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I grew up in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, it’s where I went to college, started my business and raised my family. Living and working here I understand the importance of agriculture and water in our district; I understand public lands; the importance of being able to access and preserve them while responsibly developing our natural resources.

I have a deep respect for the land and people of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and am honored to serve them in Congress.
 
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Record in Congress

I have always campaigned on going to Washington to help get government out of the way so free enterprise can flourish and Coloradans can get back to work, everyday since being elected I have worked to uphold these promises. Here is some of what I did:

  • Introduced the TAILOR Act, which currently has nearly 100 bipartisan co-sponsors. The TAILOR Act requires federal regulators to tailor regulations to actually fit the profile of the banks they are regulating. Right now, your hometown community bank faces the same regulatory compliance red tape as a massive global financial institution. These onerous regulations take away from community banks’ ability to serve the needs of Main Street by making more loans needed for economic growth, and instead forces them to focus on complying with unnecessary and duplicative federal regulations never intended for banks that fit their business model.

  • One of the few bills signed into law this past year was my Hydropower and Rural Jobs Act. This bill cuts red tape to allow clean, renewable hydropower projects to move forward in Colorado and create much-needed jobs in our District.
  • We intervened and stopped a needless regulation from prohibiting children from working on family farms, preserving the 3rd Congressional District’s rich agriculture tradition.
  • Introduced and passed through the House of Representatives the Water Rights Protection Act, a bipartisan bill, to prevent the federal government’s western water grab and protect the many water uses our communities rely on.
  • Passed the Healthy Forest and Wildfire Prevention Act through the House. This bill gives our local governments more control of forest management, enabling them to proactively manage their forestlands to prevent environmental and economic destruction from catastrophic wildfire.
  • Introduced and passed legislation through the House requiring the Secretary of Interior to put together an “all of the above” energy plan every four years. This will allow the United States to plan for our energy needs, something that has never been done before.

» Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Scott Tipton

Jobs

With unemployment in the 3rd Congressional district still near 10 percent my number one priority in Congress is to help get Coloradans back to work.

As a small business owner I understand the difficulties of creating jobs and how government regulations impede job creation. It is imperative that we free our economy from the increasing control and manipulation of Washington politicians and bureaucrats. As Congress works to pass 2,000-page bills that spend too much, borrow too much, and tax too much, we work for common sense reforms that put the power back in the hands of individuals.

Serving on the Small Business Committee we tackled issues everyday that will get government out of the way and spur job growth in Colorado.

2nd Amendment

As a gun owner and a lifelong member of the NRA, I am committed to ensuring that neither the federal nor state government infringe on the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. I will oppose any efforts to restrict law-abiding citizens from owning a firearm.

Water

We need to protect the 3rd Congressional District’s water from downstream threats, and from instate water grabs. We must also increase our storage capacity by upgrading current structures; some are almost 60 years old.

When the federal government concocted a plan to take Western Colorado’s private water rights, we introduced the Water Rights Protection Act, another bipartisan bill, to prevent the federal government’s western water grab and protect the many water uses our communities rely on.

Politicians back east do not understand the complicated water issues we face here in the West. I will continue to fight for our farmers, rancher, ski areas, and all citizens of the 3rd Congressional District.

Spending

Right now our government debt exceeds over $17 trillion. At over 70% of our entire economy it is probably the greatest threat to our national security. Plainly stated—our spending is unsustainable and it must be addressed. We must rein in our spending in a responsible way. Some programs need large cuts, others we must be smarter about, and cut only where it’s needed.

I have not and will not vote for a budget that does not get our spending under control in a responsible way.

Family Values

As a father I understand the importance of strong family values. That is why I support traditional family values. I believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman and that the marriage-centered family is the foundation of our society. I believe legislation regarding the definition of marriage should be left to be the people and their elected representatives in the states, not co-opted by judges and the federal government.

I am pro-life and I believe abortion should be limited to cases that involve rape, incest, or threat to the life of the mother.

Tax Policy

We must not burden the entrepreneurs and job creators with an excessive tax system. In Congress I introduced legislation to lower the corporate, capital gains, and dividends tax rates to help businesses stay competitive in the global market and bring jobs back to Colorado.

With 10 percent unemployment in Colorado 3rd Congressional District, it is critical we encourage private sector business innovation and risk-taking, these are the driving forces behind job creation. High taxes, duplicative regulations and government spending will not create sustained job growth, we have seen the government try to spend our way out of high unemployment, the $787 billion in supposed stimulus money, hasn’t worked. I will continue to offer ideas and solutions to create jobs without simply throwing money at the problem.

Social Security

I am firmly opposed to privatizing Social Security.

If we are to continue to provide future generations with the promise of Social Security, we must engage in a bipartisan debate about genuine reform. According to a report by the Social Security trustees, the Trust Fund will begin paying out more in benefits than it receives in revenue beginning in 2016. The current system is simply not sustainable by any measure.

Before ensuring solvency for younger Americans, our first priority must be to protect those current beneficiaries and those who have planned their retirements around Social Security benefits. The road to reform does not include cutting benefits. I will continue to fight to preserve benefits for those currently in the system.

Education

As the husband of a former school teacher and the proud father of two daughters, education has always been a top priority for me. We must provide our children with the necessary knowledge and resources to compete in the 21st century economy.

I strongly support tougher graduation standards, strong school safety programs, and a robust charter school program. I will oppose all unfunded federal mandates on our local school.

While promoting basic statewide standards, I will work to protect local control so that we can ensure we prepare our students with the tools they need to succeed in life.

Gas Prices & Energy

Gas prices are around $4.00 a gallon and rising. The United States must have an “all of the above” energy policy. Alternative energy is important and I support the development of all forms of energy but we must also realize that the responsible development of our natural resources have to be a part of any energy plan.

I support the development of the Keystone XL pipeline that will help bring 800,000 barrels a day responsibly developed energy from Canada into the United States, which would help get gas prices under control and keep more money in your pocket.

Ariculture

Agriculture is the economic backbone of the 3rd Congressional District, the state of Colorado, and the nation. Farmers and ranchers give rural America the character many of us see as the embodiment of the American Spirit. To preserve and protect our rural communities and our farms and ranches, we must work to breakdown the regulatory obstacles that are currently inhibiting their success, and I will fight tirelessly to protect private property rights.

In Congress I have fought to keep the federal government from preventing the next generation of farmers from gaining the hands on experience necessary to have a career in agriculture. I have also worked to open up markets so that Colorado’s agriculture industry can have a larger market to sell their products.

Health Care

Agriculture is the economic backbone of the 3rd Congressional District, the state of Colorado, and the nation. Farmers and ranchers give rural America the character many of us see as the embodiment of the American Spirit. To preserve and protect our rural communities and our farms and ranches, we must work to breakdown the regulatory obstacles that are currently inhibiting their success, and I will fight tirelessly to protect private property rights.

In Congress I have fought to keep the federal government from preventing the next generation of farmers from gaining the hands on experience necessary to have a career in agriculture. I have also worked to open up markets so that Colorado’s agriculture industry can have a larger market to sell their products.

 

 

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