Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined with Senators Hatch (R-UT), Wyden (D-OR), and 11 of their colleagues, to introduce legislation that reauthorizes the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS). The legislation would retroactively authorize SRS payments to reimburse counties for FY2016 and FY2017.


The SRS program’s funding is used each year to finance critical projects like public schools, roads, and emergency services throughout Western Colorado. Gardner spoke about SRS payments at an Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. In February, Gardner and his colleagues sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to encourage adequate funding for the program.


“When I travel across Colorado’s Western Slope and meet with County Commissioners and other local officials, SRS funding is a top priority,” said Gardner. “Our counties need certainty in their budgets to fund schools, road projects, and other vital services my constituents rely on every day. Throughout my time in the Senate, I have worked to find a long term funding solution to this program, and while the legislation will reimburse counties for costs they incurred over the last two years, I will continue to work with my colleagues and the Trump Administration to provide more certainty to those that rely on the program.”


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 the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy.

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