Press Releases


Gardner, Coons Fight for Energy Efficiency

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is urging the Senate Budget Committee to address a long-standing budgetary practice which threatens beneficial legislation on Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs). ESPCs and UESCs are innovative public-private partnerships in which private companies bear the cost of making energy-efficiency upgrades to federal buildings in exchange for a portion of the savings that come fro… Continue Reading


Gardner Calls For Russian Accountability in Nemtsov Murder

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Subcommittee On Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, announced today that he is an original co-sponsor of a resolution condemning the tragic murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and calling for a swift, transparent, and full international investigation into this crime. Additionally, the resolution calls on the Obama Administration to add the names of persons identified by M… Continue Reading


Gardner Language Included in Bipartisan Sportsmen's Package

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is co-sponsoring the bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015. Contained within the Act is language authored by Senator Gardner and Senator Fischer (R-NE) which would require a public accounting of the taxpayer funds distributed to litigants who bring successful claims against the federal government. "The Sportsmen's Package is a key piece of legislation which ensures that sportsmen's ability to hunt and fish will not be arbitrari… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on DHS and President Obama’s Executive Orders on Immigration

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on today's votes in the United States Senate to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and oppose President Obama's executive orders on immigration: "These executive orders have been halted, and the issue is firmly in the hands of the courts. It is my belief and hope that in the courts, these executive orders will be found unconstitutional. "I am opposed to these executive orders. I voted four times for a D… Continue Reading


Gardner Decries Obama's Internet Takeover

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) 3-2 vote approving broad new federal internet regulations: "It is extremely disappointing that the FCC has chosen this route. Instead of working with Congress to come up with a smart, permanent, legislative solution, the theoretically-independent FCC has pushed through President Obama's internet takeover plan on a purely partisan vote. Once again, the Obama administrat… Continue Reading


Gardner Legislation Fights Domestic Trafficking

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today successfully led an effort to fight human trafficking, as part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's consideration of the End Modern Slavery and Trafficking Initiative Act of 2015 (S.553), a bill introduced by Senator Corker (R-TN), the Chairman of the committee. Gardner's amendment to the bill, which passed by voice vote, highlights the alarming rates of human trafficking in the U.S. and calls for increased cooperation among all federa… Continue Reading


Gardner: "President Obama Ignored the American People"

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on President Obama's veto of the bipartisan bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline: "Last November, Coloradans and Americans voted for a change. They voted for a Congress that could work together and pass legislation that benefits all of us. Unfortunately, with his veto of the bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama ignored November's vote, and ignored the will of the American people. "I was proud t… Continue Reading


Gardner Condemns Months-Long Port Slowdown

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) made the following statement on the agreement reached this weekend between a dockworkers union and a group of shipping companies which brought to an end the recent West Coast port slowdown: "This slowdown had disastrous consequences for businesses, consumers, and the entire economy," Gardner said. "I'm glad that the ports will soon be operating at full speed, and look forward to the ports starting to address the massive backload that has built up o… Continue Reading


Gardner Demands Hearing at Denver VA Facility

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is leading a letter with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) urging the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to organize a visit and site hearing at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System Replacement Facility, also known as the Denver Replacement Facility. Construction of the Denver Replacement Facility has been plagued by management and financial issues, including a $400 million overrun from the original contract price. The U.S. C… Continue Reading


Gardner Takes On Sanction Evasion by the Lukashenka Dictatorship in Belarus

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is urging the Obama Administration to investigate the evasion of U.S. sanctions by the Belarus state-owned potash company, Belaruskali, which has allowed this entity to resume exports of potash to the United States. The Department of Treasury has written to Senator Gardner to say that it will "evaluate the sanctions with respect to Belarus to ensure that they are fully implemented." Senator Gardner plans to meet with top officials from the Departmen… Continue Reading


Gardner Highlights Impact of Ports Slowdown on Colorado Businesses

Jake Jabs and Others Back Gardner Effort to End Port Slowdown Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), following up on his letter to the Secretaries of Labor and Commerce demanding that they take action on the West Coast ports slowdown, today highlighted the negative impact that the union slowdown is having on Colorado businesses. "Businesses across Colorado rely on West … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Browns Canyon Designation

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on President Obama's planned designation of Browns Canyon as a National Monument: "Browns Canyon is a national treasure with a long history of bipartisan support in Colorado. Senator Udall in particular was a champion of this beautiful site, and his legacy of protecting Colorado's landscapes is to be commended. This monument will stand in lasting tribute to his public service. My preference is always to work through… Continue Reading


Gardner Demands Action on Ports Stalemate

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter today urging the Obama Administration to find a resolution to the economic crises created by union slowdowns at West Coast ports. The labor dispute, affecting operations in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and elsewhere, has caused vital economic hubs to grind to a standstill while ships full of cargo are anchored just off the coast and American-made exports pile up in port warehouses. This slowdown is causing grave economic harm to businesse… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Leadership Roles on Energy Committee

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has been placed on three key subcommittees of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Senator Gardner will serve on the Subcommittee on Energy, the Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining, and also on the Subcommittee on Water and Power. "These subcommittees have jurisdiction over many industries which have a major footprint in Colorado," Gardner said. "Energy production, distribution, and consumption are … Continue Reading


Gardner Welcomes Netanyahu to Congress

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is co-sponsoring a resolution welcoming the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu to address a Joint Session of Congress on his visit to the United States: "Prime Minister Netanyahu said his speech to Congress will be about the 'very survival' of the State of Israel," Gardner said. "Therefore, I believe it is critical for every Member of Congress to hear directly from the Prime Minister of our closest friend and ally … Continue Reading


Gardner Leads the Charge on Balanced Budget

February 12th, 2015 Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) took a hard stance on balancing the federal budget today, signing on to legislation which would block members of Congress from receiving their salaries unless their chamber of Congress has passed a budget that balances within ten years. The Balanced Budget Accountability Act, introduced by Senator Daines (R-SD), would also prohibit tax increases unless three-fifths of both chambers of Congress vote in favor of them. "Coloradans… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on President Obama's Proposed AUMF

February 11th, 2015 Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on President Obama's proposed three-year authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) submitted to Congress today: "The threat faced from ISIS is real, and requires a carefully coordinated strategy that ensures their complete destruction. I'm glad that the President has made the decision to seek this AUMF from Congress, and as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I look forw… Continue Reading


Gardner Moves to Combat Ambush Union Elections

February 11th, 2015 Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is introducing as an original co-sponsor legislation which would nullify the "ambush elections" rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The legislation would reverse an NLRB rule that shortened the time before a union election must take place from its current median of 38 days down to as few as 10 days. The rule also limits the opportunity for a full review of election fairness by provid… Continue Reading


Gardner to President: “Don’t Veto a Bipartisan Jobs Bill”

February 11th, 2015 Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the House of Representative's bipartisan passage of the Senate bill to approve the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline: "I'm excited that Representatives from both parties have come together in the House to pass the Keystone XL pipeline bill. This project will create American jobs and reduce our dependence on overseas oil, all while having a minimal impact on the environment. "The President ha… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes to Aid Victims of Child Pornography

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted today in favor of S. 295, the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2015. This legislation strengthens the existing laws on child pornography, making it easier for victims of child pornography to receive full compensation from the perpetrators of these despicable crimes. Additionally, the Act increases the amount victims can receive by holding each wrongdoer involved responsible for the victim's entire injury, a… Continue Reading

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