Today, Congressman Tipton flip-flopped on an amendment to increase fire prevention, by first voting for it, but then after receiving pressure from Republican leadership, changing his final vote to a no, voting against it.
The amendment offered by Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-Golden) was in response to the vast forest fires across the country where in Colorado alone, 1,800 firefighters are on the ground currently fighting the 60,000-acre High Park Fire. The primary focus of the amendment would have increased federal agencies' focus on forest fire prevention.
Rep. Sal Pace (D-Pueblo), Congressional Candidate for the Third Congressional District, said he was extremely disappointed with his opponent's vote.
"It's apparent my opponent has "gone Washington' when he votes his party over protecting Colorado while our firefighters are in the midst of combatting a devastating forest fire," Pace said. "It's obvious my opponent knew the right thing to do by first voting for it but chose his party, abandoning Colorado priorities by voting against forest fire prevention. This is inexcusable."