Press Releases

03.31.16

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


03.30.16

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


03.28.16

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


03.26.16

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


03.23.16

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


03.22.16

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


03.22.16

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


03.18.16

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


03.16.16

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


03.16.16

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


03.15.16

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


03.14.16

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


03.14.16

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


03.14.16

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


03.10.16

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


03.10.16

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


03.10.16

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


03.09.16

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


03.09.16

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


03.08.16

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

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