Press Releases

07.21.18

Gardner Attends Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center Ribbon Cutting

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke today at the ribbon cutting of the new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora. Senator Gardner has worked with his colleagues across the aisle along with veterans and leadership organizations for many years to make sure this facility for Colorado's veterans finally opened. "Congratulations to the many veterans who fought for this day, as we celebrate what will be the crown jewel of the VA system," Gardner said. "The o… Continue Reading


07.19.18

Interior Confirms to Senator Gardner That They Support His Proposal to Move BLM HQ West

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) received another commitment from the Department of Interior today about their agreement with him that the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters should be moved West. The commitment came in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Thursday morning when Senator Gardner questioned Susan Combs, Senior Advisor, U.S Department of Interior. Over the last two years Senator Gardner has been making the case to Interior Secretary Zinke and t… Continue Reading


07.19.18

In First Bipartisan Statement, Senators Urge President to Keep Families Together

Letter Also Calls for Administration to Work with Faith Community on Reunification Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to President Trump, signed by a bipartisan group of more than two dozen senators, stating that the default position of the United States should be to keep families together. The letter is the first bipartisan statement firmly opposing the family sepa… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Gardner Goes to Senate Floor to Preview Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center Opening

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the Senate floor earlier today about the opening of the new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora this weekend. Senator Gardner worked with his colleagues across the aisle along with veterans and leadership organizations for over a decade to make sure this facility for Colorado's veterans became a reality. "This is not the end of a project, but it's the beginning of a promise to be fulfilled," said Senator Gardne… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Send Letter Urging Inclusion of Anvil Points Language in Defense Authorization Legislation

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) sent a letter Monday to Chairmen John McCain (R-AZ) and Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Members Jack Reed (D-RI) and Adam Smith (D-WA) from the Armed Services Committees urging the inclusion of Section 3204 of the House-passed H.R. 5515 in the final conference report of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This section would ensure communities receive their rightf… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Gardner Introduces Legislation to Drive Down Costs for Childcare and Educational Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the 529 Expansion and Modernization Act on Tuesday. Senator Gardner's legislation expands the tax free educations savings account, called 529 savings plans, to be able to be used for early childhood expenses and alternative education opportunities like trade schools and apprenticeship programs. Currently, 529 savings plans are limited to educational costs for post-secondary education or private, public or religious k-12 educational expense… Continue Reading


07.17.18

Senator Gardner: "Russia is a State Sponsor of Terror"

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) called on Congress on Tuesday to immediately take up his legislation S.2780, to require the State Department to determine if Russia is a State Sponsor of Terror. Gardner spoke about Russia's continued violations in a Helsinki Commission hearing and in the weekly Senate Leadership Press Conference on Tuesday.Excerpt from Press Conference "Four years ago today nearly 300 people were killed when a Russian missile system was used over eastern Ukraine to … Continue Reading


07.17.18

Is Russia a State Sponsor of Terror?

Gardner Legislation asks State Department to Determine if Russia is State Sponsor of Terror Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is the author of S. 2780, a bill to require a determination on designation of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The legislation requires the State Department to determine within 90 days and report to Congress whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a State Sponsor of terror under United States law. This designation is made… Continue Reading


07.16.18

Gardner Statement on President Trump's Meeting with Vladimir Putin

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday: "Whether it be chemical attacks on allied soil, the invasion of Ukraine, propping up the murderer Assad in Syria, or meddling in our elections through cyber-attacks, Vladimir Putin's Russia remains an adversary to the United States. I believe Russia is a state sponsor of terror and I've introduced legislation that would mandate the State Department to… Continue Reading


07.13.18

Gardner and Wyden Ask DOJ to Investigate Cyber Harassment of U.S. Military Families by Russian Intelligence

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter earlier this week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging the Department of Justice to investigate cyber harassment of U.S. military families by Russian intelligence services. The letter comes after reports that a group calling itself the "Cyber Caliphate" had launched an intimidation campaign against several U.S. military spouses in 2015. The information was recently made public in a news report by the Asso… Continue Reading


07.12.18

Colorado's Park Maintenance Backlog "Over $238 Million"

Gardner Calls on Congress to Act in National Parks Hearing and Senate Floor Speech Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) called on Congress to act on the $11 billion maintenance backlog at our national parks in an Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks hearing on Wednesday. Senator Gardner has been working to advance legislation that would address the billions of dollars in deferred maintenance that the park system is currently facing in Colorado and across the count… Continue Reading


07.10.18

Gardner Urges FCC to Take Additional Action on Telehealth Technology in Colorado

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr on Monday about the need for the FCC to continue to seek out new opportunities to bring federal funding for broadband infrastructure to expand telehealth services in Colorado. In addition to talking with the FCC about the importance of telehealth services in Colorado, Senator Gardner has introduced legislation like the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act. This legislation would expand access to healt… Continue Reading


07.09.18

Gardner Statement on Trump's SCOTUS Nominee

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will be nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. "I look forward to meeting soon with Judge Kavanaugh," said Senator Gardner. "Over the coming weeks I will review his judicial record while also ensuring that Judge Kavanaugh will approach each case on its merits and follow the law as it is written. I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will thoughtfully… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Gardner Votes in Favor of Farm Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in support of the bipartisan Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm bill) on Thursday. This legislation renews the federal government's agricultural programs, including crop insurance, farm credit, and conservation. It also renews the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Watch Senator Gardner's statement here. Transcript of statement is available here. In addition to also expanding trade assistance and promotion eff… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Gardner and Bennet Announce $40.1 million in PILT Funding for Colorado Communities

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced on Thursday that 56 local governments in Colorado are receiving a total of $40.1 million under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT program is an important resource for counties across the country to provide essential services to their citizens. PILT provides funding to counties which contain federal land within their borders, offsetting the lost property tax revenue that comes from the non… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Gardner Recommends Judge Allison Eid to Fill Kennedy Seat

Washington, DC - Following Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate Judge Allison Eid to fill the vacancy. Judge Eid currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Colorado. Senator Gardner holds Judge Eid in the highest regard, introduced her at her confirmation hearing last year, and is confident her qualifications make her a great candidate to serve on… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Introduce Legislation to Make it Federal Felony to Fly Unauthorized Drones Over Wildfires

Washington, DC -Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) announced on Wednesday that they have introduced the Securing Airspace For Emergency Responders (SAFER) Act. This legislation, which is being introduced in both the House and Senate, makes the unauthorized use of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) over a wildfire a federal felony. "I've heard firsthand from the men and women fighting fires in Colorado about the problems and risks t… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Gardner Statement on Justice Kennedy Retirement

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing on Wednesday that he will be retiring: "I want to thank Justice Kennedy for his years of service on the Supreme Court," said Senator Gardner. "Since President Reagan appointed him from the court of appeals more than 30 years ago, Justice Kennedy has carefully and thoughtfully approached each case that has come before him. I wish him the best of luck in this ne… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Bennet, Gardner Fight for Hop Growers in Senate Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) this week introduced an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fight plant diseases that most threaten the livelihoods of hop growers. The bipartisan amendment would encourage ongoing work at the USDA to address two diseases-powdery mildew and downy mildew-that can wipe out as much as 15 percent of a hop field, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in lost reven… Continue Reading


06.25.18

Gardner Announces DOJ Accepting Applications for School Violence Protection Program Funds

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced on Monday that the Department of Justice is accepting applications for grant funding that was authorized by the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018). Senator Gardner was a cosponsor of this legislation, which authorized Department of Justice grants for school security improvements and intervention and prevention programs to help stop school violence. "The recent, horrific… Continue Reading

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