Press Releases

07.07.17

Gardner Concludes State Work Period Western Slope Tour

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today concluded his tour of the Western Slope where he met with Colorado healthcare providers, farmers and ranchers, local elected representatives, and public lands officials. On Wednesday, Gardner toured Raymond Dairy Farm in Loma, stopped at the Peach Shack and Blaine's Tomatoes and Farm in Palisade, and attended the Cattleman's Association dinner in Fruita where he spoke with ranchers about policies that could benefit rural America. Yesterday… Continue Reading


07.06.17

Gardner, Bennet, Hickenlooper Applaud Outdoor Retailer’s Choice to Host Conventions in Colorado

DENVER - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, today applauded the Outdoor Retailer's decision to move the location of its three Outdoor Retailer tradeshows to Denver. Beginning in January 2018, the shows hosted in Denver will include the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, and Outdoor Retailer November. In February, Gardner, Bennet, and Hickenlooper sent a letter to the show's organizer, Emerald E… Continue Reading


07.04.17

Gardner Calls for a Global Economic Embargo Against North Korea

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the below statement regarding North Korea's test of a possible intercontinental ballistic missile that may be capable of reaching the US homeland. "With each additional missile test by North Korea and weak response by the international community, we are moving further down the road of potential military conflict that would have catastrophic consequ… Continue Reading


06.29.17

FAA Bill Approved by Senate Commerce Committee

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee's approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act. The legislation reauthorizes the FAA and the Essential Air Service program (EAS), and gives long-term funding and policy certainty to airports across Colorado, including Denver International Airport - the sixth busiest airport in the country. Gardner has and will cont… Continue Reading


06.29.17

Gardner-Backed Sanctions Against North Korea to be Implemented by Trump Administration

Washington, D.C. -Senator Cory Gardner, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, has long called for sanctions against those who enable North Korea's dangerous behavior, regardless of where they are based, and applauds today's announcement by Secretary Mnuchin to impose sanctions against Chinese entities and financial institutions that conduct business with North Korea. Gardner met South Korean President Moon Jae-in earlier today … Continue Reading


06.29.17

Gardner Meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today released the below statement following his meeting with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in: "It was an honor to meet President Moon Jae-in and welcome him to the Capitol today," said Gardner. "The U.S.-ROK alliance is forged in blood and our two countries will always stand together to counter all external threats. I reiter… Continue Reading


06.27.17

Gardner Statement on Repeal of WOTUS Rule

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers announced the repeal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. "The harmful impacts of the EPA's Waters of the United States rule on Colorado's farmers, ranchers, and small business owners cannot be overstated," said Gardner. "Colorado's agriculture community is already facing hardship and it is welcome news that this over bu… Continue Reading


06.27.17

Gardner, Bennet Announce $36.6 Million in PILT Funding for Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today announced Colorado will receive $36.6 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2017. The PILT program is an important resource for counties across the country to provide essential services to their citizens. PILT provides funding to counties which contain federal land within their borders, offsetting the lost property tax revenue that comes from the non-taxable federal land located within the counties.… Continue Reading


06.26.17

Gardner, Bennet Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators Aiming to Protect Consumers

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with six of their colleagues, sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Defense Secretary James Mattis regarding the Administration's investigation into trade practices involving aluminum. Gardner, Bennet and their colleagues requested the Administration "exempt rolled can sheet, as well as the primary aluminum and ingot milled into rolled can sheet, food and beverage cans, bottles, lids, and closures, fro… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Senators Reaffirm Importance of U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), along with his colleagues, sent a bipartisan letter to President Trump ahead of his summit with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in. In the letter, the Senators reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-ROK alliance and urge to pursue joint efforts to deter the threat from North Korea. Additionally, Gardner and his colleagues urged President Trump and President Moon to find a way to expedite the full deployment of t… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Gardner-Backed VA Reform Legislation Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after President Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 into law. This legislation makes it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discipline (including firing) employees who do not provide the proper care to our veterans and creates an office within the agency specifically designed to receive whistleblower tips. "After multiple … Continue Reading


06.22.17

Gardner: It is Time for the World to Wake Up

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the below statement regarding North Korea testing a rocket engine capable of carrying an intercontinental ballistic missile. A properly operating engine is one of the final steps needed for North Korea to launch a missile with a nuclear warhead on it toward the United States. "It is time for the world to wake up. The latest reports of North Korea t… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Gardner Receives Commitment from Interior Secretary Zinke on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Washington, D.C. - Today, during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) received assurances from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is not currently on the Department's priority review list. Gardner has been a strong advocate for protecting Colorado's public lands, and recently received the Outdoor Industry Association's 2017 Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award. In May, Gardner and Congressman Scott Tipton (CO… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Gardner Votes to Impose Significant Sanction Against Russia and Iran

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) helped pass S.722, Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 on Thursday. This legislation increases sanctions against Iran for their illicit ballistic missile tests, arms transfers, and support for terrorist activities. Also included in the legislation was a Russia Sanctions Amendment that contains an array of new sanctions and policy reforms, including prohibiting the Executive Branch from lifting sanctions against Russia without … Continue Reading


06.13.17

Gardner Applauds End of Ban on U.S. Beef Imports into China

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the end of the 13-year ban on U.S. beef imports into China. The United States has been negotiating with China to lift the ban on U.S. beef imports for several months now, and the Department of Agriculture announced they had reached a final agreement with China yesterday. Gardner has long been a supporter of opening up new trade opportunities for Colorado's farmers and ranchers. He recently spoke on the Sena… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Gardner Introduces Legislation to Bolster Hydropower

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he reintroduced the Reliable Investment in Vital Energy Reauthorization Act (RIVER Act), legislation that would reauthorize an existing Department of Energy program which provides funding to retrofit existing dams and river conduits with electricity-generating technology. According to DOE reports, there are up to 12 gigawatts of untapped hydropower development within the nation's existing dam infrastructure, and only three percent of… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Two Coloradans Selected by NASA as Astronaut Candidates

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement congratulating two native Coloradans on being selected as NASA's astronaut candidates. NASA received more than 18,300 applications and selected twelve men and women to join the new astronaut class. "I want to congratulate Lieutenant Commander Matthew Dominick and Jessica Watkins on being selected to join NASA's newest astronaut class," said Gardner. "These two incredible candidates will make Colorado proud as they jo… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Gardner Statement on Nomination of Allison Eid to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's nomination of Allison Eid to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals: "Justice Allison Eid is an excellent choice to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have known Allison since my days as a student at the University of Colorado Law School and have been extremely impressed with her service on Colorado's Supreme Court. Whether she was clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas, tea… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Gardner Supports Legislation to Bring Greater Accountability to the VA

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after voting for the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This legislation makes it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discipline, including firing, employees who do not provide the proper care to our veterans and creates an office within the agency specifically designed to receive whistleblower tips. "Our veterans have given everything fo… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Colorado Native David Bernhardt, Nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Approved by Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after Colorado-native David Bernhardt was approved by the the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to become Deputy Secretary of the Interior. "I'm thrilled David Bernhardt was approved by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to become the next Deputy Secretary of the Interior today," said Gardner. "As a native Coloradan from Rifle, David has a deep understanding of Western land issues, and I'm confident his e… Continue Reading

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