Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with Senator Cory Gardner, is requesting the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hold a field hearing in Denver to examine the ongoing management and financial issues that have delayed the construction of the new VA hospital in Aurora.

Bennet Introduces Bill to Extend SRS, PILT Programs

Bill Would Restore PILT to Mandatory Funding, Extend Secure Rural Schools Program for Three Years

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) today to introduce a bipartisan bill to restore mandatory funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. It would also renew the Secure Rural Schools program, which supports schools, law-enforcement and roads in more than 700 rural counties across the country. Colorado counties received $34.5 million in PILT funds in fiscal year 2014.

Finance Committee Approves Bennet-Burr Bill to Level Playing Field for LNG

Bill Would Equalize Tax Treatment to Put Competing Fuels on Fair Footing

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

Crapo, Bennet, Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation

Bill would help keep farmers and ranchers in business

A bipartisan group of senators are working to ensure farmers and ranchers have access to modern and safe water infrastructure. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) today introduced the Water and Agriculture Tax Reform (WATER) Act, which seeks to reform outdated tax provisions that hinder investment in important infrastructure advances.

Drought Conditions Bring USDA Disaster Designations for Colorado Counties

Producers Eligible for Assistance from Farm Service Agency

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued contiguous disaster designations for 21 Colorado counties due to recent drought conditions in southwest Colorado and along the Eastern plains. The designations mean farmers and ranchers are eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency.