Press Releases

04.30.15

Gardner Statement on North Korea Nuclear Developments

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement reacting to recent reports that North Korea may have re-started its nuclear reactor in Yongbyon and plans to drastically increase its nuclear stockpile: "I am closely monitoring these extremely disturbing reports regarding North Korea. According to nu… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Gardner: "A Stalled Economy Needs TPP"

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 reports that the United States economy grew by just 0.2% in the first quarter of 2015: "This report is yet another reminder that there's a long way to go before most Coloradans and Americans actually feel that there's been an economic recovery. Further, the disproportionate effect of falling exports on our… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Gardner: "A Historic Address, and Critical Opportunity"

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's address to Congress today: "I'd like to thank Prime Minister Abe for coming before the United States Congress and providing us with his insight. Prime Minister Abe is the first leader of Japan to address a joint… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Gardner: “Yet Another Example of Iranian Aggression”

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on reports developing today that Iran Revolutionary Guard Patrol boats have fired upon, intercepted, and boarded a commercial vessel in the Strait of Hormuz: "This aggression from Iran, the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, is yet another example of this rogue regime's reckless behavior that the international community cannot - and must not - tolerate. As we c… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Gardner Welcomes Prime Minister Abe in Floor Speech

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Capitol Hill in a speech today on the floor of the United States Senate. Prime Minister Abe is scheduled to address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, April 29th. Gardner, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, spoke on the importance of the United States' relationship with Japan, and on the importance of strengthening the bonds between… Continue Reading


04.24.15

Gardner Announces VA Medical Reform Benefitting Veterans

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has expanded its Veterans Choice Program eligibility, effective immediately. The Program, which had previously determined Veterans' ability to choose nearby alternative healthcare options based on straight-line distance between a Veteran's place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility, will now use driving distance instead. This change will roughly double the number of Veterans el… Continue Reading


04.24.15

Gardner: “It’s time for the VA to deliver”

Denver, CO - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) issued the following statement after the conclusion of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs field hearing on the VA Hospital in Aurora: "I'm glad that members of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs came to Aurora, toured the construction site, and held this field hearing. It's important that leaders in Washington are aware of how the VA's mismanagement of this critical project has harmed veterans in Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountain region. It i… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Gardner Advances Small Business Lending Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the Small Business Lending Reauthorization Act, which he has sponsored in the United States Senate, advanced out of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship today on a unanimous voice vote. The Act, which would raise the authorization cap of 7(a) small business loans, is a response to the increasing dem… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Gardner on Loretta Lynch: "Too Many Unanswered Questions"

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) issued the following statement announcing his intention to vote against the confirmation of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General: "Despite multiple attempts, I was unable to get sufficient answers to several extremely important questions relating to prosecutorial discretion, federal preemption of state law, Second Amendment rights, and other issues important to Coloradans. "On topics from the President's executive actions to when exactly federal law… Continue Reading


04.22.15

Gardner Bill Protects State Sage Grouse Conservation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has introduced S.1036, the 'Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act', in the United States Senate. The Act represents a continuation of Senator Gardner's long record of fighting for Colorado's environment and economy. The Act would allow states to implement state-created conservation and management plans for the recovery of greater sage-grouse in order to prevent a listing under the Endangered Species Act. The Act would al… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Gardner Announces Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Field Hearing

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs will be holding a field hearing in Aurora on April 24th. The hearing, which will be held in the City Council Chamber at the Aurora Municipal Center, will begin at 1:30 p.m. The hearing follows a letter sent by Senator Gardner and Senator Bennet in February, asking the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs visit Aurora to see firsthand the consequences of the Department of Veterans Affairs… Continue Reading


04.14.15

Gardner Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement Legislation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Committee's passage of a bill providing for Congressional oversight of any deal reached between the Obama Administration and the leaders of Iran: "Throughout this negotiating process, I have consistently advocated for Congressional approval of any deal reached. In order for an agreement with Iran to have international legitimacy, it first must have domestic le… Continue Reading


04.08.15

Gardner State Staff Continues to Grow

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has hired Cathy Garcia as a Regional Director in charge of his state office in Pueblo. Garcia was formerly the President and CEO of Action 22, a volunteer-driven organization designed to give a voice to the people of Southeastern Colorado. Garcia has already begun work in the Pueblo Office. Garcia joins Senator Gardner's already-extensive Colorado staff, which includes representatives in Yuma (Alan Foutz), Grand Junction (Bets… Continue Reading


03.30.15

Gardner, Cardin, Menendez Amendment Creates Accountability on Asia “Pivot”

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that they secured inclusion of an amendment to the Senate budget providing for an independent review of US government resources expended to support the Administration's "Asia pivot", or "Asia rebalance", policy. The "Asia pivot" policy, announced by President Obama in 2011, pledged to employ a "whole-of-government" approach to substantially increase US engagement in the Asia-P… Continue Reading


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

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