Press Releases

12.17.19

Gardner, Bennet, Neguse Introduce Bills to Expand Rocky Mountain National Park

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, along with U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (CO-2), introduced two pieces of legislation today to expand the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). The bills allow former NASA astronaut Vance D. Brand to donate 40 acres to Rocky Mountain National Park, and would also resolve a longstanding issue regarding a local family's cabin that was erroneously transferred to the park. Both land transfers require an Act of Congress to com… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Defense Bill Clears Senate, Authorizes Over $300 Million in Gardner-Secured Colorado Priorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted in support of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 today, which authorizes $322 million in military construction projects in Colorado. The annual defense bill also authorizes a 3.1 percent pay raise for troops, the largest in a decade, and 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all 2.1 million federal employees. With bipartisan Senate passage today, the legislation heads to the… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Gardner Secures Repeal of Costly Obamacare Taxes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today applauded the announcement of an agreement to repeal the costly Health Insurance Tax (HIT) and Medical Device Tax with passage of the year-end federal spending package. Gardner is championing efforts to safeguard Coloradans from these taxes and previously introduced S. 172, a Senate bill to stop the HIT from raising costs on Coloradans. "Today's announcement is a major victory towards fostering innovation, protecting Colorado jobs, an… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Senate Passes Gardner Resolution Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

Washington, D.C. - In recognition of the Battle of the Bulge beginning 75 years ago today, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution last week introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) commemorating this anniversary. S. Con. Res 23 honors the valiant efforts of the Allied Forces in December 1944, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice in this last major German offensive in Western Europe during World War II. The 4th Infantry Division of the… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Gardner Urges Congressional Leadership to Pass No Budget, No Pay

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), along with U.S. Representatives Jack Bergman (MI-1) and Gil Cisneros (CA-39) and 16 of their colleagues, sent a bipartisan letter to congressional leadership urging them to pass No Budget, No Pay to prevent members of Congress from receiving pay if they don't pass legislation to fund the federal government. "When Congress fails to pass appropriations, American people are hurt. Just this year, Ame… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Senate Passes Gardner, Menendez, Cruz Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate unanimously passed S. Res. 150, led by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ted Cruz (R-TX), to officially recognize and remember the Armenian Genocide. This was the first time in history the U.S. Senate recognized the Armenian Genocide. Gardner has also co-sponsored similar resolutions in the 114th Congress and the 115th Congress. "The Armenian Genocide was one of the greatest crimes against humanity, and I am glad the United … Continue Reading


12.13.19

Gardner, Bennet to DeVos: Extend Closed School Discharge Eligibility for Colorado Students

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) today sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to extend the closed school discharge eligibility lookback period for Dream Center Education Holding's (DCEH) Art Institute of Colorado and Illinois Institute of Art students who attended or withdrew on or after January 20, 2018. In November, the Department of Education announced it would cancel the loans taken out by students to attend the Art In… Continue Reading


12.13.19

What They Are Saying: Gardner’s 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Moves Forward

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) push to establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline took two critical steps forward this week. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation unanimously approved Gardner's National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, S. 2661. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to designate 9-8-8 as the three-digit numbe… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Gardner, Rubio, McGovern, and 45 Lawmakers Urge Trump Administration to Expand Sanctions in Response to China’s Mass Internment of Uighurs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, sent a bipartisan letter with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), U.S. Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA), the Co-Chair and Chairman of the Congressional Executive Committee on China (CECC), and a bipartisan and bicameral group of 45 lawmakers to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and… Continue Reading


12.12.19

Senate Committee Passes Gardner-Backed Bills to Improve PILT, Extend Secure Rural Schools Program, Expand Yucca House National Monument

Washington, D.C. - Today the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved three bills backed by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) to provide funding for critical services in counties with large amounts of federal land and protect Ancestral Pueblo cultural sites near the Yucca House National Monument. The Small County PILT Parity Act, S. 2108, would provide greater parity for small counties that receive Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding from the federal government. S. 430 would exten… Continue Reading


12.12.19

Gardner Statement on the FCC’s Vote to Move Forward with the 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), who is leading the bipartisan effort in the Senate to establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention hotline, released the following statement today regarding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) approval of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "Today… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Gardner Honors Senator Johnny Isakson’s Distinguished Career on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today in honor of Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who announced he would leave the Senate at the end of the year due to health complications. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "Anyone who has ever worked with Johnny knows him as a kind, thoughtful, and compassionate colleague," said Senator Gardner. "I wish Johnny and his wife Dianne the best as they get re… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Gardner Measure to Provide Substantial Funding for Rural Broadband Clears Senate Committee

Washington, D.C. - Today the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed a measure authored by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) to provide potentially billions to expand access to broadband in rural areas. "By approving this legislation, the Senate Commerce Committee took a great step toward bridging the divide between urban and rural Colorado," said Senator Gardner. "My proposal would ensure that at least 10 percent of the proceeds from a sale of C-band spectrum would be … Continue Reading


12.11.19

Gardner’s Bill to Determine if Russia is a State Sponsor of Terrorism Passes Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) legislation to determine if Russia is a state sponsor of terror was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. The legislation, the Stopping Malign Activities from Russian Terrorism (SMART) Act, requires the State Department to determine within 90 days and report to Congress whether the Russian Federation meets the criteria under U.S. law to be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. This designation is made by the Secretar… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Gardner and Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Suicides

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to curb the rising suicide rate across the country, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act of 2019. The legislation establishes a grant program to improve suicide screening and prevention practices in emergency departments with a focus on increasing identification, assessment, and treatment of p… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Senate Committee Approves Gardner’s 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) bipartisan bill to designate 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. Gardner's National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, S. 2661, designates 9-8-8 as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which would include the Veterans Crisis Line for veteran-specific mental health support. The current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and V… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Gardner Leads Bipartisan Group of Colleagues to Request Health Insurance Tax Delay

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and several of his colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to leadership of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives urging a delay in the Health Insurance Tax before it goes into effect again on January 1, 2020. The tax is a fee to health insurers on their health policy premiums that increases costs on families, small businesses, seniors, Americans with disabilities, and state Medicaid programs. "We write to request relief from t… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Gardner Celebrates 100 Years of the Colorado Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Colorado Farm Bureau Federation and celebrating the long history of the Farm Bureau representing the farmers and ranchers of Colorado. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "Agriculture is personal to me. I grew up in Yuma on Colorado's Eastern Plains, a town whose heart lies in agriculture. Our livelihoods and o… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Gardner, Risch, Menendez, Coons Mark Anniversary of the Chinese Government’s Unlawful Detention of Canadian Citizens

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Chris Coons (D-DE), who serve on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today recognized the anniversary of the Chinese government's detention of Canadian citizens Michal Kovrig and Michael Spavor in retaliation for Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's arrest by Canadian authorities. Kovrig and Spavor were detained on December 10, 2018, just nine days after Meng's a… Continue Reading


12.08.19

Gardner Responds to North Korea’s Statement That It Will Not Denuclearize

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement today regarding an announcement from North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations that North Korea has no intentions to denuclearize. The comments come as an end-of-the-year deadline set by dictator Kim Jong Un approaches to see progress in negotiations with the United States. Earlier this … Continue Reading

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