Press Releases


Gardner Announces More than $5 Million In FEMA Flood Recovery Grants

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding over $5 million in grants to the State of Colorado to aid in ongoing recovery efforts dating to the 2013 floods which devastated parts of the state. The grants, which are obligated directly to the State of Colorado, are both designated for road and bridge repair in Boulder County.… Continue Reading


Gardner Denounces Disastrous Iran Deal

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the announcement of a nuclear agreement between the Obama Administration and the Iranian Regime: "The Administration has attempted to present Americans with a false choice: either you accept their bad deal with the murderous Iranian regime or else you're in favor of … Continue Reading


Gardner Demands Answers on OPM Hack

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has sent a letter to President Obama regarding the numerous unanswered questions that remain relating to the massive hack of federal employee information at the Office of Personnel Management. The letter details the scale of the hack and the Administration's lack of response, and asks for answers to the following questions: 1) How soon after the discovery of the breach did the Administration positively identify the perpetrator… Continue Reading


Colorado Senators Team Up to Honor Rocky Mountain National Park

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced today that the Senate has unanimously passed their resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park and declaring September 4, 2015 as Rocky Mountain National Park Day. "Rocky Mountain National Park is a national treasure, and the unanimous passage of this resolution by the United States Senate shows it," Gardner said. "Over the past hundred years, the millions of Col… Continue Reading


Gardner Amendments Added to Education Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that two of the amendments he introduced to the Every Child Achieves Act have been adopted. The Every Child Achieves Act, which would reform the federal government's role in education, is currently being debated by the Senate. The two amendments were adopted unanimously, and would help students gain college credit while in high school a… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Cuts to Fort Carson

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today after news that Fort Carson will be reduced in size by approximately 365 soldiers in the latest round of cuts from the Department of Defense: "My repeated visits to Fort Carson, including one just last week, have emphasized to me the truly critical role that Fort Carson plays in ensuring troop readiness. I've been proud t… Continue Reading


Peters, Gardner Announce Effort to Shape Federal Research and Development Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced today that they will lead a series of discussion briefings to gather information from the U.S. science and research community and help shape federal research and development policy to improve American innovation and competitiveness, which was last authorized by the America COMPETES Act of 2010. "Basic research and development is the seed c… Continue Reading


Gardner Offers Provisions to Strengthen Every Child Achieves Act

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today as the Senate begins consideration of the Every Child Achieves Act, bipartisan legislation that addresses the problems with No Child Left Behind by empowering the states with the authority to determine how to best improve student achievement: "Removing Congress from the classroom and providing states with greater authority and flexibility is central to improving academic success," said Gardner. "The Every Child … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision in the King v. Burwell case: "Obamacare began as partisan legislation hastily rammed through Congress without proper debate or consideration. The more than five years since its passage have been marked by policy cancellations, premium increases, and millions of Americans dissatisfied with the changes to the healthcare system. "Today's decision bails out the careless, reckless authors… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds Passage of TPA

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following the Senate's passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation: "Today's vote is a victory for the hundreds of thousands of Coloradans whose jobs and livelihoods are already supported by trade, and the millions more who will benefit from increased trade. TPA empowers our negotiators to get the best deal possibl… Continue Reading


Grassley, Gardner Introduce Bill to Give Rural Hospitals New Option to Stay Open, Maintain Emergency Rooms for Residents

WASHINGTON - Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado today introduced legislation to help rural hospitals stay open while meeting the needs of rural residents for emergency room care and outpatient services. "A tractor accident or a heart attack is dangerous under the best of circumstances, but it's a lot more dangerous for someone who's far away from an emergency room," Grassley said. "When a rural hospital closes, its emergency room closes with it. This proposal will fi… Continue Reading


Senators Unite to Save Colowyo Mine

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) have sent a letter to the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell regarding the Colowyo Mine in Northwestern Colorado. The mine is threatened by a recent Federal Court decision which determined that the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) plan for the mine failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. This decision threatens the co… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes For Colorado Jobs, Economic Prosperity

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today following the Senate's vote to advance Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): "Trade supports hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs in Colorado. TPA provides Congress with the authority to approve high-quality trade deals that create jobs, break down barriers for American exporters, and put more goods stamped 'Made in the USA' on shelves overseas. Free trade deals enhance America's standing in the world, building stronger alliance… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds Withdrawal of Onerous Groundwater Rule

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded today the United States Forest Service's decision to formally withdraw its proposed groundwater directive. The directive, which would have drastically increased federal authority and regulation of groundwater in western states, had elicited concerns from non-partisan groups like the Western Governors' Association (WGA) and National Water Resources Association (NWRA). In response to a question from Senator Gardner at an Energy and Natural R… Continue Reading


Gardner Supports Measure To Combat Sexual Assault In The Military

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in favor today of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act offered by Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) to reform procedures for certain offenses related to sexual assault under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The amendment was supported by a bipartisan group of Senators but failed to reach the 60-vote threshold for passage. "We must continue to combat sexual assault in our military," Gardner said. "I recognize the effort t… Continue Reading


Gardner Secures Funding for Denver VA Hospital

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the Senate has adopted legislation he offered which would fund construction of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Denver through the end of the fiscal year. The legislation would raise the authorization cap for the hospital by the necessary $150 million, and direct the VA to provide that money from already-existing sources. "This is a positive step, but it's far from the last step," Gardner said. "A work stoppage would only en… Continue Reading


Gardner Denounces Federal Assault on Colowyo Mine

Senator Gardner's full remarks on the Senate floor can be viewed here. Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) took to the Senate floor today to discuss the hugely negative impact that the closure of the Colowyo Mine would have on Northwest Colorado's families and economy. The mine, located in Moffat County, is threatened by a Federal District Court order determining that the Office of Surface Mining failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act in 2007, when it issued a … Continue Reading


Gardner Policy Provisions Adopted by Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, announced today that the Committee adopted two amendments he offered to the State Department Reauthorization legislation considered today, as well as provisions in the underlying text authored by Senator Gardner. The first amendment is a Sense of Congress advocating for a change in Administration policy… Continue Reading


Gardner Presses For Expanded Rural Broadband

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he, along with a bipartisan group of Senators, has written a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking them to review efforts to bring broadband internet access to rural America and to present an analysis of existing programs and best practices. The letter to the two Secretaries reads, in part: As Co-Chairs of the Broadband Opportunity Council (Council), you have a unique opportunity… Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces PORTS Act to Protect American Economy

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has introduced the Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipments (PORTS) Act in the United States Senate to safeguard the American economy from the threat of labor shutdowns and slowdowns at seaports. The Act, which is cosponsored by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), would discourage disruptions at US seaports and incentivize speedy resolution of disputes by strengthening and expanding the well-known Taft Hartley proce… Continue Reading

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