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Gardner’s Asia Reassurance Initiative Act Earns Praise at Senate Foreign Relations Hearing

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, chaired the third hearing in the "ARIA in Action" series, which examines the implementation of Gardner's Asia Reassurance Initiative Act. NOTE: Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrates 70 years of repression at home and is increasing its malign economic and mili… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes to Confirm Barbara Barrett as Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following his vote to confirm Ambassador Barbara Barrett as the next Secretary of the United States Air Force: "Congratulations to Ambassador Barrett on her bipartisan confirmation as the 25th Secretary of the U.S. Air Force," said Senator Gardner. "With her strong background in aviation and government service, I have great confidence in her ability to serve in this position which is incredibly important … Continue Reading


Gardner, Menendez, Young Introduce Joint Measure Opposing the Decision on Northern Syria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced a bipartisan measure opposing the decision to allow the Turkish military to attack America's Syrian Kurdish partners. Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Michael T. McCaul (R-TX) introduced a companion resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. The resolution calls on the White House to put forward a plan to defeat an ISIS resurgence; expresses strong support for Syrian Kur… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge Administration to Discharge Outstanding Federal Student Loans for Permanently Disabled Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Rob Portman (R-OH), Angus King (I-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Don Young (R-AK), continue to lead a bipartisan effort to urge the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, and the Commissioner of Social Security, Andrew Saul, to immediately disc… Continue Reading


Gardner Cheers Colorado Health Insurance Premiums Dropping More Than 20%

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement today that health insurance premiums on the individual market will drop 20.2 percent across Colorado, due to the reinsurance waiver Gardner helped secure for the state. Colorado's Western Slope, where families pay some of the highest health insurance premiums in the country, will see savings up to 34 percent. "This is great news for the people of Colorado, and exactly why I worked with the Governor and federal off… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds DOE Funding for Energy Research in Colorado

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the Department of Energy's (DOE) announcement that it would invest roughly $11.8 million for Colorado universities' bioenergy research and development projects. The investments are part of the Department of Energy funding 35 projectstotaling $73 million for bioenergy research and development through the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "Colorado is proud of our cutting-edge research community, and these proj… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces School Safety Grant for Hayden School District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Hayden School District RE1 is estimated to receive $43,868 from the Department of Justice as part of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Violence Prevention Program. Senator Gardner was a cosponsor of the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, which authorized Department of Justice grants to improve school security and enhance school violence intervention and preven… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Call for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and 29 of their Senate colleagues requested that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators wrote, "Congress has an obligation to ensure counties with large swaths of federa… Continue Reading


Gardner, Cardin, Rubio Lead Call for U.S. to Hold Russian Officials Accountable for Imprisoning Dissidents and Political Opponents

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are leading bipartisan calls for the Trump Administration to sanction Russian officials responsible for the unjust imprisonment of more than 200 political prisoners in that country. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, the senators urge the use of existing authorities, including the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act "to … Continue Reading


Gardner, Cassidy, Johnson, Peters, Senators Recognize October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Gary Peters (D-MI), along with six other senators, today announced a resolution recognizing Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019. The purpose of the resolution is to encourage education about cybersecurity and help all people of the United States be safer, more secure, and more aware while online and using connected devices. "National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China

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 the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China: "Communism is a failed ideology that was imposed on the Chinese people against their will and against their celebrated history and traditions," said Senator Gardner. "As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates the 70th… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds USDA Investments in Three Rural CO Water Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is helping finance three rural water infrastructure projects in Colorado. "It's essential that all Colorado communities have access to safe and clean drinking water and water treatment facilities," said Senator Gardner. "I live in rural Colorado and I know how important these projects are for our small communities. It's great news that the USDA will be investing in t… Continue Reading


Gardner Celebrates Pueblo Solar Facility Announcement

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement today after attending EVRAZ North America, Xcel Energy, and Lightsource BP's announcement that they plan to build a 240-megawatt solar facility to deliver clean, cost-effective energy to the EVRAZ steel mill in Pueblo. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Gardner's remarks. Click here to download photos from today's announcement. "It… Continue Reading


Gardner Named ‘Clean Energy Champion’

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, was named a Clean Energy Champion by the Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) for his leadership promoting clean energy policies and responsible stewardship of the environment. "As a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, with jurisdiction over energy generation and the bulk power grid, it's an honor to be selected to receive the Clean Energy… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds $1M Grant for University of Colorado to Study PFAS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, applauded the announcement today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are awarding the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus $1 million to investigate the relationship between drinking water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and… Continue Reading


Gardner Congratulates General John E. Hyten on Confirmation as Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) congratulated General John E. Hyten today after the U.S. Senate voted 75-22 to confirm him as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "I've gotten to know General Hyten well from his time in Colorado Springs directing operations at Cheyenne Mountain, the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, and most recently as Commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base," said Senator Gardner. "I have the greatest confidence Gene… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Consumer Privacy Protection Bill

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, introduced legislation this week to require that technology companies who manufacture Internet-connected devices disclose to consumers whether those devices contain any microphones or cameras. Americans should be fully aware if they are purchasing a product containing a microphone or a camera, particularly because these components may secretly record private conversations or… Continue Reading


U.S. House of Representatives Passes Gardner-Backed SAFE Banking Act

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives passed Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) SAFE Banking Act today 321-103, in a historic vote on federal cannabis policy. Gardner has led the charge in the Senate with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to ensure legal cannabis businesses can access banking services. "Today Congress began to take its head out of the sand and recognize that states are moving forward with their own cannabis policies and the federal government is holding them back," said … Continue Reading


Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes the TAIPEI Act

Washington, D.C. - Today the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 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. … Continue Reading


Gardner-Backed Energy and Water Bills Pass Key Committee

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed a number of energy and water related bills out of committee today. Those measures include three bills authored by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a comprehensive energy storage package that includes four bills cosponsored by Senator Gardner, and numerous other Gardner-supported measures. "Investing in research and development for energy storage technologies is a key component to an all-of-the-above energystrateg… Continue Reading

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