Press Releases

04.28.17

Gardner Appointed to Helsinki Commission

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he has been appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission. The Helsinki Commission consists of 21 Commissioners, 18 from the United States Congress and one each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce. Gardner was selected by the President of the Senate and joins a bipartisan group of Senators on the Commission that include Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ben Cardin (D-MD)… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Gardner Votes to Confirm Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after voting in favor of confirming Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor: "I look forward to working with Alexander Acosta to reduce burdensome regulations that hurt our economy and America's workers," said Gardner. "Acosta's record in public service, his interest in making sure our workers are properly trained, and his time heading the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division make him uniquely qualified to le… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Gardner, Peters Introduce Bill to Keep Government Research Data Publically Available

For Immediate Release April 27th, 2017 Media Contacts: Casey Contres (Gardner), 202-224-5941 Allison Green (Peters), 202-834-2281 WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help federal agencies maintain open access to machine-readable databases and datasets created by taxpayer-funded research. The Preserving Data in Government Act would require federal agencies t… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Rename Denver Stockyards Station Post Office After WWII Veteran

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced the introduction of legislation to rename the Denver Post Office Stockyards Station after Private George T. Sakato, an Army veteran and member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on October 29,1944, in World War II. While under heavy enemy fire, Private Sakato bravely took control of his unit after his platoon leader was killed and selflessly charged the e… Continue Reading


04.25.17

ICYMI: Gardner Discusses North Korea

ICYMI: Gardner Discusses North Korea Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, joined Fox News and CNN today to discuss North Korea. (Click here to watch the full interview.) On the failure of 'strategic patience:' "The strategic patience doctrine had bipartisan opposition at the end of the Obama administration, [was] recognized by bipartisan members of the Senate that it w… Continue Reading


04.25.17

Gardner Votes to Confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after voting in favor of confirming Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture: "It was an honor to vote in support of Governor Perdue's confirmation to be Secretary of Agriculture. Like me, Governor Perdue grew up in a rural agriculture community and understands the challenges facing our nation's farmers and ranchers and I believe he is an excellent choice to lead the Department of Agriculture. I look forward to wo… Continue Reading


04.20.17

Gardner Questions CFPB’s Impact on Agriculture Sector

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Consumer Finance and Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Cordray regarding the impact of the agency's existing rules and regulations, "on the ability of rural financial institutions to lend to the agriculture sector, particularly in times of low commodity prices." The letter reads in full: Dear Director Cordray: I write to ask the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to review existing rules and regulations within the … Continue Reading


04.18.17

Gardner Statement on Human Rights Violations in Russia

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the below statement regarding continued reports of torture, kidnapping, and murder of gay men in Chechnya, part of the Russian Federation. "These reports are extremely disturbing and contrary to basic international human rights norms," said Gardner. "I join the Trump Administration's call for Russian authorities to immediately investigate the reports of these horrific actions and hold… Continue Reading


04.17.17

Gardner Applauds VP Pence Visit to DMZ

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the below statement regarding Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the DMZ: "I applaud Vice President Pence for sending a message to the world that the era of strategic patience is over. The Vice President's visit to the Korean Peninsula should be a stern reminder to the madman in Pyongyang that the United States will not sit idly by while h… Continue Reading


04.14.17

In Wake of Bomb Threat, Gardner and Bennet Visit Jewish Community Center in Boulder

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) visited the Jewish Community Center in Boulder, Colorado on Thursday. Last month, the JCC received a bomb threat, and although a suspect has since been identified, leaders in the community have continuing concerns about the recent uptick in anti-Semitic sentiments across the country. As a sign of solidarity, the Colorado Senators met with members of the JCC community and toured the facility. "The Jewish community in… Continue Reading


04.13.17

Gardner Concludes Tour of the Western Slope

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has concluded a tour of the Western Slope where he discussed a wide range of topics with Coloradans. On Saturday, Gardner was in Grand Junction, visiting with local leaders and giving an update following the conclusion of the US Senate legislative session in Washington. Gardner took questions from constituents and discussed his efforts to remove burdensome federal regulations, grow the Western Slope's economy, and move the Bureau of Land Managem… Continue Reading


04.10.17

Gardner Announces Staff Additions

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced two additions to his staff. Andy Merritt will replace Chuck Poplstein as Gardner's State Director and begin on April 26, 2017. Casey Contres will serve as Gardner's Press Secretary starting today. Andy Merritt is a West Point graduate and served as an Armor Officer with assignments in the Republic of Korea and Fort Carson, Colorado. Previously, Merritt served the people of Colorado in various capacities. He spent two years as a di… Continue Reading


04.10.17

Gardner in Grand Junction: “We have to make sure the Western Slope has that loud, strong voice it deserves”

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) was in Grand Junction this weekend, visiting with local leaders and giving an update following the conclusion of the US Senate legislative session in Washington. Gardner took questions from the audience and discussed his efforts to remove burdensome federal regulations, grow the Western Slope's economy, and move the Bureau of Land Management's headquarters from Washington, DC to Grand Junction, CO. Note: click here to learn more about Gard… Continue Reading


04.10.17

Gardner, Peters Request Increase in U.S. Science Funding

Washington, DC - United States Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter today to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the Committee to support a substantial increase in federal funding for science, research, and development at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Last Congress, Gardner and Peters offered an amendment at the Senate… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Gardner, Lee Request Clarification on DHS/CBP Investigation Protocols in Wake of Twitter Incident

Washington, DC - United States Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mike Lee (R-UT) today sent a letter to Secretary Kelly at the Department of Homeland Security to clarify the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP's) protocols for investigating private companies and their customers. This letter follows reports that Twitter is suing CBP over an attempt by the agency to unmask the identity of a Twitter account holder who frequently criticizes the government. The letter reads in full: Dear Se… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Bipartisan Group of Senators Look to Gain Permanent Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and others today introduced legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which would fully realize LWCF's promise to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) also cosponsored the legislation. "LWCF is essential t… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Gardner Votes to Send Coloradan to the Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following his vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Gardner attended the White House ceremony where President Trump first announced fellow Coloradan Neil Gorsuch as his choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy and released a statement praising the Judge. The following day, Gardner was the second Senator to meet with the native Coloradan and offer him his full support. Throughout the con… Continue Reading


04.06.17

Gardner Statement on US Strikes in Syria

Washington, DC - United States Senator Cory (R-CO) Gardner, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement tonight after reports of US strikes in Syria: "Tonight, the United States of America took action against a treacherous regime whose actions and allies have shown the world the dark edge of humanity. The use of chemical weapons is illegal under international law and the Administration is well justified taking this long-overdue action tonight against a de… Continue Reading


04.06.17

Gardner, Peters Introduce Resolution to Eliminate Duplicative Government Programs

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced the Congressional Oversight to Start Taxpayer Savings Resolution (COST Savings Resolution), legislation that would require Congressional committees to hold oversight hearings on the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Annual Report of Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap and Duplication and the GAO High Risk List. The COST Savings Resolution directs Congressional committees to take into accoun… Continue Reading


04.05.17

Gardner, Schatz Lead Colleagues in Requesting Strategy and Results for First Trump-Xi Summit

Washington, D.C. - Prior to President Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi later this week, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), along with 11 of their Senate colleagues, today sent a letter urging the President "to pursue a multifaceted and results-focused agenda that encompasses pressing security challenges; equitable economic engagement; as well as human rights and rule of law in China." Specifically, the letter demands that President Trump ask China to take immediate ac… Continue Reading

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