09.10.18

Gardner Leads BLM Roundtable in Grand Junction

Continues Effort to Move the BLM West

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) held a roundtable discussion in Grand Junction on Saturday with local elected officials, community leaders, and city employees on his work and their joint efforts to move the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) out of Washington, DC and to Colorado. Senator Gardner is continuing his work with the Department of Interior in order to push his legislation that aims to make this goal of moving the BLM a reality. He also remains in frequent contact with Interior officials about why it is important to move the BLM headquarters and why he believes Colorado is the right option for any potential move.

“Momentum is moving in the right direction to move the BLM Headquarters West, but it’s important we all work together to ensure the Department of Interior recognizes why Grand Junction is an excellent location to consider for any potential move,” said Senator Gardner. “I wanted to hold this discussion so we could make sure we are all on the same page with our efforts and that the community is behind my proposal. I appreciated the input, ideas, and dialogue that this roundtable discussion created, and I look forward to continuing to make the case for Grand Junction to the Department of Interior.” 

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Senator Gardner previously introduced the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Relocation Act that would authorize moving BLM West. During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing recently, Senator Gardner received another commitment from the Department of Interior about their agreement with him that the BLM should indeed be moved West. With ninety-nine percent of the nearly 240 million acres of land managed by BLM being West of the Mississippi River, this move to a Western state is a commonsense solution that he continues to support.

NOTE: View video from hearing here.

 

 

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