Sen. Gardner to meet with GarCo commissioners Friday |

Sen. Gardner to meet with GarCo commissioners Friday

Colorado’s freshman U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is scheduled to swing through Glenwood Springs this afternoon for a meeting with the Garfield County commissioners.

The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. at the county administration building on Eighth Street and is open to the public.

“This is something Senator Gardner did regularly when he represented the 4th District in Congress, meeting with the county commissioners in his district to hear what is on their minds,” said Gardner press spokesman Alex Siciliano.

“It’s also a good opportunity to discuss what he will be working on in Congress, and the priorities for this session,” Siciliano said.

There’s no specific agenda of topics for the meeting, Garfield County Commission Chairman John Martin said.

“It will be an open forum for us to discuss any issues that come up, and an opportunity to welcome our new freshman senator to town,” Martin said.

Gardner, a Republican from Yuma, defeated incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in last fall’s election, part of a wave of Republican wins that helped the party take control of the Senate.

Since officially taking office on Jan. 6, Gardner has been busy, introducing or co-sponsoring bills to expedite liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and two measures aimed at repealing parts of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

One of those measures would restore the definition of full-time work to 40 hours a week, rather than the 30-hour threshold for coverage under Obamacare, and the other would repeal the medical device tax that was included to help pay for the law.

Energy issues in particular are likely to be among the topics of discussion at today’s meeting with county commissioners.

Regarding the LNG bill, which is being co-sponsored by Republican Sen. John Barrasso from Wyoming, Gardner said in a recent statement: “Colorado is at the center of American energy revolution, and the natural gas industry helps power our state’s economy and provides thousands of jobs from the Western Slope to Eastern Plains.

“LNG exports are more than good economic policy, they are also a matter of national security,” Gardner continued in announcing the introduction of his LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act.

“Increasing natural gas exports here in the United States would allow us to provide some relief to allies currently tethered to unfriendly regional powers,” he said.

Gardner sits on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee; the Foreign Relations Committee; the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee.

Gardner’s visit with the Garfield County commissioners will be followed by a meeting with the Eagle County commissioners.

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