Press Releases


Gardner Announces VA Readiness Initiative

Includes 6 Bills to Help Veterans Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced the launch of his VA Readiness Initiative. This new initiative includes a package of several bipartisan Gardner-authored bills that will ensure the federal government is always ready to assist veterans and prepared to fulfill the promises we have made to them. Gardner's VA Readiness Initiative consists of four pillars: Expanding Access to Services, Encouraging Innovation, VA Accountability, and E… Continue Reading


Gardner, Menendez, Graham, Cardin, Shaheen Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold Russia Accountable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019. The comprehensive legislation seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia's interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in the… Continue Reading


Gardner, Manchin, Moran, Cassidy, Collins Introduce VA Accountability Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the VA Provider Accountability Act, legislation that would bring much needed accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A troubling GAO report from 2017 revealed an unacceptable trend of VA facilities failing to report providers who made major medical errors to the National Practitioner Data Bank and the relevant state licensing … Continue Reading


Gardner Successfully Includes LWCF Permanent Reauthorization in Senate-Passed Legislation

Several Additional Gardner-Authored Priorities Included in Lands Package Click here to download Gardner's video statement Click here to download Gardner's remarks on the Senate floor Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after the Senate approved a public lands package, including 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. … Continue Reading


Gardner Meets with Chinese Leaders

Delivers Tough Message Regarding China's Actions to Undermine the U.S-led Liberal International Order Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the below statement following his meeting with a delegation led by the former Ambassador of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the United States, Wenzhong Zhou: "Today I met with a delegation of high-level dipl… Continue Reading


Gardner, Rubio, Cotton, Cornyn, and Cruz Send Letter Requesting Speaker Pelosi Invite the President of Taiwan to Address a Joint Session of Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent a letter today to the U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to invite Tsai Ing-Wen, the President of Taiwan, to address a joint session of Congress. "This invitation would be consistent with U.S. law, enhance U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific region, and justly reward a true friend and ally of the United States and the American peopl… Continue Reading


Gardner Meets with Attorney General Nominee William Barr

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today met with President Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr ahead of his confirmation vote. Gardner released the following statement after their discussion regarding the federal response to the Gold King Mine spill, marijuana policy and the STATES Act, and the Department of Justice's role in protecting American intellectual property around the world, among other topics: "It's been more than three years since the Gold King Mine spill co… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Boost Craft Beverage Industry

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D)-members of the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus-today introduced legislation to help ensure the continued growth of America's craft beverage industry. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act would permanently establish reduced taxes and modernized regulations for brewers, cider makers, vintners, and distillers to further promote job creation in each industry. "Colorado is home to more than 350… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Disaster Relief Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Colorado the following amounts for disaster recovery: $21,540,623 for 2013 flood recovery $1,250,000 for US 550 rockfall In 2016, Gardner along with other members of the Colorado delegation, sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committee urging adequate funding for the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Emergency Relief account. This resulted in m… Continue Reading


Gardner, Cortez Masto, Crapo, and Bipartisan Group of Senators Send Letter Requesting Administration Stabilize Medicare Advantage Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) sent a letter today with a bipartisan group of colleagues urging the Administration to stabilize the Medicare Advantage program that provides quality health care to 21 million seniors and individuals with disabilities. The senators wrote to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma requesting she consider how to strengthen the program, innovate with technolo… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Colorado is Second State to Have Entire Delegation as Cosponsors of the Disability Integration Act

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Colorado has become the second state to have their entire Congressional delegation cosponsor the Disability Integration Act only 21 days since introduction of the bill on January 15, 2019. The Disability Integration Act is a bill that affirms the right of people with disabilities and seniors to live in freedom, rather than be forced into unwanted institutionalization. It would require states and insurance providers who pay fo… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $1.4 Million University Transportation Center Grant for Colorado School of Mines

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado a $1.4 million University Transportation Center (UTC) program grant. The UTC program was reauthorized under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The Colorado School of Mines, along with its partners California State University, Los Angel… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's State of the Union Address: NOTE: View Gardner's remarks here or by clicking on the photo above "I applaud the President's call for compromise and cooperation tonight. It is time to leave partisan corners and work together on behalf of the American people to move our country forward. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fix our broken immigration system, … Continue Reading


Senate Passes Gardner, Rubio, Risch, McConnell Bill to Strengthen US Security in Middle East, Bolster Israel Alliance & Sanction Syria’s Dictatorship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Foreign Relations Chairman James Risch (R-ID), and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) welcomed the U.S. Senate's passage of the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (S. 1) in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 77 to 23. This legislation would make improvements to defense and security assistance provisions in the Middle East, bolster the U.S.-Israel strategic alliance by authorizing se… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on David Bernhardt’s Nomination to Secretary of Interior

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's nomination of David Bernhardt to be the next Secretary of Interior: "This is fantastic news for Colorado," said Senator Gardner. "I've known David Bernhardt for many years and have worked closely with him over the last two years to advance Colorado priorities. As a native Coloradan from the Western Slope, David knows how important public lands are to our state and has a keen understand… Continue Reading


The Science Coalition Names Gardner a ‘Champion of Science’

Gardner Recognized for Supporting Fundamental Scientific Research Investment, Nominated for This Award by the University of Colorado Boulder Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced that he has received the Champion of Science Award. The award - presented by The Science Coalition (TSC) - honors members of Congress whose actions and votes consistently reflect their commitment to fundamental science through funding investment for federal research agencies. "It's … Continue Reading


Gardner Congratulates United Launch Alliance on Securing Launch Services Contract for Lucy Mission

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, today announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) located in Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for its Lucy Mission. "Today's announcement that NASA has selected ULA to provide launch services for their Lucy Mission is exciting news for our state, and is a testament to ULA… Continue Reading


Gardner, Tester, Hyde-Smith, Introduce Bipartisan Legislation that Brings Doctors to Rural Areas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) today introduced the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to address the growing shortage of physicians in rural communities all across the country. The Rural Physician Workforce Production Act alters the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program to provide medical students with the opportunity to practice in a rural area, with the goal of recruiting the next … Continue Reading


Gardner, Hirono Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Award Fred Korematsu the Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) joined by colleagues in both chambers, introduced bipartisan legislation to award Fred Korematsu the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his fight against the illegal incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and his work to advance civil rights. "Japanese internment is a stain on our nation's history, and the Korematsu v. United States decision was a setback for racial equality and a reject… Continue Reading


Gardner Joins Colleagues in Reintroducing Legislation to Permanently Repeal the Death Tax

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined Senators John Thune (R-SD), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and dozens of their colleagues in reintroducing legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, more commonly known as the death tax. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2019, would finally end this purely punitive tax that has the potential to hit family-run farms, ranches, and businesses as the result of the owner's death. "As someone who grew up working at my… Continue Reading

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