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It has been an exciting August in Colorado where I have been able to meet with so many of you and share ideas on moving our country forward. It is extremely important to me that I represent all of Colorado in the United States Senate and we work together to find solutions to some of our country’s most complex problems. I wanted to give you an update on my work around the state this past month.


Flood Recovery Tour, Surveying Natural Disaster Areas in Colorado

I spent time this August meeting with local officials and Coloradans in towns and areas affected by the natural disasters we've faced in recent years. It's critical that no part of our state gets left behind or forgotten, and I'm committed to ensuring that doesn't happen. Check out the coverage from the Akron News-Reporter of the Messex Flood tour here.


I also toured the site of the 2013 Waldo Canyon Fire and spoke with local leaders and community members about the recovery process. When disasters strike in Colorado, as they have with recent fires and floods, we need the federal government's response to match the resolve of Coloradans to quickly rebuild and recover. Watch my interview with KOAA 5 here.



 (Photo courtesy of @SallieClark)

Sen. Gardner with El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark discussing fire recovery.


I sat down with local officials and Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones to discuss flood recovery.


Spent time in Canon City at the Royal Gorge Bridge discussing wildfire recovery.


Economic Development Roundtables

I have been fortunate enough to hold a series of economic development meetings around Colorado with stops in Delta County, Salida, Colorado, and many other places around Colorado.


Met with Silverton  San Juan County leaders on board train car from Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.


Animas River Spill Response

The Animas River Spill is a tragedy that has impacted the Colorado environment and economy. I have called for Congressional oversight hearings to determine what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knew before and after the disaster and what can be done to prevent a similar tragedy.

Please clink on the links below to read my full statements:


Asia Trip

As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, I had the opportunity to travel overseas to visit some of America's allies in Asia and meet with service members stationed abroad.


I was thrilled to have the chance to visit Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the island of Okinawa in Japan, and hear from a few of our men and women in uniform stationed there, many of them Coloradans.

South Korea

While in South Korea, I spoke with the Republic of Korea's (ROK) president, President Park, about maintaining and strengthening the U.S.-ROK alliance. In our meeting, President Park and I discussed ways to strengthen our alliance, including promoting economic opportunity and enhancing military cooperation in the face of regional security threats such as North Korea.


I reiterated that the United States must have a consistent, focused engagement with our allies in East Asia that will provide economic opportunity and contribute to regional security and stability. I thanked President Park for her bold leadership and for the opportunity to advance the U.S.-ROK alliance, as well as her work to promote peace in East Asia.


Read about the trip from YONHAP News Agency here.


Part of my recent visit to South Korea included a stop at the border with North Korea. This is the Joint Security Area, a guarded installation used in the past for military negotiations. The grey building in the background is located in North Korean territory.


I had friendly and productive meetings with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida and Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani. We discussed trade, security, and the critical importance of the United States- Japan alliance to stability in East Asia.


In China, I held frank but respectful discussions with Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Cyberspace Administration Minister Lu Wei about issues of importance to U.S.-China relations. I raised concerns to these leaders about China's use of cyberspace, its destabilizing activities in the East and South China Seas, its troubling new domestic laws that may harm American businesses, and China's human rights record. We agreed that dialogue must continue between our nations, especially as we look to the bilateral summit between President Obama and President Xi next month.

 Hong Kong

On my last stop in the region, I held meetings in Hong Kong with government and civil society leaders to reiterate full U.S. support for an autonomous, democratic, and prosperous Hong Kong.


Back in Colorado

In Colorado, I have had the opportunity to meet with local groups, such as the Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and the Colorado Municipal League to discuss various issues that impact Colorado communities.


It was great to see Congressman Scott Tipton, Congressman Ken Buck, Senator Michael Bennet, the Governor's Senior Policy Advisor for Water John Stulp, and many more Coloradans at the Colorado State Fair Legislative Barbecue.


Farm and Agriculture Tour

Our inaugural Farm and Agriculture Tour included 13 stops in Alamosa, Sanford, Trinidad, Rocky Ford, Lamar, Kit Carson, Burlington, Yuma, Sterling, and Fort Morgan. I appreciated hearing from Colorado farmers and ranchers about the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the harmful potential of the Waters of the United States, and the importance of beef exports.



Thank you for taking the time to read my update. If I can be of any assistance to you, please contact my Washington D.C. office at (202) 224-5941.




Cory Gardner

United States Senator