Press Releases


Gardner Statement on the Passing of Alan Nunnelee

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman Alan Nunnelee: “I am deeply saddened by Congressman Nunnelee’s passing. His death is a tremendous loss for his family and friends, the House of Representatives, and the people of Mississippi. It was my distinct privilege to serve with Congressman Nunnelee in the House, and I’ll miss his positive attitude and deep, abiding faith. My prayers … Continue Reading


Gardner Presses for Email Privacy

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation to reform and modernize the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Current law allows the government to read emails and other electronic communications of American citizens without a warrant after they're 180 days old. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 (ECPA) would eliminate that 180-day rule, placing all electronic communication, regardless of age, under one… Continue Reading


Gardner Voices Strong Opposition to FCC's Proposed Regulation of the Internet

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on new internet regulations proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC): "The FCC's attempt to regulate the internet under Title II of the Communications Act is a massive federal power grab that will come at the expense of innovation, growth, and internet users. This proposal would give the FCC huge amounts of new power over the internet, stifling the very innovative and disruptive culture that made the … Continue Reading


Gardner Introduces El Paso County Commissioner at Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark as a witness at a joint hearing between the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure focused on the impacts on state and local governments of a proposed rule to expand federal regulation of waters under the Clean Water Act. As prepared, Gardner's remarks read, in part: "I am honored to introduce Commissioner Sallie Clark of El… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Senate DHS Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today on the Senate's vote on a motion to proceed to a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security: "The President has overreached with his executive order on immigration. Over twenty times, he said that he did not have the authority to do what he did. I will do everything I can to oppose his executive action, and I will do everything I can to work towards real, responsible immigration reform which includes… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces Commerce Leadership Roles

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced his appointment to several key subcommittees of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Senator Gardner will assume seats on the following subcommittees: Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee on Space, Science, and… Continue Reading


Gardner: Our Veterans Deserve Better

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a video message today in advance of casting his vote in favor of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. Click HERE to watch the video. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Hello. I'm Cory Gardner, your Senator from the Great State of Colorado. Normally, I like to use these updates as a chance to tell you what's going on this week in Washington, what legislation I'm working on, and how I'm trying to work towards your prio… Continue Reading


Gardner on the President's Budget: "Willful Ignorance"

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today on the release of the President's Budget: "The President's budget is a disappointment, full of new spending, more taxes, more special carve outs, and fewer opportunities to come to the table with the new Congress and work towards a sane, responsible budget for our nation. And it's willfully ignorant of the dangerous cliff our federal budget is already approaching. "Just last week, the Congressional Budget Off… Continue Reading


Gardner Seeks to Modernize Senate Campaign Reporting

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he's joining Senators Tester (D-MT) and Cochran (R-MS) and co-sponsoring the Campaign Disclosure Parity Act. This act would require candidates for United States Senate to electronically file election-related reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Currently, these reports are filed in paper form with the Secretary of the Senate before being sent over to the FEC. "It's time to bring Senate campaign reporting into the… Continue Reading


Gardner Gets Answers on LNG Exports

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) participated today in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on export permits for liquefied natural gas (LNG). During the hearing, Senator Gardner questioned witnesses, who included representatives from the Department of Energy as well as outside experts, on the current state of the natural gas industry, and the benefits that exporting natural gas can provide for both our foreign policy and domestic energy security. "Today's heari… Continue Reading


Gardner Moves to Permanently Reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted today in the Senate in favor of an amendment to the Senate Keystone XL Pipeline bill offered by Senator Burr (R-NC). The amendment would have permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the current authorization for which ends on September 30, 2015. In addition, the amendment would have ensured that no less than 1.5% of all future funding appropriated would have gone towards securing public recreational access to exis… Continue Reading


Gardner Votes for Energy Independence

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the Senate's passage of S.1, the legislation he co-sponsored to build the Keystone XL pipeline: "I was proud to vote in favor of this bipartisan legislation today, and I'm excited a majority of my colleagues came together to pass it. There was vigorous debate on this bill; we had over thirty votes on amendments which were offered by members of both parties. That's more votes on amendments on this one bill than oc… Continue Reading


Gardner Takes Over Key Subcommittee focused on East Asia and Cybersecurity

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has been named the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. This subcommittee considers all matters related to U.S. relations with countries and regional organizations in East Asia and the Pacific, including key U.S. allies Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea; the increasingly influential China; as well as 26 other nations stretc… Continue Reading


Coffman, Gardner, Bennet Team Up on Bill to Build Aurora VA Hospital

Washington, D.C. - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) teamed up with Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) and announced today that they will be introducing bills this week in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives to finish building the Aurora Veteran's Affairs Hospital. The Aurora VA Hospital Financing and Construction Reform Act of 2015 would serve two primary purposes. First, it would authorize the funding required to see this project through to completion.… Continue Reading


Gardner: “Stop the Federal Assault on Colorado Agriculture and Energy”

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today supported an amendment offered by Senator Moran (R-KS) which would reverse the US Fish and Wildlife Service's unilateral decision to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species. "The US Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken is an attack on Colorado's economy, and completely ignores the hard work that state and local officials have done developing conservation plans designed to protect the species … Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Wind Production Tax Credit Vote

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on his vote against the nonbinding amendment offered by Senator Heitkamp (D-ND) to express the sense of the Senate that the Wind Production Tax Credit should be extended for five years: "I am a true believer in the ability of wind energy to be a key part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy. I have been a major proponent of the Wind Production Tax Credit in the past, and I continue to support incentives for wind e… Continue Reading


Gardner Demands Answers on Privacy Rights

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today wrote a letter to the White House on the subject of recent reports of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) amassing a large database of phone calls made by United States citizens. The letter reads, in part: The American people deserve transparency in government and every Administration must be held accountable for its actions, whether they relate to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Justice (DOJ), or other federal agencies. As su… Continue Reading


Gardner Takes on Costly Regulations

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that he is co-sponsoring the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, also known as the REINS Act. This act would restore significant power to the legislative branch with regard to rulemaking by requiring Congressional approval of all major rules and regulations proposed by the executive branch. Major rules and regulations would be defined as those rules that will have greater than a $100 million impact on the economy, lead… Continue Reading


Gardner Commemorates Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) made the following statement today commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park: "Today commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. Rocky Mountain National Park is not only a state treasure, but a national treasure, and all Coloradans are extremely grateful for the legislation which has played a crucial role in preserving this beautiful territory. "On January 26, 1915, President Woodro… Continue Reading


Gardner Takes Lead on Wildfire Disaster Funding

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is joining fellow Senators in co-sponsoring the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015, continuing a legacy of leadership on this issue going back to his days in the House of Representatives. This bill would change U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Interior budgeting to allow agencies additional flexibility to respond to catastrophic wildfires without having to pull money from other budget priorities. "Major wildfires… Continue Reading

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