Press Releases

08.19.19

Gardner, Ernst Call for Over-the-Counter Contraceptives

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) wrote to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Norman Sharpless urging the FDA to promote access to over-the-counter oral contraceptives. The burdensome, inconsistent prescription-to-over-the-counter switch process keeps manufacturers from developing contraceptives that could be sold over-the-counter without a prescription. The senators requested that the FDA utilize all regulatory tools available to improv… Continue Reading


08.06.19

Gardner, Tester, Hyde-Smith Succeed in Effort to Help Recruit and Retain Rural Doctors

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) applauded the newly finalized Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule to provide reimbursement for time that residents spend training at Critical Access Hospitals (CAH). Critical Access Hospitals serve rural communities and are facing a critical physician shortage. Senators Gardner, Tester, and Hyde-Smith are authors of the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act, which in… Continue Reading


08.02.19

Gardner Urges Secretary of Defense to Establish U.S. Space Command Headquarters in Colorado

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) this week urged the U.S. Department of Defense to reestablish the U.S. Space Command in Colorado and to use Colorado's existing military assets to address emerging threats in space. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Gardner highlighted Colorado's unique experience with military space operations and invited the Secretary to Colorado to visit Colorado's defense mission partners and military installations. NOTE: Full letter ava… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Gardner, Western Senators Call on USDA to Implement New Drought Tools and Establish Western Drought Initiative

Washington, D.C. - This week U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and a bipartisan coalition of Western senators called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately implement water conservation tools, included at the direction of a Gardner-led amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed into law in December 2018. These new tools and resources will help farmers and ranchers adapt to the prolonged drought in the West. In their letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the … Continue Reading


08.01.19

Gardner, Peters, Sullivan & Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous PFAS Chemicals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to help protect the health and safety of firefighters and emergency responders who are frequently exposed to harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams as they work to keep communities safe. PFAS substances have been linked to a number of health problems, including certain cancers. The Protecting Firefigh… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Gardner, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Connect Americans to Broadband, Jobs

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, introduced the TOWER Infrastructure Deployment Act (TOWER Act) to increase broadband deployment and close the workforce shortage in the telecommunications industry. "A strong and dependable workforce is critical to keeping our nation's telecommunications industry a global leader," said Senator Gardner. "Workers on the Hoyt Radio Tower in… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Gardner Announces $1.2 Million Grant for Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced today the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) will receive a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the design phase of expanding the terminal building. "I'm excited to announce the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport is receiving a grant from the FAA to help update the terminal building," said Senator Gardner. "Goin… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Gardner, Coons Introduce Legislation to Support Research on Opioid Addiction

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) recently introduced the Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act to support research on opioid addiction. The legislation would direct the National ScienceFoundation (NSF), in consultation with the National Institutes of Health, to support merit-reviewed and competitively awarded research on the science of opioid addiction, allowing for further understanding of how to more effectively tre… Continue Reading


07.31.19

Gardner Takes to Senate Floor to Commend BLM’s Relocation to Grand Junction

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), the chief architect of the plan to move the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) headquarters to Grand Junction, spoke on the Senate floor today commending the Department of Interior's decision to relocate the BLM's headquarters to Grand Junction, Colorado. The BLM plans to move eighty-five positions, including the senior directorate and members of their staff, to Colorado to be closer to the public lands they manage. NOTE: Click here or the pic… Continue Reading


07.31.19

Gardner, Lee Lead Effort to Reduce Government Regulations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced the Reducing Excessive Government (REG) Act, legislation that would require any increase in the debt limit approved by Congress and the President be accompanied by a proportional reduction in regulatory burden for every new dollar of debt. "It's time to institute real reforms that will help get our fiscal house in order," said Senator Gardner. "As the Senate considers raising the federal debt ceiling ye… Continue Reading


07.31.19

Gardner Applauds Approval of Colorado Reinsurance Waiver

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that the State of Colorado's reinsurance waiver was approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In conversations with CMS, Senator Gardner stressed how critical health insurance cost savings are and emphasized how large of an impact a reinsurance waiver would have for families in Colorado. In May, Gardner wrote to Secretary Mnuchin and Secretary Azar in support of Colorado's waiver application. … Continue Reading


07.31.19

Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Increase Number of Federal Judges in Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Colorado's U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet this week reintroduced legislation to address the Article III judge shortage in Colorado. Colorado has a heavy caseload for its six active judges. Moreover, those judges are all located in Denver, so litigants outside of Denver often travel long distances to attend court. This bipartisan legislation would add two new District Court judgeships for the district of Colorado, and the President of the United States would have… Continue Reading


07.29.19

Gardner, Gillibrand Applaud President Signing Permanent Reauthorization of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund into Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today applauded the signing into law of bipartisan legislation they introduced known as the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. "On September 11th, 2001, first responders didn't hesitate for a second when our nation needed them the most. Today we followed through on our promise to never forget the serv… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Gardner, Bennet Announce $3.5 Million Airport Infrastructure Grant for Grand Junction

Washington, D.C. - Today Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award a $3.5 million Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant to Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) in Grand Junction, Colorado. This funding will be used for runway construction. "This airport grant announcement is great news for Coloradans and the many travelers who visit our state every year," said Senator Gardner. "Grand Junction Regional Airport se… Continue Reading


07.25.19

House Passes Bipartisan Legislation Introduced by Senators Gardner, Hassan to Help Save Newborn Babies’ Lives, Moves One Step Closer to Becoming Law

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation that Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced in the U.S. Senate to help save lives and improve the health of newborn babies. The bipartisan Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act will provide federal funding for comprehensive and standardized newborn screening tests for conditions such as critical congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, and hearing loss. The tests can identif… Continue Reading


07.24.19

Gardner Announces $2.6 Million Low or No Emissions Grant for RTD

Washington, D.C. - Today Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) with a $2.6 million Low or No Emissions (Low-No) Program grant. "I'm pleased to announce the Department of Transportation is awarding RTD this important funding," said Senator Gardner. "This grant will help RTD continue to facilitate efficient public tran… Continue Reading


07.24.19

Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Remit RTD Funds

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Equity Act. The bill would require the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to refund credit risk premiums (CRP), as required under the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan program, upon the satisfaction of a loan's obligations. In 2010, Regional Transportation District (RTD), and the City and County of Denver recei… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Gardner, Gillibrand Announce Senate Passage of Bipartisan ‘Never Forget The Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act’

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today stood with 9/11 first responders, survivors, their families, and Jon Stewart to announce Senate passage of the bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. The bill to make the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund permanent passed the Senate by a vote of 97 to 2. Earlier this month, the bill passed the Hous… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Gardner Testifies at First Senate Banking Committee Hearing on Cannabis Challenges

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) testified at the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs for a hearing titled, "Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives." The hearing focused on the challenges for cannabis owners and sellers in states where marijuana has been legalized. Senator Gardner testified about two bills he is leading in the Senate, S. 1200, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 to address conflicting federal … Continue Reading


07.23.19

Gardner, Hassan, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan AIRWAVES Legislation to Support Wireless Innovation and Close the Urban-Rural Divide

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today reintroduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, which will encourage the federal government to continue to free up spectrum for commercial licensed and unlicensed use and leverage the success of spectrum auctions to help close the urban-rur… Continue Reading

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