Op-Eds

02.05.19

Sen. Cory Gardner: North Korea is still a threat – Verifiable, irreversible denuclearization must be our goal

With the recent announcement of a second summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, the goal of any discussions with North Korea should remain the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) of the Korean Peninsula. The Trump administration's own 2019 Missile Defense Review released this week states that North Korea "continues to pose an extraordinary threat and the United States must remain vigilant." It furthermore states: "Over the past decade, North Korea accelerated … Continue Reading


07.20.18

Coming together for public lands and the conservation fund that protects them

As thousands of outdoor enthusiasts attend Colorado's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market this week, it reminds us that the wild and scenic spaces surrounding us are not just an important part of our state's heritage and identity; they drive our economy. That is in no small part thanks to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For over half a century, this fund has used a portion of federal offshore energy revenues - at no cost to taxpayers - to conserve our lands, water, and open spaces and protect … Continue Reading


05.03.18

Opinion: National Park Restoration Act a commonsense solution to park repair backlogs

Last week, we celebrated National Park Week, a chance for Americans across the country to celebrate our great outdoors, and no state's people are as proud of their public lands as Coloradans. For decades, Coloradans have cherished our public lands and are strong supporters of protecting these lands for the next generation. Whether it is hiking one of Colorado's fourteeners, spending the day exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, sledding down the Great Sand Dunes National Park, or learning abo… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Is Russia Sponsoring Terrorism?

Despite the imposition of unprecedented sanctions against Russia by the Trump administration and Congress over the past year, President Vladimir Putin only seems more intent on causing grievous harm to international peace and stability. Alongside increased financial sanctions against Mr. Putin and his cronies, there is another arrow in the American quiver that would add diplomatic pressure against Russia: The State Department should consider adding the country to its list of state sponsors of t… Continue Reading


04.15.18

Giving more opportunity to Coloradans who feel left behind

Over the past several months, Coloradans have continued to see the positive benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The biggest tax reform package in 30 years is leading to higher wages, bigger paychecks, more jobs, special bonuses, cheaper utility bills, hundreds of billions of dollars of investment in the United States, and more. Despite the onslaught of partisan opposition to tax relief and Americans keeping more of their own hard-earned money, Coloradans know tax relief has delivered mor… Continue Reading


02.01.18

THE PODIUM: With the tax cuts now in place, let’s take some needed next steps

Like so many Coloradans, Lindsey and Jared hustle every day. Jared owns and runs a welding company that he built from the ground up. Lindsey is a self-employed entrepreneur and real estate agent. Together they do their most important work raising their two daughters; they are expecting their third in April. Their work days begin before dawn and end with tucking in toddlers. In short, their work never ends. 2017 was the year that Republicans finally made good on their promise to families like th… Continue Reading


12.24.17

GARDNER: Tax plan a boost to Colorado's economy

Coloradans across the state are hardworking individuals who know what's best for them, their families and their communities. They understand that keeping more of their own money in their own pockets instead of sending it to Washington will provide them with more freedom to make their own decisions. As I travel around the state, I don't hear Coloradans asking for Washington to take more of their hard-earned paychecks. I hear their stories about stagnant wage growth, high taxes and an economy that… Continue Reading


08.02.17

Senator: How to really turn the screws on North Korea

The North Korean regime's dangerous behavior has continued to ramp up -- with its intercontinental ballistic missile test on our nation's Independence Day and its intercontinental missile test last week. These actions must wake up the world. The time for words is over. Such serious provocations deserves global condemnation and a show of determined resolve from the United States and our allies. We need to take decisive action before the situation on the Korean Peninsula leads to a nuclear war… Continue Reading


07.23.17

It’s time to move the BLM west

Moving the Bureau of Land Management west is a commonsense idea supported by Coloradans and Westerners who understand Washington does not always know what's best for our local communities. It is a simple proposal that recognizes 99 percent of the nearly 250 million acres of land managed by BLM is west of the Mississippi River, and having the decision-makers present in the communities they impact will lead to better policy. With partisanship on the rise in Washington, it has become increasingly… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Gardner: Science shouldn't be partisan issue

When it comes to federal research funding, it's easy to overlook the impact it has on our everyday lives. We tend to think of scientific research as an abstract concept where a scientist spends years in a lab working on their invention that never sees the light of day; but the reality is much more complex. Scientific research has a tremendous impact on our economy, our health and our national security, and most of the time we don't even realize how federal research improves our own quality of li… Continue Reading


03.12.17

Gorsuch deserves to be confirmed for U.S. Supreme Court

Judge Neil Gorsuch is one of the country's brightest legal minds and is an exceptional choice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Senate should swiftly confirm Gorsuch not only because he is immensely qualified, but also because he is a man of principle, intellect and faithful adherence to the law. Some of my Democrat colleagues have said as much in the past when the Senate unanimously approved Gorsuch to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Democrats, many who have previously… Continue Reading


02.18.17

Cory Gardner: Making science bipartisan again

"This committee has already addressed one of the greatest long-term threats to American innovation: You've made science bipartisan again, countering rhetoric that has at times made the research community feel under siege." That statement was made by former National Science Board official Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing. Then, on Jan. 6 of this year, President Obama signed into law the last-passed legislation of the 114th Congress, th… Continue Reading


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

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