The annual National Defense Authorization Act markup process is where I have the opportunity to insert language that is of vital importance to the Fifth Congressional District and the security of our nation. In the Ledger below, I will be providing you with a comprehensive breakdown of my amendments.
Another important element of a strong national security is making sure that our veterans are treated with dignity and are provided with the care they have earned. That’s why I joined my colleagues on the VA Committee in calling for subpoenas of the VA Administration and their mishandling of the situation in the Phoenix VA system.
The House is moving closer to finding the truth of what really happened in Benghazi. I have been on record calling for a Select Committee to investigate this national tragedy and I was honored to vote to create that committee. I am confident that this Select Committee will bring necessary closure to the victims of the attack and finally provide answers to the American people.
It is an honor to serve you in Congress.
What’s Happening in Washington DC
- On Thursday, May 7th, I took part in an all-day mark-up amendment session for the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Congressman Lamborn had 12 amendments adopted into the final language of the bill, in addition to numerous amendments he got into the original body of the bill.The amendments I proposed in the Committee mark-up and the hard work I did during the drafting of the bill ensure that we took steps of vital importance to the Fifth Congressional District and the security of our nation. Please click HERE to watch me give an overview of the NDAA process.
- Language ensuring that the Air Force C-130 Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) aerial firefighting aircraft based at Peterson Air Force Base are not removed without certification from the Secretary of the Air Force that there will be no danger posed to the ongoing, nationwide firefighting mission. Please click HERE to watch Congressman Lamborn discuss the importance of the C-130 MAFFS mission
- Language calling for an analysis of a new Joint DOD-VA Clinic in Northern El Paso County. As our military and veterans populations continue to grow, military medical care will become an even greater priority for our region. This amendment directs the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Veterans Affairs to investigate the possibility of a new clinic.
- Language directing the DOD to conduct a new Joint Land Use study around , Fort Carson, Peterson AFB, and the Air Force Academy. These studies are designed to mitigate and coordinate impacts that military installations have on surrounding communities, such as aerial flight path noise concerns.
- Two amendments dealing with Iran. The first states that Iran must stop uranium enrichment, WMD production, and sponsorship of terrorism before any unilateral deals are made between Iran and the Obama Administration. The second calls for the DOD to prepare a report identifying the companies that have done business with both the DOD and Iran in possible violation of sanctions. This will allow us to identify and no longer conducted business with companies trying to play both sides.
- Language requesting a GAO review of DOD Arctic Capabilities by February 6, 2015. This review will help ensure that US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) based at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs has the capabilities they need to protect our nation in the Arctic.
- Two amendments regarding missile defense and directed energy weapons. The first includes language requiring a plan for operational testing of the High Energy Laser – Mobile Demonstrator (HEL-MD) by December 1, 2014, and most critically, allowing for its testing under wartime conditions by an ally such as Israel. The second includes language regarding Counter-electronic high power microwave missile project (CHAMP). CHAMP is a directed energy weapon that destroys or disrupts electronic systems. The amendment requires a briefing to the House Armed Services Committee on the plans for future similar systems by February 15, 2015. Please click HERE to watch Congressman Lamborn discuss this topic.
- Language requiring DOD to provide a report looking at the technology to enable multi-aircraft control of UAVs by February 15, 2015.
- Language requiring the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to certify the effectiveness of Air Force Information Technology contract support for critical warfighter IT systems, to protect the high-security systems at Cheyenne Mountain and Air Force Space Command and elsewhere.
- Language calling for the DOD to develop a better a better situational awareness of the financial tools available to our enemies and adversaries.
- Language requiring a report on the impact that proposed international space agreements would have on American military space capabilities.
Congressman Lamborn offering amendments during the markup session
Additionally, Congressman Lamborn worked hard to make sure that a variety of provisions were included in the final language of the bill prior to the mark-up amendment session.
- Ensuring that Colorado’s 2015 Military Construction projects are fully funded. Over $100 million dollars worth of projects at Fort Carson and Peterson AFB.
- Worked to make sure that funding was increased for mental health in Special Operations Command’s Preservation of the Force and Family suicide prevention program. This includes 10th Special Forces Group at Ft. Carson.
- Over $10 million and strong language ensuring that the certification and deployment construction process is completed on the Colorado Springs-constructed ACES 5 ejection seat.
- Worked to ensure that Israeli Missile Defense systems were fully funded (Iron Dome, Arrow, David’s Sling). Please click HERE to watch Congressman Lamborn discuss this topic.
- Language requiring a replenishment update of our system of GPS satellites.
- Language creating a pilot program to enable better procurement of commercial communications satellites by the DOD.
- Language requiring the DOD to report on Chinese assistance being provided to help Iran avoid sanctions.
During the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act mark-up session, I put the DOD on a two week notice for revising their Air Force regulations regarding religious freedom. Absent substantial progress from the office of the Air Force Chief of Staff, I plans to offer an amendment on the House Floor compelling the DOD and the Air Force to modify their regulations on religious freedom. It is unacceptable to me that our men and women who defend our Constitution do not currently enjoy all the protections of the Constitution. Changes to internal regulations must be made in order for religious freedom to be protected for the members of our military.
Please click HERE to watch the Military Religious Freedom Committee Discussion
Recently, on the House Floor, I was able to in a Floor Colloquy with VA Appropriations Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) on the subject of the importance of fully funding the forthcoming Southern Colorado National VA Cemetery. Chairman Culberson publicly agreed to support the project when funding is needed next year. This is a project I have been working on since my very first day in Congress. Seeing the progress being made brings a great deal of assurance to the veterans of Southern Colorado. Having a dignified final resting place closer to home has been an issue of major concern to our local veterans community and I am very pleased that I have been able to lead the charge and make this hallowed location a reality.
Please click HERE to watch Congressman Lamborn’s Floor Dialogue with Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) supporting the Southern Colorado National VA Cemetery
It was a privilege to join my colleagues Congressmen Trent Franks and Louie Gohmert in a press conference discussing our amicus brief support of the Sissel vs. HHS Supreme Court Obamacare case. Obamacare is unconstitutional because all revenue bills must start in the House. I will not rest until the disaster of Obamacare is eliminated from the lives of the American people.
Recently, I voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress and voted to call on the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. Mrs. Lerner was one of the leading figures in the scandalous targeting of conservative interest groups for invasive audits and IRS attention. Mrs. Lerner refused to cooperate fully with lawful Congressional hearings and requests. Therefore, we have no choice but to hold Mrs. Lerner in contempt and pursue legal action against her.
Please click HERE to listen to my latest interview with KVOR’s Richard Randall. We discussed my NDAA amendments, the Benghazi select committee, and my vote to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. Please note, the interview begins at the 14 minute and 40 second mark of the link.
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