Press Releases


Gardner to Introduce Body Armor Bill to Protect Law Enforcement Officers

Click here to download Gardner's video statement. Click here to download B-Roll from the Wreath Ceremony. Click here to download pictures from the Wreath Ceremony. Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he will be introducing legislation designed to help outfit every law enforcement officer in the country with Type III body armor, which is designed to stop rifle ballistics. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the vast majority of bulletproof v… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Legislation to Extend Visa Program for Afghan Interpreters, Support Staff

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), along with five of their colleagues, introduced bipartisan legislation to further extend the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program (SIV), which allows Afghans who have supported the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and face threats as a result of their service to apply for refuge in the United States. The legislation authorizes 4,000 additional visas for the next fiscal year and takes additional steps to strengthen Afghan SIV … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Release of North Korea’s American Hostages

Click here to download Gardner's video statement. Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following President Trump's announcement that three American hostages have been released from North Korea and are on their way back to the United States with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "Today's development is great news for these Americans and their families and I could not be happier that they will soon be back on American soil. Under the previous Admini… Continue Reading


Honor Flight Northern Colorado Heroes Meet with Gardner at WWII Memorial

Click here to download a video message from Senator Gardner. Click here to download B-roll. Click here to download photos. Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today welcomed veterans and their families from Honor Flight Northern Colorado to the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Honor Flight Northern Colorado bringing veterans to the nation's capital. "It was an incredible honor to meet our veterans at the World War II memori… Continue Reading


Colorado Congressional Delegation: Relocate Army Futures Command to Denver

Washington D.C. - The entire Colorado Congressional delegation today sent a letter to Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper, urging him to choose Denver as the new headquarters for Army Futures Command. The members of Congress wrote, "The Denver ecosystem will provide the Army with unmatched access to the top talent, innovation, and research and academia critical to the Army Futures Command's mission to keep our Armed Forces at the global forefront of military science and technology. Denve… Continue Reading


Gardner Visits Colorado Troops in Afghanistan

Click here to download full resolution photos and B-roll. Washington D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after returning from a trip to Afghanistan. Gardner began his trip meeting with top U.S. military leaders that are a part of Operation Resolute Support, and visited Fort Carson-based 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Khandar, Afghanistan to receive an update on their mission. Gardner also visited Bagram Air Force Base where he… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes to Confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Washington D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after the Senate voted to confirm Mike Pomepo as the next Secretary of State. "Mike Pompeo is eminently qualified to be our next Secretary of State and I was proud to support him today," said Gardner. "Pompeo was first in his class at West Point, served as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, was a successful business owner, and an effective CIA Director. Unfortunately, too many of my colleagues ignored… Continue Reading


Gardner Ranked as 8th Most Bipartisan Senator

Washington, D.C. - The Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University today jointly released their new Bipartisan Index (BPI) rankings of members of Congress for 2017 and ranked Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) as the 8th most bipartisan Senator. "My job is to represent Colorado in the United States Senate and that means working across party lines to get things done for the state," said Gardner. "Whether it's working with S… Continue Reading


Gardner, Markey, Rubio, Cardin Announce Framework for New United States Policy in Asia

The text of the legislation can be found here. A background paper of ARIA can be found here. Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy along with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) announced today that they have introduced the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA). This legislation will serve as a … Continue Reading


Gardner Votes Yes for Mike Pompeo in Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted yes in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday evening to recommend the Senate confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. "CIA Director Mike Pompeo is extremely qualified to be Secretary of State and the opposition to him by some of my Democratic colleagues is politics at its worst," said Gardner. "The myriad of sudden supposed concerns or questions about his record in order to oppose him for such an important diplomatic… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Cosponsor Bipartisan Bill to Legalize Hemp

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) this week cosponsored the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. The legislation also would give states the opportunity to become the primary regulators of hemp, allow hemp researchers to apply for competitive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ensure growers in the West… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Provide Mental Health Support to Agricultural Communities

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to provide farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers with critical mental health support and resources. "As a fifth generation Coloradan who still lives in a tiny town on the Eastern Plains of Colorado that is totally dependent on agriculture, I see the hardships our farmers and ranchers experience every day," Gardner said. "When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s,… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Joint Forces Space Component Staff to Move to Schriever Air Force Base

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the Secretary of the Air Force is relocating Joint Forces Space Component staff to Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. According to the Air Force, the move "is part of a restructure of Joint Forces Space Component." "This is great news for Colorado and I am excited to welcome additional Joint Force Space Component personnel to our state," said Gardner. "I have visited with General Raymond, Commander of the Joint Forces Space Compon… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Resolution Celebrating NORAD’s 60th Anniversary Passes Senate

Washington, DC - A Senate Resolution introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) passed the Senate on Wednesday. The Resolution is in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD, which is headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, provides aerospace and maritime warning for the entire North American continent. NORAD will formally celebrate the anniversary during a showcase of events on May 11th and… Continue Reading


Gardner, Wyden, Paul, Markey Press DHS on Foreign Cell Phone Surveillance Devices Used in U.S.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., today called on the Department of Homeland Security to release unclassified documents with new details about threats posed by foreign government use of cellular surveillance devices in Washington D.C. and other U.S. cities. "The American people have a legitimate interest in understanding the extent to which U.S. telephone networks are vulnerable to surveillance and are bei… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on U.S. Strikes on Syria

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after President Trump's address to the nation regarding the U.S. response to Syria's use of chemical weapons: "The use of chemical weapons on civilians, including children, is one of the most abhorrent acts imaginable, and the United States and its allies cannot sit back and allow it to continue. The precision targeting of military targets are needed in the fight of … Continue Reading


Gardner Protects Colorado’s Legal Marijuana Industry

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement regarding the current status of the Administration's policy toward legal marijuana. In response to the Department of Justice's January 4th announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memorandum, Senator Gardner placed a hold on all DOJ nominees until he received a commitment that Colorado's rights would not be infringed. After positive discussions with DOJ, Gardner lifted some of his hold… Continue Reading


Gardner Talks Colorado Opioid Crisis at Republican Leadership Press Conference

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke today at the weekly Senate Republican leadership press conference about time he recently spent in Colorado holding roundtables on the opioid crisis. Gardner held roundtable discussions at San Luis Valley Health in Alamosa and Swedish Medical Center in Englewood and met with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, local leaders and officials, and those impacted by the opioid crisis. (Click here or on the image above to view Gardner's remarks.) ##… Continue Reading


Gardner Touts Anvil Points Money for Western Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today held a press conference in Grand Junction to tout the millions of dollars the Department of Interior will be distributing to Garfield, Rio Blanco, Moffat, and Mesa Counties. The long overdue funding is from the gas and oil lease revenues that were collected through 2008 to clean up the former Anvil Points federal oil shale research site. The money is excess funding that was never needed for cleanup purposes and was not returned to the local co… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Secure Fire Funding Fix in Omnibus Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. - After years of work, Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) today secured a long-term fire funding fix in the omnibus spending bill being considered in Congress this week to end fire borrowing and improve how the federal government pays to fight wildfires. "I have been working on ending the practice of fire borrowing throughout my time in the House and Senate, and today's announcement that our bipartisan fire funding fix is included in the spending bil… Continue Reading

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