Representative Douglas 'Doug' L. Lamborn's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Douglas 'Doug' L. Lamborn
Current Office: U.S. House - District 5, Republican
First Elected: 11/07/2006
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 5
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Jeanie; 5 Children
Birth Date: 05/24/1954
Birth Place: Leavenworth, KS
Home City: Colorado Springs, CO
Religion: Christian
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Fights for the Unborn. 23 January 2008. "Elective abortion, a tragic practice, is the most common medical procedure performed in the United States. Let me repeat: Abortion is the most common medical procedure performed in the United States, and is perpetuated by a perverse logic that the life of an unplanned child is somehow not of the same value as that of any other child [¦] Tonight, I mourn the 50 million American lives cut short by abortion, and pray that God continues to protect and strengthen those touched by this tragic practice. I will be among those working to end it." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Doug Lamborn in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Fights for the Unborn. 23 January 2008. "Elective abortion, a tragic practice, is the most common medical procedure performed in the United States. Let me repeat: Abortion is the most common medical procedure performed in the United States, and is perpetuated by a perverse logic that the life of an unplanned child is somehow not of the same value as that of any other child. [¦] Tonight, I mourn the 50 million American lives cut short by abortion, and pray that God continues to protect and strengthen those touched by this tragic practice. I will be among those working to end it." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Fights Taxpayer-Funded Abortions. 21 October 2009. "As hardworking taxpayers struggle to pay their bills in the worst economy of the last quarter century, it is outrageous that they should now also be forced to pay for abortions under proposed health care reform. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center shows that support for abortion is on the decline in this country. The extreme pro-choice agenda is out of step with the views of the Americans people. As we work toward health care reform, we must create a plan that protects all human life and reflects the values of the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Abortion. 21 January 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of the sanctity of all human life. Last Friday, in a bipartisan effort that I initiated, 78 Members of Congress sent a letter urging President Obama to continue the Mexico City Policy, which separates abortion and family planning in America's foreign aid programs. [¦] We strongly urge President Obama not to go down this road by forcing American taxpayers to pay for abortions overseas. We urge you, Mr. President, do not get rid of the Mexico City policy." (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Doug Lamborn a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Postion: Pro-Life Issues. 12 September 2011. "Congressman Lamborn believes human life begins at conception, also know as fertilization, and ends at natural death. He has worked tirelessly throughout his 12 years in the state legislature and into his second year in Congress defending the right to life of the unborn and those facing euthanasia. In Congress also, Congressman Lamborn is a staunch supporter of life. Various amendments and bills he has co-sponsored and letters he has written are described below. These include the Right to Life Act, declaring the unborn as persons from the moment of fertilization, the Parental Notification and Intervention Act of 2007, and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lives Lost to Abortion. 23 January 2012. "Mr. Speaker, I rise this evening in recognition of the over 55 million American lives lost to abortion since the passage of Roe v. Wade 39 years ago. [¦] Every human life has inherent value because he or she is made in the image of God. I will continue to fight for the right to life for America's youngest pre-born citizens and for freeing taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortions." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Douglas Lamhorn. Lamborn Statement on President's Proposal to Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan. 22 June 2011. "Having just visited our troops in Afghanistan two weeks ago, I have some concerns about that country's ability to defend against the Taliban and other terrorist groups. While the Afghan national army and police are growing in number and developing the professionalism necessary to secure their country, they still need assistance from U.S. Forces." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamhorn. Issue Position: Safety & Security. 12 September 2011. "U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is necessary to maintain our security. Congressman Lamborn believes strongly that we must not lose our resolve to win the Global War on Terror in Washington as politicians and political groups bicker for partisan gain. This would do a tremendous disservice to those who have sacrificed so much." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Doug Lamborn voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Douglas Lamborn. CSPAN "Washington Journal" “ Transcript. 13 September 2011. "I'm really concerned if we have to sequester money, we are going to take an already-stretched thin defense budget and stretch it even thinner. In the last two years, President Barack Obama has cut defense by $408 billion and that was while the rest of the domestic budget increased by 20 percent. So, I think defense has already been cut too much to date." (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Stands Firm for Spending Cuts Rejects Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling. 1 August 2011. "The possibility that serious defense cuts could happen under certain conditions concerns me greatly. I don't want to in any way to allow even the possibility of huge reductions in our military capacity." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Fights for Our Troops Rejects Reid Bill that Would Devastate Armed Forces. 1 August 2011. "Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) today voted against Senator Reid's Budget Control Act. The House rejected the bill in a bipartisan vote of 246 to 173 [¦] 'I am especially concerned that it reduces defense spending to dangerous levels. Congress' first constitutional duty is to defend America. Senator Reid's defense cuts will leave us with a hollow force and constitute an abandonment of that sacred trust. Beyond crippling our military, the Reid bill could force Congress to break faith with the brave men and women who have endured multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, by altering their benefits.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Doug Lamborn voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Responds To Year-End Spending Bills In The House. 17 December 2009. "National defense is one of the federal government's few Constitutionally-mandated duties. It is necessary spending to protect the welfare of our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Fights for Our Troops Rejects Reid Bill that Would Devastate Armed Forces. 1 August 2011. "I am especially concerned that it [Reid's Budget Control Act] reduces defense spending to dangerous levels. Congress' first constitutional duty is to defend America. Senator Reid's defense cuts will leave us with a hollow force and constitute an abandonment of that sacred trust. Beyond crippling our military, the Reid bill could force Congress to break faith with the brave men and women who have endured multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, by altering their benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Stands Firm for Spending Cuts Rejects Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling. 1 August 2011. "The possibility that serious defense cuts could happen under certain conditions concerns me greatly. I don't want to in any way to allow even the possibility of huge reductions in our military capacity." p://votesmart.org/speech_detail.php?sc_id=694711.
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Leads Fight to Restore Defense Cuts. 17 February 2011. "The Pentagon has already been tasked with finding $100 billion in savings through greater efficiencies. On top of that, the White House is calling for $78 billion in defense cuts over the next five years. While I wholeheartedly support finding cost savings through efficiencies in all areas of the federal government, including defense, I will resist any actions that would compromise our nation's qualitative edge when it comes to national defense." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 95 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Douglas Lamborn, pledge to the taxpayers of the 5th district of the state of Colorado and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Position: Taxes & Economic Issues. "Congressman Lamborn has pledged never to vote to increase taxes and he has been faithful to that pledge during his entire thirteen-year career in public office--both federal and state. In fact, when Congressman Lamborn was in the state legislature, he was the Senate sponsor of the largest tax cut in Colorado history." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Position: taxes and Spending. "Congressman Lamborn supports making the Bush tax cuts permanent, repealing the death tax, getting rid of the Alternative Minimum Tax, reforming Social Security by allowing personal accounts, across the board spending cuts in discretionary spending, balancing the budget, instituting a flat tax, shifting to a sales tax if the income tax can be constitutionally repealed, and numerous other tax and spending reforms." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Fights for Extension of Bush Tax Cuts for All Americans. 2 December 2010. "I am a cosponsor of numerous bills in the House that would ease the tax burden on Coloradans, including H.R. 4746, the Taxpayer Certainty Act. This bill would prevent these pending tax increases and further uncertainty for families and small business owners trying to create jobs. I know small business will be the economic engine driving our country into full economic recovery. They would suffer terrible damage should their taxes go up. If we want to get Americans back to work, raising taxes is not the solution." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 91 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Douglas Lamhorn. Issue Position: Taxes & Economic Issues. 12 September 2011. "As a fiscal conservative and an advocate of pro-growth free-market society, Congressman Lamborn understands the need to reduce government spending. Since his arrival in Washington, Congressman Lamborn has been dedicated to lowering taxes and minimizing government regulations to maintain a business-friendly economic environment and allow for a vibrant economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamhorn. Lamborn Reads From Constitution on House Floor. 7 January 2011. "Immediately following the reading of the Constitution, House Republicans put forward a bill to cut the budget of all House Member offices by 5 percent, saving taxpayers about $35 million in 2011. This is an important first step toward cutting our $14 trillion dollar federal debt. As elected officials, we must lead by example. I along with many Americans have been deeply concerned to see our federal government borrow trillions of dollars to vastly expand government payrolls at a time when our small businesses are cutting their budgets and reducing staff. Now that the Republicans are in office, we are making good on our pledge to reduce government spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamhorn. Statement on Lamborn's "No" Vote on Massive Democrat Spending Bill. 28 January 2009. "The Democrat leadership and President Obama think we can tax and spend and go into debt on our way back to prosperity. Throwing money at the problem will not work. Instead, we need swift, across-the-board tax cuts that create jobs and not just another bloated Washington spending spree that over-promises and under-delivers. Democrats claim this stimulus legislation will create or save three million jobs. When you do the math that means he wants to spend about $275,000 per job. The average household income in the U.S. is $50,000 a year. That makes no sense economically. " (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Statement On Compromise Spending Bill. 11 February 2009. "I am disappointed that the compromise stimulus package which is emerging from close-door sessions today is still primarily pork, and not a real job creations bill as originally intended. There is a missed opportunity here. I would have liked to deliver to the president a bill concentrating on spending for roads and bridges, combined with tax cuts for middle-class families and small businesses. Unfortunately, it looks like the Democrats will pass a bill that is little more than a wish list of liberal pet projects." (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Doug Lamborn voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Doug Lamborn voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Votes No on So-Called Stimulus Bill. 13 February 2009. "This spending bill is a sorry substitute for a comprehensive economic stimulus plan to help American families and businesses. My constituents are looking to Congress for real solutions. Instead, the Democrats have delivered them a big government spending spree. The bottom line is this -- the Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will actually weaken our nation's long-term economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Doug Lamborn a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamhorn. Lamborn Backs Plan to Cut Spending. 29 July 2011. "I would prefer deeper spending cuts. But I am glad for the possibility of putting more fiscal discipline for Congress into the Constitution. This is the only way we can control spending and make sure that the American dream survives for our children and grandchildren. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Statement on Long-Term CBO Outlook. 22 June 2011. "Since President Obama came into office, we have had nothing but bad economic news. This latest report is just one of many dismal reports on our nation's staggering federal debt and its dire consequences for job creation. The CBO's long-term outlook is sobering. It notes that the federal debt held by the public has nearly doubled since 2008 and is now almost 70 percent of our entire economy. If Congress does not put an end to this out-of-control spending, the CBO warns the debt will lead to 'lower economic growth', in other words, continued high unemployment for years to come. American families want Washington to cut spending and grow the economy by eliminating excess regulations and burdensome taxes that are crushing our small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Taxes. "Working Americans need and deserve a fairer and simpler way to keep more of their hard earned money. I believe we need sweeping reform of our tax code that will give Americans more control of their money and help incentivize individuals and job creators to invest in our economy [¦] America's corporate tax rate is the highest in the industrialized world. This unnecessarily high tax rate encourages businesses to send American jobs overseas. I support tax reform that would cut the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent to ensure that entrepreneurs can remain competitive and create more jobs at home. We can have a fairer, simpler tax code that will raise overall revenues and create jobs [¦] In 2012, I supported the House-passed H.R. 6169, the Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012.This bill puts forward sound principles for passing comprehensive tax reform in the 113th Congress. When combined with common sense spending cuts, this tax reform proposal will lead to the creation of 1 million jobs in the first year alone." (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Give Incentives for Free Markets, Not Bailouts. 1 December 2008. "Congressman Doug Lamborn has introduced legislation to bring free market incentives to help the troubled auto industry. HR 7298 would offer consumers a $10,000 tax deduction when they purchase a new vehicle with final assembly in the United States. 'That's a significant savings for a family, and it may be just the incentive they need to help them purchase a new vehicle. My bill is not a panacea for our country's economic challenges, rather an attempt to offer up a substantive alternative to another taxpayer bailout. As everyone knows, automakers aren't selling cars. Instead of writing them a check, my bill could help them move inventory.' Additionally, HR 7298 would help small businesses by giving them more generous tax incentives for buying vehicles and durable goods such as computers and software. Under Section 179 of the federal tax code, expensing limits would double, going from $250,000 to $500,000. The higher, phase-out amount also increases. This bill would lock in the new tax savings for small businesses by making these new, higher limits permanent, and indexed to inflation." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Position: Education. 19 September 2011. "I [also] believe that the federal government's efforts to regulate our nation's public education system, while well-meaning, can contribute to the problem. Our great country is too large and too diverse for a one-size-fits-all approach to education. The role of the federal government must be very limited and federal funding should be distributed through block grants with few or no strings attached." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Position: Education. 19 September 2011. "I also believe that the federal government's efforts to regulate our nation's public education system, while well-meaning, can contribute to the problem. Our great country is too large and too diverse for a one-size-fits-all approach to education. The role of the federal government must be very limited and federal funding should be distributed through block grants with few or no strings attached." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Doug Lamborn. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Pushes 'Drill Smart' Energy Bills to Increase Offshore American Energy. 31 March 2011. "It's time to put Americans back to work producing American energy. We have the people, we have the resources. We just need to get the government out of the way and allow our people to drill smart. These common sense bills will increase oil and gas permits in the Gulf of Mexico. They will require lease sales to be held that were canceled or delayed by the Obama Administration and direct production to occur in areas with the most oil and natural gas resources, as documented by seismic data." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Calls for Lift of Six-Month Deepwater Oil Drilling Ban. 16 June 2010. "President Obama's moratorium was rejected by his own panel of engineering experts, who stated that ˜it will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation's economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill.' While our first priority must be to stop the leak and protect the environment, we must not turn a disastrous environmental situation into an even greater economic disaster. Offshore drilling provides 30 percent of U.S. oil production and is the second largest source of revenue to the federal government at $6 billion annually, and has a direct employment of 150,000 individuals. Just as you wouldn't shut down the airline industry while a single plane crash is investigated, you don't shut down the offshore drilling industry at this time." (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Roll Call - Lamborn: Energy Key to Economic Recovery. 8 February 2011. "Unfortunately, the [Obama] administration released a budget last week that anticipates a huge drop in revenue from new Outer Continental Shelf leases. The only way revenue would decline is if less of the OCS is offered for leasing for energy production. In fact, the administration anticipates that over the next five years lease revenues will drop below what they were estimated to be in fiscal 2009 -- when a Congressional moratorium was in place. This means the Obama administration's current policies are more restrictive on offshore energy development than the previous moratorium!" (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Energy Bill Passes House with Bipartisan Support. 16 February 2012. "'This bill puts America on a path toward energy independence. We need a better energy policy in our country, and this bill is a start. The Obama Administration's no-energy policies have caused energy prices to skyrocket in this country. It is time we begin accessing our vast American energy reserves.' [¦] The plan would require the Administration to move forward with new offshore energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources “ including the Atlantic Coast, Pacific Coast and portions of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. It requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that have been delayed or cancelled." (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Doug Lamborn voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Doug Lamborn voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States. 1 March 2011. "In light of continuing instability in the Middle East and in North Africa, we write today to urge your Administration's immediate action to ensure America's energy security by expediting the permitting process for safe offshore energy exploration and development without further delay." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Calls for Lift of Six-Month Deepwater Oil Drilling Ban. 16 June 2010. "President Obama's moratorium was rejected by his own panel of engineering experts, who stated that 'it will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation's economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill.' While our first priority must be to stop the leak and protect the environment, we must not turn a disastrous environmental situation into an even greater economic disaster. Offshore drilling provides 30 percent of U.S. oil production and is the second largest source of revenue to the federal government at $6 billion annually, and has a direct employment of 150,000 individuals. Just as you wouldn't shut down the airline industry while a single plane crash is investigated, you don't shut down the offshore drilling industry at this time." (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of Environment America 7 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Doug Lamborn voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Supports Colorado Businesses. 10 June 2010. "I am disappointed that Colorado's two U.S. Senators have once again sided with the extreme environmentalists within the Obama Administration. Senators Udall and Bennet today voted to give the Environmental Protection Agency free rein to regulate greenhouse gases, without any Congressional input. This is yet another job-killer that will hit Colorado businesses with higher energy taxes. With one-in-ten workers unemployed, Washington should be doing everything to support the job-creating sector, not put a strangle-hold on it. America needs pro-growth policies that create jobs, not higher taxes and burdensome regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Introduces Resolution to Raise Concern over an International Climate Change Treaty. 10 December 2009. "I am concerned that any job-killing, cap-and-tax style treaty could seriously harm American families and small businesses. Our economy is facing a skyrocketing national debt and 10 percent unemployment. We must reject any attempt by international bureaucrats to stifle economic growth with a massive energy tax or by huge transfers of wealth from the U.S. to other countries." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Letter to The Honorable Hillary Clinton. 10 December 2010. "We state categorically that we will do anything and everything within our power to prevent cap-and-trade legislation as it is currently proposed from ever becoming law in the United States." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Douglas Lamborn. LAMBORN HAILS SUPREME COURT RULING ON GUN RIGHTS. 28 June 2010. "The Supreme Court today reaffirmed that the right to bear arms applies everywhere in the country, and cannot be stripped away by state or local governments. For the past 50 years, gun owners have faced the constant threat of politicians trying to undermine their rights. This ruling should put an end to those efforts once and for all. I am grateful for the majority on the court correctly applying the Constitution to this case and adhering to the intent of our Founding Fathers. (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Doug Lamborn a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Doug Lamborn in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Position: Protecting Our 2nd Amendment Rights. 12 September 2011. "Congressman Lamborn is continuing the fight against liberal interpretations of the Constitution by judges and lawmakers that infringe upon our gun rights. He opposes gun owner databases, restrictions on weapons based on appearance, and discrimination against handguns." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Position: Protecting Gun Rights. "The Second Amendment [...] is one of our nation's most fundamental and vital protections. There is no clause restricting or qualifying this right, or limiting it to target practice and hunting. The right to defend one's self and one's family applies to every American." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Seeks to Improve Public Awareness of Gun Rights. 8 June 2012. "This case makes crystal clear the right to own a firearm applies to individuals and not just to organized militias. For decades, opponents of our Second Amendment rights have tried to chip away at this fundamental right. If we are to remain a free people, we must be vigilant and knowledgeable about ongoing attempts to undermine our rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamhorn. Issue Position: Protecting Our 2nd Amendment Rights. 12 September 2011. "Congressman Lamborn recently led a congressional effort to oppose regulations proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These would have expanded prohibitive and unnecessary protections provided to employees engaged in the manufacture, storage, sale, transportation, handling, and use of explosives, including small arms ammunition. As a result of these efforts, OSHA decided against a one size fits all approach harmful to the gun industry." (votesmart.org)
  • Doulas Lamhorn. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. 16 Septmeber 2011. "The right to keep and bear arms is one of our most fundamental Constitutional protections. Congressman Lamborn will defend this right to the utmost, as he has done into his second year in Congress and throughout his 12 years in the state legislature. Another way that Congressman Lamborn has shown leadership on this vital issue is in July, 2007, when he organized a number of conservative Congressmen to join him in a letter to the director of OSHA. At the time, OSHA was proposing ill-considered regulations that would have the made small arms ammunition much more difficult to buy and sell at the retail level. After receiving this letter, OSHA immediately threw out the proposed regulations. The NRA acknowledged Lamborn's leading role on this problem in news updates to its members. Lamborn was also a leader on the gun rights issue at the state level. He introduced successful legislation creating the Shooting Range Protection Act, which gives existing shooting ranges protection even when development may spring up later around them. He introduced shall-issue concealed carry permit legislation, although other legislation ultimately became enacted. He supported gun manufactures' liability exemption, preemption of restrictive local government regulations, and many other measures defending the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Doug Lamborn. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Doug Lamborn voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Statement On The Passage Of Healthcare Reform Bill. 22 M/rch 2010. "This fight is not over. I vow to do all I can to repeal or defund this constitutionally suspect bill. We must and we will take back our country." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Position: Health Care. "My Republican colleagues and I listened to you and pledged to repeal ObamaCare because it increases costs, explodes the deficit, raises taxes, hurts job-creators, and “ most importantly “ gives the government control over personal health care decisions. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to defund ObamaCare or otherwise take legislative steps to restrict its implementation." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling. 28 June 2012. "If ObamaCare is not repealed, it will continue to be a drag on the economy and prevent us from returning to full employment. My Republican colleagues and I are focused on helping grow the economy, and we cannot do that with ObamaCare standing in the way. This unfortunate ruling makes the stakes all that much higher for this November's election. It is absolutely essential that Congress repeal ObamaCare so that we can get back to economic growth and job creation in this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Votes to Repeal Obamacare. 11 July 2012. "We can fix what is wrong with healthcare through patient-centered reforms that are targeted, and affordable. But first, we must protect our freedoms and the economy by repealing Obamacare." (lamborn.house.gov)

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  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Doug Lamborn in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Doug Lamborn voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Doug Lamborn in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamhorn. Congressman Lamborn Announces Establishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in Colorado Springs. 18 January 2008. "I will not support amnesty in any form and will continue my fight to ensure that illegal immigrants are not rewarded with benefits or citizenship at the expense of law-abiding American taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamhorn. Pikes Peak Courier View - Lamborn Comes to Woodland. 7 February 2011. "Lamborn said he is in favor of fencing out illegal immigrants, in favor of guest worker programs that aren't pathways to citizenship and asks that we enforce immigration laws already on the books." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Statement on President Obama's New Immigration Policy. 15 June 2012. "President Obama today announced that his administration will stop deporting and begin giving work permits to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) criticized President Obama's announcement in the statement below. 'This latest abuse of power by President Obama and his administration is a slap in the face to all American citizens who believe in the rule of law and the Constitution. By unilaterally adopting portions of the DREAM Act, which Congress did not approve, President Obama has shown reckless disregard for the democratic process and for the rule of law.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift [¦] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Doulas Lamhorn. Issue Position: Immigration Reform. 12 September 2011. "Amnesty should not be allowed because it sends a wrong message to those who are going through the proper, legal channels to gain citizenship. Also, amnesty was tried in the 1980's and has not worked. Indeed the problem has only gotten worse." (votesmart.org)

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  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Position: Pro-Family Issues. 16 September 2011. "Our Judeo-Christian heritage is under attack from those who think that freedom of religion means freedom from religion. One bill that protects our religious heritage is the Public Protection Act of 2007, which Lamborn has co-sponsored. Protecting the Pledge of Allegiance is one of many traditional values that Congressman Lamborn supports in Congress, as well as throughout his years in the state legislature. While in the state legislature he showed leadership by being the Senate sponsor of a successful bill requiring school districts to allow students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. He showed leadership by being on the conference committee when Colorado adopted the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents other states from forcing Colorado to adopt their alternative definitions of marriage." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Doug Lamborn in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Doug Lamborn voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Doug Lamborn. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Doug Lamborn voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Lamborn Statement on Defense of Marriage Act. 23 February 2011. "I believe President Obama is letting his liberal biases and preferences get in the way of sound, considered legal judgment. He is also insulting every state in the country that passed the Defense of Marriage Act through democratic processes, including Colorado." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Position: Pro-Family Issues. 16 September 2011. "Our Judeo-Christian heritage is under attack from those who think that freedom of religion means freedom from religion. One bill that protects our religious heritage is the Public Protection Act of 2007, which Lamborn has co-sponsored. Protecting the Pledge of Allegiance is one of many traditional values that Congressman Lamborn supports in Congress, as well as throughout his years in the state legislature. While in the state legislature he showed leadership by being the Senate sponsor of a successful bill requiring school districts to allow students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. He [also] showed leadership by being on the conference committee when Colorado adopted the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents other states from forcing Colorado to adopt their alternative definitions of marriage." (votesmart.org)

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  • John Ingold. Denver Post: Supermax case shows perils of civilian terror trials. 5 October 2011. "Lamborn believes terrorists should be tried in military tribunals. He contends that the danger terror suspects pose necessitates different treatment from regular criminal defendants. 'I believe there is a difference between fighting a war and prosecuting a crime,' he said." (blogs.denverpost.com)
  • Doug Lamborn. 2009 Press Releases: Lamborn Statement on Anniversary of September 11th Terrorist Attacks. 11 September 2009. "It is essential that Americans always remember that day. With the passage of time, evil that was once clearly evident appears less so. We must teach our children that the enemy is real and cannot be ignored. This day serves as an opportunity to share with our families our love of country and our unwavering commitment to protecting it. I believe one way we can show of that commitment is to fully equip our troops with what they need to defeat the enemy. That should include funding for a robust missile defense system in Europe to protect America and her allies from rogue nations such as Iran and North Korea. Our children need to hear of the heroic acts of the brave firefighters and emergency rescue crews on that day. When you pray, remember those families who lost loved ones that day. This is no time to let down our guard. This is a day to stiffen our resolve to fight the enemy, wherever he may be." (lamborn.house.gov)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Doug Lamborn supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 10 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Douglas Lamborn. Issue Position: Taxes and Spending. 19 September 2011. "Congressman Lamborn supports making the Bush tax cuts permanent, repealing the death tax, getting rid of the Alternative Minimum Tax, reforming Social Security by allowing personal accounts, across the board spending cuts in discretionary spending, balancing the budget, instituting a flat tax, shifting to a sales tax if the income tax can be constitutionally repealed, and numerous other tax and spending reforms." (votesmart.org)

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