U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John Cornyn (R-TX) are urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully implement the SAFER Act to help state and local governments eliminate the national backlog of untested rape kits. The provisions of the legislation, signed into law in 2013, have yet to be fully enacted to help state and local law enforcement agencies audit and process rape kits that could lead to the prosecution and resolution of sexual assault cases across the country.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is marking tomorrow's two-year anniversary of the Senate's strong bipartisan vote to pass a comprehensive bill to fix our broken immigration system. As a member of the "Gang of Eight," Bennet coauthored the Senate immigration bill along with four Republican senators and three Democrats to fix our broken system.

Bennet Introduces National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act

Foundation has support of Colorado organizations, businesses

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet introduced the National Forest Reauthorization Act of 2015 to ensure the National Forest Foundation (NFF) continues to have the resources it needs to enhance and protect national forests and grasslands.

DOI Distributes More Than $30 Million in PILT Payments to Colorado Counties

Bennet Fought to Ensure PILT Funding for Local Governments

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet applauded the Department of Interior's announcement that $30,946,187 in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) disbursements have been issued to Colorado counties. The PILT program provides federal payments to local governments that have nontaxable federal land within their boundaries to help offset losses in property taxes. This funding is used to carry out vital services like fire and law enforcement protection and road maintenance. Bennet fought to secure these resources as part of the government funding bill and the National Defense Authorization Act.

Bennet, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Level Playing Field for Renewable Energy

Bill would give renewable energy projects access to a tax advantage currently available only to oil, gas, and coal projects

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to introduce a bipartisan bill to level the energy playing field by giving investors in renewable energy projects access to decades-old tax incentives currently available only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy projects.

Bennet Applauds Decision to Give C-123 Veterans Agent Orange Benefits

Bennet urged VA to provide exposure benefits

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement that flight, medical, and ground grew personnel of C-123 aircraft used during the Vietnam War will receive benefits for exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange. C-123 aircraft carried and sprayed Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, however, the VA continuously denied these veterans herbicide exposure benefits. Last year, Bennet wrote to the VA urging it to expand Agent Orange benefits eligibility to C-123 veterans.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement in celebration of Juneteenth, which marks the day that Major General Gordon Granger brought news of the Emancipation Proclamation to the residents of Galveston, Texas. News of the proclamation had previously been suppressed by slave owners in parts of Confederate territory.