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Gardner, Bennet Historic Parks Bills Receive Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Two Colorado-focused bills, introduced by Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), received a hearing today in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The senators applauded the advancement of the Pike National Historic Trail Study Act and the Amache Study Act and encouraged their passage out of committee. The Pike National Historic Trail Study Act, led by Bennet, could result in the designation of explorer Zebulon Pike's route throu… Continue Reading


Gardner Reaffirms Importance of US-Taiwan Friendship in Meeting with President Tsai

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, on Monday met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Los Angeles, CA. "I thank President Tsai for the opportunity to meet yesterday during her transit through the United States," Gardner said. "As China continues its aggressive and unwarranted campaign to delegitimize Taiwan, the strong reaffirmation of America's su… Continue Reading


Gardner Presents Congressional Badge of Bravery to Boulder County Deputy Sheriff, Teri Javes

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) presented the Congressional Badge of Bravery on Monday to Deputy Teri Javes from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. The Congressional Badge of Bravery is awarded to individuals who exhibit extraordinary bravery while protecting the lives of others, without regard for their own personal safety. Deputy Teri Javes did exactly that on September 10, 2016, when she engaged an armed man walking down Highway 287 with a handgun. While under fire Deputy Javes … Continue Reading


Gardner, Graham, Rubio, Sullivan Send Letter Urging President Trump to Continue Maximum Pressure Toward North Korea

Washington, DC - On Thursday, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) sent a letter to President Trump calling on the Administration to continue the doctrine of maximum pressure against North Korea, including by imposing additional sanctions against the regime and resuming joint military exercises with South Korea. This letter was sent before the Administration announced today that it was implementing additional sanctions against North Ko… Continue Reading


Gardner, Cortez Masto Introduce Bipartisan ACCESS BROADBAND Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Businesses Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand (ACCESS BROADBAND) Act, bipartisan legislation to establish a single point of contact office to streamline management and oversight of federal broadband resources across multiple agencies. The bill will create a simpler process for small businesses and loc… Continue Reading


Senator Gardner Introduces Bipartisan Hard-Hitting Russia Sanctions Package

Includes Gardner's Russia State Sponsor of Terror Legislation WASHINGTON, DC -Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018, comprehensive legislation that will increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia's continued interference in our elections, mal… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Urge Senate Leadership to Reauthorize LWCF

Without action, program expires at end of September Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), with a group of 12 bipartisan colleagues, today sent a letter urging the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders to permanently reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before it expires on September 30, 2018. "For the economy, sportsmen, veterans, wildlife, and our kids and grandkids, we must permanently reauthorize LWCF. We also st… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Backed Amendment to Maintain Southwest Chief Train Services Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - An amendment cosponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief, #3665, was included today in the 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. This amendment would provide resources for maintenance and safety improvements along the Southwest Chief route and would compel Amtrak to fulfill its promi… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Senate Passage of NDAA

Votes to gives troops largest pay increase in nearly a decade NOTE: click here to download Gardner's video message on NDAA passage. Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted today in favor of the conference report for the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019. The legislation includes a 2.6 percent pay raise for all members of the Armed Forces, the largest increase in nine years. Following the passage of the NDAA out of the Senate, Gardne… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Prevent the United States from Leaving NATO without Senate's Consent

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jack Reed (D-RI), and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bipartisan bill to explicitly prohibit the President of the United States from withdrawing from NATO without Senate approval. The bill requires the President to seek the advice and consent of the Senate to modify or terminate U.S. membership in NATO and formalizes the Senate's opposition to withdrawing from the treaty. If the President attempts to withdraw from NAT… Continue Reading


Gardner Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after his meeting with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. "Today I was able to meet with Judge Kavanaugh - clearly he is a well-qualified judge who has incredible experience in the federal courts," said Senator Gardner. "We had a long conversation about the role of precedent and how a judge should perform on the bench. It's not about personal opinion, it's not about personal b… Continue Reading


Senators Gardner, Coons & Representatives Lance, Matsui Introduce Legislation to Address the Opioid Crisis Through the Prevention of Drug Diversion

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and U.S. Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced 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 prescripti… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Burr, Shaheen, and Daines Introduce Amendment to Permanently Authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, DC -On Tuesday Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced an amendment to the Agriculture, Financial Services and General Government, Interior-Environment, and Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill. The amendment will permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). If congressional action isn't taken by September 30th, funding will expire. This a… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on VA Secretary Confirmation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after voting to confirm Robert Wilkie to serve as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs: "Our veterans deserve a healthcare system that will make certain that they are getting the best care possible, but that won't be possible unless the VA continues to reform the way it does business," said Senator Gardner. "Patients must have access to timely care, even if that means seeing a doctor outside of a VA medical facili… Continue Reading


Gardner Takes Further Action to Combat Russian Interference

Gardner Announces Sponsorship of the Bipartisan DETER Act WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he became a cosponsor last week of the bipartisan Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act. The legislation sends a powerful message to Russia and any other foreign actor seeking to disrupt our elections: if you attack American candidates, campaigns, or voting infrastructure, you will face severe consequences. The DETER Act uses the threat of… Continue Reading


Gardner Attends Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center Ribbon Cutting

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke today at the ribbon cutting of the new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora. Senator Gardner has worked with his colleagues across the aisle along with veterans and leadership organizations for many years to make sure this facility for Colorado's veterans finally opened. "Congratulations to the many veterans who fought for this day, as we celebrate what will be the crown jewel of the VA system," Gardner said. "The o… Continue Reading


Interior Confirms to Senator Gardner That They Support His Proposal to Move BLM HQ West

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) received another commitment from the Department of Interior today about their agreement with him that the Bureau of Land Management Headquarters should be moved West. The commitment came in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Thursday morning when Senator Gardner questioned Susan Combs, Senior Advisor, U.S Department of Interior. Over the last two years Senator Gardner has been making the case to Interior Secretary Zinke and t… Continue Reading


In First Bipartisan Statement, Senators Urge President to Keep Families Together

Letter Also Calls for Administration to Work with Faith Community on Reunification Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to President Trump, signed by a bipartisan group of more than two dozen senators, stating that the default position of the United States should be to keep families together. The letter is the first bipartisan statement firmly opposing the family sepa… Continue Reading


Gardner Goes to Senate Floor to Preview Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center Opening

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the Senate floor earlier today about the opening of the new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora this weekend. Senator Gardner worked with his colleagues across the aisle along with veterans and leadership organizations for over a decade to make sure this facility for Colorado's veterans became a reality. "This is not the end of a project, but it's the beginning of a promise to be fulfilled," said Senator Gardne… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Send Letter Urging Inclusion of Anvil Points Language in Defense Authorization Legislation

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) sent a letter Monday to Chairmen John McCain (R-AZ) and Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Members Jack Reed (D-RI) and Adam Smith (D-WA) from the Armed Services Committees urging the inclusion of Section 3204 of the House-passed H.R. 5515 in the final conference report of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This section would ensure communities receive their rightf… Continue Reading

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