Stop the presses: Both parties happy with local VA cemetery


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Only something as vital as a new national cemetery in southern El Paso County could have both sides of Colorado's congressional contingent, from Sen. Michael Bennet to Rep. Doug Lamborn, voicing their support.

That's exactly what happened Monday after President Obama's new budget was released, including Colorado as one of five sites for new cemeteries.

Perhaps most of the credit still should go to Rep. John Salazar, who pushed the cemetery proposal out from being stuck since 2007 because of his influence on the House Appropriations Committee. Salazar and Bennet gained Lamborn's support by agreeing to locate the cemetery in southern El Paso County, which probably means south of Fountain.

Lamborn issued a release saying: “I look forward to working with the VA to determine a suitable location in El Paso County for the new cemetery. I have been working on this with others from day one. This is proof that years of hard work is paying off.”

There was no indication how soon the cemetery might become reality.


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