gaza are justified. “At a time when Israel is clearly engaged in an existential conflict, fighting for its right to exist, it is disappointing that Democrats in this country do not share the same high level of support for Israel that is seen among Republicans,” Matt Brooks, Republican Jewish Coalition executive director, said in a statement. Still, Democrats don’t appear worried, at least not this year. Jewish voters showed weaker support for Mr. Obama in the 2012 election, but they still turned out for him over Republican Mitt Romney by a margin of 69 percent to 30 percent, according to Pew. Democrats also win on optics: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in either chamber of Congress, is preparing to resign after losing his primary race in Virginia. The National Jewish Democratic Council issued a statement after Mr. Cantor’s loss inviting “those who feel unrepresented by the Republican Party to join us in supporting the 33 Jewish senators and members of the House who proudly serve us in Congress.” Mr. Silverman, a former Democrat who is now unaffiliated, said Democrats need to show they deserve Jewish support by taking a stronger stand for Israel. “More Jews still vote, and run for office, as Democrats,” said Mr. Silverman. “There is ominous slippage of support for Israel amongst Democrats. Democratic elected officials, and Jewish Democrats, need to decide whether they will still stand up strong and publicly for the Jewish state.” Read More

Rothfus, Murphy seek VA disclosure about Legionnaire's

2014/08/06

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Coffman Statement on Supplemental Funding to Israel for Iron Dome Support

2014/08/02

(Washington, D.C.)  U.S. House of Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the below statement today after voting in support of supplemental funding to Israel for Iron Dome support:   “I supported this $225 million in additional funding for Iron Dome in order to protect our strongest ally in the Middle East against the relentless assault from a terrorist organization resolved towards its destruction.” Read More

Coffman Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Legislation

2014/08/02

(Washington, D.C.)  U.S. House of Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the below statement today after voting against legislation to prohibit the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program:   "While I oppose unilateral action and executive overreach by the President, I am voting no because I think the Congress missed an opportunity to pass DACA into law. Kids who grew up here, know of no other country, and were brought here through no fault of their own, deserve our compassion and an opportunity to earn a path to citizenship. I urge both parties to work together and find a path down the middle to fix our broken immigration system." Read More

Coffman Statement on Border Supplemental Legislation

2014/08/02

(Washington, D.C.)  U.S. House of Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the below statement today after voting in support of H.R. 5230, border supplemental legislation:  "We have a humanitarian crisis at our border that has been caused by U.S. policies that have been encouraging Central American parents to send their children on a dangerous journey to the U.S. border with Mexico and I voted for the supplemental appropriation to keep this situation from getting worse." Read More

Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman creates health insurance reform bill

2014/08/01

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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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