Senate Passes Energy Bill with Bennet-Backed Colorado Priorities

Includes Permanent Reauthorization of LWCF, Expedited Permit Approval for LNG Exports. Also Includes Bennet Amendment to Encourage Energy Efficient Home Improvements and Language to Protect Colorado's Public Lands

The Senate today passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which includes a number of Colorado priorities backed by Senator Michael Bennet.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet continues to push for the construction of the Arkansas Valley Conduit. He is cosponsoring a bill that allows the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservation District to more easily pay for its portion of the Conduit's construction costs.

Bennet Urges Higher Irrigation Rental Rates for Republican River Farmers and Ranchers

Equitable CREP Rental Rates will Help Colorado Achieve Water Conservation Goals

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to implement equitable Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) irrigation rental rates for farmers and ranchers in the Republican River system. Currently, the federal government pays producers on the Republican River in Colorado $115 per acre to take land out of agriculture production to promote water conservation.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced that three projects in Colorado have been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive a total of $5.4 million through the agency's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

President's Budget Proposal to Call for Permanent Reauthorization, Full Funding for LWCF

Bennet Sponsored Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Authorize Conservation Program

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today welcomed the Administration's announcement that its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget proposal will include full funding and permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation (LWCF) program. The budget allocates LWCF funding to several projects across Colorado.

Senate Energy Bill Includes Permanent LWCF Reauthorization

LWCF Provision Based on Bipartisan Bennet Bill

The U.S. Senate has begun consideration of an energy bill that includes a provision based on Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet's bipartisan bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Bennet Blazes Forward on Pike National Trail Designation

Bennet Testifies in support of Pike National Historic Trail Bill at Senate Committee Hearing

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet testified today in support of his Pike National Historic Trail Study Act at a hearing held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks. Pike’s Trail runs through significant portions of the state and follows Zebulon Pike's expedition into the American Southwe...