Update from Congressman Scott Tipton: A Western Emergency
Video: Tipton speaks on House floor on the impact that the influx of new regulations has on small businesses. Watch here.
Vilsack designates Colorado counties as agriculture disaster areas: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has designated numerous counties in Colorado's 3rd District as agriculture disaster areas due to drought. The primary counties include Archuleta and Mineral, and the contiguous counties named in the designation include Conejos, La Plata, Hinsdale, Rio Grande and Saguache. Farmers and ranchers in these counties are eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA). That assistance includes emergency loans. More information on the programs available, how to apply, and all counties affected. More information is available here.
The Colorado Observer: Obama seeks to sidestep Congress with new climate change rules: An ambitious plan by President Barack Obama to bypass Congress and impose new regulations for power plants was met with criticism from some lawmakers as costly for Colorado’s consumers and destructive to the economy nationwide. “Ultimately the president’s mandate will raise energy costs, stunt economic growth, and kill jobs,” said Republican Rep. Scott Tipton who represents the 3rd Congressional District. Read more.
Tipton statement on the Farm Bill: “This was not a perfect bill, but a good first step toward reform that would have eliminated or consolidated more than 100 government programs, and saved $40 billion, including $20 billion in reforms to SNAP by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse while ensuring that those who are truly in need of assistance would have full access to it.” Read more.
House adopts Colorado delegation amendment to aid in combating wildfires: he U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment to the Farm Bill (H.R. 1497) offered by Reps. Scott Tipton (R-CO), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Mike Coffman (CO-06) and Cory Gardner (CO-04) to allow the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to lease new air tankers for fighting wildfires, at no additional taxpayer cost. Read more.