Senate Begins Debate on FAA Bill That Includes Gardner Provisions

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate began debate on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation, which included several provisions introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

“As the first Senator from Colorado on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in nearly 40 years, I am pleased I was able to secure several provisions that are good for Colorado and Americans across the country in the reauthorization legislation that is before the Senate,” said Gardner. “I look forward to a full and open debate, and am hopeful that my colleagues will come together to approve much-needed legislation that includes updates and improvements to keep our airports functional and Americans safe in the air and on the ground.”

Below are measures Gardner pushed for inclusion in the reauthorization legislation that passed out of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee:

  • Pena Boulevard Fix – Requires the FAA to allow airports to pay for the costs of maintaining and improving an airport access road on a proportional level based on the level of airport traffic on the road.  
  • Increased UAS Penalties Increases penalties on individuals operating drones who violate restricted areas. 
  • Certification Reforms – Includes widely supported certification reforms to address long processing times. 
  • Remote Tower Program – Continues the pilot program for remote towers utilized by Fort Collins-Loveland Airport and includes language stating that remote tower technology is eligible for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds upon FAA certification. 


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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