06.17.20

ICYMI: Gardner Joins Fox News to Discuss Cosponsoring the JUSTICE Act and Senate Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined Fox News to discuss why he is cosponsoring the JUSTICE Act, led by U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), as well as today’s historic 73-25 Senate vote to pass his bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).

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On the JUSTICE Act and George Floyd’s murder:

“I think the chances are pretty good, because we need to get something done here. Far too often, the default in Washington is along partisan lines. That is not acceptable at this time in our country’s history. We have to move beyond party, we have to move beyond Democrat bills and Republican bills and recognize that what passes the United States Senate will take votes from Democrats and Republicans.

“We can’t avoid this debate. This debate has been avoided for too long in our country. The plain fact of the matter is, if I as a white man had been in the same situation as George Floyd, I would be alive today. And that’s wrong, we have to recognize it, and we have to address it in a way that is meaningful. And that’s why this debate is so critically important.”

On changing local police policies: 

“In Colorado we’ve had departments and counties that have banned things like chokeholds prior to this murder of George Floyd. But we also now have legislation in Colorado, Colorado is actually a good model, the state legislature started out with what was seen as a partisan bill that looked like it only had Democrat support. As it moved through the process though, it brought both Republicans and Democrats along with it, and they did ban chokeholds. And so I believe what we are trying to do is complementary of the work that a state like Colorado is doing, and we have to continue to work with our states to make sure that we’re providing progress and reforms and ending the kind of violence that we see.”

On today’s Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act:

“The fact is the American people have spent the last three months in the great indoors, they are itching to get out into the great outdoors. The Great American Outdoors Act has the support of President Trump, the support of Republicans in the Senate, it just passed today 73-25, overwhelming bipartisan support. It’s going to move to the House and we need to get this done. This combines two of our crown jewel conservation programs – the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Restore our Parks Act – it puts them together for future generations and the land that we have and hold amongst us for their enjoyment. And so this is a huge bipartisan opportunity for us to show that Congress can work and create jobs in the middle of the division and sometimes challenging environment that we face.”

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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.