Press Releases

09.30.15

Gardner Statement on House Vote to Authorize Aurora VA Hospital Spending

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement following the passage by the House of Representatives of a bill authorizing the spending of $625 million dollars for the completion of the Aurora VA Hospital: "I commend my House colleagues, with whom I have worked closely throughout this process, on this vote. I will continue to work with them to hold the VA accountable for its inexcusable delays and cost overruns on this project. Veterans in Colorado and the West de… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Gardner Votes To Finish the Job at Aurora VA Hospital

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement following his vote in favor of a Continuing Resolution (CR) which includes funding for completing the new VA medical facility in Aurora: "Completion of the Aurora VA hospital has been one of my top priorities in the Senate. I'm proud to have helped secure the last funding that should be required to finish construction and deliver to veterans the facility they were promised. It's critical that the House pass this fundi… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Gardner Addresses Future of U.S.-China Relationship

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today chaired a hearing entitled "The Changing Landscape of U.S.-China Relations: What's Next?" In his opening statement, Senator Gardner addressed several points about China's recent behavior in the South China sea, its activity in cyberspace, and its leverage over the North Korean regime. Senator Gardner's remarks, as prepared, read: Today's hearing c… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Gardner Presses for Answers on Solvency of Colorado Healthcare Co-Op

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell asking questions about the financial solvency of the federally-backed Colorado Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) called Colorado HealthOP, and its ability to repay its loans to the American taxpayer. Established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as an alternative to private insurance plans, CO-OPs nationwide were awarded rough… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Colorado Senators Team Up to Honor Dinosaur National Monument

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), announced today that the Senate has passed a resolution they introduced recognizing the 100th anniversary of Dinosaur National Monument and designating October 4th, 2015 as "Dinosaur National Monument Day". The resolution lays out the storied history of Dinosaur National Monument, its critical scientific importance, and the enjoyment it brings to all those who visit: Whereas in 1909, paleontologist Earl Dou… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Gardner Meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement today following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping: "I appreciated the chance to meet with President Xi Jinping today. Earlier this week, I asked President Obama to make several points in his meeting with President Xi. In today's meeting, many of those points were emphasized: that China's behavior in cyberspace is… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Gardner Statement On U.S.-China Cybersecurity Agreement

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement after the announcement of a new cybersecurity agreement between the United States government and the government of the People's Republic of China: "Today's announcement is a step forward, one that I hope will lead to more focus on cybersecurity and combatting cyber threats. But much more work remains to be done. This is an… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Gardner Praises Senate Passage of VA Hospital Funding Authorization

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the United States Senate has, by unanimous consent, authorized the $625 million in spending estimated to be required for the completion of the Denver VA Hospital currently under construction: "This hospital has been one of my top priorities in the Senate. Passage of this authorization is a major step towards the completion of the hospital, and should be the last authorization required for construction to be finished and the hospi… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Gardner Statement on Boehner Resignation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following the announcement that Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign his seat in Congress: "John Boehner is a devoted family man, an exceptionally talented public servant, and one of the proudest Americans I know. One of twelve children, he went from sweeping the floors at his father's Cincinnati bar to walking the halls of the Capitol as the highest ranking official in Congress. "He has lived the A… Continue Reading


09.24.15

Gardner Welcomes Pope Francis To The Capitol

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today ahead of Pope Francis' address to a joint meeting of Congress: "Pope Francis has dedicated his life to serving the Lord, the Catholic Church, and the poor - inspiring people all around the globe to join him in caring for the less fortunate," said Gardner. "I welcome Pope Francis to the Capitol today and I look forward to his historic address to Congress." ###… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Gardner, Barrasso, Isakson, Perdue Urge President Obama To Deliver A Strong Message To China

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), John Barrasso (R-WY), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and David Perdue (R-GA) today sent a letter to President Obama ahead of the state visit of the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping. The Senators urged President Obama to "demonstrate strong leadership" and condemn China's recent destabilizing actions in the East China Sea and South China Sea, its behavior in cyberspace that threatens U.S. national and economic security, as well as China… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Gardner Statement on Hillary Clinton's Keystone Announcement

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's announcement that she opposes the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline: "Seven years after the application to build the Keystone XL Pipeline was filed, Hillary Clinton made the 'Hard Choice' to side with radical environmentalists against American jobs. "Constructing the Keystone XL Pipeline would create jobs here at home, move us further towards North American ene… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Gardner Reacts To Filibuster Of Defense Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after a partisan minority in the Senate blocked a vote to fund the Department of Defense (DoD) through a filibuster: "It's unacceptable that a partisan minority blocked a vote to fund the Department of Defense. The defense appropriations bill provides for our national defense and supports our troops, including the service men and women who work at the six military installations in Colorado. "At a time when we a… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Gardner Statement on Sage-Grouse Announcement

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following the Secretary of the Interior's announcement that the greater sage-grouse does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act: "Keeping the greater sage-grouse from being listed as an endangered species has always been my goal, and I'm glad Secretary Jewell arrived at the same conclusion. Greater sage-grouse populations are increasing, and I commend the collaborative efforts from stakeholders … Continue Reading


09.18.15

Gardner Presses for Permanent Reauthorization of Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has joined a bipartisan letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pressing for a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF provides funding for conservation and helps ensure public access to the outdoors. Senator Gardner voted to make the LWCF's authorization permanent in January, but that vote fell one vote shy of passage. … Continue Reading


09.17.15

Gardner Joins Effort to Stop Federal Water Takeover

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has signed on as a co-sponsor to a resolution introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) which would nullify the federal infringement on water rights commonly known as the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. The rule is currently on hold in 13 states, including Colorado, from implementation due to a ruling by a Federal Judge that the rule infringed on state sovereignty to govern their own water laws. "The WOTUS rule would… Continue Reading


09.16.15

Gardner Testifies on EPA's Unacceptable Animas River Spill Response

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) testified in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) unacceptably slow response to its spill of contaminated wastewater into the Animas River last month: Click here to watch the video. KEY EXCERPT: Affected communities and stakeholders deserve transparency and accountability in the events surrounding this spill, particularly in understanding where EPA was during the first ho… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Gardner Marks Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following video statement today commemorating the 14th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks: Click here to watch the full statement. FULL TRANSCRIPT: Hi, I'm Cory Gardner, your Senator from the great state of Colorado. Today is September 11th, and it's the 14th anniversary of the deadly, cowardly terrorist attacks that forever changed our country. When those attacks occurred, I'll never forget -- I was on an a… Continue Reading


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

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