Press Releases


Gardner Urges Funding for PILT Program

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with a bipartisan group of over thirty Senators, sent a letter today to Senate leadership urging them to ensure that full funding to the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, along with responsible budget offsets, is included in legislation passing the House and Senate before the end of the year. The PILT program is an important resource for counties across the country to provide essential services to their citizens. PILT provides funding t… Continue Reading


Gardner, Peters Introduce Legislation to Encourage Rural Investment

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) to introduce the Philanthropic Facilitation Act (PFA). This legislation reforms the approval process for charitable investments so philanthropic organizations can more easily invest in community improvement and job creation, boosting economic growth in both rural and urban areas. Current law stipulates that private foundations must make a certain amount of charitable distributions in order to keep their … Continue Reading


Gardner Priorities Advanced By Energy Committee

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced several of his legislative priorities today as part of a productive markup. "I'm proud that the Energy Committee is putting in the hard work to move legislation forward that protects precious public lands," Gardner said. "Many of the pieces of legislation advanced today will have lasting impacts in Colorado and our outdoor recreational economy, ensuring that generations t… Continue Reading


Gardner Presses for the Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced today he has sent a letter, along with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund ("LWCF"), which expired at the end of September. The LWCF provides funding for conservation and helps ensure public access to the … Continue Reading


Lynch to Congress: Current Law Blocks Administration From Transferring Guantanamo Detainees to Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today issued the below statement following Attorney General Loretta Lynch's statement before the House Judiciary Committee that existing law does not permit the Obama Administration to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States: "Current law prevents the Obama Administration from using funds to transfer, release, or assist in the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States, and I'm pleased that Attorney General Loretta Lync… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Paris Attacks

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement on the events unfolding in Paris: "The people of Colorado and the United States stand firmly beside our oldest ally, France. We mourn those lost and pray for their families. And we are united with all Parisians as they unite against this senseless violence." U.S citizens in Paris needing assistance call 011-202-501-4444. Those in US concerned about loved ones in Paris, call 1-888-407-4747. Please monitor over th… Continue Reading


Gardner, Enzi Letter Seeks Answers from EPA on Gold King Mine Spill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, have sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy in reaction to the Department of the Interior (DOI) report on the Gold King Mine spill. The report indicates that the EPA failed to take steps that could have prevented the disaster from occurring. The letter asks Administrator McCarthy fifteen questions related to the r… Continue Reading


Gardner: Obamacare Continues to Drive Up Costs, Harming Colorado's Economy and Restricting Choice

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today following new reports of rising healthcare costs for Colorado citizens and businesses: "Within just the past few weeks, Coloradans have seen and endured some of the worst consequences of Obamacare. Premiums are continuing to increase. The CO-OP established by the law, which was supposed to provide low-cost care, has collapsed, taking thousands of healthcare plans and tens of millions in taxpayer loans with it. And today, th… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Unanimous Passage of U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today following the Senate's passage, by unanimous consent, of the conferenced language to the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act. The Act, introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), has a bipartisan group of co-sponsors including Senator Gardner, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Senator Gary Peters, (D-MI), and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). The Act would enhance existing efforts to develop the com… Continue Reading


Gardner Commends Medal of Honor Recipient Captain Florent Groberg

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today following the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Captain Florent Groberg, a retired 4th Infantry Division solider based out of Fort Carson: "To say that Captain Groberg displayed bravery and selflessness on the battlefield is to drastically understate his actions. The courage he showed in physically wrestling a suicide bomber to the ground to protect civilians and his fellow soldiers should serve as an inspiration to all Ame… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement On Veterans Day

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today in honor of Veterans Day: "Today, we honor all of those who have sacrificed so much to defend the freedoms that make this country great. We are forever indebted to those who answered the call to serve; it is because of their commitment that we can continue to live in a nation with unlimited opportunities. A nation founded in liberty and rooted in principles that provoke hope and optimism. "Our men and women in uniform re… Continue Reading


Gardner Commends Passage of NDAA

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today following the Senate's passage, by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "I'm proud to have joined with a large majority of my colleagues in both the House and the Senate to pass the NDAA. Members of both parties came together to support this legislation, which gives our troops the resources they need to keep us safe and stay on the offensive against threats to our national s… Continue Reading


Colorado Sheriffs to President Obama: “Dangerously Naïve” to Bring GTMO to Colorado

Washington, DC - More than 40 elected Colorado County sheriffs have sent a letter to President Obama expressing their "strong opposition" to President Obama's potential illegal transfer of Guantanamo Bay terrorists to Colorado. News reports indicate that in addition to the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, the Obama Administration has been strongly considering sending the Guantanamo terrorists to the Centennial Correctional Facility in Fremont County. Fremont County Sheriff James Beicker… Continue Reading


Gardner: "President Obama has put the demands of radical political groups over American jobs"

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today following President Obama's decision to block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline: "President Obama has put the demands of radical political groups over American jobs. Construction of the Keystone pipeline would have created jobs, reduced America's dependence on overseas oil, and helped further the North American energy revolution that has created so much prosperity in our country. The President's decision to rejec… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces PURSE Act to Bar IRS Unionization

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has introduced the Preventing Unionization of Revenue Service Employees Act, or PURSE Act, in the United States Senate. The PURSE Act would exclude employees of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, which provides most federal employees the ability to unionize and enter into collective bargaining agreements. "There is no reason to allow IRS employees to unionize and co… Continue Reading


Gardner on Guantanamo Transfer Plan: “What basis in law does [the President] believe he has?”

Washington, DC - At a press conference in the Capitol today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke out about President Obama's reckless, illegal plan to bring terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility to the United States. In his remarks, Senator Gardner challenged the Administration to provide answers to a letter he wrote last month demanding to know why the Administration is ignoring existing law barring any taxpayer money going towards assisting in the transfer of these detainees. Cl… Continue Reading


Gardner Demands Answers on Obama Administration’s Secret Plan To Move Terrorists to United States

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement following new reports today that the Obama Administration has developed a plan to move terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in violation of federal law prohibiting the transfer, release, or assisting in the transfer or release of those prisoners: "President Obama apparently has a secret plan to move dangerous terrorists from Guantanamo to American soil," Gardner said. "He has thus far not shared that plan with th… Continue Reading


Gardner Joins Denunciation of Palestinian Terror Attacks

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has signed on as a co-sponsor of a Senate resolution expressing solidarity with the state of Israel in the face of a recent surge in attacks on Israeli citizens and soldiers by Palestinian terrorists. The resolution condemns the recent terrorist attacks and calls on Palestinian officials to work against the incitement of violence against Israelis. "Israel and its citizens face continuous threats to their safety and security," … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Blockage of Senate WOTUS Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today after the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, introduced by Senator Barrasso (R-WY), failed to reach the 60 votes required to advance in the Senate. The Act would have required the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to re-write the so-called Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule issued by the EPA. The rewritten rule would feature much stronger state and agricultural protections as well as… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Judicial Evaluation Committee Recommendations

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that his Judicial Evaluation Committee, which was announced in August and is comprised of eleven legal experts, has unanimously recommended four highly qualified legal professionals as potential nominees to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court of Colorado created by Judge Robert Blackburn's move to senior status. The committee reviewed a large number of applications and interviewed twelve finalists. Of those twelve, the committ… Continue Reading

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