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Cory Gardner's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. Senate (CO) - Jr, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate (CO) - Jr


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  • Rated 0% by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of S Amdt 3967 - Senator Rand Paul's Amendment to H.R. 6157 - an amendment to HR 6157 that prohibits federal funds for entities that promote or perform abortion, including any entity that fiscally supports another abortion provider. (votesmart.org)
  • "Tax relief will make our business taxes competitive again and provide the economic boost communities across Colorado have been waiting for. It brings home the $2.5 trillion in foreign profits U.S. multinationals have abroad and levels the playing field so American companies will invest here at home -- creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, driving up wages, and boosting America's economy. In fact, the day the bill passed Congress we already started to see major U.S. companies announcing investments in American workers through higher wages and capital investments." (votesmart.org)
  • "Over the past several months, Coloradans have continued to see the positive benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The biggest tax reform package in 30 years is leading to higher wages, bigger paychecks, more jobs, special bonuses, cheaper utility bills, hundreds of billions of dollars of investment in the United States, and more." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must protect Social Security for future generations" #copolitics" (twitter.com)
  • "I'm concerned that if we are already struggling to afford a Medicare program that our seniors rely on, a Medicare-for-all system will result in even less resources for the seniors who the program was originally designed to protect." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 3% by the Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "It has been made clear by the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of the Air Force, and the Commander of Space Command that ensuring America's access to space is an issue of national security, as well as protecting the taxpayers' dollars that are already so scarce in the defense budget. Why would we add an additional $1 billion in cost by eliminating competition when we ought to be doing the exact opposite?" (votesmart.org)
  • "The bill authorizes $1.5 billion a year over five years to fund regular military exercises and improve defenses throughout the region. It also funds the fight against Southeast Asian terror groups, including Islamic State. This will help, but more will be needed. This year's $61 billion military spending increase was more backfill than buildup, and China recently boosted its defense budget 8.1%." (votesmart.org)
  • "The PILT program is an important resource for many counties in Colorado and across the country with large amounts of non-taxable federal land," Gardner said. "It's important that Congress fully funds this program, which is used for critical services like law enforcement and infrastructure investments." (votesmart.org)
  • "Colorado is home to some of the fastest growing cities in the country and it's important our communities can update infrastructure to keep pace with that growth," said Senator Gardner. "I'm pleased to join this bipartisan effort aimed at helping our communities pursue new transportation technologies. I'll continue to advocate for Colorado at the federal level to make sure that the Centennial state receives the resources it needs." (votesmart.org)
  • "2017 was the year that Republicans finally made good on their promise to families like theirs. What does the biggest tax reform bill in decades mean for a couple like them? For Jared, a permanent cut in the corporate tax rate means more money to reinvest in his growing company." (votesmart.org)
  • "Lowering the corporate tax rate will jumpstart the economy and will allow businesses to hire more workers and reinvest their earnings into their business operations. Without tax relief, I worry about the future of Main Street America. We know American workers bear much of the burden of a high corporate tax rate in the form of lower wages, but now we have the opportunity to fix this. We can lower the corporate tax rate that could result in an additional $4,000 in the pockets of the average American household. This will be good for small businesses and American workers." (votesmart.org)
  • "Tax relief will make our business taxes competitive again and provide the economic boost communities across Colorado have been waiting for. It brings home the $2.5 trillion in foreign profits U.S. multinationals have abroad and levels the playing field so American companies will invest here at home -- creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, driving up wages, and boosting America's economy. In fact, the day the bill passed Congress we already started to see major U.S. companies announcing investments in American workers through higher wages and capital investments." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 748 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "The CARES Act isn’t the beginning or the end of Congress’ response to #COVID19 – we have a long way to go to get through this crisis – but it will greatly help Colorado families NOW." (twitter.com)
  • "National School Choice Week highlights the importance of empowering parents with greater control over their children's education, and the benefits that come with it," said Gardner. "A good education is the foundation for success, and parents are in the best position to determine what school matches their child's individual educational needs. I have remained a strong proponent of expanding school choice as it improves quality and encourages competition, and I'll continue to work to maximize parental choice for childhood education in order to provide our children with more opportunities to excel." (votesmart.org)
  • "Every Student Succeeds Act makes progress towards getting Congress out of the classroom & rolling back Common Core: (gardner.senate.gov)
  • "I support ending the #CommonCore mandate, and it's going to be one of my main focuses as the Senate debates education legislation this week." (twitter.com)
  • "Geothermal, solar, and wind energy are all critical in an all-of-the-above energy solution that keeps costs low and our nation's energy supply secure," said Gardner. "The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act streamlines the permitting process for renewable energy projects to be developed on public lands. By focusing on responsibly developing renewable energy, we have an opportunity to make a better life for all Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • "Investing in research and development for energy storage technologies is a key component to an all-of-the-above energystrategy and will allow the United States to remain a global leader in responsible energy production," said Senator Gardner. "As we rely more and more on intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar, it is critical to invest in energy storage to enhance grid resiliency. These bills will lead to greater efficiency, clean energy generation, and more jobs in the energy sector." (votesmart.org)
  • "More than 50 percent of the emissions reductions the United States has achieved since 2005 have been through gains in energy efficiency, and the federal government is the largest consumer of energy in America," said Senator Gardner. "Using ESPCs and UESCs to make the federal government more efficient while creating private sector jobs is the kind of commonsense solution that members of both parties can get behind. I've worked on this issue going back to my time in the House of Representatives, and I'm proud to join with my colleagues today and continue leading this effort that will help create private sector jobs, save American taxpayer dollars, and promote a cleaner environment." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today is #EEDay2019 - did you know that 50% of US emissions reductions have come through efficiency gains? While clean & renewable resources provide us with an abundant amount of energy, reducing our overall usage though efficiency is necessary & beneficial to our environment." (twitter.com)
  • "Restricting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans is not now and will never be the answer. I stand with the millions of law-abiding supporters of the Second Amendment, and with all those who respect our constitutional democracy, in opposing the President's actions today." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our country continues to mourn the victims of the horrific terror attack in Orlando, and I continue to pray for the families of the victims and all of those affected by this heartbreaking tragedy. While some have politicized the attack in Orlando, many of us have been focused on the problem at hand and real solutions to fix it. That includes acknowledging the enemy responsible for the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 was the product of Islamic extremism," said Gardner. "That's why I voted to enhance communication and coordination among state, local, and federal officials to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons, but also ensure due process and protect the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners. We need to work together to put forth policies designed to target and combat the true enemies at hand -- ISIS and homegrown terrorism -- and not those who lawfully purchase firearms and exercise their Constitutionally-protected rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Gun Owners of America. (votesmart.org)
  • "Last night, the Senate voted to repeal Obamacare. Coloradans have endured this law's broken promises for too long." (twitter.com)
  • "Coloradans want control of their own healthcare. That's why I'm voting today to repeal Obamacare." (twitter.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "I have a bipartisan plan with @SenBennetCO that permanently protects Dreamers & fully funds the border wall. If we work together, we can get this done." (twitter.com)
  • "The amendment includes $25 billion in appropriated funds for border security measures, including the President's request for wall funding, and a 12-year pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. The amendment also contains funding for additional immigration judges and a permanent authorization of voluntary e-Verify." (votesmart.org)
  • "Children who came to this country without documentation, through no fault of their own, must have the opportunity to remain here lawfully," Gardner said. "I'm proud to join with Senator Bennet and cosponsor the Dream Act to provide certainty to the thousands of law-abiding Coloradan Dreamers and demonstrate bipartisan leadership on this important issue. I have long called for an overhaul of our country's immigration system and believe this is an important step. I will continue to work with Senator Bennet and our colleagues in the Senate to move this bill forward into law." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our immigration system is broken and we need to fix it," Gardner said. "There are many children who came to this country without documentation and we need to allow them the opportunity to remain here lawfully. Coloradans expect Senator Bennet and I to work together and that's exactly what we have done. This legislation addresses DACA and border security, and we are urging members on both sides of the aisle that want a solution to support our bipartisan approach to addressing our flawed immigration system." (votesmart.org)
  • "Iranian leaders must feel sufficient pressure to cease deeply destabilizing activities, from sponsoring terrorist groups to continued testing of ballistic missiles. Full enforcement of existing sanctions and the imposition of additional sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program are necessary. Moreover, we are hopeful that the international community can unite around the common cause of countering Iran's troubling actions." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe U.S. policy toward North Korea should be straightforward. The United States will deploy every economic, diplomatic, and, if necessary, military tool at our disposal to deter Pyongyang and to protect our allies. But time is not on our side." (votesmart.org)
  • "I call on the administration to immediately reverse course and begin the process of applying more pressure to the North Korean regime through additional financial sanctions, increased military engagement with our allies in the region, and more assertive diplomacy with China, which wields significant control over the fate of the regime." (votesmart.org)
  • "I think we can all agree that an uncomfortable peace is still preferable to destructive conflict, even if it is a conflict with a likely favorable ultimate outcome." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "In Afghanistan we must avoid strict timelines that allow our enemies to plan around our future movements." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "I think the President is right to say that we need fair trade agreements, but I have concerns that these tariffs will not have the intended impact that the President is hoping to achieve, which is a growing economy and higher wages for all Americans across the country," said Gardner. "I am disappointed in this announcement and will be working with the businesses that may be potentially impacted by this decision along with the Administration about how best to continue our joint efforts to create jobs and spur new growth." (votesmart.org)
  • "I supported trade agreements that would benefit U.S. exporters, U.S. farmers, U.S. producers. We got to make sure that we're not penalizing people across this country through high tariffs. I don't like the tariff approach and hopefully, that's something that we can find common support -- common ground amongst Republicans and Democrats to push back on." (votesmart.org)
  • "The technology our economy depends on today simply didn't exist when NAFTA went into effect 25 years ago. It’s time to bring the most important trade agreement for Colorado into the modern era and pass the #USMCA. Read more in the @GreeleyTribune" (twitter.com)

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