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Countering North Korean Aggression

North Korea’s recent reported launch of multiple missiles comes approximately one month after the regime claimed it successfully tested a new type of ballistic missile. Pyongyang’s growing aggression must be met with a tough policy response from the United States, including new sanctions, show-of-force exercises in the region and the expedited deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. It is also important that we strengthen our alliances in the region and reassure our allies South Korea and Japan that the United States unequivocally stands with them against the North Korean threat. I look forward to seeing immediate and determined actions from the Trump Administration and will be asking for a full briefing outlining the actions it will take to stop the madman in Pyongyang.

Click here or on the image above to view my remarks.

I also had an informative conversation with General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Commander of the Pacific Air Forces. We discussed efforts to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to the region and address future challenges and opportunities in Asia. I look forward to supporting General O’Shaughnessy and the men and women he leads as we address these challenges in the future.

Bringing the EPA Administrator to Southwest Colorado

I sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt inviting him to visit Southwest Colorado to hear from Coloradans regarding the Gold King Mine spill. Recently, I spoke on the Senate floor about the Gold King Mine spill and released a statement following my vote to confirm Administrator Pruitt highlighting Pruitt’s commitment to fully compensate those affected. 

In the letter, I wrote, “We share the goal of making communities whole from this EPA-born spill. I believe you visiting Southwest Colorado and the EPA conducting a public forum would serve as a great opportunity to hear from these communities directly.”

You can read the full letter here

Rejecting Washington's One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Land Management

The final BLM Planning 2.0 Rule is an example of Washington’s failed one-size-fits-all approach to policymaking and highlights how little Washington bureaucrats understand the way of the West. My goal has always been to bring more of Colorado to Washington and less Washington to Colorado, and I supported repealing this regulation because it begins to move this country away from a ‘Washington-knows-best’ mentality. I remain open to working with my colleagues from both parties, along with Secretary Zinke, to improve land management and update policies at the BLM that provide more flexibility to Colorado and the West.

Click here to view my remarks on the Senate floor.

Meeting the former President of Taiwan

It was an honor to sit down with the former President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou. The President and I discussed security concerns in the Asia-Pacific, cross-strait relations, and the important alliance between our two countries. I have always been a strong supporter of Taiwan and have worked with my colleagues in Congress to guarantee Taiwan is recognized on the world stage, including authoring Senate legislation signed into law last year to support Taiwan’s entry into international organizations. I’m thankful for the President’s time today and look forward to future conversations.

Meeting with Local Colorado Leaders

I met with Mayor Sean Ford and Commerce City Council members and members of the Thornton city council to discuss infrastructure funding, railroad quiet zones, education priorities, and ways to help the community.

Telephone Town Halls

Throughout the year, I host live telephone town hall meeting to answer questions from my constituents and hear their concerns. Be sure to sign up here to be included in my next event.

Need Help with a Federal Agency? 

My staff is available to assist you with finding out the status of a case and requesting additional information from a federal agency. I have offices in Denver, Durango, Pueblo, Grand Junction, Fort Collins, Greeley, Yuma, and Colorado Springs. Learn more about how we can help 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