Press Releases


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Authorizing Support for Homeless Veterans and Their Families

Washington, DC - Colorado US Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) introduced the Creating A Reliable Environment (CARE) for Veterans' Dependents Act. This bipartisan legislation allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to compensate VA Grant and Per Diem program funded facilities for care provided to dependents of homeless veterans. The VA Grant and Per Diem program does not currently reimburse facilities for care they provide to the dependents of homeless veterans. In 2017, r… Continue Reading


Gardner to Vote to Open the Government, Fund Border Security

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today he will be voting for both measures to fund the remaining parts of the government and fund border security: "Today, I will vote for both options to fund the remaining parts of the government and fund border security," said Senator Gardner. "I've consistently been against government shutdowns because I don't think they are the right way to govern. It's disappointing Senate Democrats are refusing to support the President's reasonable co… Continue Reading


Gardner to Introduce Legislation to Pay Federal Workers

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced he will introduce legislation tomorrow to immediately pay federal workers affected by the current lapse in appropriations. The legislation would appropriate funds for all federal employees to be paid their standard pay during the shutdown regardless of their furlough status. With this bill, once the shutdown ends and regular appropriations are made, the amounts paid to compensate the federal employees will be deducted from the department's f… Continue Reading


Senator Cory Gardner Statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "Today, we honor the teachings, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflect not just on what he said or did, but the change he set in motion," said Senator Gardner. "Dr. King spent his life spreading what he called the gospel of freedom. He faced fierce opposition, but he never gave up and his words and example inspire us now. As Americans, there is so much more that unites us t… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Proposed Plan to End the Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) made the following statement regarding President Trump's plan to reopen the closed portions of the federal government: "The government must be reopened. This proposal recognizes that need and is an offshoot of earlier efforts to tie border security funding to immigration reform, but on a smaller scale for both. This is a reasonable proposal - no one gets everything they want. No one gets as much as they wanted. More than anything, though, this pro… Continue Reading


Gardner, Shaheen, Barrasso, Jones, Scott, Sinema Introduce Legislation to Delay Obamacare Tax for Two Years

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Doug Jones (D-AL), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced S. 172, the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act Wednesday to provide a two-year delay of the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) that was created by the Affordable Care Act. The tax is a fee to health insurers on their health policy premiums that increases costs on nearly everyone in the marketplace from seniors to small businesses. Accord… Continue Reading


Gardner, Group of Bipartisan Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Any President from Leaving NATO

Washington, DC - US Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to explicitly prohibit any President of the United States from withdrawing from NATO without Senate approval. Just this week, reports indicate that over the past year, President Trump repeatedly raised withdrawing the United States from NATO. The bill requires th… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Announce $1.6 Million Grant for University of Colorado

Washington, DC - Colorado US Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) today announced the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded $11 million for 7 projects in total, one of which is going to the state of Colorado. The Colorado project is funded through the OPEN+ program provided by ARPA-E OPEN+ program. "The University of Colorado Boulder will be able to grow their innovative research in soil and crop health with this $1.6 million grant," sai… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Legislation to Reevaluate the US Olympic Committee

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced legislation today to establish the Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics. View Senator Gardner's statement here or by clicking on the image above "In Colorado, we're proud of our Olympic city, Colorado Springs, and all that our Olympic athletes mean to our great state," said Senator Gardner. "But we know we can do better. That's why I've introduced legislation today to make sure we are taking a look at the stru… Continue Reading


Gardner Secures Upcoming Vote on Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Reauthorization

Lands Bill Reintroduced Following Gardner Agreement Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the reintroduction of a bipartisan package of more than 100 public lands, natural resources, and water bills on Tuesday. Included in the lands package is permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Permanent reauthorization of LWCF has been one of Senator Gardner's top priorities and he has been working with a bipartisan group to find a path forward to protect th… Continue Reading


Gardner, Rubio, Risch, McConnell Introduce Bill to Strengthen US Security in Middle East, Bolster Israel Alliance & Sanction Syria’s Dictatorship

Legislation will Receive Senate Vote Next Week Washington, DC - US Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Risch (R-ID), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (S. 1). This legislation would make improvements to defense and security assistance provisions in the Middle East, bolster the US-Israel strategic alliance by authorizing security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period pursuant to the 2016 Memorandum … Continue Reading


Gardner, Markey Comprehensive Asia Policy Legislation Becomes Law

Washington, DC - The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018, authored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Monday. This legislation serves as a generational policy framework to enhance U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific region and to demonstrate a commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific an… Continue Reading


Gardner, Markey Tout Successful Partnership as Leaders on Asia Policy in the 115th Congress

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today reflected on the Subcommittee's work in the 115th Congress and celebrated their success in being the most productive Foreign Relations subcommittee and sending to be signed into law one of the most consequential legislative initiatives on Asia policy for generations. "I want to thank … Continue Reading


Gardner Leads Colleagues in Condemning the Anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic BDS Movement

Washington, DC - In the wake of comments made by several incoming Democratic members of Congress, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter Thursday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) with 14 of his colleagues, urging them to take action against the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. "We urge you to issue a joint statement publicly condemning BDS and to prioritize legislative efforts in the ne… Continue Reading


Gardner Backed Bipartisan Bill Allowing Families to Answer FAFSA Questions With Just One Click Passes Senate

Washington, DC - The United States Senate passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). This legislation will allow the nearly 20 million students that complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to answer at least 11 and up to 22 questions on the form with just one click. The bill will allow students to have the IRS securely send the Department of Education the… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $9 Million Grant for Southwest Chief Rail Line

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, announced the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $9 million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant to help with the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on the Dodge City, Kansas to Las Animas, Colorado section of the Southwest Chief. "I'm proud to be a strong advocate for the Southwest Chief, which is so… Continue Reading


Gardner Calls on Trump Administration to Cancel North Korea Meetings, Increase Pressure on Kim Jong Un

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following reports that North Korea has no plans to denuclearize: "Despite commitments Kim Jong Un has made and repeatedly violated, North Korea continues to defy the will of the international community," said Senator Gardner. "Today, we are nowhere closer to the only goal we should have - the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the North Korean regime. Kim Jong Un continues to break his pr… Continue Reading


Gardner Thanks Colorado Law Enforcement During the Holidays

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) honored the sacrifices Colorado law enforcement officers make in order to keep Colorado communities safe. He also remembered the life of Sergeant Matthew Troy Moreno whose watch was ended on December 12th, 2018. Gardner spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday on the importance of taking the time to honor the heroism displayed by law enforcement officers across the state and the country to keep us all safe. NOTE: View Senator Gardner's floor remarks… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Demand Immediate Action Be Taken on Veterans Affairs Wait Times

Washington, DC - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) today sent a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie demanding action be taken immediately to remedy wait times at Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) facilities. The senators requested a report on how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will use existing and new authorities to address these unacceptable wait times. "The troubling November 2018 numbers demonstrate that the … Continue Reading


Gardner Releases Statement on China’s Human Rights Abuses

Calls for the Trump Administration to Take Action Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the below statement today following reports that products sold in the United States were manufactured in Chinese forced labor camps in the Xinjiang Autonomous Province. On December 4, 2018, Gardner held a hearing in his subcommittee specifically focused on China's human right… Continue Reading

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