Senate Approves National Defense Authorization Act

Gardner Amendment Paves the Way for Assured Access to Space and Colorado Jobs

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA), which provides funding for the Department of Defense (DoD). The legislation included language Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) authored that allows for the DoD to purchase rockets from any certified launch provider between now and December 31, 2022 so long as the provider offers the best value to the DoD. Gardner’s fiscally responsible amendment to the NDAA promotes competition, protects our national security, and paves the way for assured access to space, which is critical to the detection of missiles, transmitting secure communication, and gathering intelligence. It is estimated that the amendment could potentially save the DoD as much as $5 billion.

“It’s critical the DoD has the opportunity to purchase affordable, reliable launch vehicles that assure our continued access to space and strengthen our national security. My amendment requires the DoD to purchase the most affordable rockets from certified providers. I’m proud I was able to work with my colleagues to ensure this provision was included in the final NDAA package,” said Gardner. “The NDAA also bolsters the safety and security of Coloradans and Americans across the country by prohibiting funds from being used to transfer or assist in the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States. Guantanamo Bay is tailor-made for terrorists, and Coloradans and Americans across the country have rejected President Obama’s proposal to transfer detainees to American soil. I look forward to working with the incoming Trump Administration to ensure this ill-conceived plan is abandoned once and for all.”

Gardner added, “Supporting our troops on and off the battlefield has always been one of my top priorities and I was proud to vote in favor of the NDAA because it provides our troops with a well-deserved pay raise and the necessary resources to combat the growing threats our nation faces at home and abroad. I urge the President to swiftly sign this legislation into law.”


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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