For too long, the U.S. has operated with no comprehensive plan for meeting the inevitable increased demand for energy created by both traditional and renewable resources. As the energy economy continues to evolve, we must develop a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that will ensure both U.S. energy security and affordable power for American families well into the future.
As a member of Congress, I have the unique opportunity to visit the memorials dedicated to fallen service members that are just a short distance from the Capitol building. Across the Potomac River, Arlington National Cemetery serves as the final resting place for hundreds of thousands of men and women who served in the armed services. Each day I work in Washington, I am reminded that the privilege we have of living in a free society has been paid by so many who have selflessly sacrificed their lives in service to their country. Memorial Day offers an important opportunity for us to reflect and pay our respects to those who have given all.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created by the Dodd-Frank Act as an independent agency within the Federal Reserve System, with the purpose of regulating consumer financial products. The core mission of the CFPB, protecting consumers from bad actors, is important, but we should all be concerned about the unconstitutional structure of the Bureau.
The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations recently held a hearing to examine the structure of the CFPB. As vice chairman of this subcommittee, I had the opportunity to speak with our panel of witnesses about the ways that the CFPB is wholly unaccountable to Congress.
We recently held our organizational meeting in the Natural Resources Committee, which gave members an opportunity to discuss their priorities for the next two years and vote on committee rules and procedures.
Since arriving in Congress, much of my focus has been on the many natural resources issues that impact the Third Congressional District on a daily basis. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop has a deep understanding of these issues, and I am looking forward to working with him to get some of our district’s priorities over the finish line.
These priorities include bills like the Water Rights Protection Act, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act, and the Planning for American Energy Act, which are all bills I am looking forward to re-introducing in the 115th Congress.
Water policy is a critical issue for the state of Colorado. The farming and ranching community, the ski industry and countless others rely on Colorado’s precious water for their livelihoods. In the 114th Congress, I fought the federal government’s attempts to circumvent state water law with the Water Rights Protection Act. Language from the bill passed the House three times last Congress, and I am hopeful that we’ll see the bill signed into law in the next year.
The bark beetle epidemic has destroyed over 2.9 million acres in Colorado and put our forests at high risk for catastrophic wildfires. We must do more to actively manage and protect our forests. I was pleased that language from my bill, the Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act, passed the House as part of the Resilient Federal Forests Act last Congress. This bill passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry in September 2016, but unfortunately, it was not brought to the Senate floor for a vote before the session ended. I am hopeful we will see this bill signed into law during the 115th Congress, so the state of Colorado will be able to better protect its communities from devastating wildfires on National Forest System lands.
We’re blessed in Colorado to have abundant natural resources, open spaces and scenic beauty. In the Third District, our energy portfolio includes traditional energy resources like natural gas, oil and clean coal, as well as renewable sources like wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal energy. I firmly believe that we must implement an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which I outlined in the Planning for American Energy Act. This bill has passed the House twice, and I am looking forward to working on policies to advance responsible domestic energy production as a member of the Subcommittee on Mineral and Energy Resources.
As Chairman Bishop said during our organizational meeting, over the next few months our focus will be on analyzing and developing infrastructure proposals that fall within the committee’s jurisdiction and lowering the regulatory burden that so many of our families, small businesses and communities face.
We have important work in front of us, and I hope to hear from you along the way. Please don’t hesitate to share your feedback, thoughts or concerns with me and my team. You can write to us through my website, www.tipton.house.gov, or call us at any of our offices.
A recent analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute showed that for every law Congress passed in 2016, the Obama administration issued 18 rules and regulations. With a total of 3,853 last year, the administration issued the most rules and regulations since 2005.
When done right, rules and regulations play an important role in keeping our communities safe and secure. But over the past several years, we’ve seen a breakdown in the balance of power between our three branches of government that has led to harmful over-regulation.
This is why we’ve worked in the House to set the stage for rolling back harmful over-regulation and restoring the balance of power between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. We recently passed two bills that will accomplish these goals: the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21) and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny, or REINS, Act (H.R. 26).
Throughout my time in Congress, I have had the privilege of meeting many veterans from across the 3rd Congressional District and hearing fascinating stories detailing their military service and their contributions to communities across Colorado.
Pueblo is among my favorite places to visit in our district. The city is a melting pot of different cultures, and it has a rich history that is filled with memories of the still-active 135-year-old steel mill. Perhaps most importantly, the people of Pueblo have a long tradition of selfless service to our nation.
I recently asked over 100,000 people across the 3rd Congressional District if they thought today’s kids are on track to be better off than their parents. Of those who responded, nearly 78 percent said no. This sentiment isn’t unique to Colorado. An August 2016 Gallup Poll revealed that 72 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States.
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Colorado is home to over 400,000 of our nation’s veterans — men and women who have fought to protect our freedom in conflicts around the world. These men and women are often some of the most respected individuals in our communities, which makes it easy to overlook that they may be struggling to transition back into civilian life at the end of their service.
The National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday on Aug. 25, 2016. Although our first national park was established in 1872, it wasn’t until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that created the National Park Service, charging it with the responsibility to protect the nation’s 35 existing national parks and monuments, as well as the parks and monuments that would be established in the years to come.
Widespread opioid abuse is having a tragic impact on communities in Colorado and across the nation. If I were to poll the entire Third Congressional District, I’m sure that most people could say that they have either been personally affected or know someone who has been affected by the growing abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin in our state.
Ensuring the health and safety of the members of our communities is a shared responsibility. This is why I recently hosted two roundtable discussions on the opioid abuse epidemic with community, health care, and law enforcement leaders in Alamosa and Pueblo.
I believe that the best solutions to problems like these are developed at the local level, so it was important for me to be able to bring stakeholders together around one table to talk about the steps the community is already taking to curb prescription drug and heroin abuse, as well as gather input on how the federal government can better support these efforts.