Press Releases

01.13.17

Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Express Disappointment Over EPA’s Refusal to Pay Gold King Mine Claims

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3), today released the below statements regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to not receive and process claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for any injury or economic loss arising out of the Gold King Mine spill in August 2015. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke with the lawmakers earlier today to inform them the EPA will not reimburse the… Continue Reading


01.13.17

Gardner Announces $240,000 DHS Countering Violent Extremism Grant for Denver Police Department

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the Denver Police Department will receive a $240,000 Countering Violent Extremism Grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be utilized for training and engagement. "As violent extremists continue to pose a threat to our homeland, we must do everything we can to counter these threats and keep Coloradans safe," said Gardner. "Whether it's radical Islamic extremists or homegrown domestic terror groups trying to do us h… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Gardner Joins Resolution Opposing UN Action Against Israel

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced he joined his colleagues in supporting a resolution, led by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), that firmly opposes United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 2334 and all efforts to undermine negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. "President Obama's decision to abstain from the UN Security resolution vote condemning Israel is a direct affront to our friend and ally, Israel. This is yet another example of t… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Ernst, Gardner Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Safe, Effective Contraception

Washington, DC - Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) re-introduced the Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act, paving the way for contraceptives to be sold over-the-counter without a prescription. Additionally, Congresswomen Mia Love (R-UT) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) introduced the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act incentivizes manufacturers of routine-use contr… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Gardner Seeks Input from Colorado Farmers and Ranchers

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Don Shawcroft, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau, asking for input from him and farmers and ranchers across the state on what legislative priorities are important to Colorado's agriculture communities. Gardner is a passionate advocate for farmers, ranchers and rural Coloradans and has spent his time in public office championing agriculture. Last year, Gardner was awarded the Colorado Farm Bureau's Service to Agriculture Aw… Continue Reading


01.10.17

ICYMI: Gardner Reiterates Call for Select Cybersecurity Committee on CNN

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to discuss national security threats. Click here to watch the entire interview. On Iran Harassing U.S. Naval Ships: "What we have seen over the past several years under Barack Obama's Administration is an emboldened Iran. They are emboldened because their sanctions have been relieved. They have received billions of dollars as a result … Continue Reading


01.10.17

Gardner Meets with Betsy DeVos, Intended Secretary of Education Nominee

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today met with Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of Education. "I enjoyed meeting with Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of Education," said Gardner. "Ms. DeVos's commitment to rolling back Common Core and returning control over our children's education back to the states and local communities where it belongs makes her a strong choice to lead the Department of Education. Ms. DeVos… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Gardner Statement on Iran’s Boost in Military Spending

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement on reports that Iran more than doubled its military spending, including funding for the development of its missile program, from the previous year: "Iran's expansion of its military and development of its missile program is a consequence of President Obama's disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. Not only did the President's deal provide Tehran a patient pathway to a … Continue Reading


01.09.17

Gardner Joins Bipartisan Internet of Things Working Group

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he has joined the bipartisan Internet of Things Working Group within the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) remain members of the working group, which focuses on federal policy that keeps pace with Internet of Things innovations. "I'm excited to join the Internet of Things Working Group and I look forward to working closely with Senators Book… Continue Reading


01.06.17

President Signs Gardner-Peters American Innovation and Competitiveness Act Into Law

Washington, DC - President Obama today signed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, a bicameral, bipartisan legislative compromise originally introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI), along with John Thune (R-SD), and Bill Nelson (D-FL). The first major update to federal research and technology policy to originate in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in more than a decade, this legislation maximizes basic research opportunities, reduce… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Gardner Meets with Governor Perry, Intended Secretary of Energy Nominee

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today met with Governor Rick Perry, President-elect Trump's intended nominee for U.S. Secretary of Energy. "I had a thoughtful discussion with Governor Perry and appreciate the opportunity to speak with him about his approach to responsible energy production and achieving America's energy independence," said Gardner. "We also discussed the importance of the Department of Energy's Nationa… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Gardner Meets with Rex Tillerson, Intended Secretary of State Nominee

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today met with Rex Tillerson, President-elect Trump's intended nominee for U.S. Secretary of State. "I appreciate the opportunity to meet with Mr. Tillerson and learn more about his approach to serving as America's top diplomat," said Gardner. "Mr. Tillerson is an accomplished businessman and job creator who has a firm grasp on geopolitics, and I am confident in Chairman Corker's ability to lead … Continue Reading


01.03.17

Gardner Announces Committee Assignments

U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he will be joining the Budget Committee and continue serving on the Foreign Relations Committee, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. "I look forward to serving on the Budget Committee and working to get our fiscal house in order and address years of the Obama Administration's reckless spending," said Gardner. "In addition to joining the Budget Committee, I'm grateful to continue serving… Continue Reading


12.29.16

Gardner Statement on Russia Sanctions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement after the Obama Administration announced sanctions against Russia for its cyber activities and treatment of U.S. diplomats in Moscow: "I welcome President Obama's eleventh hour effort to address Russia's growing aggression over the past eight years, however, the sanctions should have been announced and enforced sooner than the final days of his presidency. Fr… Continue Reading


12.23.16

Gardner Statement on U.S. Abstaining from U.N Vote Condemning Israel

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following President Obama's decision to not veto the United Nations (U.N) Security Council resolution condemning Israel: "One of President Obama's last acts in office was to turn his back on our ally Israel. His days of emboldening our enemies and weakening our friends are thankfully coming to an end. After eight years of waffling on supporting one of our closest allies, President Obama's decision today marks his fi… Continue Reading


12.23.16

Gardner Statement on U.N Vote Condemning Israel

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement urging President Obama to veto the United Nations (U.N) Security Council resolution condemning Israel: "I implore President Obama to veto the U.N Security Council's resolution that condemns our friend and ally, Israel. A veto maintains the United States' longstanding policy to support Israel against consistent bias at the United Nations, and I urge President Obama to follow this policy by directing a U.S. veto of this misguided and … Continue Reading


12.19.16

Gardner, Tipton Demand EPA Reimburse Communities Impacted by Gold King Mine Spill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today regarding the agency's decision not to fully reimburse affected states, local, and tribal governments that have been impacted by the EPA-born Gold King Mine disaster. In the letter, Gardner and Tipton reminded Administrator McCarthy of a section of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act… Continue Reading


12.16.16

Gardner Statement on China’s Seizure of U.S. Navy Equipment

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today released the below statement on reports that China seized a U.S. Navy underwater vehicle in the South China Sea: "This brazenly hostile act is outrageous and must be met with a firm response. The U.S. Navy was operating in international waters conducting a standard exercise, and China should return the underwa… Continue Reading


12.16.16

House Approves Gardner-Peters American Innovation and Competitiveness Act Headed to President’s Desk

Washington, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives today followed the U.S. Senate's action and approved the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, a bicameral, bipartisan legislative compromise originally introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI), along with John Thune (R-SD), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), that maximizes basic research opportunities, reduces administrative burdens for researchers, encourages scientific entrepreneurship, and promotes oversight of taxpayer-… Continue Reading


12.12.16

Gardner Renews Call for Permanent Select Committee on Cybersecurity

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today renewed his call to establish a permanent Select Committee on Cybersecurity in the U.S. Senate in light of reports that the Intelligence community concluded Russian hackers attempted to influence the presidential election: "Cybersecurity policy is one of the most significant and complex challenges facing Congress, ye… Continue Reading

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