Bennet, Colleagues Unveil New Renewable Electricity Standard

National RES would pump nearly $300 billion into economy, create tens of thousands of jobs, help combat climate change

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Edward Markey (D-MA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) to introduce a bill to create jobs, save consumers money and reduce pollution by creating a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). The legislation, which would help the United States diversify its energy sources while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would require utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.
Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner introduced a bill to protect ten parcels within a "wedge" of land between Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho National Forest by incorporating the land into Arapaho National Forest. The Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015 will also allow the U.S. Forest Service to acquire land in the "wedge" from interested landowners to preserve the region.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and seven other senators to introduce a bill to help improve the quality and consistency of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims appeals and help address the VA's oldest pending claims. Specifically, the bill would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process, and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to expedite consideration of unreasonably delayed claims.
Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner today urged the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to apply accountability measures to the ongoing construction of the Denver Replacement Medical Center. The senators offered specific proposals to ensure that this and future VA construction projects are completed with an appropriate level of Congressional oversight.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today encouraged local coalitions, governments, private companies, nonprofit organizations, and farmers and ranchers to apply for funding for conservation projects made available today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $235 million is available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Bennet helped craft the RCPP program, which was created in the 2014 Farm Bill. Secretary Vilsack said the USDA will fund projects focused on improving soil health, preserving clean water, combating drought, and protecting wildlife habitat. Proposals are due July 8.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Northwest Mountain Region Assistant Manager Chris Schaffer toured the Durango-La Plata County Airport late last week. Bennet and Schaffer joined Durango Mayor Dean Brookie, Durango City Manager Ron LeBlanc, La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorff, Director of Aviation Kip Turner and Brad Tafoya from the La Plata Economic Development Association. During the tour of the existing terminal, local officials discussed options for building a new terminal with Schaffer.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today cosponsored the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2015. The bill, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), expands the pool of Public Lands Corps participants to include veterans, encourages recruitment among minority and underserved communities, makes it easier for Corps members to finish a degree before starting a full-time conservation career, and creates new programs to coordinate Corps activities at multiple federal agencies. It will help federal agencies do more within their current budgets without using additional taxpayer dollars.

Senate Passes Bennet-Cornyn Resolution Commemorating Cinco de Mayo

Bipartisan Resolution Recognizes Historical, Cultural Significance of Cinco de Mayo

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to commemorate Cinco de Mayo. The resolution recognizes the historical significance of the 1862 Battle of Puebla and highlights the courage of Mexican forces against the invading French army, as part of their struggle for independence and freedom.