The EPA says it has finalized 46 deregulatory actions under the Trump administration and 45 more such actions are in process.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Representatives Scott Tipton (R-CO) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) introduced a resolution that seeks to designate September as “National School Bus Safety and Security Month.” The resolution, H. Res. 554, received bipartisan support from Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and four other members, who all signed on as original co-sponsors.
“Over 26 million children rely on public school transportation to get them safely to and from school each year, and this month is a great time to thank the drivers for keeping our kids safe as they return to school,” said Tipton. “Drivers in rural areas, like Colorado’s Third Congressional District, find themselves driving great distances facing inclement weather, wildlife, and other hazards that make driving difficult, yet they work tirelessly to ensure safe transportation of our children. I am excited to bring attention to this important cause and show my utmost appreciation for school bus drivers across the country for their hard work.”
“The safety of our nation’s children is of the utmost importance. Especially after the tragic accident that took place last year in my district in which a teacher and a young girl were killed, I am proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to bring much needed attention to this issue.,” said Malinowski.
“Every day in the United States, millions of children rely on transportation to take them to school,” said Fitzpatrick. “As we appreciate the work of dedicated bus drivers and crossing guards, we recognize September as National School Bus Safety and Security Month to reinforce our shared support for enhanced safeguards to keep our kids safe.”
“I'm proud to be working with this bipartisan group on ensuring all of our children, regardless of where they live, are as safe as possible on our school buses," said Gottheimer. "Focusing on improving bus safety will save lives. And there’s nothing partisan about that. It’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s a mom and dad issue."
The text of H. Res. 554 can be found here.Read More
Another Obama administration environmental rule is now history, as the Environmental Protection Agency on Thurday finalized its repeal of a 2015 rule expanding waterway and wetlands protections.
The 2015 "Waters of the United States" rule had support from environmentalists but faced criticism from agricultural and other interests. It was opposed in Colorado by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Scott Tipton, both Republicans, and others including the Western Slope organization Club 20.
The EPA says the 2015 rule impermissibly expanded the definition of waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act.
Its action restores regulations that were in place prior to the 2015 rule, ending inconsistent regulations in different states as a result of various court actions on that rule. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a news release that the action Thursday "fulfills a key promise of President Trump" and sets the stage for a second EPA action, a new waters of the U.S definition "that will provide greater regulatory certainty for farmers, landowners, home builders, and developers nationwide."
In a news release, Gardner called the EPA action Thursday "a victory for Colorado's farmers, cattlemen, ranchers, and small business owners."
He added, "This burdensome regulation from the Obama Administration would have been harmful to Colorado's economy and especially our agriculture community. Today's announcement is welcome news and finally prevents an unconstitutional takeover of Colorado's rivers, streams, and local waterways."
Don Shawcroft, president of the Colorado Farm Bureau, said in the Gardner news release that the action "paves the way for new clearer, concise rules to be put in place. Water is one of our most valuable resources, and this decision shows it is possible to have both clean water and sensible rules."
But the conservation group Western Resource Advocates said the EPA actions will significantly weaken protections for thousands of miles of waterways and millions of acres of wetlands across the West. It said the EPA's efforts aim to remove protections for rivers and streams that flow intermittently after rain or snow, and its proposed new definition threatens Western water supplies.
It says the EPA estimates that in Colorado and Utah alone, more than 5 million people receive drinking water from public systems relying at least in part on intermittent, ephemeral or headwater streams.
"This assault on the Clean Water Act makes it more important than ever for local lawmakers and water leaders to enact state-level policies that protect our rivers and our communities," Robert Harris, a senior staff attorney for the group, said in a statement.
Members of the Congressional Western Caucus, a conservative U.S. House of Representatives coalition, say the 2015 rule improperly enlarged the definition of navigable waterways under the Clean Water Act. The caucus says the rule expanded agency control to include 60% of streams and millions of acres of wetlands that weren't previously under the EPA's jurisdiction.
The EPA says it has finalized 46 deregulatory actions under the Trump administration and 45 more such actions are in process.
Acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley on Tuesday defended the administration’s plan to move the department's headquarters to Grand Junction. Testifying in front of the House Natural Resources Committee, he described the plan as a win-win.
"Nothing beats being on the ground," he said. "Nothing beats seeing something up close and personal."
He reiterated previous arguments for the move: It’s important to have decision-makers in the field. It will save money. He also addressed concerns about his past advocacy for the sale of public lands.
“I love America’s public lands,” he said. “I have never advocated the wholesale disposal or transfer of those lands.”
Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse said using the world “wholesale” was an inappropriate qualifier. “It sounds as though you’re denoting that some sale of the lands is appropriate and we fundamentally disagree on that point.”
Despite Pendley’s previous advocacy, A Department of the Interior spokesman said, “Secretary (David) Bernhardt has been crystal clear that the department adamantly opposes the wholesale sale or transfer of public lands.”
Pendley repeatedly said as a member of the Trump administration, he stands behind the president and Bernhardt’s position on the sale of public lands.
But it didn’t alleviate concerns of some lawmakers. Rep. Paul Tonko of New York is concerned that the plan wouldn't drain the swamp but rather -- as he put it -- add alligators.
“This is a dangerous move, one that not only disrespects federal employees, but also threatens to to rid federal agencies of institutional knowledge and devoted civil servants,” he said.
Robin Brown, executive director for the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, supports the move and the reasoning behind it.
“The idea that BLM leadership shouldn’t be influenced by the communities that rely on our public lands is misguided,” she said. “It tells me you don’t trust people like us from rural communities to advocate for the highest and best use of our public lands.”
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona says it’s not the local communities that are coming under question. "It’s the distrust that’s centered on this administration. Their motivation, and what is really behind the move that we’re trying to get at," he said.
He cited a speech by acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney saying moving a federal office outside of Washington, D.C., is a good way to get rid of federal employees. Grijalva says that given the lack of transparency, analysis and consultations, this appears to be nothing more than a poorly veiled attempt to dismantle a federal agency.
Rep. Scott Tipton, who represents Grand Junction, was also at the hearing to defend the move. He said he was concerned that partisanship is affecting what should be good policy.
It was a point made by Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner on the Senate floor on Monday.
“This is not a Republican-driven idea or a Democrat-driven idea. This is a bipartisan approach that has been embraced by leaders on both sides of the aisle,” he said.
Pendley told the committee a full list of positions moving west will be released next week.
One person who won’t be moving? Pendley. He told the committee he’ll be staying in Washington.Read More
Most Americans vividly remember the morning of September 11, 2001, like it was yesterday. With the memory of that day still raw for so many, and the impacts of it that continue to change the world, it is hard to believe that already we now have an entire generation of Americans who had not yet been born when the attacks occurred. Eighteen years ago, our nation watched in horror as radical terrorists attacked us on our own soil, killing thousands of innocent people and forever changing the course of history. As we reflect on the tragic memories of September 11th, we should also be mindful of the tremendous heroism displayed by so many in the days and years following the attacks.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, parents pulled their children from school, every single commercial flight across the country was grounded, and the entire nation stood in shock, fearful of our safety and unsure of what the future would look like. Thousands of heroic first responders rushed to the scenes of devastation without concern for their personal safety hoping to save lives.
The very next morning, in one of the most patriotic displays in America’s 243-year history, hundreds of thousands of American men and women flocked to military recruitment centers to volunteer for service against a new and formidable enemy, and millions of us joined together in a spirit of unity and pride across the nation in support of one another after one of the worst days in our nation’s history. In the nearly two decades since, servicemembers have answered the call of duty and deployed to countries that harbor terrorists. The military has largely allowed for the rest of us to continue living our lives without the fear of another terror attack here at home like we saw on 9/11. Military personnel and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have all worked tirelessly to prevent terror groups from staging another large-scale attack in the United States, something each of us is thankful for.
We must, however, not lose sight of the toll that the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks has had on military families. This year alone, we lost two servicemen from Colorado’s Third Congressional District, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Scott a Koppenhafer of Mancos, and Army Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay of Cortez in the Global War on Terror. We are forever in debt tor these two young men and their fallen and wounded brothers and sisters who gave so much to defend us all. Our prayers remain with their families as they continue to heal.
This week we are also reminded of our country’s resiliency by the great work that continues to be done on behalf of veterans returning from war. This week coincides with the 100th anniversary of Congress chartering the American Legion. Over the years, the American Legion has grown to one of the nation’s most recognizable veteran’s advocacy groups and community service organizations providing ample opportunities for youth and military families to become more active in their communities. I applaud their many years of service and dedication to support veterans and spreading the values that make this country great.
On this anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, we should all take a moment to remember the fallen, thank the heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others, and show our most sincere appreciation for the men and women who chose to serve and who continue to serve. May God continue to bless you and your families, and may God bless the United States.Read More
File this one under the category of “it’s never too late to do the right thing.” That’s the message U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is sending to the people who run the National Medal of Honor Museum.
The museum is planning to relocate and has narrowed its list of finalists to two cities, Denver and Arlington, Texas. But the 3rd District Republican recently sent out a letter to Joe Daniels, the museum’s chief executive officer, urging that Pueblo be selected as the institution’s new home instead.
Which makes all the sense in the world. As Tipton pointed out in his letter, Pueblo has long been known as the “Home of Heroes” in tribute to the city’s four Medal of Honor recipients.
Also, Pueblo is home to the Center for American Values, a nonprofit co-founded by Drew Dix — one of those Medal of Honor recipients — that is dedicated to promoting the values upon which our country was founded.
Also, Pueblo has hosted two Congressional Medal of Honor Society conventions over the last 15 years, both of which were attended by more than 35 living Medal of Honor recipients from throughout the country.
Those are just some of the points Tipton covered in his letter. There are other reasons why Pueblo should be the museum’s new home.
Remember in 2017, the Expedia travel website named Pueblo among the nation’s 17 most patriotic cities and towns. The website’s list included communities both large and small, stretching from coast to coast. But it’s worth noting that neither Denver nor Arlington made that list.
Pueblo also is home to the Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, which is as much a tribute to the American military as it is to aviation.
If having an active military presence is a criteria used in the selection process, we have the Pueblo Chemical Depot.
Plus, Pueblo is home to many retired veterans who play a large and very active role in shaping the fabric of our community.
To put it simply, having the museum here would mean more than it would to Denver or Arlington. Both of those cities are part of large metropolitan areas filled with many tourist attractions. Adding the museum to the mix would have a negligible impact on either area’s total number of annual visitors.
In Pueblo, by contrast, the museum would be one of our premiere tourist attractions and could provide a significant boost to our local economy.
Given our military tradition and history, it would be honorable for Denver officials to withdraw their bid for the museum and recommend that Pueblo be selected in their city’s place. We’re not going to hold our breath waiting for that to happen, though.
It may be that Tipton’s overture is coming too late in the process to get Pueblo serious consideration as a potential site for the museum. However, he does deserve credit for trying.
Unless Daniels and the museum’s board of directors have their minds made up, there’s a strong case to be made for Pueblo. Let’s hope they have the wisdom and the mental flexibility to recognize that.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent a letter to the National Medal of Honor Museum requesting that Pueblo, Colorado, receive consideration as the site for the museum’s new location. Pueblo, nicknamed “Home of Heroes,” is the hometown of four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and the ideal location for the museum. Tipton’s letter reads in part:
“Colorado has a storied and revered relationship with our nation’s veterans and those men and women who serve in uniform today. I respectfully request the due consideration of Pueblo, Colorado, as the potential location for the National Medal of Honor Museum.
The community of Pueblo, Colorado, is one rich in military history and service. In Pueblo’s Medal of Honor Plaza stand four bronze statues of the four heroes from Pueblo who were awarded the Medal of Honor: Army Staff Sergeant Drew D. Dix (Vietnam, 1968); Army Private William Crawford (WWII, 1943); Marine Captain Carl Sitter (Korea, 1950); and Marine Lieutenant Raymond G. (Jerry) Murphy (Korea, 1953). In 1953, when awarding the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Murphy, President Eisenhower remarked: ‘What is it . . . something in the water out there in Pueblo? All you guys turn out to be heroes!’ In 1993, Congress cemented President Eisenhower’s sentiment when it recognized the city of Pueblo as the ‘Home of Heroes.’ Due to this, Pueblo has had the privilege of hosting two Congressional Medal of Honor Society Conventions over the past 15 years. Both conventions were attended by over 35 living Medal of Honor recipients.”
In a separate letter, Tipton joined with members of the Colorado congressional delegation requesting that the state at large be considered for the museum’s relocation, citing the large population of veterans and active duty and reserve military personnel. The National Medal of Honor Museum is currently located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and is reviewing proposed locations for a new museum to be established. A formal announcement is expected later this year.
Tipton’s letter can be found here.
The Colorado congressional delegation letter can be found here.
After an invitation-only meeting with Rep. Scott Tipton in Rifle on Thursday, some see light at the end of the tunnel in the fight to protect Thompson Divide.
Tipton has been criticized for not supporting proposed legislation that would withdraw the Thompson Divide area west of Carbondale from future oil and gas development. But after hearing from local stakeholders, Tipton said he is more comfortable with the language.
Tipton did not say he would support the Thompson Divide language, but said many of the concerns he had with the bill were alleviated.
“We asked him specifically if there were any other issues that we needed to work on for him to support it. He said no, there weren’t,” said Carbondale rancher Bill Fales, who attended the meeting.
A big part of that change came from Garfield County commissioners. Tipton released a draft bill of his REC Act, addressing public lands within his district without mentioning the Thompson Divide, shortly after Garfield County commissioners wrote a letter stating that, as written, the Thompson Divide language in the separate CORE Act was acceptable.
“When we put the draft together, that was prior to the Garfield County commissioners coming to the conclusion that having the current lessees being able to keep these leases, sell them or trade them (under the proposed language)” was acceptable, Tipton said in an interview.
Commissioner Mike Samson spoke to Tipton and said the county had long supported Thompson Divide protections, and now supported the permanent withdrawal language.
“I think I shared the sentiment of a lot of the people in the room that it was a great meeting,” said Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson, who also attended.
Richardson has been active with the Thompson Divide Coalition recently, and traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with representatives on the CORE Act earlier this year.
Tipton’s office has said that one reason they didn’t include Thompson Divide language in the REC Act was because some ranchers had brought concerns about grazing protection to the district office in Grand Junction.
The Thompson Divide language in the CORE Act, as proposed by Sen. Michael Bennet and Summit Rep. Joe Neguse, both Democrats, has been mostly unaltered for nearly a decade, and says nothing about grazing rights.
The language is identical to other sections of Tipton’s REC Act that withdraw portions of public lands from oil and gas development.
For rancher Fales, protecting grazing leases was one of the main reasons for the Thompson Divide protections in the first place.
“The idea of it was to protect our grazing leases,” Fales said.
He said he told Tipton as much in the Rifle meeting. “He heard that loud and clear,” Fales said.
After the Rifle meeting, Tipton said he would return to his staff and work with those who had any concerns about the grazing issue.
“Holding these meetings is to be able to make sure that the concerns of important stakeholders are being heard,” Tipton said.
Commissioners from Routt, Gunnison, Eagle and Jackson counties also attended the meeting, along with Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes, former Carbondale mayor Stacy Bernot, and others from the Thompson Divide Coalition and outdoor advocacy groups.
“I’m really encouraged, and hope that Rep. Tipton is able to use this conversation to move forward and work with us to move forward to protect the Thompson Divide,” said Thompson Divide Coalition member Julia Morton.
“He seemed really open and receptive to our comments.”
The CORE Act is grinding its way through Congress after several committee meetings. It cleared the House Committee on Natural Resources in June, and has not been taken up in the Senate.Read More
Colorado – Today, following the White House’s official announcement of the creation of U.S. Space Command, the entire Colorado Congressional Delegation and Governor Jared Polis sent a new letter to the U.S. Department of Defense reiterating their call for the headquarters to be reestablished in Colorado.
In the letter to acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan and Commander of U.S. Space Command General John W. Raymond, the leaders tout Colorado’s leading role in national security space, its robust aerospace industry, and its existing infrastructure as the ideal foundation on which to reestablish U.S. Space Command.
“Throughout the basing process, the Colorado community has demonstrated continued support for U.S. Space Command, further augmenting the workforce talent, innovation in industry, institutions of higher education, national labs, and unparalleled quality of life Colorado already provides,” wrote the leaders.
The letter continues: “We welcome your leadership and are certain you will see the unmatched potential Colorado has to offer U.S. Space Command as the nexus of national security space, industry, workforce, and innovation.”
In the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which became law in August 2018, Congress directed the Department of Defense to establish U.S. Space Command under U.S. Strategic Command. In December 2018, President Trump signed an executive order to create U.S. Space Command separate from U.S. Strategic Command. Earlier this year, the delegation and governor sent a letter urging the Department of Defense to reestablish U.S. Space Command in Colorado. In May, the Air Force named six finalist bases, four of which are located in Colorado: Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado Springs, Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, and Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. In a ceremony at the White House today, the president officially announced the creation of U.S. Space Command.
Today’s letter was signed by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner; Governor Jared Polis; and U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn, Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, Scott Tipton, Ken Buck, Jason Crow, and Joe Neguse.
The full letter is available here.Read More
Officials and staff members with Southwest Memorial hospital met with U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton about local health care services last week.
Tipton toured the new $32 million expansion that includes a modern patient wing, updated women’s health center, and two-story medical office building that consolidated physician services.
Southwest Health System CEO Tony Sudduth spoke about the difficult financial crises last year that led to 40 layoffs, and the hospital’s subsequent recovery efforts that are seeing success.
“A year ago there was a large potential of closing, but we are back on track,” he said. “Patient satisfaction has gone from three star to four star.”
Sudduth said one of their biggest challenges securing funding for an estimated $12 million in infrastructure upgrades needed in older parts of the hospital built in the 1970s.
Tipton was engaged in questions and conversations ranging from high costs of insurance and reimbursements, to the challenges of physician recruitment, and the crisis of mental health and substance abuse.
A big concern for residents are high-cost insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act that can be three times higher than in the Denver Metro area, Sudduth said.
“Solving that problem is important to keep patients insured in our area,” he said.
More family practice physicians are needed in Montezuma County, and recruitment is ongoing. There are waiting lists to see a family doctor for primary care. Two new internal medicine physicians were recently hired, and recruitment continues for general surgery and orthopedics.
“We’re not saying Cortez is a difficult place to recruit to, a lot of people show great interest in working here,” Sudduth said. Caution is needed, he said, to avoid hiring people moving here just to retire in a few years.
Tipton wondered whether telemedicine technology has been tapped into at Southwest. Sudduth said overall they have not explored those options, but there is potential for it in the future, potentially for behavioral care.
Tipton asked about whether reimbursement for Medicaid and Medicare patients at rural Southwest Memorial compares fairly with larger urban areas.
Sudduth said there was not a large disparity, but he cautioned that a proposed Medicare for All program could force more than half of rural hospitals to go out of business.
He said 72% of Southwest’s patient base is Medicare and Medicaid supported.
“Overall there is nothing to make a margin on, and when you are trying to replace infrastructure it becomes quite a challenge,” he said.
Tipton was also critical of the Affordable Care Act.
“It is a big frustration because rural America is paying a premium for the insurance, compared to urban, and we have lower per capital income,” Tipton said. “The requirement is that poorer people will pay more. Insurance costs is one of the most punitive things people face.”
Southwest also serves a lot of Medicaid and Medicare patients coming from other Four Corner states, said CFO Rick Shrader. On the way here, they drive by some New Mexico medical centers who do not accept certain government benefit plans because they lose money.
“We provide the care regardless, but the reimbursement rates are awful,” he said.
Shrader urged Tipton to help get rid of a sequestration rule that became part of the federal budget a few years ago.
“Getting rid of it would help rural hospitals,” Shrader said.
On opioid substance abuse and mental health, Tipton said The Western Caucus made up of rural legislatures is lobbying to make sure rural areas get a fair share of federal grants to deal with opioid abuse and mental health issues.
Access to low interest federal loans and grants is essential for the hospital district to cover the backlog of infrastructure maintenance, said MCHD board member Robert Dobry. Tipton said he could provide letters of support for grants and loans and pass on funding information.
On veterans’ care, Tipton said Congress passed the Choice Act and the Mission Act that give veterans the choice on medical services and the payment structure follows them. He urged hospital officials to contact his office if veterans were having difficulty with their claims, and hospital staff said they have a list they can send him.
Southwest’s family birthing center was improved as part of the hospital upgrades.
“It is an essential service,” said a physician. She said studies show if expecting mothers have to travel for care, problems increase.
“Our hospital has a real commitment to continue the service,” she said. “It has far-reaching economic impacts, because when you bring in the family to have a baby, they are introduced to the facility and all the care available.”
“That proximity is so important,” Tipton said. “When my daughter was born, the OB/GYN service was not available in Cortez, and we had to drive to Durango in a snowstorm.”
Staff discussed a future shortage nationwide for family practice physicians because the business model and reimbursement rates make it more difficult to make a living.
Most new medical school graduates are seeking specialized shift work that pays well, rather than as a family physician. Often they are facing $200,000 to $300,000 in student loan debt.
Tipton said offering debt forgiveness if a medical graduate serves in a rural area might be a solution for the shortage in primary care family doctors. It was mentioned that the National Health Services Corps offers free tuition for medical students and graduates if they serve in a high-need area. The program pays student tuition and a stipend, and provides a wage.
“For solutions we have to think out of the box. It used to be, wherever you were, your policy would be accepted, but now there is too much out of network (denials), and surprise bills” Tipton said. “Each community has different challenges. The common ground is that we all agree that costs are too high, how do we create competition to lower those costs.”
He cited a case where medical imaging was expensive at a hospital in Eagle County. But when another business offered it for 80 percent less, the hospital dropped its price.
Another idea discussed was giving employers within a trade incentives to partner with peer companies to negotiate a better price for insurance with price savings passed on to employees.Read More
It was our pleasure to host Representative Scott Tipton at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Thursday, August 8th. Rep. Tipton toured the facility including the new 20-bed inpatient wing, ICU, and Family Birthing Center, as well as our OR, ER, Rehab Department, 4-suite Medical Office building with primary and specialty care clinics. Tipton and his staff were impressed with the extensive services offered at our facility.
Following the tour, representation from support and clinical departments, MCHD and SHS Board members reviewed recent successes, challenges and opportunities with Rep Tipton. Discussions included challenges in recruiting rural primary care providers and surgical call coverage, opportunities and challenges with telemedicine to provide additional support to patients and clinical staff to improve mental and behavioral health, need for additional resources for suicide and substance abuse, access challenges for our service members, reimbursement, high-cost insurance premiums in rural communities, and infrastructure upgrades needed in the older part of the facility. It was a great opportunity to collaborate and share. Rep Tipton provided great feedback on current bills working through legislation that could potentially address some of our concerns.
We’d like to extend a special thanks to Cody Burke, CRNA for coordinating the visit!
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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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