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
WASHINGTON – Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) – House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness Ranking Member – delivered the following opening statement at a subcommittee hearing on “Investing in an Organic Industrial Base to Support Service Modernization Plans.”
Remarks as prepared for delivery:
"The organic industrial base is a vital and important part of our readiness and ultimately our national security.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the United States House of Representatives voted on two pieces of legislation that would provide mass amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the United States. This comes at a time when our Customs and Border Patrol agents and our immigration system are completely overwhelmed. Even more concerning, illegal immigrants are being released into America even after testing positive for COVID-19. The first bill, H.R. 6 would provide green cards and a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, including violent gang members.
Colorado Springs, CO - Today, Congressman Doug Lamborn announced that fifty students from Colorado's Fifth Congressional District would receive a nomination from his office to one of the following U.S. Service Academies: U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. This year's fifty nominees were selected based on meeting or exceeding Congressman Lamborn's rigorous selection process.
Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Department of the Defense Inspector General announced an investigation into the basing decision for the location of the U.S. Space Command headquarters.
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement after reviewing the scores from the Department of the Air Force’s selection process regarding the permanent headquarters for U.S. Space Command:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Lamborn sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting the organization evaluate the methodology and scoring of the Department of the Air Force’s decision making process regarding the permanent headquarters for U.S. Space Command. The GAO is a legislative branch agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for the United States Congress. The letter asks for GAO to review the process and produce a report to Congress.
Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Doug Lamborn announced an addition to his Washington D.C. staff, the first-ever United States Space Force Congressional Fellow, Major Chris Brown. Major Brown is an active-duty officer in the United States Space Force and will serve on the congressman’s defense team for the 2021 calendar year.
Washington, D.C.- Today, the Department of the Air Force officially announced the decision to move U.S. Space Command from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Huntsville, Alabama. U.S. Space Command was created in 1985 and remained in Colorado Springs until 2002, when it was deactivated. It was reestablished in Colorado Springs in 2019 and has been located there ever since.
Washington, D.C. – Today the United States House of Representatives voted to overturn the veto on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). President Trump vetoed the NDAA over concerns with the lack of a repeal of Section 230. The NDAA includes nearly $1 billion for defense programs in Colorado’s Fifth District.
Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement: