Lamborn Statement on Texas bid for Army Training Site

June 8, 2009
Press Release

Washington, May 29 -

"This is an unfortunate, but not unexpected development. It was only a matter of time before other states’ congressional delegations started vying for the Army’s attention.


"The Army is looking to invest $140 million to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuvering Site (PCMS) and hire 100 new, full-time, permanent staff for the site, resulting in a combined payroll and operations budget of $9 million a year. This is a very attractive prospect for any state, particularly when the economy is still so fragile.


"I invite Senators Udall and Bennet to work with me and Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-06) and others around the state in supporting the PCMS expansion. Army officials have given sworn testimony to Congress stating that they will not take any land by eminent domain. They only want to deal with willing sellers, whose right to sell or lease land must be respected.


"The Army remains committed to PCMS, but Senator Hutchison’s move makes it crystal clear that if Colorado doesn’t reciprocate that commitment, other states are willing to step in." – Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)