Press Releases


Gardner, Bennet Urge Senate Leadership to Reauthorize LWCF

Without action, program expires at end of September Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), with a group of 12 bipartisan colleagues, today sent a letter urging the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before it expires on September 30, 2018. "For the economy, sportsmen, veterans, wildlife, and our kids and grandkids, we must permanently reauthorize LWCF. We also st… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Backed Amendment to Maintain Southwest Chief Train Services Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - An amendment cosponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief, #3665, was included today in the 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. This amendment would provide resources for maintenance and safety improvements along the Southwest Chief route and would compel Amtrak to fulfill its promi… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Senate Passage of NDAA

Votes to gives troops largest pay increase in nearly a decade NOTE: click here to download Gardner's video message on NDAA passage. Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted today in favor of the conference report for the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019. The legislation includes a 2.6 percent pay raise for all members of the Armed Forces, the largest increase in nine years. Following the passage of the NDAA out of the Senate, Gardne… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Prevent the United States from Leaving NATO without Senate's Consent

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jack Reed (D-RI), and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bipartisan bill to explicitly prohibit the President of the United States from withdrawing from NATO without Senate approval. The bill requires the President to seek the advice and consent of the Senate to modify or terminate U.S. membership in NATO and formalizes the Senate's opposition to withdrawing from the treaty. If the President attempts to withdraw from NAT… Continue Reading


Gardner Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after his meeting with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. "Today I was able to meet with Judge Kavanaugh - clearly he is a well-qualified judge who has incredible experience in the federal courts," said Senator Gardner. "We had a long conversation about the role of precedent and how a judge should perform on the bench. It's not about personal opinion, it's not about personal b… Continue Reading


Senators Gardner, Coons & Representatives Lance, Matsui Introduce Legislation to Address the Opioid Crisis Through the Prevention of Drug Diversion

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and U.S. Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced legislation to prevent drug diversion in real time before it has the ability to inflict damage in our communities. Currently, no law enforcement agency or private party has the ability to provide real-time, nationwide oversight of all orders for controlled substances, which is a major contributing factor to disproportionate prescripti… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Burr, Shaheen, and Daines Introduce Amendment to Permanently Authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, DC -On Tuesday Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced an amendment to the Agriculture, Financial Services and General Government, Interior-Environment, and Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill. The amendment will permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). If congressional action isn't taken by September 30th, funding will expire. This a… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on VA Secretary Confirmation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after voting to confirm Robert Wilkie to serve as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs: "Our veterans deserve a healthcare system that will make certain that they are getting the best care possible, but that won't be possible unless the VA continues to reform the way it does business," said Senator Gardner. "Patients must have access to timely care, even if that means seeing a doctor outside of a VA medical facili… Continue Reading


Gardner Takes Further Action to Combat Russian Interference

Gardner Announces Sponsorship of the Bipartisan DETER Act WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he became a cosponsor last week of the bipartisan Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act. The legislation sends a powerful message to Russia and any other foreign actor seeking to disrupt our elections: if you attack American candidates, campaigns, or voting infrastructure, you will face severe consequences. The DETER Act uses the threat of… Continue Reading


Gardner Attends Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center Ribbon Cutting

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke today at the ribbon cutting of the new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora. Senator Gardner has worked with his colleagues across the aisle along with veterans and leadership organizations for many years to make sure this facility for Colorado's veterans finally opened. "Congratulations to the many veterans who fought for this day, as we celebrate what will be the crown jewel of the VA system," Gardner said. "The o… Continue Reading


Interior Confirms to Senator Gardner That They Support His Proposal to Move BLM HQ West

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) received another commitment from the Department of Interior today about their agreement with him that the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters should be moved West. The commitment came in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Thursday morning when Senator Gardner questioned Susan Combs, Senior Advisor, U.S Department of Interior. Over the last two years Senator Gardner has been making the case to Interior Secretary Zinke and t… Continue Reading


In First Bipartisan Statement, Senators Urge President to Keep Families Together

Letter Also Calls for Administration to Work with Faith Community on Reunification Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to President Trump, signed by a bipartisan group of more than two dozen senators, stating that the default position of the United States should be to keep families together. The letter is the first bipartisan statement firmly opposing the family sepa… Continue Reading


Gardner Goes to Senate Floor to Preview Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center Opening

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the Senate floor earlier today about the opening of the new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora this weekend. Senator Gardner worked with his colleagues across the aisle along with veterans and leadership organizations for over a decade to make sure this facility for Colorado's veterans became a reality. "This is not the end of a project, but it's the beginning of a promise to be fulfilled," said Senator Gardne… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Send Letter Urging Inclusion of Anvil Points Language in Defense Authorization Legislation

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) sent a letter Monday to Chairmen John McCain (R-AZ) and Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Members Jack Reed (D-RI) and Adam Smith (D-WA) from the Armed Services Committees urging the inclusion of Section 3204 of the House-passed H.R. 5515 in the final conference report of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This section would ensure communities receive their rightf… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Legislation to Drive Down Costs for Childcare and Educational Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the 529 Expansion and Modernization Act on Tuesday. Senator Gardner's legislation expands the tax free educations savings account, called 529 savings plans, to be able to be used for early childhood expenses and alternative education opportunities like trade schools and apprenticeship programs. Currently, 529 savings plans are limited to educational costs for post-secondary education or private, public or religious k-12 educational expense… Continue Reading


Senator Gardner: "Russia is a State Sponsor of Terror"

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) called on Congress on Tuesday to immediately take up his legislation S.2780, to require the State Department to determine if Russia is a State Sponsor of Terror. Gardner spoke about Russia's continued violations in a Helsinki Commission hearing and in the weekly Senate Leadership Press Conference on Tuesday.Excerpt from Press Conference "Four years ago today nearly 300 people were killed when a Russian missile system was used over eastern Ukraine to … Continue Reading


Is Russia a State Sponsor of Terror?

Gardner Legislation asks State Department to Determine if Russia is State Sponsor of Terror Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is the author of S. 2780, a bill to require a determination on designation of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The legislation requires the State Department to determine within 90 days and report to Congress whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a State Sponsor of terror under United States law. This designation is made… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on President Trump's Meeting with Vladimir Putin

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday: "Whether it be chemical attacks on allied soil, the invasion of Ukraine, propping up the murderer Assad in Syria, or meddling in our elections through cyber-attacks, Vladimir Putin's Russia remains an adversary to the United States. I believe Russia is a state sponsor of terror and I've introduced legislation that would mandate the State Department to… Continue Reading


Gardner and Wyden Ask DOJ to Investigate Cyber Harassment of U.S. Military Families by Russian Intelligence

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter earlier this week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging the Department of Justice to investigate cyber harassment of U.S. military families by Russian intelligence services. The letter comes after reports that a group calling itself the "Cyber Caliphate" had launched an intimidation campaign against several U.S. military spouses in 2015. The information was recently made public in a news report by the Asso… Continue Reading


Colorado's Park Maintenance Backlog "Over $238 Million"

Gardner Calls on Congress to Act in National Parks Hearing and Senate Floor Speech Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) called on Congress to act on the $11 billion maintenance backlog at our national parks in an Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks hearing on Wednesday. Senator Gardner has been working to advance legislation that would address the billions of dollars in deferred maintenance that the park system is currently facing in Colorado and across the count… Continue Reading

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