Press Releases

05.22.15

Senate Passes Short-Term Bill to Continue Construction on VA Hospital

Washington, DC - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet today welcomed the passage of a short-term bill to continue construction on the VA regional medical facility in Aurora. The bill gives Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs additional time to work on a long-term funding solution to complete the project. "Much hard work remains to be done to deliver the world-class medical facility that veterans deserve and were promised," Gardner said. "The VA, working with Congr… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Ayotte, Gardner Introduce Bill Aimed at Increasing Availability of Safe and Effective Over-the-Counter Contraceptives

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that they have introduced legislation that would help increase access to safe and effective contraceptives by encouraging manufacturers of routine-use contraceptives to file an application with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell their products over the counter (OTC). The Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act would incentivize manufacturers of routine-use contraceptive… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Gardner Statement on Aurora VA Hospital

Washington, DC ­- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)released the following statement today on the state of the Aurora VA Hospital: "Today's announcement that a temporary deal has been reached to avert a work stoppage at the Aurora Veterans Affairs hospital is an important step forward. It gives members of Congress and the VA time to negotiate a permanent, long term solution. A project shutdown would cost taxpayers millions of dollars while continuing to delay the completion of this critical, need… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Tipton, Gardner Working to Save Colowyo Mine

WASHINGTON- Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) and Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today urged Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to instruct the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) to take action to prevent the impending closure of the Colowyo mine and loss of hundreds of jobs in Moffat County, Colorado. "We write to urge you to take all necessary and appropriate action to ensure the continued operation of the Colowyo Coal Mine, which is a critical component of northwest Colorado's regional economy a… Continue Reading


05.20.15

Gardner, Bennet Introduce Native American Indian Education Act

Washington, DC ­- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced today that they have introduced The Native American Indian Education Act in the United States Senate to provide relief to State education budgets currently fulfilling a federal mandate to provide tuition-free higher education opportunities for Native American Indians. The Act addresses federal-state agreements which required, as part of a land grant agreement, that States finance Native American tuitio… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Gardner Resolution Urges North Korea Sanctions

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, announced today that he has introduced a resolution in the United States Senate advocating for a change in Administration policy towards the North Korean regime. The resolution details the North Korean regime's history of military threats, human rights abuses, and violations of international laws and agreements. It advocates for additional targeted sancti… Continue Reading


05.15.15

Gardner Statement on National Police Week

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement marking the 34th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service and National Police Week: "As police officers and supporters of law enforcement from around the country gather today in Washington, DC, it's important for all of us in public service to pause and recognize the tremendous sacrifices and contributions made by law enforcement officers… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Gardner, Bennet, Coffman Issue Statement on Denver VA Hospital

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) issued the following statement today regarding the Denver Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center: "Today, the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs expressed deep concerns with the Denver VA hospital project. We share the Chairmen's displeasure with the behavior of the Department of Veterans Affairs throughout the construction process, and we… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Senate Coalition To Introduce Bill Providing Access To Epilepsy Treatment

Washington, DC - Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with Senate co-sponsors Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), announced today they are introducing the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015 in the United States Senate to exempt from the Controlled Substances Act strains of therapeutic hemp used to fight seizures in children and adults suffering from intractable epilepsy. These strains, which include the common… Continue Reading


05.12.15

Democrats and Unions Block Bill Promoting Economic Growth in Colorado

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement after he voted in favor of a procedural motion advancing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): "The failure of today's procedural motion to advance TPA is a disappointing example of Washington politics getting in the way of growing our economy. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats and their union allies have decided to block this legislation from moving forward and are instead standing in the way of economic growth and American… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Gardner Statement On Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today on the Senate's passage, by a vote of 98-1, of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act: "From the beginning of these negotiations, I have insisted that Congress must have a voice in any deal agreed to by President Obama and the ruling regime of Iran. The Iranian regime is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. They … Continue Reading


05.05.15

Gardner Applauds Passage of Balanced Budget

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today on the Senate's passage of a balanced budget: "When the new Senate majority was sworn in, we pledged to govern responsibly and change the dysfunctional way the Senate had been operating. With today's vote approving the first balanced 10-year budget since 2001, we have started to deliver on that promise. "This budget is a serious step towards addressing our rapidly increasing national debt and the federal govern… Continue Reading


05.04.15

Senators Direct More Money From Crime Fund to Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Victims of crime will have access to hundreds of millions more dollars next year under a provision included in the budget resolution being considered Tuesday. In response to calls from U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the budget resolution provides an estimated $2.5 billion in funds to victims of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes without using taxpa… Continue Reading


05.04.15

Gardner Joins Bipartisan Highway Bill

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has signed on as a co-sponsor to the Invest in Transportation Act introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The Act would extend the Highway Trust Fund, authorization for which is currently set to expire at the end of May, while incentivizing U.S. companies to repatriate some of the estimated $2 trillion in foreign earnings currently being held overseas. Those dollars brought back to the United S… Continue Reading


05.01.15

Gardner Commemorates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released a statement today commemorating the beginning of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, originally designated as a weeklong celebration by Congress in 1978 and later signed into permanent law as a full month. "Asian-Pacific American Herita… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Energy Committee Hears Testimony on Gardner Efficiency Legislation

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has heard testimony on S. 858, the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2015, which is cosponsored by Senator Coons (D-DE), Senator Portman (R-OH), and Senator Shaheen (D-NH). More information about the bill, including its full text, is available here. The Act would encourage the increased use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility… Continue Reading


04.30.15

Gardner Statement on North Korea Nuclear Developments

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement reacting to recent reports that North Korea may have re-started its nuclear reactor in Yongbyon and plans to drastically increase its nuclear stockpile: "I am closely monitoring these extremely disturbing reports regarding North Korea. According to nu… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Gardner: "A Stalled Economy Needs TPP"

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement today following reports that the United States economy grew by just 0.2% in the first quarter of 2015: "This report is yet another reminder that there's a long way to go before most Coloradans and Americans actually feel that there's been an economic recovery. Further, the disproportionate effect of falling exports on our… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Gardner: "A Historic Address, and Critical Opportunity"

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released the following statement on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's address to Congress today: "I'd like to thank Prime Minister Abe for coming before the United States Congress and providing us with his insight. Prime Minister Abe is the first leader of Japan to address a joint… Continue Reading


04.28.15

Gardner: “Yet Another Example of Iranian Aggression”

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on reports developing today that Iran Revolutionary Guard Patrol boats have fired upon, intercepted, and boarded a commercial vessel in the Strait of Hormuz: "This aggression from Iran, the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, is yet another example of this rogue regime's reckless behavior that the international community cannot - and must not - tolerate. As we c… Continue Reading

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