Press Releases


Gardner: Opportunity Zones Will Generate Economic Development Across Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the Senate floor in support of Opportunity Zones and highlighted their potential to reinvigorate struggling communities across Colorado through economic investments. Senator Gardner was an original cosponsor of the Investing in Opportunity Act, legislation which established Opportunity Zones and was signed into law as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017. NOTE: Learn more from Gardner's Opportunity Zone video here or by clicking … Continue Reading


Gardner, Markey Legislation Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA) Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, commended the Senate for passing on Tuesday a bipartisan resolution celebrating the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act (TRA): "The TRA is a cornerstone of U.S. relations with Taiwan and I'm pleased to see this bipartisan resolution pass the Senate," said S… Continue Reading


Gardner and Leahy Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Reauthorize Lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Grant Program

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation, S. 1231, to permanently reauthorize the lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a federal grant program that helps state and local law enforcement agencies purchase lifesaving bulletproof vests for officers working in the field. Across the country many law enforcement agencies struggle to maintain necessary protective equipment for all of their officers. Vests are costly and wear… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Interior’s Confirmation that BLM Headquarters will Move West

Gardner Continues to be the National Leader in the Fight to Move BLM West Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following yesterday's confirmation that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to move their headquarters West. This confirms what Secretary Bernhardt told Senator Gardner at his confirmation hearing. "The Interior Department's confirmation that they plan to move ahead with their plans to relocate the Bureau of Land Management head… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on 20th Anniversary of Columbine

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement in remembrance of the lives lost at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado 20 years ago today: "On the 20th anniversary of the heart wrenching tragedy at Columbine High School we must all remember the friends and loved ones whose lives were taken far too soon," said Senator Gardner. "As a Coloradan and a father of three I will never forget April 20th, 1999, the day the sanctity of our schools was taken away… Continue Reading


Gardner Reintroduces Legislation to Determine if Russia is State Sponsor of Terror

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) recently reintroduced S. 2780, a bill he authored to require a determination on designation of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The legislation requires the State Department to determine within 90 days and report to Congress whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a State Sponsor of terror under United States law. This designation is made by the Secretary of State for countries that "have repeatedly provided sup… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Mueller Report

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following Attorney General William Barr's release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and related matters. "Special Counsel Robert Mueller led a fair and thorough investigation, and I have continuously supported ensuring this investigation reached its conclusion. I look forward to reviewing the report and hearing answers from the appropriate personne… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Reports of North Korea Test-Firing Tactical Guided Weapon

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement in response to reports that North Korea test-fired a tactical guided weapon. "Make no mistake about it: North Korea remains a clear and present danger to the safety and security of the American people," said Senator Gardner. "My North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act and Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, both signed into law, provide the Administration the necessary tools to continue pressuring the rogue … Continue Reading


Gardner Tours Colorado School of Mines PFAS Research and ADAPT Center

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) toured the Colorado School of Mines this week in Golden, Colorado. The tour focused on the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT)center in additive manufacturing and water treatment technologies research, a trio of water programs related to Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination for industry and military-impacted water. Gardner released the following statement after his visit to the School of Mines:… Continue Reading


Gardner, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Establish Investment Tax Credit for Energy Storage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced the bipartisan Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2019 to establish an investment tax credit (ITC) for business and home use of energy storage. "This bipartisan legislation is just one part of our efforts to move toward a cleaner and more reliable electrical grid," said Senator Gardner. "Energy storage can help grid operators s… Continue Reading


Gardner, Merkley Lead Senate Introduction of Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Access to Banking Services for Legal Cannabis Businesses

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) led a bipartisan group of Senators - including Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Gary Peters (D-MI), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Angus King (I-ME), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Brian … Continue Reading


Gardner Questions Witnesses on Illegal Robocalls

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) attended a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on stopping robocalls. In March of 2019, YouMail estimated that Coloradans received a whopping 73.6 million robocalls-that's an approximately 140 percent increase in robocalls to Coloradans over the past two years. That's equivalent to 2.4 million calls per day, nearly 99,000 calls per hour, and just over 27 calls per second. Senator Gardner introduced S. 151, the Te… Continue Reading


Gardner Confirms Coloradan David Bernhardt as Secretary of Interior

Senator Gardner's Floor Remarks Available Here Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following his vote to confirm David Bernhardt to be the next Secretary of Interior: "I was pleased to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to confirm President Trump's nominee, and native Coloradan, David Bernhardt as the next Secretary of Interior," said Senator Gardner. "I've known David for over twenty years now and I am confident his experience at the D… Continue Reading


Gardner, Shaheen, Cassidy, and Bennet Introduce Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced bipartisan legislation aimed to lower prescription drug prices by increasing competition through improved oversight of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) citizen petition process. The citizen petition process allows interested stakeholders, including drug companies, to bring concerns to the FDA's attention regarding pending applications. Currently… Continue Reading


Gardner Honors Fallen Colorado State Patrol Corporal

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today spoke on the Senate floor to honor the life and legacy of fallen Colorado State Patrol Corporal Daniel Groves whose watch ended during a horrible tragedy on March 13th, 2019. NOTE: View Senator Gardner's remarks here. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Madam President, I rise today to honor an officer of the Colorado State Patrol who was killed in the line of duty on March 13th. As other members of this chamber know, many parts … Continue Reading


AG Barr Prefers the STATES Act to the Current “Intolerable” Situation

Washington, D.C. - Today, during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Attorney General William Barr implored Congress to act to correct the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws, explaining that the current situation is "intolerable." While he noted that the Department of Justice is reviewing the STATES Act, recently reintroduced by U.S. Senators Gardner (R-CO) and Warren (D-MA), he testified that he supports the STATES Act's approach over the current system. "Earlie… Continue Reading


Senators Gardner, Hassan, Young, and Kaine Reintroduce Bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act To Expand Economic Opportunity and Support Innovative Businesses

Bipartisan Legislation Supports Career Pathways Strategies that Combine Work, Education, and Support Services to Help Hard-Working Americans Get Ahead Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Todd Young (R-IN), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today reintroduced the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to help expand economic opportunity for hard-working Americans and to support innovative businesses in need of a strong workforce. With low unemployment rates in states… Continue Reading


Senators Gardner, Lankford, Menendez, Markey Honor US-Korean Alliance

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), James Lankford (R-OK), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a resolution to honor the U.S. Alliance with the Republic of Korea. The two countries have worked together to promote international peace, security, economic prosperity, human rights, and the rule of law. "The US-ROK alliance is forged in blood and we will always stand with the Korean people. This alliance is critical to U.S. economic and national security interests and i… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Secure Drought Contingency Plan Win for Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) this week helped secure congressional passage of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act, following introduction of the bill six days earlier. Once signed into law by the president, the legislation will authorize the implementation of the Drought Contingency Plan agreements forged between the seven Colorado River Basin states and Indian tribes. "Tens of millions of people in the western Un… Continue Reading


Gardner, Manchin Lead Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Fund LWCF

Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act makes $900 million available each year Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million. Gardner and Manchin were joined by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-… Continue Reading

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