I enjoyed hosting Will Edelson in my office on Wednesday where he performed "To Be of Use" by Marge Piercy. Will is in Washington, D.C. this week to perform in the national Poetry Out Loud competition.
Yesterday, Senator Gardner appeared on The Lead with Jake Tapper to discuss the major failings in the construction of Denver's VA Hospital. Watch here:
Education is a critical issue, and as the Senate debates legislation that would reform the federal role in our education system, I wanted to make sure you know where I stand:
I wanted to update you on what happened in Washington this week and the work I'm doing to represent you in the Senate. The Senate voted for strong trade agreements, the Supreme Court made a disappointing decision on Obamacare, and I'll be touring Colorado military facilities next week. Thanks for watching this video update, and please SHARE it with your friends so that they can leave their thoughts below.
I'm proud to introduce the REACH Act with Chuck Grassley. The Act will help rural hospitals stay open and ensure that the emergency healthcare needs of rural communities are met. Read more about the REACH Act here: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-gardner-introduce-bill-give-rural-hospitals-new-option-stay-open
Free trade is good for Colorado's economy, Colorado's workers, and America's standing in the world.
I wanted to post a quick video letting you know what we're working on this week in the Senate. We'll be continuing our efforts to expand trade opportunities for Colorado companies and entrepreneurs, and I'm continuing to work to save the Colowyo Mine and the hundreds of jobs it provides in Northwest Colorado.
It's been a busy couple of weeks in the Senate, and I wanted to take a couple minutes to let you know what I've been working on. Thank you for watching, and please share this video so your friends can reach out to my office with their thoughts.
Today, I took to the Senate floor to discuss the PORTS Act, legislation I've introduced to protect the American economy from crippling labor disputes at our seaports. Colorado exports countless goods overseas, and slowdowns or shutdowns at American ports threaten jobs in our state. The President already has the power to intervene in shutdowns through the Taft-Hartley Act. But as we saw in the recent West Coast port slowdown, the President can also refuse to act. My bill would strengthen and expand Taft-Hartley by granting state governors some powers currently reserved for the President to end labor disruptions.
Today, I chaired a hearing of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy on an important subject: Strategic Implications of Trade Promotion and Capacity-Building in the Asia-Pacific Region. In my opening statement, I spoke about the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership now being negotiated, and how the United States can help write the rules for international trade. When the United States is absent in international trade, other countries, including China, will rush to fill the vacuum with policies and programs that benefit themselves rather than promoting high standards and transparency.
This week, the Foreign Relations Committee adopted two of my amendments aimed at fixing our Asia policy. I'm concerned that we aren't devoting enough attention to this critically important region.
Today, I took to the Senate floor to denounce the federal assault on the Colowyo Mine. I highlighted the over two hundred jobs supported by the mine, as well as the millions in state and federal tax dollars that the mine contributes. Closing the Colowyo Mine would raise energy prices in Colorado and also in neighboring states which participate in the energy cooperative which administers the mine. I also entered into the record several letters from Colorado officials, including John W. Hickenlooper, Congressman Scott Tipton and Congressman Ed Perlmutter, calling on the Interior Department to appeal the Court ruling that is endangering this important mine.
Senator Gardner gave a major address to CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies on American foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region. Topics included the United States' relationship with allies Japan and South Korea, the threat posed by North Korea, and the importance of trade in building relationships in the region. Watch the full speech:
At a hearing on railroad issues, I asked witnesses about the huge negative impact that potentially closing the Southwest Chieftain Amtrak line would have on Southeastern Colorado. Colorado and other states have spent and pledged resources to maintain this line, and I hope that the federal government can work to maintain its commitment to this crucial driver of economic activity.
Today, at an Energy Committee hearing, I asked witnesses about the importance of energy research and development, including the work done at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, as well as how the federal government is ignoring the states when it comes to regulating hydraulic fracturing.
Today, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, I questioned witnesses about ongoing negotiations with Iran. The Iranian regime is already the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and I asked whether filling their coffers with sanctions relief worth at least $120 billion in frozen assets and $30-$40 billion in additional oil revenue would lead to more funding for terrorist groups around the world.
In a Small Business Committee hearing today, I spoke out about Colorado's unique water laws and how the EPA's new 'Waters of the United States' rule will have disastrous effects on our state's economy and small businesses.
Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Western drought conditions. I asked witnesses questions about the need for water storage capacity and strategic long-term planning to meet the water needs of all Coloradans.
Watch Senator Gardner's full speech on the Senate floor today about the importance of free trade, how Colorado would benefit from the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the importance of marking Memorial Day.
Today, at a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, I spoke up about the court decision threatening the Colowyo mine in Northwestern Colorado. This decision has the potential to wipe out hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues, and cause major damage to communities in this region. It's important that lawmakers recognize that these jobs and communities aren't just pieces of paper in a lawsuit.
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing yesterday, I asked witnesses from both the State Department and the Defense Department about the importance of completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and strengthening our alliances in East Asia, especially in light of a rising China.
Watch video of Senator Gardner's opening remarks at a press conference today announcing his Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015. More information about the legislation is available here: http://www.gardner.senate.gov/content/senate-coalition-introduce-bill-providing-access-epilepsy-treatment
On the Senate floor today, I talked about the threat that North Korea poses to the security of East Asia and the United States. North Korea's record of human rights abuses, nuclear proliferation, and belligerence makes it clear that the Obama Administration's policy towards this dangerous nation is not working.
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, I asked State Department Assistant Secretary Thomas Countryman about U.S.-China nuclear cooperation and the dangers of potential nuclear and missile technology proliferation to North Korea and other countries of concern.
The United Nations General Assembly current 2014-2015 session has adopted a total of 20 resolutions singling out Israel for criticism. They've adopted just 3 resolutions on the rest of the world, combined. At an Foreign Relations Committee budget oversight hearing today, I asked the State Department Assistant Secretary Bathsheba Nell Crocker about the U.N.'s bias against Israel, and whether the United States is getting its money's worth from our considerable contributions to the U.N.
I was excited to have the opportunity to testify in front of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works about my bill, the Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act, which would empower states to implement sage-grouse conservation plans, taking local environments and local concerns into account. This is an important environmental issue which would have a huge impact on Colorado, and it's vitally important that Coloradans' voices are heard in this debate over how best to conserve this species.
AgriPulse: "This week's guest on Open Mic is Colorado US Senator Cory Gardner. With a family farm machinery business in operation for over a century, Senator Gardner shares his experience with the cyclical nature of the agriculture industry and the need for farmers to have access to new advances in technology to remain productive and profitable. In this week's discussion Gardner shares thoughts on the EPA's new water rules and his view that water issues should be resolved at the state level. The Colorado Republican shares his view of the Endangered Species Act, the need for continued investment in the nation's highways and rail lines and why he supports free trade agreements."