Gardner Leads the Charge for COMPETES Reauthorization

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) led a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing entitled, “Leveraging the U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise.” The purpose of the hearing was to discuss how we can reshape federal research and development policy, much of which was last authorized in 2010 under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act. 


“I was honored to lead today’s Commerce Committee hearing focused on keeping the United States globally competitive in research and development,” said Gardner. “America’s entrepreneurial spirit is vital to our country’s future role in the world, and it is important we continue to promote cutting edge research and STEM education programs. 

“Colorado is home to numerous research facilities and I am excited about the many opportunities for Coloradans going forward. I am proud of our progress, and I look forward to developing comprehensive science and technology policy that strengthens our economy, creates good-paying jobs, and keeps America competitive.”



  • Last year, Chairman John Thune (R-SD) named Senator Gardner and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to spearhead the Committee’s bipartisan Innovation and Competitiveness Working Groups to discuss issues related to COMPETES legislation.
  • Senators Gardner and Thune published an opinion piece in The Hill calling for a working group to study COMPETES legislation.
  • On July 9, 2015, Senators Gardner and Peters announced that they would lead a series of discussion briefings to gather information from the U.S. science and research community and help shape federal research and development policy to improve American innovation and competitiveness.
  • On October 20, 2015, Gardner and Peters offered an update on input they received from the U.S. science and research community.




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 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.


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