Dear Friend,

This week, I focused on many important issues to Coloradans--funding the VA Hospital in Aurora, chairing a hearing on the Gold King Mine spill, and asking questions about Colorado's health insurance CO-OP, Colorado HealthOP. Read my update below to see how I have been working on behalf of the people of Colorado to find solutions to these very important issues.  

Fully Funding the VA Hospital in Aurora, Colorado

Seeing the Aurora VA hospital to completion has been one of my top priorities in the Senate. I’m proud to have helped secure the last funding that should be required to finish construction and deliver to veterans the facility they were promised. Please take a moment to watch my remarks on the Senate floor here.



Small Business Committee Hearing on the Gold King Mine Spill

Yesterday, I chaired a Senate Small Business Committee hearing examining the impact of the Gold King Mine Spill on local communities and businesses.

At the hearing, I addressed potential legislative efforts to address the impact of this spill and raised questions about how the EPA plans to compensate those individuals and businesses that were impacted by this disaster. You can watch my opening statement here

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation on U.S.-China Relations

As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, I have been closely monitoring the Obama Administration's response to the Chinese cyber-attack on the Office of Personnel Management. I spoke about cybersecurity and other important issues in U.S.-China relations at a speech I gave at the Heritage Foundation. You can watch my speech here. 



Meeting with the Next Generation of Coloradans

It was great to meet and talk with students from Aspen Country Day School on the Senate steps earlier this week. Encouraging the next generation of Coloradans to get involved in the policy-making process is central to Colorado's future success.


Questioning the Financial Solvency of Colorado HealthOP

Earlier this week, I sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell asking questions about the financial solvency of the federally-backed Colorado Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), or Colorado HealthOP, and its ability to repay its loans to the American taxpayers. You can read the full letter here.


Thank you for taking the time to read my weekly 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