|Dear Friend,Last week, I partnered with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on legislation to prevent terrorists from getting visas to enter the United States as ambassadors to the United Nations. Thanks to our efforts, the legislation is now on its way to President Obama’s desk following unanimous passage in both Houses of Congress.
I have been working hard with House Leadership to move this bill even before it passed the Senate. I appreciate House Leadership’s rapid response to my request by quickly bring the Cruz/Lamborn bill to the House Floor for a vote. It will give the President the power to prevent an Iranian terrorist from entering our country with diplomatic immunity. This is a great example of leadership in action by both Houses of Congress. After Senator Cruz worked to ensure Senate passage earlier in the week, I felt that it was extremely important that the House respond in-kind by considering the Cruz/Lamborn bill in an expedited manner. It is great to see Congress send a strong, bipartisan message that Iranian evildoers will be treated like terrorists, not tourists. Terrorists, from Iran or elsewhere, should not be allowed to walk the streets of Manhattan with diplomatic immunity.
Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Doug Lamborn
Also last week in Washington, it was announced that my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee, following meetings and discussions with me, approved the Fiscal Year 2015 Military Construction funding and designated all of the funding allocated to Colorado to the Fifth Congressional District. Additionally, I joined dozens of my fellow Congressmen in questioning Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on the negative consequences that President Obama’s unilateral minimum wage increase for federal contracts will have on military installations. Finally, I joined my fellow House Republicans in voting for the Path to Prosperity Budget. This Budget, among other things, balances in ten years, cuts 5.1 trillion in spending, repeals Obamacare, fully funds our national security, strengthens work requirements in our food stamp programs, simplifies and reforms the tax code, and ends the big bank bailouts of Dodd-Frank.
It is an honor to serve you in Congress.
What’s Happening in Washington DC?
On Thursday, April 10th, the House unanimously passed the Cruz/Lamborn anti-terrorism legislation. This common sense bill garnered a significant amount of media coverage. Please click the links below to see some examples of this reporting:
Gazette Editorial: http://gazette.com/editorial-lamborn-bill-keeps-terrorists-out-of-country/article/1518048
The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/world/middleeast/house-votes-to-deny-visa-to-iranian-envoy-linked-to-79-hostage-crisis.html?_r=1
The Denver Post and the Associated Press: http://www.denverpost.com/AP%20Content/ci_25537810/Congress-backs-bill-to-bar-Iran
The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/10/ted-cruz-played-by-the-congressional-rules-and-won-for-once/
The Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/video/staff-exclusives/congress-unplugged-rep-doug-lamborn-r-co-on/
Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill. This legislation contains funding to train and equip our troops, provide housing and services to military personnel and their families, help maintain base infrastructure, and fund veterans’ benefits and programs and will be headed to the House Floor for a vote in the near future. The funding designated for Colorado has been fully appropriated, totals 109.2 million dollars, and is all in the Fifth Congressional District. This funding will be used to build two aircraft hangers at Fort Carson in support of the new Combat Aviation Brigade, a new Army Reserve training building at Fort Carson, and a new dental clinic at Peterson Air Force Base. The most important duty of the federal government is to protect and defend our nation. Members of Congress swear a solemn oath to uphold this responsibility, and one way to do that is fully funding the needs of our men and women in uniform. I want to thank my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee for their hard work and for taking the time to meet with me to discuss the military priorities of the Fifth Congressional District.
On Thursday, April 10th, Congressman Doug Lamborn joined dozens of his House colleagues in pointing out to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez the negative consequences President Obama’s unilateral minimum wage increase for federal contracts will have on military installations. The Congressmen are concerned that jobs will be eliminated, dining options will be reduced, and recreational services will be cut back for our men and women in uniform and their families. Please click HERE to see the letter to Secretary Perez.
Last week, House Republicans passed the Path to Prosperity Budget. The Democrats have never once presented a budget even half as serious as this proposal. They continue to trot out the same failed, tax-and-spend policies that have harmed the American people and stunted economic growth and opportunity. Now is the moment for all Americans to stand up and join our plan to strengthen the economy, balance the budget, and create a better climate for jobs in this country. While the Democrats obstruct, delay, and dither, House Republicans will be working hard on solutions for the American people. I am very pleased that this Budget reflects the necessity of fully funding our military with the best equipment, training, and compensation in the face of a dangerous world. For more information on the Path to Prosperity Budget, please click HERE.
On Tuesday, April 8th, I chaired a hearing of my Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee. The topic of the hearing was “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Women and Minorities.” We heard from a distinguished panel of witnesses including: Ms. Julie Gressley Consultant, Economic Impact Analysis IHS Economics, Mr. Dale LeFebvre Founder and Chairman 220.127.116.11 Holding Company, Ms. Emily Arthun Women’s Mining Coalition and Director, Talent Management Cloud Peak Energy Resources LLC, Ms. Lynne L. Hackedorn Vice President, Government and Public Affairs Cobalt International Energy, Inc., and Dr. Kase Lawal Chairman CAMAC Energy Inc.
Also in Committee Hearings last week, I participated in a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee discussing “Russian Military Developments and Strategic Implications.”
In response to a request made to Secretary Jewell by Congressman Lamborn during a recent House Natural Resources Committee, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released their latest figures regarding onshore oil and natural gas leasing and permitting on federal land. These are the lowest numbers in over ten years. • BLM leased 1.2 million acres in 2013, down from 1.8 million acres leased the year before and the smallest area since at least 1988, the earliest year BLM reported data.
BLM issued 1,468 oil and natural gas leases in 2013, down from 1,729 issued the year before. • BLM issued 3,770 drilling permits in 2013, down from 4,256 permits issued the year before and the lowest level since 2002. The Obama Administration continues to hinder and stifle domestic energy production at a time when energy production on private and State land is producing American energy and American jobs. This administration continues to cast away high paying jobs, tremendous revenue and energy security. These actions are unacceptable for the economic future of the American people. At a time when our economy is struggling and Americans are searching high and low for good jobs, it is unconscionable for the Obama Administration to continue being a roadblock to increasing much-needed energy development on federal lands.
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In Other News…
Last week, I was honored to meet with two local representatives from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) in my Washington office last week. Thanks to Sharon DeVaney, an Air Force wife and mother from Monument and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Michelle Kalkowski from Ft. Collins for taking time to meet with me.
As a Co-Chair of the House Montenegro Caucus, it was an honor to meet the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Dukanovic. Here I am pictured with the Prime Minister and my Caucus Co-Chair, Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME).
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What Say You?
One of the most important things I can do is listen to my constituents. My staff and I get thousands of phone calls, emails, letters, and social media postings every week. Here is a sampling of what you are saying.
On my Facebook this week constituents shared their thoughts on my partnership with Senator Ted Cruz on anti-terrorism legislation:
Kevin Newland – Thumbs up to you two warriors!!
Deborah Kilby – As it should be! Good work guys!
Bonnie McKenzie – This is great news. Amen!
Deborah Skiles – Good work men! Congratulations! I hope it keeps going all the way through!
Janet Frye – Thank you for teaming up with Cruz – I’m very glad to see that!
David Addis – Great job gentlemen!