Lamborn sworn in to Congress

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Colorado's two newest House members officially took the oath of office Thursday and took their places in Congress.

Republican Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs and Democrat Ed Perlmutter of Golden promised to work across the aisle with members of the opposite party.

But, in what could be a sign of things to come, they split their first vote -- siding with their parties in the election for House speaker.

Perlmutter supports several initiatives Democrats hope to pass in the first hundred hours of the new session. Lamborn criticized the Democrats' plans to push through legislation without extensive debate.

Democrats hope to pass a minimum wage increase, ethics reforms and a repeal of tax breaks for oil companies, among other things.

Democrats take over Congress with a slim majority this year. In Colorado, the congressional delegation became majority Democratic when Perlmutter won Republican Bob Beauprez's seat.

Beauprez ran for governor and lost to Democrat Bill Ritter.


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