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Gardner, GOP Senators Introduce Resolution to Detain ISIL Fighters in Guantanamo

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today joined Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and 13 other GOP Senators in introducing a resolution urging the Administration to transfer detained Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba following the recent announcement that U.S. Special Forces captured an ISIL leader while carrying out Operation Inherent Resolve. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Or… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces FAA Reauthorization With Peña Boulevard Fix

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will be introducing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation that includes a Gardner provision to address Denver International Airport (DIA) Peña Boulevard funding. "I'm proud to announce the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization will include a provision that addresses long-term funding for Denver International Airport's (DIA) Pe&n… Continue Reading


Gardner Taiwan Legislation Unanimously Approved By Senate

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, today announced the Senate unanimously approved his legislation that will require the United States Department of State to develop a strategy to include Taiwan as an observer in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). "Taiwan is our friend and ally and it is important that it has the opportunity to contribute to the g… Continue Reading


GOP Senators Introduce Resolution Opposing Transfer of GTMO Detainees

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today joined Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS), Tim Scott (R-SC), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Roy Blunt (R-MO) in introducing a resolution formally rejecting President Obama's plan to transfer prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities to an alternate location in American communities, which is explicitly prohibited by law. "Americans in Colorado and across the country are adamantly opposed to the Obama Administration's proposal to transfer Guantana… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on the Passing of Nancy Reagan

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan: "Today, the country mourns the loss of an extraordinary woman, Nancy Reagan. Throughout her life, the former First Lady committed herself to countless charitable organizations to improve the lives of others and served as a strong partner to her husband, President Ronald Reagan. Our nation is better off because of her service and devotion to the American people. Jaime… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Train Horn Rule Public Comment Period

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is reopening the train horn rule for public comment. The public comment period will last for 120 days before the FRA will make a final decision on whether to change the existing rule. The current train horn rule, which went into effect in 2005, has had significant impacts on communities along Colorado's Front Range. Gardner sent a letter to FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg on December 11, 201… Continue Reading


Gardner Presses for Funding Increase for Republican River Conservation Project in Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack requesting an increase in the irrigation rental rate for the Republican River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) in Colorado, which promotes conservation in the region. Increasing the rate has widespread support in the state from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the Republican River Water Conservation District. Senator Gardner believes the program in Colorado must be on… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on North Korea Rocket Launch

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after reports that North Korea fired rockets hours after the United Nations (U.N) Security Council approved new sanctions on the regime. "North Korea's rocket launch comes at the heels of the U.N. Security Council's approval of its toughest sanctions against the regime in two decades, and that's no coincidence," said Gardner. "The Forgotten Maniac's latest stunt is further evidence that our friends and allies ar… Continue Reading


Gardner Supports Congressional Oversight of Guantanamo Bay Naval Lease

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced he has joined Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in supporting the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Protection Act. Without this legislation, the President could unilaterally modify or terminate the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay's lease. This legislation would prevent the President from terminating or modifying the lease without Congressional approval. "This legislation is necess… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Reforms to VA Choice Program

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it eliminated the requirement that Choice providers submit veterans' medical records in order to receive payment. The announcement follows a letter Gardner sent to Secretary Robert McDonald demanding answers from the VA following a number of complaints about the VA's failure to reimburse medical providers for their services to veterans. "The VA's mismanageme… Continue Reading


Gardner Reacts to U.N. Sanctions on North Korea

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today reacted to the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council's unanimous approval of Resolution 2270, new sanctions on North Korea in response to its nuclear test in January of 2016. The resolution imposes financial sanctions on the regime, limits its arms capabilities, targets its proliferation networks, requires new inspection procedures for cargo and ships, and also applies sanctions to identified individuals, entities, and vessels. "I'm pleased… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Bill to Expedite Arkansas Valley Conduit Project

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced legislation that directs revenue collected from existing Fryingpan-Arkansas project facilities to the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District for Arkansas Valley Conduit construction costs. "The Arkansas Valley Conduit will supply Southeastern Colorado with a safe water supply benefiting families, farmers, and small businesses," said Gardner. "Without a clear source of funding, however, the project will be stalled. My leg… Continue Reading


Gardner Urges EPW Committee to Pass Good Samaritan Legislation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today spoke at a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing in support of the Good Samaritan Cleanup of Orphan Mines Act. If enacted, this legislation allows Good Samaritans, such as the mining industry, state agencies, local governments, nonprofits, and other groups, the opportunity to clean up the environment and improve water quality in and around orphan mines. More information on Gardner's discussion draft can be found here. R… Continue Reading


Gardner, Moran, Daines Visit Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Washington, DC: On Monday, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Steve Daines (R-MT) visited the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "My visit to Guantanamo Bay reaffirmed what Coloradans and Americans across the country already know: the detainees belong in Guantanamo Bay, a facility tailor-made for terrorists," Sen. Gardner said. "In addition to the illegality of transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. soil through executive order, the President should recognize … Continue Reading


Gardner Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Create National Commission on Digital Security

Washington - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today joined a bipartisan, bicameral coalition in introducing legislation to establish an independent National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges. As stated by Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), the purpose of the digital security Commission is to bring together all stakeholders, including tech leaders, law enforcement, the intelligence community, privacy and civil liberties advocates, computer science researchers, and global commerce leaders, who … Continue Reading


Gardner on Morning Joe: No GTMO in U.S.

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe today to discuss his opposition to President Obama's proposal to transfer terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to the United States. Colorado has been reported as a possible relocation site and Gardner has been a vocal critic of this plan. Click here to view the video. Background: In February of 2016, Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. General William Mayville Jr. wrote in a letter to Congress that "Current law p… Continue Reading


Senate Approves Gardner, Bennet Resolution Congratulating the Denver Broncos

WASHINGTON - The Senate approved a resolution introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to congratulate the Denver Broncos on winning Super Bowl 50. The Denver Broncos claimed their third Super Bowl title on February 7, 2016 when they beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. "Congratulations to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, General Manager John Elway, Head Coach Gary Kubiak, and the entire Broncos organization on capping off an incre… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Obama Administration Proposal to Transfer GTMO Detainees to U.S.

WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after the Pentagon released its proposed plan to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer detainees to the United States homeland: "Pursuant to law he signed just three months ago, the President is prohibited from transferring or assisting in the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States homeland, as confirmed by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Regardless of today's futile propo… Continue Reading


Gardner Reacts to North Korea Peace Talks

WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after a news report stated the Obama Administration engaged in secret talks with North Korea without preconditions. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama Administration agreed to talks without requiring North Korea to first curb its nuclear program, representing a significant pivot from previous U.S. policy. North Korea reportedly refused the U.S. concession, and the talks ceased after North Korea's latest nuclear… Continue Reading


Gardner Continues to Push for Accountability at the VA

Washington, DC: Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following his visit with Veterans Affairs (VA) Eastern Colorado Health Care System Director Sallie Houser-Hanfelder on February 18, 2016. Following the VA's February 4, 2016 Inspector General (IG) report, Gardner sent a letter on February 5, 2016 to VA Secretary Robert McDonald blasting the VA's widespread mismanagement and poor implementation of the Veterans Choice program. "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Februar… Continue Reading

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