Aims to Promote Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Jan 20, 2015
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet's bipartisan bill to promote the use of energy efficient technologies by commercial building tenants was approved as part of an amendment the Senate adopted today. Bennet originally introduced the bill with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) in 2013. The bill was included in an amendment Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced that included several provisions on energy-efficiency.
The bill would create a new drug approval pathway to streamline access and encourage innovation and development of potentially lifesaving antibiotic drugs for patients, particularly veterans who have encountered antibiotic-resistant bacteria while overseas.
Group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers write to President on Partnership to Build America Act
Jan 16, 2015
A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate have written to President Obama urging him to "highlight the importance of rebuilding America's infrastructure and fixing the broken international tax code" in the 2015 State of the Union.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today was named co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee's working group on infrastructure, community development and energy. Bennet will join Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada to examine and develop policy recommendations that could be packaged into a comprehensive tax reform bill. The working group is one of five launched today by Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Projects Focused on Improving Water Quantity, Quality
Jan 14, 2015
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced that two projects in Colorado have been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive $9.8 million through the Agency's new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Bennet helped craft the RCPP program, which was created in the 2014 Farm Bill. The Colorado River District and the Colorado Department of Agriculture are heading up the projects that will focus on improving the availability and quality of water in the region.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and John McCain (R-AZ) to introduce a bipartisan bill to reimburse states that provided funds to temporarily reopen national parks during the 2013 government shutdown. The National Park Access Act is also sponsored by Cory Gardner (R-CO), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Bob Corker (R-TN), and John Thune (R-SD).
42 senators, 79 House members introduce bill to guarantee federal marriage rights
Jan 09, 2015
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined 41 other senators led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to reintroduce the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. The bill would also ensure that all legally-married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law by clarifying current statutes.