Press Releases

12.17.15

Gardner Responds to President Obama’s Statements on National Security

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following President Obama's remarks at the National Counterterrorism Center: "Today, we heard more rhetoric from President Obama about his record on national security. The same President who called ISIS a 'jayvee team', who declared that ISIS was 'contained', and whose Administration just months ago was bragging about their 'strategic patience' in Syria is now seeking to reassure the American people that he has… Continue Reading


12.17.15

Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Reveals Obama Administration’s Permissive Attitude Towards Iran

Click here to watch. Washington, DC - In a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) asked witnesses from the State Department to lay out the Administration's plan for dealing with two critical developments regarding with Iran; the Iranian regime's recent illegal ballistic missile tests, and the impending transfer of 25,000 pounds of nuclear material from Iran to Russia. State Department officials were unable to articulate a plan to deal with either event. … Continue Reading


12.15.15

Gardner Statement on Kerry’s Syria Remarks

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement reacting to Secretary of State John Kerry's assertion today that the United States is "not seeking regime change in Syria": "The long-suffering Syrian people would certainly be surprised to learn that we are 'not seeking regime change in Syria', as Secretary Kerry stated. The United States has invested billions of dollars to stop Assad's reign of terror and to provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people… Continue Reading


12.15.15

Gardner Commends Passage of Tribal Energy Development Act

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today following the Senate's passage last week of the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2015, of which he is a co-sponsor. This legislation would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to simplify the Tribal Energy Resource Agreement (TERA) process and allow for more energy development on tribal lands, including renewable energy: "Tribal lands have the potential to make a significant contrib… Continue Reading


12.15.15

Gardner Thanks Colorado Law Enforcement During Holiday Season

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter to Colorado law enforcement officers honoring the sacrifices they make to keep Colorado communities safe. In light of recent tragedies in Colorado Springs, Denver, and San Bernardino, California and the law enforcement's active role in each of them, Gardner expressed the importance of recognizing the heroism that law enforcement officers display on a daily basis. Their commitment to protect and serve communities provides comfort to fami… Continue Reading


12.14.15

Gardner, Colleagues Call for Answers on Homegrown Terror

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with ten Senate colleagues, announced today that they have sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and Secretary of State John Kerry asking for answers on several questions related to domestic terror. Following a failure of the background check system which in 2013 allowed two terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda to settle in Bowling Green, Kentucky, numerous calls to r… Continue Reading


12.10.15

Gardner, Roberts, Scott Emphasize Dangers of Closing Guantanamo Following News of Former Detainee Becoming al-Qaeda Leader

Washington - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statements regarding reports that a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Ibrahim al-Qosi, has become a senior leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al-Qosi, transferred from Guantanamo to his native Sudan in 2012, appears in a video released this week by AQAP that encourages small cell terror attacks in the West. "The President's rush to empty the cells at Guantanamo reckl… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Gardner Praises Passage of Education Reform Law

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement following the Senate's passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act and federal education policy: "The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act represents a step forward in federal education policy, and I'm proud to have worked with members of both parties on its passage. While not perfect, this act makes progress towards getting Congress out of the classroo… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Gardner on Iranian Belligerence: “Inaction is no longer an option”

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement following reports of another ballistic missile test conducted by the Islamic Republic of Iran in violation of United Nations (U.N) Security Council resolutions: "When the President was pursuing his misguided nuclear deal with Iran, many of us warned that Iran would cheat. We warned that Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terror, would take billions in sanction… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Gardner, GOP Senators Urge Obama to Pursue Additional Military Options to Combat ISIS

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today joined a group of Senators in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to pursue additional military options to fight ISIS and protect Americans both at home and abroad. "The American people are understandably concerned in the aftermath of the horrific attack in San Bernardino and increasingly apprehensive about the prospect of another terrorist attack on American soil," the Senators wrote. "To safeguard our own national security, we mus… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Gardner Ensures Highway Bill Reflects Colorado Priorities

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following his vote in favor of the Highway Bill passed by the Senate: "This Highway Bill is the result of hard work from members of both parties in the House and the Senate. It gives states and local communities five years of certainty in planning transportation projects, allowing them to save money through longer-term budgeting. I'm proud that I was able to secure several provisions in the Highway Bill that are… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Gardner Votes To Repeal Obamacare

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after voting to repeal Obamacare in the United State Senate: "As I travel throughout Colorado, I continue to hear about Obamacare's devastating impact. Whether it's a family on the Western Slope who saw their premiums shoot through the roof, or a business owner in the San Luis Valley who would like to hire and expand but can't afford to due to the law's mandates, Coloradans are suffering from Obamacare's broken … Continue Reading


12.03.15

Gardner Highlights Obamacare’s Broken Promises

Click here to view Senator Gardner's Floor Speech Washington, DC - In a speech this week on the Senate floor, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) laid out the broken promises of Obamacare and how the law is continuing to be a burden to Colorado families and businesses. When Obamacare was passed, Coloradans were made three major promises. First, that if they liked their plans, they could keep them. Second, that the new law would reduce healthcare costs for families, businesses, and government. And th… Continue Reading


12.03.15

Gardner Urges Supreme Court to Allow Expanded School Choice

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of the Douglas County School District. The District is appealing a ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that would prevent parents in Douglas County from sending their child to a religious school through the Choice Scholarship Program (CSP), which empowers parents to choose the right school for their kids. … Continue Reading


12.02.15

Gardner Introduces Bill To Expand Access To Care, Telehealth Services

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act, legislation that would expand access to health care in rural areas by paving the way for Medicare to cover additional telehealth services. Currently, Medicare covers limited telehealth services, setting a poor industry standard, discouraging innovation, and restricting access to specialized services. The Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act requires the Depar… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Gardner Amendments Included in Conference Agreement to Strengthen Childhood Education

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the House-Senate conference committee reached an agreement on legislation to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, and included amendments he introduced to strengthen and improve childhood education. The conference committee, which was tasked with reaching a compromise between the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act and the House-passed Student Success Act, has referred its proposal to the House and the Senate to receive a vot… Continue Reading


11.27.15

Gardner Statement on Colorado Springs Tragedy

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the tragic events in Colorado Springs today: "Jaime and I are deeply saddened by the events that unfolded in Colorado Springs earlier today. This senseless act of violence is truly tragic and our hearts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. "The Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Fire Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, State Patrol, and federal law enfo… Continue Reading


11.26.15

Gardner Marks Celebration of Thanksgiving

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement marking the celebration of Thanksgiving: "As Coloradans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, we're reminded that we have much to be grateful for. We live in the greatest state in the freest, most prosperous country that has ever existed. We are a nation founded upon the first principles of opportunity, liberty, and freedom; a nation built upon the chance to succeed. "Still, these are hard times for many. An uneven econo… Continue Reading


11.20.15

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


11.19.15

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

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