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Measuring the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation 

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation I authored with Senator Shaheen (D-NH) to require the federal government to measure the impact of the outdoor recreation on the economy. The bipartisan Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act will inform policy makers and business leaders on the jobs created, and the consumer spending driven by, the outdoor recreation economy. 

Outdoor recreation is a way of life in Colorado and is a major economic driver for many communities across the Centennial state. It’s time the federal government measures outdoor recreation’s economic impact and I’m pleased President Obama has signed this bipartisan legislation into law. Policymakers in Washington will now have a powerful tool at their disposal that will benefit all Americans by highlighting the industry’s economic benefits in Colorado and across the United States.

Read the Denver Post Editorial about my work on this issue here.

Securing Disaster Relief Funding for U.S. 34 Project 

I welcome the inclusion of much-needed disaster relief funding for Colorado road projects in the funding resolution. Without it, the Colorado Department of Transportation predicted that it could take up to 20 years to receive the funding necessary to permanently repair our infrastructure damaged from the 2013 floods. The significant boost in emergency relief funding is central to the completion of the U.S. 34 project and other critical repairs to Colorado’s roadways. It eliminates the threat of significant delays due to funding shortfalls, and I’m proud the spending bill will pave the way for progress on the remaining projects.

Read more about this funding in the Coloradoan here.

Stoping Last Minute Obama Administration Regulations

I led 22 of my Senate colleagues in demanding President Obama respect the will of the American people and stop issuing non-emergency rules and regulations in the final weeks of his term. You can read our letter here.

I joined Fox and Friends on Thursday morning to discuss this effort. You can watch my interview here.

Meeting with Intended Secretary Nominees

After meeting with Governor Nikki Haley, I’m convinced she will be an outstanding U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. We discussed many topics, including U.S. policy toward North Korea and agreed the current Administration’s policy of ‘strategic patience’ has failed. I’m excited to work with Governor Haley and the Trump Administration to promote U.S. interests abroad and ensure the safety and security of all Americans. Throughout her tenure as Governor, Governor Haley has always put the people of South Carolina first, and I’m confident she will now put the American people first as she enters her new role as U.N. Ambassador.

I also met with Secretary Elaine Chao, President-elect Trump’s intended nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Secretary Chao has dedicated much of her life to public service and is a proven leader who knows how to get the job done. We spoke about the unique challenges Colorado faces when it comes to transportation and I am confident Secretary Chao will work to repair and strengthen our country’s infrastructure. President-elect Trump’s intended nomination of Elaine Chao is the right choice for Colorado and it’s the right choice for this country. I look forward to working with Secretary Chao on behalf of the American people.

Additionally, I met with Wilbur Ross, President-elect Trump’s intended nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

I had a productive meeting with Mr. Ross and discussed how best to provide all Americans with the opportunity to succeed. We spoke about how important strong trade relationships and rural economic development are to communities in Colorado and across the country, and I hope we can work together to advance policies that bring relief to rural America. Mr. Ross understands how to grow our economy and workforce, and I look forward to having the opportunity to support him as he leads America’s economic resurgence.


USS Colorado Christening

Congratulations to Commander Franklin and the Crew of the USS Colorado on the christening of the new submarine that took place at the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. This new submarine is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name USS Colorado, and the first since 1947. God bless this submarine and all who sail in her.

Read more about the USS Colorado in a CBS Denver story here.

Voting to Sanction the Dangerous Iranian Regime

While the Obama Administration refuses to take meaningful action to deter Iran from testing ballistic missiles, financing terror groups, and threatening our closest ally, Israel, Congress has acted to ensure we have the ability to respond to Iran’s increasingly belligerent behavior. I voted for the Iran Sanctions Extension Act because it puts the safety and security of the American people first and is central to ratcheting up pressure on the murderous regime in Tehran, which has no respect for international norms. I look forward to working with the next Administration to prevent a nuclear Iran and make it clear that the United States will not tolerate an Iran that threatens the safety of its neighbors or our interests at home or abroad. I urge the Trump Administration to use the authorities provided by Congress today early and often to punish any and all behavior by the Iranian regime that threatens American interests and those of our close allies.

Celebrating 40 Years of Women at the U.S. Air Force Academy

Recently, the United States Senate approved a resolution I introduced supporting the designation of October 8, 2016, as “40 Years of Women Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy Day.''

Forty years ago, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado became the first military academy to admit female cadets. Our female cadets have gone on to command Air Force combat units, earn the rank of 4-star general, and serve as Superintendent of the Academy. These women, along with the thousands of other female cadets who now serve in the Air Force and other branches of the military, serve as role models to young women and all of those around our nation who wish to serve their country and I thank them for their service.

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Cory Gardner

United States Senator