Press Releases


Gardner-Lee Amendment Requires Regulatory Rollback Alongside Debt Increase

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) announced today that they are introducing, as an amendment to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, the Reducing Excessive Government (REG) Act, which would require that any increase in the debt limit approved by Congress and the President be accompanied by a dollar-for-dollar decrease in regulatory burden for every new dollar of debt. "Excessive regulation is a heavy weight on our economy, slowing down growth, decreasing pr… Continue Reading


Gardner, Shaheen Lead Effort to Require Federal Government to Measure Impact of Outdoor Recreation on U.S. Economy

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Outdoor REC (Recreation's Economic Contributions) Act, bipartisan legislation that would inform policy makers and business leaders on the jobs created, and the consumer spending driven by, the outdoor recreation economy. Currently, the federal government, through research conducted at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), doesn't measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation, despite indepen… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $15 Million Grant for Southwest Chief Rehabilitation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded a $15.2 million grant to the City of La Junta to add approximately 39 miles of new railway and rehabilitate an additional 20 miles of rail along the Southwest Chief Amtrak line. Gardner, along with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), had previously written a letter to the Secretary of Transportation advocating for the grant. "The grant announced today will allow for critical maintenance an… Continue Reading


Gardner Condemns Veto of National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, DC --­ Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following President Obama's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "With our men and women in uniform deployed around the world and working around the clock to keep us safe, it's unconscionable that the President would veto a bill designed to give them the resources they need. The NDAA includes support for our troops and their families, resources for wounded warriors, and authorizes the fun… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement On DOI Report on Animas River Spill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement on the Department of the Interior's Gold King Mine Technical Report, an investigation into the Animas River spill: "I appreciate the Interior Department's investigation into the Animas River spill, and I look forward to closely reviewing it," said Gardner. "Based on an initial review of the report, I am deeply troubled that not only was the EPA found responsible for the release of millions of gallons of toxic w… Continue Reading


Gardner Helps Shape Cybersecurity Debate

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that an amendment he introduced with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has been included in the substitute amendment which will be considered as the Senate debates the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. The Gardner-Cardin language would mandate that the Secretary of State produce a comprehensive strategy relating to the United States' policy in cyberspace. The strategy, which would be required to be produced no later than 90 days… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces Bills to Streamline Medical Device Approval Process

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) today introduced the Rare Disease Innovation Act and the FDA Regulatory Efficiency Act, two bills that would streamline the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for certain medical devices. The Rare Disease Innovation Act paves the way for the manufacture and approval of medical devices that diagnose or treat individuals with rare diseases. This legislation will expand an existing program which simplifie… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Decertification of Colorado HealthOP

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following news that Colorado HealthOP, the state's healthcare CO-OP, has been decertified by the Colorado Division of Insurance: "Once again, through absolutely no fault of their own, tens of thousands of Coloradans are facing the loss of their health insurance coverage. Losing coverage puts tremendous stress on individuals and on families, and seeing it happen as a result of poor planning and bad policy is inf… Continue Reading


Gardner Letter Asks Kerry: Did Iranian Missile Launch Break U.N. Resolution?

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he has joined with a bipartisan group of Senators to send a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking whether the Iranian regime's test of a ballistic missile on October 11th was in violation of an existing U.N. ban. The letter further asks the Administration what their response would be should Iran conduct another such test once the nuclear deal with Iran is fully implemente… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement On Effort to Transfer Guantanamo Terrorists to Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following reports that Department of Defense officials are in Colorado scouting potential sites to hold prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility: "The Obama Administration's decision to explore transferring Guantanamo terrorists to Colorado is reckless, illegal, and wrong. I wrote a letter last week asking the Administration why they were pursuing this effort in the face of U.S. law which expressly p… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds Halting of WOTUS Rule

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to halt implementation, nationwide, of the so-called "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "This ruling is a victory for agriculture, rural communities, and all Coloradans," Gardner said. "The EPA's WOTUS rule represents a massive federal takeover of what had traditionally been state and local eff… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Bill To Expand Rural Broadband Access

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that he has joined with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to introduce the Streamlining and Investing in Broadband Infrastructure Act. The Act would cut down on federal red tape on broadband infrastructure, especially in rural areas. It promotes a so-called "dig once" policy, which would encourage adding broadband infrastructure to new and expanding federally-funded highway projects. The Act would further streaml… Continue Reading


Gardner Holds Hearing on North Korea Policy

Click here to watch. Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, held a hearing today entitled 'Assessing the North Korea Threat and U.S. Policy: Strategic Patience or Effective Deterrence?' In his opening remarks, Senator Gardner emphasized the imminent threat posed by the rogue regime in Pyongyang as well as the … Continue Reading


Gardner Reacts to President’s NDAA Veto Threat

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today on President Obama's pledge to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) currently being considered by the Senate: "As the President's foreign policy failures continue to pile up around the world, it is unconscionable that he is threatening to veto a bill to strengthen our military and support our servicemen and women. Given that Iran, the world's leading state sponsor of terror, is receiving billions i… Continue Reading


Gardner Urges Obama to Drop Guantanamo Transfer Plan

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has sent a letter to President Obama urging him to abandon any plans to move terrorists currently held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base detention facility to Colorado. Gardner's letter, which follows an earlier statement warning the President against pursuing this plan, is in reaction to reports that Administration officials will make visits to various sites within Colorado. The letter reads, in full: Dear Mr. President: I … Continue Reading


Gardner, Risch, Rubio Unveil Sweeping New North Korean Sanctions Legislation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, announced today that he, Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) are introducing the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2015 (NKSPEA). NKSPEA includes broad new sanctions against individuals involved in North Korea's nuclear program and proliferation activities, as well as officials involved in cen… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Conclusion of TPP Negotiations

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement today following the announced agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): "The Trans-Pacific Partnership has the potential to reshape America's relationship with the nations of the Pacific Rim, enhance U.S. leadership in this critically important region, and provide a major boost to our econo… Continue Reading


Gardner on North Korean Sanctions: “Not Nearly Enough”

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement after the Obama Administration imposed sanctions against two North Korean firms for proliferation activities: "The sanctions imposed by the Obama administration are insufficient, and further evidence of a feckless foreign policy; a tacit acknowledgement that this Administration's 'strategic patience' toward North Korea has been a complete and utter failure." "These sanctions are not nearly enough. Besides the fact t… Continue Reading


Gardner Chairs Small Business Committee Hearing on Impact of Gold King Mine Spill

Click Here to Watch Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) chaired a hearing today of the Senate Small Business Committee on the impact of the Gold King Mine Spill on local communities and businesses. Senator Gardner laid out the timeline of the spill, which occurred on August 5th, 2015, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released millions of gallons of wastewater into the Animas River. He discussed the EPA's lackluster response to the spill and laid out much of the work … Continue Reading


Gardner Speaks on Senate Floor About Aurora VA Hospital

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke earlier this afternoon on the Senate floor after the House of Representatives passed what should be the final spending authorization bill required to complete construction of the Aurora VA Hospital. In his remarks, Senator Gardner applauded the passage of the authorization, thanked his colleagues for their support, and encouraged the President to sign the bill into law as quickly as possible. He emphasized the importance of delivering on this p… Continue Reading

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