Scott Tipton

Scott Tipton

COLORADO's 3rd DISTRICT

Tipton Introduces Legislation to Ensure that Communities Impacted by Wildfires on Federal Lands Receive Disaster Assistance

2018/09/20

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) has introduced legislation to ensure that communities and businesses impacted by wildfires that burn on federal lands receive necessary disaster assistance. H.R. 6799, The Federal Lands Fire-Related Incidents Recovery and Economic Stimulus (Federal Lands FIRES) Act would create a new disaster designation for wildfires, of which 40% or more burned on federal lands, ensuring that the surrounding communities qualify for federal economic disaster relief.

“Under current law, when a fire burns on federal land, the surrounding communities that experience secondary impacts from the fire often do not qualify for federal disaster assistance. This happened with the recent 416 Fire which burned on federal land, and resulting mudslides impacted private businesses,” said Tipton. “By creating a new disaster designation for fires that burn on federal lands, this bill will guarantee that communities in Colorado and throughout the West will be eligible for federal support to aid with damages following severe wildfires on federal public lands.”

Currently, fires that burn primarily on federal lands do not qualify for disaster declarations under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance (Stafford) Act. As a result, the communities and businesses that operate on federal land and in the surrounding area do not meet the requirements for disaster-related economic assistance from the federal government, including access to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) programs.

H.R. 6799 would ensure that the communities and businesses affected by fires on federal lands would not be forced to go without federal support when recovering from a natural disaster. The bill includes provisions that would:

  • Establish a new Presidential disaster designation, available to states and tribes, for wildfires of which 40% or more burned on federal lands;
  • Extend the designation to cover the burn area as well as areas of secondary and tertiary damages, up to 100 miles from the burn area, allowing federal economic assistance from the SBA and CBDG-DR programs to support businesses impacted by mudslides, rockslides, falling trees, and other events causing damage that aren’t direct impacts of the fire;
  • Automatically trigger eligibility for disaster assistance loans from SBA for small businesses that are within the designated area;
  • Authorize Congress to appropriate money to the designated area;
  • Institute careful controls and oversight from the Department of Housing and Urban Development on dollars appropriated by CDBG-DR.

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Tipton Praises Passage of Bill to Bolster Funding for Water Infrastructure, Arkansas Valley Conduit

2018/09/13

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to pass legislation that will fund critical water infrastructure projects like the Arkansas Valley Conduit. H.R. 5895, the House-Senate Conference Report to the Energy and Water Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019, included increased investment in the Water and Related Resources account, ensuring that the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) has the ability to fulfil its commitment to fund authorized water infrastructure projects that have completed the environmental review process. The Arkansas Valley Conduit is eligible for this funding. The House agreed to the report with a bipartisan vote of 377-20.

“Every American deserves access to a safe and reliable source of drinking water, but unfortunately, the water supply for 50,000 people living in the lower Arkansas Valley is currently contaminated,” said Tipton. “The quickest and most cost-effective method to address this complex issue is through the construction of the Arkansas Valley Conduit. I’m glad that the final bill included increased investment in water resources that will benefit projects like the Conduit.”

Under H.R. 5895, funding for the Water and Related Resources Account under the USBR increased from $1.33 billion to $1.39 billion.

Background:

The Arkansas Valley Conduit project is the last component of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, which Congress authorized in 1962. The conduit is a planned 130-mile-water delivery system from the Pueblo Damn to communities throughout the Arkansas River Valley to Southwest Colorado. The project would help replace a drinking supply that is naturally contaminated by radionuclides and therefore not in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

During a recent hearing in the Natural Resources Committee on the Department of Interior’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request, Tipton asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke why funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit was zeroed out. Zinke indicated that Interior has asked for title transfer authority that would free up money to help fund projects like the conduit. Following the hearing, Tipton sent a letter to Zinke requesting additional information on the Department’s planned title transfers and funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit. Read Tipton’s letter here.

Responding on behalf of Zinke, USBR Commissioner Brenda Burman indicated that a more streamlined approach to title transfers could result in savings for the project beneficiaries. She also reiterated the agency’s commitment to working with partners and stakeholders to expedite construction of the Arkansas Valley Conduit. Read Commissioner Burman’s response here.

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Tipton Votes to Streamline Rural Broadband Projects

2018/09/13

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to pass legislation that would streamline projects to bring high-speed broadband to underserved rural communities. The Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act of 2018 (H.R. 4824), of which Tipton is a cosponsor, passed out of the House with bipartisan support.

“Many communities in Colorado’s Third District and across the U.S. still do not have access to reliable broadband, and oftentimes government bureaucracy and duplicative permitting requirements are the hold-up,” said Tipton. “Communities without access to reliable internet are left behind in today’s technology-driven economy and learning environment. The Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act will help get critical broadband projects underway, further closing the digital divide between Colorado’s rural and metro areas.”

Currently, telecommunications providers that wish to install broadband infrastructure on existing rights-of-way (ROW) on federal lands are required to get approval from multiple agencies at the federal and state levels. This process can include extensive environmental review, including compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), even if the ROW already underwent NEPA analysis. These duplicative and burdensome reviews can cause delays in permit processing and discourage providers from pursuing broadband projects, especially in rural areas.

H.R. 4824 would remedy this problem and help increase broadband access across rural communities by:

  • Streamlining broadband permitting by delegating federal environmental compliance to states that have opted into an agreement with the federal government to process broadband permits within existing ROWs;
  • Requiring the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to designate projects within existing ROW as categorical exclusions under NEPA.

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Tipton’s Every Kid Outdoors Act Passes House

2018/09/13

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) bipartisan Every Kid Outdoors Act (H.R. 3186), passed out of the House with a bipartisan vote of 383-2. This bill makes permanent the Every Kid in a Park Program, which provides America’s fourth graders and supervising adults free entrance to all federally managed land, water, and historic sites, including the more than 2,000 national parks.

“As a life-long resident of Western Colorado, National Parks and Monuments have been the backdrop of countless memories, and I want to make sure that all kids have the same opportunity to experience these treasures,” said Tipton. “Economic barriers should not prevent children and their families from visiting these sites that belong to every one of us. The Every Kid Outdoors Act would eliminate one of these barriers, giving fourth grade children of all backgrounds the chance to visit and learn from National Parks for free, and hopefully inspire them to become responsible stewards of public lands.”

H.R. 3186 passed out of the Natural Resources Committee as a stand-alone measure and as a part of the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act (H.R. 3400).

Congressman Tipton introduced the Every Kid Outdoors Act along with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-03), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21).

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Geopolitical Case for Jordan Cove

2018/09/12

Federal administration and elected officials in Grand Junction Tuesday touted not just the job benefits but the geopolitical case for liquefied natural gas export projects like Jordan Cove in Oregon, while an official for that project said space in it is being set aside for gas production from the Rockies.

Jordan Cove project supporters U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, both Colorado Republicans, met at Colorado Mesa University in a roundtable discussion on the project that included Francis "Frank" Fannon, assistant secretary of the State Department for energy resources, and Joe Balash, assistant secretary of the Interior Department for land and minerals management. Also participating were local Jordan Cove boosters including county commissioners from Mesa, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties, and a county commissioner from Coos County, Oregon, where the Jordan Cove project would be built.

"This project is amazing. …. Colorado gas has the opportunity to really fuel the world," Fannon said.

Balash said energy provides freedom to move and grow.

"That is something that we can export to our friends and allies," he said.

Gardner said Taiwan is closing down its nuclear power production and will need to find energy to replace it.

"We have an opportunity to provide geopolitical security to a great ally like Taiwan and to have those jobs being created here," he said.

He said Russia seeks to control and manipulate other countries that depend on its energy exports, and if the United States provides allies with energy to power their economies and save their sovereignty, "that's a pretty powerful tool."

Said Fannon, "Russians use their gas for power, they use their oil for money."

He said Lithuania was able to counter that power by developing an LNG import facility that forced Russia's Gazprom gas supplier to lower its prices.

Fannon said of Jordan Cove, "This project and this kind of work, I can't overstate the importance of the contribution to global energy security."

Stuart Taylor, senior vice president for marketing and new ventures for Jordan Cove LNG, which is part of Canada-based Pembina, said it was a "huge achievement" for Jordan Cove when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently laid out a schedule under which it expects to decide on the project in late 2019. That would allow Jordan Cove to stick to its planned schedule for beginning to ship gas in 2024, when the global demand for LNG is expected to begin exceeding supply, he said.

"We've had great success. There will continue to be regulatory challenges. We need all the support we can get at the state level, at the federal level, in order to keep progressing," he said.

Said Tipton, "Somebody will supply the (LNG) product. Why not us, why not here?"

He said gas can be supplied in an environmental fashion by Colorado producers.

"Nobody will do it better, nobody will do it more responsibly than we will right here," he said.

Jordan Cove is being touted by backers of Western Slope natural gas production as a likely new and long-term outlet for locally produced gas, although it also is expected to get gas from other sources as well, including Canada.

On Tuesday, Taylor said Jordan Cove plans to specifically hold space in the project for Rockies producers.

That space currently may amount to about 75 million to 150 million cubic feet a day, which Taylor acknowledged doesn't sound like a lot in the context of a project that could initially ship 1.3 billion cubic feet a day. But he explained that what's being envisioned is an opportunity within that reserved space for Rockies producers to specifically receive Asian prices for gas, which even after the costs of liquefying and shipping the gas would mean a considerably higher profit margin compared to selling gas on the open market.

"We're excited to work with the Colorado producers," Taylor said.

As for the initial Rockies gas volume envisioned under such an arrangement, "We'd like to start there and see where we go," he said.

Meanwhile, Jordan Cove more generally should help support western United States gas prices by providing a major new outlet for gas, and Taylor said it also could help replace what's expected to be a shrinking California market.

Diane Schwenke, president and chief executive officer of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, said one of the things that most excites her about Jordan Cove is the potential for it to provide 20-year contracts for gas producers, providing stability for not just those companies but the many small businesses they support. Businesses want consistency and a level playing field for future investment, she said.

"From our standpoint that is huge," she said.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese said stabilization of the energy industry also helps allow for diversifying the economy, such as by investing in infrastructure that benefits things such as tourism and recreation.

"It opens us up to a lot more opportunities," she said.

Quint Shear, a board member and past president of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association, said the industry has the production capacity and has made the investments that could help meet the needs of a project like Jordan Cove. He noted the benefits that industry provides to small manufacturers, machine shops, welders and other companies that provide services to it.

Coos County Commissioner John Sweet said the project would be vital for his county, which has struggled for decades with the slowdown in the logging industry, and would benefit from the high-paying jobs and big boost to the property tax base. He said the county currently is struggling badly enough financially it has a hard time keeping its jail open.

While timber and lumber products are still a big part of the economy, "We need another leg to our economic stool and this will help provide that," he said.

Sweet's visit to Colorado this week was to include a stop at a local drilling rig site Tuesday as he works to learn more about natural gas production. While he strongly favors the Jordan Cove project, he said a vocal minority opposes it, in part due to the lack of oil and gas drilling in Oregon and the fears about its impacts that can result.

"I think it's important to be able to respond to the concerns and allegations," he said in explaining his desire to learn more about the industry himself.

Balash used Tuesday's event to tout efforts by the Trump administration to reduce regulatory and bureaucratic hurdles to oil and gas development, such as by imposing deadlines and even page-count limits when it comes to environmental reviews and the documents associated with them.

"We're starting to see some real results there," he said.

Taylor said regulatory certainty is important to Jordan Cove as well.

"I can't tell you enough the cloud of doubt that hangs over this project, and it hurts from a competition perspective. Our competitors use the doubt against us," he said.

He said the market wonders as well, with LNG buyers prone to look elsewhere if they worry about Jordan Cove's prospects in the regulatory process.

And Pembina's own board also looks for certainty about the potential for success for the Jordan Cove project, which is currently costing some $10 million a month in permitting and other expenses.

Meanwhile, observers from Balash to Gardner worry about what Colorado voters might decide on this fall's ballot, which includes a measure that would require 2,500-foot setbacks between drilling and homes and vulnerable areas such as streams, lakes, parks and open space. The industry and its supporters say the measure could largely shut down drilling in Colorado.

Balash said he thinks there needs to be more consideration about the "moral argument why our energy is important."

"I think that's an element to the conversation that may be missing around here," he said.

Gardner said if energy production is stopped, "The same people who are worried about Russians taking over are going to take away one of the most powerful tools we have in diplomacy to counter Russia."

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Tipton Legislation to Protect the Property Rights of Private Landowners Receives Hearing in Natural Resources Committee

2018/09/06

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) Protection and Transparency for Adjacent Landowners Act (H.R. 6682), a bill to provide transparency and certainty for private landowners during a federal land acquisition, reclassification or resurvey, received a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

During the subcommittee’s hearing on H.R. 6682, Congressman Tipton testified on the importance of this legislation for all landowners in the West.

Citing the 2014 testimony of a rancher from New Mexico on the impact Bureau of Land Management (BLM) acquisitions had on the value of his family’s ranch, Tipton explained that too often private landowners do not have the opportunity to take action to protect their livelihoods because they are not notified when land adjacent to theirs is being acquired by the federal government.

“It is critical that the federal government provide private landowners with the opportunity to take action to protect their livelihoods when their land is at risk of being devalued,” said Tipton. “In order to take action, private landowners must be notified when the federal government is in the process of acquiring land that is adjacent to theirs.”

H.R. 6682 would require the BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to provide advance written notice to each owner of land that is adjacent to a parcel of land that is to be acquired by the agency.

Tipton also spoke of the need to protect landowners from mistakes the federal government made on historic land surveys, citing an instance in Mesa County, Colorado, where a BLM resurvey resulted in the reclassification of land, originally thought to be owned by a private landowner, as federal land.

“The BLM charged the individual with trespassing and illegal removal of sand and gravel, which resulted in a fine of over $250,000,” said Tipton. “Western landowners should not be punished for mistakes originally made by the federal government.”

Under H.R. 6682, if an agency determines that the property that was previously believed to be private property should be reclassified as federal land, the private landowner would have the right of first refusal to purchase the land for fair market value, or be reimbursed for the fair market value of any significant improvements they made to the land. Additionally, the private landowner may not be charged with trespassing unless they use the property after they had knowledge that the land was owned by the federal government.

Watch Tipton’s full testimony here.  

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COLUMN: We must utilize every tool available to prevent wildfires

2018/08/13

Wildfires have already had a devastating impact on Colorado and the Third District this year, destroying tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes. While everybody acknowledges that the frequency and severity of wildfires have increased over the past decade, many in Washington still have been reluctant to make meaningful policy changes to how we maintain forests.

Since first coming to Washington, I have worked on the House Committee on Natural Resources to change the way we approach forest health and wildfire prevention away from the status quo that has left our forests overgrown, full of dead timber and unnaturally dense undergrowth.

The answer to reducing the frequency and severity of wildfire in the Western U.S. is multifaceted, but the crux of the problem is in the federal government's response to these disasters and its overall forest management strategy.

Up until now, rather than proactively managing federal forests, the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) priority has been on fire suppression. This is largely the result of the way in which the federal government treats wildfires from a budgetary perspective. In recent years, USFS's spending on fire suppression has gone from 15 percent of its overall budget, to a whopping 55 percent. In 2017, the USFS spent over $2 billion on wildfire suppression, making 2017 the most expensive year on record. While the USFS continues neglect forest health to focus on fighting fires, nearly 60 million acres of forest are now at high risk of going up in flames.

By spending more and more of its budget annually on suppression, the USFS has been forced to divert funds from land management accounts. This practice, otherwise known as "fire borrowing," has prevented the USFS from carrying out important forest management activities, resulting in overgrown forests where trees compete for limited water and nutrients, leaving them weak and more susceptible to insect and disease infestation. All the while, dead material and unnaturally thick undergrowth has built up, creating a fuel load that burns unnaturally hot and fast when ignited.

To reverse this trend, we must stop being reactive to wildfires and focus greater resources on proactive forest management. Congress included important wildfire funding reforms in the 2018 Omnibus Bill that will allow the USFS to stop fire-borrowing and use more of its budget on active forest management. Under the new structure, $2.25 billion in new budget authority will be available to the USFS and the Department of the Interior (DOI) for wildfire response beginning in 2020.

This means that if firefighting costs exceed $1.01 billion in any given year, the USFS and DOI will no longer need to borrow from critical land management accounts to fight catastrophic fires. Instead, they will be able to tap into the new budget authority, similar to how other natural disasters are treated. The money available will increase by $100 million each year until 2027.

Bringing an end to fire-borrowing is a critical if we are to restore the health of federal forests and better prevent future catastrophic wildfires. However, that is just one piece of the puzzle. It is also important that our federal land management agencies implement fuels reduction methods that efficiently eliminate dead and downed timber and unnaturally dense growth that are known to spark wildfires. This can be done in a variety of ways, whether it be through coordination between the federal government and state to identify priority hazardous fuels reduction projects, private-public partnerships or Good Neighbor Agreements.

When we look for solutions to solve any problem facing our lands, we must always consider input from the affected communities and those who have a boots-on-the-ground view of the situation. For that reason, I pushed a provision in the Resilient Federal Forests Act, which passed the House last year, to allow governors to work with impacted county governments and Native American tribes to designate high-risk areas and develop emergency hazardous fuels reduction projects for these endangered areas.

Ranchers across the West also play a key role in the fight against wildfires. When ranchers pay a fee to the Department of Interior to allow their livestock to graze on the public land that intersects with their private rangeland, they create a public-private partnership that is mutually beneficial for the ranchers and land management agencies. When done properly, livestock grazing helps to decrease the overgrowth of foliage on public lands that, when ignited, can lead to fast moving fires.

Good Neighbor Agreements are also an important tool that allows the federal government to utilize the resources and expertise of state and local governments when it comes to managing the forests in their areas. Good Neighbor Agreements allow the Department of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements with states and territories to perform a variety of management activities, like treatments for insect and disease infested trees and reduce hazardous fuels, and also projects to improve the watershed health. Good Neighbor Agreements have proven to be successful, so much so, that the authority was expanded under the 2018 Omnibus to include reconstruction, repair and restoration of Forest System roads.

Wildfires are naturally occurring and will forever be a part of life in the West. Fixing the way the federal government funds wildfire suppression and using all of the tools available to coordinate active forest management at the federal, state and local levels will vastly improve forest health and help prevent the frequency and severity of wildfires in the future.

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Tipton Votes to Fund National Defense, Calls Out Senate for Stripping Critical Anvil Points Provision

2018/07/26

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted in favor of H.R. 5515, the House-Senate Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The passage of this final bill will strengthen military readiness, provide U.S. troops with a pay raise and advance innovative technologies that give the United States military an edge. The House agreed to the report with a bipartisan vote of 359-54.

“In the increasingly dangerous world in which we live, one of the most important roles of Congress is to fund the military,” said Tipton. “This final defense bill will ensure the U.S. troops have the necessary training and equipment to respond to threats at home and abroad.”

The final 2019 NDAA will allow for $716 billion in defense spending, which would go towards rebuilding all branches of the military. The investments in this bill will help replace worn out equipment, restore military aircrafts and ships, improve military infrastructure and make critical investments in missile defense. The 2019 NDAA will also take care of military families by providing the biggest pay raise for U.S. troops in nine years.

Not included in the final version of the NDAA was a provision that Tipton added to the House-passed version of the bill, a bipartisan provision that passed without objection in the House. The provision would have ensured that four counties in Colorado’s Third District are not punished in their annual PILT payments for successfully recovering the Anvil Points royalty funds that were owed to them by the federal government for over a decade.

“Earlier this year, four counties in my district successfully recovered federal mineral leasing payments that had long-been owed to them. Unfortunately, current law mandates that the payments be factored into each county’s fiscal year 2019 payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILT) calculation if the county has not established a Federal Mineral Leasing District,” said Tipton. “The provision I added to the House-passed NDAA would have provided a one-time exemption for these payments from PILT calculations. I am incredibly disappointed that Democrat leaders in the Senate chose to strip this provision in the final conference report. Instead of taking the time to research and understand the issue, they chose to punish our counties for a problem that was created by the federal government. I will continue to work to advance the exemption provision between now and the end of the year.”

Background:

The Anvil Points Fund at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was established in the 1977 NDAA and used oil and gas lease revenue to reimburse the federal government for expenses invested in and for cleanup of the Anvil Points federal research site near Rifle, Colorado. These funds were mostly provided by Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat and Mesa Counties. The revenue from this fund provided more than enough to complete the cleanup project, but the excess funds were held by BLM.

In March of 2018, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that it was finally distributing nearly $18 million to four Colorado counties. Under current law, the March payment would offset the amount owed to the four counties under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program in 2019.

Section 32014 in the House-version of the FY19 NDAA would have ensured that these counties are not punished for successfully recouping funds owed to them by the federal government.

After the passage of the House-version of the FY NDAA, Tipton, along with Colorado Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, wrote a letter to the conferees, urging the inclusion of Section 32014 in the final conference report. See the full letter here.

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What's In It for the BLM to Move to Grand Junction? Plenty, Rep. Scott Tipton Says

2018/07/25

The Bureau of Land Management confirmed July 19 that it was moving its headquarters from Washington, D.C. to somewhere in the West. Salt Lake City, Boise and Denver are all on the short list -- as well as Grand Junction. Republican Rep. Scott Tipton is making the case for his congressional district to Secretary Ryan Zinke. Tipton spoke to Colorado Matters about the benefits the Western Slope holds for the BLM.

Many bureau employees already work in the West, where most of BLM-managed land is. The move would bring nearly 500 from the nation's capital. Tipton believes a new headquarters in Grand Junction would bring economic development to the city and adjacency to public lands to the BLM.

"Let’s actually move it into the areas where the BLM land is present," Tipton said, referencing Denver's lack thereof. "We have an abundance of BLM land that would be the best choice."

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Tipton Legislation to Prevent the Illicit Financing of Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons, Passes out of Financial Services Committee

2018/07/24

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) legislation to help both financial institutions and law enforcement better recognize and prevent the illicit financing of transfers and exports of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons passed out of the House Financial Services Committee. The Improving Strategies to Counter Weapons Proliferation Act (H.R. 6332) passed with bipartisan support.

“The spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons is one of the biggest threats facing this nation and the world. It must be prevented,” said Tipton. “It has been proven time and again that illicit weapons proliferation is powered through financing schemes. These operations cannot continue if the revenue streams are shut off. By studying what specific activities may indicate engagement in proliferation financing, the Improving Strategies to Counter Weapons Proliferation Act would help to close gaps that allow bad actors to take advantage of the global financial system.”

To hear Tipton’s full opening statement, click here.

As required by the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), when financial institutions encounter suspicious activity, they file Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) at the Department of Treasury.

Even though FinCEN has reported that some SARs have been helpful in individual cases, the bureau has also determined that more can be done to study these filings and provide financial institutions with guidance on how to proactively prevent types of illicit weapons financing.

H.R. 6332 would require FinCEN to submit a report to Congress within one year and annually on the following:

  • How the BSA data collected from financial institutions is being used to combat the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons;
  • How FinCEN collaborates with law enforcement, the intelligence community, and foreign financial intelligence units to maximize the use of BSA data collected from financial institutions;
  • Advisory notices issued to financial institutions on financial activity related to the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

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Tipton Speaks on His Legislation to Prevent the Illicit Financing of Dangerous Weapons

2018-07-24 18:32:00


Tipton Speaks on His Legislation to Support Recreation on Ski Areas

2018-07-18 20:23:41


Tipton Speaks at Hearing on Financing of Weapons Proliferation

2018-07-12 20:04:11


Tipton: Education and Energy Act a Win-Win for the American People

2018-06-27 20:16:50


Tipton Speaks on House Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic

2018-06-15 14:45:08


Congressman Scott Tipton Speaks on the Success of Tax Reform

2018-06-13 20:46:40


Tipton Speaks in Support of Regulatory Relief Package, which includes his MOBILE Act

2018-05-22 19:34:18


Tipton: High Speed Internet is a Necessity

2018-05-17 21:47:22


Tipton Promotes National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

2018-04-27 15:05:19


Tipton Speaks in Support of his West Fork Fire Station Conveyance Act

2018-04-16 21:48:15


Tipton Calls for Regular Order in the Regulatory Relief Process

2018-04-13 16:27:52


During Tipton Questioning, Mulvaney Encourages House to Improve Senate Banking Bill

2018-04-11 19:54:42


Congressman Tipton March 15, 2018 Telephone Town Hall

2018-03-28 18:45:44


Congressman Tipton March 26, 2018 Telephone Town Hall

2018-03-28 18:45:22


Tipton Thanks Zinke for Efforts on Anvil Points, Asks About Arkansas Valley Counduit, BLM Move

2018-03-15 19:30:24


Tipton Speaks on his Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act

2018-03-15 19:11:48


Tipton: TAILOR Act Will Reduce Unnecessary Burdens on Community Banks

2018-03-14 20:53:38


Tipton Highlights Need for Natural Gas Investment

2018-02-28 16:41:28


Tipton Asks Chairman Powell How the Federal Reserve Plans to Help Small Community Banks

2018-02-27 23:16:13


Tipton Advocates for Fire Station Land Conveyance in Dolores County

2018-02-15 22:28:25


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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.


Serving With

Ken Buck

COLORADO's 4th DISTRICT

Doug Lamborn

COLORADO's 5th DISTRICT

Mike Coffman

COLORADO's 6th DISTRICT

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