Bennet Announces Principles for Digital Public Health Surveillance to Fight COVID-19

Principles Emphasize Need for Digital Tools to Balance Public Health, Public Trust, and Individual Privacy

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet urged the Trump Administration to adopt key principles as it applies emerging digital technologies to existing tools for public health surveillance, such as contact tracing, to fight the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that he will cosponsor the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to bring together health care and other policy experts, community-based organizations, and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial leaders to confront the racial and ethnic disparities of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, along with U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), announced that they will introduce legislation to increase funding for the Federal Communication Commission’s E-Rate program, which supports internet connections for schools and libraries, by $4 billion.

Bennet, Colleagues Question Political Interference In COVID-19 Response Following Ouster of Vaccine Development Head

Senators Send Letter After Trump Administration Reportedly Removed Dr. Rick Bright as Head of Key Vaccine Office Due to His Insistence That Treatments be Scientifically Vetted

Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined 19 of his Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to express their concern regarding reports of political influence at the Department, demand more information on staffing issues related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response efforts, and ask whether staff turmoil and turnover is hindering the Department’s work.

Bennet Unveils Bold New Proposal to Expand, Strengthen SNAP Food Assistance

Plan Would Increase Maximum SNAP Benefit by 15% Now and Automatically During Future Economic Downturns

Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced a bold new plan to expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to strengthen the social safety net and provide stimulus during a recession.

Bennet, 143 Colleagues Urge FCC to Coordinate Across Government to Inform Low-Income Families About Discounted Broadband Services

Americans Now Eligible for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid Are Also Eligible for the FCC’s Lifeline Program to Help Low-Income Families Obtain Broadband and Telephone Service

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined 143 colleagues in both the House and the Senate in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to work directly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to inform the millions of Americans newly eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid due to job loss or reduction in income that they are also eligible for the FCC’s Lifeline program.

Bennet, Senate Democrats Urge Administration to Remove Needless Restrictions as Trump Seeks to Limit Governors’ Ability to Spend COVID-19 Relief Funds

Trump Administration Tries to Interpret Law in a Way That Would Impose Overly Restrictive Limits on States That Could Trigger a Vicious Cycle: Forcing Cuts to Public Services and Leading to Layoffs of Public Employees on Front Lines of COVID-19 Response

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined a group of 46 Senate Democrats in responding to the Trump Administration’s restrictions on how governors can distribute Coronavirus Relief Funds to their states.