Press Releases


Gardner Meets with Attorney General Nominee William Barr

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today met with President Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr ahead of his confirmation vote. Gardner released the following statement after their discussion regarding the federal response to the Gold King Mine spill, marijuana policy and the STATES Act, and the Department of Justice's role in protecting American intellectual property around the world, among other topics: "It's been more than three years since the Gold King Mine spill co… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Boost Craft Beverage Industry

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D)-members of the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus-today introduced legislation to help ensure the continued growth of America's craft beverage industry. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act would permanently establish reduced taxes and modernized regulations for brewers, cider makers, vintners, and distillers to further promote job creation in each industry. "Colorado is home to more than 350… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Disaster Relief Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Colorado the following amounts for disaster recovery: $21,540,623 for 2013 flood recovery $1,250,000 for US 550 rockfall In 2016, Gardner along with other members of the Colorado delegation, sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committee urging adequate funding for the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Emergency Relief account. This resulted in m… Continue Reading


Gardner, Cortez Masto, Crapo, and Bipartisan Group of Senators Send Letter Requesting Administration Stabilize Medicare Advantage Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) sent a letter today with a bipartisan group of colleagues urging the Administration to stabilize the Medicare Advantage program that provides quality health care to 21 million seniors and individuals with disabilities. The senators wrote to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma requesting she consider how to strengthen the program, innovate with technolo… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Colorado is Second State to Have Entire Delegation as Cosponsors of the Disability Integration Act

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Colorado has become the second state to have their entire Congressional delegation cosponsor the Disability Integration Act only 21 days since introduction of the bill on January 15, 2019. The Disability Integration Act is a bill that affirms the right of people with disabilities and seniors to live in freedom, rather than be forced into unwanted institutionalization. It would require states and insurance providers who pay fo… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $1.4 Million University Transportation Center Grant for Colorado School of Mines

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado a $1.4 million University Transportation Center (UTC) program grant. The UTC program was reauthorized under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The Colorado School of Mines, along with its partners California State University, Los Angel… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's State of the Union Address: NOTE: View Gardner's remarks here or by clicking on the photo above "I applaud the President's call for compromise and cooperation tonight. It is time to leave partisan corners and work together on behalf of the American people to move our country forward. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fix our broken immigration system, … Continue Reading


Senate Passes Gardner, Rubio, Risch, McConnell Bill to Strengthen US Security in Middle East, Bolster Israel Alliance & Sanction Syria’s Dictatorship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Foreign Relations Chairman James Risch (R-ID), and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) welcomed the U.S. Senate's passage of the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (S. 1) in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 77 to 23. This legislation would make improvements to defense and security assistance provisions in the Middle East, bolster the U.S.-Israel strategic alliance by authorizing se… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on David Bernhardt’s Nomination to Secretary of Interior

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's nomination of David Bernhardt to be the next Secretary of Interior: "This is fantastic news for Colorado," said Senator Gardner. "I've known David Bernhardt for many years and have worked closely with him over the last two years to advance Colorado priorities. As a native Coloradan from the Western Slope, David knows how important public lands are to our state and has a keen understand… Continue Reading


The Science Coalition Names Gardner a ‘Champion of Science’

Gardner Recognized for Supporting Fundamental Scientific Research Investment, Nominated for This Award by the University of Colorado Boulder Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced that he has received the Champion of Science Award. The award - presented by The Science Coalition (TSC) - honors members of Congress whose actions and votes consistently reflect their commitment to fundamental science through funding investment for federal research agencies. "It's … Continue Reading


Gardner Congratulates United Launch Alliance on Securing Launch Services Contract for Lucy Mission

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, today announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) located in Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for its Lucy Mission. "Today's announcement that NASA has selected ULA to provide launch services for their Lucy Mission is exciting news for our state, and is a testament to ULA… Continue Reading


Gardner, Tester, Hyde-Smith, Introduce Bipartisan Legislation that Brings Doctors to Rural Areas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) today introduced the Rural Physician Workforce Production Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to address the growing shortage of physicians in rural communities all across the country. The Rural Physician Workforce Production Act alters the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program to provide medical students with the opportunity to practice in a rural area, with the goal of recruiting the next … Continue Reading


Gardner, Hirono Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Award Fred Korematsu the Congressional Gold Medal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) joined by colleagues in both chambers, introduced bipartisan legislation to award Fred Korematsu the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his fight against the illegal incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and his work to advance civil rights. "Japanese internment is a stain on our nation's history, and the Korematsu v. United States decision was a setback for racial equality and a reject… Continue Reading


Gardner Joins Colleagues in Reintroducing Legislation to Permanently Repeal the Death Tax

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined Senators John Thune (R-SD), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and dozens of their colleagues in reintroducing legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, more commonly known as the death tax. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2019, would finally end this purely punitive tax that has the potential to hit family-run farms, ranches, and businesses as the result of the owner's death. "As someone who grew up working at my… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Navy Relocation of PMOSSP to Littleton

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the U.S. Department of the Navy is relocating the Program Management Office Strategic Systems Program (PMOSSP) Flight Systems from Sunnyvale, California to Littleton, Colorado on October 1, 2019. PMOSSP Flight Systems provides the technical oversight and fleet support for the nation's sea-based strategic deterrent. "The announcement that the U.S. Navy is relocating PMOSSP from California to Colorado is welcome news for our state a… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Expand and Support Teacher Leadership Opportunities

Washington, DC - US Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Doug Jones (D-AL), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Jack Reed (D-RI) today introduced the Teachers Are Leaders Act, which would create partnerships between colleges and high-need schools to develop and support innovative teacher leader roles. Teachers are one of the most important factors in student achievement. Unfortunate… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Legislation to Drive Down Costs for Early Childhood Education, Apprenticeships, and Other Worker Skills Programs

Washington, DC - Following last week's celebration of National School Choice Week, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) reintroduced the 529 Expansion and Modernization Act, legislation that expands the tax free educations savings account, called 529 savings plans, to be able to be used for early childhood expenses and alternative education opportunities like trade schools and apprenticeship programs. Currently, 529 savings plans are limited to educational costs for post-secondary education or private, p… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Funding Resolution to Reopen the Government

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after a deal was announced to reopen the government and work to fund border security: "I've been clear that I do not believe government shutdowns are ever the right answer, and I applaud the President's funding resolution to reopen the government and provide a platform for additional border security funding." said Senator Gardner. "Today's announcement to reopen the government and come together to negotiate bord… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Authorizing Support for Homeless Veterans and Their Families

Washington, DC - Colorado US Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) introduced the Creating A Reliable Environment (CARE) for Veterans' Dependents Act. This bipartisan legislation allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to compensate VA Grant and Per Diem program funded facilities for care provided to dependents of homeless veterans. The VA Grant and Per Diem program does not currently reimburse facilities for care they provide to the dependents of homeless veterans. In 2017, r… Continue Reading


Gardner to Vote to Open the Government, Fund Border Security

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today he will be voting for both measures to fund the remaining parts of the government and fund border security: "Today, I will vote for both options to fund the remaining parts of the government and fund border security," said Senator Gardner. "I've consistently been against government shutdowns because I don't think they are the right way to govern. It's disappointing Senate Democrats are refusing to support the President's reasonable co… Continue Reading

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