Press Releases

01.27.17

Gardner, Bennet Announce 2017 Colorado Capital Conference Application Process

Washington, DC -U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), Colorado Mesa University, and the University of Colorado invite Colorado residents to attend the 2017 Colorado Capital Conference in Washington, D.C., on June 21-23. The conference affords residents across Colorado a better understanding of the federal legislative process by giving them the opportunity to interact with members of Congress, the President's cabinet, and other relevant leaders in Washington, D.C. "W… Continue Reading


01.27.17

Gardner, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Authorize Delayed VA Medical Leases

WASHINGTON -Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and a group of 14 other Senators, reintroduced the bipartisan Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act, legislation that would authorize pending leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities in 15 states. The bill seeks to ensure veteran access to healthcare by authorizing these medical leases, which would allow the VA to maintain needed healthcare facilities for which the VA has been seeking… Continue Reading


01.25.17

Gardner, Coons Introduce Legislation to Create Select Committee on Cybersecurity

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced legislation to establish a Senate Select Committee on Cybersecurity that would have jurisdiction over cybersecurity and cyberspace issues. Currently, multiple Senate Committees have jurisdiction over cybersecurity. During the 114th Congress, at least 20 standing committees between the House of Representatives and the Senate held hearings related to cybersecurity. The purpose of the narrowly-focused commit… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Gardner Votes to Recommend Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce, Secretary Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today released the below statements after voting in favor of recommending Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce and Secretary Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation: On Wilbur Ross as Secretary of Commerce: "Mr. Ross has decades of experience in the private sector and a firm grasp on how to grow our economy and our workforce. When I met with Mr. Ross, I spoke about the im… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Gardner Votes to Recommend Governor Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador

Washington, DC - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today recommended the Senate confirm Governor Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations (UN). A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in favor of Governor Haley's nomination. "The UN is in desperate need of U.S. leadership, particularly when it comes to standing up for one of our closest allies, Israel, and standing up to rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea. During her confirmation… Continue Reading


01.23.17

Gardner Statement on Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as CIA Director

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after voting in favor of confirming Mike Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): "At a time when we are facing many evolving threats around the world, it is important that our chief intelligence officer is prepared to face them head on to protect Americans at home and abroad. I will work with the incoming CIA Director to protect privacy as he works to protect America. Mr. Pompeo's background as … Continue Reading


01.23.17

Gardner Votes to Recommend Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

Washington, DC - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today recommended the Senate confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in favor of Rex Tillerson's nomination. "During his confirmation hearing, Mr. Tillerson communicated that he would be tough on Russia, stand up to China's aggression in the South China Sea, and continue to pursue sanctions against North Korea, including full enforcement of my Nor… Continue Reading


01.20.17

Gardner Votes to Confirm Mattis, Kelly

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statements after voting in favor of confirming General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and General John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security. On General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense: "General Mattis is a proven leader who has served our country valiantly for more than four decades. A four-star general, he made clear during his confirmation hearing that he understands the importance of supporting our allies and military allian… Continue Reading


01.20.17

Gardner Statement on the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America: "After a divisive political election, our country came together today to celebrate the inauguration of a new President and witness a proud American tradition, the peaceful transfer of power. I echo President Trump's call for unity in his inaugural address and truly believe that regardless of individual political ideology, we all have… Continue Reading


01.19.17

Gardner Reopens Committee to Fill Colorado Judicial Vacancy

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced an additional opportunity to apply for the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, one of the busiest courts in the country with more than 500 weighted cases per judgeship. The number of judgeships on the court - seven - has remained the same for over 30 years, despite the state's population growing by more than 70 percent and judicial workload remaining well above the national average. The vacancy was create… Continue Reading


01.19.17

Gardner Statement on Pruitt’s Commitment to Review EPA Decision on Gold King Mine Spill Claims

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today reacted to President-elect Trump's intended nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, and his commitment to reviewing the EPA's decision to deny claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for any injury or economic loss arising out of the Gold King Mine spill in August 2015. Attorney General Pruitt stated his commitment during his Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works confirmation hearing. "I appl… Continue Reading


01.16.17

Gardner Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Washington - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement marking Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," said Gardner. "Dr. King changed the world through his actions because he taught the world to value unity, tolerance, and love above all else. Every year, on MLK Day, we remember Dr. King's call and continue to work together as a nation to fulfill his dream. I am fortunate to celebrate Dr. King with Coloradans at to… Continue Reading


01.13.17

Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Express Disappointment Over EPA’s Refusal to Pay Gold King Mine Claims

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-3), today released the below statements regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to not receive and process claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for any injury or economic loss arising out of the Gold King Mine spill in August 2015. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke with the lawmakers earlier today to inform them the EPA will not reimburse the… Continue Reading


01.13.17

Gardner Announces $240,000 DHS Countering Violent Extremism Grant for Denver Police Department

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the Denver Police Department will receive a $240,000 Countering Violent Extremism Grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be utilized for training and engagement. "As violent extremists continue to pose a threat to our homeland, we must do everything we can to counter these threats and keep Coloradans safe," said Gardner. "Whether it's radical Islamic extremists or homegrown domestic terror groups trying to do us h… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Gardner Joins Resolution Opposing UN Action Against Israel

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced he joined his colleagues in supporting a resolution, led by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), that firmly opposes United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 2334 and all efforts to undermine negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. "President Obama's decision to abstain from the UN Security resolution vote condemning Israel is a direct affront to our friend and ally, Israel. This is yet another example of t… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Ernst, Gardner Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Safe, Effective Contraception

Washington, DC - Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) re-introduced the Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act, paving the way for contraceptives to be sold over-the-counter without a prescription. Additionally, Congresswomen Mia Love (R-UT) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) introduced the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act incentivizes manufacturers of routine-use contr… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Gardner Seeks Input from Colorado Farmers and Ranchers

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Don Shawcroft, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau, asking for input from him and farmers and ranchers across the state on what legislative priorities are important to Colorado's agriculture communities. Gardner is a passionate advocate for farmers, ranchers and rural Coloradans and has spent his time in public office championing agriculture. Last year, Gardner was awarded the Colorado Farm Bureau's Service to Agriculture Aw… Continue Reading


01.10.17

ICYMI: Gardner Reiterates Call for Select Cybersecurity Committee on CNN

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to discuss national security threats. Click here to watch the entire interview. On Iran Harassing U.S. Naval Ships: "What we have seen over the past several years under Barack Obama's Administration is an emboldened Iran. They are emboldened because their sanctions have been relieved. They have received billions of dollars as a result … Continue Reading


01.10.17

Gardner Meets with Betsy DeVos, Intended Secretary of Education Nominee

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today met with Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of Education. "I enjoyed meeting with Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump's intended nominee for Secretary of Education," said Gardner. "Ms. DeVos's commitment to rolling back Common Core and returning control over our children's education back to the states and local communities where it belongs makes her a strong choice to lead the Department of Education. Ms. DeVos… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Gardner Statement on Iran’s Boost in Military Spending

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement on reports that Iran more than doubled its military spending, including funding for the development of its missile program, from the previous year: "Iran's expansion of its military and development of its missile program is a consequence of President Obama's disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. Not only did the President's deal provide Tehran a patient pathway to a … Continue Reading

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