Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today participated in a Small Business Committee hearing to discuss the effects of the Gold King Mine spill on businesses in southwest Colorado. The hearing, entitled, "Examining the Significant Costs and Related Burdens for Small Businesses Resulting from the Gold King Mine Waste Water Spill near Silverton, Colorado," was chaired by Senator Cory Gardner.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015, a bill that builds upon the bipartisan commitment to oversight outlined in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 that passed the U.S. Senate 98 to 1.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet helped secure a provision that passed the Senate today allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use existing VA funds to complete construction of the VA medical center in Aurora. The provision was included in a continuing resolution to keep the government funded. The House of Representatives must now vote on both the continuing resolution and a bill to lift the spending cap for the project, which the Senate passed last week.

House Passes Bennet’s National Forest Foundation Bill, Heads to President’s Desk

Bipartisan Effort Reauthorizes Nonprofit Partnership to Maintain National Forests

The House of Representatives has passed a bill introduced by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet to ensure the National Forest Foundation (NFF) will continue to have the resources it needs to enhance and protect national forests and grasslands. The bill now heads to the president's desk to be signed.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today expressed frustration that reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is not included in the current stopgap funding measure and urged Congress to reauthorize the LWCF before it expires next week. LWCF supports the conservation of parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation.