Bennet, Udall Urge Vote on Proposal to End Destructive 'Fire Borrowing'

Legislation Would Fundamentally Fix Wildfire Budgeting, Ensure Mitigation Programs Not Drained Due to Firefighting Expenses

U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet pressed congressional leaders today to allow an up-or-down vote on a bipartisan, common-sense proposal to end the practice of "fire borrowing." The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act would codify steps the president has already taken to ensure that firefighting expenses do not undermine federa...

Bennet, Crapo Applaud Focus on Wildfire Mitigation in Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, Call for Passage of PREPARE Act

Appropriations Bill Instructs FEMA to Devise Fire Mitigation Strategy with Forest Service, BLM

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) today applauded the focus on wildfire mitigation strategies in the Homeland Security appropriations bill, and called on their colleagues to pass the PREPARE Act, which would make targeted investments for pre-disaster mitigation and preparedness. The Senate Appropriations C...
Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCullen v. Coakley, which while affirming the legality of states’ right to protect their citizens, struck down a Massachusetts’ law that set a 35-foot fixed buffer zone for specific medical clinics:...

Bennet, Burr Amendment to Treat LNG Equally as Diesel Included in Committee Bill

Amendment will put low cost, environmentally friendly fuel on equal footing as diesel

Today, Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) successfully included an amendment in the Preserving America’s Transit and Highways (PATH) Act to allow liquefied natural gas (LNG) to compete fairly with diesel fuel. The amendment, based on S. 1103 from Bennet and Burr, would require that LNG be taxed o...

WIA Passes Senate with Key Bennet-Portman Pay-for-Success Measure

Bipartisan Bill Supports High-Performing Providers of Job-Training Services, Ensures Workers Equipped with 21?st Century Skills

A proposal from U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to support high-performing job-training services passed the Senate today as part of the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The provision will help improve federal job training programs by allowing state and local governments to direct j...

Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Anonymous Spending in Elections

DISCLOSE Act of 2014 will Help Correct Flood of Secret Money Created by Citizens United Decision

With hundreds of millions of dollars from anonymous donors being spent to secretly influence this year’s elections, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and 49 other senators to introduce the DISCLOSE Act of 2014. The bill would crack down on so-called “dark money” by requ...

Senators Bennet, Alexander Would Cut 100-Question Student Aid Form to 2 Questions

Their six-part legislation also simplifies grants and loans, allows year-round Pell Grants, discourages over-borrowing, and simplifies repayments

Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released a draft bill to simplify the process of applying for and receiving federal financial aid to attend college, allow year-round use of Pell Grants, discourage over-borrowing and simplify repayments. The bill would reduce to a single postcard—call...

Bennet: Permanent Solution Needed for Ski Area Water Rights

Plans to Introduce Bill to Give Certainty to Colorado's Water Community

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today welcomed the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed rule intended to address water rights for ski areas operating on national forest lands. Bennet is encouraging Colorado stakeholders to submit feedback on the rule to the Forest Service during the 60-day public comment period. “Water...

Bennet: Executive Order Next Step to Eliminating Discrimination in Workforce

Federal Contractors will be Prohibited from Discriminating Against LGBT Workers

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today welcomed the White House’s announcement that President Obama will sign an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers. “There is absolutely no place for discrimination of any kind in the wo...