Colorado’s Fifth District is the proud home to one of our nation’s most military-intensive congressional districts and to more than 100,000 veterans who have served our country with distinction and honor. My goal as a member of the House Armed Services Committee is to advocate on behalf of our troops. I am dedicated to fighting for better pay and full funding for our troops so that they can receive the best training and equipment available.
Developing the United States’ missile defense system is one of my highest priorities. While mutually assured destruction kept tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union relatively quiet during the Cold War, the international dynamic has changed. Key players from rogue nations, such as Kim Jong Un and Rouhani, are dangerously less predictable and more vocal about their military intents.
While some in Congress are trying to cut funding for missile defense projects, I will continue to support the funding of current missile defense programs and the development of new technology and development. As co-founder of the Missile Defense Caucus, I recognize the importance of a strong missile defense system. Right now, our military has only a limited defense capability in the event of a threat. Self-declared enemies of America already have some missile capability and our eastern seaboard is largely unguarded from ship-launched missiles.
The terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 forever changed our world. In response, Congress created the Department of Homeland Security. Congress continues to play a critical role in ensuring our laws are up-to-date with the ever-changing terrorist threats from around the world.
We must ensure that our federal agents have the most effective tools possible to keep our citizens safe. Good intelligence is key to our safety, not only here at home, but also for our deployed soldiers and diplomats around the globe.
Of course, in monitoring those who would do us harm, we must protect the privacy rights of American citizens. Through good oversight, I believe Congress can write laws that will allow us to aggressively pursue terrorists and their supporters while still maintaining the rights afforded to us in our Constitution.
Congressman Lamborn with a Blackhawk Helicopter crew from the Colorado Army
National Guard Unit based at Buckley AFB.
Congressman Lamborn meets with Colorado soldiers serving in Afghanistan on a congressional trip to study security issues.
Major Defense and National Security Legislation
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
I added several amendments to this year's NDAA, several of which were adopted into the House version of the bill:
- Amendment 286: Protect Northcom
- Amendment 119R1 and 289: Anti-Tunneling
- Amendment 62: New Senior DE Official
- Amendment 287R1: Commercial Space
- Amendment 288: Aviation Museum
- Amendment 198: Iran Military Power Report
- Amendment 309: Iran Heavy Water
- Amendment 61R2: New START
- Amendment 206R1: Cyber Hardening
- Amendment 303: GMD Review Amendment
Cosponsored National Security Legislation
H.R. 4126 - Guantanamo Transfer Prevention Act
H.R. 3573 - Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act
H.R. 3314 - Resettlement Accountability National Security Act of 2015
H.R. 2937 - Cuban Military Transparency Act
H.R. 401 - Detaining Terrorists to Protect America Act of 2015
H.R. 1614 - State Partnership Program Enhancement Act of 2015
H.R. 3662, the Down Payment to Protect National Security Act
Previous Congresses - Introduced Legislation
- H.R.2348 (112th) - EMP Weapons Accountability Assessment Act to require the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report on the foreign development of electromagnetic pulse weapons.
- H.RES.692 (112th) – Resolution to recognize the 30th Anniversary of the United States Air Force Space Command headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
- H.AMDT.1131 to H.R.4310 - Amendment to limit the availability of funds for Cooperative Threat Reduction activities with Russia until the Secretary of Defense can certify that Russia is no longer supporting the Syrian regime and is not providing to Syria, North Korea or Iran any equipment or technology that contributes to the development of weapons of mass destruction.
Previous Congresses Cosponsored Legislation
- H.R. 2348 Weapons Accountability Assessment Act - Requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to the congressional intelligence and defense committees on the research, development, testing, and deployment programs of foreign countries relating to electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons and associated delivery systems and platforms. Directs that such report identify each country pursuing an EMP weapons program and describe the scope of each such program.
More on National Security
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Colorado Springs, Colorado - Today in Colorado Springs, a ceremony was held to recognize the establishment of U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base. General Raymond, the newly-confirmed commander of U.S. Space Command, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford were in attendance along with many other dignitaries and elected officials.
After the ceremony, Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:
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Colorado Springs, Colorado - Rep. Doug Lamborn, Ranking Member of the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the diversion of military construction funds for border security:
Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055
Today, President Trump officially announced the stand-up of U.S. Space Command, which will initially be located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The command will consist of 87 personnel for now, with more infrastructure and personnel being added in time.
In response to the announcement, Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:
Washington D.C. - Today, Wednesday, June 5, the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) reported out their subcommittee’s portion of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The Readiness Subcommittee has the largest portfolio on HASC, with jurisdiction over military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance, military construction, organic industrial base, the civilian and contract workforce, environment, military installations and real property management, family housing, base realignments and closures, and energy.
Washington D.C. - On March 26, President Trump signed the "Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses" to ensure U.S. critical infrastructure is protecting against a weaponized electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or cyber attack.
Congressman Doug Lamborn, co-chair of the Congressional EMP Caucus, issued the following statement:
The plan for expanding the military with a U.S. Space Force is moving forward with an order signed by President Trump this week. It is a step met with approval by Colorado political and economic leaders.
Washington, DC - Members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness hosted a roundtable today with military families who shared their experiences with privatized military housing. Recent reports from military families to the Committee and in the media have raised serious concerns about conditions in some military family housing. This was the third interaction Committee Members or staff have had with military families in recent months.
Washington D.C. - Today the House Armed Services Committee officially announced Members of the Committee and the Chairmen and Ranking Members of each of the Subcommittees. Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05), selected as the Republican Ranking Member on the Readiness Subcommittee, issued the following statement: