Press Releases

03.26.15

Gardner-Coffman Legislation Stops VA Bonuses Until Aurora Hospital Complete

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is introducing legislation holding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responsible for delays and overruns at the VA medical facility in Aurora, Colorado and ensuring that the project has the resources and competent management it needs to be completed. The VA Hospital Construction, Accountability, and Reform Act, identical to legislation being introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO)… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Gardner Amendment Protecting Water Rights Passes Senate

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) amendment to the Senate budget protecting state water rights was passed by a bipartisan majority Thursday night. The amendment passed on a 59-41 vote, and has been added to the Senate budget. The amendment would recognize the long-standing authority to manage water according to state law, and protect against federal takeover of water rights and permits. Earlier this week, Senator Gardner issued the following statement on his amendment: "Coloradans … Continue Reading


03.25.15

Gardner Statement on Ashraf Ghani Address to Congress

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's address to a joint meeting of Congress: "I'd like to thank President Ghani for his address today. Hearing the perspective of foreign leaders, especially our allies in a turbulent region, is vital to informing Congressional decision making and directing the course of our foreign policy. President Ghani is taking over leadership o… Continue Reading


03.25.15

Gardner, Coons, Welch, Kinzinger Introduce Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) announced today that they are introducing identical bipartisan bills in the Senate and House encouraging and expanding the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) in federal government buildings. ESPCs and UE… Continue Reading


03.25.15

Gardner: “The VA Must Continue to Clean House”

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement regarding the resignation of Glenn Haggstrom, the Principal Executive Director in the Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): "I've repeatedly called for accountability at the VA for those responsible for the construction delays, cost overruns, and repeated failures to meet deadlines at the Aurora facility. Today's announcement is a long-overdue first step. Our ve… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Gardner Statement on the Passing of Lee Kuan Yew

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity policy, released the following statement on the death of former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew: "The world has lost a remarkable leader. Mr. Lee's legacy as modern Singapore's founding father and a statesman of towering stature will live on in his country for generations to come. In no small part due t… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Gardner: Five Years of Broken Obamacare Promises

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the signing into law of President Obama's healthcare law: "After five years of rising costs, losses of coverage, and repeated lies from the President and his allies about what their law would do, Coloradans and Americans continue to ask whether the broken promises of Obamacare have been worth the enormous cost. "The President and his allies in Congress sold their government takeover of hea… Continue Reading


03.19.15

Gardner Presses for Answers on Injured Veterans' Caregivers

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that he is following up on recent media reports of disproportionate denials of Department of Veterans Affairs caregiver benefits in the Rocky Mountain region, which includes Colorado. Senator Gardner's letter, addressed to Robert A. McDonald, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, reads: I write to request a full review by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of financial assistance denials in the Rocky Mountain region for … Continue Reading


03.18.15

Gardner Energy Efficiency Language Included in Senate Budget

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that the Senate budget released today includes language that he advocated for on Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs). Senator Gardner had previously written a letter urging the Senate Budget Committee to address a budgetary issue which caused ESPCs and UESCs to be improperly scored as costing taxpayers money, when in fact they can save taxpayers millions of dollars while creating private-… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Gardner Delivers Maiden Speech on Senate Floor

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) delivered his maiden speech on the floor of the United States Senate today. Senator Gardner's speech touched on a number of topics, including his upbringing in the small town of Yuma, Colorado, the importance of family, his Four Corners legislative agenda in the United States Senate, and his belief that through hard work, we can make a country worthy of the sacrifices of the generations who came before us. Video of Senator Gardner's Speech is availa… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Gardner, Peters Introduce Legislative Package of Bipartisan Cost-Saving Measures

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced two bills that would help reduce wasteful government spending and cut the deficit. The Congressional Oversight to Start Taxpayer Savings Resolution (COST Savings Resolution) and the Expedited Consideration of Cuts, Consolidations and Savings Act of 2015 will save taxpayer dollars and make government more effective and efficient by helping eliminate duplicative or overlapping programs and by requiring Congre… Continue Reading


03.13.15

Gardner Statement on Mass Healthcare Cancellations

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the decision of the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) to cancel nearly two hundred thousand healthcare plans despite having the authority to allow them to continue: "I am utterly appalled by this announcement. After all of the glitches, the increased costs and premiums, and the plan cancellations that Coloradans have already endured, the idea that the Division of Insurance would choose to cancel the healthcare… Continue Reading


03.12.15

Rubio, Gardner Urge Investigation into North Korea’s Role in Assault on US Ambassador

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), who serves as the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who served as chairman of the subcommittee in the 113th Congress, announced today that they have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging a full investigation, conducted in conjunction with our South Korean allies, into the March 4th assault on Mark Lippert, the United State… Continue Reading


03.12.15

Gardner Urges Restart of H-2B Visa Program

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) urging them to end suspension of the H-2B visa program. H-2B visas allow U.S. employers to temporarily bring foreign workers to the United States to fill seasonal or intermittent nonagricultural jobs, and both the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland security play a role in the visa'… Continue Reading


03.09.15

Gardner Sends Message to Iranian Leaders

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he, along with 46 other Senators, has signed an open letter to the leaders of Iran regarding negotiations with the United States about their nuclear program. The letter clarifies for Iranian leaders our constitutional system of government, and makes clear that any deal between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei that is not approved by the U.S. Congress could easily be modified or revoked in the future. … Continue Reading


03.05.15

Gardner Presses Loretta Lynch For Answers

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has sent a letter to Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee to be Attorney General, demanding answers to pressing legal questions. Gardner's letter asks that Ms. Lynch clarify her positions on several issues, including the President's refusal to enforce federal law, the Administration's proposed assault on the Second Amendment, and the privacy of American citizens. The questions read, in part: Does prosecutorial discret… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Gardner Supports Industrial Hemp Legalization

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is co-sponsoring the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Rand Paul (R-KY). This legislation would legalize industrial hemp for commercial use by excluding industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. "Industrial hemp is a safe substance with many practical commercial applications," Gardner said. "R… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Gardner Announces $10 Million Flood Recovery Grant

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Colorado has received a $10 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This award provides federal funding to Colorado DHS and Emergency Management to aid recovery efforts from Colorado's 2013 floods. "This award will help in the ongoing effort to rebuild after the devastating floods of 2013," Gardner said. "Colorado taxpayers fund FEMA every year with their hard-earned … Continue Reading


03.04.15

Gardner Legislation Protects Disaster Victims From FEMA Clawbacks

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is introducing the Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2015. This legislation is designed to protect disaster victims, including Coloradans affected by the 2013 floods, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aid clawbacks. Under current law, FEMA can go back to disaster victims who have been approved for and received aid and retroactively change its aid determination, demanding that the recipi… Continue Reading


03.03.15

Gardner to Obama: No Executive Tax Increases

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter today to President Barack Obama urging him to reject calls by some in Congress for executive actions increasing taxes. The letter further urges the President to slow the tide of unilateral executive orders on a variety of topics, arguing that these actions undermine our constitutional system of government. The letter reads, in part: I worry that unilateral action, publicly justified by your spokesperson as a response to an obstinate C… Continue Reading

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