Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) announced that the state of Colorado will receive approximately $35.6 million through the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for fiscal year 2016, which is an approximate $2 million increase in funding from fiscal year 2015.
The federal PILT program reimburses local governments for losses in tax revenues that are incurred due to the presence of large expanses of un-taxable federal lands. On November 23, 2015, Tipton joined a bipartisan group of his House colleagues in urging House leadership to prioritize funding for the PILT program. In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Tipton and his colleagues wrote:
“For FY16, the Department of the Interior has estimated $452 million will be necessary to fully fund PILT payments and ensure the federal government upholds its longstanding obligation to counties with public lands. If we fail to fully fund the PILT program by the end of the year, these counties will be unable to provide essential services – such as education, law enforcement, search and rescue, road maintenance and public health. Moving forward, we hope Congress can work together to end the ongoing uncertainty our communities face and enact a long-term sustainable solution to fully fund PILT.”
Of the fiscal year 2016 PILT funding, Tipton said, “PILT is incredibly important to Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, and I’m encouraged to see an increase in PILT funding for our state this year. I’ll keep working to ensure the federal government continues to meet its long-standing obligations to counties that have large swaths of untaxable federal land in their jurisdictions.”
A county-by-county breakdown of PILT awards for Colorado can be found here.Read More
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives released its plan to repeal and replace President Obama’s health care law:
“Instead of making health care more accessible and more affordable, Obamacare has only made it harder for many Americans to access the health services they need. It was recently announced that over 92,000 more Coloradans will have their insurance plans cancelled at the end of the year, because Obamacare is making it near impossible for insurers to provide plans in our state. It has also forced many small businesses to cut employee health insurance benefits.
“I’ve voted every chance I’ve had to repeal Obamacare, either in part or in full, and I have been a proud cosponsor of many of the bills that make up the House’s plan to fix our health care system. The plan prioritizes more choices at lower costs and protection for patients with pre-existing conditions and complex medical needs. It also lays out much needed reforms to Medicare that will ensure the program is sustainable in the long-term.
“We must repeal and replace Obamacare with a health care law that works for the American people. I’m happy to see a strong plan from the House, and I look forward to working to advance policies that open the marketplace, drive down costs, and provide families with the ability to choose the health care plan that meets their needs.”
An outline of the House’s plan to repeal and replace the president’s health care law can be viewed here.Read More
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) submitted remarks to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) during a listening session on the Administration’s review of the federal coal program. The DOI has launched a comprehensive review of the federal coal program to identify and consider potential reforms. As part of the review, the DOI has set public meetings in communities around the country to solicit public feedback on the program. Tipton’s remarks were submitted at a meeting in Grand Junction, CO.
In his remarks, Tipton addressed the issues of public returns on resource development, environmental impacts, and the impacts decisions by the Administration may have on coal-dependent communities.
Tipton said, “Coal mining is honest work that pays well and produces over half of Colorado’s electric generation. Yes, we should utilize all forms of energy at our disposal. Yes, we should ensure that the public receives a fair return on publically owned resources. Yes, these resources should all be developed in an environmentally responsible way. But the department has not made a compelling case that a complete overhaul of the coal program and a delay in new leasing would achieve a cost-effective and measureable improvement over the status quo in any of the above. It seems rather just another blow to an industry that is vital to our economic well-being, but is nonetheless squarely in the sites of this Administration.”
Tipton also responded to the Administration’s June 2016 report on the economics of coal leasing on federal lands.
“The question of whether the public is receiving a fair return on leases is an important one to ask, but it’s troubling that the Administration has failed to recognize that its own policies are actively suppressing the production of coal and its associated revenues. Responsible coal production provides a reliable and affordable energy source for Americans, and I remain committed to policies that support an all-of-the-above energy policy,” Tipton said.
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to override President Obama’s veto of a measure that would block a Department of Labor (DOL) regulation that restricts access to financial planning advice and education for millions of low to moderate income Americans. The final regulation, known as the fiduciary rule, was issued on April 6, 2016. On April 28, 2016, Tipton voted in favor of H.J.Res. 88, a resolution of disapproval that would nullify the DOL’s fiduciary rule. The president vetoed H.J.Res. 88 on June 8, 2016.
The measure to override the president’s veto of H.J.Res. 88 did not receive the two-thirds vote required for passage in the House.
“The DOL’s fiduciary rule is another one-size-fits-all regulation from Washington bureaucrats who have no idea what is best for families in Colorado, and I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to override the president’s veto,” said Tipton. “Millions of Americans work with retirement advisors to determine how to best invest their hard-earned money so they are prepared for retirement. The last thing the federal government should do is make it harder for families to get the advice they need.”
Tipton has worked to prevent the DOL’s fiduciary rule from moving forward. In July 2015, he joined over 40 other members of the House in sending a letter to the DOL to express concern after the department proposed the fiduciary rule. In September 2015, he asked DOL Secretary Perez to abandon the rule altogether.
In Oct. 2015, Tipton voted to pass the Retail Investor Protection Act (H.R. 1090), a bill that would stop the DOL from finalizing its fiduciary rule. The measure passed the House by a vote of 245-186. H.R. 1090 has not received a vote in the U.S. Senate. Also in Oct. 2015, Tipton joined his Colorado GOP House colleagues in sending a letter to the DOL encouraging the department to maintain families’ access to a variety of investment options.
“The DOL’s fiduciary rule is highly flawed, and it will only make it more difficult for low and middle income families to plan for their retirements,” Tipton added. “I remain committed to advancing policies that will help Americans access the financial advice they need.”
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) introduced a bill that would protect Colorado families from a harmful rule that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed on June 2, 2016. The proposed rule places new federal restrictions on financial institutions that are considered payday, auto title, or other small-dollar lenders. The new regulations would preempt existing payday lending regulations that are already in place in 36 states. Tipton’s bill, the Accounting for Consumer Credit and Encouraging State Solutions (ACCESS) Act, would allow a state or federally recognized Indian tribe to request a waiver for exemption from the CFPB’s final regulation.
“With this proposed rule, the Bureau has completely disregarded the efforts that a majority of states, including Colorado, have already made to protect families from predatory lending while preserving their access to short-term credit,” said Tipton. “We know that many American households don’t have extra money that they can use in an emergency situation, so we must make sure families have options when they are faced with an unexpected expense.”
The CFPB’s proposed regulation places additional eligibility requirements on individuals who are applying for small dollar, short-term loans, making it harder for applicants to access credit. In a February 2016 hearing, CFPB Acting Deputy Director David Silberman testified that the proposed regulation was needed to address “gaps” in state laws regulating payday lending.
In 2010 the Colorado state legislature passed a bipartisan set of reforms that increased protections for consumers from predatory loans. The reforms created protections for borrowers’ personal checking accounts, prohibited excessive repayment costs, and ensured that early repayment would not be penalized. A 2014 report from the Pew Charitable Trusts showed that Colorado’s payday lending reforms have saved borrowers $42 million.
“Our state legislators and government officials have already developed payday lending reforms that are benefitting Coloradans, but now the federal government wants to come in and completely override this work,” Tipton added. “I’m fighting to protect the 12 million Americans who need access to small dollar loans to pay for unexpected emergency expenses in order to keep their financial footing.”
The ACCESS Act has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.Read More
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) released the schedule for the first of a series of community roundtable meetings his office is holding focused on federal, state and local efforts to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. Tipton, a Member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, has worked to advance legislation to curb opioid abuse through prevention, education, treatment and law enforcement efforts. He is forming community working groups to gather feedback on the impact of existing programs, increase communication, and inform further legislative efforts in Congress. Invited participants include healthcare providers, non-profit organizations, representatives from the justice system, individuals with firsthand personal experience with drug abuse, and local officials.
“The opioid abuse epidemic is having a heartbreaking impact on communities across the United States, including here in Colorado’s 3rd District. The effects of the epidemic extend far beyond those who are suffering from addiction. Families, friends and entire communities feel the impacts through loss of life, increased strain on the healthcare system and a rise in gang activity and drug-related violence. Congress has an obligation to support state governments and local groups in their efforts to reverse widespread opioid abuse,” said Tipton. “A critical part of that effort is engaging with the community and with those who are working on the front lines of the epidemic to hear their stories and listen to their feedback on what is working and what is not. These roundtables will help facilitate that conversation and provide valuable information we can take back to Washington as we work at all levels to solve this problem and reduce the pain and suffering being experienced by so many people across the nation.”
Roundtable Details Follow:
San Luis Valley Heroin and Opioid Abuse Roundtable with Congressman Tipton Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (MT)Location: Contact office for details.
Pueblo Heroin and Opioid Abuse Roundtable with Congressman Tipton Date: Friday, July 1, 2016Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MT)Location: Contact office for details.
Grand Junction Heroin and Opioid Abuse Roundtable with Congressman Tipton Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016Time: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (MT)Location: Contact office for details.
Additional meetings are being planned for Northwest and Southwest Colorado. Details will be announced at a later date.
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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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