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Keeping America Competitive

Earlier this week, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, legislation I introduced.

In order for America to remain competitive, it’s essential that we efficiently and effectively invest in research so that our country’s brightest minds can create and develop. It’s also critical that we expand educational opportunities and recognize the importance of equipping the next generation of leaders with STEM skills so that America not only keeps pace with the rest of the world, but remains the leading innovator. When America competes, new opportunities are unlocked and this legislation supports the entrepreneurial spirit that makes America so great.

Learn more about the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act here.

Outdoor Recreation Bill Approved by Senate Committee

Outdoor recreation is a way of life in Colorado and across the West, and people from all over the world travel to Colorado to experience the state’s great outdoors. I’m proud my Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act will help highlight the industry’s economic benefit, and I look forward to working with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to further advance this legislation.

Check out this KREX5 piece highlighting my Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act.

Reducing the Regulatory Burden 

Earlier this week, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and I introduced the Reducing Excessive Government (REG) Act, legislation that would require that any increase in the debt limit approved by Congress and the President be accompanied by a proportional reduction in regulatory burden for every new dollar of debt.

As I travel around Colorado, I continue to hear from small business owners who are struggling with burdensome federal regulations that stand in the way of their growth and expansion. As we continue to work toward a full economic recovery, it’s important that Congress acts to counter Washington’s top-down regulations and failed one-size-fits-all approach. The REG Act is commonsense legislation that aims to reduce the number of excessive, Washington-born regulations in order to pave the way for American entrepreneurs and innovators to do what they do best: create jobs and grow the economy.

Learn more about the REG Act here.

Empowering Student Borrowers 

Student debt continues to negatively impact Coloradans and Americans across the country, and that’s why it’s important that students receiving federal financial aid have access to resources, including financial counseling, that will better inform their financial decisions prior to undertaking massive student loan debt. A high quality education provides students with the tools they need to succeed, and financial literacy is an essential component to achieving that success. 

This week, I joined Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) to introduce bipartisan legislation to help students make smart decisions in the financing of their higher education. The Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act would promote financial literacy by providing students who are recipients of federal financial aid with comprehensive counseling services. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance this bipartisan proposal that provides institutions of higher education with the resources they need to expand educational opportunities.

Learn more about the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act here. 

Meeting with Coloradans

It was great to meet with 4-H student leaders from across Colorado this morning. I enjoyed reminiscing about my days in Westerneers, the same 4-H group our daughter is in today!


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