Press Releases

06.22.17

Gardner: It is Time for the World to Wake Up

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the below statement regarding North Korea testing a rocket engine capable of carrying an intercontinental ballistic missile. A properly operating engine is one of the final steps needed for North Korea to launch a missile with a nuclear warhead on it toward the United States. "It is time for the world to wake up. The latest reports of North Korea t… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Gardner Receives Commitment from Interior Secretary Zinke on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Washington, D.C. - Today, during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) received assurances from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is not currently on the Department's priority review list. Gardner has been a strong advocate for protecting Colorado's public lands, and recently received the Outdoor Industry Association's 2017 Friend of the Outdoor Industry Award. In May, Gardner and Congressman Scott Tipton (CO… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Gardner Votes to Impose Significant Sanction Against Russia and Iran

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) helped pass S.722, Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 on Thursday. This legislation increases sanctions against Iran for their illicit ballistic missile tests, arms transfers, and support for terrorist activities. Also included in the legislation was a Russia Sanctions Amendment that contains an array of new sanctions and policy reforms, including prohibiting the Executive Branch from lifting sanctions against Russia without … Continue Reading


06.13.17

Gardner Applauds End of Ban on U.S. Beef Imports into China

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the end of the 13-year ban on U.S. beef imports into China. The United States has been negotiating with China to lift the ban on U.S. beef imports for several months now, and the Department of Agriculture announced they had reached a final agreement with China yesterday. Gardner has long been a supporter of opening up new trade opportunities for Colorado's farmers and ranchers. He recently spoke on the Sena… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Gardner Introduces Legislation to Bolster Hydropower

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he reintroduced the Reliable Investment in Vital Energy Reauthorization Act (RIVER Act), legislation that would reauthorize an existing Department of Energy program which provides funding to retrofit existing dams and river conduits with electricity-generating technology. According to DOE reports, there are up to 12 gigawatts of untapped hydropower development within the nation's existing dam infrastructure, and only three percent of… Continue Reading


06.08.17

Two Coloradans Selected by NASA as Astronaut Candidates

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement congratulating two native Coloradans on being selected as NASA's astronaut candidates. NASA received more than 18,300 applications and selected twelve men and women to join the new astronaut class. "I want to congratulate Lieutenant Commander Matthew Dominick and Jessica Watkins on being selected to join NASA's newest astronaut class," said Gardner. "These two incredible candidates will make Colorado proud as they jo… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Gardner Statement on Nomination of Allison Eid to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following President Trump's nomination of Allison Eid to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals: "Justice Allison Eid is an excellent choice to serve on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have known Allison since my days as a student at the University of Colorado Law School and have been extremely impressed with her service on Colorado's Supreme Court. Whether she was clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas, tea… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Gardner Supports Legislation to Bring Greater Accountability to the VA

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after voting for the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. This legislation makes it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discipline, including firing, employees who do not provide the proper care to our veterans and creates an office within the agency specifically designed to receive whistleblower tips. "Our veterans have given everything fo… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Colorado Native David Bernhardt, Nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Approved by Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after Colorado-native David Bernhardt was approved by the the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to become Deputy Secretary of the Interior. "I'm thrilled David Bernhardt was approved by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to become the next Deputy Secretary of the Interior today," said Gardner. "As a native Coloradan from Rifle, David has a deep understanding of Western land issues, and I'm confident his e… Continue Reading


05.29.17

Gardner Commemorates Our Nation’s Heroes on Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement commemorating Memorial Day: "This Memorial Day we are reminded of so many men and women who have stood on the front lines of freedom and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They answered the call to serve and valiantly protected our freedoms, our liberties, and our rights. I hope you will join me this weekend, and then every day after that, to celebrate and memorialize these brave men and women who val… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Gardner Announces $300,000 Economic Development Administration Grant for Southwest Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced Southwest Colorado will receive a $300,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). According to the EDA, the funding will be used to "provide resources to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund that will cover the region of southwest Colorado, which comprises the counties of Archuleta, Dolores, Montezuma, La Plata, and San Juan. "This Economic Development Administration grant is great news for Southwest Colorado," sai… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Gardner, Tipton Urge President Trump to Protect Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3) sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in support of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (Canyons) in Southwest Colorado. In the letter, Gardner and Tipton state, "any review of Canyons should conclude that no changes to the designation are necessary." The full letter reads below: Dear Mr. Secretary: We write in support of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (Canyons) in Southwest C… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Gardner’s Proposal to Move BLM West is Supported by Coloradans

Senator Gardner has introduced legislation that would authorize the move of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) headquarters from Washington, D.C. to the West. This legislation is supported by countless Coloradans and local officials, including Club 20, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Farm Bureau, Fruita Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Rural Electric Association, Colorado Wool Growers Association, Grand County, Hinsdale County, and Montezuma County. What Coloradans are Sayi… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Gardner, Republican Senators Express Support for Government-Sponsored Energy Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), along with four of their colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to continue to fund the Department of Energy's research programs. "The United States does many things well, but one thing we do better than any other country in the world is innovation through research," the senators wrote. "The Department of Energy's research programs have made the United States a world leader in science and techno… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Gardner Applauds Army Corps Approval of Chimney Hollow Reservoir

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announcement that they have approved Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District's Windy Gap Firming Project, which will allow for construction of Chimney Hollow Reservoir. During his time in the House of Representatives and since being elected to the U.S. Senate, Gardner has been a leading voice to move forward additional water storage projects in Northern Colorado - including Chimney Hollow Reservoir. … Continue Reading


05.18.17

Gardner Introduces David Bernhardt, Nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Interior, at Confirmation Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced Colorado-native David Bernhardt to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee at his confirmation hearing to become the Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Interior. David Bernhardt's nomination is supported by several stakeholder groups in Colorado and across the country, including the Colorado River District, Colorado Water Congress, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, and the Theodore Roos… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Gardner Meets with South Korean President’s Special Envoy

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today released the below statement following his meeting with President Moon Jae-In's official Presidential Special Envoy, Dr. Hong Seok-Hyun and Republic of Korea's Ambassador to the United States, Ahn Ho-young. Gardner was the first Member of Congress to meet with the Special Envoy and welcome him to the United States Capitol. Yesterday,… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Gardner, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Access to Banking Services for Legal Cannabis Businesses

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Patty Murray (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced legislation to ensure that legal cannabis businesses can access banking services. The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2017 would solve a key logistical and public safety problem in states that have legalized medicinal or recreational… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Gardner to Introduce David Bernhardt, Nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Interior, at Confirmation Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced that he will introduce Colorado-native David Bernhardt when he appears before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee for a hearing on his nomination to become the Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Interior. Who: U.S. Senator Cory Gardner and David Bernhardt What: Gardner Introduces David Bernhardt to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee When: … Continue Reading


05.17.17

Bipartisan, Bicameral Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Enhance Cybersecurity, Promote Transparency

Washington, D.C. - Following one of the largest global cyberattacks in history, U.S. Senators and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) introduced the Protecting our Ability To Counter Hacking (PATCH) Act, bipartisan legislation that adds transparency and accountability to the U.S. government process for retaining or disclosing vulnerabilities in technology products, services, applicatio… Continue Reading

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