Gardner Co-Sponsors National Parks Act

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he joined Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in introducing the National Parks Access Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation allowing the National Parks Service to reimburse states which paid to keep National Parks open during the 2013 government shutdown. Colorado was one of six states which advanced money to the National Park Service to keep a park within its borders open.

“I’m pleased to be leading on this important legislation, which helps alleviate one of the remaining consequences of the unnecessary government shutdown. I’m proud that Colorado was able to keep Rocky Mountain National Park open during the shutdown, and I’m glad that Senators from both sides of the aisle are coming together to fairly compensate states for the federal government’s failures during that time. This was an issue that I worked on when I was in the House of Representatives in the last Congress, and I’m excited to help lead the charge on it in the Senate.

“Our National Parks are one of our greatest resources, and keeping them open and operating for the public is one of the federal government’s foremost responsibilities. While I’m pleased that this legislation is being introduced to compensate Colorado for doing the federal government’s job during the shutdown, we should also all work going forward to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”