Press Releases

10.22.15

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


10.22.15

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


10.21.15

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


10.16.15

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


10.15.15

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


10.13.15

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


10.09.15

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


10.08.15

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


10.07.15

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


10.07.15

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


10.06.15

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


10.06.15

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


10.05.15

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


10.01.15

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


10.01.15

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


09.30.15

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


09.30.15

Gardner Statement on House Vote to Authorize Aurora VA Hospital Spending

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement following the passage by the House of Representatives of a bill authorizing the spending of $625 million dollars for the completion of the Aurora VA Hospital: "I commend my House colleagues, with whom I have worked closely throughout this process, on this vote. I will continue to work with them to hold the VA accountable for its inexcusable delays and cost overruns on this project. Veterans in Colorado and the West de… Continue Reading


09.30.15

Gardner Votes To Finish the Job at Aurora VA Hospital

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement following his vote in favor of a Continuing Resolution (CR) which includes funding for completing the new VA medical facility in Aurora: "Completion of the Aurora VA hospital has been one of my top priorities in the Senate. I'm proud to have helped secure the last funding that should be required to finish construction and deliver to veterans the facility they were promised. It's critical that the House pass this fundi… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Gardner Addresses Future of U.S.-China Relationship

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today chaired a hearing entitled "The Changing Landscape of U.S.-China Relations: What's Next?" In his opening statement, Senator Gardner addressed several points about China's recent behavior in the South China sea, its activity in cyberspace, and its leverage over the North Korean regime. Senator Gardner's remarks, as prepared, read: Today's hearing c… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Gardner Presses for Answers on Solvency of Colorado Healthcare Co-Op

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell asking questions about the financial solvency of the federally-backed Colorado Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) called Colorado HealthOP, and its ability to repay its loans to the American taxpayer. Established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as an alternative to private insurance plans, CO-OPs nationwide were awarded rough… Continue Reading

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