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Gardner Energy Efficiency Legislation Approved by Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2017 (S. 239), legislation that encourages the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Savings Contracts (UESCs) in federal buildings. Gardner introduced this bipartisan legislation in January with Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Jea… Continue Reading


Gardner, Senate Colleagues Urge Full Funding of PILT Program

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with 33 of his Senate colleagues, sent a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MI) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) urging the full funding of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The letter reads in full: Dear Chairman Cochran and Vice Chairman Leahy, As Members of Congress representing counties with federal public lands within their boundaries, we write to request that you work togeth… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Legislation To Strengthen U.S.-Israel Economic Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), David Perdue (R-GA), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Jon Tester (D-MT) today introduced bipartisan legislation to recognize the economic accomplishments of the U.S.-Israel economic partnership and support new agreements for collaboration across a variety of sectors within the technology sphere. Since the signing of the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement, Israel has become one of our country's most dynamic economic collaborators in the Middle East a… Continue Reading


Gardner Encourages Colorado Farmers and Ranchers to Seek Federal Disaster Relief Assistance

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent wildfires that devastated farms in Northeast Colorado, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement reminding Colorado farmers and ranchers about the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs. "As someone who lives on the Eastern Plains, I will never forget our farmers and ranchers and we must continue to support them in good times and in bad." said Gardner. "While Coloradans in Northeast Colorado continu… Continue Reading


President Trump Signs Gardner NASA Provisions into Law

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today released the below statement following President Trump signing the NASA Transition Authorization Act into law, 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 a… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Judge Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court Nominee, at Confirmation Hearing

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Judiciary Committee at his United States Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, I would like to begin by thanking you for your leadership and all the work you do on this committee. Today, it's with great pleasure that I introduce along with my colleague and fellow Centennial state… Continue Reading


***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Gardner to Introduce Judge Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court Nominee, at Confirmation Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced that he will introduce Judge Neil Gorsuch when he appears before the Judiciary Committee for a hearing on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is customary for home-state Senators to introduce a nominee to the Committee at the outset of his or her confirmation hearing. "I am honored to introduce Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch before the Judiciary Committee at the beginning of his confirmation hearing," said Gard… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces EPA Payments to Colorado Communities Impacted by Gold King Mine Spill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding a total of $54,275.40 to Colorado entities "for payroll, fringe, travel and indirect costs" associated with the Gold King Mine spill. According to the EPA, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe will receive $812.49, the city of Durango will receive $1,072.63, the San Juan Basin Health Department will receive $13,611.22, and La Plata County will receive $38,779.06. In December, Gardner,… Continue Reading


Gardner, Lee Lead Effort to Reduce Government Regulations

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Reducing Excessive Government (REG) Act, legislation that would require any increase in the debt limit approved by Congress and the President be accompanied by a proportional reduction in regulatory burden for every new dollar of debt. Last week, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asked Congress to raise the federal debt ceiling so the United States would not default on its obligations. Mnuchin also notified Congress… Continue Reading


Gardner Meets with Tribal Leaders at the White House Regarding Gorsuch Nomination

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner released the below statement following his meeting yesterday at the White House with tribal leaders regarding Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the United States Supreme Court. "I was honored to sit down with tribal leaders to discuss Judge Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court," said Gardner. "Judge Gorsuch is a mainstream jurist who is well qualified to fill this role and has a deep understanding of tribal sovereignty issues. Gorsuch's Western perspecti… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Introduce Native American Indian Education Act

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) along with Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) today introduced the Native American Indian Education Act, legislation that would provide relief to state education budgets and protect tuition-free higher education for Native Americans. States like Colorado facing severe budget constraints are struggling to fulfill the requirement to provide tuition-free higher education opportunities for Native American Indian studen… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes to Confirm Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after voting in favor of confirming former Senator Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence. "I have had the opportunity to see first-hand Senator Coats' dedication to our country and sharp focus on defense and intelligence issues while serving with him in the United States Senate," said Gardner. "A former veteran and member of the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, Senator Coats has a keen underst… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $1.1 Million FEMA Grant for Larimer County 2013 Flood Response

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Larimer County $1,131,522.92 to repair roads and bridges that were damaged during the September 2013 floods. "The 2013 floods took a devastating toll on Larimer County, but the community has come together and rebuilt much of what was lost," said Gardner. "It is important to provide the necessary resources for the County to continue to repair critical infrastructure and be… Continue Reading


Gardner Invites EPA Administrator Pruitt to Southwest Colorado to Discuss Gold King Mine Spill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt inviting him to visit Southwest Colorado to hear from Coloradans regarding the Gold King Mine spill. Recently, Gardner spoke on the Senate floor about the Gold King Mine spill and released a statement following his vote to confirm Administrator Pruitt highlighting Pruitt's commitment to fully compensate those affected. In the letter, Gardner wrote, "We share th… Continue Reading


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

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