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.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) announced today that final contract approval has been granted for the new Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in Lamar, Colorado. The new clinic is set to open this fall.
“Many veterans have reached out to me, expressing their concerns about the current state of the clinic in Lamar, and how important it is that they have access to quality healthcare,” said Gardner. “The stories that veterans have shared with me about the positive impacts that this new clinic would have in southern Colorado were crucial in my meetings with VA officials on the Lamar clinic.
“A big thank you goes out to both Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson and Lynette Roff, Director of the VA’s Eastern Colorado Health Care System, for all the work they’ve done to make this possible. I am encouraged by this step, and look forward to continuing the conversations we’ve been having to ensure that all veterans in Colorado have access to the healthcare options that best suit their needs.”Read More
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Gardner and an overwhelming majority of the House of Representatives voted in favor of increasing access to healthcare for veterans. H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, is a bicameral and bipartisan compromise to give veterans the flexibility they need to receive the best possible care.
“Our veterans have made immense sacrifices for our freedom, and they were promised access to the highest quality healthcare upon their return home,” said Gardner. “Unfortunately, the VA has come up short on that promise and too many veterans have gone without care. I’m proud to support this legislation that will expand the healthcare options our veterans have, by opening more medical facilities and allowing veterans to seek treatment at non-VA facilities. In addition, this legislation will allow the Secretary of the VA to fire senior executives. These changes to the VA healthcare system will increase the options veterans have, as well as provide checks and balances to ensure that the quality of VA services remain high.”
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Gardner and the Energy and Commerce Committee voted to pass H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act with bipartisan support. This legislation would allow insurance providers to continue offering healthcare plans that were available in the group market during 2013.
“We heard the President and all the proponents of the President’s healthcare law repeat ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it,’ over and over,” said Gardner. “Unfortunately, as millions of Americans later discovered, that simply wasn’t true. The Employee Health Care Protection Act will allow those in the group market access to the healthcare plans they had before the onset of Obamacare, to ensure that those who liked their healthcare plans can indeed keep them.
“More than 337,000 Coloradans had their health plans canceled due to the President’s healthcare law. Americans have seen their premiums skyrocket, their deductibles increase tenfold, and they aren’t able to access the doctors they were told they’d be able to keep. The President’s healthcare law was passed hastily and without complete consideration of its ramifications. This legislation is one step of many to ensuring that Americans who were happy with their healthcare coverage before Obamacare are not forced into an exchange that does not provide the best possible care for each individual now.”
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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.
Had a great time sending off the Northern Colorado Honor Flight with my family this morning http://t.co/RS2FIx3ai8
We will #NeverForget what happened on 9/11, but today we stand united against those who threaten the freedom & safety of our nation
Today we remember the families who lost loved ones, brave first responders, & the men & women who wear the uniform of our great nation.
While the Admin's authorization of 2 new #LNGexport facilities is welcome, we owe it to our allies to do more; President should support HR 6
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
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Last year, I was proud to vote against a weaker version of VAWA
This morning, we marked the anniversary of last year's devastating floods. We've come a long way since then, and won't stop our recovery efforts
It’s a great honor to be receiving the Friend of the American Farm Bureau Federation Award! Colorado’s farmers and ranchers work incredibly
Had a great time at the St. Vrain School District Innovation Center in Longmont with teachers and students. St. Vrain School District is a leader