Press Releases


Gardner Introduces Legislation to Drive Down Costs for Childcare and Educational Opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the 529 Expansion and Modernization Act on Tuesday. Senator Gardner's legislation expands the tax free educations savings account, called 529 savings plans, to be able to be used for early childhood expenses and alternative education opportunities like trade schools and apprenticeship programs. Currently, 529 savings plans are limited to educational costs for post-secondary education or private, public or religious k-12 educational expense… Continue Reading


Senator Gardner: "Russia is a State Sponsor of Terror"

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) called on Congress on Tuesday to immediately take up his legislation S.2780, to require the State Department to determine if Russia is a State Sponsor of Terror. Gardner spoke about Russia's continued violations in a Helsinki Commission hearing and in the weekly Senate Leadership Press Conference on Tuesday.Excerpt from Press Conference "Four years ago today nearly 300 people were killed when a Russian missile system was used over eastern Ukraine to … Continue Reading


Is Russia a State Sponsor of Terror?

Gardner Legislation asks State Department to Determine if Russia is State Sponsor of Terror Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is the author of S. 2780, a bill to require a determination on designation of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The legislation requires the State Department to determine within 90 days and report to Congress whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a State Sponsor of terror under United States law. This designation is made… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on President Trump's Meeting with Vladimir Putin

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday: "Whether it be chemical attacks on allied soil, the invasion of Ukraine, propping up the murderer Assad in Syria, or meddling in our elections through cyber-attacks, Vladimir Putin's Russia remains an adversary to the United States. I believe Russia is a state sponsor of terror and I've introduced legislation that would mandate the State Department to… Continue Reading


Gardner and Wyden Ask DOJ to Investigate Cyber Harassment of U.S. Military Families by Russian Intelligence

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter earlier this week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging the Department of Justice to investigate cyber harassment of U.S. military families by Russian intelligence services. The letter comes after reports that a group calling itself the "Cyber Caliphate" had launched an intimidation campaign against several U.S. military spouses in 2015. The information was recently made public in a news report by the Asso… Continue Reading


Colorado's Park Maintenance Backlog "Over $238 Million"

Gardner Calls on Congress to Act in National Parks Hearing and Senate Floor Speech Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) called on Congress to act on the $11 billion maintenance backlog at our national parks in an Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks hearing on Wednesday. Senator Gardner has been working to advance legislation that would address the billions of dollars in deferred maintenance that the park system is currently facing in Colorado and across the count… Continue Reading


Gardner Urges FCC to Take Additional Action on Telehealth Technology in Colorado

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr on Monday about the need for the FCC to continue to seek out new opportunities to bring federal funding for broadband infrastructure to expand telehealth services in Colorado. In addition to talking with the FCC about the importance of telehealth services in Colorado, Senator Gardner has introduced legislation like the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act. This legislation would expand access to healt… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Trump's SCOTUS Nominee

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will be nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. "I look forward to meeting soon with Judge Kavanaugh," said Senator Gardner. "Over the coming weeks I will review his judicial record while also ensuring that Judge Kavanaugh will approach each case on its merits and follow the law as it is written. I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will thoughtfully… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes in Favor of Farm Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in support of the bipartisan Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm bill) on Thursday. This legislation renews the federal government's agricultural programs, including crop insurance, farm credit, and conservation. It also renews the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Watch Senator Gardner's statement here. Transcript of statement is available here. In addition to also expanding trade assistance and promotion eff… Continue Reading


Gardner and Bennet Announce $40.1 million in PILT Funding for Colorado Communities

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced on Thursday that 56 local governments in Colorado are receiving a total of $40.1 million under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT program is an important resource for counties across the country to provide essential services to their citizens. PILT provides funding to counties which contain federal land within their borders, offsetting the lost property tax revenue that comes from the non… Continue Reading


Gardner Recommends Judge Allison Eid to Fill Kennedy Seat

Washington, DC - Following Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate Judge Allison Eid to fill the vacancy. Judge Eid currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Colorado. Senator Gardner holds Judge Eid in the highest regard, introduced her at her confirmation hearing last year, and is confident her qualifications make her a great candidate to serve on… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Introduce Legislation to Make it Federal Felony to Fly Unauthorized Drones Over Wildfires

Washington, DC -Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) announced on Wednesday that they have introduced the Securing Airspace For Emergency Responders (SAFER) Act. This legislation, which is being introduced in both the House and Senate, makes the unauthorized use of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) over a wildfire a federal felony. "I've heard firsthand from the men and women fighting fires in Colorado about the problems and risks t… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Justice Kennedy Retirement

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing on Wednesday that he will be retiring: "I want to thank Justice Kennedy for his years of service on the Supreme Court," said Senator Gardner. "Since President Reagan appointed him from the court of appeals more than 30 years ago, Justice Kennedy has carefully and thoughtfully approached each case that has come before him. I wish him the best of luck in this ne… Continue Reading


Bennet, Gardner Fight for Hop Growers in Senate Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) this week introduced an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fight plant diseases that most threaten the livelihoods of hop growers. The bipartisan amendment would encourage ongoing work at the USDA to address two diseases-powdery mildew and downy mildew-that can wipe out as much as 15 percent of a hop field, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in lost reven… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces DOJ Accepting Applications for School Violence Protection Program Funds

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced on Monday that the Department of Justice is accepting applications for grant funding that was authorized by the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 (STOP School Violence Act of 2018). Senator Gardner was a cosponsor of this legislation, which authorized Department of Justice grants for school security improvements and intervention and prevention programs to help stop school violence. "The recent, horrific… Continue Reading


Gardner Touts Importance of LWCF at Bipartisan Press Conference

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), spoke at a Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) press conference on Wednesday about the importance of funding this conservation and recreation program. Gardner, along with six of his colleagues, promoted the 100-day campaign to make the LWCF program permanent. Gardner has been a leader on this bipartisan effort in Congress and will continue to ensure the work of the LWCF that has been happening for over half a century continues. Gardner has pr… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds Nomination of Jason Dunn for United States Attorney for the District of Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding President Trump nominating Jason Dunn for United States Attorney for the District of Colorado: "I've known Jason for many years, and I am confident that he will make an excellent United States Attorney for the District of Colorado," said Gardner. "Jason has a proven record of public service and involvement in his community, and he has the integrity and character that will make Colorado proud. I will urge my … Continue Reading


Gardner Urges AG Sessions to Halt Border Policy Leading to Children Being Separated from Families – Calls on Congress to Address Issue

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined 12 of his colleagues on Tuesday in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling on the Administration to halt current policies leading to the forced separation of minor children from their parents, who are illegally entering the United States, and to allow Congress to fix the issue through legislation. Senator Gardner has been a leader in the Senate on working to find a solution for Dreamers along with supporting several immigrat… Continue Reading


Senator Gardner Discusses Trump-Kim Summit

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, yesterday addressed the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Korea Foundation. Click here to watch Gardner's remarks. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Victor, thank you for the kind introduction. I am delighted to be back at the CSIS and appear before you today. We live in interesting times. The pomp and circumstance, or some might… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on President Trump Meeting with Kim Jong Un

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity released the following statement regarding President Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un: "The Trump Administration, under Congressional direction, deserves praise for abandoning the failed policy of strategic patience and pursuing a maximum pressure campaign that has resulted in unprecedented sanctions against this heinous regime," said Se… Continue Reading

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