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January 28, 2011 05:08 AM UTC

Doug Lamborn Co-Sponsors DADT Repeal Repeal

  • by: Colorado Pols

The Colorado Independent’s John Tomasic:

Republican California Rep. Duncan Hunter with Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn as cosponsor has introduced the “Restore Military Readiness Act,” which would require the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to independently sign off on repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy prohibiting gay Americans from serving openly in the military. Lamborn told the Colorado Independent he’s concerned that implementing the repeal, which was passed in December, could divert resources from winning the war in Afghanistan. Yet Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall, who spearheaded the repeal effort, told the Independent that he asked the same military branch chiefs to address these same concerns at the widely publicized hearing on the matter held at the capitol before lawmakers voted in favor of repeal…

“I’m quite sure that the chiefs themselves would not see this proposed bill as a step forward. It is, in fact, a step back,” Udall said.

Lamborn, however, a Colorado Springs conservative who has long opposed repeal of DADT, remains unconvinced.

“It is vital that Congress not interfere with our military’s ability to defend our nation and win wars,” he wrote to the Independent.

Given the strength with which the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy passed the U.S. Senate last month, this would seem to be another House bill that’s DOA the moment it’s passed–stillborn in the Senate, and certainly no chance of being signed by the President. In fact, the real test may be whether or not it can even pass the GOP-majority House at all.

As for Lamborn, this is the guy who spends his days picking on Big Bird, and as Focus on the Family’s member of Congress he would be obliged even if he wasn’t willing–which as you can see, he is quite enthusiastically. Either way, fully in character.


13 thoughts on “Doug Lamborn Co-Sponsors DADT Repeal Repeal

  1. if the GOP keeps this up. (Any claims that the Dems are “still toast” must come with explanations as to why this pandering to the base, rather than addressing the nation’s problems, won’t hurt the GOP next time.)

  2. …perhaps someone could buy a copy of “Idiots guide to the Founding Fathers” for Rep Lamborn. George Washington pretty firmly established that the MIlitary is subservient to the Civilian gov’t.

    Law is passed or the Commander-in-Chief gives the order, and the military executes the mission. End of discussion, Rep Lamborn….

  3. It is vital that Congress not interfere with our military’s ability to defend our nation and win wars,” he wrote to the Independent.

    Rather, it is vital that military leaders not interfere with Congress’s ability to establish the laws of our country and the ability of the Constitutionally elected and properly appointed civilian leadership to command the military.

  4. Repeal everything that happened in 2010 and put restore America back to its glorious days of 2009.

    They’re so focused on the past 2 years that they are forgetting that the rest of us are moving along with the rest of our lives. Look, the Health Care bill happened, the DADT repeal happened and the stimulus happened. Get over it and move on!

    And while I’m on my soapbox, WTF is up with these names? First the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” now the “Restore Military Readiness Act”? REALLY? How about the “No More Ridiculously Named Acts Act”?

    1. Many of the bills and more of the talk gives the distinct impression that it is not 2009 or 2008 or even 1908 they wish to return to.  Considering the states with legislators submitting bills of secession it 1859 or 1100 they think is nirvana.  

  5. Doug Lamborn is a F-CKING idiot.  If someone in this country is willing to serve said country then let them.  

    Ask any returning soldier how many times they were F-CKED or S-CKED when, at the very same time, someone was shooting at them.

    Doug…shut the hell up, and focus on jobs and the economy.  I mean you are in the majority now, and this is your one big issue?

    I was never crazy about you before, but I WILL NEVER donate to your campaign again.  IDIOT!  

    This will hurt Republicans across the board in Colorado!

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