Press Releases

10.30.19

Gardner Votes to Protect State Health Care Waivers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement after Senate Democrats forced a vote on limiting states' abilities to receive waivers through the Affordable Care Act's Section 1332. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted Colorado a 1332 waiver in July of this year that lowered premium costs by more than 20 percent across the state and up to 34 percent on the Western Slope. "Today Washington Democrats tried to prevent choice and access … Continue Reading


10.30.19

Gardner, Merkley Introduce Bill to Address China’s Intimidation of American Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, introduced bipartisan legislation today to create a U.S. government taskforce that will monitor instances of China intimidating U.S. companies that exercise free speech. "It's well known that China oppresses individual freedoms within its own borders, but we know it doesn't end there," said … Continue Reading


10.30.19

Gardner, Coons Praise Senate Passage of TAIPEI Act

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, authored by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). This bipartisan legislation is intended to strengthen Taiwan's standing around the world and comes in response to increased Chinese pressure and bullying tactics intended to restrict Taiwan's international space and global diplomatic recognition. "The United States should use every tool … Continue Reading


10.29.19

Gardner Applauds Creation of USDA Hemp Production Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program and creating a regulatory framework around hemp production in the United States. "I applaud the USDA for moving forward on hemp rulemaking and recognizing hemp production as an agricultural activity," said Senator Gardner. "On my annual farm tour this summer, I visited a hemp processing plant that is bringin… Continue Reading


10.29.19

Gardner, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Amendment to Fully Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Interior, Environment, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for fiscal year 2020. The LWCF was permanently reauthorized in the … Continue Reading


10.27.19

Gardner Statement on the Death of ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the announcement of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "ISIS is responsible for the brutal murder of countless men, women, and children and is guilty of reprehensible horror around the globe," said Senator Gardner. "The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a step towards defeating ISIS, and I'm immeasurably grateful to the United States Intelligence Community and our brave service members wh… Continue Reading


10.25.19

Gardner, Portman, Schatz, Ernst, Heinrich, Peters, Rounds, Hassan Praise Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Assess & Address Rising Threat of Deepfakes

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Gary Peters (D-MI), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) applauded the Senate passage of the Deepfake Report Act to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an annual study of deepfakes and other types of similar content. Deepfakes are hyper-realistic, digital manipulations of real content that depict events that did not actua… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Gardner Discusses Colorado Farm Tour on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate this week about his Farm Tour on Colorado's Eastern Plains. NOTE: Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "Growing up in Eastern Plains and still living in the heartland of Colorado agriculture, I have a deep appreciation for how vital the agricultural community is for the Centennial State," said Senator Gardner. "In Colorado, the ag community accounts for more than 170,000 jobs and is re… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Gardner, Crow Lead Colorado Delegation Urging Cap Relief for H-2B Visas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Representative Jason Crow (CO-06) led the entire Colorado delegation in sending a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, urging significant cap relief for the H-2B visa program in any final year-end appropriations package or continuing resolution. "Colorado is home to thousands of seasonal businesses and workers across a wide range of … Continue Reading


10.23.19

Gardner, Coons Introduce Legislation to Address the Opioid Crisis Through the Prevention of Drug Diversion

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Suspicious Order Identification Act of 2019, legislation to prevent drug diversion in real time before it has the ability to inflict damage in our communities. Currently, no law enforcement agency or private party has the ability to provide real-time, nationwide oversight of all orders for controlled substances, which is a major contributing factor to disproportionate prescription opioid shipments … Continue Reading


10.23.19

Gardner Statement on SALT Repeal Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after Senate Democrats forced a vote on repealing the State and Local Tax (SALT) cap, which was put in place by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "Before tax reform, just six states accounted for more than 50 percent of all state and local tax or SALT deductions - and California alone accounted for more than 20 percent of all SALT deductions," said Senator Gardner. "The vast majority of SALT deductions go t… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Gardner, Bennet, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Bill to Incentivize Renewable Energy, Localize Benefits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Colorado Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), along with Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Tom Udall (D-NM), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), and James Risch (R-ID) introduced bipartisan legislation yesterday to incentivize responsible renewable energy development on public lands and allow local communities to reap the economic benefits. The Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA) of 2019 would streamline the permit… Continue Reading


10.22.19

Gardner Chairs Subcommittee Hearing on Scientific Research and Innovation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather, led a hearing today titled "Research and Innovation: Ensuring America's Economic and Strategic Leadership." NOTE: View Senator Gardner's opening remarks by clicking here. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you to the witnesses for being here today and thanks to Ranking Member Baldwin for joining me in leading this hearing. Today's topic is about A… Continue Reading


10.22.19

Gardner, Baldwin, Moran, Reed Introduce Bill to Create Three-Digit Suicide Hotline

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, bipartisan legislation to designate a three-digit phone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline and ensure states have the flexibility to strengthen local crisis call centers. The current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Veterans Crisis line are 10-digits, which is a barrier to… Continue Reading


10.22.19

Gardner, Blunt, Stabenow, Bipartisan Colleagues Lead Effort to Extend Funding for Community Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and 24 of their colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) urging long-term funding of community health centers (CHCs). The letter calls for immediate passage of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2019, which would reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and the N… Continue Reading


10.21.19

Gardner Applauds $6.6M USDA Investment in Saguache County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding the town of Center more than $6.6 million for a new wastewater treatment plant. "This grant announcement is excellent news for the town of Center and Saguache County," said Senator Gardner. "It's vital that our local communities receive the resources they need to provide Coloradans with essential services. I will continue to advocate for Colorado projects at … Continue Reading


10.21.19

Gardner Statement on Colorado Attorney General’s Office Dropping Merger Lawsuit

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the Colorado Attorney General office's announcement regarding the possible T-Mobile and Sprint merger: "I'm glad the Colorado Attorney General's office has decided to join me in supporting this merger," said Senator Gardner. "I've been championing support for this merger at the federal level because Colorado would be home to the nation's 4th major wireless carrier - bringing thousands more jobs to our… Continue Reading


10.18.19

U.S. Senate Passes Gardner, Bennet Resolution Designating National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate this week unanimously passed Colorado Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet's (D) resolution designating September 29th as National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day. "Urban wildlife refuges are essential for making sure people in urban areas are able to enjoy and discover nature," said Senator Gardner. "In Colorado, we are fortunate to have the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, and the Rocky Fl… Continue Reading


10.18.19

Gardner, Thune, Klobuchar, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge USDA to Prioritize CRP State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), John Thune (R-SD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and a bipartisan group of senators urged U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize enrollment and implementation of the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative within the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). "We are concerned that the decision to limit the practices and associated cost-share incentives available in recent continuous sign-ups, and excluding wi… Continue Reading


10.18.19

Gardner, Gillibrand Bill Improves Senior Care Hiring Practices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are leading the Promote Responsible Oversight & Targeted Employee background Check Transparency for Seniors (PROTECTS) Act to expand access to the National Practitioner Data Bank to ensure health care organizations that serve seniors are able to make better informed hiring decisions. "Colorado has one of the fastest growing populations of seniors over 85 who could benefit from long term care," said Senator… Continue Reading

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