Press Releases

09.10.15

Gardner, Tipton Reject Guantanamo Detainees in Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) released the following statements today denouncing reports that officials within Obama Administration have considered closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility and potentially relocating detainees to the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado: "I oppose absolutely any plan to bring terrorists to Colorado," Gardner said. "The Guantanamo facility houses some of the world's worst international terrorists… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Gardner Speaks Out Against Iran Deal on Senate Floor

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) took to the Senate floor today to denounce the President's bad deal with Iran and lay out many of the troubling aspects contained within: Click here to watch. KEY EXCERPTS: "This doesn't end the nuclear program as the President stated was his goal, it continues it. It paves a patient pathway to an industrial nuclear complex in Iran. With the blessings of the world community, a flourishing economy, a lifting of the conventional arms embargo, a… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Gardner: A Dangerous Deal With Bipartisan Opposition

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after Democrats in the United States Senate blocked a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act through a filibuster: "It's disgraceful and reckless that Senate Democrats denied the American people a voice in one of the most consequential foreign policy initiatives of our time," said Gardner. "The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act was supported by 98 Senators a few short months ago and signed into law by Pre… Continue Reading


09.04.15

Gardner Statement on Interior EA

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today reacted to the Department of Interior's (DOI) environmental assessment (EA) on the Colowyo mine, which indicated that the mine has no significant environmental impact. This clears the way for continued operations at the mine. In February of 2013, Wildearth Guardians sued DOI in the Colorado Federal District Court, stating that the environmental assessment required by the National Environmental Policy Act was insufficient. The court sided with W… Continue Reading


08.28.15

Gardner Applauds Decision Blocking Federal Water Rule

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the decision today by Federal Judge Ralph Erickson halting the implementation of the Obama Administration's controversial "Waters of the United States" rule. The rule would drastically expand the federal government's authority in regulating waterways and poses a significant threat to Colorado's economy and Coloradans' water rights. "This water rule, if implemented, would absolutely drown Colorado communities in federal red tape," Gardner sa… Continue Reading


08.28.15

Gardner Welcomes Hearing on Animas River Spill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) welcomed the announcement today that the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee will be holding a hearing, with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy as the witness, on the EPA's spill of contaminated wastewater into the Animas River. The announcement follows a letter sent by Gardner and Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) requesting a hearing. "I appreciate the Environ… Continue Reading


08.19.15

Colorado, New Mexico, Utah Senators Demand Answers in EPA Investigation of Mine Spill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) announced today that they have sent a letter to Arthur A. Elkins, Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), demanding answers to several pressing questions related to the EPA's spilling of wastewater into the Animas River. The letter reads, in full: Dear Inspector General Elkins: We … Continue Reading


08.19.15

Gardner Meets with Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, announced that he met with the President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Park Geun-hye, in Seoul earlier today as part of an official trip to countries in East Asia. President Park assumed office as the 11th President of the Republic of Korea in 2013, and is the first woman to hold that post. "The U.S.-ROK partnership is the be… Continue Reading


08.14.15

Gardner Demands Administration Response to Iranian Belligerence

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter today to President Obama laying out several recent instances of Iranian behavior violating international agreements and asking the President to respond with his Administration's plan to hold the Iranian regime responsible for its repeated infractions. From General Qassem Soleimani travelling to Russia in violation of U.N. Sanctions to Iranian media reports of imminent ballistic missile tests, the Iranian regime appears to already be te… Continue Reading


08.11.15

Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Request EPA Plan on Animas River Recovery

Washington, DC - Following up on their earlier letter requesting that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy visit the site of the Animas River spill, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) wrote to the EPA Administrator to request that the EPA establish and disclose its plan for the both the near-term cleanup of the recent release into the Animas River and a long-term plan to ensure economic and environmental … Continue Reading


08.11.15

Gardner Blasts EPA on Animas Spill Response, Calls for Congressional Oversight

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) response to the 3-million gallon spill of pollutants into the Animas River: "It's outrageous, reckless, and unacceptable that it's been seven days since the EPA released three million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River and the federal agency still has few answers. That is why I am requesting Congressional oversight hearings to examine the EPA's insuffici… Continue Reading


08.11.15

Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Request EPA Administrator Visit Animas River

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) sent a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, requesting that she visit San Juan and La Plata Counties in Colorado to discuss the damage done by the EPA's accidental release of contaminated waste water into the Animas River. The letter reads: Dear Administrator McCarthy, We write to request that you visit San Juan and La Plata Counti… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Gardner Statement on Animas River Spill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) accidental release of contaminated mine water from the Gold King Mine into the Animas River: "It is critical during the first hours of clean-up that the full attention of the EPA be focused on mitigation and stopping the flow of contaminants. I've spoken to EPA representatives and called on them to share with state, local, and tribal officials all information neces… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Gardner-Backed Commercial Space Launch Act Passes Senate

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following the Senate's passage this week, by unanimous consent, of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act: "Colorado's space industry is strong and growing, and the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act contains several key provisions which ensure the continued viability of the commercial space sector. The Act extends the operation of the International Space Station, provides a commonsense re… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Gardner-Backed Commercial Space Launch Act Passes Senate

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following the Senate's passage this week, by unanimous consent, of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act: "Colorado's space industry is strong and growing, and the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act contains several key provisions which ensure the continued viability of the commercial space sector. The Act extends the operation of the International Space Station, provides a commonsense r… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Gardner Moves to Protect and Arm Military Recruiters

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has signed on as a co-sponsor to the Securing Military Personnel Response Firearm Initiative (SEMPER FI) Act introduced by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT). The Act would allow the military to authorize recruiters to be armed while at recruitment centers and allows for improvements in the security of those centers. The carrying of a sidearm would be limited to officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs). The SEMPER FI Act has been… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Gardner Responds to FBI Alert in Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement in response to reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued an alert regarding incidents that "have been reported to the FBI throughout June 2015." The FBI report goes on to say "on numerous occasions, family members of military personnel were confronted by Middle-Eastern males in front of their homes." "I am alarmed by reports out of Denver that military members' families have been harass… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Gardner Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators in Urging Colleagues to Join Effort to Provide Life-Saving Treatment to Epilepsy Patients

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter urging their colleagues to join them in sponsoring the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015, legislation that provides children and their families with access to life-saving seizure treatment. The Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act removes the outdated fe… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Gardner Announces Evaluation Committee to Fill Colorado Judgeship

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced a Judicial Evaluation Committee that will begin vetting applicants for an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court of Colorado. In April 2016, Judge Robert Blackburn will take senior status, creating a vacancy on the seven-judge bench. The number of judgeships on the court has remained the same for over 30 years, despite the state's population growing by 65 percent and judicial workload steadily increasing. Now the court is one o… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Gardner Language Benefitting Colorado Included in Federal Energy Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that three energy bills he previously introduced were included in the base text of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which passed by a bipartisan 18-4 vote of the Energy Committee today. Additionally, Senator Gardner announced that three amendments he authored were also adopted by the committee. "These bills and amendments lead to more energy efficiency, more energy generation, and more jobs in the energy sector," Gardner said. "Promotin… Continue Reading

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