WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet spoke on the Senate floor paying tribute to U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is completing his term in the 116th Congress after six years in the Senate. In his remarks, Bennet spoke about his bipartisan accomplishments with Gardner and praised his hard work, service, and sacrifice for Colorado.

“[E]ven though Cory and I have had plenty of differences over the years, there’s a real record of bipartisan accomplishment for our state,” said Bennet in his speech. “And one of the reasons for that is because, whatever our differences on policy, I have never for a moment doubted Cory’s commitment to serving the interests of Colorado and his genuine appreciation for what makes us the best state in America.”

Bennet continued: “We’re a young and restless state…and Cory has represented it always with energy and with drive. Agree with him or not, you can’t say he hasn’t worked hard every single second that he’s been here. You’ve probably also heard that Colorado has 300 days of sunshine a year. As it turns out, so does Cory…He’s been a consistent source of warmth and optimism in a body desperate for both.”

Bennet has worked with Gardner on several bipartisan initiatives, including legislation to ban members of Congress from becoming lobbyists; to prevent government shutdowns; to make the U.S. energy grid more resilient; to secure funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit; to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable to care for veterans across the Rocky Mountain region; and to fund critical improvements to Colorado’s infrastructure, from I-25 along the Front Range to the Southwest Chief. Last week, the Senate also passed a Bennet-Gardner bill to install America’s first outdoor monument honoring the women’s suffrage movement. The bill now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law. 

The text of Bennet’s remarks as delivered are below. You can watch a video of the remarks HERE.