Press Releases

12.13.19

Senate Passes Gardner, Menendez, Cruz Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate unanimously passed S. Res. 150, led by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ted Cruz (R-TX), to officially recognize and remember the Armenian Genocide. This was the first time in history the U.S. Senate recognized the Armenian Genocide. Gardner has also co-sponsored similar resolutions in the 114th Congress and the 115th Congress. "The Armenian Genocide was one of the greatest crimes against humanity, and I am glad the United … Continue Reading


12.13.19

What They Are Saying: Gardner’s 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Moves Forward

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) push to establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline took two critical steps forward this week. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation unanimously approved Gardner's National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, S. 2661. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to designate 9-8-8 as the three-digit numbe… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Gardner, Rubio, McGovern, and 45 Lawmakers Urge Trump Administration to Expand Sanctions in Response to China’s Mass Internment of Uighurs

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, sent a bipartisan letter with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), U.S. Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA), the Co-Chair and Chairman of the Congressional Executive Committee on China (CECC), and a bipartisan and bicameral group of 45 lawmakers to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and… Continue Reading


12.12.19

Senate Committee Passes Gardner-Backed Bills to Improve PILT, Extend Secure Rural Schools Program, Expand Yucca House National Monument

Washington, D.C. - Today the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved three bills backed by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) to provide funding for critical services in counties with large amounts of federal land and protect Ancestral Pueblo cultural sites near the Yucca House National Monument. The Small County PILT Parity Act, S. 2108, would provide greater parity for small counties that receive Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding from the federal government. S. 430 would exten… Continue Reading


12.12.19

Gardner Statement on the FCC’s Vote to Move Forward with the 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), who is leading the bipartisan effort in the Senate to establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention hotline, released the following statement today regarding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) approval of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "Today… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Gardner Honors Senator Johnny Isakson’s Distinguished Career on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today in honor of Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who announced he would leave the Senate at the end of the year due to health complications. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "Anyone who has ever worked with Johnny knows him as a kind, thoughtful, and compassionate colleague," said Senator Gardner. "I wish Johnny and his wife Dianne the best as they get re… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Gardner Measure to Provide Substantial Funding for Rural Broadband Clears Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. - Today the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed a measure authored by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) to provide potentially billions to expand access to broadband in rural areas. "By approving this legislation, the Senate Commerce Committee took a great step toward bridging the divide between urban and rural Colorado," said Senator Gardner. "My proposal would ensure that at least 10 percent of the proceeds from a sale of C-band spectrum would be … Continue Reading


12.11.19

Gardner’s Bill to Determine if Russia is a State Sponsor of Terrorism Passes Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) legislation to determine if Russia is a state sponsor of terror was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. The legislation, the Stopping Malign Activities from Russian Terrorism (SMART) Act, requires the State Department to determine within 90 days and report to Congress whether the Russian Federation meets the criteria under U.S. law to be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. This designation is made by the Secretar… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Gardner and Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Suicides

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to curb the rising suicide rate across the country, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act of 2019. The legislation establishes a grant program to improve suicide screening and prevention practices in emergency departments with a focus on increasing identification, assessment, and treatment of p… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Senate Committee Approves Gardner’s 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) bipartisan bill to designate 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. Gardner's National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, S. 2661, designates 9-8-8 as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which would include the Veterans Crisis Line for veteran-specific mental health support. The current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and V… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Gardner Leads Bipartisan Group of Colleagues to Request Health Insurance Tax Delay

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and several of his colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to leadership of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives urging a delay in the Health Insurance Tax before it goes into effect again on January 1, 2020. The tax is a fee to health insurers on their health policy premiums that increases costs on families, small businesses, seniors, Americans with disabilities, and state Medicaid programs. "We write to request relief from t… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Gardner Celebrates 100 Years of the Colorado Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation and celebrating the long history of the Farm Bureau representing the farmers and ranchers of Colorado. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "Agriculture is personal to me. I grew up in Yuma on Colorado's Eastern Plains, a town whose heart lies in agriculture. Our livelihoods and o… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Gardner, Risch, Menendez, Coons Mark Anniversary of the Chinese Government’s Unlawful Detention of Canadian Citizens

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Chris Coons (D-DE), who serve on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today recognized the anniversary of the Chinese government's detention of Canadian citizens Michal Kovrig and Michael Spavor in retaliation for Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's arrest by Canadian authorities. Kovrig and Spavor were detained on December 10, 2018, just nine days after Meng's a… Continue Reading


12.08.19

Gardner Responds to North Korea’s Statement That It Will Not Denuclearize

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 an announcement from North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations that North Korea has no intentions to denuclearize. The comments come as an end-of-the-year deadline set by dictator Kim Jong Un approaches to see progress in negotiations with the United States. Earlier this … Continue Reading


12.06.19

Gardner, Scott, Grassley, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Enhance Opportunity Zones

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tim Scott (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Todd Young (R-IN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the IMPACT Act, which would reinstate and expand reporting requirements to determine the impact of the more than 8,700 Opportunity Zones across the country. The Improving and Reinstating the Monitoring, Prevention, Accountability, Certification, and Transparency Provisions of Opp… Continue Reading


12.06.19

Gardner, Coons, Bipartisan Colleagues Demand Education Department Investigation into Loan Forgiveness Process

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), and a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) urging the department's Acting Inspector General Sandra Bruce to investigate the federal student loan discharge process for Americans with total and permanent disabilities (TPD). The members' letter comes after multiple letters requesting the discharges go forward and a report from National Public Radio (NPR), aired earlier this week… Continue Reading


12.06.19

Senate Passes Gardner’s Bill Simplifying FAFSA

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate recently passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) last Congress to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing process for nearly 20 million students and their families. The Faster Access to Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Act will allow students to answer at least 11 and as many as 22 questions with just one click. Gar… Continue Reading


12.05.19

Gardner Recognizes Pearl Harbor Anniversary and Survivors on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today recognizing the upcoming 78th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the three remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "On Saturday, December 7th, millions of Americans across the country will pay tribute to the attack at Pearl Harbor to commemorate what happened that morning that brought the United States… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Gardner Discusses Consumer Privacy Legislation at Senate Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke about his work to protect consumer data privacy at a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. NOTE: Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "In Colorado, we cherish our personal privacy, which is at the core of our Rocky Mountain values," said Senator Gardner. "That's why I strongly support efforts to support a national, bipartisan privacy policy that respects Colorado's values, respe… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Statement of Senate Cybersecurity Caucus Co-Chairs Gardner and Warner

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA), the bipartisan co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, issued a statement after convening a classified briefing with Senators and Chris Krebs, Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), to discuss the growing threat posed by ransomware attacks: "The continued prevalence of ransomware should really capture our attention. It's costly, devastatingly … Continue Reading

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