Press Releases


Gardner Questions Obama Administration Policy on Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) questioned the Honorable Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the United States Department of State, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today focused on Iran's recent ballistic missile tests and the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. Gardner continues to hold the Obama Administration accountable when it comes to Iran's ballistic missile tests in violation of numerous United Nations Sanctions. Click here … Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Resolution to Prohibit Transfer of GTMO Detainees to State Sponsors of Terror

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and his Republican colleagues in introducing legislation that would prohibit the transfer or release of Guantanamo Bay detainees to global terror havens, including all countries designated by the United States Department of State as state sponsors of terrorism, currently Iran, Syria, and Sudan. Current U.S. law already prohibits transfers to Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Syria, but not to Iran and Sudan, where 14 detainees ha… Continue Reading


Gardner Joins CDOT, Local Leaders in Welcoming I-25 Expansion

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today joined the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and local officials in ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the end of construction of the North I-25 Express Lanes between US 36 and 120th Avenue. Photos of the ceremony can be found here. "I join Coloradans in celebrating an important accomplishment for Colorado's transportation infrastructure and welcoming the much anticipated opening of the I-25 express lanes," said Gardner. "I was proud to… Continue Reading


Gardner Leads the Charge for a Stronger, Safer America

Washington, DC - During the state work period, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, traveled abroad and met with Coloradans to discuss national security threats facing the United States. "From my conversations with both foreign leaders and Coloradans, it is evident that many people both at home and abroad share my concerns when it comes to the grave national security challenges our country faces," said Gardner. "From the growing instability in the Mi… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces USDA Grant for Flood Restoration and Mitigation Projects in Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program will make $10,240,800 available to Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs for the purposes of restoration and flood mitigation after severe weather impacted the region last year. Gardner sent a letter on July 10, 2015 to President Obama requesting federal assistance for several counties in Colorado impacted by significant weather events. "I a… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Burma's Swearing in of Htin Kyaw

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after Htin Kyaw was sworn in as Burma's first civilian president in more than 50 years. "I congratulate the Burmese people for taking a significant step toward a representative democracy today," said Gardner. "I urge the new civilian government to continue on the path of democratic reforms, including minority rights and fundamental freedoms of speech and assembly. I look forward to working with the Administration… Continue Reading


Gardner Concludes National Security Town Hall in Florence, CO

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today hosted a town hall in Florence, Colorado focused on national security issues. Local elected officials, including members of the law enforcement community, and other local leaders joined Gardner in Fremont County. The audience asked Gardner to address North Korea's growing aggression, the potential transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Colorado, and the President's foreign policy strategy. "Local elected officials, law enforcement, and commu… Continue Reading


Gardner Concludes Congressional Delegation Trip to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) concluded a Congressional delegation trip to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. In Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Senator met with top security officials and national leaders, including the Emir Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and the King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. In Israel, the Senator met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.‎ "Our discussions with heads of state an… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Obamacare Anniversary

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement on the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act: "Six years have passed since the President signed his signature legislation into law, yet Coloradans and Americans across the country continue to suffer from the effects of the law's many broken promises. President Obama said that under his law, 'if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period.' He promised to 'lower premi… Continue Reading


Gardner Reacts to VA’s Response to Review of Denver Hospital Project

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced action and proposed actions against four individuals at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) following the Administrative Investigation Board's (AIB) review. Additionally, the VA stated that prior to the AIB's review, three individuals in key leadership positions for the Denver Hospital project were reassigned, and two individuals are no longer employed by… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Brussels Attacks

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement on the attacks in Brussels. "Our hearts are with all of those in Brussels, particularly the victims and their loved ones," said Gardner. "We stand in solidarity with Belgium, our friend and ally, and join the world in mourning the loss of innocent life as a result of these senseless, malicious attacks for which ISIS has claimed responsibility. It is more clear now than ever that the United States cannot wait any lon… Continue Reading


Gardner Supports Tougher Sanctions on Iran

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined his Republican colleagues in introducing two bills that would impose tough sanctions on Iran. In response to Iran's ballistic missile violations, the Iran Ballistic Missile Sanctions Act sanctions individuals who directly and indirectly contribute to Iran's ballistic missile program as well as entities controlled by Iran's key ballistic missile organizations. The Iran Terrorism and Human Rights Act aims to counter terrorism and human rights abu… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on North Korea Sanctions

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after the Obama Administration announced additional sanctions on North Korea through an executive order to implement Gardner's North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act. Signed into law in February of 2016, the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act imposes mandatory sanctions on individuals who contribute to North Korea's nuclear program and proliferation activities, malicious cyberattacks, censorsh… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after President Obama announced he is nominating Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, to fulfill the vacancy on the Supreme Court: "We stand at a pivotal point in our nation's history. The Obama Administration continues to use the judicial and regulatory systems to push through its legislative agenda, shifting the balance of power that our Founders established," said Ga… Continue Reading


Gardner Contacts Federal Bureau of Prisons About Staffing Changes at Florence Complex

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter to the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Thomas Kane, expressing concerns with recent staffing changes at the Florence Federal Correctional Complex. He outlines two specific adjustments: the elimination of roster positions that caused the number of staff positions to drop below the number necessary to maintain safe operations at the prison and the continued practice of augmenting posts to avoid paying employees overtime. … Continue Reading


U.S. House of Representatives Approves Gardner Taiwan Legislation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today released the below statement after the House of Representatives approved his legislation that requires the United States Department of State to develop a strategy to include Taiwan as an observer in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). INTERPOL, which consists of 190 counties, is the world's largest inte… Continue Reading


Gardner Welcomes VA Community Call Center to Improve Choice Program

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it set up a Community Care Call Center to help veterans address billing issues with the Choice Program. The Choice Program is responsible for incorrectly billing veterans, which has led to debt collection and affected credit scores. Veterans who are experiencing payment issues associated with the Choice Program can contact 1-877-881-7618 to reach the Community Care Cal… Continue Reading


Gardner Expresses Concern With Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Andrew Slavitt, expressing concerns with several proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. Specifically, the Senator writes that the proposed changes to the Risk Adjustment, Employer Group Waiver Plans, and Encounter Data could have a negative impact on more than 250,000 Coloradans who rely on their MA plans. Gardner, troubled that … Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Bill to Rename Denver Stockyards Station Post Office After WWII Veteran

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he introduced legislation to rename the Denver Post Office Stockyards Station after Private George T. Sakato, an Army veteran and member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on October 29, 1944 in World War II. While under heavy enemy fire, Private Sakato bravely took control of his unit after his platoon leader was killed and selflessly charged the enemy. He inspired fellow sold… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds Passage of Drug Addiction Treatment and Prevention Legislation

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which promotes drug prevention and education programs, while also increasing treatment and recovery efforts to address the drug addiction crisis in America. According to the Colorado Health Institute, Colorado's drug-related deaths in 2014 averaged 16.3 per 100,000 residents, exceeding the national average of 14.7 deaths per 100,000 residents. Between… Continue Reading

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