Op-Eds

01.02.17

Why Donald Trump should make North Korea a top priority

The Obama administration's failed policy of "strategic patience" toward Pyongyang contributed to the rapid development of North Korea's arsenal of mass destruction. The acceleration of its nuclear and ballistic missile program represents a grave threat to global peace and stability -- and a direct threat to the American homeland in the immediate future. In short, turning a blind eye to North Korea produced one of the greatest and most complex security challenges facing the incoming Trump admini… Continue Reading


12.28.16

Reflecting on achievements, plans for future

Over the past two years, I have had the honor of representing the people of Colorado in the United States Senate. Looking back on the 114th Congress, I'm proud of the bipartisan work we were able to accomplish on behalf of Coloradans, and look forward to working with all my colleagues as we turn our focus to the work that lies ahead in 2017. In 2016, I visited each of Colorado's 64 counties and held more than a dozen rural economic roundtables with local officials, business owners and constitu… Continue Reading


12.28.16

Working to address the many threats our country faces

Over the past two years, I have had the honor of representing the people of Colorado in the United States Senate. Looking back on the 114th Congress, I'm proud of the bipartisan work we were able to accomplish on behalf of Coloradans, and look forward to working with all my colleagues as we turn our focus to the work that lies ahead in 2017. Earlier this month, the president signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. This legislation provides our Armed Forces with the reso… Continue Reading


10.13.16

Senators Fischer and Gardner: Obama Administration Is Irresponsible and Risky With Judgment Fund

Few Americans have heard of the U.S. Treasury Department's Judgment Fund. Most have heard of its recent intended beneficiaries: the Islamic Republic of Iran and health insurance companies reeling under Obamacare mandates. The Judgment Fund is a little-known account used to pay certain court judgments and settlements against the federal government. Each year, billions of dollars are disbursed from it, yet the fund does not fall under the annual appropriations process. Because of this, the Treasu… Continue Reading


10.09.16

We need to relieve the financial burden of Obamacare

Coloradans across the state are now faced with another Obamacare sticker shock. According to the Colorado Department of Insurance, health insurance premiums for the individual market will increase by an average of 20.4 percent next year. Prices continue to rise while choices continue to evaporate - leaving many Coloradans searching for solutions and wondering why the president's health care law hasn't lived up to its promises. President Obama sold his signature health care law to the American p… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Reaffirming America's commitment to science and technology

For decades, American hard work and ingenuity has driven our country's unprecedented economic prosperity. Our scientific curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit led to innovative discoveries that helped establish the United States as the world's largest economy and premier thought leader in the scientific arena. But as other nations increasingly invest in science and innovation to help grow their economies, we must recommit to promoting our own national science policy and maintaining American compe… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Sanction North Korea’s Forgotten Maniac

Chaos in the Middle East has diverted Western eyes, but Kim Jong Un's reign of terror in North Korea continues. Last month one high-ranking official was conspicuously absent from an important military funeral, leading to speculation of a new purge. On Oct. 10, North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party with a military parade. "Our party can confidently state," Mr. Kim said in a speech, "that our revolutionary armament today can deal with any kind of war U.S. imperialist… Continue Reading


09.13.15

Congress should reject bad nuke deal with Iran

Last week, the U.S. Senate reconvened to enter one of the most consequential foreign policy debates of our time: the president's Iran deal. Here's why it is imperative that Congress block the president's dangerous deal with Iran, which threatens our interests, our national security and the safety of our allies in the region. The administration began negotiations with the goal of preventing a nuclear Iran. The end product, however, not only fails to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, … Continue Reading


09.11.15

Promoting a digital future

Broadband connectivity is vital to the success of businesses across the country - from small, rural towns like Yuma, Colorado to a bustling metropolis like Denver. And while there is much more work to be done, the Centennial State is already a hotbed for startups and more established tech companies alike. As a whole, Colorado technology jobs increased by 18.6 percent in the last decade, and there are now more than 100,000 tech-related jobs in the state. In the Denver area alone, tech jobs have … Continue Reading


07.07.15

When America competes, the world benefits

For decades, the United States has remained at the forefront of game-changing innovation and scientific accomplishment, far ahead of all other nations. But countries around the world are actively seeking to compete with the next generation of American innovators and scientists. As China prioritizes major research and development projects, and India graduates thousands more scientists and engineers, the U.S. faces significant challenges in the global marketplace. These challenges are precisely w… Continue Reading


04.27.15

U.S. position in the world depends on Trans-Pacific Partnership

While recent attention has been focused on violent conflicts in the Middle East, an economic battle is brewing in the Pacific. The United States is on the brink of concluding one of the most important trade deals in generations, but China, national labor union leaders, and anti-consumer interests are trying to derail it. Now it's Congress's job to make sure that doesn't happen. Since 2008, the United States has been negotiating a high-standard multilateral trade agreement known as the Trans-Pac… Continue Reading


04.04.15

Cory Gardner: Don't allow a nuclear-armed Iran

As the Obama administration announces its framework of an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, Coloradans would be well-served to remember the nature of the regime on the other side of the bargaining table. Following the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the ruling mullahs held 52 American diplomats hostage for 444 days, releasing them only on Jan. 20, 1981, the day President Ronald Reagan was sworn into office. Two years later, on April 18, 1983, a truck laden with explosives rammed into th… Continue Reading

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