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Gazette Premium Content Lamborn touted military record during Business Alliance luncheon Thursday

By Megan Schrader Updated: February 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Congressman Doug Lamborn touted his work to spare the defense budget from sequestration cuts during a luncheon where he told constituents about the state of the 5th Congressional District.

"It is critical that the military does not turn into a budgetary punching bag," Lamborn said. "I will do everything I can from my senior position on the House Armed Services Committee to make sure that crippling defense cuts promoted by the Obama Administration never take place."

The luncheon Thursday at the Antlers Hilton hotel in downtown Colorado Springs was held by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

Lamborn is beginning his eighth year representing a U.S. House district that includes Colorado Springs, Canon City and Buena Vista.

He's known as one of the most conservative members of Congress, but opponents have criticized him for his dearth of legislation. He's up for reelection in November.

In the speech Lamborn's highlighted his behind-the-scenes work convince the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson to address issues with health care providers who serve military personnel.

"My collaboration with Dr. Woodson, United Healthcare, and our providers has helped restore quality healthcare for our military personnel and their families," Lamborn said.

The lawmaker said he has gathered the support of the entire Colorado congressional delegation to name the new VA Community Outpatient Clinic after Floyd K. Lindstrom a Colorado Springs Medal of Honor recipient.

And he said the very first bill he introduced in Congress is "coming to fruition" with the acquisition of 374 acres near the Colorado Springs airport for a VA cemetery.

"I will continue to use my senior position on the Veterans' Affairs Committee to be a strong advocate for our heroes on these important, life-or-death issues," Lamborn told the crowd.

He touted his work on the House Natural Resources Committee where he is an energy advocate pushing for approval of projects like the Keystone Pipeline and opening more land to drilling in Alaska.

His bill to streamline the permitting process for on-shore energy production, particularly oil shale development, passed the House this year, but will likely not make it through the Democrat-controlled Senate.

"H.R. 1965 would eliminate government red tape that now stifles on-shore energy production," Lamborn said.

Lamborn opposed the Farm Bill earlier this month, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama, because he said it included $800 million for food stamps without reforming the broken welfare system.

Lamborn said food stamps are being given to able-bodied young men who haven't even requested the subsidy.

He said he couldn't vote for the legislation even though it included some important measures for Colorado, including restoration of PILT (payment in lieu of taxes) funding for Colorado counties and measures to help Western state's manage their forests and fight wildfires.

Contact Megan Schrader

719-286-0644

Twitter: @CapitolSchrader

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