Bennet, Gardner and Tipton Urge Bureau of Reclamation to Open Lake Nighthorse

Recreation Area Could Generate More Than $12 Million in La Plata County

Today, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner and Congressman Scott Tipton are requesting the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Commissioner open access to Lake Nighthorse at the earliest possible date. While the Lake Nighthorse Reservoir was completed in 2011, a recreation plan has not been agreed upon and the area has remained closed to the public. A report commissioned by the Animas La Plata Water Conservancy District found that recreation at Lake Nighthorse could stimulate upwards of $12 million in annual economic benefits for Colorado's La Plata County.

Bennet Presses Federal Agencies to Resume Processing H-2B Visa Requests

Over 300 Colorado Businesses Rely on Visa Program

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today pressed the Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security to resume processing H-2B visa requests as quickly as possible. The H-2B visa program allows hundreds of Colorado businesses to fill seasonal jobs.

Bennet, Heitkamp Introduce Bill to Increase Target Practice Opportunities

Bill, Championed in Past by Mark Udall, Gives States More Flexibility to Develop Shooting Ranges

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a bill to help increase opportunities for hunters and recreational shooters to practice their skills. The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act would allow states to use more of their federal Pittman-Robertson wildlife funding for the development of shooting ranges.

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Commits to Site Visit at Aurora VA Hospital Following Colorado Delegation Request

Full Delegation Requested Committee to Look into Mismanagement, Cost Overruns

The Colorado Congressional delegation today welcomed the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee's pledge to work with the delegation to schedule a field hearing and site visit to the Aurora VA Hospital. The delegation sent a bipartisan letter to the committee's chairman, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and ranking member, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), last month requesting the visit to look into the mismanagement that has delayed construction of the facility.

Bennet Reminds Coloradans about Free Tax-Filing Services

Coloradans Making Less than $60,000 Eligible for IRS Free File

With the April 15th tax filing deadline approaching, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is reminding Coloradans that the IRS' free federal tax-filing service is available for individuals making $60,000 or less in 2014.

Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Rural Water Bill

Bipartisan Proposal Would Enable Small Communities to Meet Safe Drinking Water Standards

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce a bill to help small and rural communities meet safe drinking water regulations.

Bennet Urges HHS to Improve Pregnant Women’s Access to Health Care

Joins Colleagues in Letter to Secretary Asking for Special Enrollment Period

Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Patty Murray, and several of their colleagues urged Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to further improve women's access to health care under the Affordable Care Act by instituting a special open enrollment period for women to enroll in health coverage when they find out they are pregnant.