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Dear Friend,

FAA Reauthorization Includes Colorado Priorities

Earlier this week, the Senate approved the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act, which included several provisions I introduced.

Our nation’s airspace is one of the most important economic drivers we have in the movement of passengers and cargo. Maintaining our aviation infrastructure is critical as communities in Colorado and across the country continue to realize the full economic potential that access to the airspace brings. That’s why I’m pleased this bill includes measures that would lead to the enhancement of our airport infrastructure, including much-needed changes to the Airport Improvement Program.

The bill includes language I pushed for to allow for critical improvements to Peña Boulevard, the primary access road connecting DIA with the rest of Colorado. The legislation also contains language I championed that builds on a successful pilot program for virtual towers and ensures these towers will be eligible for funding once certified by the FAA. This is important because virtual towers will allow for small and medium sized airports, like the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport in Colorado, to be able to offer commercial service in an economically viable and sustainable way. Lastly, it includes important certification reforms that will improve the processing of new aircraft designs and modifications at the FAA. Just as the Senate passed comprehensive education reform and the first long-term highway bill to fix our roads and bridges in years, I’m proud that we came together once again to approve this important legislation that includes Colorado priorities and promotes safety, strong infrastructure, and innovation.

Learn more about the Colorado priorities included in the legislation here.

Colorado Priorities Included in Energy Policy Overhaul  

This week, the Energy Policy Modernization Act passed the United States Senate with a vote of 85-12, and also included many provisions I authored.

This bipartisan legislation is a much-needed overhaul of our nation’s energy policy and I’m proud I was able to secure many provisions that will benefit Colorado. This legislation will increase energy efficiency, modernize our electrical grid, and create more jobs in the energy sector. Throughout my career in public service, I have advocated for an all-of-the-above energy strategy and that includes promoting energy efficiency and bringing down costs, and I am pleased I could advance these priorities and shape federal energy policy as a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Learn more about the provisions that will benefit Colorado here.

Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station's 50th Anniversary

I commemorated Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station’s 50th anniversary on the Senate floor earlier this week. Click here to watch my remarks.

For decades, the Cheyenne Mountain facility has played a vital role in our country’s national defense and I am proud I had the opportunity to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It is an honor for the great state of Colorado to host such an important military operations center and I will continue to do everything I can to support the base, along with the uniformed service members and civilians who work at Cheyenne Mountain and sacrifice so much for our country.

Protecting Colorado Water Rights

Yesterday, I voted to protect Colorado water rights and prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from using funding to enforce the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. WOTUS, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, redefines and expands waters that are subject to Clean Water Act regulations, and has the potential to impact an additional 1 million acres and 170,000 miles of stream in Colorado.

A glaring example of the federal government’s overreach, the WOTUS rule is an unconstitutional takeover of our local waters, which traditionally have been and should continue to be managed by states, local governments, and water districts. The WOTUS rule unfairly burdens Colorado farmers and ranchers with endless red tape and unnecessary costs, and that’s why I stand with them in firmly opposing it. My vote blocks the implementation of WOTUS, and I’ll continue to work to protect the agriculture community in Colorado from the Obama Administration massive overreach.

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