U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton held a town hall meeting Thursday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He plans to visit Steamboat on Friday.

Photo by Erin Fenner

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton held a town hall meeting Thursday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. He plans to visit Steamboat on Friday.

Congressman Scott Tipton holds town hall meeting in Craig

— U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton held a town hall meeting Thursday at The Memorial Hospital in Craig to talk about local, national and international issues.

“It’s an opportunity to hear from people directly and bring their issues back to Washington,” Tipton’s press secretary Josh Green said.

He commented on the Affordable Care Act, saying it was the “No. 1 job obstructor.”

“It’s impending our ability to create and keep full-time jobs,” he said.

Brandi Meek, chairwomen of the Moffat County Republican Central Committee, said she thinks Moffat County has a good relationship with the congressman.

“For the most part, it seems he comes up here pretty frequently and stays in touch with myself and others in the community,” she said. “His voting record aligns closely with Moffat County’s values.”

His stop in Craig was part of his trip to the area. He spent some time in Craig on Thursday and will be heading to Steamboat Springs today and Walden on Saturday.

Tipton spoke about the legislation he currently is working on: the Planning for American Energy Act.

The act would require the secretary of the interior to develop an energy production strategy for the existing resources owned by the federal government.

“It’s taking advantage of resources,” he said. It “gives us a chance to harvest some of that coal.”

He cited coal production in the area as evidence that coal is an efficient and clean resource.

“If you want to be able to see blue skies in a coal-powered plant, come with me to Craig,” he said.

The congressman said he understood why Moffat County commissioners passed a proposal to put secession on the ballot. People in rural Colorado felt disenfranchised, he said.

“This is a very strong message that is being sent. I hope it’s being heard. It better be heard,” he said.

Erin Fenner can be reached at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com

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