08.07.20

Gardner to Senate Democrats: Stand Strong Against China, Protect our Space Programs

“We cannot leave our domestic space programs vulnerable to the CCP”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, is calling on Senate Democrats tostand strong against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and stop efforts to strip out Gardner’s amendments to the NASA Authorization Act of 2019 (S. 2800). Gardner’s amendments to the NASA Authorization Act are aimed at bolstering transparency and ensuring consideration of the implications of contracting with entities that receive financial assistance or are affiliated with China, and were unanimously approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in November of 2019.

“I am calling on Senate Democrats to stand firm against China. We must preserve America’s leadership in innovation and protect our national security interests from the Chinese Communist Party,” said Senator Gardner. “My amendments, which were approved by the Committee unanimously, are aimed at increasing transparency at a time when China continues to threaten our economic prosperity. We cannot leave our domestic space programs vulnerable to the CCP, which has proven time and time again it will stop at nothing to steal American ingenuity.”

Gardner’s amendments included in the NASA Authorization Act:

  • Require a review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of contracts with entities associated with the People’s Republic of China.
  • Seek to ensure the NASA Administrator considers the implications of contracting with entities that receive financial assistance from or are affiliated with the People’s Republic of China.

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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.