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Colorado congressional delegation calls on Trump to extend support for National Guard

Colorado's entire congressional delegation, Republicans and Democrats, are asking President Trump to extend funding to the National Guard to help combat the coronavirus pandemic in the state. In a letter led by Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, the Coloradans said it was a matter of balance. Funding is set to expire Aug. 21, but the letter ask for extension to the end of the year. In May Trump extended funding across the country that was set to expire in June fo… Continue Reading


Ivanka Trump Visits Day Care In Greenwood Village To Promote Affordable Child Care

Ivanka Trump, first daughter and adviser to Pres. Donald Trump, continued her visit to Colorado on Friday. Ivanka Trump visited the Bright Beginnings Learning Center in Greenwood Village. She was joined by Republican Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner. After touring the facility, Ivanka Trump held a discussion on the importance of having safe and affordable childcare options for families. This was the second day of her visit to Colorado. On Thursday, Ivanka Trump visited Rocky Mountain National Par… Continue Reading


Sen. Cory Gardner Visits Rocky Mountain Arsenal To Promote Great American Outdoors Act

Sen. Cory Gardner stopped by the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Friday. His visit was intended to explain how the Great American Outdoors Act will help the National Wildlife Refuge. The act will start to fix deferred maintenance backlogs. The park has a backlog of more than $6 million on roads alone. The environmental education facility will also get some funding. It was built in 1974 by the U.S. Army and needs repairs. The facility needs to support thousands of metro Denver school kids every year… Continue Reading


CSU receives $1 million for energy research

Colorado State University will receive $1 million through a federal program that funds research into carbon capture projects. Under the FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage initiative, CSU will design a thermal energy storage system with carbon capture. The project will aim to decrease the cost of electricity from natural gas-fired combined cycle plants and mitigate 95% of the carbon emissions. "As we develop new renewable energy methods, it's critical that we invest in and develop new energy s… Continue Reading


Gardner: Bolster U.S. cybersecurity to protect against foreign threats

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) urged the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to immediately pursue additional efforts to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity infrastructure against threats from Russia and China during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Recently the United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a report outlining Russian interference in COVID-19 vaccine development," including ongoing efforts to steal intellectual… Continue Reading


Gardner calls on FBI to block Chinese, Russian hackers

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on Friday called for immediate action to protect U.S. cybersecurity infrastructure from Russia and China, "particularly as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic." Gardner is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy. He directed his pleas to FBI Director Chris Wray and Chris Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Gardner cited the United Kingdom's National Cy… Continue Reading


U.S. Olympic museum to open July 30 in Colorado Springs; will honor 1980 team

A 60,000-square foot museum that will include a first-of-its-kind tribute to the 1980 U.S. Olympic team is scheduled to open July 30 in Colorado Springs after a three-year construction project. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum will feature 12 galleries that include exhibits on athlete training, the Summer and Winter Games and the USOPC Hall of Fame. The project was conceived in 2012, as Olympic leaders looked to establish the first full-fledged Olympic museum in the United States. The … Continue Reading


Feds award Region 10 $400K to help Main Street economies recover from COIVD hit; guard against future emergencies

A hefty federal grant will be leveraged to help economic recovery regionally - as well as to help the economy absorb "future shocks." Region 10 Economic League for Economic Assistance and Planning was awarded a $400,000 COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project grant by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. The funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief And Economic Security Act. "We are a partner with the EDA on economic development. They, wi… Continue Reading


Three-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline Will Be A Reality — In Two More Years

The FCC is moving ahead to set up a national three-digit suicide prevention hotline number: 988. The commission voted unanimously today on rules that would require all phone service providers to direct 988 calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022. "Establishing the easy-to-remember 988 as the 911 for suicide prevention and mental healh services will make it easier for Americans in crisis to accses the help that they need," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at the meeting, wh… Continue Reading


Major road construction could help secure U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs

Nearly $160 million in key road improvements could help Colorado Springs make the case it should be the permanent home for U.S. Space Command, officials announced Monday. The Colorado Department of Transportation detailed grant funding for four construction projects, known as the Military Access, Mobility & Safety Improvement Project, which will include 7.5 miles of improvements along Interstate 25 and work along Colorado Highway 94. Funding for the projects includes $108 million from CDOT… Continue Reading


Gardner touts bill that can help Runyon, other local projects

Hours before the first pitch of the summer at the Runyon Sports Complex, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner stood in the shadows of Tony Andenucio Field to announce that he wants to partner with Pueblo in an effort to open funding streams that would help local recreation projects, including the expansion of the historic ballpark. The Colorado Republican lawmaker said the passage of his bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act last month protects public lands across the country and also will could help outdoo… Continue Reading


Federal coronavirus loans helped Colorado’s rural hospitals stay afloat

More than a dozen rural Colorado hospitals and primary care facilities applied for federal loans designed to keep staff employed during the coronavirus pandemic, federal data show. The loan approvals came as rural hospitals across the country struggle with dwindling income, higher costs and staff retention, a plight exacerbated by the pandemic, according to the Colorado Hospital Association. The federal Paycheck Protection Program helps smaller businesses stay open and keep Americans employed … Continue Reading


Gardner’s comprehensive bill bolsters U.S. diagnostic testing for infectious diseases

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) on July 2 introduced sweeping bipartisan legislation to strengthen health preparedness efforts in the United States. Sen. Gardner sponsored the Timely and Effective Systematic Testing (TEST) Act, S. 4163, with original cosponsor U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), to require a national plan for diagnostic testing and public health system integration for better detecting infectious diseases, preventing outbreaks and avoiding future economic shutdowns related to pandemi… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet lead effort to ramp up COVID-19 testing

Colorado Sens. Cory Gardner, a Republican, and Michael Bennet, a Democrat, are leading the congressional effort to strengthen preparedness to detect and prevent outbreaks and avoid the economic blowout that comes with them. Gardner and Bennet are joined by Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and Democratic Sen Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona as sponsors of the Timely and Effective Systematic Testing (TEST) Act. "In order to fully beat the COVID-19 pandemic, we must be able to rapidly and accurately … Continue Reading


More pandemic emergency funds needed for children’s hospitals, says Gardner

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined a bipartisan group of senators in seeking additional emergency federal funding to help America's children's hospitals struggling to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are very concerned that a disproportionately low amount of this funding [from the Provider Relief Fund] has been distributed to children's hospitals," wrote Sen. Gardner and several of his U.S. Senate colleagues in a June 26 letter sent to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) S… Continue Reading


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

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