Doug Lamborn is a U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 5th District. Lamborn was first elected in 2006. He has supported Trump’s move to review national monuments. Lamborn opposed permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and limiting public land transfers. He also called those who supported sage grouse habitat protections “radical environmentalists,” and labeled the effort to limit methane pollution “regulatory overreach.”
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn Supported President Trump’s National Monument Review.
Lamborn Said Trump Order was “Warranted and Necessary.” “Congressman Lamborn has released the following statement in response to the President’s review of monument designations in the West: ‘The review of the monuments designated under the Antiquities Act is both warranted and necessary. Today’s executive order signifies a shift in power from the federal government to the local communities who support these monuments and deserve to have a voice in the process. As the President and Secretary Zinke review the monuments in Colorado, I urge them to consider multi-user groups and recreation, community outreach, and the ability to fund and manage these important lands.’” [Press Release, U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn, 04/26/17]
U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn Opposes Permanently Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LCWF).
Lamborn Voted Against Permanent Authorization of LWCF. On May 25, 2016, a “motion was offered by Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., and would direct the negotiations to include permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Senate’s version of the bill contains that provision. The House motion was rejected on a vote of 205-212, although it did receive some Republican support.” Lamborn voted no. [“House Names Members for Potential Energy Policy Conference,” Congressional Quarterly, 05/26/16, FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 264, Office of the Clerk-House of Representatives, accessed 10/17/18]
U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn Opposes Placing Limits on Public Land Transfers.
Lamborn Voted Against Limiting Public Lands Transfers. “Representative Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, introduced an amendment on an Interior Department funding bill that would have blocked funding to initiate any federal land transfers, disposals, or sales that were not in the public interest or were not part of Federal Lands Transfer Facilitation Act. This amendment would have effectively made public land transfers more difficult. With its failure, the possibility is still available to public land seizure proponents to sell off the lands that belong to all Americans to the highest bidder.” Lamborn voted against the amendment. [Press Release, National Wildlife Federation, 09/14/17, FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 491, Office of the Clerk-House of Representatives, accessed 10/17/18]
U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn Opposes Sage Grouse Habitat Protection.
Lamborn Accused Those Who Support Sage Grouse Habitat Protection Of Siding With “Radical Environmentalists.” After the Interior Department did not place sage grouse on the endangered species list, Lamborn released a statement: “Even though the Department chose not to place the sage grouse on the endangered species list, this bird will still have an adverse impact on the production of American energy. The Obama Administration is still using the sage grouse as an excuse to remove 10 million acres of American energy opportunity from the market. It is profoundly disappointing that the Administration chose to side with radical environmentalists instead of taking a prime opportunity to side with the American economy.” [Press Release, U.S. Congressman Doug Lamborn, 09/23/15]
U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn Opposes Efforts to Limit Methane Pollution.
Lamborn Called Methane Rule “Regulatory Overreach.” In 2016, the Obama Administration denied its proposal to reduce venting and flaring of natural gas was a duplicative regulation. Rep. Doug Lamborn, D-Colo., said the rule is another example of the administration choosing policies designed to keep energy resources in the ground rather than allowing companies to operate profitably. ‘We are here today conducting oversight on yet another regulatory overreach by an administration that seems more dedicated to keeping it in the ground than freeing us from the shackles of [the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries],’ he said.” [Kyle Feldscher, “Administration says methane rule prevents waste,” Examiner, 04/27/16]