Maintains Measures to Improve Rural Energy Efficiency, Crop Insurance, Focus on Water Quantity Includes Bennet Provisions for Forest Health, Improved Conservation Programs, and Farm Animal Research Washington, DC – The 2013 Farm Bill passed the United States Senate today with several provisions authored by Colorado U.S. ...

Colorado Lawmakers Unite to Protect Pueblo Community

Letter Urges Corps of Engineers to Support Project to Prevent Flooding

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) sent a letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers in support of a request submitted by the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District to address potential flooding concerns on the Fountain Creek in Pueblo. ...

Emergency Watershed Funds Headed to Colorado

$19 Million to Help High Park and Waldo Canyon Recovery Efforts

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today welcomed the announcement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will send more than $19 million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program funds for recovery from one of the worst fire seasons in the state’s history. “Col...

Bennet, Burr Bipartisan Bill Would Level Playing Field for LNG in Vehicles

Proposal Will Equalize Tax Treatment to Put Competing Fuels on Fair Footing

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a bipartisan bill to put liquefied natural gas (LNG) on equal footing with diesel fuel under the federal highway excise tax. The bill (S.1103) will allow LNG to compete fairly with diesel by taxing LNG on energy output rather than per gallon. LNG is a transpor...

BLM Extends Comment Period for Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

Bennet, Colleagues Requested Extension to Allow for More Feedback

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today welcomed the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) 60-day extension of the public comment period on its proposed rule for hydraulic fracturing, also known as ‘fracking.’ The extension follows a request from Bennet and Senators Mark Udall (D-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Martin H...

SAVE Act Saves Families Money, Creates New Jobs

Bipartisan bill will help homeowners reap the benefits of investing in energy efficient homes

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the Sensible Accounting to Value Energy (SAVE) Act today to establish more practical mortgage lending processes, encourage investments in energy efficient homebuilding and create an estimated 83,000 construction jobs. The Senators plan to file the legi...
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ): “This week, the state of New Jersey and the entire country lost a devoted public servant. Senator Lautenberg served his state and all Americans in his work to support our veterans, improve awareness about p...

Bennet Recognizes Four Colorado Firms Receiving White House "E"? Award

Recognition part of "Beyond Colorado,"? Bennet's statewide exporting workshop series

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today formally recognized four Colorado organizations that recently received the President’s “E” award for export achievement and service with an official statement entered into the Congressional Record. The statement was read during a recognition ceremony for the four firms ...

Patent Law Should Protect Satellite Patent Office

Letter expresses concerns sequestration is inconsistent with the law creating satellite offices

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to reevaluate its decision to sequester fees from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) despite a 2011 law written to ensure the USPTO would have access to those funds. OMB’s decision could exacerbate the current backlog...