Press Releases


Gardner Announces $6 Million Smart City Program Grant for Denver

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a $6,000,007 grant to Denver, Colorado from the Advanced Transportation Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program (ATCMTD). According to the DOT, the FAST Act established the ATCMTD program "to make competitive grants for the development of model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Beulah Hill Fire

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on the Beulah Hill fire that is burning southwest of Pueblo. According to reports, the Beulah Hill fire has increased to 4,800 acres. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to take control of the fire response, and the Pueblo County Sherriff's office has ordered evacuations in a two-mile radius of the Hurricane Ranch area. "I encourage all residents to follow updates on the fire's status from the Colorado Divi… Continue Reading


Pueblo Receives $875,000 Grant to Hire Law Enforcement Officers

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Pueblo, CO received an $875,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS office through the COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The purpose of the CHP is to advance public safety by providing law enforcement agencies funding to hire new career law enforcement officers and increase their policing capabilities in local communities throughout the country. "Colorado's law enforcement officers put their lives on the line daily and … Continue Reading


Gardner, Coons Introduce Bill to Strengthen Medicare

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Reducing Medicare Costs Through Innovation Act, legislation that aims to strengthen and protect the Medicare program by spurring innovation to reduce costs. The Reducing Medicare Costs Through Innovation Act establishes a program which would award grants to small, entrepreneurial labs pursuing commercialization for new drugs or medical devices that have the greatest potential to significantly reduce the top 1… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Rosh Hashanah

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah: "I wish all Jewish Coloradans and Americans across the country a happy new year. This joyous occasion is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and I hope everyone has a festive new year. Shanah Tovah." ###… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Grants Totaling $6.4 Million for Two Colorado Emergency Agencies

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded two Colorado agencies federal grants. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control will receive $3,783,532.30 for fire suppression efforts taken during the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012. Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will receive $1,107,475.94 for "protective measures" taken during severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in September … Continue Reading


Gardner Announces EPA Grants Totaling Over $260,000 For Gold King Mine Spill Cleanup

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding over $260,000 in grants for response and cleanup costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill. Southern Ute Indian Tribe will receive $58,684; La Plata County will receive $7,495; the City of Durango will receive $9,993; San Juan County will receive $80,213; San Juan Basin Health Department will receive $4,591; and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will rece… Continue Reading


Gardner-Led Legislation Honoring Colorado Veteran Passes U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the United States House of Representatives passage of S. 3283, legislation to name the new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Pueblo, CO, after Private First Class (PFC) James Dunn, a native of Colorado and Navy Cross recipient. Led by Senator Gardner and Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), the Colorado Congressional Delegation introduced the legislation in July and … Continue Reading


Gardner Receives Commitment from State Department Official to Sanction Additional Chinese Entities

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today chaired a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing titled, "The Persistent Threat of North Korea and Developing an Effective U.S. Response." Gardner questioned the Honorable Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary Of State for Bureau Of East Asian And Pacific Affairs, as well as the Honorable Daniel Fried, the United States Departme… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Over $3.5 Million for Flood Control Improvements in Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded two grants to improve flood protection in Colorado. According to FEMA, $1,763,534 will be awarded to fund flood protection improvements to Sanderson Gulch and $1,799,126 will be awarded to fund the construction of a new detention pond to protect the Pleasant Valley neighborhood near Garden of the Gods. "It's important that Colorado has adequate resources to prepare for and protect aga… Continue Reading


Gardner, Roberts, Scott Send Letter to GAO Over Illegal Funds Spent to Relocate GTMO Detainees

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Tim Scott (R-SC) today sent a letter to the Honorable Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), requesting an opinion on whether or not the DoD violated the Consolidated Appropriations Act - and thus the Antideficiency Act - by spending federal funds to survey potential sites to relocate Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United Sates. The Consolidated Appr… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Passing of Shimon Peres

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement today following the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres: "Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres' unbridled commitment to peace in the Middle East set an example for all who are committed to ending conflict in the region. He was a true leader who strived to find solutions to some of the world's most complex problems, and was awarded a well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. I join the Peres… Continue Reading


Administration Heeds Gardner’s Call to Impose Secondary Sanctions on North Korea’s Enablers

Washington, DC - The Obama Administration announced sanctions and indictments against four Chinese nationals and one China-based company, Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Company Ltd., for evading U.S. economic sanctions by using front companies to facilitate business with an entity tied to North Korea's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program. The sanctions are required by Senator Gardner's (R-CO) North Korea Policy and Enhancement Act. The announcement precedes a Foreign Relations Su… Continue Reading


Gardner, Colleagues Press for Permanent Reauthorization of LWCF

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with several of his colleagues, sent a letter to Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, regarding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) provision in S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, which passed the Senate 85-12 earlier this year. The Senators requested LWCF be permanently authorized "in any legislation that emerges from the Energy bill conference." LWCF is a c… Continue Reading


Gardner, Colleagues Express Support to Fully Fund PILT Program

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with several of his colleagues, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) requesting the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program be fully funded for fiscal year 2017. The PILT program is an important resource for counties across Colorado to assist with essential services to their citizens. PILT provides funding to counties which contain federal land within its borders, offse… Continue Reading


Senators Gardner, Roberts and Scott: DOD Illegally Spent Funds Studying GTMO Relocation Sites

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Tim Scott (R-SC) today said the Department of Defense (DoD) spent federal funds studying sites in Colorado, Kansas, and South Carolina to relocate prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) despite specific prohibitions of such spending in the National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama. The DoD spent the most money - $11,064.33 - surveying the facility in Florence, CO as a possible relocation site… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Over $400,000 in LWCF Grants for Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced the National Park Service (NPS) awarded three separate Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to Colorado communities. Cherry Hills Village will receive $130,000 to construct a new section of the High Line Canal Trail Connection; El Paso County will receive $150,000 to construct sections of the Ute Pass Regional Trail; and the town of Bennett will receive $128,000 to construct a one mile section of the Bennett Open Space Trail. … Continue Reading


Gardner Blasts VA for Aurora Hospital Construction Mismanagement VA Office of Inspector General Report Released Today

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General today released a report that follows an investigation into the Aurora VA hospital construction project. The report concluded that the project experienced significant cost overruns and schedule delays due to a series of "questionable business decisions and mismanagement by VA senior officials in the following areas: inadequate planning and design of the project, initiated construction phase without adequate … Continue Reading


Senate Commerce Committee Unanimously Approves Gardner NASA Amendments

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, released the below statement following today's Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee markup where two Gardner-authored amendments passed out of committee unanimously when they were included as part of the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016. The first amendment authorizes NASA to consider satellite servicing options for future programs. This amendment … Continue Reading


Gardner: Obamacare Insurance Premium Increases Continue to Hurt Coloradans

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the Senate floor today following the Colorado Division of Insurance's (DOI) announcement of the final premium increases for 2017 insurance plans. According to DOI, premiums for the individual market will increase by 20.4% on average in 2017. Click here to watch the full remarks. Rush Transcript Mr. President, in Washington, D.C. today is just another day of bureaucratic rollouts, regulatory nightmares, and government overreach. But if … Continue Reading

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