Press Releases


Gardner, Markey Comprehensive Asia Policy Measure Passes Senate

Washington, DC - The Senate passed S.2736, the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 (ARIA) on Tuesday. This legislation, authored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), serves as a generational policy framework to enhance U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific region and to demonstra… Continue Reading


Gardner, Jones Introduce Legislation to Ensure Veterans are Repaid their Full GI Benefits

Washington, DC- Today, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Doug Jones (D-AL) will introduce the Fix Immediately Outstanding Underpayments (IOUs) for Student Veterans Act, legislation that will force the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay student veterans money they are entitled to, but did not receive because of the VA's own error. When the VA failed to implement the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, many student veterans did not receive the full benefits they a… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Cybersecurity Legislation to Protect Energy Grid

Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) this week introduced two pieces of legislation to protect the country's energy grid from cyber-attacks. The Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act received a hearing today in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Senator Gardner spoke about its importance. You can watch his remarks here. "Colorado and states across the country need to secure our energy grids and be bet… Continue Reading


Gardner Holds Bipartisan Press Conference to Rally Support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) held a press conference today with other Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) champions in the House and Senate to call for the reauthorization and full funding of America's most important conservation program before the end of the year. Gardner has been a leader on the bipartisan effort in Congress to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the LWCF and will continue to fight to save this vital conservation program. To view Gardner's remarks, cli… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Bipartisan Group of Senators Press for Extension of Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and a group of bipartisan Senators today sent a letter to Senate leadership calling for the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program in any end-of-year legislation. "Congress has an obligation to ensure counties with swaths of tax-exempt forestlands can adequately provide essential services for their residents. Without the certainty of these critical safety-net payments, schools, libraries, and jails are… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduced Legislation to Help Improve Veterans’ Health Care

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Angus King (I-ME), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced legislation Monday to help improve veterans' health care by increasing collaboration among federal agencies and authorizing the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop technologies that solve complex data challenges. "This legislation will help provide world class care to our veterans by leveraging cutting-edge technologies at our National Labs," sai… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Russian Aggression Toward Ukraine

Washington, DC- Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement in response to Russian attacks on Ukrainian naval ships in the Sea of Azov. "Russia's illegal and unprovoked aggression toward Ukraine cannot be tolerated and demands a serious response by the United States and a community of nations," said Senator Gardner. "I urge the Administration to urgently outline a series of diplomatic, economic, and defense posture measures to deter the Kremlin, such as additional deploym… Continue Reading


Senator Gardner Gives Thanks

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement celebrating Thanksgiving: "Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many blessings bestowed upon our great nation and with a grateful heart give thanks to God," said Senator Gardner. "As we spend time with family and friends it is important to honor the men and women in uniform who defend our freedoms and sacrifice so much for this country who will not be home with their families this Thanksgiving. We are all for… Continue Reading


Gardner, Cardin Firmly Against Russian Leadership of Interpol

Washington, DC- Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Commissioners for the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today released the following statement firmly opposing the candidacy of Russian national Alexander Prokopchuk to serve as the President of International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol. "It is unconscionable that a representative of the Russian st… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Announce $4.5 Million in Energy Innovation Grants for Colorado Universities

Washington, DC- Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today announced the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded Colorado School of Mines a $2,047,676 grant and University of Colorado Boulder a $2,500,000 grant to "fund potentially disruptive technology" in the energy sector. According to the Department of Energy, "ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too high-risk for private-sector investment.… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Call for Additional Funding to Ensure Effective Responses to Massive Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) today joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in requesting funding to modernize firefighting assets so the U.S. Forest Service can respond in a more efficient and cost-effective manner to devastating wildfires. The fire season in Colorado this past year, which stretched resources thin, demonstrates the need to invest further in these firefighting assets. The senators, in letters to Senate Committee on Appropria… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds Jobs Growth and Wage Increase for Month of October

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding the Bureau of Labor Statistics' announcement that wages are rising the highest in nearly a decade and that the economy added over 250,000 jobs the last month. "Wages are rising in Colorado and new jobs are being created because of sustained, strong economic growth,"said Senator Gardner. "This great news proves that when we advance policies that reduce taxes on hard working families and make it easier for bus… Continue Reading


Gardner Urges Suspension of Talks for U.S.- Saudi Civil Nuclear Pact After Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder

Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Todd Young (R-IN), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Dean Heller (R-NV) sent a letter today urging President Trump to suspend negotiations for a U.S.-Saudi civil nuclear agreement after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist. Earlier this month, Senator Gardner joined Senate colleagues in urging President Trump to launch an investigation and sanctions determination regarding Khashoggi's disappea… Continue Reading


Gardner Backed Opioid Legislation Signed Into Law

Washington, DC -Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding President Trump signing the bipartisan opioid package into law on Wednesday. "The opioid epidemic has hurt so many communities, individuals, and families across Colorado," said Senator Gardner. "The bipartisan legislation signed into law by the president is an important step in our continued work to combat this crisis. One piece of legislation isn't going to stop the epidemic, but it's going to make a positiv… Continue Reading


Gardner Authors Bill to Allow Employers to Contribute Tax Free to Employees’ Student Loans

Washington, DC- In a legislative effort to assist individuals with student loans, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) recently introduced the Student Loan Repayment Acceleration Act. This legislation allows employers to make tax-free contributions of up to $10,000 toward employees' student loans per year. It is based off of the current format many employers use to contribute to employees' 401k plans. "Student loan debt makes it harder and harder for graduates to get ahead," said Senator Gardner. "I'm h… Continue Reading


Gardner, Gillibrand Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Reauthorize and Fund Victim Compensation Fund for 9/11 Heroes and Their Families

Washington, DC- Following the recent announcement that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) could run out of funding before its expiration date in 2020, and with cancer rates among 9/11 first responders starting to increase 17 years after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), and Peter T. King (R-NY-2) to… Continue Reading


Gardner Signs Letter Triggering Global Magnitsky Investigation Into Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) signed on to a bipartisan letter sent to President Donald TrumpWednesday by U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that triggered an investigation and Global Magnitsky sanctions determination regarding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post. Khashoggi has not been heard from since he entered a Saudi consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday a… Continue Reading


Gardner Addresses Lack of Civility, Threats Against his Family at Weekly GOP Press Conference

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) calls for a return to civility in the United States at the Republican Leadership Press Conference today. NOTE: Watch video here or by clicking on the photo above Remarks as delivered: In the United States we cherish our First Amendment rights. We cherish our right to petition. We cherish our right to assemble. We cherish our right to protest and free speech. But over the past several days we've seen calls to kill the Supreme Court nominee… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley's announcement that she will be stepping down at the end of the year: "Because of Nikki Haley's leadership, the United States has a powerful voice again at the United Nations," said Senator Gardner. "She's been an incredible partner to work closely with on carrying out the Administration's maximum pressure doctrine on North Korea, and I'm confident that we will be able t… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Judge Kavanaugh Nomination

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced on Friday that he will be voting yes on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Friday's vote was a procedural vote to end debate. The final confirmation vote will likely come later this weekend. "I announced my support for Judge Kavanaugh in July, and I will be voting to approve his nomination to the Supreme Court," said Senator Gardner. "During this confirmation process, I have supported every opportunity to ensu… Continue Reading

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