The next president of the United States should submit the nomination for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, according to U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, the Republican from Colorado Springs.
Last week’s death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has led to speculation over the future of the Clean Power Act. The act seeks to limit pollution from power plants in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas. On Feb. 6, in a four to five vote, the Court stayed the implementation of the act pending judicial review; Scalia died Feb. 13.
If the newly elected president chooses Scalia’s replacement, and “if the initial thought holds [to not implement the act], that act is history,” Lamborn said.
National Association of Counties President and El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark asked about how the Clean Water Rule will be affected by the vacancy on the country’s highest court.
Discrepancies over the new rule will eventually go to the Supreme Court, Lamborn said. The rule defines gullies and dry streambeds as having “navigable waters” if water flows there a few days a year, he added.
“It’s been stretched so out of proportion. This is a case of overregulation,” Lamborn said, adding the case will need to wait until the court is complete.
Lamborn also addressed problems of overspending at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora and lengthy wait times for veterans to see physicians at the Colorado Springs VA hospital.
Private health care providers should be contracted to fill in “when the public can’t handle the demand,” he said. Because changing the VA’s “huge federal bureaucracy, we need a culture change. We need the ability to fire people … there’s so much red tape.”