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Colorado airports receive $4.3 million for improvements

Four regional airports will receive a total of $4.3 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for repairs and construction through the Airport Improvement Program. Rifle Garfield County Airport will get $3.1 million, including more than $300,000 from the $1.8 trillion CARES Act that provided various forms of coronavirus relief. The money will support a project to expand the ramp to 80,000 square yards, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration standards. Grand Junction Region… Continue Reading


Senate agrees to extend PPP loan program to early August

The Senate passed a bill to extend the filing deadline for Paycheck Protection Program loans Tuesday evening, hours before the Small Business Administration is set to stop accepting applications. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, ranking member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, asked for unanimous consent on a bill that would extend the program's deadline from June 30 to Aug. 8. He was met with no objections, sending the legislation over to the House. But unless and until the House … Continue Reading


$41.7 million in federal payments destined for 56 counties

Fifty-six of Colorado's 64 counties will receive $41.7 million this year under the four-decade-old program that provides federal payments to jurisdictions with nontaxable public lands within their borders. The Payments in Lieu of Taxes program began in 1977. This year it will compensate more than 1,900 local governments with a total of $514.7 million for national parks, wildlife refuges and recreation areas that do not generate property tax revenue. The payments are based on acreage and popula… Continue Reading


Gardner bill designating 9-8-8 as suicide prevention hotline receives FCC endorsement

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 24 unanimously endorsed a bicameral, bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) to establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. "For the months of March and April 2020, calls to our state mental health crisis line spiked 48 percent compared to last year," Sen. Gardner said during a Wednesday hearing held by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Commission. "In a crisis th… Continue Reading


Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue Visits Food Bank Of The Rockies To See Coronavirus Food Assistance Program In Progress

Colorado food banks are seeing a big spike in the need for food assistance during the coronavirus pandemic, pushing their supply to the limits. The United States Department of Agriculture has long supported those organizations through different federal programs, adding to that with the Coronavirus Food Assistance program. On Friday, during a visit to Colorado with Sen. Cory Gardner, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue decided to see the result of those programs firsthand with a visit to the Food Bank o… Continue Reading


How Cory Gardner sold the GOP on a historic lands bill

Sen. Cory Gardner yesterday got to enjoy a moment of applause on the chamber floor to mark the passage of the "Great American Outdoors Act," a landmark piece of conservation legislation years in the making. Ten minutes later, the Colorado Republican was on a press call with reporters. "This is a historic win for the United States," Gardner declared, "a historic win for future generations, and it comes at a time when the American people need to see the Congress pull together and pull for the cou… Continue Reading


Gardner, Wicker, Rounds request permanent Medicare coverage of telehealth services

U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined a bipartisan group of 27 of their colleagues in seeking expanded and permanent Medicare coverage of telehealth services. "Americans have benefited significantly from this expansion of telehealth and have come to rely on its availability" during the COVID-19 pandemic, the senators wrote in a June 15 letter sent to U.S. Senate leadership. "Congress should expand access to telehealth services on a permanent basis so… Continue Reading


U.S. Senate passes Cory Gardner's Great Outdoors Act

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner was enjoying the fruits from years of labor Wednesday as the Senate passed his Great American Outdoors Act, characterized as the most significant public lands bill in generations. "This is a significant victory for Colorado," Gardner told Colorado Politics Wednesday afternoon, asked if this was the biggest win of his first term in Washington. "We've passed legislation like the mandatory sanctions on North Korea to try to take a step toward denuclearizing this. I created t… Continue Reading


In time of crises, lands bill gives Senate a chance to unite

At a time of national crises, the Senate has been able to come together on a topic both parties celebrate: the great outdoors. While the country copes with the coronavirus, an economic downturn and a reckoning over racism, lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an election-year deal to double spending on a popular conservation program and devote nearly $2 billion a year to improve and maintain national parks. If approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, the Great Ameri… Continue Reading


With Cory Gardner leading the charge, Senate takes up Great American Outdoors Act

Colorado senators are leading a congressional push to pass landmark conservation legislation that would deploy $9.5 billion to maintain overrun national parks and permanently direct $900 million a year for outdoor recreation on public lands. President Donald Trump has said he will sign this Great American Outdoors Act if lawmakers get it to his desk. Senators this week took up the issue, aiming for a vote next Tuesday, and around 200 House members have said they'll support similar legislation. … Continue Reading


Gardner makes a case for Colorado as he seeks outdoor funding

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner put Colorado on the national stage Monday as he argued on the Senate floor for money for nation's national parks in bill he authored, the Great American Outdoors Act. "Now is the time to invest in our recreation infrastructure. Now is the time to invest in this job opportunity," the Republican from the Eastern Plains argued. "You know prior to the pandemic, we were living in the midst of one of the greatest economies the world has ever seen. Unemployment was at record low… Continue Reading


Summer outside? Calls to preserve U.S. public lands after lockdown

Before March, avid mountain biker Levi Rose never used to see a full parking lot at Beacon Hill, a popular trail destination in the northwestern U.S. state of Washington. But with state parks and gyms closed after Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a stay-at-home order to stem the novel coronavirus, cooped-up residents began looking for exercise options closer to home. Rose suddenly found himself sharing the trailhead with many new faces precisely at a time when the public was being asked t… Continue Reading


Cory Gardner on business recovery amid COVID-19: Time to instill confidence, change PPP

Sen. Cory Gardner says federal efforts to boost the economy during the coronavirus pandemic must instill confidence in consumers and help businesses that are now suffering because they closed for the health of their communities. On Wednesday, Gardner, R-Colorado, shared developments on federal efforts with members of NoCo Strong, a group of Northern Colorado government leaders who have been gathering weekly via videoconference to consider business needs. Fort Collins City Council member Ken Su… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet back stimulus for music venues

U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet dig live music in D.C., if you mean government aid for music venues. The Colorado duo are among 41 senators who signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking that the places where people previously gathered to enjoy performances make their way into a next government aid package in response to COVID-19. "Live event venues were among the first to close as COVID-19 spread across the country, and they are likely to be among the last to … Continue Reading


Colorado lawmakers work to ensure the National Guard receives full benefits for serving on the front lines of COVID-19

A bipartisan congressional group is asking for assurance that National Guard personnel, who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, will receive the federal benefits they have earned. The congressional group includes Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and Colorado Reps. Jason Crow and Doug Lamborn. The 125 members of Congress sent a letter to the Trump administration on Friday addressing reports that National Guard personnel service may be stopped at 89 days, whic… Continue Reading


Bipartisan senators introduce bill to make changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced legislation to extend the time businesses have to use funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and eliminate the limit on using funds for non-payroll expenses. The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, introduced on Thursday, would allow businesses to extend the period, which is currently eight weeks, to 24 weeks. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that the administration is working on expanding this peri… Continue Reading


Gardner’s bipartisan bill would spur federal R&D in engineering biology

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) on May 14 proposed a bipartisan bill that would authorize a coordinated federal engineering biology research and development initiative. "Like the technological revolution and the Industrial Revolution before it," Sen. Gardner said, "the biological revolution will reshape how we interact with and understand the world around us." In addition to making new vaccines, engineering biology research is used to develop locally grown specialty crops that are resilient to c… Continue Reading


Gardner cosponsors bill to extend Paycheck Protection Program deadlines

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has co-sponsored legislation to double the loan period for the Paycheck Protection Program from eight to 16 weeks. "Small businesses in Colorado have received more than $10 billion in assistance from the PPP to keep the lights on and workers on payroll," said Gardner. "As the country slowly ramps back up, it's clear that we must extend the time businesses have to rehire and spend their PPP dollars." The popular program allows for forgivable loans through the U.S. Small B… Continue Reading


Sen. Cory Gardner Joins Josh Hawley in Calling for Federal Gov’t to Pay Wages During Pandemic

Senator Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) has joined the effort by Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) to pass legislation that would see the federal government essentially pay the salaries of workers laid off during the coronavirus pandemic. Hawley's "Rehire America" plan would pay up to 80 percent of wages for employees that have been laid off. The legislation also provides payroll assistance for up to 120 percent of pay for rehired workers, an attempt to incentivize businesses to bring back former employee… Continue Reading


Gardner joins Democrats to enlist manufacturing in response, recovery

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner is on a bipartisan team in seeking to spur American manufacturing to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, including help with vaccines and personal protective equipment. Gardner and joined Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware, Gary Peters of Michigan and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership urging them to expand the Manufacturing USA network to step up. "In the short term, we urge Congress to enli… Continue Reading

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