Senator Cory Gardner cheers Trump administration to drop water protection rule

Senator Gardner has consistently opposed the Obama Administration's overburdensome WOTUS rule and was glad to see the Trump Administration repeal it in what is a major win for farmers and ranchers across Colorado. 

Here is Senator Gardner's full statement: 

“Today is a victory for Colorado’s farmers, cattlemen, ranchers, and small business owners,” said Senator Gardner. “This burdensome regulation from the Obama Administration would have been harmful to Colorado’s economy and especially our agriculture community. Today’s announcement is welcome news and finally prevents an unconstitutional takeover of Colorado’s rivers, streams, and local waterways.”

Colorado GOP Statement on tonight's 2020 Democrat debate

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO - Colorado GOP Chairman Ken Buck released the following statement on the 2020 Democrat debate in Texas:

"Tonight 2020 Democrats further embraced radical policies that would eliminate fossil fuels, institute a government-takeover of our healthcare system, and destroy our booming economy. Meanwhile, Coloradans are seeing the positive impact President Trump and Cory Gardner's policies are having in our state with soaring economic growth, more jobs, and rising wages," said Colorado GOP Chairman Ken Buck.

Afghanistan Talks

From the State Department:

  • On Sunday, Secretary of State Pompeo appeared on the Sunday Shows to discuss President Trump’s decision to suspend talks with the Taliban in order to put America’s security first.

  • After 18 years of war, Secretary Pompeo recommitted to the President’s goal of achieving peace in Afghanistan and bringing our troops home only if negotiations are met in good faith. For now, that is not the case.

Top Takeaways

  • We recognize the extraordinary sacrifices of the American people that have contributed towards peace and security in Afghanistan over the past 18 years, including thousands of Americans who sacrificed their lives or sustained injuries in this effort.

  • It’s important to recall how we got here. All sides agree that there is no military solution in Afghanistan. We never wanted a permanent military presence in Afghanistan. That is why the President directed us to see if we could facilitate a negotiated settlement to end the war.

  • If we reach a deal in the future, we will robustly monitor and verify Taliban adherence to their commitments. And of course we will never give up our ability to protect American interests.

  • It is wrong to say our effort has excluded the government. The goal is for all parties in Afghanistan to eventually enter into substantive negotiations, including opposition politicians and civil society leaders, in order to reach a political settlement.

  • Over the last ten days, we have killed over 1,000 Taliban so we are not negotiating with our hands tied behind our back. Applying military pressure to the Taliban is necessary to get the negotiated outcome that we are looking for.

  • It is up to the Afghan parties to agree to end hostilities, and after decades of brutal fighting, the negotiations will not be easy. We are not abandoning Afghanistan, or our investment and legacy.

  • After nearly two decades of war, the Trump Administration recommitted efforts to the President’s goal of achieving peace in Afghanistan and bringing our troops home, only if negotiations were met in good faith. For now, that is not the case.

  • While this isn’t a war of attrition, the American people should know we will continue to apply the appropriate pressure to make sure we are never struck with terror again. The Trump Administration’s foremost interest is protecting American national interests.

  • The Trump Administration’s position has always been to negotiate a resolution that allows America to have less risk to our young men and women in harm’s way. President Trump is constantly looking for ways to reduce that risk.

  • Despite negotiations being put on hold, the Trump Administration gained concessions from the Taliban that were not previously given. Those included:

    • The Taliban breaking away from Al Qaeda publicly and permanently

    • A reduction of violence

    • Negotiating directly with representatives of the Afghanistan government.

August Jobs Report

  • The August jobs report once again showed the economy under President Trump remains strong.

    • The unemployment rate held at a near generational low – 3.7%.

    • The U.S. added 130,000 jobs in August.

    • 3,000 new manufacturing jobs were added.

    • 13,000 new construction jobs were added.

    • 60,000 new jobs for women.

  • All Americans continue to benefit from the Trump economy.

    • Unemployment among African Americans is at its lowest level in history – 5.5%.

    • The Latino American unemployment rate is tied for the previous record low set under President Trump – 4.2%.

  • Over 6.3 million jobs have been added since President Trump was elected.

    • Over 1 million jobs have been added in 2019.

    • Over 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been added since the President was elected.

  • In August, wage growth remained strong at 3.2% - the 13th month in a row of 3% or better.

  • President Trump’s economy continues to pull disenfranchised Americans off of the sidelines and into the labor market – a staggering 571,000 people reentered the labor market in August.

  • 2020 Democrats are not talking about the economy because they cannot deny the success.

President Trump is delivering on his promise to revitalize the American economy

NOTES FROM THE CHAIR - Nikki Haley supporting Cory Gardner


Just wanted to catch you up on a great event I was invited to.

Nikki Haley was in Denver doing some PR for Cory Gardner and I was invited.

Not sure how I made the cut but all I can say is I’m glad I did!

 This is a woman who should serve as an inspiration to us all.

Nikki Haley was born on January 20, 1972, in Bamberg, South Carolina, to Sikh immigrants from Punjab, India.

As a 13-year-old her parents put her to work keeping the books in their family business. It was there that she witnessed how hard it was to make a dollar and how easy it seemed for the government to take it. After graduating from Clemson with a degree in accounting, she expressed this view to her mother who told her to stop complaining and do something about it.

And she did. She ran for the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Republican Larry Koon, the longest-serving member of the House at that time.

As a state rep she encountered opposition when she proposed a bill requiring members to vote on the record. Their practice had been a simple aye or nay. They refused to allow the bill to go forward so she went around the state asking constituents if they knew how their business was being conducted. This created a stir at the state capital. When she returned she found she had been removed from all of her committee positions.

So she ran for Governor, campaigning around the state for transparency in government, women’s rights and abortion reform.

"The fact that I happen to be an Indian female, of course that brings a new dynamic," she said.  What I hope it does is cause a conversation in this state where we no longer live by layers, but we live by philosophies."

On November 22, 2016, president-elect Donald Trump picked Haley to become the United States ambassador to the United Nations. She was the first woman to be named as part of his administration. She was confirmed by 96-4. “Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country,” Trump said in a statement. “She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”

In accepting the offer, Haley said that she was “honored that the President-elect has asked me to join his team and serve the country we love. She also spoke to members of her own party to reflect on their role in the nation's struggles. "We need to be honest with each other, and with ourselves: while Democrats in Washington bear much responsibility for the problems facing America today, they do not bear it alone. There is more than enough blame to go around,” she said. “We as Republicans need to own that truth. We need to recognize our contributions to the erosion of the public trust in America's leadership. We need to accept that we've played a role in how and why our government is broken.”

“Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying. And that can make a world of difference.”