In the second part of our conversation Congressman Scott Tipton we discussed funding for programs that benefit rural Colorado like the Secure Rural Schools and Child Health Insurance Program, also known at CHIP. We also discussed the Obama Care Repeal process and whether another repeal attempt is expected in 2018. When asked about refunding the CHIP program, the Congressman said he supported refunding the program and also voiced support for reauthorizing the Secure Rural Schools Program, which provided $11.8 million in funding to Colorado in 2016, including $80,000 to the Meeker school district, with Routt County Schools collecting over $166,000 and Moffat County Schools garnering more than $20,000 from the program. That portion of the interview is available below. Tomorrow’s conversation with Tipton will focus on the changes being made to Sage Grouse Conservation plans and how those changes could benefit our area. The Congressman will also discuss his impression of the Trump administration’s first year and will evaluate Congress’s performance in attempting to pass the Trump agenda.