WASHINGTON—Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler pledged to work with Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) to resolve the issues preventing Southwest Colorado residents from being able to receive Colorado television broadcasts. Tipton had received a similar commitment from former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski prior to his departure.
During the hearing, Tipton asked Wheeler if he would work with his office to get Colorado TV broadcasts to La Plata and Montezuma Counties.
“I understand the issue, and I’d like to be helpful in it to the extent that it’s possible,” Wheeler said.
“I appreciate that. Your predecessor had indicated that he would be willing to work with us to resolve these issues. We were not able to get in touch with his office even though we tried. So, you’re making a commitment to us that you are willing to work with us to be able to address these very credible concerns in our district?” Tipton followed up.
“Mr. Tipton, the day you call, I will get back to you posthaste,” said Wheeler.
Tipton, who lives in Cortez, has held numerous meetings with the FCC and broadcasters on the issue, and is currently working on legislation in the House with Congressman Cory Gardner to bring Colorado broadcasts to the residents of Southwest Colorado. In the 112th Congress, Tipton introduced a bill in the House as a companion to Senator Michael Bennet’s (D-CO) Senate bill, though this year Sens. Bennet and Mark Udall (D-CO) discarded bipartisanship and excluded the House in their efforts, instead opting to politicize the issue during an election year.
“This shouldn’t be a partisan issue, as the senators have recently tried to make it. In the House we are working on a deliberate way forward to resolve the Four Corners TV issue once and for all by improving upon previous legislation and incorporating information and feedback gained through numerous meetings with stakeholders to ensure that residents in Southwest Colorado will have access to emergency broadcasts, news, weather, sports and other programming from their home state,” said Tipton. “With Chairman Wheeler’s commitment to do all he can to help get Colorado TV to the Four Corners area, we hope that the Senators will put partisanship aside and work with us to actually solve this for the people of Southwest Colorado.”Read More
(Congressman Tipton with NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner)
WASHINGTON—Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) recognized Congressman Scott Tipton’s (R-CO) work in the 113th Congress on behalf of small business issues and economic growth with the Guardian of Small Business Award. NFIB is comprised of over 350,000 small and independent business owners across the nation.
“The importance of small business to the health of our nation’s economy cannot be overstated. When small businesses are able to succeed, we see prosperity and innovation across the entire nation. When this happens—when our economy is free to function as it is intended to—everybody has the opportunity to work and strive to achieve the American Dream,” said Tipton. “That’s why we’ve been fighting hard in the House of Representatives to curb the tide of overregulation we’ve seen come out of Washington that inhibits small business growth. We will continue to work to improve the economic climate in this country so that small businesses can have the opportunity to do what they do best—create jobs and strengthen our communities.”
Tipton, who owned and operated a small business for over 30 years, is a member of the House Small Business Committee and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. He is the co-founder of the Congressional Small Business Caucus, which includes over 90 bipartisan members, and is dedicated to advancing efforts to foster the economic certainty needed for small businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed and create jobs.
According to the NFIB scorecard, Tipton voted in favor of key small business issues 100% of the time.
“The record shows that Rep. Tipton is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”
Next Monday, September 22, two of the nation’s most prominent economists will be joined by Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) for a Small Business Economic Road Show in Grand Junction. Tipton will provide opening remarks before Wayne Best of Visa, Inc. and William Dunkelberg of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) present attendees with the latest economic data targeted to small-business owners. Learn more HERE.Read More
WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) voted to pass legislation to require the Comptroller General to conduct a full audit of the Federal Reserve. Tipton is a cosponsor of the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2013 (H.R. 24), which passed with strong bipartisan support.
“It’s alarming that under the current law, the entity that is responsible for setting the monetary policy for the United States of America isn’t subject to full oversight,” said Tipton. “Greater transparency and accountability at the Federal Reserve is long overdue. The legislation we passed today in the House takes commonsense steps to require the Comptroller General to conduct a full accounting of the Federal Reserve’s dealings, and ensure that the Bank is accountable to the American people.”
Background courtesy of House GOP Conference:
H.R. 24 requires the Comptroller General to complete an audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Banks within 12 months of the bill’s enactment. Moreover, it requires the Comptroller General to submit to Congress, within 90 days of audit completion, a detailed report of audit findings and conclusions. Finally, it repeals certain limitations placed upon such an audit.Read More
For the week of September 15-19, the following is a list of noteworthy hearings, and scheduled votes on legislation introduced or co-sponsored by Congressman Tipton this week in the House:
Votes on Congressman Tipton’s legislation in the House this week (exact timing TBD):
GRAND JUNCTION, CO—Two of the nation’s most prominent economists will be joined by Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) for a Small Business Economic Road Show in Grand Junction on Monday, September 22. Tipton will provide opening remarks before Wayne Best of Visa, Inc. and William Dunkelberg of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) present attendees with the latest economic data targeted to small-business owners. The dinner presentation, hosted by NFIB and Visa, is open to all business owners, business students and entrepreneurs in the region at no cost with an RSVP. RSVPs can be made online or by fax through the NFIB/Colorado website at www.nfib.com/colorado.
‘It’s not often that two of the nation’s top economists come to Western Colorado to discuss small business trends and issues. For small business owners, students, entrepreneurs and those involved in economic development in the community, this is an incredible opportunity to gain valuable insight and ideas that could be very beneficial to the region’s economy,” said Tipton.
Small Business Economic Roadshow Details
Date: Monday, September 22, 2014
Time: 5 p.m. Reception, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner/Program
Location: University Center (Ballroom), Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction
RSVP: To attend the Roadshow please RSPV online or by fax through the NFIB/Colorado website at www.nfib.com/colorado.
Congressman Tipton is the Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. He is the co-founder of the Congressional Small Business Caucus, which has grown to include over 90 bipartisan members dedicated to advancing efforts to foster the economic certainty needed for small businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed and create jobs.
Learn more about the Congressional Small Business Caucus here.Read More
Director Ashe gives cause for optimism on sage grouse
WASHINGTON—Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) sought clarity from Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe on water rights and sage grouse during a pair of hearings today in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees.
In the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry, Tipton pressed Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell for clarification on whether the agency is going to require the transfer of private water rights or inhibit the ability to use those rights under the proposed Groundwater Directive.
Tidwell stated that while the outright transfer of rights would not be required, the Forest Service still planned to require that water uses be tied to the land as a means to ensure that rights were not improperly transferred by permittees—this despite Tidwell’s own admission that there has never been a case where water rights have been improperly sold off or transferred. When the federal government strips away the ability to control private water rights—as Tidwell is suggesting—it’s a violation of state water law and the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, the text of the Groundwater Directive instructs Forest Service employees to take actions that violate state law, the U.S. Constitution, and private property rights.
“While Chief Tidwell continues to claim that the Forest Service is working to respect state water law and water rights, the Agency is moving forward with a Groundwater Directive, and other policies, that essentially tell the holders of these rights, ‘okay, you can keep the title to the water right, but you can’t decide how you want use your water—that’s now under the control of the federal government,’” said Tipton. “It’s deeply disturbing that this Administration continues to say one thing on water rights, while consistently identifying and attempting to implement policies to gain control of the private water rights and blatantly violate long-held state water law and priority-based systems. The Forest Service could at least be honest about it—call it the taking that it is, but don’t try to hoodwink those who are facing a loss of their water rights, livelihood and private property. Water users need certainty, and they need a line of defense against the federal government’s repeated attempts to infringe on their water rights, which is provided in H.R. 3189. I urge my colleagues over in the Senate to pay attention to what’s going on here, and take up this bill.”
Tipton passed legislation through the House with bipartisan support to protect water rights by prohibiting the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior from taking or infringing on private water rights without compensation, including through conditional use of permit. Learn more HERE.
In the House Committee on Natural Resources, Tipton questioned Fish and Wildlife Service Director Ashe on a potential Endangered Species listing of the Greater Sage Grouse. Once more, Ashe had no information for Tipton when asked about if the Agency had yet identified a species recovery goal for the grouse.
However, there was some room for optimism at the hearing when, in response to questions from Tipton on what the Director learned when he visited Craig, CO earlier this year to survey the efforts underway to protect the grouse, Ashe replied that, “We saw great people, landowners that are great stewards of the land, working cooperatively with our people on the ground, and with great support from USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the State of Colorado. I saw really the kind of partnership and cooperative approach that it takes to conserve a bird like the sage grouse, which is why I can be optimistic that we have the chance to get to a ‘not warranted determination’ on the sage grouse. Because we’ve got the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the USDA, all 11 states working collaboratively on that effort, so it really is an unprecedented level of effort that’s going on.”
“It’s incredibly frustrating that despite numerous requests from my office, and from local stakeholders, the Interior Department and Fish and Wildlife Service still have no measurable species conservation goal to work toward. Meanwhile state and local efforts have been underway for some time to preserve and recover the species, but without a measurable recovery goal. How do we know what constitutes recovery if the federal government won’t give us the information we need in order to reach the goal?” said Tipton. “I do want to commend Director Ashe for his positive comments today on the efforts underway in Colorado on the sage grouse, and agree with him that what state and local stakeholders are doing is truly unprecedented. I trust that Director Ashe’s comments were sincere and that we will be able to work together to achieve a ‘not warranted determination’ for the sage grouse.”
 Specifically, the directive requires that “monitoring and mitigation appropriate to the scale and nature of potential effects is conducted, evaluated, and reported when authorizing a proposed use or Forest Service activity that has a significant potential to adversely affect NFS groundwater resources,” and that the Forest Service “Consider the effects of proposed actions on groundwater quantity, quality, and timing prior to approving a proposed use or implementing a Forest Service Activity.” 2560.03(4)(a)(d).
WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) to protect water rights by prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers from moving forward with its controversial ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule.
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.
“The EPA’s proposed rule to redefine ‘Waters of the U.S.’ is causing shockwaves throughout the West, where countless Americans who rely on private water rights for their livelihoods and for the health and wellbeing of their communities are facing a gross federal overreach that jeopardizes their access to those rights and discards long-held state water law that protects them,” said Tipton. “We took action today in the House to defend private property and the rights of Americans to access and sustain a clean and reliable water supply without federal interference. I call upon the Senate to ignore the President’s veto threat, and join us in standing up for the American people over Washington bureaucrats.”
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.
Background courtesy of the Majority Whip’s Office:
H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, prohibits the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from enforcing a proposed rule that would redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA), expanding the EPA’s jurisdiction into state and local waters. The bill requires the agencies to consult with state and local officials to formulate a regulatory proposal to define the scope of waters covered under the CWA.Read More
WASHINGTON—Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) legislation to increase transparency in public land transfers received a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation today. Tipton’s bill seeks to improve the transparency, oversight and notification of land exchanges involving U.S. Forest Service (USFS) lands or public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Jose Lopez, a rancher and President of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, testified in a July hearing that he had received no notification when BLM began buying-up and locking-down lands surrounding his property. The BLM’s land transfers resulted in the decrease of his property value and loss of his ability to utilize his land. In his conversations with the local BLM, he learned that normally the BLM does not notify the adjoining landowners when they make agreements with certain nonprofits and others. Lopez stated, “If I had known about this before this happened we could have come to some agreement in doing a land exchange or something like that that would have benefited both of us. It’s usually a hush-hush deal. They don’t want anybody to know what they’re doing, and so when I found out about all of these things it was after the fact.”
Under the status quo, Mr. Lopez and many others have seen the value of their land plummet following land transfers, as the BLM views these pieces of land as ‘inholdings.’
During today’s hearing, when asked by Tipton if the BLM supports his bill, Karen Mouritsen, Deputy Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and Realty Management at BLM, responded, “Yes, we do support the intentions of this legislation.”
“Of all people affected by the BLM's land exchanges, adjacent landowners have the most to lose. Loss of property values and land use patterns are certain risks. Anyone thinking of buying property near public land, or already owning it, needs to be fully informed about the BLM's intentions to sell or exchange the land surrounding it,” said Tipton. “H.R. 5074 speaks to something that Coloradans and Westerners have experienced for far too long—federal land management agency secrecy. It seems to be commonsense that impacted landowners receive proper advance notification whenever the federal government is involved in a land exchange. This will increase accountability and transparency in federal land transactions and give affected neighboring landowners an opportunity to take action to protect their livelihoods.”
Additional background on H.R. 5074 is available HERE.Read More
The House is expected to vote on H.R. 5078, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, of which Congressman Tipton is a co-sponsor, as early as Tuesday, September 9. More info here: http://ti.house.gov/ropa/Read More
(Photo: Congressman Tipton with Yuliya Levertova, a recent intern in the Washington, D.C. office.)
WASHINGTON—Congressman Scott Tipton’s office is now accepting applications for its fall and winter semester internship program. Opportunities are available in the Washington, DC, Pueblo, Grand Junction, Alamosa and Durango offices.
“Having the opportunity to learn firsthand how America’s government works is a valuable and rewarding experience for interns,” said Tipton . “Interns work as part of a team that interacts daily with constituents from the 3rd Congressional District. All interns will learn about current legislation on the House floor and about the legislative process, as they assist me and members of the staff with research, communication and administrative functions. Many previous interns have gone on to find jobs in their communities and in Washington following their time in our office, and we are proud of all of their accomplishments so far. We look forward to meeting our next class of interns.”
Internships in Congressman Tipton’s Washington office are designed to provide valuable experience and interaction with our federal legislative process. Responsibilities vary based on location, and include but are not limited to: providing tours of the Capitol, answering phones, helping staff process constituent’s mail and inquiries. Other responsibilities may include assisting staff with legislative research and writing and attending public meetings, briefings and committee hearings. Candidates should have an interest in the legislative process, should be motivated, organized and reliable, and possess strong communication and writing skills.
Individuals who are interested in being considered for an internship should send their resume, cover letter and any relevant writing samples to Jason.Eastman@mail.house.gov. Or if you would like to learn more about Congressman Scott Tipton’s internship opportunities, please go to http://tipton.house.gov/serving-you/internships.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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