Press Releases


Gardner Applauds Launch of United States Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that United States Space Command will be temporarily established at Peterson Air Force Base, with Commander John "Jay" Raymond presiding at the ceremony today to formally recognize the command's new unit in Colorado Springs. Senator Gardner has pushed the Department of Defense (DOD) to reestablish U.S. Space Command in Colorado to harness the state's existing military assets to coordinate space operations for the U.S.… Continue Reading


Gardner Tours Native American Artifact Site Outside of Durango

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) toured an extensive site of Native American artifacts outside of Durango this week. During a site survey by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) ahead of construction on the US Highway 550 project, a network of well-preserved ruins and artifacts was unearthed. The artifacts are likely more than 1,000 years old and will be preserved before construction begins, which is anticipated for spring 2020. "It was remarkable to see the archae… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds $3 Million Grant for Colorado Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, applauded the announcement today from Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt that Colorado will receive $3,034,579 in non-taxpayer funded grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for outdoor recreation and conservation projects. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants adm… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in DOT Emergency Relief Funding for Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced today that Colorado will receive $1.457 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to rehabilitate and reconstruct federal roads that were damaged by natural disasters. This funding will go towards repairs on State Highway 145 in southwest Colorado following damage by rockfall in May 2019, as well as repairs to infrastructu… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $12 Million Competitive Highway Bridge Program Grant for CDOT

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced today that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will receive a $12.475 million Competitive Highway Bridge Program (CHBP) grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to rehabilitate bridges in Colorado's 4th and 5th Congressional districts. The project is aimed at ensuring impacted bridges in Southern and Western Colorado will not require future… Continue Reading


Following Official Announcement of U.S. Space Command, Colorado Congressional Delegation and Governor Reiterate Call for Basing Headquarters in Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Today, following the White House's official announcement of the creation of U.S. Space Command, the entire Colorado Congressional Delegation and Governor Jared Polis sent a new letter to the U.S. Department of Defense reiterating their call for the headquarters to be reestablished in Colorado. In the letter to acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan and Commander of U.S. Space Command General John W. Raymond, the leaders tout Colorado's leading role in national… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Sen. Johnny Isakson’s Resignation

Washington, D.C. - United States Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) issued the following statement today after Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) announced he would resign at the end of the year due to health complications. "If you could describe what it means to be a statesman in two words, they would be Johnny Isakson. He has a knack for distilling the most complex problems into commonsense solutions and is able to clearly and articulately guide debate back to civility," said Senator Gardner. "As Chai… Continue Reading


Quorum Highlights Senator Gardner’s Strong Bipartisan Record

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is one of the most bipartisan Senators in the 116th Congress, according to a recent report by Quorum Analytics analyzing Congress' legislative data in 2019. "Colorado is a fiercely independent state. We judge ideas based on how they will affect the Centennial State, not by the letter that is next to someone's name," said Senator Gardner. "Coloradans expect our elected officials to work across the aisle for the good of our entire state. I'm proud o… Continue Reading


Gardner Visits Eastern Colorado Ag Producers on Annual Farm Tour

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) concluded his annual Colorado Farm Tour this week in Eastern Colorado, where he visited a variety of agricultural producers and held roundtable discussions with local officials and constituents in 15 different Colorado counties. Senator Gardner holds a meeting at Rush Creek Wind Farm in Lincoln County. "My annual farm tour is a great opportunity to speak directly to Colorado's agricultural producers and hear what farmers, ranchers, an… Continue Reading


Gardner, Ernst Call for Over-the-Counter Contraceptives

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) wrote to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Norman Sharpless urging the FDA to promote access to over-the-counter oral contraceptives. The burdensome, inconsistent prescription-to-over-the-counter switch process keeps manufacturers from developing contraceptives that could be sold over-the-counter without a prescription. The senators requested that the FDA utilize all regulatory tools available to improv… Continue Reading


Gardner, Tester, Hyde-Smith Succeed in Effort to Help Recruit and Retain Rural Doctors

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) applauded the newly finalized Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule to provide reimbursement for time that residents spend training at Critical Access Hospitals (CAH). Critical Access Hospitals serve rural communities and are facing a critical physician shortage. Senators Gardner, Tester, and Hyde-Smith are authors of the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act, which in… Continue Reading


Gardner Urges Secretary of Defense to Establish U.S. Space Command Headquarters in Colorado

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) this week urged the U.S. Department of Defense to reestablish the U.S. Space Command in Colorado and to use Colorado's existing military assets to address emerging threats in space. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Gardner highlighted Colorado's unique experience with military space operations and invited the Secretary to Colorado to visit Colorado's defense mission partners and military installations. NOTE: Full letter ava… Continue Reading


Gardner, Western Senators Call on USDA to Implement New Drought Tools and Establish Western Drought Initiative

Washington, D.C. - This week U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and a bipartisan coalition of Western senators called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately implement water conservation tools, included at the direction of a Gardner-led amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill, which was signed into law in December 2018. These new tools and resources will help farmers and ranchers adapt to the prolonged drought in the West. In their letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the … Continue Reading


Gardner, Peters, Sullivan & Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous PFAS Chemicals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to help protect the health and safety of firefighters and emergency responders who are frequently exposed to harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams as they work to keep communities safe. PFAS substances have been linked to a number of health problems, including certain cancers. The Protecting Firefigh… Continue Reading


Gardner, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Connect Americans to Broadband, Jobs

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, introduced the TOWER Infrastructure Deployment Act (TOWER Act) to increase broadband deployment and close the workforce shortage in the telecommunications industry. "A strong and dependable workforce is critical to keeping our nation's telecommunications industry a global leader," said Senator Gardner. "Workers on the Hoyt Radio Tower in… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $1.2 Million Grant for Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced today the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) will receive a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the design phase of expanding the terminal building. "I'm excited to announce the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport is receiving a grant from the FAA to help update the terminal building," said Senator Gardner. "Goin… Continue Reading


Gardner, Coons Introduce Legislation to Support Research on Opioid Addiction

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) recently introduced the Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act to support research on opioid addiction. The legislation would direct the National ScienceFoundation (NSF), in consultation with the National Institutes of Health, to support merit-reviewed and competitively awarded research on the science of opioid addiction, allowing for further understanding of how to more effectively tre… Continue Reading


Gardner Takes to Senate Floor to Commend BLM’s Relocation to Grand Junction

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), the chief architect of the plan to move the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) headquarters to Grand Junction, spoke on the Senate floor today commending the Department of Interior's decision to relocate the BLM's headquarters to Grand Junction, Colorado. The BLM plans to move eighty-five positions, including the senior directorate and members of their staff, to Colorado to be closer to the public lands they manage. NOTE: Click here or the pic… Continue Reading


Gardner, Lee Lead Effort to Reduce Government Regulations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced the Reducing Excessive Government (REG) Act, legislation that would require any increase in the debt limit approved by Congress and the President be accompanied by a proportional reduction in regulatory burden for every new dollar of debt. "It's time to institute real reforms that will help get our fiscal house in order," said Senator Gardner. "As the Senate considers raising the federal debt ceiling ye… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds Approval of Colorado Reinsurance Waiver

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that the State of Colorado's reinsurance waiver was approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In conversations with CMS, Senator Gardner stressed how critical health insurance cost savings are and emphasized how large of an impact a reinsurance waiver would have for families in Colorado. In May, Gardner wrote to Secretary Mnuchin and Secretary Azar in support of Colorado's waiver application. … Continue Reading

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