Press Releases


Gardner-Backed Legislation to Combat Sex Trafficking Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today helped pass H.R.1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. Gardner was a cosponsor of the companion legislation in the Senate, which would clarify existing law that was shielding certain websites and certain individuals that were knowingly facilitating sex trafficking. "This bipartisan legislation gives the victims of these crimes the justice they deserve against the criminals that carry out these dreadful acts," … Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Celebrate Commissioning of USS Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) today delivered remarks at Naval Submarine Base New London for the commissioning of the USS Colorado, the newest, most advanced Virginia-class attack submarine in the U.S. Navy. Excerpt from Gardner's remarks: "The USS Colorado is second to none in ability, and will be a major source of deterrence to the myriad threats we face around the globe. I want to again thank the men and women in uniform, and the crew … Continue Reading


Gardner Hosts South Korean Foreign Minister

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today met with the Republic of Korea's Foreign Minister, H.E. Kyung-Wha Kang. In his capacity as Subcommittee Chairman, Gardner welcomed the Foreign Minister to the United States and hosted a discussion with several other members of the Foreign Relations Committee. "It was an honor to host a discussion with Minister Kang," … Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Announce Allocation of Anvil Points Funding to Colorado Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) announced on Tuesday that, at their request, the Department of Interior will be distributing approximately $18 million 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. This money allocated today is excess funding t… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Gardner Joins Morning Joe and NPR to Discuss North Korea

WASHINGTON, - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, joined Morning Joe and NPR'S Morning Edition today to discuss the latest developments on North Korea. Click here to view the interview. On Morning Joe, Gardner said, "We are here because the President's pressure has worked, but the next step is very very significant. And our number one goal has to be the complete, irreversible, verif… Continue Reading


Gardner Urges President Trump to Continue Maximum Pressure Campaign on North Korea

Washington, DC - As a high-level delegation from the Republic of Korea is visiting Washington to discuss their recent visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and his colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Armed Services Committees today sent a letter urging President Trump "to continue to vigorously implement the maximum pressure campaign" against the DPRK until the goal of "complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of the … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Tariff Announcement

WASHINGTON, - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement regarding the President signing a proclamation on steel and aluminum imports: "I think the President is right to say that we need fair trade agreements, but I have concerns that these tariffs will not have the intended impact that the President is hoping to achieve, which is a growing economy and higher wages for all Americans across the country," said Gardner. "I am disappointed in this announcement and will be wor… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Fund Innovative Approaches to Combat Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, today introduced the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act to fund innovative approaches to combat the opioid epidemic. "We all know people that have been impacted by the opioid epidemic in Colorado, and we need to look at every possible action we can take to fight it," Gardner said. "While much more needs to be done to stop this problem in our … Continue Reading


Gardner, Alexander, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Help Restore and Rebuild Our National Parks

WASHINGTON, - Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), along with eight of their colleagues, today introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill that will use revenues from energy production on federal lands to help pay for the over $11 billion maintenance backlog at our national parks. Gardner, Alexander, and their colleagues have been working with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on the National Park Restoration Act, which will help restore and rebuild roads, buildings, campground… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Announce $2 Million TIGER Grant for Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today announced the Department of Transportation has awarded the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe a $2 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for a project aimed at improving access and safety along a 2.5-mile segment of US Highway 160. "This is great news for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe as these Department of Transportation funds will help make critical upgrades on this stretch of highway," … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Gardner Joins CBS This Morning To Discuss North Korea and Trade

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, joined CBS This Morning today to discuss the latest developments on North Korea and trade policy. You can click here to watch the interview. On North Korea: "In the past, the United States has lived up to our end of the bargain where we've entered into promises or agreements with North Korea only to see the North Koreans break t… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Meet with Colorado County Commissioners

Washington, DC - Yesterday, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) met with County Commissioners from several Colorado counties. They discussed a variety of issues affecting Colorado, including public lands, Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), broadband, and infrastructure. Attendees included Commissioners from Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Morgan, Routt, San Miguel, and Teller counties. "Senator Bennet and I had a grea… Continue Reading


Gardner Secures $16 Million TIGER Grant for Southwest Chief Amtrak Line

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the Department of Transportation has awarded a $16 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant that will help rehabilitate railroad segments that Amtrak's Southwest Chief line runs on, including in Colorado. Gardner previously signed a letter to the Secretary of Transportation advocating for the grant. Click here to download Gardner's video remarks. "This grant funding for the Southwest Chief … Continue Reading


Gardner Receives Bipartisan Policy Center’s Legislative Action Award for his Bipartisan Work in the Senate

Washington, DC - The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today announced Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), has been awarded their Legislative Action Award. The awards are presented annually to members of Congress within their first six years in office who work to build consensus, elevate the tenor of the debate, practice civility, and advance legislation on pressing issues. The diverse Award Selection Committee is comprised of BPC's senior leadership and board members, co-chairs of BPC's Commission on… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on North Korea Reports

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the following statement regarding reports of North Korea's willingness to discuss denuclearization with the United States. "While this statement of intent from North Korea is a positive development, we have been down this road before, so we need to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past that have led us to the crisis today," said Gardner. "Our goal… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Investments in Skiing Communities

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Ski Area Fee Retention Act on Tuesday. Currently, ski area permit fees paid to the Forest Service are sent to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and then appropriated back to the Forest Service. This legislation would create a Ski Area Fee Retention Account under the National Forest System, in which a portion of the roughly $37 million in annual fees generated by the ski area… Continue Reading


Gardner Meets with Colorado Law Enforcement and Colorado Small Business Owners

Washington, DC - On Friday, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) held a roundtable with Colorado law enforcement officials from around the state to discuss ways the federal government can better support our state and local law enforcement agencies. They spoke about the recent officer-involved shootings and Gardner offered his condolences to the community regarding the tragic deaths of three Colorado law enforcement officers. "Our law enforcement officers run toward danger to save lives and I was hono… Continue Reading


Gardner Continues Fight to Move BLM West

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today spoke on the Senate floor about his proposal to move the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) headquarters to the West. Gardner has led the charge to relocate BLM's headquarters to the West and first raised the idea at an Energy and Natural Resources hearing in June of 2016. Gardner spoke to Secretary Zinke about his proposal prior to Zinke's confirmation. Gardner also brought up the issue publically during Zinke's confirmation hearing. In May … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Immigration Votes

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following his votes to advance immigration reform: "Our immigration system is broken and that's why I voted for solutions today," said Gardner. "President Trump has repeatedly stated he wants to address the Dreamer population and increase border security and the proposals I supported today would have done exactly that. I'm disapointed we were not able to find a solution this week but that does not mean our work is over… Continue Reading


Gardner Lifts Certain DOJ Holds as Positive Conversations Continue on Protecting Colorado’s States’ Rights

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced on Thursday that he has lifted holds on certain Department of Justice nominees as a show of good faith for continued positive conversations with DOJ leadership, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Acting United States Attorney for Colorado, aimed at finding a path forward that respects states' rights and clarifies the DOJ priorities regarding marijuana enforcement. "Since the Department of Justice rescinded… Continue Reading

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