Gardner Statement on Senate Passage of NDAA

Armed Services Chair: Gardner’s Leadership Ensures Colorado Continues to Serve Important National Defense Role

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted today in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020. The legislation includes a 3.1 percent pay raise for all members of the Armed Forces, the largest increase in a decade.  


NOTE: click here or on the picture above to download Gardner’s floor remarks in support of NDAA passage. 

Following Senate passage of the NDAA, Gardner released the following statement:

“Congress has no greater responsibility than providing for a strong national defense and keeping Americans safe around the globe, and I’m proud the Senate today passed a strong bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act. In Colorado our military installations, including Fort Carson, the Air Force Academy, and Buckley, Peterson, and Schriever Air Force Bases, are on the cutting edge of military readiness and protecting our national security. This legislation goes a long way to support our service members and their families,” said Senator Gardner. “In particular I’m thrilled we were successful in authorizing the United States Space Force service branch, which will help to ensure the United States remains a global leader in space. Colorado has a long history of supporting our nation’s civilian and military space operations, and our state is uniquely positioned to further advance its role in space operations.”

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) commended Senator Gardner’s work on the NDAA in the following statement: 

“It’s critical to our national security that the U.S. remains ahead of strategic competition in space, and I’m grateful for Senator Gardner’s steadfast commitment to raising the profile of space operations and supporting our National Defense Strategy. His leadership ensures that Colorado communities continue to serve an important role in our national defense,” said Senator Inhofe.

Senator Gardner led numerous provisions included in the NDAA to:

  • Provide resources for PFAS pollution cleanup to ensure clean and safe drinking water.
  • Impose sanctions on North Korea.
  • Call on the Administration to fully implement the Gardner-authored Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 (ARIA), including regular sales of defensive arms to Taiwan, as reaffirmed by the Department of Defense Indo-Pacific Strategy Report. The amendment also requires a briefing by the Administration of the implementation of arms sales to Taiwan, pursuant to ARIA.
  • Improve the emergency alert system and give the federal government the sole responsibility of alerting the public of a missile threat.
  • Promote the expansion of the national network of Manufacturing USA institutes and strengthen American manufacturing.
  • Express support for the democratic values and human rights of the people of Hong Kong and calling on Hong Kong’s authorities to immediately withdraw the flawed extradition bill.
  • Call on the United States Navy to continue to request port visits to Hong Kong, including aircraft carrier visits. 


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.