Press Releases


Gardner, Peters Introduce Legislative Package of Bipartisan Cost-Saving Measures

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today introduced two bills that would help reduce wasteful government spending and cut the deficit. The Congressional Oversight to Start Taxpayer Savings Resolution (COST Savings Resolution) and the Expedited Consideration of Cuts, Consolidations and Savings Act of 2015 will save taxpayer dollars and make government more effective and efficient by helping eliminate duplicative or overlapping programs and by requiring Congre… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Mass Healthcare Cancellations

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the decision of the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) to cancel nearly two hundred thousand healthcare plans despite having the authority to allow them to continue: "I am utterly appalled by this announcement. After all of the glitches, the increased costs and premiums, and the plan cancellations that Coloradans have already endured, the idea that the Division of Insurance would choose to cancel the healthcare… Continue Reading


Rubio, Gardner Urge Investigation into North Korea’s Role in Assault on US Ambassador

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), who serves as the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who served as chairman of the subcommittee in the 113th Congress, announced today that they have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging a full investigation, conducted in conjunction with our South Korean allies, into the March 4th assault on Mark Lippert, the United State… Continue Reading


Gardner Urges Restart of H-2B Visa Program

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL) urging them to end suspension of the H-2B visa program. H-2B visas allow U.S. employers to temporarily bring foreign workers to the United States to fill seasonal or intermittent nonagricultural jobs, and both the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland security play a role in the visa'… Continue Reading


Gardner Sends Message to Iranian Leaders

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he, along with 46 other Senators, has signed an open letter to the leaders of Iran regarding negotiations with the United States about their nuclear program. The letter clarifies for Iranian leaders our constitutional system of government, and makes clear that any deal between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei that is not approved by the U.S. Congress could easily be modified or revoked in the future. … Continue Reading


Gardner Presses Loretta Lynch For Answers

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has sent a letter to Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee to be Attorney General, demanding answers to pressing legal questions. Gardner's letter asks that Ms. Lynch clarify her positions on several issues, including the President's refusal to enforce federal law, the Administration's proposed assault on the Second Amendment, and the privacy of American citizens. The questions read, in part: Does prosecutorial discret… Continue Reading


Gardner Supports Industrial Hemp Legalization

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is co-sponsoring the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Rand Paul (R-KY). This legislation would legalize industrial hemp for commercial use by excluding industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. "Industrial hemp is a safe substance with many practical commercial applications," Gardner said. "R… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $10 Million Flood Recovery Grant

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Colorado has received a $10 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This award provides federal funding to Colorado DHS and Emergency Management to aid recovery efforts from Colorado's 2013 floods. "This award will help in the ongoing effort to rebuild after the devastating floods of 2013," Gardner said. "Colorado taxpayers fund FEMA every year with their hard-earned … Continue Reading


Gardner Legislation Protects Disaster Victims From FEMA Clawbacks

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is introducing the Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2015. This legislation is designed to protect disaster victims, including Coloradans affected by the 2013 floods, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aid clawbacks. Under current law, FEMA can go back to disaster victims who have been approved for and received aid and retroactively change its aid determination, demanding that the recipi… Continue Reading


Gardner to Obama: No Executive Tax Increases

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter today to President Barack Obama urging him to reject calls by some in Congress for executive actions increasing taxes. The letter further urges the President to slow the tide of unilateral executive orders on a variety of topics, arguing that these actions undermine our constitutional system of government. The letter reads, in part: I worry that unilateral action, publicly justified by your spokesperson as a response to an obstinate C… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Benjamin Netanyahu’s Address

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint meeting of Congress today: "Prime Minister Netanyahu gave an incredibly important address to the United States Congress today. He emphasized the threat that a nuclear Iran would pose to Israel and America, and made it clear that any deal that gives the Iranian regime a path to nuclear weapons is unacceptable. His clear-headed analysis of Iran as the w… Continue Reading


Gardner, Coons Fight for Energy Efficiency

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is urging the Senate Budget Committee to address a long-standing budgetary practice which threatens beneficial legislation on Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs). ESPCs and UESCs are innovative public-private partnerships in which private companies bear the cost of making energy-efficiency upgrades to federal buildings in exchange for a portion of the savings that come fro… Continue Reading


Gardner Calls For Russian Accountability in Nemtsov Murder

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Subcommittee On Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, announced today that he is an original co-sponsor of a resolution condemning the tragic murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and calling for a swift, transparent, and full international investigation into this crime. Additionally, the resolution calls on the Obama Administration to add the names of persons identified by M… Continue Reading


Gardner Language Included in Bipartisan Sportsmen's Package

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is co-sponsoring the bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015. Contained within the Act is language authored by Senator Gardner and Senator Fischer (R-NE) which would require a public accounting of the taxpayer funds distributed to litigants who bring successful claims against the federal government. "The Sportsmen's Package is a key piece of legislation which ensures that sportsmen's ability to hunt and fish will not be arbitrari… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on DHS and President Obama’s Executive Orders on Immigration

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on today's votes in the United States Senate to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and oppose President Obama's executive orders on immigration: "These executive orders have been halted, and the issue is firmly in the hands of the courts. It is my belief and hope that in the courts, these executive orders will be found unconstitutional. "I am opposed to these executive orders. I voted four times for a D… Continue Reading


Gardner Decries Obama's Internet Takeover

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) 3-2 vote approving broad new federal internet regulations: "It is extremely disappointing that the FCC has chosen this route. Instead of working with Congress to come up with a smart, permanent, legislative solution, the theoretically-independent FCC has pushed through President Obama's internet takeover plan on a purely partisan vote. Once again, the Obama administrat… Continue Reading


Gardner Legislation Fights Domestic Trafficking

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today successfully led an effort to fight human trafficking, as part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's consideration of the End Modern Slavery and Trafficking Initiative Act of 2015 (S.553), a bill introduced by Senator Corker (R-TN), the Chairman of the committee. Gardner's amendment to the bill, which passed by voice vote, highlights the alarming rates of human trafficking in the U.S. and calls for increased cooperation among all federa… Continue Reading


Gardner: "President Obama Ignored the American People"

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on President Obama's veto of the bipartisan bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline: "Last November, Coloradans and Americans voted for a change. They voted for a Congress that could work together and pass legislation that benefits all of us. Unfortunately, with his veto of the bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama ignored November's vote, and ignored the will of the American people. "I was proud t… Continue Reading


Gardner Condemns Months-Long Port Slowdown

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) made the following statement on the agreement reached this weekend between a dockworkers union and a group of shipping companies which brought to an end the recent West Coast port slowdown: "This slowdown had disastrous consequences for businesses, consumers, and the entire economy," Gardner said. "I'm glad that the ports will soon be operating at full speed, and look forward to the ports starting to address the massive backload that has built up o… Continue Reading


Gardner Demands Hearing at Denver VA Facility

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is leading a letter with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) urging the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to organize a visit and site hearing at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System Replacement Facility, also known as the Denver Replacement Facility. Construction of the Denver Replacement Facility has been plagued by management and financial issues, including a $400 million overrun from the original contract price. The U.S. C… Continue Reading

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