Press Releases

09.21.16

Senate Commerce Committee Unanimously Approves Gardner NASA Amendments

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, released the below statement following today's Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee markup where two Gardner-authored amendments passed out of committee unanimously when they were included as part of the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016. The first amendment authorizes NASA to consider satellite servicing options for future programs. This amendment … Continue Reading


09.20.16

Gardner: Obamacare Insurance Premium Increases Continue to Hurt Coloradans

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the Senate floor today following the Colorado Division of Insurance's (DOI) announcement of the final premium increases for 2017 insurance plans. According to DOI, premiums for the individual market will increase by 20.4% on average in 2017. Click here to watch the full remarks. Rush Transcript Mr. President, in Washington, D.C. today is just another day of bureaucratic rollouts, regulatory nightmares, and government overreach. But if … Continue Reading


09.20.16

Gardner Statement on Obamacare Premium Increases in Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) final premium increases for 2017 insurance plans. According to DOI, premiums for the individual market will increase by 20.4% on average in 2017. In May, UnitedHealthcare and Humana announced they will not offer individual plans in 2017, impacting approximately 20,000 Coloradans. In June, the Colorado DOI announced approximately 92,000 people with individual plans from UnitedH… Continue Reading


09.20.16

Gardner, Johnson Request Investigation Following Reports of “Wait Lists” at Colorado VA Facilities

WASHINGTON - Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote to Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General Michael Missal on Monday requesting that he open an inquiry into a whistleblower report of possible "wait lists" that may have contributed to a veteran's suicide while waiting for PTSD treatment at a Colorado Springs VA facility. This whistleblower has alleged the facility might have falsified the vet… Continue Reading


09.20.16

Gardner Announces $51,000 Grant to Benefit Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe $51,000 to develop and implement a comprehensive economic development strategy for the Tribe's region, which includes Montezuma County, Colorado. "I welcome the news the Ute Mountain Utes will receive a $51,000 Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant," said Gardner. "This is an excellent example of the federal government working with tribal com… Continue Reading


09.19.16

Gardner Statement on Recent Terror Attacks

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on the recent terror attacks in Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey: "The terrorist attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota are a reminder that our country is facing an ongoing threat and that there are people around the world - and right here in the United States - who wish to do us harm. I am praying for the victims' speedy recovery, and want to thank all of our law enforcement officers and first responders who… Continue Reading


09.16.16

Gardner Pressures President Obama on North Korea Sanctions Implementation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, along with several of his colleagues, sent a letter today to President Obama regarding North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test, which was North Korea's fourth nuclear test since 2009 and the second test this year. In the letter, the Senators expressed their concern that the Obama Administration has not imposed secondary sanctions, … Continue Reading


09.15.16

Gardner Announces $6.3 Million Grant for Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport will receive a $6,306,677 grant from the FAA for runway rehabilitation. "I'm pleased to announce the FAA has awarded the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport over $6.3 Million for runway rehabilitation," said Gardner. "This airport serves several rural communities on the Western Slope and it's important the federal government recognizes the value of Colorado's rural airports. I'll continue… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Gardner Secures Commitment from FCC Chairman to Work to Resolve Southwest TV Issue

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, secured a commitment from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler to work with interested stakeholders to resolve the Four Corners TV issue at today's Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing. Gardner also announced he will hold a meeting between the Colorado Broadcasters Association, DISH, and Montezuma and La Plata County Commissioners to discus… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Gardner’s Gold King Mine Spill Recovery Language Approved by Senate

Washington, DC - The U.S. Senate today approved the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), legislation that included language authored by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) to address the response costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill and direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work with affected states, Indian tribes, and local governments on a long-term water quality monitoring program of the rivers contaminated by the spill. Earlier this week, Gardner announced he led a … Continue Reading


09.14.16

Gardner Announces $2.2 Million Grant for Grand Junction Regional Airport

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today Grand Junction Regional Airport will receive a $2,216,716 grant from the FAA to construct a new runway. "I welcome the news that Grand Junction Regional Airport will receive over $2.2 million from the FAA to construct a new runway," said Gardner. "This airport serves as the gateway to the Western Slope and will benefit countless Coloradans and travelers who utilize this transportation hub. It's important the FAA is supporting this… Continue Reading


09.14.16

Gardner Announces $150 Million Grant in Support of the DIA Commuter Train

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the Denver Eagle Commuter Rail will receive a $150,000,000 grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) as part of the Capital Investment Grant Program. In March, Gardner sent a letter to Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee respectively, urging them to continue to suppor… Continue Reading


09.14.16

Gardner Introduces Bill to Assist Democratic Transition and Spur Economic Development in Burma

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, along with Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today introduced the Empower Burma Act, legislation that aims to assist in Burma's democratic transition by requiring the United States to lead a worldwide effort to assist in Burma's economic development. The introduction of the legislation coincides with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi'… Continue Reading


09.12.16

Gardner Announces $5.8 Million Grant for Telluride Regional Airport

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today Telluride Regional Airport will receive $5,855,095 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve the airport's runway safety area. "I'm pleased the FAA has awarded Telluride Regional Airport $5.8 million to improve runway safety," said Gardner. "Our regional airports serve our local communities, and this funding will ensure Telluride Regional Airport is able to complete important safety upgrades. I'll continue to be a v… Continue Reading


09.12.16

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Measure to Expedite Gold King Mine Spill Recovery

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Tom Udall (D-NM) along with Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to address the response costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill, and direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work with affected States, Indian tribes, and local governments on a long-term water quality monitoring program of the … Continue Reading


09.09.16

Gardner Marks 15th Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement in advance of the 15th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. "Today, we mourn those who lost their lives fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001. We also commemorate the countless first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice to help others - true American heroes," said Gardner. "While we still live in a world where terror organizations seek to instill fear in the West, we as Americans sta… Continue Reading


09.08.16

Gardner Reacts to Reports of North Korea Nuclear Test

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today released the below statement following reports that North Korea test fired a nuclear weapon. "News reports indicate that North Korea tested a nuclear weapon, its fifth nuclear weapons test overall and fourth since President Obama took office," said Gardner. "North Korea's reckless leader, Kim Jong Un, continues to test nuclear … Continue Reading


09.08.16

Gardner Announces $6.9 Million Grant for Eagle County Airport

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today Eagle County Airport will receive $6,950,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for infrastructure improvements. "I'm pleased the FAA has awarded Eagle County Airport $6.9 million for infrastructure improvements," said Gardner. "This airport plays a critical role in Colorado's mountain tourism industry, and this funding will assist in completing necessary infrastructure upgrades. I'll continue to advocate on behalf of o… Continue Reading


09.08.16

Gardner Urges EPA, CDC to Register Potential Insect Repellents to Fight Zika

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the EPA's continued collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to register various chemicals that could potentially serve as insect repellents and sprays used to fight the Zika virus. The EPA must evaluate all repellents and pesticides for safety and efficacy prior to public use. Many labs throughout the country are researching new compoun… Continue Reading


09.07.16

Gardner Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Ransom Payments to Iran

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the No Ransom Payments Act authored by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). If enacted, this legislation will prohibit the United States Treasury Department from using the Judgment Fund, which was established to pay money owed by the U.S. government, to make any payments to Iran until Iran returns the ransom payment it received and compensates American victims of Iranian terrorism. Furthermore, it prohibits the United States from making ransom payme… Continue Reading

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