09.06.16

Gardner Votes to Support Our National Defense, Veterans, and Zika Fight

Partisan Minority Blocks Funding Bills For A Third Time

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner 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. Also, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill includes funding to combat the Zika virus. Both appropriations bills previously passed the Senate with bipartisan support.

“For the third time this year, a partisan minority blocked important appropriations bills from advancing, even though these funding packages previously passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support,” said Gardner. “With adversaries like North Korea and Iran that continue to pose a threat to our interests at home and abroad, it’s more important now than ever that we equip our military with the resources it needs to keep us safe. The bills blocked today also provide funding to improve military housing for our service members and ensures our veterans receive the benefits they deserve.

“I also voted to approve more than $1 billion to combat the Zika virus,” Gardner added. “While a partisan minority continues to call for Zika funding in the press, they chose to block this measure from moving forward today for the third time this year. It is a glaring example of the political machine at its worst: the very people who are demanding the passage of Zika funding are its only obstacle to approval. It is time to put politics aside and approve these critical funding packages.”

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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 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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