Press Releases

01.02.20

Gardner Statement on the Death of General Qassem Soleimani

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) issued the following statement regarding the death of Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, and other pro-Iran militia leaders in Iraq. "I commend the Administration for taking this decisive action today in Baghdad against Tehran-backed terrorists. The world should not mourn Qassem Soleimani, a man whose name is synonymous with murder in the Middle East and who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American service members,… Continue Reading


01.01.20

Gardner-Backed Robocall Bill Becomes Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following S. 151, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement Deterrence (TRACED) Act, becoming law this week. Gardner is a cosponsor of this legislation that requires phone companies to implement a system that would authenticate and verify phone calls to ensure that they are legitimate. Additionally, the TRACED Act increases fines on individuals who are found to have knowingly attempted or succeeded in spoo… Continue Reading


12.31.19

Gardner Statement on Heavy Drone Activity in Eastern Colorado

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, released the following statement regarding the heavy drone activity in Eastern Colorado: "I've been in contact with the FAA and I'm encouraged that they've opened a full investigation to learn the source and purpose of the drones. I will continue to closely monitor the situation," said Senator Gardner. Background: In December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) r… Continue Reading


12.31.19

Gardner Releases Year-End Message, Highlights Accomplishments for Colorado

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following message wishing Coloradans a Happy New Year and recapping his work and accomplishments in 2019 on behalf of the people of the Centennial State. NOTE: Click here to view remarks from Senator Gardner. "This holiday season as we spend time with our families, look back on the past year, and plan for the year ahead, I want to share some highlights of our successful efforts for Colorado this year,"said Senator Gardner. "Th… Continue Reading


12.25.19

Senator Gardner Wishes Coloradans a Merry Christmas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following message on Christmas Day: NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view a Christmas message from Senator Gardner. "As we gather to celebrate the holidays, I hope we'll take a moment to thank those amongst us who give so much to our country, to celebrate the blessings of the past year, and look forward to the year ahead. Thank you to the service members, men and women across the country and around the globe, who won'… Continue Reading


12.22.19

Gardner Marks the Start of Hanukkah

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) issued the following statement marking the first night of Hanukkah: "Happy Hanukkah to the Jewish community across Colorado and the United States," said Senator Gardner. "This is a time to join together with family members and loved ones, and I hope everyone celebrating has a blessed holiday season." ### Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Forei… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Senate Passes Gardner VA Accountability Legislation

Washington, D.C. - On December 19, 2019, the Senate unanimously passed S. 221, the VA Provider Accountability Act, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Susan Collins (R-ME). The Senators introduced S. 221 earlier this year to bring much needed accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation will now be referred to the House of Representatives for consideration. A troubling GAO repo… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Gardner, Blunt, Klobuchar, Cortez Masto Measure to Boost Jobs, Support Travel & Tourism Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) applauded the inclusion of their legislation to reauthorize Brand USA in the year-end funding vehicle, which passed the Senate on Thursday. Brand USA is a public-private partnership that enhances tourism across the country by promoting international travel to the United States. The legislation now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Reauthorization of… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Senate Passes Gardner, Bennet Bill to Extend Platte River Recovery Implementation Program

Washington, D.C. - Today the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) to extend the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP) as part of the year-end spending package. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this week and will now go to the president's desk to be signed into law. "The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program has responsibly protected endangered species living in Colorado'… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Gardner Statement on Stephen Biegun’s Confirmation as Deputy Secretary of State

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, issued the following statement today after the Senate voted 90-3 to confirm Stephen Biegun as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Biegun will continue to serve as the United States Special Representative for North Korea, the capacity in which he has worked closely with the Senate Foreign Relations Commi… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Gardner Backed Provisions Included in Senate-Approved National Security Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today passed H.R. 1158, the consolidated national security appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2020, with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) support. This legislation is one of two funding bills that passed the Senate today to fund the government, and it included a number of key priorities backed by Gardner for the state of Colorado. The bills now head to the President's desk to be signed into law. "After months of unnecessary delays, I'm pleased the Senate… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Gardner, Markey Applaud $2.5B in Government Funding Bill to Implement Indo-Pacific Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ed Markey (D-MA), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today applauded the passage of the State and Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations bill as a part of the end-of-year spending package, which contained $2.5 billion to implement the Gardner-Markey Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA), the comprehensive Asia policy f… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Gardner and Colleagues Urge U.N. Ambassador to Impose Sanctions, Maximum Pressure on North Korea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, sent a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft urging she make clear the Trump administration intends to fully implement the "maximum pressure" policy on North Korea and impose sanctions as required by law. The letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Senate-Passed Government Funding Bill Includes Colorado Victories, Gardner Priorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) successfully included a number of Colorado priorities in H.R. 1865, a domestic spending package of appropriations bills, which was approved by the Senate today. This legislation is the first of two funding bills considered by the Senate today to fund the government, and H.R. 1865 now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. "I'm proud that this funding package ties together many of the efforts that I've championed for Colorado thi… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Gardner, Warren Announce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Veterans Working in the State-Legal Cannabis Industry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from denying veterans VA-backed home loans based on their employment in their state's legal cannabis industry. Currently, cannabis is considered illegal under federal law, though 48 states including Colorado have laws permitting or decriminalizing marijuana or marijuana-based products. As a result of… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Gardner, Warren Announce Bipartisan Bill to Address Immigration in the State-Legal Cannabis Industry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would remove participation in the state-legal cannabis industry from the list of activities that automatically bar naturalization. In April, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance in its policy manual making clear that because cannabis is still a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act, an applic… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Foreign Relations Committee Passes Gardner’s Hard-Hitting Russia Sanctions Package

Washington, D.C. - Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) legislation to increase pressure and deter the Russian Federation's malign actions around the world. Adopted in a vote of 17-5, the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression (DASKA) Act seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Kremlin in response to Russia's interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against U… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Defense Bill Clears Senate, Includes Gardner Provision to Promote Democracy, Human Rights, and Autonomy in Hong Kong

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in support of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 today, which includes his legislative provision expressing U.S. support for democracy in Hong Kong and authorizes U.S. sanctions against all those violating the human rights of the people of Hong Kong. The language initially passed in the Senate on June 27, 2019, and was the first legislative response to the widespread prote… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Gardner Thanks Law Enforcement During Holiday Season

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today in honor of Colorado law enforcement officers and the sacrifices they make to keep Colorado communities safe. Gardner remembered the lives of Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper William Moden, Colorado State Patrol Corporal Daniel Groves, Colorado Department of Corrections Sergeant Joshua Voth, and Summit County firefighter Ken Jones, who died in the line of duty this year while serving Col… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Defense Bill Clears Senate, Includes Gardner Provisions to Sanction North Korea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in support of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 today, which includes his provisions to recommit the United States to a policy of maximum pressure and to enforce mandatory sanctions under Senator Gardner's North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, signed into law in 2016. Gardner's legislation marked the first time Congress approved mandatory, standalone sanctions… Continue Reading

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