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House OKs $109M for construction

Published: May 7, 2014, 12:20 pm, by Tom Roeder

lambornThe House has signed off on $109 million in military construction spending in the Pikes Peak region and Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn is crowing.
Lamborn, who faces a primary fight against retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn, has been criticized in recent weeks for not putting enough focus on military spending.
Now he says the construction cash, which will go for a special forces facility at Fort Carson and a Peterson Air Force Base dental clinic shows he’s a leader on the issue.
“I believe my hard work is paying off,” he said.
The budget fight is far from over.
The construction cash still has to pass the Senate and it’s a small piece of a big battle. The Defense Department is planning sweeping cuts that could impact the region’s military bases.
One proposed cut would eliminate an airlift squadron and four C-130 transport planes from Peterson Air Force Base.
Lamborn said he’s fighting those cuts, but wouldn’t unveil details of his battle plans.
“I can’t announce anything yet,” he said.
The winner of the GOP primary will face Democrat Irv Halter, also a retired Air Force two-star.