Also Votes to Cut Congressional Spending Allowance
On the first full day of legislative business in the new Congress, Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) participated in a historic reading of the U.S. Constitution on the House Floor. This marks the first time in the 221 year history of Congress that the foundational document of the country been read aloud in the House chamber.
Lamborn read the first paragraph of Article VII, the article that defines the process for ratification of the Constitution.
"The Ratification of the Conventions on nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same."
"It was exciting to be part of a historical moment in the history of the House. I hope and pray that this is just the beginning of a renewed allegiance to the Constitution by all Americans, Congress included." -Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
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."-- Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Note:Congressman Lamborn has already introduced two bills aimed at cutting spending in the new Congress. HR. 68 would eliminate federal subsidies for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the parent organization for National Public Radio (NPR). H.R. 69 would eliminate federal subsidies only for NPR. Lamborn previously introduced these bills in the 111th Congress.
· Lamborn voted in favor of a new house rule requiring every piece of legislation introduced in the House to cite a constitutional authority for the proposed law.
· Lamborn cosponsored H.J.Res. 2 proposing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
· Lamborn is an original cosponsor of legislation to prohibit federal funds from bailing out state public pension funds.