House Passes CORE Act in NDAA, Will Gardner Kill It In The Senate?

House Passes CORE Act in NDAA, Will Gardner Kill It In The Senate?

Gardner Decries CORE Act as “Partisan, Political Tool” Despite Local Collaboration, Bipartisan Support

Denver, CO – Today, the CORE Act — a decade in the making collaborative bill to protect 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands — passed the House with bipartisan support for the second time, but now the landmark conservation legislation is *again* subjected to the will of Senator Cory Gardner. Despite widespread grassroots support, Gardner refuses to support the CORE Act, calling the bill “a partisan, political tool” and implying anyone who disagrees is “a fool.”

Gardner is in the Republican majority on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, so without Gardner’s support the CORE Act won’t “see the light of day in the Senate.” Yet as Gardner’s latest deceptive campaign ad proves, Gardner is desperately attempting to greenwash his record of supporting Trump’s anti-conservation agenda. 

Gardner has refused to say whether he’ll support William Perry Pendley’s nomination to head the Bureau of Land Management. But just today, Gardner claimed Pendley would be a “non-starter” if he supports selling off public lands — but Pendley has loudly pushed for that very thing, writing that the “Founding Fathers intended all lands owned by the federal government to be sold.” So why won’t Gardner commit to opposing Pendley’s nomination?

Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen:

“Coloradans have worked for over a decade to build consensus around the CORE Act, but Senator Gardner is choosing Trump over our public lands while pretending to be unaware that the Bureau of Land Management is currently run by a zealot who wants to sell off our public lands to the highest bidder. Now, the rubber meets the road: Will Gardner block the CORE Act and do Trump’s bidding, or will he stand with Coloradans and protect our wilderness?”