Press Releases


Gardner, Scott, Grassley, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Enhance Opportunity Zones

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tim Scott (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Todd Young (R-IN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the IMPACT Act, which would reinstate and expand reporting requirements to determine the impact of the more than 8,700 Opportunity Zones across the country. The Improving and Reinstating the Monitoring, Prevention, Accountability, Certification, and Transparency Provisions of Opp… Continue Reading


Gardner, Coons, Bipartisan Colleagues Demand Education Department Investigation into Loan Forgiveness Process

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), and a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) urging the department's Acting Inspector General Sandra Bruce to investigate the federal student loan discharge process for Americans with total and permanent disabilities (TPD). The members' letter comes after multiple letters requesting the discharges go forward and a report from National Public Radio (NPR), aired earlier this week… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Gardner’s Bill Simplifying FAFSA

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate recently passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) last Congress to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing process for nearly 20 million students and their families. The Faster Access to Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Act will allow students to answer at least 11 and as many as 22 questions with just one click. Gar… Continue Reading


Gardner Recognizes Pearl Harbor Anniversary and Survivors on Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate today recognizing the upcoming 78th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the three remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. NOTE: Click here or the picture above to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "On Saturday, December 7th, millions of Americans across the country will pay tribute to the attack at Pearl Harbor to commemorate what happened that morning that brought the United States… Continue Reading


Gardner Discusses Consumer Privacy Legislation at Senate Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke about his work to protect consumer data privacy at a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. NOTE: Click here to view Senator Gardner's remarks. "In Colorado, we cherish our personal privacy, which is at the core of our Rocky Mountain values," said Senator Gardner. "That's why I strongly support efforts to support a national, bipartisan privacy policy that respects Colorado's values, respe… Continue Reading


Statement of Senate Cybersecurity Caucus Co-Chairs Gardner and Warner

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA), the bipartisan co-chairs of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, issued a statement after convening a classified briefing with Senators and Chris Krebs, Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), to discuss the growing threat posed by ransomware attacks: "The continued prevalence of ransomware should really capture our attention. It's costly, devastatingly … Continue Reading


Gardner Sends Bipartisan Letter Raising Alarm on China’s Corporate Social Credit System

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mike Braun (R-IN), Rob Portman (R-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and 20 of their colleagues sent United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Lighthizer a letter outlining their concerns with the Chinese government's efforts to develop and deploy its Corporate Social Credit System (Corporate SCS). The Corporate SCS represents China formalizing a system to punish American companies and workers for speaking … Continue Reading


Senator Gardner Issues Thanksgiving Message

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today celebrating Thanksgiving: "Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and show our appreciation for all of life's blessings. I feel blessed to live in the greatest state in the greatest country in the world. As we sit down with loved ones, we remember the sacrifices of our service members who are spending this holiday far from home and their loved ones. Our nation is eternally grateful," said Senator Gardner. ##… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds $4M Grants to Improve Colorado Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, applauded the Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement that Colorado will receive $4 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funding. The Durango-La Plata County Airport will receive $2,500,000 to acquire land for development, and the Yampa Valley Airport in Hayden will receive $1,500,000 to expand the terminal building. "With Colorado's growing eco… Continue Reading


Gardner, United Health Foundation, Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence Announce Behavioral Health Care Services Grant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined United Health Foundation and the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence (the Center) to announce a three-year, $1.5 million grant to address the shortage of mental health providers in rural Colorado communities. United Health Foundation will make funds available to the Center to recruit and support 39 currently-employed rural Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Behavioral Health Fellows (APRNs), who will provide behavioral health care ser… Continue Reading


Gardner, Bennet Announce $2.7 Million ReConnect Grant to Expand Broadband in Dove Creek

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) announced today that Emery Telecom will receive $2.7 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. With new USDA funding, Emery Telecom will provide nearly 500 fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) connections to homes, farms and ranches, small businesses, educational facilities, and community anchor institutions in and around Dove Creek, Colorado. "Increasing b… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on FCC’s Decision to Ban Huawei Technology

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 regarding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to ban telecommunications providers from using federal subsidies to purchase equipment or services from Huawei and ZTE. "Huawei and ZTE telecommunications products are not safe for the U.S. or any of our allies around the glo… Continue Reading


Gardner Discusses 9-8-8 Hotline with Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) recently met with Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners in Denver to discuss his bipartisan bill to establish 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention hotline. "It was great to meet with Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners to discuss how we can best deliver mental health services and learn more about the ways in which they support Coloradans in need," said Senator Gardner. "Approximately every seven hours, a Coloradan dies by suicide. We must do more to… Continue Reading


Gardner Statement on South Korea and Japan Intelligence Sharing Pact

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the following statement today regarding South Korea's announcement that it would remain in an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, which allows South Korea and Japan to share sensitive information including details of North Korean military launches. "The free world must continue to work together to monitor the madman in Pyongyang and his nuclear ambitions," said Senator Gardner. "This announcement is welcome news, and I applaud South… Continue Reading


Conservation Groups Praise Gardner’s Efforts to Fully Fund LWCF

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner's (R-CO) latest effort to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is earning praise from leading conservation groups. This week the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved Gardner's bipartisan legislation to provide full, permanent funding for the LWCF at a level of $900 million. What conservation groups are saying: "We applaud the effective efforts of Sen. Gardner to foster strong bi-partisan support for this vital … Continue Reading


Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Gardner-Backed Legislation to Improve PILT, Extend Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, D.C. - Today the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on legislation that would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program and provide greater parity to small counties who receive Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding from the federal government. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is a cosponsor of both pieces of legislation that will provide funding for critical services in counties with large amounts of federal land. The committee discussed S. 2108, t… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Colorado

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that the Central Colorado Area Health Education Center will receive $123,853 through the Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-Level Intervention (COOCLI) grant program. "This grant announcement is welcome news for a state that has been ravaged by the opioid epidemic," said Senator Gardner. "In recent years Colorado has seen a devastating uptick in deaths from illegal substance abuse, including methamphetamines… Continue Reading


Gardner Announces $18M in Transit Grants for Colorado

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced today Colorado will receive more than $18 million for several federal grants from the Department of Transportation (DOT) under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. "I'm proud to work with communities all over our great state to support their infrastructure projects at the federal level, and I'm pleased the Department of Transportation continues t… Continue Reading


Gardner Applauds $1M Energy Research Grants for National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will award more than $1 million to fund two projects at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. "The cutting-edge research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado is instrumental in advancing our nation's renewabl… Continue Reading


Senate Committee Passes Gardner, Bennet Bill to Train Veterans for Careers in Innovative Sectors of the American Energy Industry

Washington, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation introduced by Colorado U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D) unanimously passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee today and will now be considered by the full Senate. The Energy Jobs for our Heroes Act would help ease the transition back to civilian life for servicemembers and strengthen the economy by connecting employers in the fast-growing solar, wind, nuclear, and cyber energy industries with talented, highly-ski… Continue Reading

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