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Gardner, Bennet Reintroduce Legislation to Strengthen Investments in Skiing Communities

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), reintroduced the Ski Area Fee Retention Act. Currently, ski area permit fees paid to the Forest Service are sent to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and then appropriated back to the Forest Service. This legislation would create a Ski Area Fee Retention Account under the National Forest System, in which a portion of the roughly $37 million in annual fees generated by the ski areas would be retained by the National… Continue Reading


Gardner, Markey, Risch, Menendez, Toomey, Rubio Resolution on 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre

Legislation condemns intensifying repression and human rights violations by Chinese government today Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), have introduced legislation recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China, and condemning increasing repression and human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party, as well as the use of surveillance by Chine… Continue Reading


On 100th Anniversary of Senate Passage of 19th Amendment, Gardner and Bennet Introduce Bill to Install Colorado Artist’s Sculpture Commemorating Women’s Suffrage in Nation’s Capital

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) today introduced legislation to authorize Colorado artist Jane DeDecker to install her Every Word We Utter sculpture in Washington, D.C. The sculpture would be the first outdoor monument to commemorate the women's suffrage movement and would feature Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells. "On the 100th anniversary of the Senate passing the 19th Amendment, I am honor… Continue Reading


Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers Introduce Energy Efficiency Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2019, legislation that encourages the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Savings Contracts (UESCs) in federal buildings. Mandatory federal audits already outline energy savings projects for federal facilities aimed at reducing energy consumption and saving … Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces General Raymond from Peterson Air Force Base for Consideration to Lead U.S. and Air Force Space Command

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced General Jay Raymond, the Commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, as the nominee to lead the United States Space Command and Air Force Space Command at his nomination hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee. NOTE: View Senator Gardner's remarks here or by clicking on the photo above Remarks as prepared for delivery Good morning, Chairman and Ranking Member Reed and me… Continue Reading


Gardner Commends Maxar Selection to Build, Fly First Element of NASA’s Lunar Gateway

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today released the following statement applauding the announcement that Maxar Technologies in Westminster, Colorado has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to build and perform a spaceflight demonstration of the lunar Gateway's power and propulsion element spacecraft. The power and propulsion element will serve as a fundamental component f… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $261,000 USDA Rural Business Development Grants for Colorado

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding Rural Business Development Grants in Alamosa County, Saguache County, Denver County, and Garfield County totaling $261,000. This Rural Development investment will support economic and small business development for rural prosperity. "I'm glad the USDA is awarding these Rural Business Development Grants to assist our rural communities in Colorado," said Senator Gardner… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Sponsor Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act To Improve Access to Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - Colorado Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) introduced S. 1665, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act, to improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access and enjoy our public lands. "Coloradans across all four corners of our state love our beautiful public lands and it's important we make sure they are easily accessible," said Senator Gardner. "After permanently authorizing the Land and … Continue Reading


Gardner, Coons, Rubio Introduce Legislation to Defend Taiwan

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) yesterdayreintroduced the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act. This legislation is intended to strengthen Taiwan's standing around the world and comes in response to increased Chinese pressure and bullying tactics intended to restrict Taiwan's international space, as was recently demonstrated by the wrongful denial of Taiwan's participation in the 72nd World Heal… Continue Reading


Gardner, Scott, Collins Introduce Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Susan Collins (R-ME) announced the Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act to provide much-needed transparency for prescription drug prices. The Prescription Drug Price Reporting Act will create a consumer-friendly database of prescription drug prices, which will empower American families to make informed healthcare choices. "I hear frequently from families across Colorado, who are suffering from the rising cost … Continue Reading


Gardner-Backed VERDAD Act Passes Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the Foreign Relations Committee's passage of the Venezuela Emergency Relief, Democracy Assistance, and Development (VERDAD) Act, the most comprehensive effort to date to confront the crisis in Venezuela. The bipartisan legislation moves to be considered by the full Senate. "Venezuela was once a beacon of prosperity and liberty in Latin America but Nicolás Maduro, and Hugo Chávez before him, … Continue Reading


Gardner-Backed Robocall Bill Passes Senate

Every Coloradan knows the frustration of being inundated with incessant robocalls and it's time to end this illegal practice NOTE: View Senator Gardner's video remarks here Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following passage of S. 151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement Deterrence (TRACED) Act. Gardner is a cosponsor of this legislation that requires phone companies to implement a system that would authenticate and verify phone… Continue Reading


Gardner, Collins, Heinrich, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Energy Storage Bill

The bipartisan bill authorizes $300 million over five years to reduce the cost of promising grid-scale energy storage systems, similar to DOE's SunShot Initiative that decreased the price of solar by 75% Washington, D.C.-In order to accelerate the development of next-generation energy storage, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Better Energy Storage… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senate Tech Leaders Reintroduce DIGIT Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the bipartisan Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act. The bill would convene a working group of federal entities and private sector stakeholders tasked with providing recommendations to Congress on how to facilitate the growth of connected Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The working group's recommendations would focus on how to plan … Continue Reading


Gardner, Crapo, Stabenow, Shaheen Reintroduce Improve Act to Provide Additional Resources For Active Military Returning to Civilian Life

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) reintroduced the bipartisan Improving Preparation and Resources for Occupational, Vocational, and Educational (IMPROVE) Transition for Servicemembers Act (S. 1555). The IMPROVE Act would make reforms to the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), a multiagency program responsible for providing pre-separation counseling, training and assistance to servicemembers returning to civilian live and their f… Continue Reading


Gardner, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Broadband Coverage Maps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Map Improvement Act of 2019 to ensure that federal funding for broadband coverage expansion goes to the places where it is most needed. States like Colorado and West Virginia rely on federal funding for broadband improvements, and in order to achieve this, we need accurate data that correctly depicts the coverage people are actually experiencing. Unfortunately, the existing system overstates coverage in ru… Continue Reading


Gardner Celebrates US Beef Gaining Full Access to Japan

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner released the below statement following Agriculture Secretary Perdue's announcement that U.S. beef has gained full access to Japanese markets. In his role as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, Gardner has been urging the Japanese to open their markets to U.S. beef. In 2017, Colorado exported $372 million in beef. "Today's announcement is great news for Colorado's beef industry,… Continue Reading


Two Gardner-Backed Bills in Support of Law Enforcement Pass Senate

Washington, D.C. - During National Police Week, the Senate passed two Gardner-backed bills to support law enforcement. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and joined Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) by cosponsoring the Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis Act of 2019. "Law enforcement officers in Colorado and across our nation are the foundation of safe communities, and it's our responsibilit… Continue Reading


Gardner Chairs Subcommittee Hearing on Climate Science Research

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather, led a hearing today examining atmospheric science research and forecasting innovation. This hearing focused on research advancements currently being done on climate issues and the developments being made in climate science. NOTE: View Senator Gardner's opening remarks here or by clicking on the photo above Remarks as delivered I call this hearing to orde… Continue Reading


Gardner Honors National Police Week on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to honor Colorado Law Enforcement Officers and all the law enforcement and first responders across the country during National Police Week. NOTE: View Senator Gardner's remarks on the Senate floor here or by clicking on the photo above Remarks as prepared for delivery In Washington, D.C. this week, we are celebrating National Police Week, a time we take each year to thank law enforcement for protecting our c… Continue Reading

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