Press Releases

09.29.16

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


09.28.16

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


09.28.16

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


09.28.16

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


09.28.16

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


09.28.16

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


09.27.16

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


09.26.16

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


09.23.16

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


09.23.16

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


09.23.16

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


09.21.16

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


09.21.16

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


09.20.16

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


09.20.16

Gardner Statement on Obamacare Premium Increases in Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) final premium increases for 2017 insurance plans. According to DOI, premiums for the individual market will increase by 20.4% on average in 2017. In May, UnitedHealthcare and Humana announced they will not offer individual plans in 2017, impacting approximately 20,000 Coloradans. In June, the Colorado DOI announced approximately 92,000 people with individual plans from UnitedH… Continue Reading


09.20.16

Gardner, Johnson Request Investigation Following Reports of “Wait Lists” at Colorado VA Facilities

WASHINGTON - Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wrote to Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General Michael Missal on Monday requesting that he open an inquiry into a whistleblower report of possible "wait lists" that may have contributed to a veteran's suicide while waiting for PTSD treatment at a Colorado Springs VA facility. This whistleblower has alleged the facility might have falsified the vet… Continue Reading


09.20.16

Gardner Announces $51,000 Grant to Benefit Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe $51,000 to develop and implement a comprehensive economic development strategy for the Tribe's region, which includes Montezuma County, Colorado. "I welcome the news the Ute Mountain Utes will receive a $51,000 Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant," said Gardner. "This is an excellent example of the federal government working with tribal com… Continue Reading


09.19.16

Gardner Statement on Recent Terror Attacks

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on the recent terror attacks in Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey: "The terrorist attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota are a reminder that our country is facing an ongoing threat and that there are people around the world - and right here in the United States - who wish to do us harm. I am praying for the victims' speedy recovery, and want to thank all of our law enforcement officers and first responders who… Continue Reading


09.16.16

Gardner Pressures President Obama on North Korea Sanctions Implementation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, along with several of his colleagues, sent a letter today to President Obama regarding North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test, which was North Korea's fourth nuclear test since 2009 and the second test this year. In the letter, the Senators expressed their concern that the Obama Administration has not imposed secondary sanctions, … Continue Reading


09.15.16

Gardner Announces $6.3 Million Grant for Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport will receive a $6,306,677 grant from the FAA for runway rehabilitation. "I'm pleased to announce the FAA has awarded the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport over $6.3 Million for runway rehabilitation," said Gardner. "This airport serves several rural communities on the Western Slope and it's important the federal government recognizes the value of Colorado's rural airports. I'll continue… Continue Reading

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