Press Releases


Gardner Attends Signing Ceremony for Bipartisan Public Lands Package

5 Gardner Bills Signed Into Law Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) attended the signing ceremony for S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, the Lands Package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), as well as numerous other Gardner-authored bills that have a direct impact on Colorado. Gardner released the below statement following the signing of the Lands Package: "Today is a great day for the future of publics lands bot… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, DeGette, Tipton Introduce Native American Indian Education Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Colorado Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), along with Representatives Diana DeGette (CO-1) and Scott Tipton (CO-03), today introduced the Native American Indian Education Act, legislation that would address the current federal-state agreements mandating states finance Native American's tuition at certain universities. States like Colorado that encounter severe budget constraints are struggling to fulfill the requirement to provide tuition-free higher educ… Continue Reading


Gardner, Peters, Tipton, Crow Introduce Legislation to Overhaul Veterans Affairs Hiring Process

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI), along with Representatives Scott Tipton (CO-3) and Jason Crow (CO-6), introduced the Veterans Improved Access and Care Act, legislation designed to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hiring process to make it easier to fill staffing shortages at the agency. Many VA hospitals continue to experience long wait times and staffing shortages as a result of a lengthy hiring process, and a primary driver of the protrac… Continue Reading


Colorado Congressional Delegation, Governor Urge Department of Defense to Headquarter U.S. Space Command in Colorado

Reestablishment of U.S. Space Command is Essential to National Security, Preventing Attacks Against U.S. Space Systems Washington D.C. - The entire Colorado Congressional Delegation and Governor Jared Polis joined together today to urge the U.S. Department of Defense to reestablish U.S. Space Command in Colorado and to use Colorado's existing space missions and assets to address emerging and transforming threats in space. In a letter to acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, the … Continue Reading


Gardner, Menendez Seek Answers from Trump Administration on North Korean Cyberattacks

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, asking for a firm Administration response to recent reports that hackers linked with the North Korean regime conducted cyberattacks on multiple U.S. and European tar… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Combat Russian Influence, Aid European Security

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), on Thursday introduced the European Energy Security and Diversification Act to provide new tools for the United States to combat malign Russian influence and create economic opportunities at home and abroad. Russia uses its dominance of the energy market, along with bribery, corruption, and propaganda, to undermine Western institutions a… Continue Reading


Gardner, Tipton Introduce Legislation to Further Protect Cultural Sites of Ancestral Pueblo Ahead of Yucca House National Monument 100th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) and introduced bills H.R. 1492 and S. 641 respectively, that would further protect archaeological sites of the Ancestral Pueblo by allowing the National Park Service to modify the boundary of the Yucca House National Monument in southwest Colorado, expanding the monument by 160 acres. The Yucca House National Monument was established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson following an initial donation of 9.6 acres b… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet & Colleagues Introduce PFAS Action Plan of 2019

Bipartisan bill would designate PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under our environmental protection laws Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), with a bipartisan group of colleagues, today introduced legislation that would mandate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), within one year of enactment, declare per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the EPA Superfund law, and also enabl… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Readiness Exercises with South Korea

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement in response to reports regarding large-scale joint exercises with South Korea. "I oppose any steps toward normalization without denuclearization of the North Korean regime-the United States should not sacrifice joint military readiness with our allies to appease Kim Jong Un. The reason why these exercises are necessary is because of North Korea's historically hostile behavior and repeated violations of intern… Continue Reading


Gardner, Coons Introduce Cyber Deterrence and Response Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today introduced the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act. This legislation establishes a framework to deter and respond to state-sponsored malicious cyber activity against the United States. The bipartisan bill also requires the administration to impose sanctions against all entities and persons responsible or complicit in malicious cyber activities aimed against the United States. This act is companion to legislation intr… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Wheeler Confirmation Vote

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following his vote to confirm Andrew Wheeler to be the next Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "In my conversations with Andrew Wheeler prior to today's confirmation vote, we discussed how the EPA will tackle many environmental priorities specific to Colorado," said Senator Gardner. "Under his leadership, the EPA has sped up the completion date of the Colorado Smelter Superfund site by priorit… Continue Reading


Gardner, Cassidy, Murkowski, Reintroduce Legislation to Expedite FERC Review of Energy Infrastructure Applications

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Timely Review of Infrastructure Act (S 607), legislation aimed at reducing the long wait times for federal approval of energy infrastructure projects, including LNG projects. A shortage of highly specialized engineers, scientists, and mathematicians tasked with reviewing construction applications at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has created a backlog of projects … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Second North Korean Summit

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement regarding the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. "Kim Jong Un must realize that there can be no normalization without denuclearization. Kim Jong Un is a two-bit dictator who will always put his own interests and the preservation of his neo-Stalinist regime ahead of the basic human rights of the people of his country," said Senator Gardner. "North Korea continues to… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Colleagues Secure $3 Million Grant Match for Southwest Chief

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today announced that Amtrak at long last will provide $3 million in matching funds to complete the federal TIGER IX grant awarded in the beginning of 2018 for safety upgrades and maintenance on the train's route in Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. "Amtrak's Southwest Chief line is critical to the economic development of our rural communities throughout Southeastern Colorado, and this funding is great news for our s… Continue Reading


House Passes Gardner-Led Public Lands Package

Bill Heads to President's Desk to be Signed into Law Washington, D.C. - Today, the House passed S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, the Lands Package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), as well as numerous other Gardner-authored bills that have a direct impact on Colorado. The legislation now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. Gardner released the below statement following Senate passage of the Lands Package: "A… Continue Reading


Gardner, Rosen, and Colleagues Introduce the Bipartisan Hire Student Veterans Act

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced today with a group of their bipartisan colleagues the Hire Student Veterans Act. This legislation would expand the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to ensure that all student veterans using their GI benefits can take advantage of valuable paid internships or work opportunities while in school. "It's critically important that we promote educational opportunities for our veterans to ensure those who have … Continue Reading


9/11 Responders & Survivors, Jon Stewart Join Members of Congress to Unveil the Bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act and Call for Swift Passage

Gardner, Gillibrand, Schumer announce bipartisan legislation to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and prevent announced cuts to compensation awards. View video from press conference here Washington, D.C. - 9/11 first responders, survivors, and their families joined with Jon Stewart, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with a group of their colleagues in the House to announce th… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on PFAS Exposure Assessment Near Peterson Air Force Base

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announcement to conduct exposure assessment on per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in El Paso County near Peterson Air Force Base. "PFAS contamination in Colorado and across the nation is a serious issue that will require a unified state, local, and federal response, and during my mee… Continue Reading


Gardner, Murkowski, Cantwell, Wyden, Feinstein Reintroduce Bill to Help Prepare and Protect Communities from Landslides

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation to improve the science and coordination needed to help local communities prepare for and respond to landslides and other natural hazards. S. 529, the National Landslide Preparedness Act, will help protect communities and property, save lives, and improve emergency preparedness and planning by targeting … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on U.S. Space Force Announcement

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement in response to President Trump signing a directive regarding the U.S. Space Force. "Colorado is proud to support our nation's military space operations today and into the future," said Senator Gardner. "I look forward to reviewing the Administration's proposal for expanded space operation and development. Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs is home to North American Aerospace Defense Command, United States… Continue Reading

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