Bennet, Vitter Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect States' Revenue Wrongfully Targeted by Sequester

Mineral Royalties, Sportsmen and Restoration Accounts Help Communities Provide Critical Services

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and David Vitter (R-LA) today introduced the bipartisan Return Our State Shares Act to ensure that mineral royalty payments and resources from sportsmen and restoration trust funds that are owed to Colorado, Louisiana, and other states, will no longer be wrongfully subject to the sequester. The...
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet was part of a bipartisan group of Senators voting today to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the Senate. The final vote was 64-32. ENDA makes it illegal to hire or fire a person based on their sexual orientation. Under current federal employment law sexual orientation is no...

Bennet, Udall Thank Federal Railroad Administration for Heeding Their Calls to Work with Colorado Communities to Ease Train Noise Rules

FRA Red Tape, Costly Upgrades Hamper Communities' Efforts to Spur Economic Development, Improve Residents' Quality of Life

Following months of pressure and numerous requests on behalf of Colorado communities, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall welcomed the Federal Railroad Administration's recent decision to review its train noise rules and consider how to cut red tape and make the required train-crossing upgrades more affordable for local tax...

Bennet Seeks More Information on Military Mental Health Issues, Potential Connections to Discharges

Introduces Bill to Gather Data on Protocols and Treatment Related to PTSD and Characterization of Discharges

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today introduced a bill to learn more about combat related mental health issues in the military and their connection to certain types of discharges. The bill stems from concerns brought to Senator Bennet by Colorado Veterans, including some members of his Veterans Work Group, who believe some ...
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) advanced a bill today to help reduce waste and government inefficiency by consolidating the total number of federal data centers, and making those data centers more efficient. HSGAC Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE) joined the effort as a cosponsor of the bill introdu...

Beetle-Kill Trees to Dollar Bills: Bennet Welcomes USDA Research Grant

Research - led by CSU using technology from a CO company - will explore ways to convert beetle-kill trees into renewable energy

This afternoon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will invest $10 million for research into converting beetle-kill trees in the Rockies into renewable energy. The research will be led by Colorado State University and will include technology developed by Cool Planet Energy Systems, a renewable energy company based...

Bennet Holds Senate Hearing to Highlight Need for Wildfire Mitigation Resources

Colorado Witnesses Share Experiences with Recent Wildfires, Mitigation Efforts

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources, today chaired a hearing on the connection between Washington’s shortsighted budgets and an increased risk for more frequent and larger wildfires across the country. Bennet used the hearing to focus...

El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark Advocates for Wildfire Mitigation Resources at Bennet-Chaired Committee Hearing

Clark Invokes Waldo Canyon Fire Experiences to Urge Additional Investment in Forest Service Mitigation Efforts

Today, Sallie Clark, El Paso County Commissioner and Second Vice President of the National Association of Counties (NACo), testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, chaired by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, on the tragic effects of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires ...

Wolf Creek Ski Area's Davey Pitcher Advocates for Wildfire Mitigation Resources at Bennet-Chaired Committee Hearing

"A proactive approach to fuel reduction is a far better use of funds,"? CEO says

Today, Davey Pitcher, President and CEO of Wolf Creek Ski Area, testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources, chaired by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, on the damage that the West Fork Complex Fire inflicted on southwest Colorado and ways to reduce the risk and severity of su...

Bennet, Burr, Hatch Applaud First FDA Approval of Breakthrough Therapy Drug

Senators Authored 'Breakthrough' Provision in 2012 FDA Reform Law

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) first approval of a cancer-fighting drug that had been granted a breakthrough therapy designation, thanks to a provision that the Senators successfully included in last year’s FDA Safet...