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12.20.19

Senate Passes Gardner VA Accountability Legislation

Washington, D.C. - On December 19, 2019, the Senate unanimously passed S. 221, the VA Provider Accountability Act, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Susan Collins (R-ME). The Senators introduced S. 221 earlier this year to bring much needed accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation will now be referred to the House of Representatives for consideration. A troubling GAO repo… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Gardner, Blunt, Klobuchar, Cortez Masto Measure to Boost Jobs, Support Travel & Tourism Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) applauded the inclusion of their legislation to reauthorize Brand USA in the year-end funding vehicle, which passed the Senate on Thursday. Brand USA is a public-private partnership that enhances tourism across the country by promoting international travel to the United States. The legislation now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Reauthorization of… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Senate Passes Gardner, Bennet Bill to Extend Platte River Recovery Implementation Program

Washington, D.C. - Today the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) to extend the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP) as part of the year-end spending package. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this week and will now go to the president's desk to be signed into law. "The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program has responsibly protected endangered species living in Colorado'… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Gardner Statement on Stephen Biegun’s Confirmation as Deputy Secretary of State

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, issued the following statement today after the Senate voted 90-3 to confirm Stephen Biegun as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Biegun will continue to serve as the United States Special Representative for North Korea, the capacity in which he has worked closely with the Senate Foreign Relations Commi… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Gardner Backed Provisions Included in Senate-Approved National Security Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed H.R. 1158, the consolidated national security appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2020, with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) support. This legislation is one of two funding bills that passed the Senate today to fund the government, and it included a number of key priorities backed by Gardner for the state of Colorado. The bills now head to the President's desk to be signed into law. "After months of unnecessary delays, I'm pleased the Senate… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Gardner, Markey Applaud $2.5B in Government Funding Bill to Implement Indo-Pacific Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. 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, today applauded the passage of the State and Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations bill as a part of the end-of-year spending package, which contained $2.5 billion to implement the Gardner-Markey Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), the comprehensive Asia policy f… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Gardner and Colleagues Urge U.N. Ambassador to Impose Sanctions, Maximum Pressure on North Korea

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 letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft urging she make clear the Trump administration intends to fully implement the "maximum pressure" policy on North Korea and impose sanctions as required by law. The letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Senate-Passed Government Funding Bill Includes Colorado Victories, Gardner Priorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) successfully included a number of Colorado priorities in H.R. 1865, a domestic spending package of appropriations bills, which was approved by the Senate today. This legislation is the first of two funding bills considered by the Senate today to fund the government, and H.R. 1865 now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "I'm proud that this funding package ties together many of the efforts that I've championed for Colorado thi… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Gardner, Warren Announce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Veterans Working in the State-Legal Cannabis Industry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from denying veterans VA-backed home loans based on their employment in their state's legal cannabis industry. Currently, cannabis is considered illegal under federal law, though 48 states including Colorado have laws permitting or decriminalizing marijuana or marijuana-based products. As a result of… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Gardner, Warren Announce Bipartisan Bill to Address Immigration in the State-Legal Cannabis Industry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would remove participation in the state-legal cannabis industry from the list of activities that automatically bar naturalization. In April, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance in its policy manual making clear that because cannabis is still a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act, an applic… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Foreign Relations Committee Passes Gardner’s Hard-Hitting Russia Sanctions Package

Washington, D.C. - Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) legislation to increase pressure and deter the Russian Federation's malign actions around the world. Adopted in a vote of 17-5, the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression (DASKA) Act seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Kremlin in response to Russia's interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against U… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Defense Bill Clears Senate, Includes Gardner Provision to Promote Democracy, Human Rights, and Autonomy in Hong Kong

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in support of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 today, which includes his legislative provision expressing U.S. support for democracy in Hong Kong and authorizes U.S. sanctions against all those violating the human rights of the people of Hong Kong. The language initially passed in the Senate on June 27, 2019, and was the first legislative response to the widespread prote… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Gardner Thanks Law Enforcement During Holiday Season

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today in honor of Colorado law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make to keep Colorado communities safe. Gardner remembered the lives of Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper William Moden, Colorado State Patrol Corporal Daniel Groves, Colorado Department of Corrections Sergeant Joshua Voth, and Summit County firefighter Ken Jones, who died in the line of duty this year while serving Col… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Defense Bill Clears Senate, Includes Gardner Provisions to Sanction North Korea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in support of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 today, which includes his provisions to recommit the United States to a policy of maximum pressure and to enforce mandatory sanctions under Senator Gardner's North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, signed into law in 2016. Gardner's legislation marked the first time Congress approved mandatory, standalone sanctions… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Gardner, Bennet, Neguse Introduce Bills to Expand Rocky Mountain National Park

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, along with U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (CO-2), introduced two pieces of legislation today to expand the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). The bills allow former NASA astronaut Vance D. Brand to donate 40 acres to Rocky Mountain National Park, and would also resolve a longstanding issue regarding a local family's cabin that was erroneously transferred to the park. Both land transfers require an Act of Congress to com… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Defense Bill Clears Senate, Authorizes Over $300 Million in Gardner-Secured Colorado Priorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in support of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 today, which authorizes $322 million in military construction projects in Colorado. The annual defense bill also authorizes a 3.1 percent pay raise for troops, the largest in a decade, and 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all 2.1 million federal employees. With bipartisan Senate passage today, the legislation heads to the… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Gardner Secures Repeal of Costly Obamacare Taxes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today applauded the announcement of an agreement to repeal the costly Health Insurance Tax (HIT) and Medical Device Tax with passage of the year-end federal spending package. Gardner is championing efforts to safeguard Coloradans from these taxes and previously introduced S. 172, a Senate bill to stop the HIT from raising costs on Coloradans. "Today's announcement is a major victory towards fostering innovation, protecting Colorado jobs, an… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Senate Passes Gardner Resolution Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

Washington, D.C. - In recognition of the Battle of the Bulge beginning 75 years ago today, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution last week introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) commemorating this anniversary. S. Con. Res 23 honors the valiant efforts of the Allied Forces in December 1944, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice in this last major German offensive in Western Europe during World War II. The 4th Infantry Division of the… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Gardner Urges Congressional Leadership to Pass No Budget, No Pay

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), along with U.S. Representatives Jack Bergman (MI-1) and Gil Cisneros (CA-39) and 16 of their colleagues, sent a bipartisan letter to congressional leadership urging them to pass No Budget, No Pay to prevent members of Congress from receiving pay if they don't pass legislation to fund the federal government. "When Congress fails to pass appropriations, American people are hurt. Just this year, Ame… Continue Reading


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

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