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May 12, 2010 Op-Ed and Speech

Border policies continue to jeopardize national security

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
The Daily Caller
May 5, 2010

The March 27 murder of Arizona rancher Rob Krentz in Cochise County, 20 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border made headlines in Arizona, sparked significant unrest in border communities, and, in part, led to the enactment of the new controversial illegal immigration law in that state.

May 10, 2010 Op-Ed and Speech

The federal government dominates every aspect of our lives. It has become immense in its size, reach and expense. Since 1995 alone, the federal government has issued nearly 60,000 new rules governing everything from the size of the holes in Swiss cheese to what colors are allowed for surgical stitches. Centralized power and one-size-fits-all solutions from distant bureaucrats leave Americans with a government that is out of reach and out of touch. 


May 10, 2010 Op-Ed and Speech

For my whole life, Republicans have tried to reduce the size and scope of the federal government. Yet, over the last five decades, the federal government has continued to grow. Federal spending surpassed $100 billion per year in 1962. It reached $1 trillion in 1987. In 2010, federal spending will surpass $3.5 trillion.

The federal government has grown under both Democrats and Republicans; the best that can be said is that federal spending has sometimes grown more slowly under Republican control. Leaders in Washington from both parties have shown themselves either unwilling or unable of actually shrinking the federal government.

February 25, 2010 Op-Ed and Speech
click here to go to the editorial- In 1969, when American astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, he uttered the famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Roughly 40 years later, President Barack Obama has proposed a NASA budget that would end our efforts to get back to the moon, cancel the replacement for the space shuttle, cripple our capabilities in space and hurt our national security.

This "one small budget step" would be a giant leap backward for American leadership in space and security.

November 5, 2009 Op-Ed and Speech
While the early pioneers traveled to the frontier for many different reasons, they were all drawn by the promise of opportunity and a better life in the West. These early pioneer families relied on the land and wealth of natural resources to start anew. Today, the same land and opportunities that brought good fortune to so many are the target of extreme special-interest groups imposing burdensome regulations to restrict reasonable access to our nation's abundant natural resources.

October 14, 2009 Op-Ed and Speech

Bishop Wages Land Battle
October 12, 2009
By Ellyn Ferguson, CQ Weekly

Utah's conservative Republican Rep. Rob Bishop is no fan of the National Landscape Conservation System, one of several agencies that sequesters land in his state from development, and he has been suspicious for more than a year that the NLCS is too cozy with private conservation groups.

Now a report by the Interior Department's acting inspector general, Mary L. Kendall, has confirmed the congressman's suspicions, although there won't be much of a consequence.

"I can say I was right," Bishop declared.

September 23, 2009 Op-Ed and Speech

Congressman Bishop Secures Motion to Recommit- protecting private property rights within the Santa Cruz National Heritage Act

July 15, 2009 Op-Ed and Speech
In his poem, "The Road Not Taken," Robert Frost paints the perfect picture of today's debate on America's energy future. Here, Frost describes two paths leading in two different directions, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

Much like the subject of Frost's poem, America today finds itself at a crossroads. There are two diverging paths we can choose with regard to this nation's energy policy. The road we ultimately choose will indeed make all the difference.
July 15, 2009 Op-Ed and Speech
In 1964, Congress passed the Wilderness Act. This legislation established 54 designated wilderness areas consisting of nine million acres of land and officially defined wilderness as "an area of generally undisturbed federal land that prohibits commercial activities, motorized access, roads, structures, and facilities."