Press Releases

02.21.16

Gardner Reacts to North Korea Peace Talks

WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after a news report stated the Obama Administration engaged in secret talks with North Korea without preconditions. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama Administration agreed to talks without requiring North Korea to first curb its nuclear program, representing a significant pivot from previous U.S. policy. North Korea reportedly refused the U.S. concession, and the talks ceased after North Korea's latest nuclear… Continue Reading


02.19.16

Gardner Continues to Push for Accountability at the VA

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following his visit with Veterans Affairs (VA) Eastern Colorado Health Care System Director Sallie Houser-Hanfelder on February 18, 2016. Following the VA's February 4, 2016 Inspector General (IG) report, Gardner sent a letter on February 5, 2016 to VA Secretary Robert McDonald blasting the VA's widespread mismanagement and poor implementation of the Veterans Choice program. "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Februar… Continue Reading


02.19.16

Gardner Applauds FCC Rule Benefiting Southwest Colorado

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule allowing counties to petition for in-state TV signals. Last year, Gardner sent a letter urging the Commission to issue such a rule. In addition, last Congress, Gardner fought with Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) to insert language in the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) that advanced the process of getting Colorado TV to… Continue Reading


02.18.16

President Obama Signs Gardner’s North Korea Sanctions Bill Into Law

Washington, DC: President Barack Obama today signed Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act into law. This legislation received rare, overwhelming bipartisan support, passing the Senate 96-0 and the House of Representatives by 408-2. The North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act imposes mandatory sanctions on individuals who contribute to North Korea's nuclear program and proliferation activities, malicious cyberattacks, censorship of its citizens, a… Continue Reading


02.13.16

Gardner Statement on Death of Justice Scalia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after news reports that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away: "Our hearts are broken over the loss of Justice Scalia. A lifetime dedicated to the rule of law and the love of country, he was a guardian of the Constitution and the separation of powers established by our Founding Fathers. Jaime and I extend our condolences to his wife, Maureen, and join the country in mourning the loss of a great Ameri… Continue Reading


02.12.16

House Approves Gardner’s North Korea Sanctions Bill

Washington, DC: The House of Representatives today approved Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act after it passed the Senate on Wednesday with overwhelming bipartisan support. The legislation would impose mandatory sanctions on individuals who contribute to North Korea's nuclear program and proliferation activities, malicious cyberattacks, censorship of its citizens, and the regime's continued human rights abuses. This legislation, if enacted and signed i… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Senate Unanimously Approves Gardner’s North Korea Sanctions Bill

Washington, DC: The U.S. Senate today unanimously approved Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) North Korea Sanctions Policy and Enhancement Act. The legislation would impose mandatory sanctions on individuals who contribute to North Korea's nuclear program and proliferation activities, malicious cyberattacks, censorship of its citizens, and the regime's continued human rights abuses. This legislation, if enacted and signed into law, would be the first passed by Congress to impose mandatory sanctions o… Continue Reading


02.10.16

Gardner, Bennet Announce Colorado Capital Conference Open House Events

WASHINGTON - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced Gardner's Colorado offices will host Open House events for Coloradans to learn more about the Colorado Capital Conference in Washington. Senators Gardner and Bennet host the Colorado Capital Conference, in partnership with Colorado Mesa University and University of Colorado, to provide an opportunity for Coloradans to travel to Washington, D.C. and hear from elected officials, journalists, and academics to gain a bette… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Gardner, Bennet, Polis Introduce Bolts Ditch Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced that he has joined with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) in introducing legislation to address Bolts Ditch in the town of Minturn, Colorado. Representative Jared Polis (CO-02) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. When Holy Cross Wilderness Area was designated by Congress in 1980, Bolts Ditch was inadvertently left off of the list of existing water facilities. This legislation would authorize special use of the Bo… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Gardner Reacts to National Intelligence Assessment on North Korea

WASHINGTON - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced in his annual Worldwide Threat Assessment that North Korea has restarted its plutonium reactor in Yongbyon. Clapper spoke at a Senate Armed Services Committee and warned North Korea "could begin to recover plutonium from the reactor's spent fuel within a matter of weeks to months." Clapper also stated that "North Korea has also expanded the size and soph… Continue Reading


02.09.16

Senate to Vote on Gardner’s North Korea Sanctions Legislation Tomorrow

WASHINGTON - The Senate is scheduled to vote on Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016. This legislation sanctions individuals who contribute to North Korea's nuclear program and proliferation activities, imposes mandatory sanctions on cybercriminals, as well as officials involved in censorship and the regime's continued human rights abuses. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific… Continue Reading


02.06.16

Gardner Statement on North Korea’s Missile Launch

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after reports that North Korea launched a missile: "North Korea's latest act of belligerence is further evidence that we must act to counter the Forgotten Maniac," said Gardner. "Today's reported missile launch comes at the heels of North Korea's fourth nuclear test, and third nuclear test during the Obama Administration. We must act swiftly to reverse the President's policy of 'strategic patience,' and pursue … Continue Reading


02.05.16

Gardner Calls for Swift Action After Reports of Falsified Records at Colorado Springs VA

WASHINGTON - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald demanding swift action following an Inspector General (IG) report that revealed employees at the Colorado Springs VA clinic hid long wait times for hundreds of veterans. According to the IG report, 228 veterans were forced to wait over 30 days to see a doctor. In 59 of those cases, VA staff entered false information into a database to cover up the long wait times; 28 veterans waited an… Continue Reading


02.05.16

Gardner Demands Answers from VA Secretary McDonald on Choice Program

WASHINGTON - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald regarding non-VA medical providers not being reimbursed for the care they provide to our veterans. The bipartisan Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 stipulates veterans may seek care at non-VA facilities and those facilities are to be reimbursed by the VA. Multiple reports out of Colorado indicate many non-VA providers are not being re… Continue Reading


02.05.16

Gardner Joins Measure to Reduce Red Tape

Washington, DC: U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he joined his colleagues in supporting S. 1944, the Regulations Endanger Democracy (RED) Tape Act. Introduced by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK), the RED Tape Act reduces federal regulations by stating any new regulation with an associated financial cost or administrative burden must be offset by repealing an existing regulation. The legislation mandates federal agencies publish a list of new incoming regulations as well as how the agency… Continue Reading


02.04.16

Gardner Sends Letter to DOL Secretary Following Complaints About Visa Processing Delays

WASHINGTON - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Thomas Perez after Coloradans expressed they are experiencing massive processing delays impacting applicants to the H-1B, H-2A, and H-2B visa programs, which are critical to Colorado's high-tech, agriculture, and tourism industries. The letter reads in full: Dear Secretary Perez: I write to request an expedited resolution to the processing delays currently impacting applicants to the H-1… Continue Reading


02.04.16

CO & NC Senators Put Their Pride On The Line With Super Bowl 50 Wager

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have accepted Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr's (R-NC) challenge to put their NFL team pride on the line by wagering the delivery of a Senate floor speech on the outcome of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. The wager requires the freshman Senator representing the losing team to deliver a speech on the Senate floor congratulating the Super Bowl champion that meets the following… Continue Reading


02.04.16

Senate to Vote on Gardner North Korea Sanctions Legislation Next Week

WASHINGTON - The Senate is scheduled to vote on Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, which was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously on January 28, 2016, on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016. This legislation sanctions individuals who contribute to North Korea's nuclear program and proliferation activities, imposes mandatory sanctions on cybercriminals, as well as officials involved in censorship and the regime's continued human ri… Continue Reading


02.03.16

ICYMI: Gardner Discusses Colorado Priorities in Comprehensive Energy Legislation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, spoke on the U.S. Senate Floor in support of the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The Energy Policy Modernization Act prioritizes energy efficiency, modernizes aging infrastructure, and increases our energy supply. Additionally, the legislation permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a critical initiative that preserves public lands and ensures public access to the … Continue Reading


02.02.16

Gardner Amendment Included in Comprehensive Energy Overhaul Package

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after the Senate unanimously approved his amendment, which requires federal agencies to implement energy savings projects at federal facilities, to the Energy Policy Modernization Act. Mandatory federal audits already outline energy savings projects for federal facilities aimed at reducing energy consumption and saving tax dollars; however, federal agencies are currently not required to implement these changes. The amendme… Continue Reading

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