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Mark Udall's Senate Member Office (D-CO) posted a Blog Post on December 17, 2014 | 11:45 am - Original Item - Comments (View)

It has been the greatest privilege of my life to represent my fellow Coloradans and our great state. The statement I entered into the congressional record reflects on my last 18 years in public service. I will be forever grateful to have had the challenge and the opportunity to serve our country.

Madam President, it is humbling to stand here to speak one final time with my colleagues as a United States Senator.

As a lifelong mountain climber, I have learned far more from the mountains I did not summit, than those I did. Every climb, I have found, offers a chance to look back and reflect, and standing here today gives me a unique opportunity to appreciate just how far we have come.

For the past 18 years, my most rewarding challenge has been exercising the power lent to me by the people of Colorado to fight on their behalf, first in the State House and then in the U.S. Congress. Throughout my career in public service — my 6 years in the U.S. Senate being but one chapter — I have always been guided by the rugged independence, strength and cooperative spirit that defines who we are as Coloradans and as Westerners.

That spirit helped me craft solutions to long-standing problems in my home State of Colorado. From my very first week in the U.S. Senate, I worked at resolving the decades-long impasse between southern Colorado ranchers and the U.S. Army, which uses the land surrounding Piñon Canyon to train soldiers for deployment into war zones. After 5 years of listening and lots of hard work, we reached a deal that protects the property rights of landowners while ensuring our troops are prepared to defend our Nation. It was a teamwork-oriented approach that reflected Colorado's best problem-solving traditions.

I have said for years that Coloradans pull together come hell or high water. Little did I know that this saying would prove itself to be true during my time in the U.S. Senate, from wildfires that left thousands homeless to a biblical flood in 2013 that swept over much of the Front Range. Despite the partisan Federal Government shutdown of 2013, we delivered more than $770 million in emergency flood support and marshalled nearly $2.5 billion in additional Federal assistance so that Colorado could rebuild better and stronger than before. This disaster relief work includes conservation easements and watershed protection funds to ward off future floods and a series of next-generation air tankers to help us fight fires for decades to come. This is in addition to the more immediate support needed to rebuild roads, bridges, and the infrastructure that our communities depend on.

Our uniquely Western perspective holds that compromise is not capitulation, and that we are stronger when every member of the community has a seat at the table — not just the privileged. This is a cause that my family has championed for generations and it is a creed that should continue to drive all Coloradans who answer the call to serve.

At this point in our politics, Americans are rightly impatient with the willful, partisan gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. Yet, in Colorado, we know that by working together we have been able to keep our State moving forward and do our part to overcome Washington silliness for the good of the Nation.

But even as we keep our eyes on the horizon and the work we still have to do, it is also important that we protect our special way of life — and safeguard our land, water and air for future generations. I strongly believe that we do not inherit the earth from our parents — we borrow it from our children. That is why I have championed efforts to preserve our public lands and the special places and natural wonders that define Colorado. Those efforts include creating new wilderness areas around James Peak, ensuring that future generations can experience the beauty of the Great Sand Dunes and Chimney Rock, and turning Rocky Flats — a former nuclear weapons facility — into a wildlife refuge. I will continue working hard to protect Brown's Canyon, which I hope to see designated as a national monument in the days ahead.

Protecting these special places along with our clean air and water is just part of the larger fight to confront the challenges and opportunities posed by climate change. Colorado has long led the Nation's pursuit of a balanced, forward-thinking energy strategy. Much of the progress Colorado has made came after I fought alongside Republican Speaker of the Colorado House Lola Spradley in 2004 to pass our State's first renewable electricity standard. This was the Nation's first democratically-passed renewable energy policy, and one which has actually been strengthened and added to since it was created. Since then, Colorado's renewable electricity standard has increased from its start at 10 percent to the 30 percent it is today. It has become a model for the Nation in how to create good-paying clean energy jobs while fighting the causes of climate change.

I built on this effort in the U.S. Senate by successfully pushing to extend the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. This has been a years-long, bipartisan effort that I am proud to have led alongside Senator Grassley from Iowa. From coming to the floor more than two-dozen times to explain the importance of wind State-by-State and to demand an extension in 2012, to fighting to extend the wind tax credit again this year, I have never given up on Colorado's thriving wind-energy industry and the more than 5,000 jobs it supports across the State. This is the sort of common-sense, bipartisan policy that helps hardworking American families today but is also part of implementing a clean energy future for generations to come.

As a Nation, over the past few years, we have persevered through difficult times to continue building toward a more perfect union. When our country was faced with the possibility of another Great Depression, we took decisive action — avoiding financial collapse, supporting 6 straight years of job growth in private industry, and making smart investments in everything from repairing our crumbling roads to re-invigorating Denver's historic Union Station. That is something to be proud of. There's a lot more to be done — but it is important to pause and note the successful milestones we have already reached on the road to recovery.

Despite a flawed roll-out, the Nation's healthcare law has increased access to quality health coverage for more than 400,000 Coloradans, helped families lower expenses and plan their future with free contraceptive care, and kept costs down for the first time in decades. This is helping to keep families out of bankruptcy and making sure that all Americans — not just the wealthiest among us — receive the care they and their families deserve.

Thomas Jefferson once said that a true patriot loves her country not just for what it is ..... but for what it can be. I think a country where every family can rest easy knowing that they will never be left in the cold again when it comes to accessing health care is a cause worth fighting for, and I could not be more grateful to those who have fought alongside me to make that a reality. At the same time, we must also continue to monitor closely its implementation to ensure we identify and correct any unexpected and uneven impacts on Coloradans and Americans.

While protecting Americans from the abuses of an out-of-control healthcare system is an achievement we should all celebrate, I have been equally as passionate about upholding the Bill of Rights and protecting our freedom and right to equality. We still have a ways to go, but I am proud to have followed in the footsteps of so many great leaders, including many in my own family, who fought to make sure America lives up to the values enshrined in our Constitution.

Many of you may recall that my father, Mo, helped to integrate the University of Arizona, when it was beset by racial divisions. My grandfather, Levi, issued a famous court decision that recognized Native Americans' constitutionally protected right to vote in our elections. My uncle Stewart challenged discrimination in our Nation's capital when he confronted the Washington football team to demand they allow black athletes to play alongside white athletes. It has been these examples among so many others that inspired me to take action when I felt we were not living up to our constitutional ideals.

That includes leading the successful fight to repeal the military's discriminatory ``Don't Ask, Don't Tell'' policy that had so shamefully kept gay and lesbian Americans from openly serving their country in the Armed Forces. It includes passing landmark hate crimes prevention legislation and a law to make it easier for women to fight wage discrimination.

While there is much work left to be done to protect our constitutional rights, I am proud to have led the effort to reconcile the enormous power of our Nation's intelligence agencies with the bedrock principles of our democracy. We have proven that the choice between ensuring our security and protecting our privacy is a false choice, and that we can keep faith with our Nation's founding principles while also safeguarding our communities. So when the CIA tortured people in the name of the Americans it was supposed to serve, we were strong enough as a Nation to admit our mistakes and commit to learning from this dark period in our Nation's history. That is why I led the fight on the Intelligence Committee to declassify the findings of our landmark report on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, to make sure that future presidents and intelligence community leaders do not violate the principles that make America so exceptional.

These are all important accomplishments — but I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that true leadership is a team sport. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by many people whose insights, counsel and contributions have made me a stronger and more effective advocate for Colorado. In particular, I want to point out that former Colorado U.S. Senator Gary Hart has been a key, trusted advisor and a dear friend throughout my 18 years of public service. I want to thank my Chief of Staff, Michael Sozan, who has guided my Senate office with a steady hand for the last 6 years ..... and my State Director, Jen Rokala, who I have had the pleasure of working with over the past 15 years as we served the people of Colorado. I also want to thank Joe Britton, my Deputy Chief of Staff; Jake Swanton, my Legislative Director; John Fossum, my administrative director; and Mike Saccone, my Communications Director, for ably guiding me and my office.

Even before coming to the Senate, I had the pleasure of working with many dedicated people who put everything on the line to better serve Colorado. I want to thank Alan Salazar, my former Chief of Staff, along with Laura Davis, Lisa Carpenter, Stan Sloss, Doug Young, Cookab Hashemi, and Tara Trujillo for their guidance, patience, and good humor. I also want to thank two staffers who have been with me from the start: Jennifer Barrett, one of my most trusted advisers, and Carter Ellison, my constituent services director. The list of talented and driven people who have worked with me over the years is too long to read but their commitment to serving Colorado and our Nation fills me with awe. I will miss my team greatly.

It also has been my honor to serve as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee for the last 6 years — and on the House Armed Services Committee before that. During that time, I had the privilege of working on behalf of the tremendous men and women who defend our Nation. I have witnessed their great courage, professionalism and commitment in performing dangerous missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Djibouti and other places around the world. I have been humbled by the indomitable spirit of our wounded warriors recovering at Walter Reed, Bethesda and in Colorado. I have mourned our fallen. Their sacrifice, and the loss that is borne by their families and a grateful Nation, is never far from my mind. To all those who have served, and to all their loved ones, I offer my deepest thanks and my never ending gratitude.

When I first came to the U.S. Senate, I told my colleagues that we were not elected to solve Democratic or Republican problems, but to find uniquely American solutions to our toughest challenges. Just like mountain climbers who are all on the same rope, we know that we are all in this together — and that we are only truly successful when we all succeed together.

The great writer Wallace Stegner challenged us to build communities to match our scenery. In a narrow sense, that means that we should strive to make our society as beautiful and thriving as the natural landscape that surrounds us. But in a broader sense, it also means that our communities should bring out the best in us, and that we should never stop building on the uniquely independent yet cooperative spirit that makes Colorado great.

That is the spirit that has guided me throughout my time in public service, and it is the spirit that will continue to guide me as I find new ways to keep Colorado and our country moving forward.

It has been the greatest privilege of my life to be a United States Senator from Colorado and I will be forever grateful for having had the challenge and the opportunity to serve our great country.

Udall Announces 2015 U.S. Service Academies Nominations

Mark Udall's Senate Member Office (D-CO) posted a Press Release on December 17, 2014 | 11:41 am - Original Item - Comments (View)

Mark Udall, chairman of the U.S. Senate Strategic Forces Subcommittee and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today that he has nominated 54 outstanding Colorado students for appointment to four of the U.S. military service academies.

'These 54 young Coloradans are truly committed to serving our country, and I'm proud to nominate them to our military service academies,' Udall said. 'These bright men and women are the next generation of leaders, and I'm confident they'll excel in both military and civilian life.'

Udall received nearly 450 applications for academy nominations. Colorado veterans serving on his Merit Selection Committee evaluated the applicants based on academic aptitude, leadership potential, determination and overall character. Nominated students will now compete with other students from around the country for appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Military Academy.

Udall's 2015 nominees to the U.S. service academies are below.

U.S. Air Force Academy
Jacob Cushatt, Highlands Ranch
Adrienne DeBauche, Elbert
Andrew DeNicola, Monument
Kaitlyn Enright, Colorado Springs
Jillian Green, Colorado Springs
Rylan Haag, Colorado Springs
Marissa Jacobs-Hofmann, Colorado Springs
James Kellen, Colorado Springs
Rebecca King, Colorado Springs
Yaereem Lee, Broomfield
Lauren Maine, Colorado Springs
Natalie Morrissey, Eagle
Logan Pethtel, Colorado Springs
Quincy Prack, Aurora
Luke Robinson, Aurora
Carter Thorne, Monument
Karl-Erik Van Hegewald, Centennial
Thomas Weatherford, Colorado Springs
Claire Jones, Boulder
Brandon Lee, Highlands Ranch

U.S. Military Academy
Robert Bock, Englewood
Aaron Bristow, Colorado Springs
Kevin Brooks, Colorado Springs
Robert Fricke, Colorado Springs
Hanna Hartel, Colorado Springs
Claire Jones, Boulder
Brandon Lee, Highlands Ranch
Rachel Perley, Boulder
David Rapp, Carlisle
Tristan Rude, Colorado Springs
Bailey Smith, Evergreen
Melanie Vasina, Centennial
Joseph Drennan, Greenwood Village
Alexis Eliopulos, Niwot
Kaitlyn Enright, Colorado Springs
Quincy Prack, Aurora
Madaline Riggs, Peyton
Patrick Riley, Morrison
Tara Stilwell, Centennial
Thomas Weatherford, Colorado Springs

U.S. Naval Academy
Joseph Drennan, Greenwood Village
Alexis Eliopulos, Niwot
Matthew Gregory, Monument
Megan Hanson, Woody Creek
Nicholas Hoyer, Fort Collins
Caleb Johns, Colorado Springs
Wyatt Kartvedt, Colorado Springs
Bailey Miclette, Arvada
Samuel Nitka, Pueblo
Kathryn Patrick, Aurora
Madaline Riggs, Peyton
Patrick Riley, Morrison
Krista Trefren, Culver
Jacob Cushatt, Highlands Ranch
Yaereem Lee, Broomfield
Natalie Morrissey, Eagle
Luke Robinson, Aurora
Nicholas Romine, Highlands Ranch
Carter Thorne, Monument
Karl-Erik Van Hegewald, Centennial

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Max Althouse, Monument
Merrick Bieger, Petyton
Lily Jansen, Denver
Alexandra Jaros, Boulder
Devon Klingman, Manitou Springs
Patrick Lyell, Fort Collins
Corey Simoneaux, Broomfield
Ryan Vasina, Centennial
Caleb Johns, Colorado Springs
Baily Nagle, Palmer Lake

Udall Secures Wins for Colorado, Provisions to Strengthen National Security in Bipartisan Defense Authorization Bill

Mark Udall's Senate Member Office (D-CO) posted a Press Release on December 12, 2014 | 5:22 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

Mark Udall, chairman of the U.S. Senate Strategic Forces Subcommittee and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015, a bill in which he played a major role. The bill includes Udall-sponsored provisions to strengthen U.S. national security, safeguard military firefighting aircraft, improve the military's energy efficiency and provide critical medical support for Colorado's Cold War-era nuclear weapons workers. Additionally, the bill includes Udall's proposals to strengthen the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and protect Hermosa Creek.

'Coloradans are proud of our state's contribution to our national defense — and we should be,' Udall said. 'This year's National Defense Authorization Act will strengthen our national defense, protect our troops and save taxpayer money while supporting Colorado's military missions. I'm proud to have fought to include provisions to help Colorado's Cold War heroes access the health services they need, expand the Department of Defense's ability to target major sources of financing for extremist groups, and start development of a U.S.-built rocket engine while protecting the launch vehicles that have provided our national security community with assured access to space.'

The annual National Defense Authorization Act establishes defense policy, budgets and priorities for the U.S. military. Udall successfully fought to include a series of cost-saving amendments that strengthen Colorado's role in our national security.

Udall's provisions in the FY2015 NDAA will:

  • Authorize $100 million for the Defense Department to develop a plan to produce a domestic liquid rocket engine program that reduces our dependence on Russian-built engines to launch our satellites into space.
  • Authorize the Defense Department to support operations and task forces targeting human trafficking, wildlife poaching, drug and weapons smuggling, and other illegal activities that provide billions in funding to terrorist groups.
  • Require the secretary of the Air Force to submit a report detailing the impacts of planned reductions to the C-130 fleet equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems. That report must then be reviewed by the Government Accountability Office and submitted for evaluation to Congress before any C-130s can be transferred. The Air Force has proposed removing four of the 12 MAFFS-equipped C-130 aircraft currently stationed at Peterson Air Force Base and eliminating a number of personnel assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing, and Udall's work helps ensure the firefighting mission will not be affected by any cuts.  
  • Urge the Air Force to complete its study and implement its findings to improve the safety of aircraft ejection seats. This provision follows a Udall amendment in last year's NDAA that addressed potential ejection seat safety issues after an Air Force F-16 pilot was killed in an ejection sequence. This provision would help ensure the safety of F-16 pilots at Buckley Air Force Base.
  • Add transparency and certainty to decisions on compensation and access to benefits for the Cold War nuclear workers suffering from illnesses as a result of their exposure to radiation. Udall's provision requires the president to establish an independent advisory panel comprised of scientific, medical, legal, worker and worker advocate communities to review decisions made through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) program to better address the needs of the nuclear workers. 
  • Designate approximately 70,650 acres of land in the San Juan National Forest in Colorado as the Hermosa Creek Special Management Area, approximately 37,236 acres of National Forest lands as the Hermosa Creek Wilderness and establish the 461-acre Molas Pass Recreation Area.
  • Revitalize the historic Murdock Building as part of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site's Visitor Center.

Udall has successfully fought for a number of provisions to be included in past NDAAs, such as restricting the Army's authority to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in southern Colorado in FY14; ensuring Colorado's military bases and installations remain a critical part of the state's economy, workforce and community; and helping the military save money and lives by reducing its reliance on foreign fossil fuel in FY12.

Udall Speaks on Senate Intelligence Committee Study, His Work to Hold CIA Accountable

Mark Udall's Senate Member Office (D-CO) posted a Video (YouTube) on December 10, 2014 | 2:10 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)
Mark Udall spoke on the U.S. Senate floor about the Senate Intelligence Committee's study of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. The extended set of remarks detailed at length the...
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Udall: Senate Intelligence Committee Study Corrects Record

Mark Udall's Senate Member Office (D-CO) posted a Video (YouTube) on December 9, 2014 | 4:55 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)
Mark Udall, who led efforts to hold the White House, CIA and intelligence agencies accountable to the American people, welcomed the declassification today of the U.S. Senate Select Committee...
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Udall: Senate Intelligence Committee Study Corrects Record, Ensures No Future President, CIA Repeats Grievous Mistakes of Detention, Interrogation Program

Mark Udall's Senate Member Office (D-CO) posted a Press Release on December 9, 2014 | 11:13 am - Original Item - Comments (View)

Mark Udall, who led efforts to hold the White House, CIA and intelligence agencies accountable to the American people, welcomed the declassification today of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's exhaustive study of the CIA's brutal, ineffective and misguided detention and interrogation program.

The Senate Intelligence Committee released the executive summary of the report today following months of negotiations with the White House and CIA — a process Udall fought to keep moving forward. Udall also had threatened to take any step necessary to get the truth out if negotiators for the committee and executive branch could not reach an accord that kept faith with the important transparency the report represents.

'The release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's study of the CIA's detention and interrogation program is an historic victory for our nation, the Constitution, and our system of checks and balances. This study ensures that the truth about the CIA’s brutal torture program finally comes out and that the agency can learn from its repeated missteps and start to restore its integrity,' Udall said. 'My goal from day one has been holding the CIA accountable, shedding light on this dark chapter of our history, and ensuring neither the CIA nor any future administration would make these grievous mistakes ever again. The report released today achieves those goals and affirms that we are a nation that does not hide from its past, but learns from it.

'We can protect our national security without compromising who we are as Americans. This landmark study — and the millions of pages of agency documents and testimony it is based upon — shows that torture is not effective and does not make us safer.'

Udall has been the leading proponent of swiftly declassifying the Senate Intelligence Committee's exhaustive study on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Following the Senate Intelligence Committee's vote this spring to declassify the study, Udall called on the White House to speed declassification of the study and prevent the CIA from interfering with its public release.

Udall also has aggressively pushed back on intelligence officials and anonymous leaks that have sought to discredit the Senate Intelligence Committee's study and prevent the truth about the CIA's brutal torture program from coming out.

Coloradans Rally to Support Protecting Browns Canyon as a National Monument

Mark Udall's Senate Member Office (D-CO) posted a Press Release on December 8, 2014 | 1:26 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

Following a public meeting over the weekend in Salida, Mark Udall heralded the overwhelming support among Chaffee County residents, leaders, businesses and other stakeholders for protecting Browns Canyon as a national monument. Udall hosted the public meeting — attended by senior state and federal officials, including U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Steve Ellis — to gauge public support for protecting this nationally significant landmark.

The more than 500 attendees at the standing-room-only meeting overwhelmingly endorsed the idea, noting how a national monument designation — protecting 22,000 acres along the Arkansas River between Salida and Buena Vista — would boost the local economy, support Main Street businesses and help protect Colorado’s special way of life.

'Browns Canyon is one of Colorado's most spectacular areas — home to one of the most rafted stretches of river in our nation, Gold Medal trout waters, sensitive wildlife habitat and rugged backcountry hiking. The public testimony from Saturday's meeting highlights why Republicans and Democrats alike have worked for decades to protect this truly special place,' Udall said. 'Coloradans also loudly and clearly underscored that Washington-style gridlock should not undermine the ongoing effort to protect Browns Canyon for future generations. With Coloradans by my side, I urge the Obama Administration to swiftly designate Browns Canyon as a national monument.'

For photos from the public meeting, click HERE.

'Browns Canyon is a national treasure. A national monument designation will permanently protect the natural areas and would boost local economic vitality via increased visitation and awareness of Buena Vista and Chaffee County,' said Joel Benson, mayor of Buena Vista and president of BV Roastery & Bongo Billy's Coffees. 'As a business owner, whitewater rafter and as a father, I know that a Browns Canyon National Monument will have an overwhelmingly positive impact on our community both now and for future generations.'

'For over a decade, local citizens and lawmakers from both parties have worked tirelessly to protect this unique and untrammeled landscape,' said Thomas Yerkey, Salida City Council member. 'Although legislation has been introduced with the support of multiple diverse groups, including Chaffee County Commissioners, Arkansas River Outfitters Association, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, roughly 150 local businesses, and 150 more from throughout the state, this area still remains one of the state’s most appreciated yet unprotected areas.'

'I take tourists and residents whitewater rafting and fishing through Browns Canyon, exposing them to the natural beauty that is at the heart of Colorado’s outdoor heritage,' said Joe Greiner, owner of Wilderness Aware Rafting in Buena Vista. 'A lot of people put national monuments on their bucket list. A national monument designation will put Browns Canyon on the map and have an even bigger impact on our local economy.'

'Protecting this last bastion of wild country along the Arkansas River will help ensure that herds of elk and deer have high-quality winter range and anglers can pursue wily trout in a Gold Medal fishery,' said Tim Brass, Southern Rockies coordinator for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. 'Browns Canyon is the gold standard for backcountry hunting and fishing grounds, and a national monument designation will make sure it stays that way for future generations of hunters, anglers, and others.'

'Browns Canyon is located near several U.S. military bases, including Fort Carson and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Its protection as a national monument would ensure that service members and veterans could have access to the outdoors, can heal from the trauma of war, and reconnect with family,' said Garrett Reppenhagen from the Vet Voice Foundation. 'This is why Vet Voice Foundation strongly supports President Obama using his authority to make this protection a reality through use of the Antiquities Act.'

The meeting follows a letter Udall and Bennet sent recently urging the president to visit Chaffee County and start a public and transparent process to explore how best to protect Browns Canyon for future generations. The letter cited the long history of bipartisan support for protecting Browns Canyon, including the Colorado congressional delegation's bipartisan work nearly a decade ago. Udall recently led a more than 18-month public outreach process to develop the most recent legislative proposal to protect Browns Canyon as a national monument.

A broad coalition of community leaders, Colorado businesses, sportsmen and conservationists supports protecting Browns Canyon as a national monument based on Udall's community-based bill, S.1794. The bill would preserve this remarkable landscape while continuing current access and use of the area.

Udall-Championed Provision to Strengthen Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Included in 2015 National Defense Authorization Act

Mark Udall's Senate Member Office (D-CO) posted a Press Release on December 4, 2014 | 1:58 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

Mark Udall, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee, welcomed news that his proposal to revitalize the historic Murdock Building as part of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site's Visitor Center was included in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Udall, who introduced a standalone bill in April 2013 and held a hearing on his proposal in July 2013, said this welcome development will support economic growth and help revitalize the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

'I have been honored to lead the effort to create a public-private partnership between the National Park Service and Kiowa County to revitalize the historic Murdock Building as part of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site's Visitor Center,' Udall said. 'This proposal, included in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act thanks to my leadership, is especially important following the 150th anniversary of this dark chapter in our state and nation's history.'

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act also includes a bipartisan proposal Udall championed alongside U.S. Senator Michael Bennet to protect Hermosa Creek.

Udall has successfully fought for a number of provisions to be included in past NDAAs, such as restricting the Army's authority to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in southern Colorado in FY14; ensuring Colorado's military bases and installations remain a critical part of the state's economy, workforce and community; and helping the military save money and lives by reducing its reliance on foreign fossil fuel in FY12.

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