Middle Ground Approach would Protect Land, Respect Existing Leases Bill Introduction Follows Comment Period on Draft that Received Overwhelming Support Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today introduced a bill for the future management of much of the Thompson Divide, a 221,000-acre parcel of public land located predominantly...

Bennet, Udall Introduce Budget Amendment to Improve Wildfire Preparedness

Expands Flexibility to Support Broad Range of Wildfire-Related Activities

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall today introduced an amendment to the Senate budget resolution to emphasize the importance of supporting a broad range of wildfire-related activities, many of which are currently underfunded. “We have a strong tradition of coming together to aid communities in need followi...

House Approves Senate Bill with EWP Resources, Headed to President's Desk to Become Law

Emergency Watershed Protection Funds Will Help Protect Drinking Water, Restore Watersheds

The House of Representatives today passed the Senate bill that includes $65.5 million in resources for the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, which will help Colorado communities recovering from last summer’s devastating Waldo Canyon and High Park fires. The bill is a Continuing Resolution that will fund the govern...

Bennet Introduces Budget Amendment to Promote States' Clean Energy Efforts

Authorizes a Deficit-Neutral Competitive Grant Program for States

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet introduced an amendment today to the Senate budget resolution that expresses support for the creation of a Department of Energy program giving competitive grants to states that implement a variety of clean energy improvements. The amendment, which is modeled after Bennet’s Clean Energy R...

Bennet, Udall, Barrasso Introduce Bipartisan Proposal to Increase Federal Firefighting Budget by $100 Million

Deficit-Neutral Amendment Provides Additional Resources to Help Quickly Contain, Extinguish Wildfires Before They Threaten Entire Communities, Water Sources

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined Senators Mark Udall (D-CO) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) as a cosponsor of their bipartisan amendment to the 2014 U.S. Senate budget to increase the funding availability for fighting wildfires and modernizing the air tanker fleet by $100 million — critical funds that will help pr...

Bennet Reminds Coloradans About Free Tax-filing Services

Coloradans Making Less Than $57,000 Annually Eligible

As the April 15th tax deadline approaches, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet reminds Coloradans that free federal tax-filing service is available for individuals making $57,000 or less in 2012. Through IRS Free File, these individuals can prepare and e-file their federal tax returns for free by visiting www.IRS.gov/freefile. A...
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement in support of Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell following their meeting today. “The Interior Secretary plays a major role in the management of Colorado’s public lands, natural resources, and wildlife. It is a job that requires a unique commitm...

Committee Passes Water Resources Bill with Key Colorado Provisions

Bill Includes Bennet-Backed Measures to Improve Post-Disaster Watershed Assessments, Encourage Innovative Financing Strategies

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today passed a Water Resources Bill that includes several provisions backed by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet that are vital to Colorado’s water quality and quantity. The bill to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) makes reforms to the programs administered b...

Senate Passes Bill with Wildfire Recovery Resources

Emergency Watershed Protection Funds Will Help Protect Drinking Water, Restore Watersheds

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today hailed the passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate that includes $65.5 million in resources for the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, which will help Colorado communities recovering from last summer’s devastating Waldo Canyon and High Park fires. The bill is a Continuing Res...