Scott Tipton

Scott Tipton

COLORADO's 3rd DISTRICT

Weekly Update from Congressman Scott Tipton

2014/10/20

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Dear Friend,

I want to give you a quick update from the road this week on some of the things we’ve been working on as we travel through the 3rd District. The spread of Ebola in West Africa, and now the cases here in the U.S. are cause for serious concern. Just this week the House Energy and Commerce Committee held an oversight hearing on the government’s response to the outbreak so far, and on what needs to be done to contain it in West Africa and prevent it from spreading in the U.S. Based on the testimony in that hearing and on additional information I have seen, I believe that there are commonsense steps that can and should be taken now to contain the spread, including visa/travel restrictions on West Africa and more stringent screening and quarantines. I will continue to closely monitor this situation, and work with my colleagues to ensure that resources are available and responsible actions are being taken to stop the spread of Ebola.

We have also been working this week to continue to address two key issues that have a significant impact on the 3rd District and the Western U.S.  I joined a number of my colleagues in a letter to ask House leaders to provide certainty for counties by including funding for PILT and SRS in the upcoming FY2015 budget. Counties rely on PILT and SRS to help fund public safety, education and infrastructure. Learn more about why PILT and SRS are necessary HERE.

We sent a letter this week to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell expressing concerns over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s self-imposed, superficial listing deadline for the Greater Sage Grouse that could jeopardize existing state and local preservation efforts and impact the bird’s overall wellbeing. As I’ve said many times before, the best way to preserve the species is through scientifically supported locally-tailored species preservation efforts like those currently underway in Colorado. Such efforts have the flexibility to account for the specific ecological and geographic conditions of a region; ensuring more effective, targeted species preservation can take place. A broad federal ESA listing would disrupt these efforts in favor of a less-effective, one-size-fits-all approach that would implement the same restrictions and requirements over a range of 186 million acres in eleven western states regardless of unique local conditions.

Additionally, I’m proud to report that we received recognitions this week from the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Association of Manufacturers for our pro-growth work in Congress to get the economy moving and restore opportunities for Americans to get back to work and prosper. Restoring American economic prosperity is critical for this and the next generation’s future.

This month I spoke to students at Bayfield and Pueblo West high schools, as well as visited with students we had nominated to U.S. Service Academies who are now attending the U.S. Air Force Academy. Listening to these students’ questions and concerns, and engaging with them on their ideas for the future was inspiring—the students of the 3rd District are truly among the very best and brightest anywhere. It confirmed why it is so important to correct our nation’s course and restore the economic strength and promise that has provided previous generations with the American Dream. Our children and grandchildren deserve every chance at success, and I am committed to continuing to work in Washington to do all I can to fight for commonsense policies that get government out of the way, allow the private sector to work, and give the next generation the opportunity to forge their path and achieve their goals.

It is truly an honor to serve the people of the 3rd District. As always, I appreciate your feedback and ideas and invite you to reach out to me anytime. You can call my office or send an email HERE.

Sincerely,

Scott

 

In Case You Missed It

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: Feds asked to extend comments on Western cuckoo: Representatives from several Western states, including U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue taking comment on the status of the Western yellow-billed cuckoo and its habitat through Dec. 14. (UPDATE: The comment period has been extended for 60 days.) Read more.

Tipton stresses importance of rural broadband access: Congressman Tipton underscored that rural broadband access is critical for education and economic development during an event to mark the near completion of a long-awaited project to bring broadband access to Silverton from Durango. Read more.

Tipton welcomes Small Business Administration's call for EPA to withdraw ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule: SBA Advocacy stated that “the Agencies improperly certified the rule. Advocacy believes that the rule will have direct effects on small businesses and that these effects will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses,” and “Advocacy recommends that the Agencies withdraw the proposed rule and conduct a panel [to examine impacts] prior to re-proposing the rule.” Read more.

Elk Creek Elementary School in New Castle named National Blue Ribbon School: Congressman Tipton commended the teachers, students and staff of Elk Creek Elementary School in New Castle for being named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Only 337 public and private schools across the nation received the honor this year, which according to the Department is awarded to schools “for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.” Read more.

Cortez Journal: Tipton honored by state Farm Bureau: On Friday, Oct. 10, Tipton was honored on the Phyllis and Sidney Snyder ranch near Lewis by the Colorado Farm Bureau for his tireless work in the 113th Congress on behalf of agriculture issues that impact farmers. He was presented with an American Farm Bureau Federation’s Friend of Farm Bureau Award. Read more.

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Tipton Recognized for Efforts to Increase U.S. Manufacturing

2014/10/17

(In August, Tipton (center) toured Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc. in Pueblo, which manufactures concrete railroad ties for multiple transport uses.)

PUEBLO, CO—Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) has received the Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The award was given acknowledge Tipton’s work in Congress on behalf of issues that impact manufacturers across the 3rd Congressional District and nation.

“One of the most direct ways we can stimulate economic growth and recovery in this nation is through increased American manufacturing,” said Tipton. “We have worked in Congress to increase trade opportunities for American goods and to advance policies that encourage and incentivize manufacturing here at home. From Pueblo to Grand Junction and throughout the district we have visited with manufacturers with incredibly diverse and cutting-edge capabilities that provide good paying jobs and opportunities in our communities. I want to see those types of opportunities expand, and am proud to continue to stand with manufacturers and small businesses for commonsense policies that put Americans back to work.”

Tipton has worked with manufacturers across the 3rd District including EVRAZ, GCC, Rocla, and UTC Aerospace Systems in Pueblo and Lewis Engineering, CAPCO, Leitner-Poma and Ross Reels on the West Slope, to identify issues and ways the federal government can work to foster economic growth and increased U.S. manufacturing. Additionally, Tipton has held numerous manufacturing roundtables and job fairs in the district, and championed pro-growth policies in the House Committee on Small Business to expand opportunities for U.S. manufactured goods in the global marketplace.

“Manufacturers in Colorado and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Rep. Scott Tipton who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.”

Background courtesy of NAM:

Key Votes included in the Voting Record are selected by small, medium and large manufacturing executives who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee. Additional information on the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence can be found HERE. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.

 

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Tipton Takes Fish and Wildlife to Task over Greater Sage Grouse

2014/10/16

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) and a number of his Western colleagues blasted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for shirking sound science and transparency as the agency rushes to meet a self-imposed, superficial listing deadline that could jeopardize the wellbeing of the Greater Sage Grouse.

In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Tipton and his colleagues wrote:

“We write to express concerns with the lack of transparency of your Department’s evaluation and use of ‘best available scientific and commercial data’ and lack of coordination with and assurances to affected states and other stakeholders relating to their extensive ongoing conservation efforts to avoid a listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of the Greater Sage Grouse. 

“With less than a year to go before the Department’s self-imposed September 2015 settlement deadline to determine whether to list the Greater Sage Grouse under the ESA, it appears that the Department is blatantly ignoring or downplaying significant flaws and gaps in its own sage grouse data and science, and failing to incorporate recent data that suggests sage grouse populations are stable and not declining.  This undermines the Obama Administration’s pledge to ‘ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.’

“We are also concerned that, at the same time, the Department has set in motion a process to mandate, through revisions to 98 resource management plans, mitigation requirements which have not been deemed necessary or helpful to sage grouse that would devastate state and local economies and severely impact private property owners’ activities in portions of eleven western states.  It is much more important that best available science and data, rather than mega-settlement deadlines negotiated behind closed-doors, guide this important ESA issue.”

The letter raises concerns over an upcoming workshop between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on October 22-23 in Fort Collins to “collect information from scientific experts” on various questions regarding genetic differences of sage grouse.

“Without question,  the American public deserves and expects the Department and FWS to foster an open and transparent process on how it receives, evaluates and incorporates sage grouse data, and determines what is or isn’t “best available,” as ESA requires.  Reversing itself in 2010, the FWS found that listing several populations of sage grouse found in portions of eleven states ‘may be warranted,’ allegedly due to population declines.  However, rather than focus on actual sage grouse population data, the workshop apparently will consist of discussions of mere “individual opinions” and queries of individual professional experience and opinion rather than sound science regarding sage grouse genetics, according to the invitation…

“In addition, the FWS recently confirmed that the few invited must meet rigid, somewhat exclusionary criteria to participate at the Fort Collins October workshop.  As a result, participants will be comprised almost entirely of federal employees, federal grantees, or individuals who helped draft, were connected with, or have some interest in either the NTT or the COT reports or with FWS’ research…

“Adding insult to injury, the public would not be allowed to observe or obtain any information relating to this ‘workshop’ until well after the BLM and U.S. Forest Service finalize their resource management plan revisions and the FWS finalizes its listing decision.  This runs counter to data transparency and ensuring use of best science that would benefit both the Greater Sage Grouse and millions of people in the affected area.”

The letter also asks Jewell to respond to 17 questions about the workshop’s function, structure and intent with regard to the overall listing decision for the Greater Sage Grouse.

View the full letter pdf HERE.

Tipton has been a vocal advocate in Congress for scientifically supported locally-tailored species preservation efforts like those currently underway in Colorado. Such efforts have the flexibility to account for the specific ecological and geographic conditions of a region; ensuring more effective, targeted species preservation can take place. A broad federal ESA listing would disrupt these efforts in favor of a less-effective, one-size-fits all approach that would implement the same restrictions and requirements over a range of 186 million acres in eleven western states regardless of the local topographic and ecological conditions.

 

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Tipton Working to Ensure PILT and SRS Included in 2015 Budget

2014/10/15

WASHINGTON— Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) joined with a number of his bipartisan House colleagues today in urging House leaders to provide certainty for counties by including funding for Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) in the upcoming FY 2015 budget. The members underscored the importance of PILT and SRS funding for many rural county budgets that are already strained to deliver vital services to residents. The House is expected to vote on a measure to fund the government for FY 2015 before the end of the year.

The text of the letter from Tipton and his colleagues to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi follows:

Dear Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi,

As the 113th Congress comes to an end, we urge you to work in a bi-partisan, bi-cameral fashion to secure funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs for fiscal year 2015.  Without full funding of these programs, counties throughout our districts and across the nation will be unable to provide our constituents with essential services such as education, law enforcement, and road maintenance.  While it must be our ultimate goal to enact a long-term, sustainable solution to eliminate the ongoing uncertainty our counties face, an extension and full-funding of these programs is essential to address immediate needs.

PILT provides payments to local governments in 49 states and nearly 1,900 counties to offset foregone revenue due to tax-exempt federal lands within their jurisdictions.  Current authorization for full PILT funding expired on September 30, 2014. Without congressional action, we risk severely crippling these counties’ ability to operate.

Equally important is the funding that more than 700 forest counties and school districts receive through SRS.  These payments honor the over 100 year old contract between the federal government and counties housing the 193 million acres of federal forest land.  Due to extremely low productivity on our forests over the past two decades, these funds are more critical to counties’ well-being than ever.  SRS expired last year and must be authorized to avoid economic catastrophe in rural and timber communities across the nation.

PILT and SRS allow the federal government to meet its long-standing obligations to counties with federal land.  It is imperative that we fulfill this duty.  We thank you for your consideration of this request and stand ready to work with you going forward.

See a pdf of the letter HERE.

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Farm Bureau Recognizes Tipton for Standing Up for Farmers and Ranchers

2014/10/10

CORTEZ, CO—Today, the Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB) recognized Congressman Scott Tipton’s (R-CO) work in the 113th Congress on behalf of agriculture issues that impact farmers and ranchers across the 3rd Congressional District with the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Friend of Farm Bureau Award.

“I’m proud to stand with the farmers and ranchers that do the incredible, hard work of growing our nation’s crops and are responsible for producing the world’s highest quality food supply,” said Tipton. “The impact that the agriculture community has on our nation’s economy is tremendous, with over 175,000 jobs and $41 billion in output here in Colorado alone. From removing unnecessary regulatory burdens, to helping write the Farm Bill in the House Agriculture Committee, agriculture issues have been a priority for me in Congress and I will continue to work to advance policies to ensure that American agriculture producers are able thrive and grow.”

“Representative Tipton is no stranger to agriculture and rural Colorado. He has worked tirelessly to protect private property rights of Colorado's farmers and ranchers from government overreach through his positions on the House Agriculture Committee and House Natural Resources Committee,” said CFB president Don Shawcroft, "He has fought for tax reform to allow farms and ranches to be passed from one generation to the next and worked to halt needless regulations in Washington, DC from negatively impacting at home."

Tipton serves on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees and as chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade.

Background courtesy of Farm Bureau Colorado:

The Friend of Farm Bureau award is given at the end of each Congress to members of Congress whose voting records align with the American Farm Bureau Federation’s priority issues established by the Board of Directors, the number of bills that a member sponsored or their leadership role on Farm Bureau priority issues, and how accessible and responsive that member was to Farm Bureau members and leaders. Learn more about the Colorado Farm Bureau HERE.

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Tipton Stresses Importance of Rural Broadband Access

2014/10/09

SILVERTON, CO—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) underscored that rural broadband access is critical for education and economic development during an event to mark the near completion of a long-awaited project to bring broadband access to Silverton from Durango.

“Broadband Internet access is a critical tool to build businesses, apply for jobs, enhance educational opportunities and connect with friends and relatives. With robust broadband service, even the smallest of towns can rely on its residents’ talent and determination to compete with the rest of the world. A community without broadband risks being left behind in today’s technology-driven economy,” said Tipton. “There is still much that needs to be done to connect many rural areas in the 3rd District and across America to high speed internet access. Since my first term in Congress, providing reliable broadband access to rural communities is something I have been working on with my colleagues to advance and will continue to do so until the goal is achieved. In addition to continuing to provide oversight of federal projects and contractors to ensure that networks are being built to truly unserved areas, one of the most immediate ways we can expand reliable access is to ensure that as the FCC implements CAF II, the final details live up to its promise of truly bringing high speed broadband access to millions of Americans who currently don’t have it.”

Tipton, sent a letter in August to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the Agency to implement Phase II of the Connect America Fund (“CAF II”) in a way that ensures its true intent—to bring faster, fiber-fed broadband connections to millions of Americans who would not otherwise have access—is fully realized.

In the letter to Wheeler, Tipton wrote:

Phase II of the Connect America Fund (“CAF II”) offers a tremendous opportunity to bring speedier, fiber-fed broadband connections to millions of Americans who would not otherwise receive these benefits.  Thanks to the Commission’s well-publicized efforts, thousands of rural communities are now counting on CAF II.  Indeed, the June 10 Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) has raised hopes even higher by more than doubling the promised download speeds from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps.  And because CAF II represents the final phase of Universal Service reform for these areas, its rules will effectively determine—for years to come—how broadband support is distributed in these areas. 

I am writing today to emphasize how important it is to ensure that the final details of CAF II live up to its promise.  I am concerned that if the Commission more than doubles the speed requirements without allowing the appropriate level of flexibility in other elements of CAF II, the program’s overall mission could be endangered.  Increasing broadband speeds is not as simple as turning a dial.

To the Commission’s credit, the June 10 FNPRM identifies a number of constructive ideas that could provide this flexibility, while helping achieve the speedier network goals without exceeding the CAF II annual budget.  We urge the Commission to adopt several of these proposals.  First, the CAF II funding period must be extended from the current 5 years to 10 years to allow adequate time for the construction of the higher-capacity network.   Additionally, when determining whether an area is “served,” the Commission should eventually count only services providing 10 Mbps speeds or higher, rather than 4 Mbps.  Furthermore, the Commission should establish a verification process that ensures other providers are indeed providing 10 Mbps speeds to prevent overbuilding.

The Commission also must establish network build-out parameters consistent with the goal of providing quality broadband service to as many people as possible within the CAF’s limited funding framework.  As such, the Commission should give providers the flexibility to use CAF support to build facilities to unserved consumers in partially served census blocks. 

Despite years of federal efforts to overcome the digital divide, I still often hear from my constituents seeking assistance to bring broadband service to their homes.  The concerns they raise are a reminder of how challenging rural broadband policy can be, but also how important it is.  Thank you for considering my concerns, and I look forward to working with you.

See a pdf of the letter HERE.

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Tipton Welcomes Small Business Administration's Call for EPA to Withdraw ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule

2014/10/01

Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) welcomed the announcement from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy that it submitted a comment calling for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their controversial proposed rule to redefine ‘Waters of the United States’ under the Clean Water Act to include virtually every form of surface water.

In a release today, SBA Advocacy stated that “the Agencies improperly certified the rule. Advocacy believes that the rule will have direct effects on small businesses and that these effects will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses,” and “Advocacy recommends that the Agencies withdraw the proposed rule and conduct a panel [to examine impacts] prior to re-proposing the rule.”

“The U.S. Small Business Administration has recognized what we have been saying for months, that the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule could have a severe economic impact on those that rely on privately held water rights including ‘a substantial number of small businesses’, and should be withdrawn immediately,” said Tipton. “It is welcome news that the SBA is joining our call in Congress to stop this rule, and taking a stand for the American people and small businesses across the nation against this massive federal water grab. We will continue to do everything possible to stop this and all federal attempts to take and control privately held water rights, and protect Americans’ ability to access and utilize their private property and sustain their livelihoods.”

Tipton has been a staunch opponent in Congress to the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule since it was announced. In late July, Tipton asked EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe during a House Small Business Committee hearing to clarify exactly what water resources would be covered under the proposed rule. Perciasepe failed to clearly define what water would be impacted, adding to widespread concerns that the EPA is moving toward a massive federal water grab through expanded regulatory reach over virtually every form of surface water.

Since coming to Congress, Tipton has led the charge in the House to protect private water rights from federal takings and interference. Tipton’s Water Rights Protection Act (H.R. 3189) passed the House with bipartisan support and is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate. In September the House passed the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), of which Tipton is a cosponsor, to prohibit the EPA and Army Corps from moving forward with the proposed ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule.

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Elk Creek Elementary School in New Castle Named National Blue Ribbon School

2014/09/30

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) commended the teachers, students and staff of Elk Creek Elementary School in New Castle for being named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Only 337 public and private schools across the nation received the honor this year, which according to the Department is awarded to schools “for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.”

“We can all be incredibly proud of the accomplishments of Elk Creek Elementary School and of many of our schools across the 3rd District that are providing first-class educational opportunities to develop and prepare young minds for a lifetime of learning,” said Tipton. “Principle Lisa Pierce, the students and staff of Elk Creek have done an incredible job and put in a great deal of hard work to earn the coveted Blue Ribbon Award. The dedication of the teachers and staff is commendable, and students are fortunate to have them, and educators like them across the district, who go the extra mile every day to provide the next generation with opportunities, and critical tools and skills necessary to succeed.”

 

Elk Creek Elementary serves approximately 285 students from pre-school through fourth grade. Learn more about the school HERE.

Background courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education:

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. More than 7,500 of schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.  At the invitation of Secretary Duncan, two representatives from each school are invited to Washington, DC for the November 10 and 11 Recognition Ceremony, where each school will receive a National Blue Ribbon Schools plaque and a flag to signify its status.

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Tipton Urges NPS to Listen to Community on Colorado National Monument Roads

2014/09/24

GRAND JUNCTION, CO—Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) urged the National Park Service (NPS) to heed the community’s input as it holds a series of public meetings regarding the transportation of materials to and from Glade Park over portions of the Colorado National Monument.

“The transport of fuel and other materials to and from Glade Park is vital for the livelihoods of many Mesa County residents, and has been done safely over the Monument for many years,” said Tipton. “The National Park Service’s actions earlier this year to unilaterally close down the transport of critical materials over the Monument to Glade Park without any opportunity for community input was inappropriate and overreaching. I strongly encourage Superintendent Eckert and the National Park Service to truly take into account the comments received, listen to the community on this important matter, and not just check a procedural box with these public meetings.”

The NPS recently announced that it will hold public meetings this month in Fruita, Grand Junction and Glade Park to gather input on transportation issues over the Monument related to “vehicle size, cargo, speed and other traffic concerns.”

In June, Tipton sent a letter to Colorado National Monument Superintendent Lisa Eckert and Chief Ranger Mark Davidson, on their unilateral action at the time to close Monument Road to the transport of hazardous materials, including fuel vital for Glade Park residents. Shortly after, the NPS backed down and announced that it would hold public meetings on the issue prior to making any final determinations.

Tipton called the unilateral closure “deeply concerning,” and noted that it would “result in detrimental impacts on the community of Glade Park as well as Mesa County.” Read the letter HERE.

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Deadline Approaching for 2015 Service Academy Nomination Applications

2014/09/23

Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) office is currently accepting applications from students who are interested in attending a United States Service Academy in 2015.

Each year members of Congress are able to nominate a limited number of people from their districts to the U.S. Service Academies—including the Air Force, West Point, Annapolis and Merchant Marine. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

Congressman Tipton nominated 22 students from the 3rd Congressional District in 2014 to U.S. Service Academies. The students selected met and exceeded the stringent requirements of the respective academy and of Tipton’s office. Students that applied were required to submit an essay, test scores, an application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and complete an in-person interview before a panel in order to be considered.

Interested students, who meet the minimum Service Academy eligibility requirements (which can be found HERE), can download an application HERE. The deadline for applications is October 6, and students should submit their information to Brian McCain with Tipton’s office at Brian.McCain@mail.house.gov or (719) 542-1073. 

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Contact Information

218 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4761
Fax 202-226-9669
tipton.house.gov

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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