Press Releases

12.05.17

Gardner Statement on Confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen to Lead the Department of Homeland Security

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the Senate's confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. "Kirstjen Nielsen's expertise, years in public service, and focus on keeping Americans safe will serve her well as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security," said Gardner. "At a time when we face many threats at home and abroad we must remain vigilant and work together to prevent future attack… Continue Reading


12.02.17

Gardner Statement on Passage of Historic Tax Relief Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the Senate's passage of tax relief legislation. This legislation lowers the individual tax rates for low-and middle-income Americans by expanding the zero tax bracket and maintaining the 10 percent bracket. It doubles the standard deduction to reduce the amount of taxable income and expands the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000. It also protects deductions like the adoption tax credit, and the h… Continue Reading


11.29.17

Gardner, Bennet Demand Accountability at VA for Unofficial Wait Lists

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin regarding the VA Inspector General report that found unofficial wait lists at a number of Colorado VA facilities. The Senators wrote, in part, "This practice of using unofficial wait lists is extremely concerning, and sows distrust amongst our veterans in the very system that exists to help them. Unofficial wait lists result in a lack of… Continue Reading


11.29.17

Gardner, Hatch, Bennet, Heinrich, and Udall Introduce Legislation to Protect Endangered Species in Upper Colorado River

Washington D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Tom Udall (D-NM), introduced the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017. The legislation will continue to fund the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through FY2023, and aims to protect four primary endangered species in the Upper Colorado River Basin. "Protecting endangered species living in Colorado's natural habitat can b… Continue Reading


11.28.17

Gardner Statement on Budget Committee Passage of Tax Relief Package

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the below statement following the Budget Committee voting to send the Tax Cut and Jobs Act to the Senate floor: "Today marked an important step forward to bring Coloradans and the American people tax relief," said Gardner. "This legislation will increase wages, grow the economy, create jobs, and benefit hardworking Coloradans. I look forward to the bill being debated on the Senate floor through … Continue Reading


11.28.17

Gardner Introduces Legislation to Fix Veterans Affairs

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today he has introduced the Veterans Improved Access and Care Act of 2017, legislation designed to increase access to care for our nation's veterans and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hiring process to make it easier to fill staffing shortages at the agency. This legislation follows an explosive Inspector General report Gardner demanded that revealed secret wait lists at a number of Colorado VA facilities. According… Continue Reading


11.23.17

Gardner Statement Celebrating Thanksgiving

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement celebrating Thanksgiving: "Thanksgiving is a blessed time to spend with family and friends and reflect on all that we are thankful for. As a Coloradan, I'm thankful for living in the greatest state in the greatest country on earth. We live in a free, democratic society where every person has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I'm thankful for the men and women in uniform, many of whom are unable to… Continue Reading


11.20.17

Gardner Statement on Designation of North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terror

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's announcement that he will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror. "I applaud the Administration's decision to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, which is something I have been pushing the Trump Administration to do for several months," said Gardner. "North Korea imprisons and tortures their own citizens, murdered American citizen Otto Warmbier, and continues to d… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Senate Tax Reform to Include Bipartisan Investing in Opportunity Act

Washington, D.C. - In a major step toward helping distressed communities nationwide, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Tim Scott (R-SC), along with a group of their colleagues, announced that the amended Senate tax reform plan will include the bipartisan Investing in Opportunity Act (IIOA) as a part of the tax reform bill that will be voted on by the full Senate in the coming weeks. The IIOA incentivizes investment in economically distressed areas by allowing trillions of dollars in private … Continue Reading


11.17.17

Gardner to Hold Pueblo Town Hall

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, November 20th in Pueblo. It will be Senator Gardner's 6th town hall since August. Constituents are encouraged to arrive early, as space is limited. The event is open to the public and the media. If you are a member of the media interested in attending the event, please RSVP by sending an email to Senator Gardner's Deputy Press Secretary, Jerrod Dobkin, at Jerrod_Dobkin@gardner.senate.gov PUEBLO TOWN HAL… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Gardner, Johnson Statement on Secret Wait Lists at Colorado VA Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statements on Thursday following a Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General report finding secret wait lists at a number of Colorado VA facilities. Johnson and Gardner requested the inspector general investigation in September 2016. "My worst fears have been realized in this Inspector General's report that Chairm… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Gardner Joins Effort to Reform Tax Laws on Marijuana Businesses

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he is cosponsoring the Small Business Tax Equity Act introduced by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR). If passed and signed into law, this legislation will ensure marijuana businesses legally operating in Colorado and other states that have legalized the sale of marijuana are able to utilize common business tax deductions and credits, such as those for normal business expenses or for hiring veterans. Currently, a marijuana… Continue Reading


11.09.17

Gardner on Senate’s Tax Relief Legislation

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the release of tax relief legislation in the Senate. This is a big step in bringing tax relief to Coloradans in the form of lower, simpler personal taxes and more competitive business taxes that will lead to more jobs and higher wages for Coloradans. Bipartisan hearings will take place in the coming weeks. "For too long, Coloradans and Americans across the country have felt like they've been left behin… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Heritage Foundation Address by Senator Cory Gardner

--- Bruce, thank you for the kind introduction. It is always a privilege to be back at Heritage. I also want to thank the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses for co-hosting this event. This opportunity to speak before you today is most timely, as President Trump concludes his historic visit to Asia - the longest visit by an American President to the region in more than 25 years, and an unmistakable sign of the power, prestige, and prominence of the region. And the U.S.-Republic of Korea … Continue Reading


11.02.17

Gardner Votes to Confirm Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Washington, D.C. -Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the confirmation of Colorado native Allison Eid to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals: "Allison Eid will make Colorado proud as she assumes her new position on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Allison's experience as Colorado's Solicitor General, serving on Colorado's Supreme Court, and teaching at CU Law will all contribute to her success on the Tenth Circuit. Her devotion to the Constitution an… Continue Reading


11.01.17

Gardner Meets with High Profile North Korean Defector

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today led a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting with Thae Yong-Ho, a high-level North Korean defector who served as North Korea's Deputy Ambassador to the United Kingdom until he defected to South Korea last year. "I was glad to meet Thae Yong-Ho today and welcome him to the United States Capitol," said Gardner. "He provided valuable in… Continue Reading


10.31.17

Gardner Pushes for Transparency and Accountability in EAGLE-Net Alliance Assets Transfer

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross requesting that any transfer of EAGLE-Net Alliance's former assets be delayed until a National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Administrator is confirmed. Gardner is taking action to make sure a transparent and open process takes place. From his time in the House of Representatives, Gardner has led the charge to ensure accountability of taxpayer resources when it comes… Continue Reading


10.26.17

Gardner Speaks on Senate Floor About Need to Delay Health Insurance Tax

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke yesterday on the Senate floor about legislation he introduced, the Healthcare Tax Relief Act, that would delay the Health Insurance Tax created by the Affordable Care Act. Click here to view the full remarks. Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: Mr. President, I rise today to discuss the Healthcare Tax Relief Act, legislation I have introduced to delay the Health Insurance Tax created by the Affordable Care Act. This tax, often refer… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Gardner Supports Bill that Paves Way for Tax Relief

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the Senate's passage of the FY18 budget resolution. The budget resolution is the first step in bringing tax relief to the American people. By voting for the budget, Gardner is making it clear it is time to achieve real results for the American people and bring much-needed tax relief to Coloradans. "This budget puts us on a path toward fiscal responsibility and paves the way forward to bring tax rel… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Gardner Seeks Input from Coloradans on Fixing our Tax Code and Growing Wages

Washington, DC - As Congress turns its attention to providing tax relief from an oversized and confusing tax code, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced his office has launched a new web page to gather input from Coloradans on how to fix our tax code and grow wages. It's been over 30 years since Congress has passed major tax reform and Gardner is asking Coloradans how lower taxes and a simplified tax code will help them. To share a personal story with Senator Gardner or provide input on… Continue Reading

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