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.- Congressman Lamborn joined Congressman Chip Roy, Senator Marco Rubio, and bicameral legislators in sending a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig regarding the IRS’s recent denial of tax-exempt status to a Christian nonprofit.
David Bitton – The Gazette
The military career of a Buckley Space Force Base commander remains in limbo after comments he made on a podcast last month got him in hot water.
Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was relieved of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron after promoting his self-published book, which asserts a neo-Marxist agenda in the military.
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Lamborn was recognized as a “Notable Leader” by 21Wilberforce, a Christian human rights organization dedicated to defending universal rights of religion, belief, and conscience. This award was only given to 39 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and recognizes Congressman Lamborn’s extensive record protecting religious freedom around the globe.
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