Washington, DC – Thursday, the House of Representatives considered a broad energy package, which included H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act. H.R. 6 was introduced by Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04), and passed out of the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in June of this year. Today’s legislative package also included measures to promote renewable energy technologies and secure access to affordable and reliable electricity sources. It also included H.R. 3, the measure to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. This comprehensive package passed with bipartisan support.
“Today, the House of Representatives voted again to approve my legislation to export liquefied natural gas to our friends around the world,” said Gardner. “We are blessed with an abundance of natural gas in the United States, and have the ability to not only create tens of thousands of new, high-paying jobs here at home, but create a safer and more secure world by exporting natural gas to our allies who are currently forced to rely on unstable and aggressive regimes to heat their homes and keep their businesses running.
“I had the pleasure of meeting with President Poroshenko of Ukraine today, and we discussed the importance of liquefied natural gas exports to countries like Ukraine who are currently dependent on Russia for their natural gas supplies. And it’s not just President Poroshenko that is asking the United States to approve natural gas exports, but Hungary, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic as well. H.R. 6 passed out of the House with a strong bipartisan vote, but the Senate has failed to act. Without the Senate’s support for this vital legislation, our allies around the world will continue to live with the fear that Russia could cut off their energy supplies at a moment’s notice.
“In addition to H.R. 6, this legislative package included several other critical pieces of legislation. It is particularly fitting that we once again signaled our support for the Keystone Pipeline tonight, as tomorrow marks the sixth year since the initial application for construction was submitted. There have been numerous studies conducted by the current administration that show that the pipeline will have limited adverse effects, while supporting approximately 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in earnings. The Obama Administration has stalled on this project for long enough. It’s time for President Obama to listen to the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the American people and approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.”
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) voted with an overwhelming majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to authorize the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State to provide support to vetted Syrian opposition forces to eliminate ISIL, the Islamic militant group operating in Iraq and Syria.
“ISIL is an imminent threat to the safety of our nation and our interests,” said Gardner. “They have kidnapped and murdered Americans, threatened attacks on American soil, and are actively pursuing recruits in the United States.
“We must not sit back and watch while this terrorist organization continues to threaten our citizens, our government, and our way of life. Today's action by the House of Representatives sends a clear message that we will not stand idly by while terrorists attempt to intimidate us.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) released the following statement honoring Constitution Day:
“On September 17th, two hundred and twenty-seven years ago, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met one last time to sign the document that would become the foundation of our democratic republic. As a Member of Congress, I take my role in upholding the Constitution extremely seriously. The Constitution is more than just a document, it has endured as our nation has grown and is still the cornerstone of our democracy today. As the United States continues to face new challenges, it is important that the Constitution remains the guide for governing our great nation.”
Washington, DC – Today the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) which makes technical corrections to External Power Supply (EPS) efficiency standards created by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. EPS products are laptops, small desk tops, tablets, printers and networking products. HR 5057, the EPS Service Parts Act of 2014, allows for the production of older EPS spare parts to service older devices and includes a reporting requirement in order to ensure this exemption is not abused.
“This bipartisan legislation benefits both U.S. consumers and manufacturers by lowering costs,” said Gardner. “Without this legislation, manufacturers would be required to spend unnecessary dollars to support devices that are no longer in production. Manufacturers would also be forced to destroy existing inventories intended to support service spare parts and it would likely cost millions of dollars with no corresponding benefit to energy savings or the consumer. I want to thank my colleague Congressman Tonko for his work on this legislation, and I look forward to its swift passage in the Senate.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) released the following statement today in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:
“Today, we remember the families who lost loved ones 13 years ago and hold them close in our hearts. We honor the first responders who rushed in to rescue the survivors, many of them giving their own lives to save the lives of strangers. And we thank every man and woman who has worn the uniform of our great nation and stood on the frontlines, preserving our freedom and protecting the world from reprehensible acts of terror since then. With the recent tragedies in the Middle East, it remains clear that terrorists are continuing their attempts to manipulate the world with fear. We must remain indivisible in the face of these difficult times to prevent further terrorist attacks. We will never forget what happened on September 11, 2001, but today, we stand together, stronger and united against those who threaten the freedom and safety of our nation.”
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) spoke on the House floor to mark the anniversary of the tragic September 2013 floods. The flooding devastated communities across Colorado, destroying 2,000 homes, taking 8 lives and damaging nearly 2,000 square miles. To watch Congressman Gardner deliver his remarks, please click here.
Congressman Gardner’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in observation of the anniversary of the horrific floods that hit the State of Colorado one year ago. Starting on September 11th, floods ravaged communities and wiped away homes, schools and businesses. The widespread damage was unlike anything I’ve seen in my lifetime in Colorado. As the flooding was happening, and in the immediate aftermath, I joined neighbors and leaders to survey many damaged areas and we worked together to make sure that we provided the much needed relief. In west Longmont, I saw railroad tracks ripped and tangled. I saw vehicles laying upside-down and garages filled with mud. I also saw people, working in the spirit of community, striving to recover, helping each other.
I couldn’t possibly name all of the heroes involved with the flood response and recovery, but I’d like to recognize a few. Saint Vrain & Left Hand Water District Director Sean Cronin has provided invaluable resources to water districts and ditch companies to help them provide water to communities and for agriculture. John Zadel and Stan Linker of the Central Weld County Water District worked to get water systems for small communities like Frederick and Firestone back in operation. Local Fire Departments like Mountain View, Hygiene, Johnstown and others were on the front lines of flood response.
In the year since the disaster, we have made tremendous progress, but there’s lots more work to be done. Communities in Weld, Morgan, Logan, continue their work today. With the great resilience of the people of this state, I have no doubt we’ll come back stronger than ever and continue working together for the good of our great state. Mr. Speaker, I yield back.
Washington, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 with a strong bipartisan vote of 262-152. Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) cosponsored this legislation, which will prevent the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule from being implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
“As it stands, the WOTUS rule will radically expand federal regulatory authority over bodies of water under the Clean Water Act,” said Gardner. “This could give the federal government the power to regulate every last body of water, including intermittent streams and puddles. This gross federal overreach has the potential to limit the way in which farmers are able to tend to their crops and even our ability to do something as simple as wash our car in the driveway. The bipartisan support for this legislation shows that this issue is not about political parties, but about protecting our rights from a burdensome federal regulation. I will continue the necessary fight to protect Colorado’s water. The Waters of the United States rule will cause a great deal of harm to our way of life in Colorado, and I now encourage the Senate to act and send a clear message to the Administration that it is not the answer.”
In May, Congressman Gardner signed a bicameral letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy expressing concerns about the proposed WOTUS rule. The letter can be found here.
Lyons, CO – Today, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) recognized the anniversary of last September’s catastrophic floods by looking back on all that has been accomplished in the past year, and looking ahead to the recovery efforts that are still in progress.
“Today, we took the time to remember the horrible losses that Colorado experienced one year ago,” said Gardner. “The September 2013 flooding devastated communities across Colorado, destroying 2,000 homes, taking 8 lives and damaging nearly 2,000 square miles of our state. Throughout the last year, communities have come together to rebuild their homes, businesses, and lives.
“Colorado has a strong history of working together to overcome tragic circumstances. I’m proud of the progress that we’ve made so far, but there is still work to be done. I am committed to continuing the efforts we’ve started to ensure that everyone who was affected is able to fully recover.”
Gardner worked with other members of the Congressional delegation to ensure hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development was sent to Colorado. He championed the House of Representatives’ effort to lift the cap on funding for the rebuilding of roads and bridges destroyed by the flooding, and introduced legislation to provide tax relief for flood victims.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) sent a letter today to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings requesting that the Committee authorize the Department of the Interior to use existing funds to make improvements to a Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site support facility. This November marks the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, a gruesome battle that resulted in the deaths of over 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americas throughout the Eastern Plains of Colorado. A report from the National Park Service showed that last year alone, the Sand Creek Massacre Site welcomed 4,795 visitors, who spent $264,000 and supported 4 jobs.
The letter reads, in part:
“I write today to ask the House Committee on Natural Resources to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to work within the agency’s current budget to make improvements to a Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site support facility. The facility would provide a location for the Site’s administrative offices and be utilized by public visitors.
“Should the NPS receive authorization, it would be able to work with Kiowa County, Colorado to assist in renovations of a building for a visitor center and administrative offices associated with the Historic Site. This facility was referenced in the Site’s authorizing legislation, PL: 106-465, Section 6, stating that 'A support facility for the site…may be located in Kiowa County, Colorado, subject to an agreement between the Secretary and the Commissioners of Kiowa County, Colorado.' However, to date, the NPS has not been given the proper authorization to make improvements to or utilize the facility.”
To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.
Washington, DC – In an interview last Friday with Roll Call, Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz claimed that criticism from the natural gas industry on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export application approval process was “B.S.” The Department of Energy currently has 26 applications waiting in its queue for approval.
“I very much disagree with Secretary Moniz that criticism for his Department’s lack of urgency in approving LNG export applications is ‘B.S.’,” said Gardner. “And it’s not just industry that has voiced concerns over the current application approval process. The House of Representatives passed my bill to expedite the approval process for LNG export applications with overwhelming bipartisan support, and our allies from around the world have emphasized the importance of United States LNG exports time and time again. The only player that doesn’t believe that the Department of Energy needs to expedite permits to export LNG is the Department of Energy. Secretary Moniz’s belligerent tone on the issue shows just how out of touch he truly is.”
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Congressman Cory Gardner has been a leading conservative voice in Colorado where he served in the state legislature for five years prior to being elected to Congress to represent the state’s 4th Congressional District.
Always an advocate for limited government and lower taxes, Cory is never one to shy away from tough choices. His first order of business after being sworn-in as a member of the United States House of Representatives was to co-sponsor a balanced budget amendment and vote to cut 5 percent from his congressional office budget.
Since first getting elected to Congress in 2010, Cory has introduced and passed legislation to expand the development of the nation’s domestic energy resources, which he believes is essential to our national security. He is a primary advocate for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will create tens of thousands of high paying jobs. Cory has also introduced legislation to help small businesses grow and families save for college.
Cory has always been a strong voice for rural families and small business. He has earned a reputation for fighting onerous government regulations that hurt farmers and hinder job growth. After growing up in the arid west, Cory has also become a leading voice in the campaign to build more water storage to support our growing communities and the nation’s agricultural industry.
As a member of Congress, Cory serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction ranging over national energy policy to interstate and foreign communications.
Cory graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, moving on to law school at the University of Colorado to earn his Juris Doctor. Prior to joining the House of Representatives, Cory served as General Counsel and Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard. Cory has also worked for the National Corn Growers Association.
Cory is a fifth-generation Coloradoan with family roots dating back to 1886. He grew up working in his family’s farm implement dealership where he did everything from sweeping the floors to managing the books and ordering inventory. Cory lives with his wife, Jaime, and their two children in Yuma, CO in a house that once belonged to his great-grandparents.
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