President Signs VAWA Into Law

Includes Bennet Bill to Reduce Rape Kit Backlog

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet applauded today’s official signing of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law. The bill contains Bennet’s provision to help reduce the national rape kit backlog. The bipartisan bill was signed by the President this afternoon, after passing the House of Representatives last we...

Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments Selected for Initiative to Save on Medicare Costs

Community-based Care Transitions Program Designed to Save Costs by Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today congratulated the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments (UAACOG) on being selected as a participant in the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) to lower health care costs by reducing hospital readmissions. Bennet authored the Care Transitions program in the Affordable Care ...

Bennet's Bill to Test More Rape Kits Signed into Law

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Reduce Backlog of Rape Kits in Colorado, Nationwide

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s SAFER Act became law today, as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that was signed by President Obama this afternoon. Bennet cosponsored the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act with his Republican colleague, Senator John Cornyn of Texas. The two initially i...

Bennet, Udall Urge TSA to Quickly Replace Security Scanners at Regional Airports

Scanners Needed to Ensure Security, Reduce Passenger Wait Times

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall are requesting that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) quickly replace the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) security scanners that meet Congressionally-mandated privacy standards at Colorado’s regional airports. The TSA removed some scanners last month after ...

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge IRS to Quickly Clarify Rules for Wind PTC

Rules Needed to Provide Certainty to Potential Investors

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) led a bipartisan group of senators today to urge the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to quickly clarify rules relating to the renewable energy production tax credit that was extended in the American Taxpayer Relief Act last year. Bennet and Moran were joined by Senators Ma...
The first three administrative patent judges assigned to the new United States Patent and Trademark (USPTO) office in Colorado begin their first day on the job today. The judges will work out of the temporary space in Lakewood until renovations at the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver are completed. “This is a mile...
Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall today applauded the inclusion of over $48 million for the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program in a continuing resolution to fund the government for the rest of the year. The House of Representatives introduced the bill today and should vote on it before the end of the we...
Victim rights advocates from throughout Colorado and the nation applauded yesterday’s renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and the SAFER Act, which was authored by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and included in VAWA’s renewal. SAFER is designed to help reduce the national rape kit backlog. The bipa...

Bennet, Udall Sign Legal Brief to Supreme Court Arguing Against DOMA

Brief calls DOMA "unconstitutional,"? sent to Supreme Court today

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall today signed onto a legal brief to the United States Supreme Court calling the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and a denial of equal protection. The brief, signed by 212 lawmakers from both the Senate and House of Representatives, was filed today in the ...