Press Releases


Gardner Urges the Revocation of Secretary Clinton’s Security Clearance

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today called for the revocation of Secretary Hillary Clinton's security clearance following the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) announcement that it reopened its investigation into Secretary Clinton's use of a private server while she was secretary of state. Gardner and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) previously introduced S. 3135, the Taking Responsibility Using Secured Technologies (TRUST) Act of 2016, legislation that would revoke … Continue Reading


Gardner Leads Delegation Letter Requesting Colorado Disaster Relief Projects Funding

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-1), Congressmen Jared Polis (CO-2), Scott Tipton (CO-3), Ken Buck (CO-4), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Mike Coffman (CO-6), and Ed Perlmutter (CO-7) sent a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MI) and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (KY-05) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (NY-17) regarding fundin… Continue Reading


Gardner Meets with Local Officials Responding to Junkins and Beulah Hill Fires

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following his visit with local officials, county commissioners, and emergency personnel responding to the Junkins and Beulah Hill fires in southern Colorado. Gardner began the day at the Westcliffe Command Center where he met with local officials and Beth Lund, the Type 1 Incident Commander overseeing the Junkins fire response. He then attended a wildfire and public safety roundtable with Pueblo County commissioners… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Tipton Urge FCC to Approve La Plata County Petition for Denver TV

La Plata County, CO - Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet and Congressman Scott Tipton sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler urging quick approval of La Plata County's petition for inclusion into the Denver television market for satellite television. The letter was included in the county's market modification petition, which was approved today by the La Plata County Commission. The petition asks the FCC to permanently modif… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Obamacare Premium Increases

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after the Obama Administration announced monthly premiums for mid-level health plans sold on the federal exchange will increase by 25 percent, the sharpest hike on the federal exchange since the President's signature health care policy was signed into law. "It's troubling that Americans throughout the country are once again facing a massive premium increase, and this time they're forced to swallow the sharpest hike yet. O… Continue Reading


Inspector General to Investigate Reports of “Wait Lists” at Colorado VA Facilities

WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, received a response from Michael Missal, Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs, stating that the Office of Inspector General was ‎investigating the issues brought to his attention by the senators. In September, Sens. Johnson and Gardner wrote a letter‎ ‎to Inspector General Missal requesting that he open an inquiry into p… Continue Reading


Gardner Leads Effort for VA Choice Program Reforms

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter with Congressmen Scott Tipton (CO-3), Ken Buck (CO-4), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), and Mike Coffman (CO-06) to Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert McDonald calling for swift improvements to be made to streamline and modernize the Veterans Choice Program's payment, authorization, and referral systems that have been suffering due to Health Net's poor management. This poor management is threatening the integrity of the Veterans Choice … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Junkins Fire

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on the Junkins fire burning near Westcliffe. According to reports, the Junkins Fire has increased to 15,751 acres and evacuations have been ordered in Custer and Pueblo counties. A Type I Management Team is expected to take over operations on Wednesday morning. Custer County, Pueblo County, Fremont County, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Governor's Office are all working together to control this fir… Continue Reading


Gardner, Colleagues Question Secret Iran Ransom Payments

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and 15 other senators today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford regarding the Obama Administration's $1.7 billion secret ransom payment to Iran. In the letter, Senator Gardner and his colleagues express concern that the Obama Administration did not notify top U.S. military officials of the secret payment and the fact that Iran is using these… Continue Reading


Gardner To Introduce Legislation to Impose Sweeping Cyber Sanctions on Russia

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today announced his intention to introduce legislation that sanctions Russia's cyber criminals following the Obama Administration's public accusation that Russia authorized cyber-attacks on U.S. political organizations. The legislation will mandate the Obama Administration investigate persons who have engaged in significant activities und… Continue Reading


President Signs Gardner Bill to Name Pueblo VA Clinic After Colorado Veteran Into Law

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after President Obama today signed S. 3283, a bill Gardner introduced to name the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Pueblo after Private First Class (PFC) James Dunn, into law. The legislation was approved by the Senate with unanimous consent on July 14, 2016 and H.R. 5901, introduced by Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03), passed by the House of Representatives on September 28, 2016.… Continue Reading


Gardner Receives “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) was presented with the "Friend of Farm Bureau" award by the Colorado Farm Bureau at a ceremony at Sakata Farms in Brighton. According to the Colorado Farm Bureau, the award is given to members of Congress "who work to support agriculture and rural Colorado." Gardner is a passionate advocate for farmers, ranchers and rural Coloradans. He has spent his time in public office championing agriculture. Gardner received the award every year as a state l… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $6 Million Smart City Program Grant for Denver

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a $6,000,007 grant to Denver, Colorado from the Advanced Transportation Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program (ATCMTD). According to the DOT, the FAST Act established the ATCMTD program "to make competitive grants for the development of model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Beulah Hill Fire

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement on the Beulah Hill fire that is burning southwest of Pueblo. According to reports, the Beulah Hill fire has increased to 4,800 acres. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to take control of the fire response, and the Pueblo County Sherriff's office has ordered evacuations in a two-mile radius of the Hurricane Ranch area. "I encourage all residents to follow updates on the fire's status from the Colorado Divi… Continue Reading


Pueblo Receives $875,000 Grant to Hire Law Enforcement Officers

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Pueblo, CO received an $875,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS office through the COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The purpose of the CHP is to advance public safety by providing law enforcement agencies funding to hire new career law enforcement officers and increase their policing capabilities in local communities throughout the country. "Colorado's law enforcement officers put their lives on the line daily and … Continue Reading


Gardner, Coons Introduce Bill to Strengthen Medicare

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Reducing Medicare Costs Through Innovation Act, legislation that aims to strengthen and protect the Medicare program by spurring innovation to reduce costs. The Reducing Medicare Costs Through Innovation Act establishes a program which would award grants to small, entrepreneurial labs pursuing commercialization for new drugs or medical devices that have the greatest potential to significantly reduce the top 1… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Rosh Hashanah

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah: "I wish all Jewish Coloradans and Americans across the country a happy new year. This joyous occasion is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and I hope everyone has a festive new year. Shanah Tovah." ###… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Grants Totaling $6.4 Million for Two Colorado Emergency Agencies

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded two Colorado agencies federal grants. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control will receive $3,783,532.30 for fire suppression efforts taken during the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012. Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will receive $1,107,475.94 for "protective measures" taken during severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in September … Continue Reading


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


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

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