Finance Committee Approves Bennet LNG Tax Parity Amendment

Bipartisan Measure Puts LNG on Equal Footing with Diesel Fuel

The Senate Finance Committee today approved a bipartisan measure authored 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 measure would allow LNG to compete fairly with diesel by taxing LNG on energy output rather than per gallon. The proposal was included in a tax extenders bill that was approved by the committee in a 23-3 vote.

Bennet, Portman, Brown Push for Stronger Currency Manipulation Enforcement in Trade Negotiations

Urge Administration to Hold Foreign Countries Accountable for Hurting Colorado Businesses and Workers Through Currency Manipulation

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Ohio U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, and several of their colleagues continued their bipartisan push to crack down on currency manipulation by foreign competitors. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, they urged the Administration to combat this practice that hurts exports, workers, and business through the ongoing trade negotiations.

Senate Passes Older Americans Act

Bill Includes Bennet-Backed ‘Locally Grown Foods’ Provision

The Senate last night passed the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act by voice vote. The bill, which was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee earlier this year, includes a provision authored by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet to encourage the use of locally grown foods by nutrition services providers. Bennet is a cosponsor of the bill.

Bennet, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Correct Record of Service Members Discharged Due to Sexual Orientation

Bicameral Bill Would Help Recognize Gay and Lesbian Service Members for Honorable Military Service

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 21 senators to introduce the Restore Honor to Service Members Act, a bill that will help service members discharged solely due to their sexual orientation correct their military records to reflect their honorable service and reinstate the benefits they earned. A companion bill has been introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) in the House of Representatives.

President Issues Colorado Major Disaster Designation Due to Severe Storms, Flooding, Mudslides

Bennet Worked with Members of Delegation to Secure Federal Recovery Funding

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that President Obama has issued a major disaster designation for the State of Colorado due to severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides. The designation will give communities access to federal funding for recovery efforts. Bennet joined Congressmen Scott Tipton, Ken Buck, and Doug Lamborn in a letter led by Senator Cory Gardner to President Obama last week asking for the designation.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a former superintendent of the Denver Public School District, today joined 80 senators to pass a long overdue fix to No Child Left Behind. The bill, also known as the Every Child Achieves Act, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the chief federal law addressing K-12 education. It reforms many of the policies from No Child Left Behind, the previous version of the bill, while maintaining several key policies that have proved successful.

Bennet, Baldwin Introduce Bill to Expand Services for LGBT Seniors

Bill Permanently Establishes National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today introduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act to improve services available for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults. Specifically, the bill would build upon the Older Americans Act to include LGBT seniors as a vulnerable population and permanently establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) is also an original cosponsor.