Tipton, Schwartz differ on how to do the job in Congress
August 26, 2016
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Rep. Scott Tipton renewed his pledge to knock back federal regulatory overreach at every opportunity at the Colorado Water Congress summer conference.
The Republican’s Democratic challenger, Gail Schwartz, said she would reach across the aisle to protect Colorado’s resources and interests in Congress.
Both candidates stopped by the conference to make their pitch and answer questions at a meeting of a statewide group.
The 3rd Congressional District encompasses most of the Colorado River basin, as well as some of the Arkansas River, and all of the Rio Grande and North Platte River watersheds in Colorado. Pointedly, it was the only congressional race on the menu for those at the conference.
Tipton, seeking his fourth term, was stringent on the need to keep the federal government from meddling in Colorado water affairs. He said last year’s Gold King mine spill caused by the Environmental Protection Agency was an example of the failure to seek local technical expertise. He railed against federal policies such as Waters of the United States and Forest Service ski area contracts that would have required assignment of water rights.
Commissioners air land issues during Tipton visit
August 13, 2016
Montezuma County commissioners aired grievances about the federal government to the sympathetic ear of Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton during a meeting Wednesday in county chambers.
Topics ranged from eagles and roads, to federal land policy and burdensome archaeology studies.
On eagles, commissioner Larry Don Suckla said federal buffer requirements for nests are inconsistent and unfair. A golden eagle nest in a proposed trail expansion at Phil’s World is forcing trails to be rerouted or eliminated.
“How is it that a bike trail can not go under an eagle’s nest but a bright yellow raft full of people on the Lower Dolores River can float directly under one?” he said.
Tipton wraps up opioid listening tour
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
July 21, 2016
Craig — As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., tackle the nation’s growing problem of prescription drug abuse, Rep. Scott Tipton turned to the communities he represents to help him understand prescription opioid and heroin abuse.
On Thursday, Tipton, R-Cortez, was in Craig for the last of four roundtable meetings held across the 3rd Congressional District to discuss the issue.
“I’m a big believer that nobody knows our communities better than we do,” Tipton said.
Pueblo Chieftain Editorial
July 20, 2016
U.S. REP. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and the majority of his House colleagues deserve recognition as heroes for their votes to block the federal government from limiting the use of public lands in Southern Colorado.
The expansion of New Mexico’s Rio Grande del Norte National Monument north into Conejos, Chaffee and four other Colorado counties is being attempted without the backing of those communities. A House majority agreed. Now the anti-expansion measure must be approved by the Senate and the White House (President Barack Obama already has vowed to veto it) must sign off on the bill before it would become law.
Tipton and his colleagues want to bar the use of any funds for a monument created by the president under the Antiquities Act.
We agree with Tipton when he stated, “The president’s use of the Antiquities Act to unilaterally designate massive blocks of land across the West as national monuments — without local input or support from the surrounding communities — amounts to a complete disregard for the will of the American people and their ability to have their voices heard.”
rights to water
Grand Junction Sentinel
July 14, 2016
A measure by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., that would protect state-issued water rights against federal taking is included in an appropriations measure now headed to the Senate.
Passage of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, H.R. 5538, marked the first Interior appropriations bill to pass the House in seven years.
The measure sets the budget and policy priorities for the Forest Service, Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and other agencies.
Guest opinion: How to fight rising opioid addiction
Glenwood Springs Post Independent Opinion
by Scott Tipton
July 12, 2016
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.
‘We weren’t listened to’ on sage-grouse policy, Garfield County says
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
July 11, 2016
After a year-long Freedom of Information Act battle with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Garfield County commissioners have successfully obtained 138 of the Interior’s emails regarding greater sage-grouse land use amendments.
In the communications, the commissioners are looking for conflicts with the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires collaboration with local governments in public land planning.
Commissioners say these land use amendments for the greater sage-grouse, which were approved last year, threaten the county’s energy development interests and apply a blanket land use policy that doesn’t fit with the county’s terrain.
House passes bill to push abandoned mine cleanup
One of three bills tied to Gold King Mine spill
ASHINGTON, D.C. – Abandoned mine land reclamation took a step forward in Congress this week as the House passed the “Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act,” which aims to set up funds to clean up abandoned mine sites.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., would create the Energy and Minerals Reclamation Foundation, which would be tasked with obtaining and using funds for the cleanup of abandoned coal mines, hard-rock mines and onshore oil and gas wells.
Hice’s legislation is part of a three-part bill package introduced to address abandoned mine cleanup. The other two bills include the Mining Schools Enhancement Act and the Locatable Minerals Claim Location and Maintenance Fees Act, which also includes good Samaritan language that was added by Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.
Rep. Tipton meets with communities about heroin
July 1, 2016
PUEBLO, Colo. -
Rep. Scott Tipton has been traveling throughout Southern Colorado speaking to communities about the heroin and opioid addiction that many of them, including Pueblo, are facing.
Tipton met with community leaders Friday in Pueblo. They spoke to him about the concerns that they are seeing with heroin and prescription drug abuse.
The participants in the roundtable discussion gave Tipton suggestions, including one about more funding for educational opportunities for children so they know how harmful the drugs can be.
Tipton says he will take these ideas back to Congress and to see what can be done to help people in Colorado.
"To be able to get the resources, response mechanisms, back to our state, back to our communities, to where we'll hopefully see some positive outcomes," Tipton said.
He is currently working in Washington D.C. on 18 bills that would help prevent heroin and opioid addiction.
How Colorado’s Energy Revolution Continues to
June 29, 2016
VAIL, Colo. — Colorado isn’t just a battleground state politically this election year, it’s also a state being roiled by either a renewable energy revolution or a war on fossil fuels, depending on your point of view.
Both the current Democratic governor and his Democratic predecessor recently told Route Fifty that what’s happening to Colorado’s electricity generation mix—a fairly rapid shift away from coal and into natural gas, wind and solar—is being driven more by national and international market forces than state and federal policies.
How the state responds to those forces and helps to transform the economies of rural communities still dependent on resource extraction has become a key question for policymakers.
Tipton seeks 4th term
Grand Junction Sentinel
June 24, 2016
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Cortez Republican, is seeking his fourth term in the House of Representatives, beginning with the GOP primary on Tuesday.
During his five years in the House, Tipton has focused on natural resources, especially water and forest health.
Tipton has turned his attention to banking issues in which he says rural Americans are hamstrung by regulations aimed at large banks. He has introduced legislation that would require regulators to take into account the condition of financial institutions with low operational risks. The bill is awaiting House action.
His legislative successes include a bill to encourage the development of small hydroelectric power generation on pipes, ditches and conduits, which was signed into law.
His bill aimed at reducing the ability of federal agencies such as the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to demand water rights in exchange for permits to use federal land has twice passed the House and awaits action in the Senate.
A measure that would give states more control of efforts to recover the greater sage grouse also is awaiting Senate action.
A southwest Colorado native and graduate of Fort Lewis College, he and his wife, Jean, have two daughters.
Tipton: Stop foot-dragging on coal study
Grand Junction Sentinel
June 23, 2016
The Office of Management and Budget’s involvement in an environmental study of the North Fork coal area is creating uncertainty, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said in a letter to the agency head.
The environmental study, which was to be completed this fall, was delayed at the request of the agency, which is part of the executive office of the president.
The OMB said the delay was needed to study the “novel policy purposes” of the agreement under which the U.S. Forest Service was considering allowing coal mining beneath roadless areas in the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River.
The delay, Tipton wrote to OMB head Shaun Donovan, seemed incongruous because the agency had raised no questions when the agreement was reached six years previously.
Veterans honored in ceremonies in Cortez and Mancos
Those who sacrificed honored during Memorial Day event
May 30, 2016
Military veterans were honored on Memorial Day with prayers, a flag ceremony and a hearty breakfast at the American Legion Ute Mountain Post 75 in Cortez.
“We put out 140 chairs, and they’re nearly all taken,” said incoming commander Scott Magness. “This is one of our better turnouts.”
After a rifle team salute and taps bugle call, Ute Mountain Rodeo royalty served up breakfast for donations.
“The money goes into an account to help local veterans,” said Carol Wilson, veterans and rehabilitation chairman.
Outgoing commander Marv Hermanns handed over the reins to Magness.
“It is an honor to pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have honorably served this great country and are now deceased,” Hermanns said. “Let us strive to educate the younger generations about paying respect for those who have come before us, and may God bless and protect this wonderful country.”
U.S. Rep Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, returned to his district for events this weekend, including Saturday’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Silverton.
Gail leads the charge!
May 16, 2016
Gail Schwartz is now the undisputed, irrefutable, undeniable leader of the war on Colorado coal.
Gail Schwartz has destroyed communities in Colorado and now wants to represent them in Congress.
In both direct high paying mining jobs and indirect jobs and small businesses, Gail Schwartz’s leadership in the State Capitol has cost rural Colorado.
Unfortunately, this is not political hyperbole these are facts.
From Ballotpedia’s Verbatim Fact Check:
SB 13-252 is a primary example; it amplified from 10 percent to 20 percent the quantity of electricity supplied by rural electric cooperatives from renewable sources by 2020. The bill’s various critics, including the Colorado Mining Association, and Colorado’s second-largest power generator, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association maintained that if the bill were implemented, the consequences would be costly for an estimated one million Colorado residents, as well as increase unemployment in rural Colorado where the coal industry is concentrated.
It went on to conclude:
…an examination of that bill (SB 13-252) and similar bills supported by Schwartz confirms that she did in fact play a significant role in passing legislation that led to lower coal production.
Read the entire article HERE
Gail Schwartz has left rural Colorado behind to make sure she is invited to all the important Aspen cocktail parties.
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.
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