WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act with a bipartisan vote of 277-133. This bill would expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas export terminals to eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic delays that have held up construction.
Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large), Executive Vice Chairman Scott Tipton (CO-03), Western Caucus Member Kevin Cramer (ND-At Large), and Chairman Emeritus Steve Pearce (NM-02) released the following statements in response to the passage of the bill:
“With our abundant natural gas supply, America is poised to be a major player in the international gas market, creating jobs at home and furthering our security interests abroad,” said Chairman Lummis. “But instead of working with Congress to capitalize on this landmark economic and national security opportunity, the White House continues dragging its feet every step of the way. There is a price to this inaction, borne by American workers and our allies who are clamoring for energy from the United States instead of nations like Russia. We can overcome the White House’s pointless stonewalling with this bill, which will ensure that the Department of Energy makes decisions on export permits and port construction applications in a timely manner.”
“We have a unique opportunity right here at home to increase responsible production of liquefied natural gas to meet the demands of our foreign allies while significantly boosting local economies throughout the Western U.S.,” said Vice Chairman Tipton. “The demand for American produced LNG is there, and one of the main things standing in the way of increased exports is an unwieldy bureaucracy in Washington caught up in pushing red tape instead of common sense. Today, we took action in the House to clear that hurdle.”
“As the largest producer of natural gas in the world, we ought to use the peaceful tool of energy production and export in lieu of the weapons of war,” said Congressman Cramer. “Vladimir Putin’s aggression in the Ukraine should be met with an equal zeal for natural gas export to Europe. Our allies need to know they can count on us as the supplier of choice of natural gas, so they are not captive to Russia’s supply.”
“New technologies have allowed America to become the leading natural gas producer in the world,” said Chairman Emeritus Pearce. “Exporting natural gas will allow us to take full economic advantage of this situation that we have been blessed with. This bill will create jobs, encourage further production, decrease our trade deficit, and help our allies overseas by expediting the decision making process for LNG export facilities. We must not waste this opportunity to optimize our economic standing. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to act quickly on this essential piece of legislation.”
*Release sent with the Congressional Western Caucus.Read More
WASHINGTON– Stressing that as a nation, “We must do everything possible to end human trafficking,” Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) joined his colleagues in the House this week in an effort to combat the human tragedy. The House this week passed a series of bills focused on preventing abductions, dismantling networks, and prosecuting offenders, as well as provide recovery resources for victims of human trafficking.
One of Tipton’s top priorities in elected office has been working to get measures enacted into law to protect women from violent crime and abuse. Tipton worked with his colleagues to pass Katie’s Law in the Colorado State House, later going on to help get the measure signed into law at the federal level in 2013. The federal Katie’s Law authorizes the Attorney General to award grants for states to implement minimum DNA collection standards and enhanced collection processes to strengthen law enforcement’s ability to track down violent offenders, keep our women and children safe, and bring closure to cold cases.
“It’s hard to imagine anything more horrific than the abuse and suffering that the victims of human trafficking endure. As a nation we have a moral obligation to do everything within our power to put an end to this human tragedy,” said Tipton. “I’m proud that this week the House has advanced 12 bills set on stopping human trafficking, getting offenders off of the streets and aiding victims with their recovery. I urge the Senate to quickly move on these important bills.”
Learn more about the bills passed in the House HERE.
Congressman Tipton will meet with the LaPlata County Board of Commissioners to preview the 114th Congress, discuss planned legislation, and have a conversation with the commissioners on the county’s top priorities.Read More
WASHINGTON– Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) is working to advance a measure in the House of Representatives to ensure that veterans living farther than a 40 mile drive from a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facility are able to receive and use Veterans Choice Cards to access alternative care providers closer to home. When the House passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (H.R. 3230) last year, the legislation established the 40 mile distance cutoff, which for some veterans living in rural areas, including many in Colorado, failed to truly provide access to local care given that their actual driving distance to a VA facility exceeded 40 miles, while the 40 mile distance in the law is being implemented ‘as the crow flies.’
The Veterans Access to Community Care Act of 2015, which Tipton cosponsored and is expected to be introduced in the House tomorrow, seeks to fix this issue by clarifying the 40 mile distance from a VA facility be based on driving distance, rather than point-to-point or ‘as the crow flies.’
“The intent of the reforms passed last year was to ensure that veterans receive timely healthcare, and are able to access that care close to home. As the law has been implemented, we’ve heard from many veterans living further than a 40 mile drive from VA care facilities that they are still unable to see local providers because of a technicality. This was not the bill’s intent, and it’s frustrating that it’s being implemented this way. For veterans living over a 40 mile drive, especially in rural mountainous areas, every extra mile adds up to increased travel-time, risk and hardship,” said Tipton. “We’re working to address this issue through legislation that clarifies the language so that veterans living in rural areas are able to access timely care close to home. This is a bipartisan, commonsense fix that needs to be a priority in Congress.”
Since being elected to Congress, Tipton has aggressively fought to expand access to care for rural veterans, cosponsoring legislation in the 112th and 113th Congresses to enable local hospitals and physicians to contract with the VA to provide local health care for veterans (The Healthy Vets Act).Read More
WASHINGTON –Citing the need for a long-term domestic energy plan to ensure reliable production and stable prices, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO), today, reintroduced the Planning for American Energy Act for the 114th Congress. This all-of-the-above energy legislation would unleash the potential for thousands of new jobs as well as establish a reliable, affordable and secure source of American energy through responsible production.
“We have an opportunity to reduce the volatility of energy prices and ensure a sustainable, reliable and secure source of affordable American energy if we plan for the future,” said Tipton. “My bill utilizes hard data to project the energy needs of the American people and establishes a 30 year all-of-above plan to, in full accordance with all current environmental safeguards, move forward with energy production in all sectors on public lands. The President has touted American energy production as a key element to economic recovery, and yet the production increases during his term have occurred on private land, while production on public land has fallen sharply. This bill seeks to fix this problem by establishing a forward-thinking, all-of-the-above American energy plan.”
The Planning for American Energy Act requires that all energy resources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals needed for energy development be included in the plan. These goals would be accomplished responsibly, without repealing a single environmental regulation or review process. View the full bill HERE.
“This bill puts Americans to work, keeps energy costs low for families and businesses, and strengthens national security,” said Tipton. “It would have a significant impact on resource-rich communities like Grand Junction, Craig, Durango and others in the 3rd District where federal obstacles to responsible energy production have led to severe local economic challenges.”
This legislation passed out the House of Representative with bipartisan support twice in the 113th Congress as part of the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act (H.R. 4899) and the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act (H.R. 2).
Specifically, the bill:
WASHINGTON–Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement in response to the President’s State of the Union Address:
“While the President congratulated himself on a recovering American economy, the economic challenges that the people of Colorado’s 3rd District continue to face are not cause for celebration. The labor participation rate remains at a 36 year low, with tens-of-millions of working age Americans unable to find the work they need to makes ends meet, and the middle class is shrinking every year. Accounting for those that have stopped looking for work because of a lack of opportunity, many of the 29 counties in Colorado’s 3rd District are suffering from double digit unemployment. Opportunities for growth have been blocked by overreaching and punitive federal regulations that have restricted access to public land, closed small businesses and prevented many more from opening their doors.
“Tax increases, as the President is pushing once again, won’t solve these continued economic challenges or grow the middle class, nor will they address broad problems within the tax code or shrink the national debt. The President is even going so far as to propose taxing college savings plans that have been exempt from taxation in the past so he can fund his plan to pay for community college—where is the sense in that?
“Instead of pushing for more divisive tax increases, the President could take a look at the many pieces of legislation passed with bipartisan support in the last Congress as a starting point to move forward on areas of common interest. Among those bills are efforts we passed out of the 3rd District to protect private water rights, address forest health and encourage responsible all-of-the-above domestic energy production.
“It’s time for a new approach and fresh ideas to empower people and strengthen Main Street.
“To get there, we need a fairer, flatter and simpler tax code, decreased federal regulations and red tape, a long-term plan for responsible all-of-the-above domestic energy development, affordable and accessible healthcare for all Americans, and federal budgeting that ends deficit spending and begins to pay down the staggering national debt. Economic power should be in the hands of hardworking Americans not controlled by a centralized Washington bureaucracy.
“I believe that we have an opportunity to find common ground to strengthen the middle class and grow the tax base by incentivizing the type of innovation and investment that ignites private sector growth and fuels job creation and higher wages. For that to happen, the President will need to work with the House and Senate that the American people sent to Washington. Executive overreach is being checked, and Congress will continue to aggressively fight back if the President continues down this go-nowhere path.
“We will be working in Congress to address the challenges facing our nation and restore opportunity for students, families and all Americans striving for the American Dream. I sincerely hope that the President will put politics aside and actively work with us to solve America’s challenges, rather than sit on the sidelines with a veto pen.”
Projects Include Drought Management and Small Hydropower Development
WASHINGTON– Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) welcomed the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that over $8 million has been awarded to projects in Colorado’s 3rd District under the agency’s new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) created under the new conservation title of the 2014 Farm Bill, which Tipton and Senator Michael Bennet helped craft as members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.
“It’s good news that the 3rd District will receive needed resources under the RCPP that were requested by a broad coalition of regional stakeholders,” said Tipton. “The stakeholders include water districts, local governments, conservationists, agriculture producers and others, who stand ready to put these resources to work on projects that will create clean, renewable hydropower, help ensure sustained agriculture production and limit the impacts of severe drought in the Colorado River Basin.”
The RCPP designation was awarded in May of 2014, following the request of Tipton and Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Mark Udall (D-CO). The funds for Colorado will be put to use to develop small hydropower projects in irrigation systems, and according to the National Resources Conservation Service, “significantly increase water use efficiency by coordinating expanded efforts and by integrating off-farm irrigation conveyance systems and on-farm water application efficiency improvements.”
The RCPP designation was supported by the Colorado River District, Mesa County Commissioners, Dolores Water Conservancy District, Denver Water, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Southwest Water Conservation District, and other groups around the state.
Learn more about the projects HERE.Read More
WASHINGTON– Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) stressed that the President’s overreaching immigration orders failed to address the real challenges facing the nation’s immigration system, were issued against the will of the American people and without authority to do so.
The House-passed the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240) which as amended, includes provisions to fully defund the President’s executive orders on immigration, strengthens and prioritizes funding for border security, provides resources to combat cyber-attacks, and continues passenger screening reforms at the TSA. The bill also strengthens transparency and Congressional oversight on the Department of Homeland Security by requiring the agency to submit spending plans and reports to Congress on acquisitions. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. Learn more about the bill HERE.
“This legislation sets a benchmark as to what needs to be done to stop the President’s overreach on immigration. This is a country of laws, and there is a lawmaking process established in the Constitution which the President overstepped. We are working within our Constitutional authority to block the President’s unilateral actions and move toward truly addressing the realities facing our nation’s broken immigration system. The President’s orders on immigration have marginalized the millions of people who are going through the immigration process legally. It sends the wrong message and is an injustice to those who are waiting in line to become Americans,” said Tipton. “Today’s vote is a positive step that now goes to the Senate for consideration. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to rein in the President’s overreach, and advance a step-by-step immigration solution that begins with enhanced, verifiable border security and a strengthened guest worker program.”
Summary of amendments to H.R. 240 courtesy of the House Judiciary Committee:
Amendment offered by Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), and Lou Bartletta (R-Pa.):
Amendment offered by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.): The amendment provides that no funds – whether they are appropriated funds or user fees collected by the agency – may be used to consider new, renewal or previously denied DACA applications. (Note: The President has directed fees that were collected from applicants going through the legal immigration process to be used to fund DACA, which benefits those who have entered the country illegally. This practice has added to the backlog of processing the applications of those going through the legal process. Congressman Tipton’s primary objection is with regard to the use of these fees which should be directed to process the applications of those trying to legally enter the United States.)
Amendment offered by Reps. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Martha Roby (R-Ala.): This amendment ensures that sex offenders and domestic violence perpetrators are priorities for removal by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Amendment offered by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.): This amendment expresses the sense of Congress that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services should stop putting the interests of unlawful immigrants ahead of legal immigrants. Under the President’s deferred action programs, legal immigrants playing by the rules and seeking to come to the United States the right way have paid the price for President Obama’s executive actions. They’ve faced longer wait times, even though they have paid the fees to have their applications processed.
Amendment offered by Reps. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) and Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.): This amendment expresses the sense of Congress that U.S. workers should not be harmed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ actions. Under President Obama’s executive amnesty plan, in many cases businesses now have a $3,000 incentive to hire an unlawful immigrant over a legal worker. Under the Affordable Care Act, many businesses face a $3,000-per-employee penalty if they do not provide health care to their workers. Since unlawful immigrants are not eligible for Obamacare, they will now be more attractive to hire than American workers in many instances.
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) announced the names of 11 students from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District who have received his nomination to U.S. Service Academies. The students were selected based on meeting or exceeding the stringent requirements of the respective academy and of Tipton’s office. Students who applied were required to submit an essay, test scores, an application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and complete a panel interview in order to be considered.
“I want to congratulate all of the students who have worked so hard to earn a nomination to our nation’s service academies, and thank everyone who applied for their efforts. Not only have they put in the hours and dedication to excel academically and physically, these are young people of extraordinary moral character whose love for our country has led them to choose an honorable path of service to it. I’m confident that each of these exceptional nominees would make outstanding officers,” said Tipton. “I encourage students in the district who are considering attending a U.S. Service Academy to reach out to our office for more information and to apply for a nomination.”
Congressman Tipton’s Academy Nominations for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District:
U.S. Naval Academy
Students who are residents of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and are considering applying to a U.S. Service Academy can find more information on the nomination process at: http://tipton.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominationsRead More
WASHINGTON– Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) urged the President to put politics aside and Americans to work as the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to build the Keystone Pipeline.
“The President has stated he will veto this legislation that would create as many as 42,000 jobs and generate as much as $2 billion in earnings for America’s economy,” said Tipton. “Over 22,000 pages of studies have been conducted through the State Department already, including a report stating that the project will have no significant impact on carbon emissions. There’s no viable reason left for the President to obstruct the Keystone Pipeline. It’s time to put Americans to work, put politics aside, and move forward with this safe, commonsense project that will strengthen our nation’s energy infrastructure.”
Learn more about the Keystone Pipeline and its potential impact HERE.Read More
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Congressman Scott Tipton was raised in Cortez, Colorado. He graduated from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, where he studied Political Science and became the first person in his family to earn a college degree. After college, he returned home to Cortez and co-founded Mesa Verde Indian Pottery with his brother Joe. It was through his business that Scott met his wife, Jean, who is a former school teacher. The Tipton’s have two daughters, Liesl and Elizabeth, and two sons-in-law, Chris and Jace.
After a lifetime running his small business, Scott was elected as a Republican to the Colorado House of Representatives for the 58th District in November of 2008. During his time at the state House, he worked to ensure quality water for the people of Colorado and to improve the air quality of Southwest Colorado. He also sponsored legislation to protect children from the worst criminal offenders by mandating harsher penalties for child sex-offenders and allowing law enforcement to collect DNA evidence from suspects through Jessica’s Law and Katie’s Law.
Scott was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and again in 2012 for a second term.
In the 112th Congress, Scott pushed hard to advance a federal version of Katie’s Law to encourage additional states to implement minimum DNA collection standards and enhanced collection processes for felons in order to strengthen law enforcement’s ability to prevent violent crimes, and protect women and children. That effort became a reality when the President signed Katie’s Law on January 3, 2013.
Using his positions on the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Small Business Committees, Scott has is fighting for the issues that most directly impact Coloradans, many of which involve our state’s extensive open spaces and natural resources. In his first term, Scott introduced legislation to encourage healthy forest management and prevent wildfire, as well as passed a bill in the House with bipartisan support to advance the development of clean, renewable hydropower. He is also leading the charge in Congress to stop a federal grab of privately-held water rights, standing up for farmers and ranchers, the ski industry, and all who rely on their water rights to survive.
Scott is champion of advancing an all-of-the-above energy solution that balances common sense conservation with responsible development. He passed the Planning for American Energy Act through the House (as a title under the American Domestic Energy and Jobs Act) to put requirements into place to develop wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals, based on the needs of the American people.
Scott has used his experience as a small businessman to inform his work as a Subcommittee Chairman on the Small Business Committee. Here he has worked to protect farmers and ranchers from regulatory overreach, as well as push for expanded trade opportunities for Colorado products. Scott is a co-founder of the Congressional Small Business Caucus, a bipartisan caucus committed to open dialogue on the issues that most impact small businesses. Members of the Congressional Small Business Caucus are dedicated to advancing efforts to foster the economic certainty needed for small businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed and create jobs.
In the 113th Congress, Scott continues to represent the many interests of one of the most diverse and geographically vast districts in the nation. He will fight to bring Colorado common sense to Washington—focusing on reforming regulation, protecting Colorado’s natural environment, encouraging responsible all-of-the-above energy development, reducing government spending, and removing hurdles so that small businesses can do what they do best—create jobs.
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Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act. This bipartisan bill will speed the approval process
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Today, I will meet with the Durango Chamber of Commerce Directors to talk about ways we can work together to bring more jobs to the area and
Today we passed H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act in the House to expedite the approval process for liquefied natural