Press Releases

04.03.20

Gardner, Bennet Urge Administration to Ensure Small and Rural Communities Receive Fair Share of CARES Act Funding

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) called on the Trump Administration to follow Congressional intent as it distributes the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which provides emergency funding for state and local governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Provisions of the CARES Act stipulate that only jurisdictions with populations over 500,000 residents can apply directly for this emergency funding,… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Gardner Asks SBA to Fix Implementation of CARES Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today regarding the Small Business Administration's (SBA) implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act: "People in Colorado and across the nation are suffering and small businesses are closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are extraordinary times that require extraordinary action, and the Small Business Administration's implementation of the CARES Act must rise… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Gardner Calls for Investigation into Ventilator Stockpile

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is calling for an investigation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) into reports that thousands of ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile are not operational, contributing to a low supply of ventilators around the nation during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. "Troubling reports indicate that potential contracting delays and maintenance failures are contributing to a low supply of operational ve… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Gardner and Bipartisan, Bicameral Colleagues Urge USDA to Provide Immediate Assistance to Cattle Producers

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined a bipartisan, bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that he provide immediate assistance to cattle producers by using the resources provided in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act, including the replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and additional emergency funding. Doing so would help facilitate the stabilization of fa… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Gardner Says IRS Did the Right Thing by Automatically Giving Seniors Access to Direct Cash Payments

Washington, D.C. - Included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress gave the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the authority to waive a tax filing requirement for seniors and others who normally do not file taxes in order for them to receive the direct cash assistance. Early this week, it was reported that the IRS would require these individuals to file taxes creating confusion among seniors in Colorado and across the country on whether or not they would get acce… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Gardner Applauds $34 Million in HUD Grants for Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that the state of Colorado will receive a total of $34,006,065 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. "Communities all across the Centennial State are hurting right now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why I fought to get the CARES Act across the finish li… Continue Reading


04.02.20

Gardner Urges SBA to Loosen Loan Limits for Restaurants and Franchises

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to increase access to loans provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act to benefit more workers, restaurants, and franchises in Colorado and across the nation. "A large restaurant chain or a large franchisee that has to rely on location-based employee count to satisfy the 500-employee limit would likely be unable to meet much of its payroll needs if it is neverth… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Gardner Applauds Taiwan for Donating Millions of Masks to U.S.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, applauded Taiwan's commitment today to donate two million masks to the United States in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Colorado will receive 100,000 masks, which should arrive next week. "It has been an honor to work with President Tsai to advance the friendship between the U.S. and Taiwan, and I would like to thank all… Continue Reading


04.01.20

Gardner and Menendez Urge Administration to Reinvigorate North Korea Sanctions Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are requesting that the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of the Treasury step up enforcement of U.S. sanctions on North Korea, consistent with the bipartisan North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (NKSPEA) and th… Continue Reading


03.31.20

Gardner Requests COVID-19 Testing for Colorado Tribes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is requesting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide additional COVID-19 testing kits to the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian Tribes in Colorado and ensure they have the testing capabilities necessary to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. "There have already been two confirmed positive cases on the Southern Ute Indian reservation, and the Indian Health Service expects an increase in positive cases amongst all tribes in t… Continue Reading


03.31.20

After Gardner’s TAIPEI Act Becomes Law, U.S. Supports Taiwan’s Participation in the WHO

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement today regarding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments that the United States will "do our best to assist" Taiwan's "appropriate role" in the World Health Organization (WHO). The move is consistent with Gardner's Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Ac… Continue Reading


03.30.20

Colorado Delegation Urges Expedited National Review of PPE Developed at Colorado Universities

Washington D.C.-Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined members of the Colorado delegation in sending a letter to the directors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) requesting expedited review of personal protective equipment (PPE) being developed at Universities in Colorado. The letter also requests the release of clear guidance on how universities can obtain expedited approval to certify re… Continue Reading


03.27.20

After CARES Act Becomes Law, Colorado Delegation Urges Immediate Action for Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - Immediately after President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law, the Colorado congressional delegation requested that the Small Business Administration immediately implement the act's loan programs for small businesses. "The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant strain on American's small businesses. We have seen businesses close and workers laid off, furloughed, or left with drastically reduced hours. Business owners are… Continue Reading


03.27.20

Gardner Applauds House Passage of the CARES Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the House of Representatives passing H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Earlier this week the CARES Act passed the Senate by a vote of 96-0. "I've spoken to countless Coloradans who are worried about their futures and how to provide for their families because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the CARES Act provides the much-needed relief that Coloradans and the American peo… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Gardner, Coons Praise President Signing TAIPEI Act Into Law

Washington, D.C. - Today the President signed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act into law, authored by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE). This bipartisan legislation is intended to strengthen Taiwan's standing around the world and comes in response to increased Chinese pressure and bullying tactics intended to restrict Taiwan's international space and global diplomatic recognition. "The United States should use every tool to… Continue Reading


03.26.20

Gardner Seeks Pentagon’s Support to get Coloradans Stranded Abroad Home

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is requesting that the U.S. Department of Defense assist the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Transportation Command to repatriate American citizens stranded abroad due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "The State Department estimates there are roughly 50,000 American citizens currently seeking repatriation back to the United States including hundreds of Colorado families, students, business owners and healthcare providers… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Gardner Statement on Senate Passage of the CARES Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on Senate passage of H.R. 748, the legislative vehicle for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act passed the Senate by a vote of 96-0. "Coloradans and the American people need our help now more than ever and this bill delivers that relief," said Senator Gardner. "My office and I have been in constant conversation with Governor Polis, Colorado's medical professionals, famil… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Colorado Delegation Calls on Federal Health Agency to Grant Colorado More Flexibility to Respond to Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), along with Colorado U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette (D), Joe Neguse (D), Scott Tipton (R), Ken Buck (R), Doug Lamborn (R), Jason Crow (D), and Ed Perlmutter (D), requested the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) waive certain requirements hampering the State of Colorado's efforts to provide much-needed care to Coloradans during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In their letter to … Continue Reading


03.23.20

Colorado Delegation Members Urge President Trump to Approve National Guard Assistance in Colorado to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Jason Crow (D-CO), and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), are requesting that the President of the United States approve the request from Colorado Governor Jared Polis for additional funding to support the Colorado National Guard as they work to respond to statewide incidents related to the preservation of life and p… Continue Reading


03.23.20

Gardner, Romney, Rubio Urge Creation of Taskforce to Counter CCP Propaganda

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Trump requesting the creation of a taskforce under the National Security Council to counter propaganda emanating from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) surrounding COVID-19. "Now that COVID-19 has spread rapidly around the globe, the CCP and its officials have the audacity to spread disingenuous claims that the … Continue Reading

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