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.
More on Constitution
Washington, D.C. – Today is the National Day of Prayer. This year marks 70 years since Reverend Billy Graham stood on the capitol steps in February 1952 and called for Congress and the president to establish a day of prayer. By April of that year, President Truman signed the legislation into law. Today, Americans across the country will gather to lift our country up in prayer.
Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) released its 50th Annual Federal Rating of Congress. It announced that Congressman Doug Lamborn is among the recipients of ACUF's Award for Conservative Excellence. In the second session of the 116th Congress, Congressman Lamborn earned 96% for the 2020 session and carried an average over his thirteen years in Congress of 96.57%.
Washington, D.C.- This evening, President Joe Biden, whose first 100-days in office have been nothing more than broken promises, radical policy, and empty rhetoric, delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress.
Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Lamborn and Congressman Duncan led a letter to Secretary Cardona, at the United States Department of Education opposing the American History and Civics Education grant program and “Proposed Priority 1 – Projects That
Washington, D.C. – Today, the United States House of Representatives voted on a bill to federalize our nation’s election system. This legislation would create a 6:1 funding match to Congressional campaigns for any small donor contribution of $200 or less. This legislation legalizes ballot harvesting and weaponizes the Federal Election Commission by changing it from a six-member board to a partisan five-member board.
Washington, D.C.- This week, Representatives Lamborn, Banks, and Herrell filed a resolution condemning the leftwing biases and partisan censorship by big tech companies. The resolution specifically focuses on the actions of Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Amazon. It highlights Twitter’s censorship of the New York Post, and the censuring of President Trump, Trump War Room, The Daily Citizen, Catholic World Report’s, Mike Lindell, and General Flynn. The resolution also highlights how Apple, Amazon, and Google removed social media application Parler from its services.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the United States House of Representatives will vote on an impeachment resolution of President Donald John Trump. This resolution would impeach the President based on a charge of “incitement of insurrection”. Their resolution has broken all precedent by bypassing Judiciary hearings and debate- instead being rushed to the full House of Representatives for a vote. In the President’s own words, he called for people to march to the Capitol building to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the United States House of Representatives voted on a sense of Congress that Vice President Pence should invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office. The 25th Amendment is intended to be invoked in instances when the President is incapacitated, not as a political tool. Speaker Pelosi’s rationale for supporting this resolution did not include any mention of the President being incapable of holding office. The 25th Amendment requires a majority of the cabinet and 2/3rds vote in both the U.S.
Washington, D.C. – On January 6, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate will convene in a joint session to certify, count, and declare the official results of the election. The United States Constitution provides Congress with the responsibility to certify or reject electors after each Presidential election. Historically, there is precedent for Congress to reject electors. In 2005, Senator Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Jones (D-OH) contested the 2004 Bush Election.