Press Releases

05.18.16

Gardner, Hatch Introduce Bill Holding EPA Accountable for Gold King Mine Spill

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today introduced legislation titled the Gold King Accountability and Compensation for Taxpayers (ACT). The Gold King ACT is a fiscally responsible bill that requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fully and expeditiously compensate all communities impacted by the Gold King Mine spill. The legislation follows reports that La Plata County will not receive full reimbursement for the costs associated with the Gold Kin… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Gardner Bolts Ditch and Arkansas Valley Conduit Legislation Receive Favorable Hearing

Washington, DC - The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Water and Power Subcommittee today held a hearing on legislation introduced by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) - the Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act and legislation that aims to expedite the Arkansas Valley Conduit project. Bent County Commissioner and President of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District Board of Directors Bill Long testified in support of proposed Arkansas Valley Conduit legislation. "Both the Bolt… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Gardner Amendment Prohibits Use of Federal Airspace to Transfer GTMO Terrorists to U.S.

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced an amendment to the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act that would prohibit the use of funds to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the U.S. using U.S. airspace. "When I met with Coloradans and local law enforcement in Florence, Colorado, their message was clear: do not allow the President to circumvent the law and bring terrorists to Colorado… Continue Reading


05.17.16

Gardner Reacts to 20,000 Coloradans Losing Health Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following reports that 20,000 Coloradans will lose their insurance due to UnitedHealth and Humana exiting the individual market in Colorado and the state's health insurance exchange: "The Obama Administration continues to tout the success of the President's health care law, but at the same time ignores the reality that it is failing tens of thousands of Coloradans and Americans across the country," said Gardner. "Presid… Continue Reading


05.16.16

Gardner, Heinrich Celebrate U.S. Reaching One Million Solar Installations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), both members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced a resolution to celebrate that the U.S. has reached one million solar installations across the country. The solar energy industry supports bringing clean solar technology into homes and businesses around the nation. The industry provides employment opportunities for more than 208,000 solar workers in all 50 states and creates jobs at a … Continue Reading


05.16.16

Gardner Announces Additional EPA Funds for Gold King Mine Spill Clean-Up Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after learning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided an additional $63,406 to La Plata County for Gold King Mine spill clean-up costs. "I welcome the news that the EPA will provide La Plata County with additional funding for the Gold King Mine spill clean-up costs, but I'm disappointed the EPA has yet to fully reimburse the county," said Gardner. "While this is a step in the right direction, we must en… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Gardner Statement on NORTHCOM Change of Command

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement recognizing U.S. Northern Command's (NORTHCOM) change of command. Today, General Lori Robinson assumed the role of commander of NORTHCOM, making history as the first woman to lead a combatant command. Commissioned in 1982, General Robinson has commanded at all levels of the Air Force and most recently served as commander of the Pacific Air Forces. "I extend my congratulations to General Robinson, a proven, talented lea… Continue Reading


05.13.16

Gardner Statement on Police Week

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement recognizing Police Week: "We approach Peace Officers Memorial Day with heavy hearts as we reflect on the grave losses the state of Colorado has suffered this past year. Over the past four months, Deputy Sheriff Travis Russell, Corporal Nate Carrigan, and Deputy Sheriff Derek Geer lost their lives in the line of duty, and our local communities continue to mourn them. This week, we honor them and all of the fallen off… Continue Reading


05.12.16

Gardner Provisions Included in Senate-Approved Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the Senate's approval of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which passed the United States Senate today with a vote of 90-8. "The Republican-led Senate is proving that regular order and debating individual appropriations bills is the responsible way to govern, and we'll continue to do our job and fund the government through individual appropriations bills. The Senate is back to work for… Continue Reading


05.11.16

Gardner Leads the Charge for COMPETES Reauthorization

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) led a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing entitled, "Leveraging the U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise." The purpose of the hearing was to discuss how we can reshape federal research and development policy, much of which was last authorized in 2010 under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act. "I was honored to lead today's Commerce Committee hearing focused on keeping the United States globally compet… Continue Reading


05.10.16

Gardner Honors Admiral Gortney’s Distinguished Career on Senate Floor

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today took to the Senate floor to honor Admiral Bill Gortney who will retire on June 1, 2016 after 39 years of service to our nation. Most recently, Admiral Gortney served as commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Click here to watch Senator Gardner's remarks. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, I rise today to recog… Continue Reading


05.10.16

Thune and Gardner Question Excessive Consulting Fees Draining Rural Health Care Telecommunications Funds

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO sent a letter today to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and Chris Henderson, chief executive officer of the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC), which administers the Rural Health Care telecommunications program. The letter reads in part: "[W]e wish to express our concern that rate-payer dollars dedicat… Continue Reading


05.10.16

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Gardner to Lead COMPETES Commerce Committee Hearing

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, May 11th, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) will lead a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing entitled, "Leveraging the U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise." Last year, Chairman John Thune (R-SD) named Senator Gardner and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to spearhead the Committee's bipartisan Innovation and Competitiveness Working Groups to discuss issues related to COMPETES legislation. WHAT: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and … Continue Reading


05.06.16

Gardner Announces FAA Grants for Colorado Airports

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded four separate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to Colorado airports. Yampa Valley Airport will receive $965,358 to acquire snow removal equipment and install a new airport beacon, the San Luis Valley Regional/Bergman Field Airport will receive $77,425 for runway rehabilitation, Colorado Plains Regional Airport will receive $233,060 to develop an airport master plan, and… Continue Reading


05.05.16

Gardner Tours EPA Water Treatment Facility in Gladstone

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following his tour of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) water treatment facility in Gladstone, Colorado. The water treatment facility was set up after the EPA released approximately three million gallons of mining sludge into the Animas River on August 5, 2015. "EPA's water treatment facility is essential to ensuring the surrounding local communities have access to a safe water supply, and it is my hope t… Continue Reading


05.04.16

Gardner Statement on Additional EPA Funding for Animas River Spill Fallout

WASHINGTON - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after learning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has committed to providing $600,000 in additional funding to support spring runoff as well as real-time monitoring efforts following the Animas River spill on August 5, 2015. Additionally, EPA announced it will provide $2 million in funding to Clean Water Act Sections 106 and 319, which provide states and tribes clarity on overall water conditions in the Animas and San J… Continue Reading


04.29.16

DOI Announces Trapper Mine Can Remain Operational

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today welcomed the Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) announcement that Trapper Mine's environmental assessment is completed and development of the mine can continue. The decision comes after Gardner repeatedly urged the Interior Department to finish the environmental assessment before its deadline, April 30, 2016. "Trapper Mine is one of the largest employers in Northwest Colorado, qualifying it as an… Continue Reading


04.29.16

Gardner, Hatch Set to Introduce Bill to Require EPA to Fully Reimburse for Gold King Mine Spill Costs

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) are pursing legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fully and expeditiously compensate all communities that were impacted by the Gold King Mine spill. The legislation follows reports that La Plata County will not receive full reimbursement for the costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill, which occurred on August 5, 2015 after the EPA released millions of gallons of wastewater into the … Continue Reading


04.28.16

Gardner Statement on President’s Nomination to Colorado District Court

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following an announcement that President Obama nominated Regina Rodriguez to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. In August, Gardner announced a Judicial Evaluation Committee tasked with making recommendations to fill the Colorado judgeship, and in November, the Committee unanimously recommended four highly qualified legal professionals, including Rodriguez. In February, Gardner joined Sen. Michael B… Continue Reading


04.28.16

Gardner, Tipton Blast EPA on Lack of Compensation for Gold King Mine Spill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) today reacted to a report that revealed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told La Plata County it would not receive full reimbursement for the costs that resulted from the Gold King Mine spill, which occurred on August 5, 2015 after the EPA released millions of gallons of wastewater into the Animas River. "If the reports are accurate, it's outrageous the EPA does not intend to fully reimburse La Plat… Continue Reading

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