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Dear Friend,

Senate to Vote on My North Korea Sanctions Legislation 

Next week, the Senate is scheduled to vote on my North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, which was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously on January 28, 2016. This legislation sanctions individuals who contribute to North Korea’s nuclear program and proliferation activities, imposes mandatory sanctions on cybercriminals, as well as officials involved in censorship and the regime’s continued human rights abuses. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, I have been a leader on North Korea policy and advocated for the United States to take a stronger position combatting North Korea’s proliferation activities and cyber-related crimes.

Super Bowl 50 Friendly Senate Wager: Go Broncos!

Senator Bennet and I have accepted North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr’s challenge to put our Bronco pride on the line by wagering the delivery of a Senate floor speech on the outcome of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.

If the Panthers somehow manage to win, I will have to deliver a speech on the Senate floor congratulating the team on their victory. However, Senator Bennet and I have 100% confidence in the Broncos and Peyton Manning. The legendary John Elway and Head Coach Gary Kubiak put together a championship caliber team, and we know their hard work and year-long preparation will pay off on Sunday.

RED Tape Act

I am a proud co-sponsor of the RED Tape Act because it will keep our out of control regulations in check. Whether you are a farmer in Greeley or a craft brewery owner in Boulder, Coloradans have consistently expressed their frustration with overly burdensome federal regulations. Instead of bogging down our entrepreneurs with endless paperwork stemming from rules created by Washington bureaucrats, we should be incentivizing innovation and doing everything we can to make it easier for our small businesses to succeed. The RED Tape Act would serve as a much-needed check on Washington overreach and provide relief to Americans across the country.


 VA Accountability

I sent a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald regarding non-VA medical providers not being reimbursed for the care they provide to our veterans. The bipartisan Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 stipulates veterans may seek care at non-VA facilities and those facilities are to be reimbursed by the VA. Multiple reports out of Colorado indicate many non-VA providers are not being reimbursed in a timely manner, and many of these providers now refuse to see veterans because of mismanagement at the VA. 

Read the letter here.

 Great Meetings with Coloradans

I had a productive meeting with members of the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers. We discussed the importance of agriculture to Colorado and ways to bolster this important industry.

I enjoyed discussing higher education issues with Dr. Stephen Jordan, President of Metropolitan State University of Denver, including the university’s emphasis on STEM education.


I had a great meeting with Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown who wore his favorite Denver Broncos tie while we discussed ways to move Colorado Agriculture forward.


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