WASHINGTON D.C. – During a full Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Policy Priorities at the Department of the Interior and the Administration’s FY19 Budget proposal, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) had the opportunity to thank Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for his recent efforts on Anvil Points and question him about several issues pertaining to Colorado’s Third Congressional District.
In his opening statement, Tipton thanked Secretary Zinke and Deputy Secretary Bernhardt for their work to release the surplus money from the Naval Oil Shale Reserve Fund that was used to clean up the Anvil Points research facility. These funds rightfully belong to four counties in Northwest Colorado, but have been sitting in an unused account in the Interior for years. Earlier this week, Zinke announced that these funds would be returned on March 28, 2018.
“I do want to note that I am particularly appreciative of all of your efforts to bring this to some level of conclusion for these counties. It really is important and thank you for that,” said Tipton.
Tipton followed by pointing out that in the FY19 budget, the Bureau of Reclamation’s request for the Water and Related Resources account is down $69 million and that the Arkansas-Valley Conduit project, which falls under this account is zeroed out.
The Arkansas-Valley Conduit project is a planned water delivery system from the Pueblo Dam to communities throughout the Arkansas River Valley in Southeast Colorado. Tipton emphasized this project’s importance, stating that the purpose of the conduit is to replace drinking water that is naturally contaminated by radionuclides. Tipton asked Zinke what the plan for the Arkansas Valley Conduit is moving forward.
“We have asked in the budget for a title transfer authority that will free up money to fund exactly what you are talking about,” said Zinke.
Tipton then brought up his legislation which would move the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) headquarters west and stated that Colorado would be a great location for BLM headquarters. Tipton followed by asking Zinke for an update on BLM relocation.
“My concern is making sure that we go to a community that is high quality of life, that is affordable, a great community that can compete for millennials that want to be there and Colorado certainly fits that description,” said Zinke.
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WASHINGTON D.C. – The House of Representatives passed Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) legislation to create a fair federal financial examination appeals process for community banks. The bill, the Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 4545), passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 283-133.
Community banks and credit unions receive regular examinations from at least one of four separate financial regulators. An unfavorable decision reached during an examination can lead to more examinations for financial institutions or prevent them from providing necessary financial services products to their communities. The current process for appealing exam decisions handed down by regulators does not provide meaningful and timely recourse for community banks and credit unions and has led to concerns about standards of practice, access to information, and application of the law.
H.R. 4545 would resolve these problems by moving the federal financial examination appeals process away from the regulator that handed down the decision and reassigning it to the newly created Office of Independent Examination Review under the FFIEC, which is the umbrella organization of the financial regulators. The Office of Independent Examination Review would provide uniformity to the appeals process and its standards, as well as implement timeliness expectations in decisions about appeals and increase transparency in the process.
“The current examination appeals system has created an environment of uncertainty for financial institutions, and community banks and credit unions can’t be sure they have received a fair shake in their appeal process from their regulator,” said Tipton. “Reassigning the examination appeals process to an independent office would bring uniformity to the process and ensure community banks receive fair treatment and are able to continue serving their communities. I thank my colleagues in the House for advancing this important bipartisan legislation and I look forward to its passage in the Senate.”
There are currently over 120 community banks that serve Coloradans.
Watch Congressman Tipton speak on the bill on the House Floor here.
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protections Act (S. 2155), which includes Tipton’s Making Online Banking Initiation Legal and Easy Act, otherwise known as the MOBILE Act (H.R. 1457):
“In rural areas, where it can be difficult to get to a physical bank branch, mobile banking has become a critical tool for Americans to save money securely, pay their bills on time, and better plan for their financial needs. Every family should have the tools they need to achieve financial prosperity, no matter where they choose to live. I welcome the inclusion the MOBILE Act in S. 2155, and I look forward to considering the entire legislative package in the House.”
H.R. 1457 would create a uniform regulatory standard, allowing consumers to authorize their bank to use their personal information on their driver’s license or identification card in order to open a bank account on a mobile device.
Moreover, this bill protects consumer privacy information and upholds state privacy laws by requiring a financial institution to delete all copies of the driver’s license after using them for the allowed purpose.
WASHINGTON D.C. – The House of Representatives passed Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) bill to reduce the onerous regulatory compliance burdens on small community banks and credit unions. H.R. 1116, the Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operational Risk (TAILOR) Act would require financial oversight agencies to tailor regulations to better fit a bank or credit union’s risk profile and business model. The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 247-169.
“Since the Dodd-Frank Act was enacted in 2010, banks and credit unions have been regulated under a one-size-fits-all approach, regardless of size or risk profile,” said Tipton. “The compliance costs imposed by these one-size-fits-all regulations have placed a heavy burden on smaller financial institutions, who have far fewer resources available for compliance than larger institutions. By requiring regulators to consider the cost of compliance on smaller institutions, the TAILOR Act will go a long way towards allowing small banks and credit unions to use their resources to better serve their customers, rather than on excessive compliance regulations. In turn, the TAILOR Act will help community financial institutions focus once again on generating economic growth and creating greater opportunities in their communities.”
Watch Congressman Tipton speak about the TAILOR Act on the House Floor here.
“In Colorado, mortgages haven’t been made, loans to expand small businesses have been denied, retirees and recently employed workers have been turned away, and relationships between community bankers and their neighbors have been disregarded,” said Tipton. “The “one-size-fits-all” approach to regulating the financial services industry has resulted in decreased access to much-needed credit in communities across America, and it is time to bring this regulatory framework to an end.”
The TAILOR Act would do the following:
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) legislation to permit the U.S. Forest Service to transfer 3.61 acres of land to Dolores County, Colorado, allowing the county to build and operate a fire station in the West Fork community, passed out of the Natural Resources Committee. The West Fork Fire Station Conveyance Act of 2017 (H.R. 4609) passed unanimously and will now move to the House Floor for consideration.
“We are facing extreme drought conditions in Southwest Colorado, and with the low snowpack, the threat of wildfire will be at an all-time high this summer. It’s deeply concerning that the West Fork community, located on the edge of the San Juan National Forest, does not have a local fire station. With the closest fire station located 26 miles away, this community has no real line of defense in the event of a fast moving forest fire.” said Tipton. “I thank my colleagues on the committee for recognizing the need for this legislation. We are one step closer to better ensuring the protection of private property, the national forest, and most importantly, human lives in West Fork.”
During the committee’s hearing on H.R. 4609 in February, Dolores County Commissioner Floyd Cook spoke in support of the bill.
“The need for a fire department in the West Fork has been obvious for a long time. Residents have had no ability to purchase fire insurance for their homes. The surrounding fire districts are providing emergency services when they’re available and they’ve become overburdened. Additionally, the more than 26 mile response distance to most calls was just simply unacceptable,” said Cook. “As stated, the conveyance of this parcel is the last piece to providing fire prevention in the West Fork area, potentially saving lives, loss of property and to help protect our forests.”
Following two failed attempts to build a fire station on county and privately owned land, Dolores County sought a land conveyance from the U.S. Forest Service to build a fire station and needed warehouse facilities. The conveyance can only be approved through an Act of Congress and the U.S. Forest Service has no objections to the land transfer.
Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet are leading the companion legislation to Tipton’s bill in the U.S. Senate.
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, during a full hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the President’s Budget Request for the Department on the Interior for FY19, Secretary Zinke announced that the royalty payments from Anvil Points would be released to the state of Colorado on March 28, 2018. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) made the following statement after Zinke’s announcement:
“I have worked for several years to ensure that royalty payments from the Anvil Points oil shale and research facility are returned to Northwest Colorado. Secretary Zinke’s announcement during today’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing signals the end to a very long process, and I could not be more thrilled,” said Tipton. “This money rightfully belongs to Northwest Colorado, and I am thankful for Secretary Zinke and Deputy Secretary Bernhardt’s leadership on this matter. I look forward to seeing the state disperse the funds to Garfield, Mesa, Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties, so local leaders can dedicate resources to enhancing their communities and improving the lives of all who live there.”
On Oct. 2, 2017, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) met with David Bernhardt, Deputy Secretary of the Interior, to discuss the disbursement of funds from the Naval Oil Shale Reserve Fund to the state of Colorado. On Oct. 4, 2017, Tipton and Gardner wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke formally requesting that the Department restore the funds. Deputy Secretary Bernhardt wrote to Tipton and Gardner on Oct. 31, 2017, and notified them that he had asked the Interior Department’s Office of the Solicitor to consult with the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) to determine if the ONRR could disburse the funds to Colorado. The certifying officer for the ONRR solicited a decision from the Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the Comptroller General concluded that “Congress intended for the Secretary of the Interior to disburse any surplus funds remaining in the Treasury account, after the statutory requirements were satisfied, to the State of Colorado pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act.”
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) cosponsored the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act, which aims to reduce the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments by establishing an Alternatives to Opioids demonstration program in hospital systems across the country.
“Opioid abuse in America is a multifaceted issue, however opioid addiction often stems from prescribed pain medication,” said Tipton. “The ALTO program offers a unique solution to the opioid crisis by offering non-opioid pain treatments in emergency departments across several states, including Colorado. So far this program has had success across our state in considerably decreasing the use of narcotics, and I look forward to seeing this program implemented in more emergency departments across the nation.”
The ALTO Act would establish a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments. It would also provide grant funding to implement these programs.
The Colorado Hospital Association has endorsed the ALTO Act. In 2017, the Association launched an ALTO pilot program in the state. Ten hospital emergency departments across Colorado took part and were able to decrease the use of narcotics by 31-46 percent across the program.
Colorado has the 12th highest rate of abuse of prescription opioids in the United States.
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the co-chairs of the House Ski and Snowboard Caucus, introduced the Ski Area Fee Retention Act (H.R. 5171). This bipartisan legislation will support ski areas in Colorado, New Hampshire and across the country that are operating on National Forest System lands. Currently, fees related to the permitting of ski areas are given to the Treasury Department where the funds are not dedicated for any specific purpose. The Tipton-Kuster legislation would direct a portion of the fees to the National Forest System, where they will be used to promote year-round recreation activities, infrastructure improvements, and expanded services for visitors through more efficient permitting. The legislation is expected to dedicate $22 - $24 million for the Forest Service’s permit administration.
“The current permitting process for ski area projects on National Forest System land is broken. To improve visitors’ experiences and support recreation opportunities on public lands, we must increase capacity for permitting administration within the Forest Service, and that is exactly what the Ski Area Fee Retention Act will do,” said Tipton. “Allowing the Forest Service to retain a portion of the ski area fees for permit administration on the ski area where the fees were generated will create efficiencies in federal spending, incentivize private investment, boost local economies and enhance visitor experience. Outdoor enthusiasts across the country will benefit from this legislation.”
“The ski and outdoor recreation industry is a critical part of New Hampshire’s economy and identity as a state,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “If we can expand support for the ski industry and promote year-round recreation at our ski mountains, we’ll create more year-round jobs and bolster local economies. Fees paid by ski mountains should be invested in our local forests and that’s exactly what our legislation would do: ensure local dollars are reinvested to support the local economy.”
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the first time in 28 years, establishing reforms to improve the agency. The RAY BAUM’S Act (H.R. 4986) includes important provisions to address America’s continued need for reliable broadband. H.R. 4986 passed the House unanimously.
“Many rural communities in Colorado and across the US still do not have access to reliable broadband due in large part to government red tape, misappropriation of resources and poor planning. This is unacceptable and bridging this expanding broadband access remains a top priority for me,” said Tipton. “A community without access to quick and reliable internet will be left behind in today’s technology-driven economy and learning environment. The bill we passed today will facilitate more investment in broadband infrastructure and increase access to high-speed internet to help close the digital divide once and for all.”
H.R. 4986 includes provisions from the Senate approved MOBILE NOW Act (S. 19), which would bolster the development of 5G wireless broadband by working to identify more spectrum for private sector use in addition to reducing the red tape that comes with building wireless networks. The bill also streamlines the process for building out broadband infrastructure on existing assets on federal property.
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WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) announced that his office is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Third District Congressional Art Competition. Students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to participate. Students who are mailing their artwork to the Grand Junction office must do so no later than April 20, 2018. Students who are dropping off their artwork to an office other than the Grand Junction office must do so no later than April 16, 2018.
“I am excited that my office will be participating in the Congressional Art Competition once again as Colorado’s Third District is home to many gifted students, whose hard work and talent deserve to be showcased,” said Tipton. “The first place winner’s submission will be proudly displayed in the halls of Congress for one year, and the artist will be flown to D.C. to attend a reception honoring their work. I encourage all students who are interested to apply and I look forward to meeting this year’s participants and seeing some amazing artwork.”
Guidelines for the 2018 competition:
Artwork that will be accepted:
All submitted artwork will be put on display in Grand Junction, CO, from April 23-May 2, 2018. A reception will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2018, from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm in Grand Junction at the Mesa County Public Library, located at 443 N. 6th Street.
For more information, please visit: https://tipton.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved in the nationwide competition.
Teachers, students, and parents with questions can contact Brenda Felmlee, Third Congressional District Art Competition liaison, at 719-587-5105, or email: Brenda.Felmlee@mail.house.gov.
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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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