Bennet, Colorado Delegation Members Call for Additional Financial Support for Higher Education Institutions and Students

Colorado’s Institutions of Higher Learning are Facing a Financial Shortfall of $274 Million Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) and Colorado U.S. Representatives Joe Neguse (D), Diana DeGette (D), Ed Perlmutter (D), and Jason Crow (D) joined a bipartisan bicameral letter to House and Senate leadership. The letter requests $47 billion in additional funding for institutions of higher learning and students to address financial shortcomings related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, as well as $26 billion for research.

Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Renters During Coronavirus Pandemic

Bill Would Authorize $100 Billion for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program to Help Renters Stay in Their Homes During and After the Crisis

Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and 25 of his Democratic colleagues announced the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020, new legislation to establish an Emergency Rental Assistance program to provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to help families and individuals pay their rent and stay in their homes during and after the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Bennet Announces Legislation To Deliver Federal Relief Funding To Aid Local Governments During Coronavirus Pandemic

Funding for Local Communities Would Provide Necessary Relief for Lost Revenues, Increased Costs While Avoiding Local Tax & Fee Increases

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) announced a plan to provide local governments with direct federal relief that can be used to pay for essential services and offset lost revenues and increased costs from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic response efforts.

Bennet Introduces Legislation to Extend Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program

Bill Would Provide Greater Certainty for Small, Rural Hospitals

Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) introduced legislation to extend the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program for an additional five years, ensuring these essential hospitals do not face further budget instability during such challenging times.

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.