Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement on funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the day, Bennet joined 68 Republicans and Democrats in the Senate to pass a bill to fund DHS for the remainder of the fiscal year. The House of Representatives failed to pass a clean three week extension and has not taken up a clean bill to extend funding through the end of the year.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced today that Colorado will receive $56.9 million from the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program for conservation work following the September 2013 floods. The funding, part of a nationwide allocation of $84 million, will help ongoing recovery projects to restore stream corridors, remove debris and prevent future flooding.

Bennet Congratulates Amtrak, Winter Park Resort, Union Pacific on Partnership to Offer Special Ski Train

Amtrak and Winter Park Resort Offering Excursion Train on March 14th

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today congratulated Amtrak, Winter Park Resort, and Union Pacific on its partnership to offer the Winter Park Express excursion train on March 14. The train, sponsored by Amtrak and Winter Park Resort, will take passengers and their ski gear from Denver Union Station directly to the resort that morning, followed by a return trip to Denver that evening to celebrate the resort's 75th anniversary.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with Senator Cory Gardner, is requesting the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hold a field hearing in Denver to examine the ongoing management and financial issues that have delayed the construction of the new VA hospital in Aurora.

Bennet Introduces Bill to Extend SRS, PILT Programs

Bill Would Restore PILT to Mandatory Funding, Extend Secure Rural Schools Program for Three Years

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) today to introduce a bipartisan bill to restore mandatory funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. It would also renew the Secure Rural Schools program, which supports schools, law-enforcement and roads in more than 700 rural counties across the country. Colorado counties received $34.5 million in PILT funds in fiscal year 2014.

Finance Committee Approves Bennet-Burr Bill to Level Playing Field for LNG

Bill Would Equalize Tax Treatment to Put Competing Fuels on Fair Footing

The Senate Finance Committee today approved a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC) to put liquefied natural gas (LNG) on equal footing with diesel fuel under the federal highway excise tax. The bill would allow LNG to compete fairly with diesel by taxing LNG on energy output rather than per gallon.