05.01.19

Gardner Statement on Interior’s Confirmation that BLM Headquarters will Move West

Gardner Continues to be the National Leader in the Fight to Move BLM West

 

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following yesterday’s confirmation that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to move their headquarters West. This confirms what Secretary Bernhardt told Senator Gardner at his confirmation hearing.

 

“The Interior Department’s confirmation that they plan to move ahead with their plans to relocate the Bureau of Land Management headquarter’s to the West is great news,” said Senator Gardner. “I began the push to relocate the BLM West under the Obama Administration in 2016 so the decision-makers can live amongst the people and land their rules and regulations effect. Secretary Bernhardt and I have had many conversations about the relocation plan and I will continue to encourage the Department to choose Colorado as the BLM’s new home.”

 

Senator Cory Gardner—in his effort to reshape the way Washington bureaucracy interacts with the Americans their rules and regulations impact—has been the chief architect of a plan to move the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) headquarters West. Gardner’s steadfast commitment to his proposal, along with public legislative action and behind-the-scenes work with key Administration officials, has brought us to where we are today—the very real possibility the BLM headquarters could have a new home in Colorado.

Timeline:

  • Summer 2016, Gardner first raised the idea to move BLM West at an Energy and Natural Resources hearing and began gathering input from Coloradans.
  • January of 2017, when Ryan Zinke was nominated to lead the Interior Department, Gardner spoke to Zinke about his proposal and brought the topic up during Zinke’s confirmation hearing.
  • May of 2017Gardner introduced the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters Relocation Act, legislation that would authorize the move of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) headquarters from Washington, D.C. to a Western state. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Dean Heller (R-Nevada), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) are co-sponsors of the bill.
  • Following the introduction of the bill, Colorado local officials and organizations voiced their support for Gardner’s bill.
  • Over the past two years, Gardner has spoken with top Interior Department officials about moving BLM West many times and has publicly and privately advocated for Grand Junction as the agency’s final home.
  • April 2018, As Deputy Secretary, Bernhardt publicly stated BLM will move West, and in July 2018 this was also confirmed to Senator Gardner by Department of the Interior Senior Advisor Susan Combs at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.
  • March 2019Bernhardt again confirmed the plans to move BLM West to Senator Gardner at his confirmation hearing to become Interior Secretary

 

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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.