Press Releases

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


09.05.19

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


09.04.19

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


08.30.19

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


08.29.19

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


08.28.19

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


08.27.19

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


08.26.19

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


08.19.19

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


08.06.19

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


08.02.19

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

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