Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) is urging veterans in Colorado’s Third District to review any Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits they receive after his team discovered a mistake in the way the Colorado SNAP program was awarding assistance to one veteran who also received a clothing allowance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Tipton’s team was recently approached by a veteran whose VA clothing allowance was being counted as “unearned income,” and therefore calculated against his SNAP allowance. Tipton’s office confirmed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which runs the SNAP program, that the VA clothing allowance is not considered income for SNAP purposes.
Tipton’s team worked with the Colorado Office of Economic Security to ensure the veteran would be reimbursed for the difference between the allowable and actual benefits he received, and the Colorado SNAP program manager assured Tipton that the office would educate staff at the regional level to prevent future mistakes.
“I am pleased that the USDA and Colorado Office of Economic Security were able to work with us to make sure this specific case was resolved, and I encourage all veterans who may be receiving both SNAP benefits and a VA clothing allowance to double-check that their benefits are being awarded in full,” Tipton said. “If you have any questions about these benefits or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to give one of my district offices a call.”
Tipton’s district offices can be reached in Grand Junction at 970-241-2499; Durango at 970-259-1490; Alamosa at 719-587-5105; and Pueblo 719-542-1073.Read More
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that will help encourage women to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), was an original cosponsor of the measure, the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act (H.R. 321), which passed the House floor unanimously on Jan. 10, 2017.
“If the U.S. wants to continue leading the way in science and technology, we must empower our children to pursue opportunities in STEM fields, especially our daughters and granddaughters. Unfortunately, we know that women are often underrepresented in STEM fields,” said Tipton. “U.S. STEM leaders, like NASA, rely on U.S. talent to advance their innovation and discoveries. The INSPIRE Act gives NASA more tools to bring young girls and women into STEM fields, so we can ensure the U.S. has a skilled labor force and can remain competitive on the world stage.”
The INSPIRE Women Act requires NASA to send Congress a plan for how it will work with current and retired female astronauts and female innovators in STEM to engage K-12 female STEM students. The plan will focus on using existing programs, like NASA Girls and NASA Boys, Aspire to Inspire, and Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering and Research.Read More
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) continued his push for reducing unnecessary, overly burdensome regulations last week with his support for the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 78), which passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 243-184 on Jan. 12, 2017. Tipton spoke in support of the bill on the House floor prior to its passage.
During his speech, Tipton said:
“The SEC Regulatory Accountability Act subjects the SEC to enhanced cost-benefit analysis requirements and requires a review of existing regulations. By promoting economic analysis requirements during the regulatory process, this bill ensures that regulation writing is data-driven and not done on an ad-hoc basis with little thought to the true impact that the expanding regulatory net has on businesses and the economy.”
Two weeks into 2017, it is clearer than ever that fixing our nation’s health care system will require a full repeal of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. This law has failed Coloradans – it hasn’t made health care affordable or accessible.
Our colleagues on the other side of the aisle like to highlight the number of uninsured Americans to measure the success of the ACA, but there is a big difference between people having health insurance and people having true access to health care.
It is time for a reality check.
Health care isn’t affordable or accessible when the cheapest plan comes with an average deductible of more than $6,000, which is what people in the individual market will see this year. Health care isn’t affordable or accessible when a family has only one insurer to choose from and their premium is more than their mortgage payment, which is becoming a common occurrence across our state. Health care isn’t affordable when nearly 6 million people choose to pay a fine to remain uninsured rather than enroll in a plan.
In Western Colorado, there are 14 counties where families will have only a single insurance carrier to choose from on the Obamacare exchange. And throughout southern and eastern Colorado, there are 16 counties where families will see an overall average premium increase of more than 40 percent. We are seeing the same trend in employer-based plans, too. Last year, the average annual out of pocket cost for a typical family with employer-based coverage jumped to over $4,300. This is simply unacceptable and unsustainable.
How can anyone look at these numbers and say that President Obama’s health care law is working?
We also continue to hear the narrative that repealing Obamacare will take insurance away from millions of Americans over night. This is untrue for a number of reasons, the first of which was stated above: the number of people with health insurance isn’t a good measure of access to health care when many can’t afford to use the insurance they’ve been forced to purchase.
Secondly, since Obamacare was enacted, the net total of newly-insured Americans is 16.9 million. The biggest gains were made in two categories: employer-sponsored health plans and Medicaid.
We saw 9.6 million Americans gain insurance through their employer, but it is important to remember that the Obamacare employer mandate was delayed during 2014, so it’s hard to credit the law for these gains. Of the 6.5 million people who gained health insurance through Medicaid, 70 percent were already eligible for the program prior to its expansion under the ACA. We can attribute the streamlined application and increased public awareness for these gains – neither of which will go away when we repeal Obamacare.
The second narrative we continue to hear revolves around patients with pre-existing conditions. The existing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions would continue without Obamacare. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prohibits insurance companies from denying insurance to any individual who transfers between group markets. This means that if you have a pre-existing condition and you change jobs, your new insurer cannot increase your rates or deny you insurance because of your pre-existing condition.
The Republican plan for replacing Obamacare envisions expanding these HIPAA protections to the individual markets, which should put the minds of parents whose children are living with disabilities or individuals who have experienced jobs loss at ease. Combined with the protections that the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) provides, under the Republican replacement plans, no individual with a pre-existing condition will be denied insurance coverage or see their rates spike. Ensuring that individuals with pre-existing conditions have access to health insurance will continue to be one of our top priorities.
And speaking of replacement plans, the narrative that Republicans have offered no plan to replace Obamacare is false. Republicans have introduced multiple alternative health care plans since 2010, and we encourage you to review them. The most recent replacement plan was offered by the Republican Study Committee, called the American Health Care Reform Act. The Empowering Patients First Act was a plan put forth in the 114th Congress by future Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Tom Price. Our Better Way Agenda also includes a blueprint for replacing Obamacare that is centered on more choices, lowers costs, and greater flexibility.
Replacing President Obama’s failed health care law will be a difficult and complex process, but we are fully committed to implementing health care reforms that will ensure every Coloradan and Americans in all corners of the country have access to affordable, patient-centric health care services.
Ken Buck, Mike Coffman, Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton, are Republican U.S. representatives from Colorado.
Op-ed first appeared in The Denver Post on Jan. 14, 2017.Read More
The U.S. House of Representatives adopted the fiscal year 2017 Congressional budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 3) on Friday, which sets the pathway for a full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) issued the following statement after voting in support of the resolution:
“With the adoption of the 2017 budget resolution, Congress is now on a clear path towards repealing President Obama’s failed health care law and replacing it with a system that actually makes health care affordable and accessible for all Americans.
“There is a big difference between having health insurance and having true access to affordable health care, and this fact is now clearer than ever. Health care isn’t affordable or accessible when individuals have to pay $6,000 out-of-pocket before their insurance plan kicks in, or when families have only one insurer to choose from and their premium is more than their mortgage payment each month. Both of these scenarios have become far too common occurrences in the Third District.
“The 2017 budget resolution will allow Congress to use the reconciliation process to repeal Obamacare and begin the process to replace it with patient-centered reforms. It will be a difficult and complex process, but I am fully committed to implementing reforms that will ensure every Coloradan can choose a health insurance plan that meets their needs and provides access to affordable health care services.”
The U.S. Senate adopted S.Con.Res. 3 on Jan. 11, 2017. The resolution sets budgetary levels until fiscal year 2026 and instructs the committees with jurisdiction over the Affordable Care Act to each submit recommendations for repealing and replacing the law. The recommendations will be considered as part of the budget reconciliation process, which allows for changes to legislation that impacts federal spending and revenue generation.Read More
U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) will serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources during the 115th Congress. The announcement was made Friday, after the House Republican Steering Committee met to review waiver requests from House members who have been appointed to an “exclusive” committee but wish to also serve on an additional committee. House rules prohibit members who are appointed to an exclusive committee from holding additional committee assignments unless they are granted a waiver by the steering committee.
As a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, Tipton sought a waiver from the steering committee in order to serve on the Committee on Natural Resources.
“I’m honored and excited to be back on the Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over many of the issues that impact the Third District of Colorado on a daily basis. While I’ve continued to push for policies that protect water and private property rights, and support responsible energy development and public land management as Vice Chair of the Western Caucus, I’m pleased to have more of a direct role in the legislative process surrounding issues like these and many others,” Tipton said. “I want to thank Chairman Rob Bishop and House leadership for providing me with this opportunity, and I look forward to continuing our work.”
Tipton served on the House Committee on Natural Resources during from 2011 – 2014. In the 115th Congress Tipton will serve on both the House Financial Services and Natural Resources Committees.Read More
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 5), which is a legislative package of six regulatory reform bills passed by the House last Congress that will roll back and reform the regulatory regime that has stunted job creation and economic growth for the past eight years.
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) cosponsored and supported the passage of H.R. 5.
“The endless barrage of unnecessary, overly burdensome regulations out of Washington has translated into fewer jobs, lower wages, and more expenses for working class families in Colorado. In far too many cases, the regulatory onslaught has made it virtually impossible for small businesses to keep their doors open. Many of these regulation go far beyond, or even outright ignore, the intent of the laws passed by Congress on which the bureaucracy claims the rules are based,” Tipton said. “It’s critical that we return oversight over major regulations back to the governing body that passed the law in the first place to ensure regulations are in the spirit of the law and not punitive or overreaching. Overregulation is holding our country back, and I’m glad that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle are coming together to advance solutions that put families first.”
H.R. 5 is made up of six titles that aim to restore the separation of powers between the Legislative and Executive Branches, ensure future federal rules and regulations are consistent with the intent of Congress, and prevent agencies from implementing one-size-fits-all regulations that place undue burdens on small businesses.
The bill requires federal agencies to choose the least costly regulatory path when developing rules to enforce the laws passed by Congress. H.R. 5 also puts an end to the long-time practice of deferring to an agency’s interpretation of ambiguous statutes in law when courts hear cases on the legality of a regulation, a practice that was adopted after the 1984 Supreme Court Decision in Chevron U.S.A. v. NRDC.
Additionally, H.R. 5 requires federal agencies to take into account the direct and indirect impacts of regulations on small businesses, as well as conduct a review of existing regulations to determine their impacts. These agencies must amend or void rules that are determined to have had significant economic impacts on small businesses.Read More
The U.S. House of Representatives has advanced a bipartisan bill that will help improve broadband connectivity in rural communities across the United States. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted in favor of the measure, the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act (H.R. 288).
H.R. 288 extends the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Order exemption for small businesses for the next five years, which will allow small Internet Service Providers (ISP) to continue to focus their resources on building service networks and improving connectivity for customers in rural areas.
“Having a reliable and fast broadband connection is critical for education and commerce in our rural communities. Without this reliability, small businesses can’t compete and students can’t access the resources that are vital for their academic growth and lifelong success,” Tipton said. “Extending the exemption for five years will be important for protecting our small providers from overly burdensome, one-size-fits-all regulations, but we must continue to work towards a permanent solution to this problem.”
In March of 2016, Tipton held a Small Business Roundtable event in Durango, Colo., where the issue of high-speed internet was the main topic of discussion among attendees. He has been a vocal supporter of FCC reforms to modernize the Universal Service Fund (USF) that would increase rural broadband access.
H.R. 288 passed the House unanimously and must now be considered by the Senate.Read More
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) has been appointed to serve as Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. A member of the subcommittee during the 114th Congress, Tipton will now serve directly under Subcommittee Chairwoman U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02).
“It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to serve in a leadership position on the House Financial Services Committee, and especially as part of the subcommittee that is responsible for holding federal agencies and financial institutions accountable to the American people,” Tipton said. “I look forward to working with Chairman Hensarling and Chairwoman Wagner to advance the goals of the full committee and ensure the laws governing our financial institutions support economic opportunity and financial independence for hardworking Americans.”
In the 114th Congress, the Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations examined the events surrounding the Obama Administration’s $400 million cash payment to Iran in January of 2016, the impact of the Puerto Rico debt crisis on U.S. markets, privacy issues related to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) mass data collection practices, and myriad other topics.
Announcing the Financial Services Leadership Team for the 115th Congress, Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) said, “Our committee will continue to develop bold, forward-looking plans that hold Washington and Wall Street accountable, end taxpayer-funded bailouts, and protect consumer choice.”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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