The President's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Infrastructure Principles

February 12, 2018
Press Release

Representative Doug Lamborn (CO-05) released the following statement on the President's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Infrastructure Principles:

"Not only must we rebuild our nation's existing infrastructure, but we must develop innovative projects to make it the best it can be. Communities across the country will benefit from safer, more reliable roads, highways, and bridges. These aren't the only impacts on our daily lives, though. Our broken permit system is one example. Streamlining it to, ideally, no more than two years but maintaining a high quality of work will reduce costs and unleash private investments.

My work on the Natural Resources Committee leads me to believe we must steward our environmental treasures well. This week I will chair a Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans hearing on fostering a water and power "renaissance" to improve our aging infrastructure. We can, once again, became as great a nation as ever before.

I'm writing and reviewing legislation to promote all these initiatives, and I'll continue to discuss strategies with the White House. These programs are too important to delay. The goal here is to deliver on long-term reform that will help future generations.

The President's priorities in his outlined budget promote a healthy American economy and curb wasteful Washington spending. He has called for an increased investment into our national defense strategy. I've always said rebuilding the military is important not only for the safety of our nation, but also for the men and women in uniform protecting us. Thousands of service members in my own district will get their highest pay raise in eight years. They need resources to do their jobs well and this administration takes that seriously. The budget also addresses other issues we must address as a nation: battling the opioid epidemic, strengthening border security, reforming Medicare, eliminating funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and funding infrastructure improvements. I will work with my colleagues to ensure we provide sensible legislation for these issues."

Rep. Lamborn's legislation, H.R. 726 and H.R. 727, cuts superfluous spending on programs such as NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.