Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet at a Senate Finance Committee hearing yesterday on unemployment insurance (UI) questioned Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia on the Trump Administration’s threat to take away the $600 weekly benefit that has prevented severe hardship for American workers who have become unemployed as a result of the economic fallout from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Bennet Joined By Hardest-Hit Colorado Business Owners to Discuss RESTART Act

Senator’s Bipartisan Legislation Will Help Businesses Stay Afloat Through End of Year

Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and several business owners from across Colorado who have been hit the hardest by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health and economic crisis discussed their needs as the economy begins to reopen, and how Bennet’s legislation with U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), the Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-twenty (RESTART) Act, can help.

Bennet Welcomes Extension of PPP Funding to CDFIs

Senator Continues to Urge More Support for Hardest-Hit and Underserved Businesses Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Small Business Administration announced they will set aside $10 billion for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Bennet, Colleagues Urge Labor Department to Expedite Unemployment Disbursements, Address System Shortfalls

While Some States are Disbursing Unemployment Benefits, Most are Several Weeks Away from Distributing Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and 23 colleagues are urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to speed up Unemployment Insurance (UI) disbursements and work to address system shortfalls that have contributed to delays in workers receiving benefits.

Bennet, Gardner Welcome New Treasury Guidance Clarifying Eligibility of Rural Electric Cooperatives for Paycheck Protection Program

Guidance Comes After Bennet, Gardner, Colleagues Urged Administration to Provide PPP Support for Rural Electric Cooperatives

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner welcomed new guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury clarifying that rural electric cooperatives with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Following Urging from Bennet, Democratic Senators, National Housing Assistance Website Launches to Help Renters, Homeowners amid Pandemic

New Comprehensive Housing Resource Guide, Which Bennet Called for in April, Will Help Individuals and Families Apply For Relief, Learn About New Protections to Keep Them in Their Homes

After calls from Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and his colleagues, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered together to launch a new website to help renters and homeowners learn more about the resources and assistance available to them during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bennet Leads Senate Democrats in Calling on CDC to Remove Unnecessary Eligibility Requirements for Contact Tracing Positions

Current Required Qualifications May Slow Contact Tracing Efforts and Exclude Americans Best-Equipped to Fight COVID-19 in Their Communities

Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet led a group of nine Senate Democrats in calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reconsider its decision to require applicants to the CDC Foundation’s Contact Tracer position to possess a bachelor’s degree, which excludes recent high school and associate’s degree graduates who are entering an unforgiving job market.

Bennet Releases Framework For Legislation Tying Expanded Unemployment Benefits To Public Health Emergency, Economic Conditions

Draft Proposal Anticipates Monthly Jobs Report Expected to Show Skyrocketing Unemployment in April

Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.), released a draft framework for the Worker Relief and Security Act, which would tie expanded unemployment benefits to the current public health emergency and economic conditions, instead of allowing them to lapse after a fixed period of time.