In an exclusive one-on-one interview, Congressman Doug Lamborn spoke to KRDO about budget issues affecting thousands of military and civilian contractors that work in the Colorado Springs area.
Thousands of people have gotten the proposed furlough letters in the mail. Lamborn believes that is because of political games, trying to put pressure on Republicans with the budget.
“In a few cases, there’s been a deliberate attempt to make things harder on the public then they really have to be,” Lamborn said. “The spending cuts have to happen to save the budget, but I would like them to spread out so it’s not just defense bearing the brunt, the majority of the cuts.”
In recent weeks, the commander at Fort Carson has warned how budget cuts proposed by the Pentagon could affect troop levels at the Army base.
“I don’t know how that’s going to play out, but the good news is that the combat aviation brigade, which is over three thousand soldiers is on track.”
One local issue has the Congressman representing Colorado’s fifth district concerned: The legalization of recreational marijuana.
“I have the concern that if marijuana is freely available in El Paso County, that could have a detrimental effect on the order and discipline of soldiers who are stationed at Fort Carson,” Lamborn said.
In town hall meetings over the weekend in Salida and Woodland Park, Lamborn says the IRS scandal was on many constituents minds. Over a year ago, he was one of the first legislators to express concerns over the agency.
“The IRS needs to be held accountable. They are to serve the public, not strike fear into the hearts of the public,” Lamborn said. “People have to be fired, and if anyone broke the law, and there’s that possibility, those people should go to jail.”