Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) and 27 members of the House Energy and Commerce committee sent a letter to President Obama, Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson requesting further information on the Administration’s efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola to the United States.
This letter comes after last week’s Energy and Commerce oversight hearing to investigate the Administration’s actions in protecting the public health and safety of the American people.
The letter reads, in part:
To advance the common goal of treating those who are sickened by Ebola and stopping the spread of this deadly virus as quickly as possible, we offer the following recommended actions and requests for information regarding key issues related to the Ebola response.
First, we share the interest of the American people in using the most effective tools – including travel restrictions – to prevent additional Ebola infections here in the U.S., and we encourage you to examine all such options as quickly as possible. So that we may better understand the facts and analysis underlying your current position, please advise whether the White House has any analysis or modeling relating to the claim that restricting travel of foreign-national tourists from the Ebola-affected countries would increase the risk of importation of Ebola cases into the U.S. If so, please provide this information and/or explain how the White House is coordinating the collection of such information.
Second, we believe improved diagnostic testing to identify infected patients is essential to stopping the spread of Ebola at its source and preventing additional cases from being imported into the U.S. and other countries around the world, and we encourage a coordinated effort by the administration to expedite the development of such diagnostics. Please share all available information regarding how the White House is coordinating efforts within the Executive Branch related to diagnostic testing (including rapid tests) for Ebola, what process is or will be used to assess the information that is gathered, and what process will be used to help expedite deployment of rapid diagnostic testing for Ebola.
Third, we believe it is essential to assess the capacity of the U.S. public health and health care systems to handle the expected number of Ebola patients to be treated in the U.S., and should that capacity prove insufficient, take any necessary steps immediately to increase our ability to respond to cases here at home. We request any information, analysis, or modeling of how many actual Ebola cases can be expected to be imported into the U.S. over the next six months and/or how the White House is coordinating the collection of such information. We also request any information about the capacity of the U.S. public health system (including the state and local public health agencies) and health care facilities to handle Ebola cases in the U.S., including cases involving U.S. medical and military personnel brought over from West Africa. With respect to U.S. medical and military personnel, we are also interested in the capacity of U.S. agencies and/or contractors for their transport. This request includes information on how the White House is coordinating the collection of such information.
To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) reiterated his call for a ban on all travel from West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak. On Thursday, Gardner will take part in a Congressional oversight hearing examining the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The hearing, hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, will explore options for stopping the spread of Ebola, and how to best provide medical assistance to those infected with the disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden will be among the witnesses to testify before the Committee. “Ebola is a serious health threat and should not be taken lightly,” said Gardner. “This hearing will give us the opportunity to determine the different routes we can take to prevent the spread of Ebola, including a travel ban on flights to and from the affected countries in West Africa, as well as 100 percent virus screening for passengers whose travels originated from or passed through West Africa. A travel ban would help contain the virus and prevent it from being introduced in new places, as we’ve already seen happen in the United States. Our next step must be to develop a series of deliberate measures designed to restrict the spread of Ebola to keep Coloradans, Americans, and the citizens of the world safe from this horrific virus. We can prevent future tragedies in the United States, but we must institute policies that assist in that effort. ” For more information about the hearing, please visit the Energy and Commerce Committee website here.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) sent a letter to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness thanking them for their time in a recent visit to the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community in Bent County. Fort Lyon, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary of service, assists homeless veterans and other individuals by providing health services, transitional housing, and support to rejoin the workforce.
In the letter, Congressman Gardner wrote:
The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community was founded in September 2013 in the former Fort Lyon Department of Corrections facility in Bent County, Colorado. Since then, it has served over 230 men and women struggling with homelessness. For many residents, the beautiful campus at Fort Lyon provides a secure setting and the opportunity to receive rehabilitation services.
Much like the Interagency Council on Homelessness, the program at Fort Lyon helps to improve the lives of homeless individuals by providing them with transitional housing, physical and mental health services, and training to help them re-enter the workforce. The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community leadership team has worked tirelessly with Bent County elected officials, the Bent County community as a whole, Colorado state representatives, and the Colorado congressional delegation to advance their program model and find solutions to the homelessness problems across the state.
If my office can assist with any future partnerships between the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community and your agency, please let me know.
To read the full letter, please click here.
Longmont, CO – Today, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) was presented with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award at a local Longmont farm. This award, which is given out by the American Farm Bureau, seeks to recognize legislators who have done exemplary work promoting the interests of farmers and ranchers.
“Colorado’s farmers and ranchers work tirelessly to provide for the rest of us,” said Gardner. “Not everyone in Congress understands the impacts that burdensome and unnecessary regulations have on farmers and ranchers, which is why it is so important to focus on educating those who are not familiar with the agriculture industry. I am honored to receive the Friend of Farm Bureau award, and will continue fight for the interests of farmers and ranchers in Colorado.”
“Rep. Cory Gardner understands the challenges Colorado farmers and ranchers face. He recognizes the importance of protecting private property rights and meaningful tax reform so farms and ranches are passed from one generation to the next,” stated Don Shawcroft, President of Colorado Farm Bureau. “Rep. Gardner has always listened to our concerns and ensured that our voice is carried to Washington D.C.”
Congressman Gardner first earned the “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award in 2006 as member of the Colorado State Legislature. He has received it every year since and continues to promote the interests of farmers and ranchers through his work in Congress. Congressman Gardner has also received the Colorado Farm Bureau Pinnacle Award, which is the organization’s highest honor.
Don Shawcroft, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau, presenting Congressman Gardner with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award
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.”
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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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