7 Questions Gardner Must Answer As He Returns to Washington After Two Week Vacation Marred by Protests

7 Questions Gardner Must Answer As He Returns to Washington After Two Week Vacation Marred by Protests

61 Days Since Gardner Talked Tough, Then Cowered to McConnell on COVID Relief

Denver, CO – While more than 630,000 Coloradans have filed for unemployment due to the pandemic and cases increase in Colorado, Senator Cory Gardner is finally returning from a two-week recess — and facing crucial questions from Coloradans. 

Back in Colorado, constituents pressed Gardner on everything from extending unemployment benefits and relief for Coloradans to his allegiance to Trump and protecting our public lands — but Gardner ignored protesters, even potentially bailing on an event outside of Crested Butte when he heard there were constituents waiting to talk to him. A donor at one of Gardner’s high-dollar fundraisers told constituents that “Cory Gardner has a different agenda.”

As Gardner returns to Washington, here are the key questions Coloradans deserve answers to: 

  1. With extended unemployment benefits set to expire in days, will Gardner support Trump’s proposal to cut benefits for the unemployed while cutting taxes for everyone else?
  2. Does Gardner support Trump’s push to exclude funding for testing, contact tracing, and the CDC from the next coronavirus relief package?
  3. Will Gardner honor Rep. John Lewis’ legacy by supporting his landmark legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act?
  4. Does Gardner support Trump’s push to withhold funding from schools that opt out of in-person learning in the fall?
  5. Will Gardner speak out against Trump’s vote by mail lies and dangerous effort to undermine the election results if he loses in November?
  6. Will Gardner support Trump’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management, William Perry Pendley, who has pushed to sell off public lands, compared the Black Lives Matter movement to cancer, opposed public lands and wildlife protections, and has a long history of xenophobia and climate science denial?
  7. Why won’t Gardner condemn the Trump-backed lawsuit to repeal the health care law that could gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions and rip care away from an estimated 470,000 Coloradans during the pandemic?