Press Releases


Gardner Supports Potential CHIP Funding Extension in CR but More Needs to be Done

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement regarding discussions to allow the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide sufficient funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to March 31st in the Continuing Resolution (CR) that Congress will consider as soon as today. Cancellation notices for Colorado are expected to go out on December 26th if Congress does not act this week to extend funding. "I will do everything I can to ensure t… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Historic Tax Relief Legislation Passing Senate

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the Senate's approval of the tax relief legislation: "After 31 years, the American people will no longer be forced to deal with an Atari-era tax code that is outdated and overly complicated. Congress has finally answered the call to cut taxes and reform the tax code, and I'm proud to help deliver this relief to all of Colorado. At the beginning of this process, my goal was to bring relief to hardworking Color… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Legislation to Combat Sexual Harassment in Congress

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with several of their colleagues, today introduced new bipartisan legislation that would overhaul the current process that victims of harassment in Congress must go through when reporting a claim, eliminate the use of taxpayer funds to pay out claims, and increase public disclosure of claims against Members. The current process for victims of harassment in Congress lacks transparency and is di… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Gardner Applauds EPA Decision to Elevate Bonita Peak Mining District as a Priority Superfund Site

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement applauding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to list the Bonita Peak mining district as a top priority superfund cleanup site. "Administrator Pruitt assured me when I met with him before his confirmation and when we visited the site in August that the EPA would make the right decision for the people of Southwest Colorado, and I appreciate his agency following through on their promise," Gardner said… Continue Reading


Gardner Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Urge for an Extension of Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined a bipartisan group of senators, including Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), in sending a letter to Senate leadership on Thursday to call for the inclusion of a reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program in any end-of-year legislation. SRS supports public schools, public roads, forest health projects, emergency services, and many other essential county services for more than 775 counties across the country. "The SRS program cont… Continue Reading


WWII Veteran: “Senator Gardner made a promise and kept it.”

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today spoke on the Senate floor to honor the U.S. Navy's decision to award the Bronze Star Medal posthumously to Joseph George for saving six sailors stationed on the USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack. On Veterans Day, Gardner visited with one of the sailors George saved, World War II veteran Donald Stratton, at his home in Colorado Springs where the two discussed Stratton's "continuing effort to have the sailor who saved his life award… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Central 70 Project Funding

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced Kiewit Meridiam Partners LLC has been awarded a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan of up to $416 million for the Central 70 Public-Private Partnership Project with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The project seeks to make several updates, including replacing a ten-mile segment of I-70 east of Denver, to help mitigate traffic and bolster safety. "I'm thrilled to announce this cr… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen to Lead the Department of Homeland Security

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the Senate's confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. "Kirstjen Nielsen's expertise, years in public service, and focus on keeping Americans safe will serve her well as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security," said Gardner. "At a time when we face many threats at home and abroad we must remain vigilant and work together to prevent future attack… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Passage of Historic Tax Relief Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the Senate's passage of tax relief legislation. This legislation lowers the individual tax rates for low-and middle-income Americans by expanding the zero tax bracket and maintaining the 10 percent bracket. It doubles the standard deduction to reduce the amount of taxable income and expands the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000. It also protects deductions like the adoption tax credit, and the h… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Demand Accountability at VA for Unofficial Wait Lists

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin regarding the VA Inspector General report that found unofficial wait lists at a number of Colorado VA facilities. The Senators wrote, in part, "This practice of using unofficial wait lists is extremely concerning, and sows distrust amongst our veterans in the very system that exists to help them. Unofficial wait lists result in a lack of… Continue Reading


Gardner, Hatch, Bennet, Heinrich, and Udall Introduce Legislation to Protect Endangered Species in Upper Colorado River

Washington D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Tom Udall (D-NM), introduced the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act of 2017. The legislation will continue to fund the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through FY2023, and aims to protect four primary endangered species in the Upper Colorado River Basin. "Protecting endangered species living in Colorado's natural habitat can b… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Budget Committee Passage of Tax Relief Package

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the below statement following the Budget Committee voting to send the Tax Cut and Jobs Act to the Senate floor: "Today marked an important step forward to bring Coloradans and the American people tax relief," said Gardner. "This legislation will increase wages, grow the economy, create jobs, and benefit hardworking Coloradans. I look forward to the bill being debated on the Senate floor through … Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Legislation to Fix Veterans Affairs

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today he has introduced the Veterans Improved Access and Care Act of 2017, legislation designed to increase access to care for our nation's veterans and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hiring process to make it easier to fill staffing shortages at the agency. This legislation follows an explosive Inspector General report Gardner demanded that revealed secret wait lists at a number of Colorado VA facilities. According… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement Celebrating Thanksgiving

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement celebrating Thanksgiving: "Thanksgiving is a blessed time to spend with family and friends and reflect on all that we are thankful for. As a Coloradan, I'm thankful for living in the greatest state in the greatest country on earth. We live in a free, democratic society where every person has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I'm thankful for the men and women in uniform, many of whom are unable to… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Designation of North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terror

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's announcement that he will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror. "I applaud the Administration's decision to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, which is something I have been pushing the Trump Administration to do for several months," said Gardner. "North Korea imprisons and tortures their own citizens, murdered American citizen Otto Warmbier, and continues to d… Continue Reading


Senate Tax Reform to Include Bipartisan Investing in Opportunity Act

Washington, D.C. - In a major step toward helping distressed communities nationwide, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Tim Scott (R-SC), along with a group of their colleagues, announced that the amended Senate tax reform plan will include the bipartisan Investing in Opportunity Act (IIOA) as a part of the tax reform bill that will be voted on by the full Senate in the coming weeks. The IIOA incentivizes investment in economically distressed areas by allowing trillions of dollars in private … Continue Reading


Gardner to Hold Pueblo Town Hall

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, November 20th in Pueblo. It will be Senator Gardner's 6th town hall since August. Constituents are encouraged to arrive early, as space is limited. The event is open to the public and the media. If you are a member of the media interested in attending the event, please RSVP by sending an email to Senator Gardner's Deputy Press Secretary, Jerrod Dobkin, at PUEBLO TOWN HAL… Continue Reading


Gardner, Johnson Statement on Secret Wait Lists at Colorado VA Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statements on Thursday following a Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General report finding secret wait lists at a number of Colorado VA facilities. Johnson and Gardner requested the inspector general investigation in September 2016. "My worst fears have been realized in this Inspector General's report that Chairm… Continue Reading


Gardner Joins Effort to Reform Tax Laws on Marijuana Businesses

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he is cosponsoring the Small Business Tax Equity Act introduced by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR). If passed and signed into law, this legislation will ensure marijuana businesses legally operating in Colorado and other states that have legalized the sale of marijuana are able to utilize common business tax deductions and credits, such as those for normal business expenses or for hiring veterans. Currently, a marijuana… Continue Reading


Gardner on Senate’s Tax Relief Legislation

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the release of tax relief legislation in the Senate. This is a big step in bringing tax relief to Coloradans in the form of lower, simpler personal taxes and more competitive business taxes that will lead to more jobs and higher wages for Coloradans. Bipartisan hearings will take place in the coming weeks. "For too long, Coloradans and Americans across the country have felt like they've been left behin… Continue Reading

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