Press Releases


Gardner, Blunt, Stabenow, Bipartisan Colleagues Lead Effort to Extend Funding for Community Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and 24 of their colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) urging long-term funding of community health centers (CHCs). The letter calls for immediate passage of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2019, which would reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and the N… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds $6.6M USDA Investment in Saguache County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding the town of Center more than $6.6 million for a new wastewater treatment plant. "This grant announcement is excellent news for the town of Center and Saguache County," said Senator Gardner. "It's vital that our local communities receive the resources they need to provide Coloradans with essential services. I will continue to advocate for Colorado projects at … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Colorado Attorney General’s Office Dropping Merger Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the Colorado Attorney General office's announcement regarding the possible T-Mobile and Sprint merger: "I'm glad the Colorado Attorney General's office has decided to join me in supporting this merger," said Senator Gardner. "I've been championing support for this merger at the federal level because Colorado would be home to the nation's 4th major wireless carrier - bringing thousands more jobs to our… Continue Reading


U.S. Senate Passes Gardner, Bennet Resolution Designating National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate this week unanimously passed Colorado Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet's (D) resolution designating September 29th as National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day. "Urban wildlife refuges are essential for making sure people in urban areas are able to enjoy and discover nature," said Senator Gardner. "In Colorado, we are fortunate to have the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, and the Rocky Fl… Continue Reading


Gardner, Thune, Klobuchar, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge USDA to Prioritize CRP State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), John Thune (R-SD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and a bipartisan group of senators urged U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize enrollment and implementation of the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative within the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). "We are concerned that the decision to limit the practices and associated cost-share incentives available in recent continuous sign-ups, and excluding wi… Continue Reading


Gardner, Gillibrand Bill Improves Senior Care Hiring Practices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are leading the Promote Responsible Oversight & Targeted Employee background Check Transparency for Seniors (PROTECTS) Act to expand access to the National Practitioner Data Bank to ensure health care organizations that serve seniors are able to make better informed hiring decisions. "Colorado has one of the fastest growing populations of seniors over 85 who could benefit from long term care," said Senator… Continue Reading


Gardner, Foreign Relations Committee Leaders Announce New Comprehensive Syria-Turkey Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Jim Risch (R-ID) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today to announce they are partnering to introduce new comprehensive legislation in response to Turkey's military incursion into northern Syria and attack on America's partners in northeast Syria, including the Kurds. The bipartisan legislation, which will be introduced … Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Denver Airport COO at Senate Commerce Subcommittee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today introduced Chris McLaughlin, COO of the Denver International Airport (DEN), at a Security Subcommittee hearing on improving security at America's airports. NOTE: Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "I was pleased to welcome Chris McLaughlin, who currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Denver International Airport, to testify today bef… Continue Reading


Beer Institute Names Gardner a 2019 Beer Champion

Washington, D.C. - The Beer Institute announced U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) as one of the Beer Institute's "2019 Beer Champions." Gardner was selected for his leadership in championing policies that provide tax relief for all brewers and beer importers and encourage free trade. "Colorado's beer industry provides 73,000 jobs, $3.8 billion in wages, and $13.6 billion in economic output to our state's economy and is part of our state's identity and culture," said Senator Gardner. "It's imp… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Tester Reintroduce Bill to Ban Members of Congress from Becoming Lobbyists

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CD), and Jon Tester (D-MT) today reintroduced legislation to shut the revolving door of lobbyist influence in Washington by banning members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists. "I'm proud to work with Senator Bennet to restore faith in government and ensure elected leaders are truly serving the people they represent," said Senator Gardner. "By blocking Members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists following their… Continue Reading


Gardner’s Asia Reassurance Initiative Act Earns Praise at Senate Foreign Relations Hearing

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, chaired the third hearing in the "ARIA in Action" series, which examines the implementation of Gardner's Asia Reassurance Initiative Act. NOTE: Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrates 70 years of repression at home and is increasing its malign economic and mili… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes to Confirm Barbara Barrett as Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following his vote to confirm Ambassador Barbara Barrett as the next Secretary of the United States Air Force: "Congratulations to Ambassador Barrett on her bipartisan confirmation as the 25th Secretary of the U.S. Air Force," said Senator Gardner. "With her strong background in aviation and government service, I have great confidence in her ability to serve in this position which is incredibly important … Continue Reading


Gardner, Menendez, Young Introduce Joint Measure Opposing the Decision on Northern Syria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced a bipartisan measure opposing the decision to allow the Turkish military to attack America's Syrian Kurdish partners. Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Michael T. McCaul (R-TX) introduced a companion resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. The resolution calls on the White House to put forward a plan to defeat an ISIS resurgence; expresses strong support for Syrian Kur… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge Administration to Discharge Outstanding Federal Student Loans for Permanently Disabled Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Rob Portman (R-OH), Angus King (I-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Don Young (R-AK), continue to lead a bipartisan effort to urge the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, and the Commissioner of Social Security, Andrew Saul, to immediately disc… Continue Reading


Gardner Cheers Colorado Health Insurance Premiums Dropping More Than 20%

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement today that health insurance premiums on the individual market will drop 20.2 percent across Colorado, due to the reinsurance waiver Gardner helped secure for the state. Colorado's Western Slope, where families pay some of the highest health insurance premiums in the country, will see savings up to 34 percent. "This is great news for the people of Colorado, and exactly why I worked with the Governor and federal off… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds DOE Funding for Energy Research in Colorado

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the Department of Energy's (DOE) announcement that it would invest roughly $11.8 million for Colorado universities' bioenergy research and development projects. The investments are part of the Department of Energy funding 35 projectstotaling $73 million for bioenergy research and development through the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "Colorado is proud of our cutting-edge research community, and these proj… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces School Safety Grant for Hayden School District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Hayden School District RE1 is estimated to receive $43,868 from the Department of Justice as part of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Violence Prevention Program. Senator Gardner was a cosponsor of the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, which authorized Department of Justice grants to improve school security and enhance school violence intervention and preven… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Call for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and 29 of their Senate colleagues requested that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators wrote, "Congress has an obligation to ensure counties with large swaths of federa… Continue Reading


Gardner, Cardin, Rubio Lead Call for U.S. to Hold Russian Officials Accountable for Imprisoning Dissidents and Political Opponents

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are leading bipartisan calls for the Trump Administration to sanction Russian officials responsible for the unjust imprisonment of more than 200 political prisoners in that country. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, the senators urge the use of existing authorities, including the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act "to … Continue Reading


Gardner, Cassidy, Johnson, Peters, Senators Recognize October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Gary Peters (D-MI), along with six other senators, today announced a resolution recognizing Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019. The purpose of the resolution is to encourage education about cybersecurity and help all people of the United States be safer, more secure, and more aware while online and using connected devices. "National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness… Continue Reading

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