U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman sets Wednesday telephone town hall to discuss ‘critical issues’

Author: Ernest Luning - November 29, 2017 - Updated: November 29, 2017

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman for veteransU.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, smiles at the conclusion of a debate conducted entirely in Spanish on Oct. 4, 2016, in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, plans to hold an hour-long telephone town hall Wednesday evening, his office announced, as tax reform legislation barrels its way through Congress and a deadline for a crucial spending bill looms.

The conference call is scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Register here to receive a call at the beginning of the discussion. The congressman’s office is introducing a new feature allowing anyone to listen and submit questions via a webcast here, which should go live when the telephone town hall starts.

“I look forward to a robust and informative discussion about all of the critical issues facing our community, state, and nation,” Coffman said in a statement on his congressional website. “As we enter the last month of 2017, I would like to update  you on all legislation I have introduced on your behalf during the 115th Congress and the progress we are making on behalf of all CO-06 residents.”

In recent months, Coffman has introduced a bill to set guidelines for congressional authorization of military force, a bill to make online political advertisements subject to similar rules the Federal Election Commission imposes on television and radio ads, and a bill to help the Department of Veterans’ Affairs attract and retain physicians to better care for veterans.

Coffman voted in favor of House legislation to overhaul federal tax laws earlier this month, and this week the Senate is considering its own version of the bill, which Republican leaders say they intend to get on the president’s desk before the end of the year.

Congress is also coming up against a Dec. 8 deadline to pass a spending resolution in order to keep funding the federal government. While the GOP controls the House, the Senate and the White House, Republicans are far from united on spending measures and will need Democratic votes to avoid a government shutdown near the holidays.

Some congressional Democrats have said they won’t help Republicans pass crucial end-of-year measures unless the GOP passes legislation to shield immigrants who were brought to the United States as children — known as Dreamers — from deportation. Coffman is among the most vocal Republicans supporting bills to protect Dreamers and has signed on to bipartisan legislation known as the DREAM Act of 2017, which could be at the center of a legislative showdown as the new year approaches.

Coffman has held two traditional town halls this year, including one that drew national headlines during Republican attempts to scrap the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Eventually, Coffman voted against the Obamacare repeal bill that passed the House, although it ran aground after several attempts in the Senate. He’s been working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers called the Problem Solvers Caucus to come up with fixes to problems with federal health care law.

A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs and House Armed Services committees, Coffman chairs the Military Personnel Subcommittee and sits on the Strategic Forces and Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs subcommittees.

Coffman represents the suburban 6th Congressional District, which covers Aurora and parts of Adams and Arapahoe counties, as well as a sliver of Douglas County. Republican Roger Edwards and three Democrats — attorneys Jason Crow and David Aarestad and clean energy expert Levi Tillemann — are running against the five-term incumbent.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.