by Pam Zubeck
Today, Congressman Doug Lamborn formally announces his campaign for re-election to the Fifth Congressional District of Colorado. Congressman Lamborn, currently in his fourth term in the House of Representatives, serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and the House Natural Resources Committee, where he also serves as Chairman of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee.According to campaign finance records, Lamborn had raised $122,000 as of last fall, compared to Halter's $121,000.
First elected to Congress in 2006, Congressman Lamborn is a staunch fiscal, social, and national security conservative. He is committed to repealing and replacing the disaster that is Obamacare, reducing the size and scope of the federal government, keeping taxes low, and ensuring that the United States of America has the strongest and most effective fighting force in the entire world. He previously served 12 years as a State Representative and State Senator in the Colorado General Assembly, where he was the Senate Sponsor of the biggest tax cut in Colorado history.
Congressman Lamborn has been named the Most Conservative Member of Congress four times by the National Journal and has received top marks from trusted organizations such as: Club for Growth, American Conservative Union, National Taxpayers Union, National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, National Right to Life, Family Research Council, and Americans for Prosperity.
During his time in Washington, Congressman Lamborn has worked hard to bring a new Combat Aviation Brigade, Veterans Cemetery, and a Veterans Clinic to the Fifth Congressional District. Congressman Lamborn has twice passed significant energy legislation in the House that would create hundreds of thousands of American jobs. He passed a bill in the House that would eliminate federal funding for left-leaning National Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He introduced a bill that became law legalizing public access to the Manitou Incline.
"I will continue to fight for conservative, constitutional, and traditional values. I will work hard for the people of the Fifth Congressional District, for our men and women in uniform, and for a bright and prosperous future for America. I would appreciate the continued support of the voters of the District. It is an honor and a privilege to serve the Fifth Congressional District in our nation's Capital." - Congressman Doug Lamborn.
Congressional challenger Irv Halter, a retired Major General, today criticized Congressman Doug Lamborn's belated opposition to steep cuts in military pensions supported by Lamborn last month.
Halter remarked, "This is another reason why so many Coloradans can't stand career politicians. A few weeks ago, Congressman Lamborn voted to slash the pensions of veterans....this week he's introducing phony legislation to restore the pensions. Lamborn's legislation won't pass, but he'll run around our area and claim that he's trying to fix the problem that he created. We made a promise to our veterans who put their lives on the line in service to our country, and we must make sure we keep this promise."
The budget supported by Lamborn limits, in the words of the Colorado Springs Gazette, "the cost of living retirement increases for veterans under the age of 62 through a formula that shaves a percentage point from the consumer price index, a measure of inflation. The new pay increase formula could cost a 42-year-old military retiree 20 percent of his retirement pay over 20 years."
This is just another example of how Congressman Lamborn is an ineffective Representative for the 5th district. Last week, The New York Times reported that Congress is only scheduled to be in session for 1/3 of the year. However, Congressman Lamborn will be paid his full salary and pension while at the same time cutting pensions for our veterans.