HELP Committee Advances Two Bennet-Backed Bills to Boost Medical Innovation, Protect Consumers

Bennet-Hatch Bill Clarifies FDA Authority to Regulate Software & Mobile Apps - Bennet-Burr-Hatch Bill Advances Breakthrough Devices for Patients

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee today advanced two bipartisan bills introduced by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet to help clarify the FDA's authority to regulate health software and mobile apps, boost medical innovation, and protect patient safety.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet joined 224 members of Congress in filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the Administration's executive actions in the United States v. Texas case - the legal case that currently blocks implementation of the President's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet continues to push for the construction of the Arkansas Valley Conduit. He is cosponsoring a bill that allows the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservation District to more easily pay for its portion of the Conduit's construction costs.

FRA Announces Plan to Review Train Horn Rule

Bennet, Polis Urges Coloradans to Weigh In - Lawmakers Pushed FRA to Re-Open Rule

Following requests by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Representative Jared Polis on behalf of Colorado communities, the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) is announcing it will review its train horn regulations and open it up for public comment. The Colorado lawmakers are encouraging Coloradans, particularly those in communities affected by train horn noise in their economic centers, to offer feedback during the review period. The comment period begins on Monday, March 7, and will remain open for 120 days.

Bennet Urges Higher Irrigation Rental Rates for Republican River Farmers and Ranchers

Equitable CREP Rental Rates will Help Colorado Achieve Water Conservation Goals

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to implement equitable Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) irrigation rental rates for farmers and ranchers in the Republican River system. Currently, the federal government pays producers on the Republican River in Colorado $115 per acre to take land out of agriculture production to promote water conservation.

Bennet Opposes Rewriting of the Constitution, Calls on Senate to Do Its Job

Urges Senate to consider Supreme Court Nominee as has been done throughout nation's history

In a speech on the Senate floor yesterday, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet opposed efforts to delay consideration of a nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, saying the tactic was akin to replacing Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution with so-called "standard practice" that has no real historical precedent.