Press Releases


ICYMI: Gardner Welcomes Deployment of Missile Defense System to Counter North Korean Aggression

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke about the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea. After North Korea fired multiple missiles into the Sea of Japan on March 5, 2017, Gardner released a statement condemning Pyongyang and requested a full briefing from the Administration on policies to counter North Korean aggression. Gardner repeatedly called on the Obama Administration to accelerate the deployment of THAAD, and in February urged … Continue Reading


Gardner Rejects Washington’s One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Land Management

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following his vote of disapproval of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Planning 2.0 Rule: "The final BLM Planning 2.0 Rule is an example of Washington's failed one-size-fits-all approach to policymaking and highlights how little Washington bureaucrats understand the way of the West. My goal has always been to bring more of Colorado to Washington and less Washington to Colorado, and I supported repealing this r… Continue Reading


GOP Senators Say House Health Care Draft Lacks Key Protections for Medicaid Expansion Population

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) outlining concerns that the February 10th draft health care plan from the House does not adequately protect individuals and families in Medicaid expansion programs or provide necessary flexibility for states. In the letter, the senators write: "While we support efforts to repeal and replace the Affo… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on North Korea Missile Launches

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after reports that North Korea fired multiple projectiles into the Sea of Japan: "North Korea's reported launch of multiple missiles comes approximately one month after the regime claimed it successfully tested a new type of ballistic missile. Pyongyang's growing aggression must be met with a tough policy response from the United States, including new sanctions, show-of-force exercises in the region and the expedi… Continue Reading


Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Introduces Bill to Help States Combat Cyber Threat

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mark Warner (D-VA), founders of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, along with Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help state, local, and tribal governments more effectively counter cyber threats. The State Cyber Resiliency Act would set up a cybersecurity grant program that would provide resources for states to develop and implement effective cyber resiliency plans. T… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes to Confirm Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after voting in favor of confirming Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: "Dr. Ben Carson's commitment to work toward expanding affordable housing and finding solutions to assist those living in impoverished communities will serve our country well as he enters his new role as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. I look forward to working with him to address these challenges and hel… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Applaud FCC Approval of La Plata County Request for Denver TV

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) along with Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) today applauded the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) approval of La Plata County's petition for inclusion into the Denver television market for satellite television. The Colorado lawmakers have long advocated on behalf of Southwest Colorado to the FCC, most recently sending a letter urging the FCC to approve the petition. The county's market modification petition … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on President Trump’s Address to Congress

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress: "Tonight, President Trump outlined his plan to tackle our country's challenges. I am encouraged that he prioritized strengthening our economy and boosting job creation as well as addressing our broken health care system. Equally as important, the President highlighted the increasingly complex security threats we're facing around the globe, in… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Executive Order to Review WOTUS

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Developed by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, WOTUS redefines and expands waters that are subject to Clean Water Act regulations, and has the potential to impact more than a million acres and thousands of stream miles in Colorado. "I applaud Pres… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $1 Million Superfund Grant for Summitville Mine

DENVER - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced the state of Colorado will receive $1 million for the Summitville Mine superfund site. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the funding is to be used specifically for water treatment at the site. "I'm pleased the EPA awarded funding for the Summitville Mine superfund site," said Gardner. "This funding will be used for water treatment and is critical to the continued clean-up at the Summitville Mine. I'm committed to ensuring C… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Hickenlooper invite one of the country’s most iconic conventions to Colorado

DENVER - Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 - Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet and Governor John Hickenlooper today sent a joint letter to the Outdoor Retailer Show to encourage its consideration of Colorado as its new home for the popular recreation convention. In the letter, Colorado's senior leadership states that the state is the perfect new location for the Outdoor Retailer show given Colorado's bipartisan commitment to maintaining and protecting public lands. "Colorado is unmatched in the … Continue Reading


Gardner, Bipartisan Group of Senators Send Letter on War Crimes in Syria

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today joined Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking for an update on plans to demand accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Syrian civil war. The letter was also signed by Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tom Udall (D-NM), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim… Continue Reading


Gardner Meets with Coloradans Along the Front Range

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spent yesterday meeting with constituents in Denver, Golden, and Fort Collins. At the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Gardner met with the Colorado Space Coalition to discuss ways to advance Colorado's aerospace industry and create more jobs for Coloradans. Recently, the Senate approved two-Gardner authored provisions in the NASA Transition Authorization Act that will help bolster Colorado's aerospace industry. Gardner also spoke to the Governor's Forum on C… Continue Reading


Gardner Receives Award for Championing Manufacturing

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at MillerCoors in Golden, CO. The award is given to Members of Congress who demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing's role in our economy and whose records support the industry. "I'm pleased to receive the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award from MillerCoors, a Colorado institution," said Gardner. "Manufacturing contributes billi… Continue Reading


Gardner Sends Letter to OMB Director Regarding Funding for Secure Rural Schools

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with bipartisan colleagues from the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, sent a letter today to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to encourage adequate funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination (SRS) Program. The letter reads in full: Dear Director Mulvaney: As the Office of Management and Budget begins its work to set priorities for fiscal year 2018 and write the President's budget request, w… Continue Reading


Senate Approves Gardner Space-Related Provisions

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today released the below statement following the Senate's passage of the NASA Transition Authorization Act, which included two Gardner-authored provisions. Gardner's provisions in the NASA Transition Authorization Act include an amendment requiring NASA to develop a plan to reach Mars that includes specific timelines and benchmarks, which will allow Congress to hold the agency accou… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes to Confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today voted to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator: "During his confirmation hearing, Attorney General Scott Pruitt demonstrated that he understands the importance of protecting the environment while also standing up to overbearing federal regulations, including the Waters of the United States rule. Additionally, I was pleased that he committed to review EPA's decision to not process… Continue Reading


Gardner Speaks on Senate Floor About Gold King Mine Spill, Scott Pruitt Nomination

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy, today spoke on the Senate floor about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) refusal to fully reimburse Coloradans for damages relating to the EPA-born Gold King Mine spill. Gardner discussed a commitment from Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Trump's nominee to lead the EPA, to visit Colorado to assure Coloradans he will fulfill the promises that were broken un… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Gardner Speaks on Senate Floor About Importance of Agriculture

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the Senate floor about the agriculture crisis in America and the importance of agriculture to Colorado. Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. Rush Transcript: "Thank you, Mr. President. There are a few things that I enjoy more than bragging about my hometown. I live in a little town called Yuma, Colorado, it's out on the Eastern Plains, it's a town of about 3,500 people. If maybe you over exaggerate just a little bit, it… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces, Questions Denver International Airport CEO at Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced the Chief Executive Officer of Denver International Airport (DIA), Kim Day, at a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee hearing titled, "Stakeholder Perspectives on Improving TSA for the Security of the Traveling Public." Following introductory remarks, Gardner asked Ms. Day to elaborate on DIA's relationship with the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) partnership with the airport and how DIA can … Continue Reading

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