A member of Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) staff will hold office hours in Moffat, Routt, and Jackson Counties from Oct. 23-25, 2017. During these mobile office hours, Tipton’s staff will be able to assist constituents with issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Internal Revenue Service, as well as acquiring American Flags flown over the U.S. Capitol. Appointments are not necessary, and all constituents are welcome to attend.
Mobile Office Hours Moffat County
WHO: George Rossman, Field Representative
WHEN: Monday, October 23, 2017, 2:30-5:00PM MT
WHERE: Moffat County Courthouse, Main Floor Conference Room, 221 West Victory Way, Craig, CO
Mobile Office Hours Routt County
WHO: George Rossman, Field Representative
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 2:30-5:00PM MT
WHERE: Routt County Courthouse, Sarvis Creek Conference Room, 522 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO
Mobile Office Hours Jackson County
WHO: George Rossman, Field Representative
WHEN: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 8:30-11:00AM MT
WHERE: Jackson County Courthouse, Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 396 LaFever, Walden, CORead More
Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act (H.R. 1116) has passed through the House Committee on Financial Services with a bipartisan vote and will now move to the House floor. The bill provides community banks and credit unions relief from onerous regulatory compliance burdens by requiring federal regulatory agencies to tailor regulations to fit the business model and risk profile of institutions. The TAILOR Act brings an end to the one-size-fits-all mandates that were implemented under the Dodd-Frank Act.
Tipton said, “Under Dodd-Frank rules, banks and credit unions are currently regulated under a one-size-fits-all approach regardless of size or risk profile. As a result, regulations designed and intended for big banks are also applied to small community and independent banks or credit unions. The compliance costs associated with these one-size-fits-all mandates are often unworkable for small community banks, which often don’t have the employees or resources to meet the compliance obligations. Regulations play an important role in keeping our communities safe and secure, but they should be tailored to meet the risk profile and business model of specific institutions. The TAILOR Act would allow federal regulators to better focus their oversight efforts, and allow small banks and credit unions to focus their time and assets on investing in their communities, helping to generate economic growth and job opportunities.”
In a letter of support for the TAILOR Act, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), wrote, “Overregulation is one of the reasons why small financial institutions are disappearing at an alarming rate. Legislation like the TAILOR Act is needed to ensure that institutions like credit unions can serve their members without excessive regulations.”
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) also wrote to Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Ranking Member Maxine Waters urging the passage of the TAILOR Act.
The American Bankers Association (ABA) also voiced its support for the TAILOR Act, stating, “It is clear that legislation is needed to address the mounting burdens of regulation that, in the aggregate, have stifled the ability of our nation’s financial institutions to serve the needs of consumers and small businesses, as well as local economies … H.R. 1116 stands as a balanced approach to addressing this problem.”
The TAILOR Act has now passed the Financial Services Committee three times. It also passed the full House of Representatives as part of the Financial Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors Consumers and Entrepreneurs (CHOICE) on June 8, 2017.Read More
On October 11, 2017, the House Natural Resources Committee reported out of the committee H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act. Prior to voting to report the bill, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) spoke about the value of Colorado’s National Monuments and the need for transparency and local input in the land designation process.
Tipton’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:
Thank you, Mr. Chairman for bringing this bill before the committee today. I believe that when considering this bill, it is important to examine the ways that Antiquities Act designations have changed since 1906. When President Teddy Roosevelt used the Antiquities Act, he made 18 designations for a combined total of 1.5 million acres. All of these designations were in the spirit of the law. Fast forward to 2016, when we saw the Obama Administration use the Antiquities Act 37 times to designate 553.6 million acres of land and water.
It can be argued that some of these designations were in the spirit of the law, like Chimney Rock National Monument, a 4,700 acre National Monument in my district that I supported in the 112th Congress. Chimney Rock had broad local support, and the bill that I introduced to designate it through the legislative process even passed the House unanimously. When it stalled in the Senate, we requested that the president use the Antiquities Act.
Unfortunately, more and more, we see the Antiquities Act used outside of its intended purpose, which has limited critical local input and meaningful conversations about the impact a National Monument designation may have on the surrounding community.
Mr. Chairman, I appreciate that your bill emphasizes the importance of local voices, and I think it is critical that the president has the ability to make an Emergency National Monument designation when there simply is not enough time to work through the environmental review, local approval or legislative process.
I understand that you are open to working with members of this committee as this bill moves forward through the legislative process. The Coloradans I represent value our National Monuments, from their breathtaking beauty to the positive economic impact they have on our communities. I do not believe that reforming the Antiquities Act to bring it back to its intended purpose, and protecting public lands and national treasures, are mutually exclusive. We can do both. I look forward to working with you and other members of the committee on this bill.Read More
At the end of September, we celebrated National Public Lands Day. Communities across Colorado marked the occasion by hosting volunteer and recreation events and National Parks offered free admission. Growing up in western Colorado, National Parks have been a big part of my life and have been the backdrop of countless memories for me and my family. I believe it is important for kids across the country to have the opportunity to experience the wonder that is our National Park system.
Part of my work in the House Natural Resources Committee is focused on increasing access to public lands, and the committee recently considered a bill that would help facilitate more recreation opportunities on public lands across the country. The bill, the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act (H.R. 3400), would update and streamline the special recreation permit process, support public/private partnerships for maintenance on public lands, and increase veteran participation in stewardship programs, like the Conservation Corps.
In July, I helped introduce a bill that I believe would be a good complement to the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act. The bill, the Every Kid Outdoors Act (H.R. 3186), makes permanent a program that provides fourth graders and supervising adults with passes for free entrance to federally managed land, waters, and historic sites that typically charge an entrance fee. As we work to increase recreation opportunities on public lands, it is important to remember that many families who live in communities surrounded by public land may not have the resources to visit those lands.
This point was brought up during the hearing by Kevin Heiner, the Associate Director of the Southwest Conservation Corps in Durango, CO. Although Kevin was appearing before the committee to discuss ways to further engage veterans in the Conservation Corps, I asked him to think back to 2001 and 2002 when he served as the crew leader for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. The Youth Corps engages kids age 11 to 18 in community service projects, and the projects not only provide the kids with educational opportunities, they also help develop the future stewards of public lands. I asked Kevin to speak about the benefits of engaging kids in this age range and the impact it has for public lands. Kevin indicated that that it is important to create young stewards, and in Southwest Colorado, there are a lot of economic factors that serve as barriers for families wishing to visit National Parks and National Monuments and recreate on public lands.
I appreciated Kevin’s insight during the hearing, and it further solidified my opinion that the Every Kid Outdoors Act fits well with H.R. 3400. I will be working to find ways to include the bill, or language from it, in H.R. 3400 as we move through the legislative process. I welcome any feedback you have on either bill, so please do not hesitate to contact me through my website, www.tipton.house.gov.Read More
During a hearing in the House Committee on Financial Services, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), pressed former Equifax Chief Executive Officer, Richard Smith, about the company’s protocol for notifying customers that their data has been breached and how to prevent harm to consumers in the future.
In response to Tipton’s question about Equifax’s protocols, Smith said, “Yes, there were protocols in place. The protocols started [when] the security individual saw suspicious activity. Protocol number one, she shut down the particular portal, started the internal investigation, followed by the traditional protocol that they followed, which is to notify and engage [an] outside forensic auditor … engage outside counsel to help us with the investigation, and then protocol was followed throughout, notifying the regulators, [Attorneys General], and the consumers.”Read More
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) advocated for ski areas and recreation on public lands during a recent hearing in the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands. The focus of the hearing was the Recreation Not Red Tape Act (H.R. 3400), a bill that would streamline regulations to facilitate more public access to outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands across the United States.
The bill also includes a provision that would establish a Ski Area Fee Retention Account within the U.S. Treasury, which would disperse a portion of ski area permit fees back to the ski areas on which they were generated in order to enhance recreational opportunities.
During the hearing, Tipton asked Brian Merrill, President of Western River Expeditions, if he believed that allowing ski areas to retain a portion of the fees generated on the land so they can be reinvested in recreation infrastructure would increase public investment in the ski areas.
Merrill responded, “If I’m going to pay a fee, I hope that it’s going to go back to improve the resource that I’m recreating on and facilitate access … that just seems logical to me and I think that’s the way the general public would view it too.”
Currently, the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) authorizes federal land management agencies to charge fees for recreation use on certain federal lands and then distribute these fees to recreation sites, so the funds can support access and other recreation enhancements to improve visitor experience. Under current law, ski areas do not benefit from the FLREA program. H.R. 3400 would establish a mechanism similar to FLREA for ski areas, under which 50 percent of fees generated by ski areas that have revenues over $15 million per year would be deposited in the Ski Area Fee Retention Account, along with 65 percent of fees generated by ski areas that have revenues less than $15 million. The funds can then be distributed back to the ski area on which they were generated to support enhancements to visitor experience.
Following the hearing, Tipton said, “Too often, Americans see the money they send to the federal government swallowed up in a black hole. I believe it is important for everyone who enjoys our public lands to see how their money is going back to support the land and enhance their experience.”
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) issued the following statement after the House Republican Conference unveiled the United Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code:
“The current tax code does not work for Americans. It is too complicated for individuals and families, punishes small businesses for investing to expand or create jobs, and puts U.S. companies at a disadvantage on the global stage. The framework announced today includes the principles I believe are necessary to allow individuals and families to keep more of the money they earn. The framework consolidates our tax brackets from seven to three and doubles the standard deduction for individuals and families, so while the tax brackets have shifted, the first $24,000 that a family earns, or the first $12,000 that an individual earns, will be free from the federal income tax.
“The framework also supports small businesses by capping the tax rate for family-owned businesses and sole-proprietorships at 25 percent. It would also make the U.S. the best place in the word to do business by setting the U.S. corporate tax rate just below the average corporate tax rate of the industrialized world.
“I am encouraged by this framework, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to build on it and finalize our tax reform plan.”
The United Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code doubles the current standard deduction to $24,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly and $12,000 for single filers. The framework also consolidates the seven tax brackets under the current system to three tax brackets set at 12 percent for the lowest-income earners, 25 percent for middle-income earners, and 35 percent for the highest-income earners. Low-income earners who fall within the current 10 percent tax bracket are expected to be better off under a three-bracket system combined with the doubled standard deduction.
The framework also:
The full framework can be found here.Read More
The Colorado Judicial Department will receive $399,380 to support the state’s veterans drug court program, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) announced on Tuesday. The grant is authorized under the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Veterans Treatment Courts program, which received $7 million in total funding for fiscal year 2017. The grant can be used to implement, enhance, or expand local and state-wide drug courts.
“Over the past year-and-a-half, I have traveled across the 3rd Congressional District and heard the stories of families and individuals who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic that is sweeping our nation. All of these stories are heartbreaking, but especially heartbreaking are the stories about veterans who return home and feel they have no other option but to seek comfort in drugs or alcohol,” said Tipton. “Drug courts are an important path to recovery for many of these men and women, and I’m glad that Colorado has been awarded this funding to support and enhance the drug court program.”
According to a 2008 study, almost 500,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression, and more than 300,000 have a substance use disorder. Treatment courts provide veterans with the opportunity to seek treatment, and successful participants are eligible to have their sentences reduced or the charges against them dropped.
More information about the grant awards can be found here.Read More
A member of Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) staff will hold office hours in Hinsdale County on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. During these mobile office hours, Tipton’s staff will be able to assist constituents with issues regarding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Internal Revenue Service, as well as acquiring American Flags flown over the U.S. Capitol. Appointments are not necessary, and all constituents are welcome to attend.
Mobile Office Hours Hinsdale County
WHO: Brenda Felmlee, Field Representative
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 from 1:30PM to 3:30PM MDT
WHERE: 311 N. Henson Street, Commissioners Meeting Room, Lake City, CORead More
Every year, in preparation for tax day, Americans spend 6 billion hours trying to navigate the internal revenue code and federal tax regulations (now up to 10 million words). The compliance bill has now reached $409 billion. The last time Americans experienced major tax reform was in 1986, under President Reagan. In the past few decades, the tax code has grown to a size that is unmanageable and overly complicated. In the House, we’re working to deliver a tax reform plan that will deliver relief and results for all Americans.
Our goals are to: simplify the tax code, so the average family can complete their taxes on a form the size of a postcard and keep more of the money they earn; create a separate, low tax rate of 25 percent for small businesses; bring the U.S. corporate tax rate more in line with the corporate tax rates of other developed nations; and restructure the IRS around three units focused on services to individuals and families, businesses, and an independent small claims court.
To simplify the tax code for families, our plan envisions lowering tax rates across the board and reducing the number of tax brackets from seven to three. The plan also envisions consolidating the current tax deductions and credits for families into two simpler benefits – a larger standard deduction and a greater child and dependent tax credit. These changes, combined with the simplification of tax benefits for higher education, charitable giving, and savings, will allow Americans to complete their taxes on a form the size of a postcard.
I know very well the headaches that small business owners and entrepreneurs experience when it’s time to pay taxes. Under the current tax system, a successful small business could be taxed as high as 44.6 percent. On top of this, small businesses are also taxed on the money they reinvest in their business to expand and create more jobs. Our tax reform plan proposes to do away with the current tax on business investments and cap the small business tax rate at 25 percent. When small business owners and entrepreneurs get to keep more of their profits, they are more likely to make the investments they need to expand or keep their doors open. Small businesses support 49 percent of Colorado’s workforce, so reforms that support the small business community are essential for our state.
Today the corporate tax rate is set at 35 percent, while the average corporate tax rate in other developed countries is 24.8 percent. Our tax structure is slowing economic growth and creating a disincentive for doing business in the United States. U.S. businesses are outsourcing labor to countries with lower tax rates or passing on expenses to consumers, neither of which are good for Coloradans. The House tax reform plan would reverse these trends and put U.S. businesses on an even playing field with businesses around the globe by setting the corporate tax rate at 20 percent.
According to the Tax Foundation, when all of the reforms discussed above and our complete tax reform plan is implemented, Colorado’s median-income households will gain more than $7,500, and our state will see over 30,000 new jobs created.
An important part of tax reform will be revamping the IRS so it becomes an agency that works for Americans. The IRS will be consolidated into three departments to focus on families and individuals, businesses, and resolving small claims. Under the new structure, the IRS will be able to carry out a service-first mission.
There are still ongoing discussions among members of Congress and officials in the administration about the final version of our tax reform plan, but I am confident that we will be able to deliver much needed-relief to Colorado’s taxpayers, support Colorado’s small businesses, and ensure the United States is viewed as the best place in the world to do business. If you have any questions about our tax reform plan, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 202-225-4761 or write to me through my website, www.tipton.house.gov.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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Restoring Antiquities Act to original purpose & protecting public lands are not mutually exclusive. We can do both https://t.co/HkK2KiAW9V