Press Releases

11.07.19

Gardner and Bennet’s Public Lands Renewable Energy Legislation Receives Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet's (D) legislation to incentivize responsible renewable energy development on public lands and allow local communities to reap the economic benefits received a hearing today in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA) of 2019, S. 2666, would streamline the permitting process for renewable energy development on public lands and establish a revenue sh… Continue Reading


11.07.19

Gardner Receives “Courage to Lead” Immigration Award

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) received the National Immigration Forum's Courage to Lead award today at the organization's annual Leading the Way event. According to the National immigration Forum, the Courage to Lead award recognizes one Democrat and one Republican who work across the aisle to advance constructive, bipartisan immigration solutions. Senator Gardner's panel discussion with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) can be viewed here. "I was honored to receive the 'Coura… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Committee Approves Gardner, Portman, Schatz, Harris Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Federal Government’s Use of Artificial Intelligence

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved their bipartisan Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Government Act, legislation that would improve the effectiveness of the federal government by ensuring that the government's use of AI and automated processes are ethical and accountable, and that the government has the necessary technical exper… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Gardner, Peters, Sullivan & Hassan Bill to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous PFAS Chemicals Advances in Senate

Washington, D.C. - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to help protect the health and safety of firefighters and emergency responders. Emergency response teams are frequently exposed to harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams as they work to keep communities safe. PFAS subst… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Gardner Announces $43 Million in Major Infrastructure Grants for Colorado

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will award $43.35 million in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant funding for two Colorado projects, including a $25 million grant for the City of Aurora to realign Picadilly Road and construct a new bridge over I-70, and an $18.35 million grant for the Colorado Department of Trans… Continue Reading


11.05.19

Gardner, Bennet Introduce Resolution Commemorating CO Farm Bureau’s 100th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) introduced a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation and celebrating the long history of the Farm Bureau representing the farmers and ranchers of Colorado. "Growing up on the Eastern Plains and working in my family's farm implement dealership gave me a deep appreciation for agriculture and the organizations that work every day to help the industry thrive," said Senator G… Continue Reading


11.01.19

Gardner, Merkley, Markey Lead Senate Resolution Recognizing Program Critical to US-Indo-Pacific Partnership

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), and Todd Young (R-IN) announced a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the importance of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) to advancing the policy of the United States in the Indo-Pacific Region. The Senators made the announcement as the 35th annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit began in Bangkok, Thailand. "Youth … Continue Reading


11.01.19

Gardner, Peters Introduce Legislation to Encourage Rural & Urban Investment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) reintroduced the Philanthropic Facilitation Act (PFA) to reform the approval process for charitable investments, so organizations can more easily invest in community improvement and job creation, boosting economic growth in both rural and urban areas. "Encouraging investment in both rural and urban settings is vital to growing our economy and creating jobs. The Philanthropic Facilitation Act benefits rural economies in … Continue Reading


10.31.19

Gardner Provisions Included in Senate-Approved Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate today passed H.R. 3055, a domestic spending package to fund the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) successfully included a number of Colorado priorities in the appropriations bill. "I'm proud to have secured funding for a number of Colorado priorities in the appropriations package," said Senator Gardner. "This a… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Gardner’s Ski Area Fee Retention Act Receives Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) Ski Area Fee Retention Act received a hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today. Testifying in front of the committee was Brendan McGuire, Vice President of Public Affairs at Vail Resorts Management Company, who was introduced to the committee by Senator Gardner. NOTE: Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "I'm very pleased to have before the Committee a fellow Coloradan, Brendan McGuire, who is Vice Pre… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Gardner Amendment to Fight Meth Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) successfully included an amendment to increase funding for an anti-meth program in the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Interior, Environment, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which passed the Senate today. Senator Gardner's amendment was cosponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Doug Jo… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Gardner Statement on Senate Democrats Stalling Defense Spending

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after Senate Democrats again filibustered legislation to provide critical funding for our national defense: "It is shameful that Senate Democrats would choose to again stop the defense appropriations bill, which would provide funding for the men and women in uniform who protect our country every day," said Senator Gardner. "Colorado military members deserve to know that leaders in Congress have their back… Continue Reading


10.31.19

Gardner Statement on Reports of North Korean Launch

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, released the following statement regarding reports that North Korea launched two projectiles, believed to be ballistic missiles. "North Korea is engaged in increasingly escalatory behavior, including today's ballistic missile launch that directly threatened the safety of United States service members in Japan," said Senat… Continue Reading


10.30.19

Gardner Introduces Appropriations Amendments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate, highlighting the introduction of his amendments to the appropriations bills under consideration by the Senate. The appropriations bills include funding for the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agenc… Continue Reading


10.30.19

Gardner Votes to Protect State Health Care Waivers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement after Senate Democrats forced a vote on limiting states' abilities to receive waivers through the Affordable Care Act's Section 1332. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted Colorado a 1332 waiver in July of this year that lowered premium costs by more than 20 percent across the state and up to 34 percent on the Western Slope. "Today Washington Democrats tried to prevent choice and access … Continue Reading


10.30.19

Gardner, Merkley Introduce Bill to Address China’s Intimidation of American Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, introduced bipartisan legislation today to create a U.S. government taskforce that will monitor instances of China intimidating U.S. companies that exercise free speech. "It's well known that China oppresses individual freedoms within its own borders, but we know it doesn't end there," said … Continue Reading


10.30.19

Gardner, Coons Praise Senate Passage of TAIPEI Act

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, authored by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). This bipartisan legislation is intended to strengthen Taiwan's standing around the world and comes in response to increased Chinese pressure and bullying tactics intended to restrict Taiwan's international space and global diplomatic recognition. "The United States should use every tool … Continue Reading


10.29.19

Gardner Applauds Creation of USDA Hemp Production Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program and creating a regulatory framework around hemp production in the United States. "I applaud the USDA for moving forward on hemp rulemaking and recognizing hemp production as an agricultural activity," said Senator Gardner. "On my annual farm tour this summer, I visited a hemp processing plant that is bringin… Continue Reading


10.29.19

Gardner, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Amendment to Fully Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Interior, Environment, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for fiscal year 2020. The LWCF was permanently reauthorized in the … Continue Reading


10.27.19

Gardner Statement on the Death of ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the announcement of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "ISIS is responsible for the brutal murder of countless men, women, and children and is guilty of reprehensible horror around the globe," said Senator Gardner. "The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a step towards defeating ISIS, and I'm immeasurably grateful to the United States Intelligence Community and our brave service members wh… Continue Reading

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