Press Releases


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


Gardner Responds to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a video today responding to President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union Address. The text of the response, as prepared for delivery, is copied below. Click HERE to watch the video. *** Hello! I'm Senator Cory Gardner from the great state of Colorado. Tonight, we heard from the president as he presented his State of the Union speech. I'd like to share with you some thoughts on what the president said, but more importantly, what actio… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "Today, Coloradans pause to remember and reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," Gardner said. "As the new Congress begins to take up the hard work of governance, it is my hope that we will keep the example of Dr. King in mind, and work towards a government and a country that serves all its citizens equally." "There is no doubt we have a long wa… Continue Reading


Admiral Michelle Howard to Accompany Gardner to State of the Union

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that Admiral Michelle Howard, the current Vice Chief of Naval Operations, will be his guest at this year’s State of the Union address. Admiral Howard, an Aurora, Colorado native, has achieved numerous distinctions during her sterling Naval career, including being the first African-American woman to command a Navy warship at sea as well as being the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star Admiral. “I am extremely excited to ha… Continue Reading


Gardner Moves To Repeal Medical Device Tax

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he has joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Medical Device Access and Innovation Act, which will repeal the Medical Device Tax that was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Gardner said: "I'm proud to be a leader in the effort to repeal this onerous tax. A tax on medical devices is a tax on innovation, on small businesses, and on our collective ability to disco… Continue Reading


Gardner Co-Sponsors National Parks Act

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he joined Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in introducing the National Parks Access Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation allowing the National Parks Service to reimburse states which paid to keep National Parks open during the 2013 government shutdown. Colorado was one of six states which advanced money to the National Park Service to keep a park within its borders open. "I'm pleased to be leading on this important legislation, whic… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on Paris Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement on the recent events in Paris, including the attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and Friday's hostage crises. "The recent tragic events in Paris have saddened us all. My prayers are with all the victims in France, their families, and friends. We mourn the tragic loss of life and applaud operations which have saved the lives of hostages. Freedom of speech, even speech that some may find offensive… Continue Reading

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