Gardner Statement on Senate Democrats Stalling Defense Spending

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after Senate Democrats again filibustered legislation to provide critical funding for our national defense:

“It is shameful that Senate Democrats would choose to again stop the defense appropriations bill, which would provide funding for the men and women in uniform who protect our country every day,” said Senator Gardner. “Colorado military members deserve to know that leaders in Congress have their backs and support their mission – it’s time for Senate Democrats to stop playing politics with national defense and support these military priorities.”

The Defense Appropriations Bill Provides Roughly $344 Million Secured by Senator Gardner for Colorado Military Priorities:

  • Full funding of U.S. Space Command, which is provisionally located at Peterson Air Force Base.
  • Full funding of the U.S. Space Force, which Senator Gardner has supported and was formally authorized in the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
  • Critical cyber security infrastructure resiliency efforts at Cheyenne Mountain. 
  • Innovative and vital cyber missions like cyber accelerator programs at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • $75 million for the Defense Community Infrastructure Program, the first time Congress is allocating funds specifically for the DCIP program. Senator Gardner has led this effort in the Senate.
  • More than $5 million in life-saving medical research at Colorado research centers.


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.