Holder’s job ‘is in danger,’ Tipton says
Oversight that has put Congress at odds with the Obama administration seems poised to claim one high-ranking member of the cabinet, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., told a town hall on Wednesday.
“I think (Attorney General Eric) Holder’s job is in danger,” Tipton said when asked about controversies involving the Internal Revenue Service, the murder of a U.S. ambassador in Libya, and Justice Department subpoenas of reporters, which were signed by Holder.
Tipton spoke before about 80 people in the Mesa County Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road.
Congressional hearings ought to continue and “we need to make sure we go where the facts take us,” Tipton said.
Tipton said also that he was working on bringing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to western Colorado, where she could see how federal agencies under her jurisdiction deal with state and local governments and private interests.
Economic recovery is slow and remote from much of his 3rd Congressional District, Tipton said.
“There are pockets of prosperity in Colorado, in Denver, in Colorado Springs, in Boulder, but they’re not in Parachute, they’re not in Grand Junction and they’re not in Rangely,” he said.
His “Planning for America’s Energy Future Act” is intended to help energy-rich regions such as the West Slope participate in economic recovery, Tipton said to applause.
Both sides of the issue of whether to seek national park status for Colorado National Monument sought Tipton’s ear.
Tipton and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., have said they’ll decide this summer whether to seek legislation.
“We’d love to see draft legislation started,” Terri Chappell of Grand Valley Region Citizens for a National Park told him.
Opponents of park status presented Tipton with 532 signatures on a petition asking that he not move forward with a bill, however, and organizer Sue Benjamin said additional signatures are being collected, some from as far away as Delta and Cedaredge and Texas.
Tipton also drew applause when he noted that he and Udall had written the Department of Veterans Affairs asking that a full-time benefits counselor be placed in Grand Junction.
He also called for a guest-worker program and said the nation ought to be able to secure its borders.
Employers also should be able to ascertain the backgrounds of potential employees, he said, adding that if a program known as E-Verify comes to the floor, “I’ll vote for it.”
E-Verify compares information from an applicant’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 to data from federal records.