Press Releases

08.01.17

Gardner Statement on Confirmation of Christopher Wray to Lead the FBI

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the confirmation of Christopher Wray to be the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): "Christopher Wray is a strong choice to lead the FBI and I was proud to support his confirmation," said Gardner. "At a time when we face increased threats at home and abroad, the FBI serves a fundamental role in keeping Americans safe. Wray is an experienced investigator who will set a tremendous exam… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Gardner Demands Answers Regarding Wait Times at Colorado VA Facilities

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin regarding the wait times for veterans at Colorado VA facilities. "Our veterans deserve the best possible care and anything less is simply unacceptable," said Gardner. "During his confirmation process, Secretary Shulkin committed to instituting significant reforms at the VA to ensure patients receive timely access to care. If a Colorado veteran is unable to see a doctor in a rea… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Gardner, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Wireless Innovation and Close the Urban-Rural Divide

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, which will encourage the federal government to continue to free up spectrum for commercial licensed and unlicensed use and leverage the success of spectrum auctions to help close the urban-rural divide. First, the legislation establishes a spectrum pipeline that will provide more capacity for… Continue Reading


07.28.17

Gardner Statement on North Korea Missile Launch

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following reports that North Korea launched another ballistic missile: "As North Korea's Kim Jong Un continues to defy international sanctions and threaten the United States and our allies with another ballistic missile launch, our response is clear: we will not tolerate this belligerent behavior," said Gardner. "I have introduced bipartisan legislation that imposes an economic embargo on North Korea and punish… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Gardner Votes to Sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following his vote to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea. "Today, Republicans and Democrats came together to take action against Russia, Iran, and North Korea," said Gardner. "Russia must be held accountable for their influence campaign during the 2016 election and this legislation will do just that. The United States Congress sent a strong message to Vladimir Putin: the United States will not stand idly by… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Gardner Meets with FBI Director Nominee Christopher Wray

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following his meeting with FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray. "I enjoyed meeting Christopher Wray and am confident in his ability to lead the FBI," said Gardner. "He is a man of great integrity and has the requisite experience and respect from rank and file FBI agents to get the job done. The men and women at the FBI devote their lives to protecting our country from foreign and domestic threats, including Russ… Continue Reading


07.26.17

ICYMI: Gardner Chairs Hearing Focused on North Korea Policy

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, chaired a hearing on Tuesday titled, "Assessing the Maximum Pressure and Engagement Policy Toward North Korea."Gardner recently introduced legislation to impose an embargo against North Korea and this hearing was intended to examine progress of the Trump Administration's new policy toward North Korea and options to peacefully de-nuclear… Continue Reading


07.25.17

Gardner Votes to Allow Debate on Fixing our Broken Healthcare System

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after voting for the motion to proceed to open debate on the Senate floor to find a way to fix our broken healthcare system. Today's vote was not on a final measure to repeal Obamacare, but to continue to debate and make changes to legislation to repeal Obamacare. "Under Obamacare, Coloradans have had to pay for double digit premium increases year after year and the 27 percent average increase for premiums on t… Continue Reading


07.24.17

Gardner Votes To Confirm Colorado’s David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of the Interior

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the confirmation of Colorado-native David Bernhardt to become Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Last week, Gardner spoke on the Senate floor about Bernhardt's qualifications and urged his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support his nomination. Gardner introduced Bernhardt at his confirmation hearing last month, and Bernhardt has expressed support for Gardner's proposal to move the Bureau of Land Man… Continue Reading


07.24.17

Gardner, Cotton Introduce Taiwan Security Act

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) will today introduce the Taiwan Security Act (TSA), legislation that would enhance the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and bolster Taiwan's participation in the international community. "This legislation takes a significant step forward to demonstrate that the United States will take all necessary steps to support our ally and friend, Taiwan," said Gardner. "The Taiwan Security Act ensures our government will enhance mutually-ben… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Gardner Announces No Changes to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is no longer under review and that Secretary Zinke will recommend that no modifications be made to the monument. The monuments were under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump's April 26, 2017, executive order. The recommendation comes after review of public comments and conversations with stakeholders. "This is great ne… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Gardner, Bennet Announce $6.5 Million FAA Grants for Colorado Springs and Pueblo Airports

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today announced Colorado Springs Municipal Airport will receive a $4.5 million grant and Pueblo Memorial Airport will receive a $2,057,620 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rehabilitate taxiway and runway lighting. "These federal grants will help two of Colorado's largest airports ensure they can continue to safely serve the thousands of Coloradans that rely on them every day," said Gardner. "I'm … Continue Reading


07.19.17

Senator Gardner Statement on Senator John McCain

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement regarding Senator John McCain: "Not only is John McCain an American hero but he is also an amazing friend, father, husband, and son. I will be thinking of him every day as he fights this latest battle, and I look forward to seeing him soon in a place where he has done tremendous things for his country and his constituents - the United States Senate." ### Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serv… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Gardner, Bennet, Daines, Tester, Wyden, Merkley Introduce Bill to Protect Water Rights for Hemp Farmers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure farmers across the West can use the water they own through private water rights to grow industrial hemp in states where it is legal. A pilot program created by the 2014 Farm Bill granted permission to state Departments of Agriculture to license farmers to grow industrial hemp. The Bureau of… Continue Reading


07.18.17

Gardner Gives Keynote Address At Seventh Annual CSIS South China Sea Conference

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today gave the keynote address to the Seventh Annual Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) South China Sea Conference. He laid out a vision for U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific region through his legislation, the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA). Click here to watch Gardner's remarks. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank … Continue Reading


07.13.17

Gardner Introduces Legislation to Impose Economic Embargo on North Korea and Its Enablers

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, introduced bipartisan legislation that would ban any entity that does business with North Korea or its enablers from using the United States financial system and to impose U.S. sanctions on all those participating in North Korean labor trafficking abuses. The legislation, titled the North Korean Enablers Accountability Act, is cosponsored by Senators Ed Markey … Continue Reading


07.13.17

Gardner Announces $6.2 Million FAA Grant for San Luis Valley Regional Airport

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced San Luis Valley Regional Airport will receive a $ 6,230,240 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rehabilitate runway lighting. Gardner has been a strong supporter of the San Luis Valley Regional Airport and sent a letter to the Department of Transportation in support of continued Essential Air Service (EAS) for the airport in Alamosa. "I'm excited to announce the San Luis Valley Regional Airport will receive ov… Continue Reading


07.12.17

Gardner, Bennet Introduce Resolution Celebrating NREL’s 40th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced a Resolution celebrating the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) headquartered in Golden, Colorado. In June, Gardner and Bennet sent a joint letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development requesting full funding for NREL in the upcoming Fiscal Year. "For the past 40 years, NREL's cutting-edge research has helped ensure the United States is a global leader in energy technolo… Continue Reading


07.10.17

Gardner, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Tech Legislation to Address Workforce Shortage

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) today introduced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act. The bipartisan legislation would provide industry intermediaries, like state tech associations, the ability to receive federal grants to develop apprenticeships within the technology sector. It also works to alleviate the skills gap that may slow the continued growth of the technology sector. Now more tha… Continue Reading


07.10.17

Gardner Applauds Gross Reservoir Expansion Project’s Approval

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today applauded the approval of the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project that will provide Denver Water with additional water storage to meet the demands of Colorado's largest city. In March, Gardner, along with other members of the Colorado congressional delegation, sent a letter in support of Denver Water's application for the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project. "After 13 years of going through the federal regulatory approval process, the Gross Re… Continue Reading

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