Press Releases

12.11.19

Gardner and Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Suicides

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to curb the rising suicide rate across the country, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act of 2019. The legislation establishes a grant program to improve suicide screening and prevention practices in emergency departments with a focus on increasing identification, assessment, and treatment of p… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Senate Committee Approves Gardner’s 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) bipartisan bill to designate 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. Gardner's National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, S. 2661, designates 9-8-8 as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which would include the Veterans Crisis Line for veteran-specific mental health support. The current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and V… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Gardner Leads Bipartisan Group of Colleagues to Request Health Insurance Tax Delay

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and several of his colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to leadership of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives urging a delay in the Health Insurance Tax before it goes into effect again on January 1, 2020. The tax is a fee to health insurers on their health policy premiums that increases costs on families, small businesses, seniors, Americans with disabilities, and state Medicaid programs. "We write to request relief from t… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Gardner Celebrates 100 Years of the Colorado Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today, 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. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "Agriculture is personal to me. I grew up in Yuma on Colorado's Eastern Plains, a town whose heart lies in agriculture. Our livelihoods and o… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Gardner, Risch, Menendez, Coons Mark Anniversary of the Chinese Government’s Unlawful Detention of Canadian Citizens

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Chris Coons (D-DE), who serve on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today recognized the anniversary of the Chinese government's detention of Canadian citizens Michal Kovrig and Michael Spavor in retaliation for Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's arrest by Canadian authorities. Kovrig and Spavor were detained on December 10, 2018, just nine days after Meng's a… Continue Reading


12.08.19

Gardner Responds to North Korea’s Statement That It Will Not Denuclearize

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 today regarding an announcement from North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations that North Korea has no intentions to denuclearize. The comments come as an end-of-the-year deadline set by dictator Kim Jong Un approaches to see progress in negotiations with the United States. Earlier this … Continue Reading


12.06.19

Gardner, Scott, Grassley, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Enhance Opportunity Zones

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tim Scott (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Todd Young (R-IN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the IMPACT Act, which would reinstate and expand reporting requirements to determine the impact of the more than 8,700 Opportunity Zones across the country. The Improving and Reinstating the Monitoring, Prevention, Accountability, Certification, and Transparency Provisions of Opp… Continue Reading


12.06.19

Gardner, Coons, Bipartisan Colleagues Demand Education Department Investigation into Loan Forgiveness Process

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), and a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) urging the department's Acting Inspector General Sandra Bruce to investigate the federal student loan discharge process for Americans with total and permanent disabilities (TPD). The members' letter comes after multiple letters requesting the discharges go forward and a report from National Public Radio (NPR), aired earlier this week… Continue Reading


12.06.19

Senate Passes Gardner’s Bill Simplifying FAFSA

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate recently passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) last Congress to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing process for nearly 20 million students and their families. The Faster Access to Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Act will allow students to answer at least 11 and as many as 22 questions with just one click. Gar… Continue Reading


12.05.19

Gardner Recognizes Pearl Harbor Anniversary and Survivors on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today recognizing the upcoming 78th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the three remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "On Saturday, December 7th, millions of Americans across the country will pay tribute to the attack at Pearl Harbor to commemorate what happened that morning that brought the United States… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Gardner Discusses Consumer Privacy Legislation at Senate Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke about his work to protect consumer data privacy at a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. NOTE: Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "In Colorado, we cherish our personal privacy, which is at the core of our Rocky Mountain values," said Senator Gardner. "That's why I strongly support efforts to support a national, bipartisan privacy policy that respects Colorado's values, respe… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Statement of Senate Cybersecurity Caucus Co-Chairs Gardner and Warner

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA), the bipartisan co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, issued a statement after convening a classified briefing with Senators and Chris Krebs, Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), to discuss the growing threat posed by ransomware attacks: "The continued prevalence of ransomware should really capture our attention. It's costly, devastatingly … Continue Reading


12.02.19

Gardner Sends Bipartisan Letter Raising Alarm on China’s Corporate Social Credit System

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mike Braun (R-IN), Rob Portman (R-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and 20 of their colleagues sent United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Lighthizer a letter outlining their concerns with the Chinese government's efforts to develop and deploy its Corporate Social Credit System (Corporate SCS). The Corporate SCS represents China formalizing a system to punish American companies and workers for speaking … Continue Reading


11.28.19

Senator Gardner Issues Thanksgiving Message

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today celebrating Thanksgiving: "Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and show our appreciation for all of life's blessings. I feel blessed to live in the greatest state in the greatest country in the world. As we sit down with loved ones, we remember the sacrifices of our service members who are spending this holiday far from home and their loved ones. Our nation is eternally grateful," said Senator Gardner. ##… Continue Reading


11.26.19

Gardner Applauds $4M Grants to Improve Colorado Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, applauded the Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement that Colorado will receive $4 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funding. The Durango-La Plata County Airport will receive $2,500,000 to acquire land for development, and the Yampa Valley Airport in Hayden will receive $1,500,000 to expand the terminal building. "With Colorado's growing eco… Continue Reading


11.25.19

Gardner, United Health Foundation, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence Announce Behavioral Health Care Services Grant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined United Health Foundation and the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence (the Center) to announce a three-year, $1.5 million grant to address the shortage of mental health providers in rural Colorado communities. United Health Foundation will make funds available to the Center to recruit and support 39 currently-employed rural Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Behavioral Health Fellows (APRNs), who will provide behavioral health care ser… Continue Reading


11.25.19

Gardner, Bennet Announce $2.7 Million ReConnect Grant to Expand Broadband in Dove Creek

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) announced today that Emery Telecom will receive $2.7 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. With new USDA funding, Emery Telecom will provide nearly 500 fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections to homes, farms and ranches, small businesses, educational facilities, and community anchor institutions in and around Dove Creek, Colorado. "Increasing b… Continue Reading


11.25.19

Gardner Statement on FCC’s Decision to Ban Huawei Technology

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 the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to ban telecommunications providers from using federal subsidies to purchase equipment or services from Huawei and ZTE. "Huawei and ZTE telecommunications products are not safe for the U.S. or any of our allies around the glo… Continue Reading


11.25.19

Gardner Discusses 9-8-8 Hotline with Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) recently met with Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners in Denver to discuss his bipartisan bill to establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention hotline. "It was great to meet with Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners to discuss how we can best deliver mental health services and learn more about the ways in which they support Coloradans in need," said Senator Gardner. "Approximately every seven hours, a Coloradan dies by suicide. We must do more to… Continue Reading


11.22.19

Gardner Statement on South Korea and Japan Intelligence Sharing Pact

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today regarding South Korea's announcement that it would remain in an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, which allows South Korea and Japan to share sensitive information including details of North Korean military launches. "The free world must continue to work together to monitor the madman in Pyongyang and his nuclear ambitions," said Senator Gardner. "This announcement is welcome news, and I applaud South… Continue Reading

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