12.31.19

Gardner Releases Year-End Message, Highlights Accomplishments for Colorado

Senator Recaps Work and Accomplishments for the People of Colorado in 2019

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following message wishing Coloradans a Happy New Year and recapping his work and accomplishments in 2019 on behalf of the people of the Centennial State.

Year End Message 2019 NOTE: Click here to view remarks from Senator Gardner.

“This holiday season as we spend time with our families, look back on the past year, and plan for the year ahead, I want to share some highlights of our successful efforts for Colorado this year,”said Senator Gardner. 

“This year, we successfully passed permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and moved the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction – to better protect our public lands and better serve the people impacted by the BLM’s decisions. And we’ve made great progress to lower the cost of health insurance in Colorado. Our state’s reinsurance waiver will lower costs for Coloradans on the individual market by more than 20 percent, and the full repeal of the health insurance tax will save Colorado families hundreds of dollars a year. As we head into the next year, I feel honored to represent the greatest state in the country and I will continue to fight every day for what’s right for Colorado.”

Notable achievements for the state of Colorado in 2019 include: 

  • The Senate passed Gardner’s bipartisan VA Provider Accountability Act, which would bring much needed accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This bill is part of Gardner’s VA Readiness Initiative, which he launched to ensure the government is always ready to assist veterans and prepared to fulfill the promises our country has made them.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law and included numerous Gardner-supported provisions, including authorization of $322 million for military construction projects in Colorado, the largest pay raise for troops in a decade, and 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all 2.1 million federal employees.
  • The bipartisan TRACED Act is headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law, which Gardner cosponsored to crack down on illegal robocalls and scams. Coloradans receive 2.5 million robocalls every day, and El Paso County has the highest rate of robocall complaints per capita in the United States. 
  • Gardner’s legislation to reauthorize Brand USA and support international travel to Colorado and the U.S. was signed into law.
  • The Senate passed Gardner’s bipartisan Deepfake Report Act to assess deepfake technology, its uses by foreign and domestic entities, and available countermeasures to deepfakes, and to help policymakers and the public better understand the threats deepfakes pose to our national security and election security. 
  • The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed three bills authored by Gardner and a number of bills cosponsored by Gardner to enhance energy storage, enhance state energy security planning, and provide physical and cyber security assistance to electric utilities.
  • Gardner applauded the final repeal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, a burdensome regulation that would have been harmful to Colorado’s economy and agriculture community. Gardner has consistently opposed WOTUS since it was first revealed and celebrated the announcement as preventing an unconstitutional takeover of Colorado’s rivers, streams, and local waterways.
  • The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized a new rule to provide reimbursement for time that residents spend training at Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), which serve rural communities. This policy was included in Gardner’s bipartisan Rural Physician Workforce Production Act.
  • Gardner’s legislation to permanently reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was signed into law. The VCF provides financial compensation to first responders and individuals injured in the September 11th attacks, like Colorado’s Task Force One, which deployed to Ground Zero in the aftermath of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.
  • Gardner announced the formation of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, which will embrace and promote constructive efforts to address environmental problems, promote economically viable policies to improve the environment, and base policy decisions on science and quantifiable facts.
  • The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation unanimously passed Gardner’s bipartisan Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act, which would convene a working group of federal entities and experts from the private and academic sectors to recommend to Congress how to facilitate the growth of connected Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
  • Senators Gardner and Bennet secured congressional passage of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act, which was then signed into law and authorized the implementation of the Drought Contingency Plan agreements forged between the seven Colorado River Basin states and Indian tribes.

In 2019, Gardner was recognized for his work across the aisle:

Notable efforts to promote democracy, human rights, and American interests around the world include:

  • Gardner’s legislative provision expressing U.S. support for democracy in Hong Kong was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 
  • Gardner’s provision to impose sanctions on North Korea was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

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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.