Scott TiptonScott TiptonAugust 1, 20176min241
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton

The United States has stood strong for 241 years. Through our commitment to a strong national defense, we have been able to protect our interests at home and abroad. Unfortunately, as our intelligence and defense assets have advanced, so have those of our adversaries. Today, cyberattacks, efforts to meddle in our democratic process, intercontinental ballistic missile threats, and governments that continue to support terrorist activity force us to respond to numerous threats across the world. In the last few weeks, Congress has taken necessary actions to address these risks.

The House and Senate both recently passed a bill (H.R. 3364) that preserves and strengthens sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

There is no question among the intelligence community that Russia engaged in efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, and it is critical that we stand up to any country that attempts to undermine our democratic process. In addition to attempting to undermine our election process, Vladimir Putin continues to pose threats to global stability. I am glad there is bipartisan agreement in Congress that any significant changes to U.S. foreign policy concerning Russia must be approved by the legislative branch. H.R. 3364 requires the president to submit to Congress any proposed actions to terminate or waive sanctions with respect to Russia. After receiving the report, Congress would have thirty days to approve or deny the proposed actions. Russia must face consequences for its actions.

We have seen the Kim Jong Un regime in North Korea test 17 missiles since February, and we know that the country conducted its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the United States. This is unacceptable, and Kim Jong Un must be stopped. H.R. 3364 cuts the flow of cash North Korea needs to support its ballistic missile program by prohibiting any entity that does business in the United States from also conducting business in North Korea.

Despite warnings from the United States, Iran continues to fund terrorist activities, strengthening our adversaries and undermining stability in the Middle East. The Obama Administration’s nuclear deal with Iran has done little to bring more security to the world. Instead, Iran has received billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran is supporting Hezbollah, one of the most dangerous terrorist groups, and the Assad regime’s attacks on its own people in Syria. H.R. 3364 punishes anyone who contributes to Iran’s ballistic missile program and places new sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to deter further support of terrorist activities.

Recently, the House Homeland Security Committee released alarming statistics that show 39 cases where homegrown jihadists have supported the plotting or financing of terrorist attack attempts. One hundred and ninety-nine attacks have been planned against the West since 2013. These numbers show why a strong Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is so important. I am proud the House, along with my support, has passed the Department of Homeland Security Authorization ActNational Defense Authorization Act, and the Make Americans Secure Appropriations Act – a funding bill that ensures all U.S. military and security operations have the resources they need to identify and respond to threats and keep Americans safe.

Although threats continue to grow and evolve, the United States has the strongest military in the world, and Congress is committed to providing our military with resources to keep it that way. We may have different views on many topics, but we all agree that the security of our nation and safety of all Americans is a top priority.

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Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a mainstay of past Republican administrations, doesn’t think Donald Trump colluded with the Russians. But if the Russians meddled in U.S. elections, they must be dealt with. In a powerful 20-minute speech to a few thousand people at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver Friday night, Bolton said he hasn’t […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 17, 20175min328

The liberal MoveOn organization aired ads Sunday hitting U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton for their response to revelations over the past week about links between top Trump campaign officials and Russians trying to influence last year's presidential election. "Crickets," the 30-second ad says, while the sound of the insects plays in the background.

Joey BunchJoey BunchMay 19, 20175min341

Colorado’s senior U.S. senator, Michael Bennet, said Friday evening he’s having a hard time keeping up with all the news about President Trump and the Russians.

“You can’t turn around for 10 minutes,” he told a full sanctuary at Denver’s Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in his third town hall meeting of the day. “It’s going to drive us all crazy.”

Bennet was passionate and animated, frequently interrupted by applause and even once having to stop himself in the church sanctuary to apologize for letting slip a mild swear word. (“Hell” as in, “We should be doing a Hell of a lot better job” taking care of veterans.)

The Washington Post reported Friday that the investigation into coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives to sway the election includes a member of the president’s inner circle of White House advisers.

The New York Times reported Trump allegedly told Russian officials in a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office that firing FBI director James Comey the day before would relieve pressure from the investigation.

CNN reported Friday that Russians “bragged” during the campaign that Michael Flynn, the fired national security adviser, could be used to influence Trump.

A Hillary Clinton ally, Bennet said he had been concerned since the campaign, when Trump was deferential to Vladimir Putin and critical of the European Union and the NATO, positions the Russian leader might support.

“I found it absolutely shocking from the point of view of our national security and the security of our allies,” Bennet said.

He posed, “Can you imagine if President Obama did any of this stuff? And it’s a reflection of the double standard we have here, and we’ve got to apply not a double standard but an American standard.”

Bennet fielded questions during that hour-long town hall meeting that included Republicans’ American Health Care Act to replace Obamacare and Trump’s immigration proposals.

He said the Republicans’ health care plan, passed hastily by the House this month, must die in the Senate. The senator cited its $880 billion cut to Medicaid for the sake to tax cuts for the wealthy.

“If you set out to design a piece of legislation less responsive to the needs of Colorado, you couldn’t do it better than this bill,” Bennet said.

He recalled his work with the “Gang of Eight” to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill out of the Senate in 2013, turning his point to House Republicans and Trump’s immigration policies.

“And if (Speaker) Paul Ryan would have had the guts to do what the American people wanted him to do, it would have passed in the House of Representatives, and we wouldn’t have to go through the agony of what the Trump administration is doing,” Bennet said.

Despite an evening of expressing concerns and criticisms, Bennet began on an optimistic note.

“I’m as optimistic about the republic as I’ve ever been,” he said at the beginning.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinFebruary 14, 20179min265

Protests, email and letter writing campaigns targeted at members of Congress and packed town hall meetings have seemingly become the norm since Donald Trump assumed the presidency. Opposition is nothing new to anyone who's sat in the Oval Office — or in any elected office for that matter — and tried to carry out new policies and change what seems to be an unchangeable bureaucracy. Still, the level of that opposition seems more vocal, more amped up than at any time in perhaps decades. Millions marched on Washington, D.C, the day after Trump took the oath of office as the 45th president. Thousands marched in opposition to abortion and hundreds of people have attended town hall meetings in Colorado and other states, voicing opposition to issues such as changing or repealing the Affordable Care Act, Trump's executive orders related to immigration from certain Muslim-dominated countries and building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.