Coffman: Pinon Canyon options still open

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In a pre-Christmas letter to constituents, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo. confirmed that the $550 billion Department of Defense budget just approved by Congress did not include a provision to permanently ban expansion at Pinon Canyon.

“There are no plans for expansion this year, but a permanent ban, as proposed, would have harmed both the U.S. Army and the economy of our State. I remain convinced that the Army’s plans, which do not include eminent domain, are fully justified and necessary, and will benefit the local (Colorado Springs) community and the state,” he wrote.

The bill authorizes $550.4 billion in budget authority for the DoD and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. The bill authorizes $130 billion to support the nation’s war efforts during fiscal year 2010.

4 Responses to Coffman: Pinon Canyon options still open

  1. I’ll bet Representative Coffman thinks it was a good Christmas because he didn’t find a lump of coal under his tree. While it is true that there was only a one-year spending ban, for the third year in a row, momentum is building for a permanent ban. Representative Salazar and Senatorial candidate Andrew Romanoff are both solidly behind permanent legislation.

    And why is Coffman trying so hard to make El Paso County voters believe that the spending ban on Pinon Canyon exspansion is good news? Doesn’t he represent the 6th Congressional District? What office is he setting himself up to run for next?

    Doug Holdread
    December 28, 2009 at 1:03 pm

  2. 1. Well you, Holdread, can do all you can to promote a Permanent Ban on the Army’s necessary EXPANSION of Pinon Canon, but I will do all I can to thwart your will.

    2. I hope Coffman becomes a US Senator from Colorado and CONTINUES to support the US Military and in particular the US Army in its need to PROPERLY train all the troops stationed at Fort Carson.

    3. You probably do not even know your Constitution which makes it the duty of CONGRESS – not the President, Executive Branch OR the Army itself to ‘Raise and Support Armies’. As far as I am concerned, since both Senators Bennett and Salazar have ABDICATED THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITES so long as they put the desires of a handful of Southern Colorado Ranchers OVER the ‘needs of the US Army’ which they are charged to Support.

    Dave Hughes
    December 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm

  3. Mr. Holdread, could it be that Rep. Coffman has served his country honorably on two separate occasions in the Army and Marines, and that he knows all too well the needs of his former comrades? You and your ilk are too selfish to recognize the Army needs to expand further into Pinon Canyon to advance our interests in a very hostile world. Perhaps Rep. Coffman is better suited than Rep. Lamborn to opine on this issue because Lamborn has never served in the military. Someone needs to step up to counter the slanted reporting by our leftist press and the pedantic Rep. Salazar which you and others feed all too regularly. If and when a willing seller is identified in Las Animas County, there should be no prohibition on his right to sell or lease his land to the federal government. Any opposition to a willing selller offering his land for sale amounts to socialism at its anti-American worst.

    Dick Burns
    December 28, 2009 at 6:33 pm

  4. The question, Dick Burns, is whether Holdred only doesn’t want the expansion land taken from unwilling ranchers, or whether he just doesn’t give a fig whether our Soldiers, NCOs, and Officers get the kind of training that is needed to win AND take the fewest casualties.

    Dave Hughes
    December 28, 2009 at 7:23 pm