***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Gardner to Lead COMPETES Commerce Committee Hearing

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, May 11th, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) will lead a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing entitled, “Leveraging the U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise.” 

Last year, Chairman John Thune (R-SD) named Senator Gardner and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to spearhead the Committee’s bipartisan Innovation and Competitiveness Working Groups to discuss issues related to COMPETES legislation.

WHAT: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11th at 10:00 AM EST.


WHERE: Senate Russell 253



  • Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Vice Chair, National Science Board
  • Dr. Jeannette Wing, Corporate Vice President for Research, Microsoft
  • Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
  • Dr. David Munson, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan


  • Senators Gardner and Thune published an opinion piece in The Hill calling for a working group to study COMPETES legislation.
  • On July 9, 2015, Senators Gardner and Peters announced that they will lead a series of discussion briefings to gather information from the U.S. science and research community and help shape federal research and development policy to improve American innovation and competitiveness, which was last authorized by the America COMPETES Act of 2010.  
  • On October 20, 2015, Gardner and Peters offered an update on input they received from the U.S. science and research communities.

The Commerce Committee previously announced this Hearing. Click here for further details.




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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