Dear Friend,

Touring the Aurora VA Hospital Project

On Friday, I toured the Aurora VA hospital where I was able to see first-hand the project’s progress. Colorado's veterans have waited far too long for this hospital to be completed. I will continue to ensure Congress exercises its oversight authority and continue to fight until our veterans are given the world-class facility they deserve.

Talking Healthcare with Coloradans

I also sat down with the Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing and attended a rural healthcare roundtable with the Colorado Hospital Association to discuss healthcare reform and how we can work together to ensure all Coloradans have access to affordable care.

Supporting Judge Gorsuch's Nomination to the Supreme Court 

Last week, I visited the White House and sat down with tribal leaders to discuss Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch is a mainstream jurist who is well qualified to fill this role and has a deep understanding of tribal sovereignty issues. Gorsuch’s Western perspective will benefit our native tribes and all Americans for generations to come.

Be sure to watch the CBS4 Denver segment following my visit by clicking here or on the image above, and read more about why I am supporting Judge Gorsuch in The Pueblo Chieftain opinion piece I wrote here.

Making Native American Education a Priority

I hosted Senator Bennet, former Senator Campbell, and Fort Lewis College President Thomas in my office last week to celebrate the introduction of the Native American Indian Education Act.


Colorado’s Fort Lewis College and higher education institutions across the country provide world-class educations to both Native and non-Native students. States facing difficult fiscal environments, however, are struggling to foot the tuition bill for out-of-state Native American Indian students to whom the federal government promised tuition-free higher education nearly a century ago. The Native American Indian Education Act ensures that the federal government continues to live up to its commitment and extends much-needed budgetary relief to states like Colorado. I’m proud to work with Senator Bennet and Representative Tipton on this commonsense, bipartisan solution that makes Native American education a national priority.

Learn more about the bill here.

Continuing the Fight for Colorado Communities Impacted by the Gold King Mine Spill 

Last week, I announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding a total of $54,275.40 to Colorado entities “for payroll, fringe, travel and indirect costs” associated with the Gold King Mine spill.

Within a month of Administrator Pruitt being confirmed to lead the EPA, he is taking the first steps to live up to his commitment to the people of Colorado. I applaud this decision to further pay out the Tribe and local governments in an effort to make Colorado whole from the EPA-born Gold King Mine spill.

Read more about my work to help my constituents in Southwest Colorado here.

$1.1 Million FEMA Grant for Larimer County 2013 Flood Response

I was fortunate to announce the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Larimer County $1,131,522.92 to repair roads and bridges that were damaged during the September 2013 floods. The 2013 floods took a devastating toll on Larimer County, but the community has come together and rebuilt much of what was lost. It is important to provide the necessary resources for the County to continue to repair critical infrastructure and best serve the community. One of my priorities in the Senate is to support local and state disaster response efforts and I’m thankful FEMA has provided these resources to Colorado.

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