Press Releases

09.20.19

Gardner, Shaheen Announce New Legislation to Address Health Concerns Regarding PFAS Exposure through Firefighter Turnout Gear

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced the introduction of their new bipartisan legislation, the Guaranteeing Equipment Safety for Firefighters Act, which would take important steps to address health concerns regarding firefighter's occupational exposure to harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals through their personal protective gear. Specifically, the legislation would authorize a comprehensive study of the personal … Continue Reading


09.20.19

Gardner Celebrates the Selection of BLM Headquarters Site in 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, celebrated the announcement today that the BLM signed a lease agreement for their new headquarters at 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction. This office space will house the BLM Director, Deputy Director for Operations and other senior leadership and support staff. "On behalf of the state of Colorado, I am excited to welcome the Bureau of Land… Continue Reading


09.20.19

Gardner, Shaheen Applaud First Measure of State-Level Data for Outdoor Recreation Economy

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today applauded the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis' statistics showing outdoor recreation had a federal impact of $427 billion of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, and for the first time, state-by-state data that shows recreation contributes more than $11 billion and $2.7 billion to the economies of Colorado and New Hampshire, respectively. In Colorado, outdoor recreation makes up 3… Continue Reading


09.19.19

Gardner, Harris Address Rising Suicide Rates

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act this week to improve mental health access in underserved areas. This legislation is part of Senator Gardner's ongoing initiative to address rising suicide rates in Colorado and across the United States. Identical bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives John Katko (NY-24) and Grace Napo… Continue Reading


09.19.19

Gardner, Rubio, Menendez, Durbin, Coons Introduce Bill to Reauthorize U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2019 (USCIRF). The bill reauthorizes USCIRF for four years and increases funding. "Freedom of worship is a fundamental human right, one that we hold dear as Americans," said Senator Gardner. "The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is critical f… Continue Reading


09.18.19

Gardner Urges Colleagues to Support Appropriations Process, Fund Critical National Security

Washington, D.C. - After Senate Democrats today blocked legislation to fund sections of the government through the appropriations process, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) urged his colleagues to support regular order and vote to proceed to the first appropriations bill without further delay. "As global tensions increase, it is shameful that Senate Democrats are choosing to filibuster this appropriations bill which would provide funding for the men and women in uniform who protect our country eve… Continue Reading


09.17.19

Gardner, Jones Lead Bill with Sandy Hook Promise to Prevent Suicide

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the Suicide Training and Awareness Nationally Delivered for Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act today, legislation supported by Sandy Hook Promise to address rising youth suicide rates. U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are original cosponsors of the legislation. The STANDUP Act requires states, public school… Continue Reading


09.17.19

Gardner, Bennet Call on Congressional Leadership to Enact Full, Permanent Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C. - Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) joined a group of bipartisan senators in calling on the leaders of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to include full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the fiscal year 2020 funding agreement. This letter follows Congress' successful passage of permanent reauthorization for the LWCF in February, and the subsequent introduction of bipartisan legislation in the… Continue Reading


09.17.19

Gardner Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging OMB to Make the Army Corps Collaborate on the Water Supply Rule

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, sent a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney expressing strong opposition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) proposed rulemaking for their use of reservoir projects for domestic, municipal, and industrial water supply. They were joined by Senators Mike Cra… Continue Reading


09.16.19

Gardner Meets with High Plains Honor Flight Heroes at Lincoln Memorial

NOTE: Click here to download a video message from Senator Gardner Click here to download B-roll Click here to download photos Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today welcomed more than 100 Northern Colorado veterans from the High Plains Honor Flight to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The High Plains Honor Flight included veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War who are visiting the war memorials in Washington, D.C. Today's visit marked… Continue Reading


09.16.19

Gardner, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize PILT

Washington, D.C. - Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) joined a group of Western senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program to provide long-term financial security for rural counties. The legislation would reauthorize the PILT program for ten years. The program provides critical resources to nearly 1,900 counties across 49 states. Counties have used these payments for more than 40 years to fund l… Continue Reading


09.13.19

Gardner Commends New North Korea Sanctions

Washington, D.C. - 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 after the United States Treasury announced sanctions targeting three North Korean state-sponsored malicious cyber groups. "I welcome the Administration's fulfillment of these long-overdue sanctions against North Korea-sponsored hacking groups," said Senator Gardner. "North Korea's illici… Continue Reading


09.13.19

Gardner and Bipartisan Group of Senators Condemn North Korean Labor Camps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution condemning the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) political prison labor camp system. As North Korea appears to indicate interest in resuming talks with the U.S., the resolution, Senate Res. 303, calls on the DPRK to dismantle their brutal system, noting instances of religious persecution, rape, forced abortions and brutal executions within … Continue Reading


09.13.19

Gardner Announces Nearly $7 Million for North I-25

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced that the Colorado Department of Transportation will receive $6.97 million in unobligated Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve North I-25. "I'm thrilled the Colorado Department of Transportation will receive additional funding for North I-25, and… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Gardner Applauds Final Repeal of WOTUS Rule

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers finalized a rule to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. "Today is a victory for Colorado's farmers, cattlemen, ranchers, and small business owners," said Senator Gardner. "This burdensome regulation from the Obama Administration would have been harmful to Colorado's economy and especially our agriculture community. T… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Gardner Statement on 18th Anniversary of 9/11

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following video statement recognizing the 18th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. NOTE: Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "Today, 18 years ago in 2001, Americans woke up to realize that nearly 3,000 people had lost their lives in an attack against the United States by terrorists who struck at the very heart of our country: images of freedom, prosperity, and opportunity in New York, the Pentagon… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Senators Urge Review of U.S. Export Controls Regarding Developments in Hong Kong

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) along with Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, led a letter expressing concerns to the administration that Mainland China may be abusing the United States' export control regime to illicitly secure sensitive technologies and use inap… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Gardner: BLM Works for the West, not Washington

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), the chief architect of the plan to move the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Grand Junction, spoke on the Senate floor yesterday pushing back against Washington bureaucrats and Democrats who say that the BLM headquarters should stay in the capital city. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. Remarks as delivered: Thank you, Mr. President. Of course the Senate is back in session after the August wor… Continue Reading


09.09.19

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


09.06.19

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

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