Press Releases


Gardner Introduces Bernhardt for Secretary of Interior Consideration

Bernhardt would become the 7th Coloradan to serve as Secretary of Interior if confirmed Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today introduced President Trump's nominee to be the next Secretary of Interior, David Bernhardt, at his confirmation hearing. NOTE: View Senator Gardner's remarks here or by clicking on the photo above Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank you Madame Chair and Ranking Member Manchin. … Continue Reading


Gardner, Ernst Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Safe, Effective Contraception

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) re-introduced the Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act, paving the way for contraceptives to be sold over-the-counter without a prescription. The Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act incentivizes manufacturers of routine-use contraceptives to file an application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell their products over the counter (OTC). These incentives apply… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Help Law Enforcement Investigate Fentanyl, Protect Officers

POWER Act Helps State and Local Law Enforcement Obtain Drug Screening Devices Used by Federal Law Enforcement Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing legislation to provide state and local law enforcement with high-tech devices to detect and identify dangerous drugs like fentanyl. The Providing Officers with Electronic Resources (POWER) Act would create a new grant program through the U.S. Department of Ju… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Reintroduce Bill to Train Veterans for Careers in Innovative Sectors of the Energy Industry

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet reintroduced the Energy Jobs for our Heroes Act to help veterans gain the training and credentials necessary to secure opportunities in the clean energy sector. The bipartisan legislation would help ease the transition back to civilian life for servicemembers and strengthen the economy by connecting employers in the fast-growing solar, wind, nuclear, and cyber energy industries with talented, highly-skilled veterans. "I'm… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Green New Deal

View Senator Gardner's video remarks here Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following his vote against the Green New Deal: "The climate is changing and human activity throughout the world is contributing to it - but this Green New Deal, if enacted, would kill hundreds of thousands of real jobs, cost the American people trillions of dollars, and gut our transportation and agricultural economies here in Colorado," said Senator Gardner. "I'm an opti… Continue Reading


Gardner Honors Colorado Korean War Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) attended and presented remarks at yesterday's Korean War Medal Peace Medal Ceremony in Aurora, Colorado, alongside the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Ambassador Harry Harris, and the Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Cho Yoon-je. "I'm grateful to have joined Korean Ambassador to the U.S., Cho Yoon-je and U.S. Ambassador for the Republic of Korea, Harry Harris in our great state to recogn… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Mueller Report

Washington, D.C. -- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the conclusion of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and related matters. "I have consistently said the Mueller investigation should be allowed to reach a conclusion, and I'm grateful the Special Counsel has finished the investigation and submitted a report today. The American people have a right to know the outcome of this investigatio… Continue Reading


Gardner Ranked as 5th Most Bipartisan Senator

Gardner Tops Colorado Delegation in Bipartisan Rankings Washington, D.C. - The Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University today jointly released their new Bipartisan Index (BPI) rankings of members for the 115th Congress (2017-2018) and ranked Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) as the 5th most bipartisan Senator. Gardner moved up three spots from number eight in 2017 to join the top five for the 115th Congress. "Coloradans… Continue Reading


Gardner, Markey Send Letter Urging Robust Enforcement of Current Sanctions on North Korea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senator Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, asking for a recommitment of the U.S. government efforts to enforce current U.S. and United Nations sanctions with regard to North Korea, and to deliver a North Korea strategy to Congress by March 31, 2019, as … Continue Reading


Gardner, Gillibrand Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis by Limiting Prescriptions to Seven Days

Legislation Would Help Combat Addiction and Abuse by Creating Tougher Law on Initial Opioid Prescriptions Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today announced bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The John S. McCain Opioid Addiction and Prevention Act would limit the supply of initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain to seven days. This bill is named after late-Senator John McCain, who was the Republican lead of this legislation … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on National Emergency Resolution

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after he voted against the resolution of disapproval: "There is a crisis at the border and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have prevented a solution. As a result, the President has declared a national immigration emergency, legal authority which he clearly has under the 1976 law, a law invoked 56 times by every previous President since Jimmy Carter. Between October and February, border patrol apprehensions were up… Continue Reading


Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Members Introduce Tech Legislation to Address Workforce Shortage

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), along with Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-6) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), today reintroduced the Championing Apprenticeships for New Careers and Employees in Technology (CHANCE in Tech) Act. The bipartisan legislation would provide industry intermediaries, like state tech associations, the ability to receive federal grants to develop apprenticeships within the technology sect… Continue Reading


Gardner, Udall, Cortez Masto, and Whitehouse Introduce Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses and Help Close the Digital Divide

Bipartisan bill aims to close "homework gap" that disadvantages low-income and rural students without internet access at home Legislation would make Wi-Fi on school buses eligible for E-Rate reimbursement Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced a bill to make it easier to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to stu… Continue Reading


Gardner, Peters Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today reintroduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, legislation that would expand access to healthcare in both rural and urban areas by paving the way for Medicare to cover additional telehealth services. Currently, Medicare covers limited telehealth services, setting a poor industry standard, discouraging innovation, and restricting access to specialized services. The Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act… Continue Reading


Gardner Attends Signing Ceremony for Bipartisan Public Lands Package

5 Gardner Bills Signed Into Law Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) attended the signing ceremony for S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, the Lands Package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), as well as numerous other Gardner-authored bills that have a direct impact on Colorado. Gardner released the below statement following the signing of the Lands Package: "Today is a great day for the future of publics lands bot… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, DeGette, Tipton Introduce Native American Indian Education Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Colorado Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), along with Representatives Diana DeGette (CO-1) and Scott Tipton (CO-03), today introduced the Native American Indian Education Act, legislation that would address the current federal-state agreements mandating states finance Native American's tuition at certain universities. States like Colorado that encounter severe budget constraints are struggling to fulfill the requirement to provide tuition-free higher educ… Continue Reading


Gardner, Peters, Tipton, Crow Introduce Legislation to Overhaul Veterans Affairs Hiring Process

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI), along with Representatives Scott Tipton (CO-3) and Jason Crow (CO-6), introduced the Veterans Improved Access and Care Act, legislation designed to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hiring process to make it easier to fill staffing shortages at the agency. Many VA hospitals continue to experience long wait times and staffing shortages as a result of a lengthy hiring process, and a primary driver of the protrac… Continue Reading


Colorado Congressional Delegation, Governor Urge Department of Defense to Headquarter U.S. Space Command in Colorado

Reestablishment of U.S. Space Command is Essential to National Security, Preventing Attacks Against U.S. Space Systems Washington D.C. - The entire Colorado Congressional Delegation and Governor Jared Polis joined together today to urge the U.S. Department of Defense to reestablish U.S. Space Command in Colorado and to use Colorado's existing space missions and assets to address emerging and transforming threats in space. In a letter to acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, the … Continue Reading


Gardner, Menendez Seek Answers from Trump Administration on North Korean Cyberattacks

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, asking for a firm Administration response to recent reports that hackers linked with the North Korean regime conducted cyberattacks on multiple U.S. and European tar… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Combat Russian Influence, Aid European Security

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), on Thursday introduced the European Energy Security and Diversification Act to provide new tools for the United States to combat malign Russian influence and create economic opportunities at home and abroad. Russia uses its dominance of the energy market, along with bribery, corruption, and propaganda, to undermine Western institutions a… Continue Reading

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