Coloradans Demand Gardner Support Students, Teachers, Unemployed & Stop Attacking Healthcare
Recently Unemployed Coloradan: “We want Cory Gardner to focus a little bit more on helping those Coloradans and a little bit less on the fundraising for his campaign”
Grand Junction 8th Grade Teacher: “I am asking today that Sen. Gardner do his part”
State Rep. Buckner: “A repeal of the ACA is a matter of life or death. … Senator Gardner needs to start defending the Affordable Care Act because Black and Brown lives depend on it”
Denver, CO – Coloradans across the state are demanding that Senator Cory Gardner take action to extend emergency unemployment payments for 330,000 Coloradans, support the House-passed HEROES Act to provide resources for our students and teachers, and stop attacking Coloradans’ health care. Gardner, who recently admitted he supports slashing the emergency insurance that hundreds of thousands of Coloradans are relying on to put food on the table and pay rent, has come under fire for his inaction on COVID relief and refusing to face constituents asking for his help.
Here’s what Coloradans are saying and doing to hold Gardner accountable for his failure of leadership:
- The ACA is giving people of color advantages they never had before in terms of access to health care. If it’s taken away, it will be one of the worst things that could happen to communities of color. Senator Gardner has remained silent on the lawsuit, making him complicit in this reckless attempt to rip away our health care. We need him to fight for the ACA.
- [Gardner] said that he would protect the health care of Coloradans, especially those with pre-existing conditions. However, while in Congress, he has voted against the Affordable Care Act seven times, with no replacement plan, choosing to stand by his own party. Time and time again he has sided with special interests over the interests of Coloradans. Ripping away our health care puts Black and brown lives in jeopardy.
- A repeal of the ACA is a matter of life or death. Senator Cory Gardner’s silence demonstrates that he is complicit in the repeal lawsuit. It’s time he stands up as a leader and does whatever he can to stop the Trump Administration from moving forward on this dangerous lawsuit. Senator Gardner needs to start defending the Affordable Care Act because Black and Brown lives depend on it.
- I am asking today that Sen. Gardner do his part to ensure students, teachers, and other educators, along with their families and loved ones, remain safe this fall as they return to school. He can do this by making sure the HEROES Act passes in the Senate.
- I urge Sen. Gardner to do the right thing: to vote in favor of the HEROES Act to ensure students and educators get the protection and safety measures they deserve.
- Once we had finished saying our pieces, we asked Ms. Axelrod if Sen. Gardner would be supporting the passage of the HEROES Act. She sidestepped and said he would push for the bipartisan bill called the “Reopen Schools Safely Act.” This provides far less funding for education than the HEROES Act, and it seems to put more of the burden on applying for COVID-related funding on schools and school districts themselves, piling yet another job on the backs of teachers and administrators when we are already overworked to the point of literal collapse.
- Sen. Cory Gardner has historically not supported what is best for students and educators, so this was unfortunately no surprise. It seems that many Republican senators may be willing to do the bare minimum available to make it look like they’re supporting education, but our students and teachers are worth far more than the bare minimum. The disregard Gardner’s office, and many Americans, have shown recently for education is disgraceful. Maybe when kids and teachers start to die from COVID-19, they will change their minds, but I doubt it, having seen their inaction about underfunded schools and the horrifying problem of school shootings.
- On July 27, the Non Violins Marching Group performed songs outside of Senator Cory Gardner’s office in Denver and delivered a petition asking him to support an extension of the $600-a-week federal unemployment benefit.
- “Most musicians are entirely or largely unemployed because of COVID-19, as are many Coloradans, and we want Cory Gardner to focus a little bit more on helping those Coloradans and a little bit less on the fundraising for his campaign,” says Helen McDermott, a Colorado Symphony violist, one of the founders of Non Violins, who organized the event on July 27.
- “To have my career ripped out from under me and to have no control over when it will be back is very painful,” he says. “I can’t get through this without some federal aid.”
- Gardner’s office did not respond to requests for comment.