The Senate today adopted an amendment introduced by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet to help make the most of existing programs, services, and funding. The amendment requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study and provide recommendations on ways to increase the coordination and effectiveness of existing federal programs that benefit or serve children.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unveiled an updated version of the Every Child Achieves Act, a bill to fix No Child Left Behind, with several new measures authored by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. The previous version of the bill was approved 22-0 by the HELP Committee.

Bennet Cosponsors Veterans Entrepreneurship Act

Bipartisan Bill Waives SBA Loan Fees for Veterans

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has signed on as a cosponsor of the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act. The bill, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), would permanently make Small Business Administration (SBA) loans less expensive for veterans in the Express loan program by waiving loan fees.
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.

Bennet Urges Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

Assists the sales of “Made in Colorado” goods across the globe

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is urging Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank's charter as soon as it returns to session in July to ensure that Colorado businesses remain competitive in the global economic environment.
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.

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 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.