Gardner Votes to Fund DoD, Military Construction, VA Benefits, and Zika Response

Partisan Minority Blocks Legislation from Advancing

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after a partisan minority blocked the advancement of the Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act, which funds the DoD and the fight against ISIS, as well as the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which funds construction projects to house military personnel and their families, improve military base infrastructure, and veterans’ benefits. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill also includes funding to combat the Zika virus. Both appropriations bills previously passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

“I’m disappointed a partisan minority in the Senate blocked these important appropriations bills, which previously passed with bipartisan support, from advancing. I supported these bills because they equip our military to fight ISIS, and support our troops and veterans by improving military housing for service members and their families and also ensuring that those who serve our country so selflessly receive the benefits they’ve earned. The legislation also contains more than $1 billion in funding to tackle the threat of the Zika virus,” said Gardner. “The American people expect action – especially when it comes to our military and addressing a public health emergency – not partisan political games.”


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 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.


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