09.18.19

Gardner Urges Colleagues to Support Appropriations Process, Fund Critical National Security

Calls on U.S. Senate to follow regular order, pass appropriation bills

Washington, D.C. – After Senate Democrats today blocked legislation to fund sections of the government through the appropriations process, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) urged his colleagues to support regular order and vote to proceed to the first appropriations bill without further delay.

 

“As global tensions increase, it is shameful that Senate Democrats are choosing to filibuster this 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 Senate’s Fiscal Year 2020 defense appropriations bill includes roughly $344 million secured by Gardner for numerous defense priorities supported by and located across the state of Colorado. It funds the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP) for the first time ever, a top priority for Gardner. The DCIP will allow the Department of Defense to partner with military base communities to fund transportation, public safety, and utility projects off-base including roads, bridges, energy infrastructure projects, schools, and more.

 

Gardner also expressed disappointment that his colleagues would hold up $2.5 billion in additional funding to implement the bipartisan Gardner-authored Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), which was provided in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations bill. 

 

“The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) is a landmark framework for the Indo-Pacific region to ensure the United States remains the pre-eminent Pacific power for generations to come,” said Senator Gardner. “ARIA will allow the U.S. government to speak with one voice to advance our nation’s national security and economic interests in the Indo-Pacific, and the Senate should provide this funding and demonstrate our commitment to this policy.”

 

In June, the Senate passed a Gardner-led provision in the Senate National Defense Authorization Act that called on the Administration to fully implement the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018. Read more on Gardner’s ARIA legislation here.

 

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. 

 

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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.