Press Releases


Gardner Takes to Senate Floor to Fight for States’ Rights and Protect States’ Legal Marijuana Operations

"Mr. President, I yield my time and will not give up this fight" Washington, DC - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the Senator floor after his legislation to protect the marijuana industry in states across the country was blocked from being voted on as an amendment to the First Step Act. NOTE: Click here or on the image above to view Gardner's remarks. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you Mr. President, I thank the Senator from Iowa, Chairman Grassley. Af… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces States’ Rights Amendment to Protect Marijuana Industry

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced an amendment to the First Step Act that, if adopted, would ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders. The bill also extends these protections to Washington D.C, U.S. territories, and federally recognized tribes, and contains common-sense guardrails to ensure that states, territories, and tribes regulating marijuana do so safely. "Saturday marked the 227th annive… Continue Reading


Gardner-backed Legislation to Combat Sexual Harassment in Congress Passes Senate

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement following the Senate's passage of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act, sweeping legislation that will overhaul the way Congress deals with sexual harassment. In December 2017, Gardner, along with a bipartisan group of his colleagues, introduced the Congressional Harassment Reform Act to begin the process of reforming how sexual harassment is dealt with in Congress. The final legislation that passed this we… Continue Reading


Gardner Meets with China’s Ambassador to the United States

Reiterates U.S. Concerns with China's Economic, Security, and Human Rights Violations Washington, DC - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the below statement following his meeting with the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the United States, Cui Tiankai: "I held a meeting today with Ambassador Cui to have an open and frank exchange on how to move … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Farm Bill Passes Senate with Gardner’s Support

Several Gardner-led Provisions Included in Final Legislation NOTE: View Senator Gardner's video remarks here. Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today voted in favor of the bipartisan Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill). This legislation renews the federal government's agricultural programs, including crop insurance, farm credit, and conservation policies. The legislation also expands trade assistance and promotion efforts, provides assistance to rural communities to expa… Continue Reading


Gardner, Tipton Introduce Crucial Orphan Hardrock Mine Cleanup Legislation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Representative Scott Tipton (CO-3) introduced today the Good Samaritan Remediation of Orphan Hardrock Mines Act of 2018, legislation that will authorize the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a pilot program that promotes the cleanup of orphan hardrock mines. Abandoned mines are environmental hazards and also present danger to unaware recreationists on federal land all across the United States, especially the western part of the … Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Announce Major Infrastructure Grants for Colorado, Including $20 million for North I-25

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today announced that the North Front Range Transportation & Air Quality Council has been awarded a $20 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for its North I-25 Segment 6 improvement project. Additionally, the Senators announced that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be receiving a $20 million BUILD grant for its vehicle-t… Continue Reading


Gardner Awarded by Major Science Organization for Record of Advancing Science Policy

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has been awarded by the American Geophysical Union(AGU) their prestigious honor, the Presidential Citation, for his work on science policy. The AGU is an international non-profit with membership stemming across the globe with 60,000 members in 137 countries working on an array of geophysical endeavors from climate change and natural hazards to space and planetary systems. "It is a true honor to receive the American Geophysical Union's Presidentia… Continue Reading


Gardner, Markey Comprehensive Asia Policy Measure Passes Senate

Washington, DC - The Senate passed S.2736, the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 (ARIA) on Tuesday. This legislation, authored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), serves as a generational policy framework to enhance U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific region and to demonstra… Continue Reading


Gardner, Jones Introduce Legislation to Ensure Veterans are Repaid their Full GI Benefits

Washington, DC- Today, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Doug Jones (D-AL) will introduce the Fix Immediately Outstanding Underpayments (IOUs) for Student Veterans Act, legislation that will force the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay student veterans money they are entitled to, but did not receive because of the VA's own error. When the VA failed to implement the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, many student veterans did not receive the full benefits they a… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Cybersecurity Legislation to Protect Energy Grid

Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) this week introduced two pieces of legislation to protect the country's energy grid from cyber-attacks. The Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act received a hearing today in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Senator Gardner spoke about its importance. You can watch his remarks here. "Colorado and states across the country need to secure our energy grids and be bet… Continue Reading


Gardner Holds Bipartisan Press Conference to Rally Support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) held a press conference today with other Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) champions in the House and Senate to call for the reauthorization and full funding of America's most important conservation program before the end of the year. Gardner has been a leader on the bipartisan effort in Congress to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the LWCF and will continue to fight to save this vital conservation program. To view Gardner's remarks, cli… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Bipartisan Group of Senators Press for Extension of Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and a group of bipartisan Senators today sent a letter to Senate leadership calling for the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program in any end-of-year legislation. "Congress has an obligation to ensure counties with swaths of tax-exempt forestlands can adequately provide essential services for their residents. Without the certainty of these critical safety-net payments, schools, libraries, and jails are… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduced Legislation to Help Improve Veterans’ Health Care

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Angus King (I-ME), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced legislation Monday to help improve veterans' health care by increasing collaboration among federal agencies and authorizing the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop technologies that solve complex data challenges. "This legislation will help provide world class care to our veterans by leveraging cutting-edge technologies at our National Labs," sai… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Russian Aggression Toward Ukraine

Washington, DC- Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement in response to Russian attacks on Ukrainian naval ships in the Sea of Azov. "Russia's illegal and unprovoked aggression toward Ukraine cannot be tolerated and demands a serious response by the United States and a community of nations," said Senator Gardner. "I urge the Administration to urgently outline a series of diplomatic, economic, and defense posture measures to deter the Kremlin, such as additional deploym… Continue Reading


Senator Gardner Gives Thanks

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement celebrating Thanksgiving: "Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many blessings bestowed upon our great nation and with a grateful heart give thanks to God," said Senator Gardner. "As we spend time with family and friends it is important to honor the men and women in uniform who defend our freedoms and sacrifice so much for this country who will not be home with their families this Thanksgiving. We are all for… Continue Reading


Gardner, Cardin Firmly Against Russian Leadership of Interpol

Washington, DC- Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Commissioners for the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today released the following statement firmly opposing the candidacy of Russian national Alexander Prokopchuk to serve as the President of International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol. "It is unconscionable that a representative of the Russian st… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Announce $4.5 Million in Energy Innovation Grants for Colorado Universities

Washington, DC- Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today announced the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded Colorado School of Mines a $2,047,676 grant and University of Colorado Boulder a $2,500,000 grant to "fund potentially disruptive technology" in the energy sector. According to the Department of Energy, "ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too high-risk for private-sector investment.… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Call for Additional Funding to Ensure Effective Responses to Massive Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) today joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in requesting funding to modernize firefighting assets so the U.S. Forest Service can respond in a more efficient and cost-effective manner to devastating wildfires. The fire season in Colorado this past year, which stretched resources thin, demonstrates the need to invest further in these firefighting assets. The senators, in letters to Senate Committee on Appropria… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds Jobs Growth and Wage Increase for Month of October

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding the Bureau of Labor Statistics' announcement that wages are rising the highest in nearly a decade and that the economy added over 250,000 jobs the last month. "Wages are rising in Colorado and new jobs are being created because of sustained, strong economic growth,"said Senator Gardner. "This great news proves that when we advance policies that reduce taxes on hard working families and make it easier for bus… Continue Reading

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