Press Releases


Gardner Celebrates Rocky Mountain National Park’s Record Attendance in 2015

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement following reports that Rocky Mountain National Park had a record number of visitors in 2015 as the park celebrated its 100th Anniversary. In 2015, Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary year, more than four million people visited the park, which marks a 21 percent increase compared to the previous year. Senator Gardner spoke at the park's Centennial Re-Dedication Ceremony on September 4, 2015. "Rocky Mountain National… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on North Korean Hydrogen Bomb Test

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, released a statement following North Korea's announcement that they have tested a hydrogen bomb at their Sungjibaegam test site: "I am monitoring the news developing out of the Korean Peninsula, and hope to have a clearer picture soon of what exactly has occurred. Provocation and belligerence from the dictator in Pyongyang is nothing new. The testing of a hydrogen bomb, however, would ser… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on President Obama’s Executive Orders on Guns

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement following President Obama's announcement of new executive orders on gun control: "Once again, President Obama has decided to take divisive, unilateral action rather than work with Congress. Today's announcement makes it clear that he has little respect for the constitutional rights of gun-owning Americans, and even less respect for our constitutional system of government. "The Congress, as representatives of the peo… Continue Reading


Gardner Wishes Coloradans a Merry Christmas

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement marking Christmas: "Jaime and I wish all Coloradans and Americans across the country a Merry Christmas on this joyous day. We are so blessed to live in the greatest nation on Earth, and it is important to take this time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for and to spend time with family and friends. "I want to recognize the men and women in uniform who have made enormous sacrifices to keep our country s… Continue Reading


Gardner Celebrates 60 Years of ‘NORAD Tracks Santa’

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today commemorating the 60th year of NORAD Tracks Santa, the North American Aerospace Defense Command's yearly tradition of tracking the movements of Santa Claus as he traverses the globe on Christmas Eve. The tradition began in 1955, when a misprinted Sears advertisement inadvertently instructed children to call Santa at the phone number of NORAD's predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), in Colorado Springs. … Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet, Hickenlooper, Tipton Send Letter To Secretary Jewell in Support of Trapper Mine

Washington - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), along with Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO), and Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell urging DOI to complete the court-ordered Environmental Assessment (EA) for Trapper Mine in Craig, Colorado prior to April 30, 2016. Trapper Mine's permit was covered under the same environmental review that the U.S. District Court in Colorado deemed deficient … Continue Reading


Gardner Responds to President Obama’s Statements on National Security

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following President Obama's remarks at the National Counterterrorism Center: "Today, we heard more rhetoric from President Obama about his record on national security. The same President who called ISIS a 'jayvee team', who declared that ISIS was 'contained', and whose Administration just months ago was bragging about their 'strategic patience' in Syria is now seeking to reassure the American people that he has… Continue Reading


Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Reveals Obama Administration’s Permissive Attitude Towards Iran

Click here to watch. Washington, DC - In a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) asked witnesses from the State Department to lay out the Administration's plan for dealing with two critical developments regarding with Iran; the Iranian regime's recent illegal ballistic missile tests, and the impending transfer of 25,000 pounds of nuclear material from Iran to Russia. State Department officials were unable to articulate a plan to deal with either event. … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Kerry’s Syria Remarks

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement reacting to Secretary of State John Kerry's assertion today that the United States is "not seeking regime change in Syria": "The long-suffering Syrian people would certainly be surprised to learn that we are 'not seeking regime change in Syria', as Secretary Kerry stated. The United States has invested billions of dollars to stop Assad's reign of terror and to provide humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people… Continue Reading


Gardner Commends Passage of Tribal Energy Development Act

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today following the Senate's passage last week of the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2015, of which he is a co-sponsor. This legislation would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to simplify the Tribal Energy Resource Agreement (TERA) process and allow for more energy development on tribal lands, including renewable energy: "Tribal lands have the potential to make a significant contrib… Continue Reading


Gardner Thanks Colorado Law Enforcement During Holiday Season

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter to Colorado law enforcement officers honoring the sacrifices they make to keep Colorado communities safe. In light of recent tragedies in Colorado Springs, Denver, and San Bernardino, California and the law enforcement's active role in each of them, Gardner expressed the importance of recognizing the heroism that law enforcement officers display on a daily basis. Their commitment to protect and serve communities provides comfort to fami… Continue Reading


Gardner, Colleagues Call for Answers on Homegrown Terror

Washington - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with ten Senate colleagues, announced today that they have sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and Secretary of State John Kerry asking for answers on several questions related to domestic terror. Following a failure of the background check system which in 2013 allowed two terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda to settle in Bowling Green, Kentucky, numerous calls to r… Continue Reading


Gardner, Roberts, Scott Emphasize Dangers of Closing Guantanamo Following News of Former Detainee Becoming al-Qaeda Leader

Washington - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statements regarding reports that a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Ibrahim al-Qosi, has become a senior leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al-Qosi, transferred from Guantanamo to his native Sudan in 2012, appears in a video released this week by AQAP that encourages small cell terror attacks in the West. "The President's rush to empty the cells at Guantanamo reckl… Continue Reading


Gardner Praises Passage of Education Reform Law

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement following the Senate's passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act and federal education policy: "The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act represents a step forward in federal education policy, and I'm proud to have worked with members of both parties on its passage. While not perfect, this act makes progress towards getting Congress out of the classroo… Continue Reading


Gardner on Iranian Belligerence: “Inaction is no longer an option”

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement following reports of another ballistic missile test conducted by the Islamic Republic of Iran in violation of United Nations (U.N) Security Council resolutions: "When the President was pursuing his misguided nuclear deal with Iran, many of us warned that Iran would cheat. We warned that Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terror, would take billions in sanction… Continue Reading


Gardner, GOP Senators Urge Obama to Pursue Additional Military Options to Combat ISIS

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today joined a group of Senators in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to pursue additional military options to fight ISIS and protect Americans both at home and abroad. "The American people are understandably concerned in the aftermath of the horrific attack in San Bernardino and increasingly apprehensive about the prospect of another terrorist attack on American soil," the Senators wrote. "To safeguard our own national security, we mus… Continue Reading


Gardner Ensures Highway Bill Reflects Colorado Priorities

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following his vote in favor of the Highway Bill passed by the Senate: "This Highway Bill is the result of hard work from members of both parties in the House and the Senate. It gives states and local communities five years of certainty in planning transportation projects, allowing them to save money through longer-term budgeting. I'm proud that I was able to secure several provisions in the Highway Bill that are… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes To Repeal Obamacare

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after voting to repeal Obamacare in the United State Senate: "As I travel throughout Colorado, I continue to hear about Obamacare's devastating impact. Whether it's a family on the Western Slope who saw their premiums shoot through the roof, or a business owner in the San Luis Valley who would like to hire and expand but can't afford to due to the law's mandates, Coloradans are suffering from Obamacare's broken … Continue Reading


Gardner Highlights Obamacare’s Broken Promises

Click here to view Senator Gardner's Floor Speech Washington, DC - In a speech this week on the Senate floor, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) laid out the broken promises of Obamacare and how the law is continuing to be a burden to Colorado families and businesses. When Obamacare was passed, Coloradans were made three major promises. First, that if they liked their plans, they could keep them. Second, that the new law would reduce healthcare costs for families, businesses, and government. And th… Continue Reading


Gardner Urges Supreme Court to Allow Expanded School Choice

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has submitted an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of the Douglas County School District. The District is appealing a ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court that would prevent parents in Douglas County from sending their child to a religious school through the Choice Scholarship Program (CSP), which empowers parents to choose the right school for their kids. … Continue Reading

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