Conference Committee Releases Final Language of Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

Includes Bennet-Authored Provisions Secured during Committee, Floor Debate, Conference

The conference committee charged with reconciling the House- and Senate-passed versions of legislation to fix No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has released the final bill to be approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the conference committee, secured several key Colorado priorities in the final bill. The conference report is expected to be approved by the conference committee, and a vote in the House of Representatives could occur later this week followed by final approval in the Senate.
U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Ron Portman (R-OH) today welcomed the announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that the agency would restore dramatic cuts to several personalized medicine diagnostics. Bennet and Portman led a group of senators earlier this month urging CMS to reconsider its proposed reimbursement cuts for these crucial tests.

Bennet, ESEA Conference Committee Approve Framework for K-12 Education Overhaul

Committee Adopts Bennet Amendment Giving States Authority to Cap Testing

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the House-Senate conference committee to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), today voted to approve the bipartisan, bicameral framework to fix No Child Left Behind. The agreement represents the conference committee's work to reconcile the differences between the House- and Senate-passed bills.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today advanced a bill introduced by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet that would protect ten parcels within a "wedge" of land between Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho National Forest by incorporating the land into Arapaho National Forest. The Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015, cosponsored by Senator Cory Gardner, passed by a voice vote.

Bennet, Burr Lead Senators Urging LWCF Reauthorization, Funding Before End of the Year

Requests Senate Leadership to Include Reauthorization, Funding in Must-Pass Bill

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC) today led a bipartisan coalition of 14 senators requesting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) include the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) along with full mandatory funding in one of the bills Congress must pass before adjourning for the year.