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Cory Gardner's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Elected to U.S. Senate (CO), Republican
U.S. House (CO) - District 4, Republican
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Cory Gardner has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Cory Gardner is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% in 2014 National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Boven. The Colorado Independent: Gardner, despite past record, offers no comment to NYT on abortion. 5 August 2010. "During a 9 News-sponsored debate in February, Gardner said he not only supported the personhood initiative, which would criminalize stem cell research, abortion, some types of birth control, and curtail in vitro fertilization in the state, but added, 'I have taken the petitions to my church and have a legislative record that backs up my support for life.' Gardner in 2007 sponsored a bill that would have prohibited abortion in Colorado, with the exception of protecting the health of the mother." (coloradoindependent.com)
  • Cory Gardner. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Cory Gardner voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Cory Gardner voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Family. 20 July 2011. "The strength of our families starts with the emphasis we place on life, the unborn, the living and the old. I believe we need more emphasis on life, protecting it at all stages. We can also strengthen our families by taking the bold step to correct policies and entitlements that promote divisions rather than family unity. The family in its many forms is the center of every culture. If we want our culture to survive we must keep our families strong." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% in 2014 National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • Joseph Boven. The Colorado Independent: Gardner, despite past record, offers no comment to NYT on abortion. 5 August 2010. "During a 9 News-sponsored debate in February, Gardner said he not only supported the personhood initiative, which would criminalize stem cell research, abortion, some types of birth control, and curtail in vitro fertilization in the state, but added, 'I have taken the petitions to my church and have a legislative record that backs up my support for life.' Gardner in 2007 sponsored a bill that would have prohibited abortion in Colorado, with the exception of protecting the health of the mother." (coloradoindependent.com)
  • Cory Gardner. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Cory Gardner voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Cory Gardner voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Family. 20 July 2011. "The strength of our families starts with the emphasis we place on life, the unborn, the living and the old. I believe we need more emphasis on life, protecting it at all stages. We can also strengthen our families by taking the bold step to correct policies and entitlements that promote divisions rather than family unity. The family in its many forms is the center of every culture. If we want our culture to survive we must keep our families strong." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 3. Demand a Balanced BudgetBegin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike.4. Enact Fundamental Tax ReformAdopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words--the length of the original Constitution. (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner signed Americans for Tax reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Cory Gardner, pledge to the taxpayers of the 4th district of the state of Colorado and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Cory Gardner signed Americans for Tax reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "I, Cory Gardner, pledge to the taxpayers of the 4th district of the state of Colorado and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (s3.amazonaws.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dan Barker. 2010. The Fort Morgan Times: Congressional candidates focus on economy. 27 September 2010. "Representatives have to be focused on the economy and jobs, said Colorado House of Representatives member Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, who is challenging Markey for the 4th District seat in Congress. Government must stop wasteful spending in order to get the country back on track, he said. "Government does not create jobs," said Gardner, 36. What is needed is for government to get out of the way so the private sector can start to create jobs, he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Barker. 2010. The Fort Morgan Times: Congressional candidates focus on economy. 27 September 2010. "Representatives have to be focused on the economy and jobs, said Colorado House of Representatives member Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, who is challenging Markey for the 4th District seat in Congress. Government must stop wasteful spending in order to get the country back on track, he said. 'Government does not create jobs,' said Gardner, 36. What is needed is for government to get out of the way so the private sector can start to create jobs, he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. The Denver Post: 4th Congressional District Voter Guide. Checked "Opposes" for: "If the economy continues to falter, I would support additional stimulus spending on infrastructure in order to preserve jobs." (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Allison Sherry. 2011. The Denver Post - Seating Gesture Makes Inroads. 26 January 2011. "(Obama's) call for more 'investment' is nothing more than more government stimulus. We don't need to be spending more money on high-speed rail that goes from somewhere to nowhere. . . . We've got to stop out-of-control spending and reduce government barriers to job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Further Proof of Failed Stimulus Released. 6 August 2010. "These numbers confirm what Coloradans have known for a long time now - the stimulus did fail, the recession is not over and the situation is actually getting worse. It is time to rein in government spending and make it certain to businesses and families that the government will not raise their taxes. Without cost certainty in the marketplace, employers will not add jobs," Gardner said." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Barker. 2010. The Fort Morgan Times: Congressional candidates focus on economy. 27 September 2010. "Representatives have to be focused on the economy and jobs, said Colorado House of Representatives member Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, who is challenging Markey for the 4th District seat in Congress. Government must stop wasteful spending in order to get the country back on track, he said. "Government does not create jobs," said Gardner, 36. What is needed is for government to get out of the way so the private sector can start to create jobs, he said." (votesmart.org)
  • "We've got to get this country moving again, and the best way to accomplish that is to get government out of the way. Private businesses generate wealth, not the government. By cutting government and cutting spending, we will allow the marketplace to do its job." (votesmart.org)
  • Dan Barker. 2010. The Fort Morgan Times: Congressional candidates focus on economy. 27 September 2010. "Representatives have to be focused on the economy and jobs, said Colorado House of Representatives member Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, who is challenging Markey for the 4th District seat in Congress. Government must stop wasteful spending in order to get the country back on track, he said. 'Government does not create jobs,' said Gardner, 36. What is needed is for government to get out of the way so the private sector can start to create jobs, he said." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. The Denver Post: 4th Congressional District Voter Guide. Checked "Opposes" for: "If the economy continues to falter, I would support additional stimulus spending on infrastructure in order to preserve jobs." (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Allison Sherry. 2011. The Denver Post - Seating Gesture Makes Inroads. 26 January 2011. "(Obama's) call for more 'investment' is nothing more than more government stimulus. We don't need to be spending more money on high-speed rail that goes from somewhere to nowhere. . . . We've got to stop out-of-control spending and reduce government barriers to job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Further Proof of Failed Stimulus Released. 6 August 2010. "These numbers confirm what Coloradans have known for a long time now - the stimulus did fail, the recession is not over and the situation is actually getting worse. It is time to rein in government spending and make it certain to businesses and families that the government will not raise their taxes. Without cost certainty in the marketplace, employers will not add jobs," Gardner said." (votesmart.org)
  • "We've got to get this country moving again, and the best way to accomplish that is to get government out of the way. Private businesses generate wealth, not the government. By cutting government and cutting spending, we will allow the marketplace to do its job." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Education. "I believe accountability, parental involvement and choice - with solid, measurable results - is the best way to ensure we live up to the promise of education. I also believe in local control and that local school districts know what is best for their students." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Education. "Accountability, parental involvement and choice are some of the most important components of a successful education system. [¦] I believe it is primarily up to the states and local governments to pass and implement such reforms. The federal government can help by getting out of the way." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Education. "I believe accountability, parental involvement and choice - with solid, measurable results - is the best way to ensure we live up to the promise of education. I also believe in local control and that local school districts know what is best for their students." (votesmart.org)
  • "I also believe in local control and that local school districts know what is best for their students." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Education. "Accountability, parental involvement and choice are some of the most important components of a successful education system. [¦] I believe it is primarily up to the states and local governments to pass and implement such reforms. The federal government can help by getting out of the way." (votesmart.org)
  • "I also believe in local control and that local school districts know what is best for their students." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • vote: (votesmart.org)
  • "People that I talk to back in my district strongly support the Keystone pipeline. There are people in Colorado that I've heard from who don't support it. And one of the questions they lead with is: You know, Representative Gardner, it's not really going to create jobs here in Colorado. Well, you know what? We know, thanks to research that's been done, done by a university, the impact of the Alberta oil sands development on U.S. State economies, in Colorado alone, the job increase, thanks to the Alberta oil sands development--and the Keystone XL pipeline is a major part of this--that we would receive about 11,200 new jobs as a result of further development of the Alberta oil sands in Colorado alone. That's 11,000-some jobs that we could benefit from because of the construction of the Keystone pipeline and further development of the Alberta oil sands.In North Carolina alone, my colleague from North Carolina, 18,400 jobs could come from further development of the Alberta oil sands, the Keystone pipeline being a critical part of that.And so today, the President announces a plan to make it more difficult to generate electricity, to increase the cost of coal-power generation. His top science adviser has said we need a war on coal. This is the President of the United States saying we need a war on coal--his administration saying that--and yet today we have an opportunity to say ``yes'' to a pipeline to create jobs in this country.So instead of putting people out of work, why don't we put people into work by approving things like the Keystone pipeline." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cory Gardner. Hearty Oversight of EPA on Gardner's Watch. 10 February 2011. "The reason cap and trade didn't pass is because it would have been detrimental to our economy and job creation, so for the administration to now try and usurp Congress by using the EPA is just unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Cory Gardner voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Hearty Oversight of EPA on Gardner's Watch. 10 February 2011. "The reason cap and trade didn't pass is because it would have been detrimental to our economy and job creation, so for the administration to now try and usurp Congress by using the EPA is just unacceptable." (votesmart.org)
  • "I rise today in support of H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act. Without this bill, the EPA is going to outsource jobs and business with greenhouse gas regulations" (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Cory Gardner voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • "I rise today in support of H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act. Without this bill, the EPA is going to outsource jobs and business with greenhouse gas regulations" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "One of our most basic and fundamental rights is the right to protect ourselves. I believe this right should be expanded and encouraged on every front. As a member of Congress, I will oppose any efforts by the federal government to create a federal database of gun owners and work tirelessly to protect each and every right guaranteed to the citizens by the U.S. Constitution.As a State Representative, I earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association for my work at the legislature fighting to protect the rights of the people of Colorado. I introduced legislation known as the "Make My Day Better" law. This legislation extends to business owners the same self-defense protections that are granted to homeowners in Colorado. I have been recognized by the National Association of Gun Rights and the Gun Owners of America for my efforts to defend the 2nd Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Second Amendment. "One of our most basic and fundamental rights is the right to protect ourselves. I believe this right should be expanded and encouraged on every front. As a member of Congress, I will oppose any efforts by the federal government to create a federal database of gun owners and work tirelessly to protect each and every right guaranteed to the citizens by the U.S. Constitution. As a State Representative, I earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association for my work at the legislature fighting to protect the rights of the people of Colorado. I introduced legislation known as the "Make My Day Better" law. This legislation extends to business owners the same self-defense protections that are granted to homeowners in Colorado. I have been recognized by the National Association of Gun Rights and the Gun Owners of America for my efforts to defend the 2nd Amendment." (gardner.house.gov)
  • Cory Gardner. Gun Owners of America Endorses Cory Gardner for Congress. 21 September 2010. "As a state representative, Cory Gardner has never wavered in his support of the right to keep and bear arms. A firm believer that citizens have the right to protect themselves inside and outside of the home, Cory authored a bill to expand Colorado's Castle Doctrine law. He introduced the "Make My Day Better" bill, which extends the same right of self-defense to people at businesses that are currently held by individuals in their homes. Cory introduced that bill five different times in the State House. He was also a strong supporter of HB-1180, which would allow a concealed carry permit to be a substitute for a background check when purchasing a gun. Cory Gardner is a proven fighter on behalf of the Second Amendment." (www.sofmag.com)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 20 July 2011. "I am proud to have earned the endorsement of pro-Second Amendment organizations across the state and the country for my work protecting our Constitutional rights. These include the National Association of Gun Rights and the Gun Owners of America. I have also been recognized by the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners for my efforts to defend the 2nd Amendment. In the United States Congress I will oppose any efforts by the federal government to create a federal database of gun owners. I will work tirelessly to protect each and every right guaranteed to the citizens by the U.S. Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Second Amendment. "One of our most basic and fundamental rights is the right to protect ourselves. I believe this right should be expanded and encouraged on every front. As a member of Congress, I will oppose any efforts by the federal government to create a federal database of gun owners and work tirelessly to protect each and every right guaranteed to the citizens by the U.S. Constitution. As a State Representative, I earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association for my work at the legislature fighting to protect the rights of the people of Colorado. I introduced legislation known as the 'Make My Day Better' law. This legislation extends to business owners the same self-defense protections that are granted to homeowners in Colorado. I have been recognized by the National Association of Gun Rights and the Gun Owners of America for my efforts to defend the 2nd Amendment." (gardner.house.gov)
  • "One of our most basic and fundamental rights is the right to protect ourselves. I believe this right should be expanded and encouraged on every front. As a member of Congress, I will oppose any efforts by the federal government to create a federal database of gun owners and work tirelessly to protect each and every right guaranteed to the citizens by the U.S. Constitution.As a State Representative, I earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association for my work at the legislature fighting to protect the rights of the people of Colorado. I introduced legislation known as the "Make My Day Better" law. This legislation extends to business owners the same self-defense protections that are granted to homeowners in Colorado. I have been recognized by the National Association of Gun Rights and the Gun Owners of America for my efforts to defend the 2nd Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Second Amendment. "One of our most basic and fundamental rights is the right to protect ourselves. I believe this right should be expanded and encouraged on every front. As a member of Congress, I will oppose any efforts by the federal government to create a federal database of gun owners and work tirelessly to protect each and every right guaranteed to the citizens by the U.S. Constitution. As a State Representative, I earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association for my work at the legislature fighting to protect the rights of the people of Colorado. I introduced legislation known as the "Make My Day Better" law. This legislation extends to business owners the same self-defense protections that are granted to homeowners in Colorado. I have been recognized by the National Association of Gun Rights and the Gun Owners of America for my efforts to defend the 2nd Amendment." (gardner.house.gov)
  • Cory Gardner. Gun Owners of America Endorses Cory Gardner for Congress. 21 September 2010. "As a state representative, Cory Gardner has never wavered in his support of the right to keep and bear arms. A firm believer that citizens have the right to protect themselves inside and outside of the home, Cory authored a bill to expand Colorado's Castle Doctrine law. He introduced the "Make My Day Better" bill, which extends the same right of self-defense to people at businesses that are currently held by individuals in their homes. Cory introduced that bill five different times in the State House. He was also a strong supporter of HB-1180, which would allow a concealed carry permit to be a substitute for a background check when purchasing a gun. Cory Gardner is a proven fighter on behalf of the Second Amendment." (www.sofmag.com)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 20 July 2011. "I am proud to have earned the endorsement of pro-Second Amendment organizations across the state and the country for my work protecting our Constitutional rights. These include the National Association of Gun Rights and the Gun Owners of America. I have also been recognized by the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners for my efforts to defend the 2nd Amendment. In the United States Congress I will oppose any efforts by the federal government to create a federal database of gun owners. I will work tirelessly to protect each and every right guaranteed to the citizens by the U.S. Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Second Amendment. "One of our most basic and fundamental rights is the right to protect ourselves. I believe this right should be expanded and encouraged on every front. As a member of Congress, I will oppose any efforts by the federal government to create a federal database of gun owners and work tirelessly to protect each and every right guaranteed to the citizens by the U.S. Constitution. As a State Representative, I earned an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association for my work at the legislature fighting to protect the rights of the people of Colorado. I introduced legislation known as the 'Make My Day Better' law. This legislation extends to business owners the same self-defense protections that are granted to homeowners in Colorado. I have been recognized by the National Association of Gun Rights and the Gun Owners of America for my efforts to defend the 2nd Amendment." (gardner.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We didn't vote to repeal the President's healthcare law because the system was perfect before, but there were aspects of the law that hurt the economy enough for us to justify starting over with reforms that actually decrease the cost of care and don't hurt job creation.As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, I will be at the forefront of the effort to outline replacement legislation. At the top of this list has to be tort reform. I believe that capping medical malpractice damages is one important way to lower the cost for doctors and patients.We also need to open up the health insurance market and allow policies to be bought and sold across state lines. Insurers have to comply with state regulations and mandates on care, so the consequence is that there is no national market for health insurance.Implementing measures such as these will lower the cost of health insurance. By lowering the cost of insurance, more people will be able to purchase coverage. The goal here needs to be opening up the insurance roles to people who want coverage. Healthcare reform should never be about forcing people to buy a product they don't want" (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner signed Contract From America. "7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries." (www.contractfromamerica.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Healthcare. "Despite being ruled constitutional, the President's health care bill still makes it difficult for our economy to grow and takes away the ability of patients to pursue their own health care decisions. The real issue, however, is not whether the law is constitutional or unconstitutional. It is whether it is good or bad for the country. While our health care system needs reform, imposing unpopular and unaffordable mandates is not the solution [¦] We didn't vote to repeal the President's healthcare law because the system was perfect before, but there were aspects of the law that hurt the economy enough for us to justify starting over with reforms that actually decrease the cost of care and don't hurt job creation [¦] As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, I will be at the forefront of the effort to outline replacement legislation." (gardner.house.gov)
  • Jo Anne Busing. The Fort Morgan Times - Gardner Reflects on First Months of Office. 25 February 2011. "Gardner said it has been reported by people not involved in government that the healthcare bill will not reduce spending or improve the quality of healthcare and 'these are two things that we must do.' Congress has proposed cutting $100 billion dollars from the President's budget, and he will continue to support efforts to cut the budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Cory Gardner voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jo Anne Busing. 2011. The Fort Morgan Times - Gardner Reflects on First Months of Office. 25 February 2011. "Gardner said it has been reported by people not involved in government that the healthcare bill will not reduce spending or improve the quality of healthcare and "these are two things that we must do." Congress has proposed cutting $100 billion dollars from the President's budget, and he will continue to support efforts to cut the budget."
  • Cory Gardner. Congressman Gardner Statement on SCOTUS Healthcare Decision. 28 June 2012. "Today's decision is very disappointing. The Supreme Court effectively granted Congress unprecedented power to tax people who don't spend money and buy what Congress wants them to buy. But just because something is deemed constitutional does not make it good policy. Our fight to curb the overreaching power of government will continue." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Gardner Pledges to Vote to Repeal Healthcare Bill. 18 March 2010. "I will work and vote to repeal the healthcare legislation." (corygardner.com)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Healthcare. 18 July 2012. "Despite being ruled constitutional, the President's health care bill still makes it difficult for our economy to grow and takes away the ability of patients to pursue their own health care decisions. The real issue, however, is not whether the law is constitutional or unconstitutional. It is whether it is good or bad for the country. While our health care system needs reform, imposing unpopular and unaffordable mandates is not the solution. [¦] We didn't vote to repeal the President's healthcare law because the system was perfect before, but there were aspects of the law that hurt the economy enough for us to justify starting over with reforms that actually decrease the cost of care and don't hurt job creation." (gardner.house.gov)
  • Cory Gardner. Video: Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado on health care repeal. 19 January 2011. "So I will be voting to repeal the health care bill because I believe that we actually need real solutions put in its place." (youtu.be)
  • "We didn't vote to repeal the President's healthcare law because the system was perfect before, but there were aspects of the law that hurt the economy enough for us to justify starting over with reforms that actually decrease the cost of care and don't hurt job creation.As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, I will be at the forefront of the effort to outline replacement legislation. At the top of this list has to be tort reform. I believe that capping medical malpractice damages is one important way to lower the cost for doctors and patients.We also need to open up the health insurance market and allow policies to be bought and sold across state lines. Insurers have to comply with state regulations and mandates on care, so the consequence is that there is no national market for health insurance.Implementing measures such as these will lower the cost of health insurance. By lowering the cost of insurance, more people will be able to purchase coverage. The goal here needs to be opening up the insurance roles to people who want coverage. Healthcare reform should never be about forcing people to buy a product they don't want" (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner signed Contract From America. "7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn't restricted by state boundaries." (www.contractfromamerica.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Healthcare. "Despite being ruled constitutional, the President's health care bill still makes it difficult for our economy to grow and takes away the ability of patients to pursue their own health care decisions. The real issue, however, is not whether the law is constitutional or unconstitutional. It is whether it is good or bad for the country. While our health care system needs reform, imposing unpopular and unaffordable mandates is not the solution [¦] We didn't vote to repeal the President's healthcare law because the system was perfect before, but there were aspects of the law that hurt the economy enough for us to justify starting over with reforms that actually decrease the cost of care and don't hurt job creation [¦] As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, I will be at the forefront of the effort to outline replacement legislation." (gardner.house.gov)
  • Jo Anne Busing. The Fort Morgan Times - Gardner Reflects on First Months of Office. 25 February 2011. "Gardner said it has been reported by people not involved in government that the healthcare bill will not reduce spending or improve the quality of healthcare and 'these are two things that we must do.' Congress has proposed cutting $100 billion dollars from the President's budget, and he will continue to support efforts to cut the budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Cory Gardner voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jo Anne Busing. 2011. The Fort Morgan Times - Gardner Reflects on First Months of Office. 25 February 2011. "Gardner said it has been reported by people not involved in government that the healthcare bill will not reduce spending or improve the quality of healthcare and "these are two things that we must do." Congress has proposed cutting $100 billion dollars from the President's budget, and he will continue to support efforts to cut the budget."
  • Cory Gardner. Congressman Gardner Statement on SCOTUS Healthcare Decision. 28 June 2012. "Today's decision is very disappointing. The Supreme Court effectively granted Congress unprecedented power to tax people who don't spend money and buy what Congress wants them to buy. But just because something is deemed constitutional does not make it good policy. Our fight to curb the overreaching power of government will continue." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Gardner Pledges to Vote to Repeal Healthcare Bill. 18 March 2010. "I will work and vote to repeal the healthcare legislation." (corygardner.com)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Healthcare. 18 July 2012. "Despite being ruled constitutional, the President's health care bill still makes it difficult for our economy to grow and takes away the ability of patients to pursue their own health care decisions. The real issue, however, is not whether the law is constitutional or unconstitutional. It is whether it is good or bad for the country. While our health care system needs reform, imposing unpopular and unaffordable mandates is not the solution. [¦] We didn't vote to repeal the President's healthcare law because the system was perfect before, but there were aspects of the law that hurt the economy enough for us to justify starting over with reforms that actually decrease the cost of care and don't hurt job creation." (gardner.house.gov)
  • Cory Gardner. Video: Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado on health care repeal. 19 January 2011. "So I will be voting to repeal the health care bill because I believe that we actually need real solutions put in its place." (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cory Gardner. 2010. Daily Camera: 4th CD candidate Q&A: Cory Gardner. 9 October 2010. Responded: "The first step toward addressing illegal immigration starts with securing the border. I oppose amnesty but believe we need to create an effective guest worker program that will meet the needs of our labor markets." to the question: "How should the federal government deal with illegal immigration?"
  • Teresa Cendreda. EdFed: In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants Under Debate. "At a congressional hearing on Sept. 1 at the University of Northern Colorado, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce heard heated testimony both for and against the DREAM Act. At the center of the debate, whether there's discrimination if states offer a cheaper public college education to illegal immigrants. 'Not only does this grant preferential treatment to those in the country illegally, it also disrespects those who enter or are attempting to enter through legal processes,' said State Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) at the hearing." (www.edfed.com)
  • Cory Gardner. Daily Camera: 2010 4th CD candidate Q&A: Cory Gardner. 9 October 2010. Responded: "The first step toward addressing illegal immigration starts with securing the border. I oppose amnesty but believe we need to create an effective guest worker program that will meet the needs of our labor markets." to the question: "How should the federal government deal with illegal immigration?" (www.dailycamera.com)
  • Cory Gardner. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift [...] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. EdFed: In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants Under Debate. "Not only does this grant preferential treatment to those in the country illegally, it also disrespects those who enter or are attempting to enter through legal processes." (www.edfed.com)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Immigration. "The solution to the problem isn't for the Justice Department to file a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the Governor of Arizona for responding to a law enforcement crisis. It isn't giving amnesty to the 12-20 million illegal immigrants in this country, or giving those people benefits that will only encourage more illegal immigration. The time has come to enforce the rule of law and end illegal immigration. To that end, I will support legislation that ensures employers only hire people who are here legally and that guest workers are here temporarily." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift. [...] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. 2010. Daily Camera: 4th CD candidate Q&A: Cory Gardner. 9 October 2010. Responded: "The first step toward addressing illegal immigration starts with securing the border. I oppose amnesty but believe we need to create an effective guest worker program that will meet the needs of our labor markets." to the question: "How should the federal government deal with illegal immigration?"
  • "The solution to the problem isn't for the Justice Department to file a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the Governor of Arizona for responding to a law enforcement crisis. It isn't giving amnesty to the 12-20 million illegal immigrants in this country, or giving those people benefits that will only encourage more illegal immigration." (votesmart.org)
  • Teresa Cendreda. EdFed: In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants Under Debate. "At a congressional hearing on Sept. 1 at the University of Northern Colorado, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce heard heated testimony both for and against the DREAM Act. At the center of the debate, whether there's discrimination if states offer a cheaper public college education to illegal immigrants. 'Not only does this grant preferential treatment to those in the country illegally, it also disrespects those who enter or are attempting to enter through legal processes,' said State Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) at the hearing." (www.edfed.com)
  • Cory Gardner. Daily Camera: 2010 4th CD candidate Q&A: Cory Gardner. 9 October 2010. Responded: "The first step toward addressing illegal immigration starts with securing the border. I oppose amnesty but believe we need to create an effective guest worker program that will meet the needs of our labor markets." to the question: "How should the federal government deal with illegal immigration?" (www.dailycamera.com)
  • Cory Gardner. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift [...] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. EdFed: In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants Under Debate. "Not only does this grant preferential treatment to those in the country illegally, it also disrespects those who enter or are attempting to enter through legal processes." (www.edfed.com)
  • Cory Gardner. Issue Position: Immigration. "The solution to the problem isn't for the Justice Department to file a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the Governor of Arizona for responding to a law enforcement crisis. It isn't giving amnesty to the 12-20 million illegal immigrants in this country, or giving those people benefits that will only encourage more illegal immigration. The time has come to enforce the rule of law and end illegal immigration. To that end, I will support legislation that ensures employers only hire people who are here legally and that guest workers are here temporarily." (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift. [...] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • "The solution to the problem isn't for the Justice Department to file a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the Governor of Arizona for responding to a law enforcement crisis. It isn't giving amnesty to the 12-20 million illegal immigrants in this country, or giving those people benefits that will only encourage more illegal immigration." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Cory Gardner. HB 1344. 65th General Assembly. "A bill for an act concerning authorization of 101 domestic partnerships between same-sex couples, and, in connection therewith, creating the 'Colorado Domestic Partnership Benefits and Responsibilities Act' to extend benefits, protections, and responsibilities to such couples, and making an appropriation." Project Vote Smart Summary: Cory Gardner voted NO on 27 March 2006. (www.votesmart.org)
  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 1416 - Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act -Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 5856 that prohibits the use of funds appropriated by the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2013 from being used to contravene the Defense of Marriage Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted Yea - H Amdt 1416 - Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act -Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 5856 that prohibits the use of funds appropriated by the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2013 from being used to contravene the Defense of Marriage Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. HB 1344. 65th General Assembly. "A bill for an act concerning authorization of 101 domestic partnerships between same-sex couples, and, in connection therewith, creating the "Colorado Domestic Partnership Benefits and Responsibilities Act" to extend benefits, protections, and responsibilities to such couples, and making an appropriation." Project Vote Smart Summary: Cory Gardner voted NO on 27 March 2006. (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. HB 1344. 65th General Assembly. "A bill for an act concerning authorization of 101 domestic partnerships between same-sex couples, and, in connection therewith, creating the 'Colorado Domestic Partnership Benefits and Responsibilities Act' to extend benefits, protections, and responsibilities to such couples, and making an appropriation." Project Vote Smart Summary: Cory Gardner voted NO on 27 March 2006. (www.votesmart.org)
  • Cory Gardner. HB 1344. 65th General Assembly. "A bill for an act concerning authorization of 101 domestic partnerships between same-sex couples, and, in connection therewith, creating the "Colorado Domestic Partnership Benefits and Responsibilities Act" to extend benefits, protections, and responsibilities to such couples, and making an appropriation." Project Vote Smart Summary: Cory Gardner voted NO on 27 March 2006. (www.votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • "Over the past 70 years the nature of the threats to our nation's security has changed. Since WWII, through the Cold War, and into the present day our military has had to rapidly adapt to combat these new threats. Combating terrorism and the groups that use it is the number one priority of the modern military. To that end, we must secure our borders in order to prevent terrorist attacks on American soil. In Afghanistan we must avoid strict timelines that allow our enemies to plan around our future movements. It is important that we do not leave a region until it is secure. In Congress I am working to make sure that America's military power is not diminished and that our armed forces remain capable of meeting these challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • "Over the past 70 years the nature of the threats to our nation's security has changed. Since WWII, through the Cold War, and into the present day our military has had to rapidly adapt to combat these new threats. Combating terrorism and the groups that use it is the number one priority of the modern military. To that end, we must secure our borders in order to prevent terrorist attacks on American soil. In Afghanistan we must avoid strict timelines that allow our enemies to plan around our future movements. It is important that we do not leave a region until it is secure. In Congress I am working to make sure that America's military power is not diminished and that our armed forces remain capable of meeting these challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • "I think the issue over drones, authority of the president when it comes to war powers, executive powers-- actions in Iraq, Iran, what's happening in the United States with drones and-- and the failure of this administration to answer-- Senator Paul's questions in a timely fashion. And so I would like to see that debate. And I think Congress needs to reinsert itself into its constitutional role." (votesmart.org)
  • "I think the issue over drones, authority of the president when it comes to war powers, executive powers-- actions in Iraq, Iran, what's happening in the United States with drones and-- and the failure of this administration to answer-- Senator Paul's questions in a timely fashion. And so I would like to see that debate. And I think Congress needs to reinsert itself into its constitutional role." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • "The State of the Union is President Obama's chance to come clean and lay out an honest plan for protecting Medicare and Social Security, which is something he failed to do during his first term." (votesmart.org)
  • "The State of the Union is President Obama's chance to come clean and lay out an honest plan for protecting Medicare and Social Security, which is something he failed to do during his first term." (votesmart.org)

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