Representative Doug Lamborn's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 5, Republican
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Doug Lamborn has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, 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.

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663701/lives-lost-to-abortion#.VW3aSnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Lamborn believes human life begins at conception, also know as fertilization, and ends at natural death." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366830/#.VW3abXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Congressman Lamborn supports making the Bush tax cuts permanent […] instituting a flat tax, shifting to a sales tax if the income tax can be constitutionally repealed, and numerous other tax and spending reforms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366832/issue-position-taxes-and-spending#.VW3a23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • " 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." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15032 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Signed a pledge stating "ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/120111-federalpledgesigners.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • "Americans should not only pay less in taxes, but they should also be spending less money and time filing them." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15032 (lamborn.house.gov)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • "As a fiscal conservative and an advocate of pro-growth free-market society, Congressman Lamborn understands the need to reduce government spending."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366872/issue-position-taxes-economic-issues#.VW3cKnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans should not only pay less in taxes, but they should also be spending less money and time filing them." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15032 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366832/issue-position-taxes-and-spending#.VW3a23UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Congressman Lamborn has long been known as a true fiscal conservative. His best known state legislative achievement was being the Senate sponsor of the biggest tax cut in Colorado history, which saved Colorado taxpayers more than $1 billion in the first five years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366832/issue-position-taxes-and-spending#.VW3a23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans should not only pay less in taxes, but they should also be spending less money and time filing them." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15032 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • " 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." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15032 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366872/issue-position-taxes-economic-issues#.VW3cKnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Cosponsored H.R. 5340 "Local Education Authority Returns (LEARN) Act" http://lamborn.house.gov/education1/ (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "I am deeply concerned by the deterioration of our nation’s public school system. Many of our children receive low-quality education that undermines their potential and threatens our society. I believe our policies should enable parents and local school districts to choose school programs and curriculum that best fit students’ needs." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15035 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "The federal government’s well-intentioned efforts to regulate our nation’s public schools have contributed to problems within our educational system. Our great country is too large and too diverse for a one-size-fits-all approach to education. We must limit the role of the federal government in our classrooms to allow parents and teachers to act in students’ best interest. I also believe we should distribute federal spending in block grants with few or no strings attached." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15035 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366896/issue-position-education#.VW3c7HUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/2698/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VXC62nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone XL pipeline will provide significant economic and national security benefits for the country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/946100/supporting-the-keystone-pipeline/?search=Keystone%20pipeline#.VW3fpHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "President Obama has wasted a golden opportunity to create economic growth and to provide greater energy security by vetoing the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/952319/statement-on-president-obamas-keystone-pipeline-veto/?search=Keystone%20pipeline#.VW3fonUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • The Denver Post "Colorado congressman Doug Lamborn is one of nine House members asking that funds be yanked from programs that finance the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. […] The lawmakers ask that funding in the 2012 budget be eliminated for the Department of Energy's Office of Science and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs because they "have failed to live up to their supposed potential."" http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_18203985 (www.denverpost.com)
  • "We should also be careful to not waste taxpayer money on ill-advised green jobs, as the recent bankruptcy of Solyndra should emphasize." http://lamborn.house.gov/op-eds/lamborn-get-regulations-out-of-job-creators-way/ (lamborn.house.gov)

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  • "The most urgent and immediate solution is to ramp up domestic production of oil and gas right now." http://lamborn.house.gov/energy-environment/ (lamborn.house.gov)

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  • "He opposes gun owner databases, restrictions on weapons based on appearance, and discrimination against handguns." http://lamborn.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=74&sectiontree=13,74 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/2698/doug-lamborn#.VXC8HHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I am unwavering in my support for the right to keep and bear arms. There is no clause restricting or qualifying this right, or limiting it to merely target practice and hunting. The right to defend one’s self and one’s family applies to every American. Please know that I will continue to defend this fundamental constitutional right for you and your families." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15038 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "I believe that the right to bear arms is one of our nation’s most fundamental and vital protections. The Second Amendment rights of Americans are non-negotiable and are not open to infringement."http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15038 (lamborn.house.gov)

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  • "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." http://lamborn.house.gov/health-care/ (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "I want to assure you that I am on the front lines of the fight to defeat this disastrous law. But I don't only want to repeal Obamacare—I want to replace it with an affordable, patient-centered alternative." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15029 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R. 45 "Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/16686/44099/2698/repeals-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-and-health-care-related-provisions-in-the-health-care-and-education-reconciliation-act-of-2010#.VW3g9HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2300 "Empowering Patients First Act of 2015" http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15029 (lamborn.house.gov)

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  • "Amnesty should not be allowed because it sends a wrong message to those who are going through the proper, legal channels to gain citizenship." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366826/issue-position-immigration-reform#.VW3c3XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "In order for our country to thrive, we must reverse the Obama administration’s radical amnesty agenda that has welcomed widespread defiance of our nation’s laws and weakened our national security." http://lamborn.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=15036 (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Lamborn does not support amnesty in any form and will continue to fight to ensure that illegal immigrants are not rewarded with benefits or citizenship at the expense of law-abiding American taxpayers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366861/issue-position-immigration#.VW3c3XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Congressman Lamborn is committed to protecting human life at all stages, defending religious freedom, keeping our children safe, and providing tax incentives to strengthen American families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366869/issue-position-social-traditional-values-issues#.VW3c3XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The purpose of the Constitution and First Amendment was not to defend government from religion, but rather to defend religion from interference by government." http://lamborn.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=69&sectiontree=13,69 (lamborn.house.gov)

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  • "Obama’s reluctance to address the ISIS threat during the early stages paved the way for its expansion and its recruitment of soldiers and arms. Through simple words and the suggestion of a solution, Obama believes the world will follow his cue. In reality America is not setting the tone; rather we are marching to the beat of our enemy’s drums. ISIS, a small army, has managed to throw the strongest and greatest nation, and the region, off balance." http://lamborn.house.gov/2015-press-releases/foreign-policy-is-not-a-golf-game/ (lamborn.house.gov)
  • "I joined a bipartisan House majority in passing a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded and to take the fight to the terrorists of ISIS." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/929775/funding-the-government-and-fighting-isis/?search=ISIS#.VW3iKnUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "Congressman Lamborn supports [...]reforming Social Security by allowing personal accounts." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/366832/issue-position-taxes-and-spending#.VW3a23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Wasteful entitlement spending must be reformed so that we can ensure that these programs are solvent and stable for the people who truly need and depend on them." http://www.cpr.org/news/story/colorado-congressional-district-5-race-doug-lamborn-irv-halter-issues (www.cpr.org)

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