U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton: Federal attempts to take private water loom in the West
Craig Daily Press
April 14, 2015
After much public outcry, the federal government has attempted to distance itself from its most recent attempt to trample state law and take or interfere with private water rights. While administration officials are claiming “there’s nothing to see here,” short of guarantees that can only be provided through legislation, our private water rights — on which countless Westerners and communities rely for their livelihood — will continue to be at risk.
Durango Herald: Tipton for Congress
October 12, 2014
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton has been a relatively low-profile member of a House of Representatives known recently for its collective bravado and bluster. Since his election in 2010, Tipton has been attuned to the nation’s economic challenges and has focused his legislative agenda accordingly. In so doing, he has carried measures that aim to ease regulatory burdens on various industries. The most successful of those have been crafted and carried with bipartisan support.
His measure streamlining the permitting process for small hydropower projects passed both chambers of Congress and was signed into law – a rarity for any measure in today’s political climate. He also has Democratic partners in his effort to secure ski areas’ water rights and has worked broadly in supporting pilot projects in Pagosa Springs and Gypsum to harvest dead trees for energy.
These measures and others that have gathered less momentum have been informed by Tipton’s wariness of regulations – a mindset that has spurred him to push back on federal agencies attempting to broaden their reach. He has criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to extend the reach of the Clean Water Act, an effort Tipton calls “the biggest water grab in history.” He has resisted an endangered species listing for sage grouse and asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be more specific about its goals for restoring the birds’ population. At times, Tipton’s anti-regulation mindset goes too far, but his questions are relevant and worthy of consideration.
Scott Tipton is the clear choice - Pueblo Chieftain
October 8, 2014
U.S. REP. Scott Tipton is the clear choice for re-election to his third term representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. The Republican incumbent is being challenged this year by Democrat Abel Tapia, a former Pueblo legislator, school board member and Colorado Lottery director.
Both candidates are longtime owners of small businesses.
Both are well-acquainted with the sprawling 3rd Congressional District, which includes 29 counties from the Western Slope to the San Luis Valley and Pueblo. While this vast region is economically and culturally diverse, the district carries an essentially rural identity at odds with congested metropolitan areas.
Rep. Tipton and Mr. Tapia have sharply differing governing philosophies.
The GOP congressman believes the nation needs to “get the private sector moving again” and to make “the government get out of the way” of economic progress.
Mr. Tapia espouses government spending on infrastructure projects to stimulate the economy.
Tipton bills target fuels, forest health
Grand Junction Sentinel
September 20, 2014
Measures aimed at improving forest health and broadening the nation’s energy portfolio are awaiting action in the U.S. Senate after House passage.
The measures by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., were folded into other measures approved by the House on Thursday.
Tipton’s Planning for American Energy Act, H.R. 1394, was included into H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act.
Similarly, Tipton’s Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act, H.R. 818, was included in the Jobs for America Act, H.R. 4.
The Planning for American Energy Act would require that all energy resources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals needed for energy development be included in a plan to meet the nation’s energy needs for the next 30 years.
No environmental regulations would be repealed, Tipton noted.
The Healthy Forest Management Act would direct the U.S. Forest Service to prioritize hazardous-fuels reduction projects proposed by governors and affected counties and tribes.
“The House has continuously worked to identify and pass solutions to put Americans back to work, to lower energy costs for businesses and families, and to get our federally managed public lands under control,” Tipton said in a statement in which he urged the Senate to take up the measures.
Another Small Business Award
September 18, 2014
Yesterday we received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). As a small business owner for 30 years, these awards mean a lot to me. They mean that we are doing our job cutting regulations and red tape and allowing Colorado’s small businesses to create jobs.
Our office has held town halls across this 54,000 square mile district and we hear the same thing over and over - we need to jump start this economy. The way our economy gets back on track is by government getting out of the way and allowing small businesses to create jobs.
Surviving as a Small Business in the Grand Valley
August 18, 2014
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – On Monday and Tuesday, Congressman Scott Tipton is visiting the Grand Valley discussing topics on economic development and how to survive as a small business.
New small business owners in downtown Grand Junction say they are using more social media outlets such as Facebook to market themselves. They also say the best way survive in downtown and potentially earning more revenue is to simply stay open.
“You need to be open and you can’t shut your doors at 5:00 and open them at 11:00 a.m., and you need to be open for special events,” said Colorado Canyons Gallery & Gifts owner Fay Timmerman.
The Grand Junction Business Incubator is helping around 500 businesses in Mesa County, and it has a lot of resources for small businesses as well.
“We have small business development center, we have a revolving loan fund, a commercial kitchen, and a maker space for 3-D printing,” said the Business Incubator executive director Jon Maraschin.
There will be three meetings Tipton will be attending.
The first one will be discussing about economic growth and job creation in the area. The meeting is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Fruita Community Center located at 324 North Coulson.
The second is scheduled for Tuesday discussing what resources are there for small businesses. The Small Business Resource Summit will be at Colorado Mesa University from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To make reservations, call (703) 487-3664.
Tipton’s last meeting will also be on Tuesday discussing local affairs with the Mesa County Commissioners at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 544 Rood Avenue, Grand Junction.
Officials with the Small Business Administration say the Grand Junction Business Incubator is being used as a model for other small business centers across the country.
Tipton, EPA fight over water rule
July 30, 2014
DENVER – It appears Mark Twain was right when he wrote, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.”
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Wednesday was in a fighting mood when he joined House Republicans in grilling the Environmental Protection Agency’s deputy chief about a proposed rule that many farmers fear would allow the EPA to regulate small bodies of water, even ponds or puddles on their land.
Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe said the proposal simply clarifies regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act to protect streams and wetlands. That authority has been murky thanks to confusing and complex guidelines following Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.
But Tipton worries the proposed rule is too far-reaching, and in a testy exchange with Perciasepe during a House Small Business Committee hearing, he pushed him for clarification on what the new rule would encompass and what sort of exemptions would be available for agriculture.
Tipton Introduces Protection for Private Land Owners from Feds
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) has introduced two pieces of legislation to protect private landowners from federal land management agency errors, and increase transparency in federal land exchanges and acquisitions.
In 2009, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted a resurvey of federal land in Mesa County. The BLM initiates resurveys under the guise that existing boundary lines were inaccurately drawn during the initial survey, which in some instances may have occurred over fifty years ago. The resurvey resulted in the reclassification of land, originally thought to be owned by a private owner as federal land. The BLM charged that individual with trespassing and the illegal removal of sand and gravel from federal lands, which resulted in a fine of over $250,000.
Tipton says other private landowners, around the nation and in Colorado face similar situations - forced to relinquish property, believed to be their own, on which they have lived and worked on for generations, and without any just compensation, due to BLM land resurveys. H.R. 5075, the Resurveys Entitle Adjacent Landowners to Protection (REAL Protection) Act would create a more transparent and equitable process of conducting resurveys and advances the rights of landowners by providing safeguards against BLM actions. Tipton also introduced H.R. 5074, the Land Adjacency Notification and Disclosure (LAND) Act, which seeks to improve the transparency, oversight and notification of land exchanges involving U.S. Forest Service (USFS) lands or public lands under the jurisdiction of the BLM.
Tipton: Allow Coloradans to keep their water rights
Denver Post Opinion by Scott Tipton
Over the past decade, the federal government has attempted to take privately held water rights in Colorado and in other Western states, disregarding state water law that has been in effect for over a century.
Because of this, I introduced legislation to uphold long-held state water law and protect these rights from the federal government's water grab. The Water Rights Protection Act, which passed the House with bipartisan support, prohibits the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Interior from violating the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by taking private water rights without providing just compensation.
Water right battle
The Pueblo Chieftain Opinion
March 23, 2014
THE U.S. House of Representatives has passed an important and reasonable bill that prohibits the transfer of private water rights to the federal government as a condition of permits it issues.
But the bill’s future is in doubt, according to sponsor U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., because a majority in the U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama appear opposed to the legislation.
The Water Rights Protection Act (HR3189) is designed to protect Colorado water rights from federal encroachment. The proposal was developed in response to U.S. Forest Service contracts with Colorado ski areas that require the transfer of water rights as a condition of permit approval.
Public Lands Council, NCBA, hail passage of water rights bill
National Cattlemen's Beef Association
March 17, 2014
The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association hail the passage of the Water Rights Protection Act (WRPA), H.R. 3189, by the U.S. House of Representatives by a 238 to 174 vote. Introduced by Congressman Scott Tipton (R-Colo.), the legislation reiterates the limits to federal agency jurisdiction of water.
White House threatens Tipton water bill
The Cortez Journal
March 12, 2014
DENVER – A dispute between Colorado ski areas and the Forest Service has caught the attention of the White House, which threatens to veto a water rights bill that U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, plans to present on the House floor Thursday.
Meanwhile in Denver, state senators delayed a vote on a related bill by Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, out of concerns that it improperly singles out the Forest Service.
Rep. Tipton talks regulations, health care with local businesses
February 21, 2014
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. One Colorado state representative is using a trip home to help make changes in Washington.
Congressman Scott Tipton focused on the challenges Grand Valley businesses face for his first time back to the area this year.
He met with owners and employees at Lewis Engineering and Wagner Equipment Friday.
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