Press Releases


Gardner, Harris Urge Energy Department to Help Restore Puerto Rico Electric Service

Washington, D.C.- Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) today sent a letter to Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry urging his Department "to work expeditiously with electric utilities across the U.S. to assist the local electric and power utilities and authorities in Puerto Rico to help restore electric services as quickly as possible in the wake of Hurricane Maria." The letter reads in full: Dear Secretary Perry: We write to urge the Department of Energy (DOE) to wor… Continue Reading


Gardner Authors Proposal to Delay Costly Health Insurance Tax

Washington, D.C.-Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Healthcare Tax Relief Act on Tuesday. This legislation delays the "Health Insurance Tax" created by the Affordable Care Act for one year. The tax is a fee to health insurers on their health policy premiums. Joining Senator Gardner as original cosponsors of the legislation are Senators Inhofe (R-OK), Cotton (R-AR), Johnson (R-WI), Portman (R-OH), Flake (R-AZ), Blunt (R-MO), Barrasso (R-WY), Cruz (R-TX), Heller (R-NV), and Scott (R-SC). … Continue Reading


Gardner’s North Korea Playbook Being Carried out by Trump Administration

Washington, D.C.-Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the following statement reading the Trump Administration's announcement that they will expand authority to go after individuals, businesses, and banks involved with trade with North Korea. "The actions announced by the Administration today are what I have been calling for, and are a huge step forward in the United States efforts to… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Senators Advocate for Community Health Centers

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter with Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions respectively, to urge a "swift resolution to the funding cliff community health centers face at the end of the month." The letter reads in full: Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray, We write today to… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bill to Permanently Fix Wildfire Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced an updated version of their bipartisan wildfire funding solution that would provide desperately needed funding for fire prevention. "It may not be getting headlines in the national news, but wildfires have burned millions of acres in the West this year and the communities impacted in Colorado need assistance," Gardner said. "I've been working to advance this legislation to stop fire borrowing for severa… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Justice Allison Eid at Confirmation Hearing

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid to the Judiciary Committee at her confirmation hearing to become the next judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. You can watch Senator Gardner's remarks by clicking here. Gardner has been a vocal supporter of Allison Eid and released a statement when she was nominated to the post in June. Remarks as Prepared For Delivery: Chairman Grassley, Ra… Continue Reading


Gardner Calls on China, 20 Additional Countries to Cease Diplomatic and Economic Ties with North Korea

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today sent a letter to Ambassadors of nations maintaining diplomatic ties with North Korea, calling to "cease all official diplomatic and economic relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)." In the letter, Gardner also calls on the United Nations to expel the DPRK from the international body, as the United Nations General … Continue Reading


Gardner Backs Effort to Advance Medical Marijuana Research

Washington, D.C.- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Marijuana Effective Drug Study (MEDS) Act of 2017 to improve the process for conducting scientific research on marijuana as a safe and effective medical treatment. The legislation's lead sponsor was Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). "Our medical community continues to find new ways medical marijuana can help patients but currently there are too many barriers that are holding back even further advancements and research," said Gardner. "T… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Laud Bipartisan Agreement to Extend Funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today lauded a five-year bipartisan agreement in the Senate Finance Committee to provide health insurance for vulnerable children through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In Colorado, CHIP was essential in driving the percent of uninsured children to an all-time low of 2.5 percent. "Republicans and Democrats have a responsibility to come together to extend the CHIP program that covers thousands of Colorado… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Socialized Medicine Plan

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement following the introduction of Senator Bernie Sanders' socialized medicine plan: "The Bernie Sanders socialized medicine plan is not the answer to fix our broken healthcare system," said Gardner. "Year after year, Coloradans are forced to reckon with rising insurance premiums and fewer choices and anyone who thinks a government takeover of our healthcare system is the answer is not serious about finding real solutio… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on September 11th

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement remembering September 11, 2001. "Sixteen years ago, our nation experienced the most horrific terror attack in our country's history," said Gardner. "We will never forget that awful day and the innocent lives lost. We are forever grateful for our first responders, volunteers, and every person who took action that day to help those in need. Our country showed the world how Americans unite in the wake of tragedy. As w… Continue Reading


Gardner: “Our Current Healthcare System Will Continue to Fail Coloradans if we Don’t do Something”

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding the announcement on Wednesday by the Colorado Division of Insurance that premiums will increase by an average of 26.7% in 2018 on the individual health insurance marketplace. "Our current healthcare system will continue to fail Coloradans if we don't do something to address the rising costs created by the Affordable Care Act," said Gardner. "This should not be ok. It should not be accepted as normal that … Continue Reading


Gardner to Hold Grand Junction Town Hall

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) will hold a town hall meeting on Friday, September 8th in Grand Junction. It will be Senator Gardner's 5th town hall since August. Constituents are encouraged to arrive early, as space is limited. The events are 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 Press Secretary, Casey Contres, GRAND JUN… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Cosponsor Dream Act of 2017

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today cosponsored the Dream Act of 2017. "Children who came to this country without documentation, through no fault of their own, must have the opportunity to remain here lawfully," Gardner said. "I'm proud to join with Senator Bennet and cosponsor the Dream Act to provide certainty to the thousands of law-abiding Coloradan Dreamers and demonstrate bipartisan leadership on this important issue. I have lo… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the following statement regarding North Korea carrying out a what may have been their most advanced and significant nuclear test under Kim Jong Un's regime. "Now is the time to take unprecedented steps to stop North Korea," said Gardner. "This latest nuclear test by Kim Jong Un may be the clearest sign that we have seen that they are ready and willi… Continue Reading


Gardner Proposal to Relocate Bureau of Land Management to the West Gains Momentum

Washington, DC - Earlier this week, a report indicated Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke plans to relocate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the West, an idea first proposed by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO). Gardner has led the charge to relocate BLM's headquarters to the West and first raised the idea at an Energy and Natural Resources hearing in June of 2016. Gardner spoke to Secretary Zinke about his proposal prior to Zinke's confirmation. Gardner also brought up the issue publicall… Continue Reading


Gardner Completes Annual Colorado Farm Tour in Arkansas Valley

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) finished his annual Colorado Farm Tour on Wednesday. He spent the day in Pueblo, Crowley, and Otero counties. Throughout the week, Gardner visited nine counties and made over a dozen stops across the Eastern Plains and Southern Colorado. "I was raised by a family that depended on a strong agriculture industry in Colorado to make a living and not a lot has changed since then," said Gardner. "This week was another important opportunity to meet with … Continue Reading


Day Two of Gardner Farm Tour Includes Stops in Southern Colorado

Washington, DC -Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) finished day two of his annual Colorado Farm Tour on Tuesday. He spent the day in Prowers, Baca, Las Animas, and Pueblo counties. "I had another great day meeting with farmers and local officials," said Gardner. "Our rural communities have faced some new challenges over the last few years and as we start to craft the next Farm Bill, meetings like I'm having this week help me make certain that any major reforms we are developing for our agricultural pr… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds New Sanctions Targeting Russian and Chinese Entities Aiding North Korea

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity applauded new sanctions announced today by the Treasury Department against 10 entities and six individuals that are directly and indirectly aiding the North Korean regime. The companies and individuals being sanctioned are based in China, Russia, and Singapore. "I applaud this step by the Administration to impose long-overdue sanctions on these Russian and Chi… Continue Reading


Gardner Tours Eastern Plains Farms on Day One of Annual Colorado Farm Tour

Washington, DC -Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) finished day one of his annual Colorado Farm Tour on Monday. He spent the day on the Eastern Plains. "My annual farm tour is an excellent opportunity to hear firsthand from the men and women that are part of Colorado's agriculture industry," said Gardner. "Throughout the week I'll be stopping at different farms and businesses across the Eastern Plains to see what I can be doing to best serve our farmers, ranchers, and small businesses involved in agri… Continue Reading

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