President Trump Signs Gardner NASA Provisions into Law

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today released the below statement following President Trump signing the NASA Transition Authorization Act into law, which included two Gardner-authored provisions.


Gardner’s provisions in the NASA Transition Authorization Act include an amendment requiring NASA to develop a plan to reach Mars that includes specific timelines and benchmarks, which will allow Congress to hold the agency accountable and provide proper oversight. A second Gardner amendment authorizes NASA to consider satellite servicing options for future programs, which encourages NASA to examine the possibility of servicing and refurbishing existing satellites to extend their lifespan and capabilities.


“Colorado’s aerospace industry is a major economic driver and employs thousands of Coloradans throughout the Centennial state,” said Gardner. “I’m thrilled this legislation was signed into law and includes a provision I authored that requires NASA to develop a timeline for a manned mission to Mars, and I look forward to seeing Coloradans contribute to the mission’s ultimate success.”




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 Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy.


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