Senate Approves Gardner Space-Related Provisions

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today released the below statement following the Senate’s passage of the NASA Transition Authorization Act, 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.


“Aerospace plays a major role in Colorado’s economy, and this legislation will benefit the thousands of aerospace jobs in Colorado,” said Gardner. “Supporting a manned mission to Mars by requiring NASA to develop timelines and milestones is an important component in ensuring we see a successful mission. I’ll continue to use my position on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee to ensure space-related measures receive full consideration and advocate for policies that ensure Colorado and the United States remain the world’s leader in space exploration.”


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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