Press Releases

09.29.15

Colorado Senators Team Up to Honor Dinosaur National Monument

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), announced today that the Senate has passed a resolution they introduced recognizing the 100th anniversary of Dinosaur National Monument and designating October 4th, 2015 as "Dinosaur National Monument Day". The resolution lays out the storied history of Dinosaur National Monument, its critical scientific importance, and the enjoyment it brings to all those who visit: Whereas in 1909, paleontologist Earl Dou… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Gardner Meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement today following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping: "I appreciated the chance to meet with President Xi Jinping today. Earlier this week, I asked President Obama to make several points in his meeting with President Xi. In today's meeting, many of those points were emphasized: that China's behavior in cyberspace is… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Gardner Statement On U.S.-China Cybersecurity Agreement

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement after the announcement of a new cybersecurity agreement between the United States government and the government of the People's Republic of China: "Today's announcement is a step forward, one that I hope will lead to more focus on cybersecurity and combatting cyber threats. But much more work remains to be done. This is an… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Gardner Praises Senate Passage of VA Hospital Funding Authorization

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the United States Senate has, by unanimous consent, authorized the $625 million in spending estimated to be required for the completion of the Denver VA Hospital currently under construction: "This hospital has been one of my top priorities in the Senate. Passage of this authorization is a major step towards the completion of the hospital, and should be the last authorization required for construction to be finished and the hospi… Continue Reading


09.25.15

Gardner Statement on Boehner Resignation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following the announcement that Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign his seat in Congress: "John Boehner is a devoted family man, an exceptionally talented public servant, and one of the proudest Americans I know. One of twelve children, he went from sweeping the floors at his father's Cincinnati bar to walking the halls of the Capitol as the highest ranking official in Congress. "He has lived the A… Continue Reading


09.24.15

Gardner Welcomes Pope Francis To The Capitol

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today ahead of Pope Francis' address to a joint meeting of Congress: "Pope Francis has dedicated his life to serving the Lord, the Catholic Church, and the poor - inspiring people all around the globe to join him in caring for the less fortunate," said Gardner. "I welcome Pope Francis to the Capitol today and I look forward to his historic address to Congress." ###… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Gardner, Barrasso, Isakson, Perdue Urge President Obama To Deliver A Strong Message To China

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), John Barrasso (R-WY), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and David Perdue (R-GA) today sent a letter to President Obama ahead of the state visit of the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping. The Senators urged President Obama to "demonstrate strong leadership" and condemn China's recent destabilizing actions in the East China Sea and South China Sea, its behavior in cyberspace that threatens U.S. national and economic security, as well as China… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Gardner Statement on Hillary Clinton's Keystone Announcement

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's announcement that she opposes the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline: "Seven years after the application to build the Keystone XL Pipeline was filed, Hillary Clinton made the 'Hard Choice' to side with radical environmentalists against American jobs. "Constructing the Keystone XL Pipeline would create jobs here at home, move us further towards North American ene… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Gardner Reacts To Filibuster Of Defense Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after a partisan minority in the Senate blocked a vote to fund the Department of Defense (DoD) through a filibuster: "It's unacceptable that a partisan minority blocked a vote to fund the Department of Defense. The defense appropriations bill provides for our national defense and supports our troops, including the service men and women who work at the six military installations in Colorado. "At a time when we a… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Gardner Statement on Sage-Grouse Announcement

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following the Secretary of the Interior's announcement that the greater sage-grouse does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act: "Keeping the greater sage-grouse from being listed as an endangered species has always been my goal, and I'm glad Secretary Jewell arrived at the same conclusion. Greater sage-grouse populations are increasing, and I commend the collaborative efforts from stakeholders … Continue Reading


09.18.15

Gardner Presses for Permanent Reauthorization of Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has joined a bipartisan letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pressing for a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF provides funding for conservation and helps ensure public access to the outdoors. Senator Gardner voted to make the LWCF's authorization permanent in January, but that vote fell one vote shy of passage. … Continue Reading


09.17.15

Gardner Joins Effort to Stop Federal Water Takeover

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has signed on as a co-sponsor to a resolution introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) which would nullify the federal infringement on water rights commonly known as the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. The rule is currently on hold in 13 states, including Colorado, from implementation due to a ruling by a Federal Judge that the rule infringed on state sovereignty to govern their own water laws. "The WOTUS rule would… Continue Reading


09.16.15

Gardner Testifies on EPA's Unacceptable Animas River Spill Response

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) testified in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) unacceptably slow response to its spill of contaminated wastewater into the Animas River last month: Click here to watch the video. KEY EXCERPT: Affected communities and stakeholders deserve transparency and accountability in the events surrounding this spill, particularly in understanding where EPA was during the first ho… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Gardner Marks Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following video statement today commemorating the 14th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks: Click here to watch the full statement. FULL TRANSCRIPT: Hi, I'm Cory Gardner, your Senator from the great state of Colorado. Today is September 11th, and it's the 14th anniversary of the deadly, cowardly terrorist attacks that forever changed our country. When those attacks occurred, I'll never forget -- I was on an a… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Gardner, Tipton Reject Guantanamo Detainees in Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) released the following statements today denouncing reports that officials within Obama Administration have considered closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility and potentially relocating detainees to the United States Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado: "I oppose absolutely any plan to bring terrorists to Colorado," Gardner said. "The Guantanamo facility houses some of the world's worst international terrorists… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Gardner Speaks Out Against Iran Deal on Senate Floor

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) took to the Senate floor today to denounce the President's bad deal with Iran and lay out many of the troubling aspects contained within: Click here to watch. KEY EXCERPTS: "This doesn't end the nuclear program as the President stated was his goal, it continues it. It paves a patient pathway to an industrial nuclear complex in Iran. With the blessings of the world community, a flourishing economy, a lifting of the conventional arms embargo, a… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Gardner: A Dangerous Deal With Bipartisan Opposition

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after Democrats in the United States Senate blocked a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act through a filibuster: "It's disgraceful and reckless that Senate Democrats denied the American people a voice in one of the most consequential foreign policy initiatives of our time," said Gardner. "The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act was supported by 98 Senators a few short months ago and signed into law by Pre… Continue Reading


09.04.15

Gardner Statement on Interior EA

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today reacted to the Department of Interior's (DOI) environmental assessment (EA) on the Colowyo mine, which indicated that the mine has no significant environmental impact. This clears the way for continued operations at the mine. In February of 2013, Wildearth Guardians sued DOI in the Colorado Federal District Court, stating that the environmental assessment required by the National Environmental Policy Act was insufficient. The court sided with W… Continue Reading


08.28.15

Gardner Applauds Decision Blocking Federal Water Rule

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the decision today by Federal Judge Ralph Erickson halting the implementation of the Obama Administration's controversial "Waters of the United States" rule. The rule would drastically expand the federal government's authority in regulating waterways and poses a significant threat to Colorado's economy and Coloradans' water rights. "This water rule, if implemented, would absolutely drown Colorado communities in federal red tape," Gardner sa… Continue Reading


08.28.15

Gardner Welcomes Hearing on Animas River Spill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) welcomed the announcement today that the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee will be holding a hearing, with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy as the witness, on the EPA's spill of contaminated wastewater into the Animas River. The announcement follows a letter sent by Gardner and Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) requesting a hearing. "I appreciate the Environ… Continue Reading

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