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Dear Friend, 

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization

On Wednesday, we began debating the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation, which included several provisions I introduced.

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. 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.

No Guantanamo Bay Detainees in the United States

I introduced an amendment to the FAA reauthorization legislation that prohibits the use of federal airspace for flights transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States.

At a recent town hall in Florence that focused on national security issues, local law enforcement expressed grave concerns about the Administration’s apparent willingness to circumvent current law and bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States. I pledged that I will continue to work with my colleagues to prevent the Obama Administration from moving forward to fulfill a political promise that will compromise our national security. This amendment explicitly prevents the Administration from using federal airspace to fly the detainees from Cuba to the United States, and serves as another avenue to stop the transfer of terrorists to our backyards.

I-25 Expansion Lane Opening 

Earlier this week, I joined Coloradans in celebrating an important accomplishment for Colorado’s transportation infrastructure and welcoming the much anticipated opening of the I-25 express lanes.


Train Horn Noise

I sent a letter to Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Sarah Feinberg urging her to visit Colorado to meet with the local communities impacted by train horn noise throughout the state. You may read the letter here

Trapper Mine 

I sent a letter with Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3) to United States Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell urging her to finalize the Trapper Mine Environmental Assessment before the April 30, 2016 deadline. Read the letter here

Meeting with Coloradans

I enjoyed meeting with students from Springs Baptist Academy at the U.S. Capitol where we had a conversation about how government works best when it works on behalf of the people.


Thank you for taking the time to read my weekly update. If I can be of any assistance to you, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-5941.




Cory Gardner

United States Senator