Press Releases


Gardner Announces Tickets Available for 58th Presidential Inauguration

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced that a limited number of tickets to the 58th Presidential Inauguration are available to Coloradans through his office upon request. President-Elect Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017 at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The tickets will be in a cordoned-off outdoor area and are standing-room only. Coloradans interested in attending should email Tickets_Gardner@ga… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on American Energy and Conservation Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after voting in favor to proceed to debate on the American Energy and Conservation Act, legislation that adjusts revenue sharing from offshore and onshore energy production.… Continue Reading


Senate Republican Conference Elects Leadership for 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - This morning the Senate Republican Conference elected its leadership team for the 115th Congress: Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as Senate Republican leader, John Cornyn (R-Texas) as Senate Republican whip, John Thune (R-S.D.) as Senate Republican Conference chairman, John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) as Senate Republican Policy Committee chairman, Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) as Senate Republican Conference vice chairman, and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) as National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman. "I… Continue Reading


House Approves Gardner’s Bill to Measure Impact of Outdoor Recreation on U.S. Economy

Washington, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives today approved Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act, a bipartisan bill that would inform policymakers and business leaders on the jobs created, and the consumer spending driven by, the outdoor recreation economy. In April, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the Federal Recreation Council will work with the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis to assess the economic impact of… Continue Reading


Gardner Secures Waiver to Allow Alamosa Airport to Continue Commercial Service

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement announcing the Department of Transportation (DOT) granted a waiver petition to Alamosa Airport for Essential Air Services, allowing the airport to continue to provide commercial service. "I'm thrilled Alamosa Airport can continue to provide commercial service to the rural Coloradans who rely on it," said Gardner. "I was an outspoken advocate on behalf of the region and Alamosa Airport in its pursuit of the waiver, and tod… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Veterans Day

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement ahead of Veterans Day: "The selfless men and women who answer the call to serve our country define the spirit of America. It is because of their sacrifice that we have the privilege of living in the most free nation on Earth - a country where our children have the opportunity to achieve their dreams," said Gardner. "One of my top priorities remains working on behalf of veterans to ensure that we make good on our pro… Continue Reading


Gardner Congratulates President-Elect

Denver, CO - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement following the election of Donald J. Trump: "I offer my congratulations tonight to President-Elect Donald Trump. A hard-fought election is over, and I echo the President-Elect's call for us to come together as one united people to move our nation forward." ###… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Taiwan's Inclusion in INTERPOL

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the below statement advocating for the inclusion of Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) ahead of the 85th INTERPOL General Assembly. In March, the President signed Gardner-authored legislation into law that requires the United States Department of State to develop a strategy to include Taiwa… Continue Reading


Gardner Urges the Revocation of Secretary Clinton’s Security Clearance

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today called for the revocation of Secretary Hillary Clinton's security clearance following the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) announcement that it reopened its investigation into Secretary Clinton's use of a private server while she was secretary of state. Gardner and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) previously introduced S. 3135, the Taking Responsibility Using Secured Technologies (TRUST) Act of 2016, legislation that would revoke … Continue Reading


Gardner Leads Delegation Letter Requesting Colorado Disaster Relief Projects Funding

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-1), Congressmen Jared Polis (CO-2), Scott Tipton (CO-3), Ken Buck (CO-4), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Mike Coffman (CO-6), and Ed Perlmutter (CO-7) sent a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MI) and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (KY-05) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (NY-17) regarding fundin… Continue Reading


Gardner Meets with Local Officials Responding to Junkins and Beulah Hill Fires

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following his visit with local officials, county commissioners, and emergency personnel responding to the Junkins and Beulah Hill fires in southern Colorado. Gardner began the day at the Westcliffe Command Center where he met with local officials and Beth Lund, the Type 1 Incident Commander overseeing the Junkins fire response. He then attended a wildfire and public safety roundtable with Pueblo County commissioners… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Urge FCC to Approve La Plata County Petition for Denver TV

La Plata County, CO - Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet and Congressman Scott Tipton sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler urging quick approval of La Plata County's petition for inclusion into the Denver television market for satellite television. The letter was included in the county's market modification petition, which was approved today by the La Plata County Commission. The petition asks the FCC to permanently modif… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Obamacare Premium Increases

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after the Obama Administration announced monthly premiums for mid-level health plans sold on the federal exchange will increase by 25 percent, the sharpest hike on the federal exchange since the President's signature health care policy was signed into law. "It's troubling that Americans throughout the country are once again facing a massive premium increase, and this time they're forced to swallow the sharpest hike yet. O… Continue Reading


Inspector General to Investigate Reports of “Wait Lists” at Colorado VA Facilities

WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, received a response from Michael Missal, Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs, stating that the Office of Inspector General was ‎investigating the issues brought to his attention by the senators. In September, Sens. Johnson and Gardner wrote a letter‎ ‎to Inspector General Missal requesting that he open an inquiry into p… Continue Reading


Gardner Leads Effort for VA Choice Program Reforms

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter with Congressmen Scott Tipton (CO-3), Ken Buck (CO-4), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), and Mike Coffman (CO-06) to Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert McDonald calling for swift improvements to be made to streamline and modernize the Veterans Choice Program's payment, authorization, and referral systems that have been suffering due to Health Net's poor management. This poor management is threatening the integrity of the Veterans Choice … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Junkins Fire

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on the Junkins fire burning near Westcliffe. According to reports, the Junkins Fire has increased to 15,751 acres and evacuations have been ordered in Custer and Pueblo counties. A Type I Management Team is expected to take over operations on Wednesday morning. Custer County, Pueblo County, Fremont County, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Governor's Office are all working together to control this fir… Continue Reading


Gardner, Colleagues Question Secret Iran Ransom Payments

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and 15 other senators today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford regarding the Obama Administration's $1.7 billion secret ransom payment to Iran. In the letter, Senator Gardner and his colleagues express concern that the Obama Administration did not notify top U.S. military officials of the secret payment and the fact that Iran is using these… Continue Reading


Gardner To Introduce Legislation to Impose Sweeping Cyber Sanctions on Russia

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today announced his intention to introduce legislation that sanctions Russia's cyber criminals following the Obama Administration's public accusation that Russia authorized cyber-attacks on U.S. political organizations. The legislation will mandate the Obama Administration investigate persons who have engaged in significant activities und… Continue Reading


President Signs Gardner Bill to Name Pueblo VA Clinic After Colorado Veteran Into Law

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after President Obama today signed S. 3283, a bill Gardner introduced to name the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Pueblo after Private First Class (PFC) James Dunn, into law. The legislation was approved by the Senate with unanimous consent on July 14, 2016 and H.R. 5901, introduced by Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03), passed by the House of Representatives on September 28, 2016.… Continue Reading


Gardner Receives “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) was presented with the "Friend of Farm Bureau" award by the Colorado Farm Bureau at a ceremony at Sakata Farms in Brighton. According to the Colorado Farm Bureau, the award is given to members of Congress "who work to support agriculture and rural Colorado." Gardner is a passionate advocate for farmers, ranchers and rural Coloradans. He has spent his time in public office championing agriculture. Gardner received the award every year as a state l… Continue Reading

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