12.19.19

Gardner Backed Provisions Included in Senate-Approved National Security Appropriations Bill

Legislation fully funds U.S. Space Command, includes a 5 percent increase in funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and $125 million for STOP School Violence grants

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate today passed H.R. 1158, the consolidated national security appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2020, with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) support. This legislation is one of two funding bills that passed the Senate today to fund the government, and it included a number of key priorities backed by Gardner for the state of Colorado. The bills now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“After months of unnecessary delays, I’m pleased the Senate finally passed critical funding for the men and women who serve our country in uniform,” said Senator Gardner. “This national defense bill provides Colorado’s service members with the resources they need to fulfill their missions and supports the future of U.S. Space Command in Colorado, which is currently located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Additionally, we successfully included first-time funding for the Defense Community Infrastructure Program, more funding to support scientific research in Colorado, and my amendment to ensure law enforcement officers have additional resources to combat the rise of methamphetamine use in our communities.”

H.R. 1158 contains four appropriations bills: Department of Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Government; and Homeland Security.

Colorado priorities Gardner backed in H.R. 1158 include:

Financial Services and General Government:

  • $425 million for states to improve election security

Department of Defense:

  • Full funding of U.S. Space Command, which is provisionally located at Peterson Air Force Base
  • $40 million for the U.S. Space Force, which Senator Gardner has supported and was formally authorized in the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act
  • $50 million for the Defense Community Infrastructure Program, the first time funds are allocated specifically for the DCIP program. Senator Gardner has led this effort in the Senate
  • $30 million for the innovative U.S. Air Force Academy Cyber Accelerator
  • $10 million for critical cyber security infrastructure resiliency efforts at Cheyenne Mountain
  • Increased funding for life-changing medical research at Colorado research centers, to include $5 million for novel therapeutic interventions research
  • $19.5 million for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, which helps states and small businesses in the defense procurement process
  • $1.2 billion for 14 F-35 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force 

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies:

  • $48.5 million funding increase for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for a total of $1.03 billion to that agency—a nearly 5 percent increase over last fiscal year
    • Included in the NIST increase is a $6 million increase for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, which Gardner has championed and has a Colorado presence through Manufacturer’s Edge
  • $203 million funding increase for the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a total of $8.278 billion to that agency—a nearly 3 percent increase over last fiscal year
  • More than $22.6 billion for NASA, an approximately $1.13 billion increase over last fiscal year
    • Includes $2.585 billion for Space Launch System (SLS) and $1.4 billion for Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle
    • Includes $48 million for NASA’s Space Grant program
  • $13 million for COPS Office Anti-Methamphetamine Task Force grants, after Gardner successfully pushed for more funding
  • $27.5 million for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a $2.5 million increase from FY19. Gardner is an original cosponsor on legislation that permanently reauthorizes this program and increased the authorization from $25 to $30 million
  • $125 million for STOP School Violence grants, which is a $25 million increase from FY19
  • Includes STELAR permanency provisions and license modifications in the package that will allow Grand Junction broadcasters the opportunity to provide DirecTV subscribers with their own local TV rather than Los Angeles TV 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.