Press Releases

03.06.18

Gardner, Bennet, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Investments in Skiing Communities

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Ski Area Fee Retention Act on Tuesday. Currently, ski area permit fees paid to the Forest Service are sent to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and then appropriated back to the Forest Service. This legislation would create a Ski Area Fee Retention Account under the National Forest System, in which a portion of the roughly $37 million in annual fees generated by the ski area… Continue Reading


03.05.18

Gardner Meets with Colorado Law Enforcement and Colorado Small Business Owners

Washington, DC - On Friday, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) held a roundtable with Colorado law enforcement officials from around the state to discuss ways the federal government can better support our state and local law enforcement agencies. They spoke about the recent officer-involved shootings and Gardner offered his condolences to the community regarding the tragic deaths of three Colorado law enforcement officers. "Our law enforcement officers run toward danger to save lives and I was hono… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Gardner Continues Fight to Move BLM West

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today spoke on the Senate floor about his proposal to move the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) headquarters to the West. Gardner has led the charge to relocate BLM's headquarters to the West and first raised the idea at an Energy and Natural Resources hearing in June of 2016. Gardner spoke to Secretary Zinke about his proposal prior to Zinke's confirmation. Gardner also brought up the issue publically during Zinke's confirmation hearing. In May … Continue Reading


02.15.18

Gardner Statement on Immigration Votes

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following his votes to advance immigration reform: "Our immigration system is broken and that's why I voted for solutions today," said Gardner. "President Trump has repeatedly stated he wants to address the Dreamer population and increase border security and the proposals I supported today would have done exactly that. I'm disapointed we were not able to find a solution this week but that does not mean our work is over… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Gardner Lifts Certain DOJ Holds as Positive Conversations Continue on Protecting Colorado’s States’ Rights

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced on Thursday that he has lifted holds on certain Department of Justice nominees as a show of good faith for continued positive conversations with DOJ leadership, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Acting United States Attorney for Colorado, aimed at finding a path forward that respects states' rights and clarifies the DOJ priorities regarding marijuana enforcement. "Since the Department of Justice rescinded… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Senators Gardner and Bennet Introduce Bipartisan Immigration Amendment

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced that they have introduced legislation for consideration by the Senate as they debate DACA and border security measures. The legislation includes $25 billion in appropriated funds for border security measures, including the President's request for wall funding, and a 12 year pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. The legislation also contains funding for additional immigration judges and a permanen… Continue Reading


02.08.18

Gardner, Klobuchar, Daines, Gillibrand Introduce Legislation to Expand Broadband Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand broadband infrastructure. The Streamlining and Investing in Broadband Infrastructure Act would increase broadband deployment by cutting red tape for companies, states, and local governments who want to install broadband infrastructure on federal land and promotes the simultaneous installation of broadband conduit during federal trans… Continue Reading


02.07.18

Gardner, Schatz, Harris Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve the Emergency Alert System

WASHINGTON - Following the false emergency alert that went out across Hawai'i on January 13 and caused widespread panic, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the Authenticating Local Emergencies and Real Threats (ALERT) Act, legislation that would improve the emergency alert system and give the federal government the sole responsibility of alerting the public of a missile threat, prohibiting state and local governments from doing… Continue Reading


02.06.18

Gardner to Law Enforcement: “We Have Your Backs”

Washington D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today spoke about the three horrible tragedies that have taken place in Colorado since December 31, 2017 at the Senate GOP Leadership Press Conference. You can view and download the video by clicking here. Rushed Transcript: Over the course of the past 36 days in Colorado, ten law enforcement officers have been shot and three have been tragically killed including one yesterday. This has left four children without fathers and countle… Continue Reading


02.01.18

Gardner Requests Delay of Proposed National Park Fee Increase

Washington D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Department of Interior Secretary Zinke requesting he "delay the implementation of and work with the stakeholders on the proposed targeted fee increase at 17 National Parks." "While I share your urgency on the need to address the park maintenance backlog, I have concerns that sudden and dramatic increases in the costs of passes for both private individuals and commercial operations could have unforeseen negative consequences… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Gardner Statement on the State of the Union

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's first State of the Union Address: "I applaud the President's call for unity tonight. It's time that we come together as a country, and for Democrats and Republicans to work together on issues to achieve a compromise for Dreamers and make needed investments to our nation's crumbling infrastructure. "I was pleased the President also highlighted how the tax cuts have already resulted in billions… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Gardner, 35 Senate Colleagues Outline Way Forward on NAFTA

Washington D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with 35 of his colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump highlighting that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) benefits the United States and outlining how President Trump can improve the agreement. "NAFTA supports 14 million jobs, representing thousands of jobs in each of the 50 states," the senators wrote. "Despite all of its benefits, however, we can do better and there are opportunities to improve the agreement. Moderniz… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Gardner Honors Fallen Adams County Deputy on Senate Floor

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today spoke on the Senate floor about the horrible tragedy that occurred in Adams County on January 24th and to honor the life and legacy of fallen Adams County Sheriff's Deputy Heath Gumm. Click here to view Gardner's remarks. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President: I rise today to speak about a horrible tragedy that occurred in Adams County, Colorado on January 24th. Adams County Sheriff's Deputy Heath Gumm was pursuing a… Continue Reading


01.26.18

Gardner, Senate Colleagues Honor National School Choice Week

Washington D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with 21 of his colleagues, introduced a bipartisan resolution declaring January 21st through January 27, 2018 as "National School Choice Week." "National School Choice Week highlights the importance of parents having greater control over their child's education," said Gardner. "I have always been a strong supporter of school choice because it not only encourages parents to be more involved, but also improves the quality of their child's ed… Continue Reading


01.26.18

For American Workers Tax Reform Continues To Deliver

Quack, Quack... …AFLAC is increasing "the company's 401(k) match, from 50% to 100% on the first 4% of employee contribution, while making a one-time contribution of $500 to every employee's 401(k) plan." And recent announcements from Home Depot and Starbucks further prove tax relief is working. CNBC reports, Starbucks will "give domestic employees pay raises, company stock, and expanded benefits. The enhanced compensation is worth of more than $250 million, the company said." And H… Continue Reading


01.24.18

Gardner: “North Korea Sanctions Are Positive Step Forward”

Washington D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity released the below statement following the Trump Administration announcing a new round of sanctions against North Korea and their enablers. The sanctions targeting North Korea's crude oil industry include nine entities, sixteen individuals, and six vessels. Some of the individuals and entities sanctioned are based out of Russia and China. "T… Continue Reading


01.24.18

Gardner Votes to Confirm Alex Azar to Lead HHS

Washington D.C. -Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the confirmation of Alex Azar as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services: "I voted to confirm Alex Azar because he is a qualified candidate that will bring extensive experience to the Department of Health and Human Services. I look forward to working with him on many issues, including bringing more affordable health insurance to Coloradans and fighting the opioid epidemic that is having… Continue Reading


01.22.18

Gardner Votes to End Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Gardner released the below statement following the Senate securing sufficient votes to open back up the government. "This government shutdown forced by Senate Democrats was dangerous and unnecessary. The bill we passed is the same bill Republicans initially proposed - including the longest reauthorization of CHIP in history - with one simple change: we are now funding the government through February 8th rather than February 16th. I wanted a bipartisan solution. I loo… Continue Reading


01.20.18

Gardner votes AGAINST Government Shutdown and FOR Six Years of CHIP Funding for Colorado's Children

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Gardner voted today to keep the government open. The vote failed in the U.S. Senate. Additionally, the Continuing Resolution included a six-year reauthorization of CHIP funding. Those who voted in opposition shut down the government and prevented CHIP funding from being extended for six years. "Opposing this funding legislation is support for a government shutdown, and I believe that approach is unacceptable for Coloradans," said Gardner. "I voted to keep the governmen… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Gardner: “Don’t Shutdown the Government, Fund CHIP and Keep the Government Open”

Washington D.C. -Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to keep the government open and fully fund CHIP for six years: Click here to view the video. The continuing resolution that passed the House reauthorizes CHIP funding for six years, the longest extension of CHIP since it was created. CHIP funding was set to run out for many states last month but Congress passed a short term three-month extension. Passing this government spending bill finall… Continue Reading

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