Constitution

When I was sworn in as a Member of Congress, I took an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." 

Many of the threats to our Constitutional liberties today don't necessarily come from foreign enemies--they come from within our own nation. Threats to our freedoms stem from judicial activists that interpret the Constitution according to a progressive agenda, an Executive branch that makes laws and recklessly spends money, or even a legislature that forfeits its power of the purse to federal agencies. 

I vow to stand with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to restore a Constitutional balance of power so that the government empowers you, the American people. 

Major Constitutional Legislation

H.R. 4768 - Separation of Powers Restoration Act
The Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA) scales back the Chevron deference. I cosponsored this legislation that would free courts from the interpretations of federal agencies enforcing a statue. SOPRA restores the separation of powers by requiring de novo review of agency action for all relevant questions of law, including Constitutional and statutory interpretation. (Read my statement on H.R. 4768.)

H.R. 4956 - End Executive Overreach Act
This bill blocks the use of federal funds for any future executive orders through January 21, 20170--the end of President Obama's term. It also prohibits federal agencies from making new rules that would cost over $100 million or rules that would need to be reviewed by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. I am a proud cosponsor of this bill that returns the power of the purse to Congress, the branch of government closest to the will of the people. (Read my statement on H.R. 4956.)

H.R. 5063 - Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act
This bill puts an end to the Department of Justice's funding of activist groups. In the past, the Executive Branch has abused its power by directing settlement money from lawsuits to activist groups instead of the victims themselves. H.R. 5063 explicitly prohibits this practice and ensures that victims receive the full compensation they are entitled under the law. (Read my statement on H.R. 5063.)
 

H.R. 5226 - Regulatory Integrity Act of 2016
This important piece of legislation will make the federal government more open, transparent, and accountable to the American people. H.R. 5226 instructs all federal agencies to publicly release information about their regulatory actions in a format that is searchable online. With this law enacted, people will be able to read and examine every rule change by the Administration without closed doors or secret negotiations. 

To read more about how Republicans in Congress plan to uphold the Constitution, read through the #BetterWay agenda online.  

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December 5, 2017 Editorial

By Congressman Doug Lamborn

Jack Phillips faces a moral dilemma right now.

Phillips owns Masterpiece Cake Shop in my home state of Colorado and is known for his beautifully decorated cakes for special events. He is also known for his delicious cookies, brownies, and other treats that are ready-made for anyone to buy fresh from his bakery.

Yet he will stand before the Supreme Court today to fight for his basic freedoms of speech and exercise of religion.

October 20, 2017 In The News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —  Congressman Doug Lamborn visited students, staff and teachers at Coronado High School Friday to hand out 150 pocket versions of the Constitution.

Lamborn encouraged students to participate in the Congressional Art Competition, which currently has Colorado student-produced fine art on display in Washington D.C.

He said handing out the Constitution to students is an important step for their future.

September 5, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Lamborn released this statement after President Donald Trump made his announcement pertaining to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

June 27, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Lamborn has issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision regarding Trinity Lutheran, a significant religious freedom case:

April 6, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Lamborn released a statement following the Senate's confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to sit on the United States Supreme Court:

January 31, 2017 Press Release

Congressmen Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Mike Coffman (CO-06), Ken Buck (CO-04), and Scott Tipton (CO-03) released the following statement in response to President Trump's nominating Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court: 

December 8, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Lamborn released the following statement after the House voted to consider articles of impeachment for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen:

"The IRS intentionally and systematically used their position of power to target conservative groups based on their political beliefs. Though John Koskinen was brought in to restore the trust of the American people, he has continued to withhold evidence, ignore subpoenas, and stonewall congressional investigations into the IRS targeting scandal.

September 27, 2016 Press Release


Congressman Doug Lamborn has introduced H.R. 6086, the Protect Religious Expression Against Censorship and Harassment (PREACH) Act. 

July 12, 2016 Press Release

The Separation of Powers Restoration Act scales back the Chevron deference, which requires courts to defer to interpretations of the federal agencies tasked with enforcing a statute. The act restores the separation of powers by requiring de novo review of agency action for all relevant questions of law, including Constitutional and statutory interpretation.

Congressman Lamborn stated:

"I am very pleased that the Separation of Powers Restoration Act passed the House of Representatives today.