Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today cosponsored the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2015. The bill, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), expands the pool of Public Lands Corps participants to include veterans, encourages recruitment among minority and underserved communities, makes it easier for Corps members to finish a degree before starting a full-time conservation career, and creates new programs to coordinate Corps activities at multiple federal agencies. It will help federal agencies do more within their current budgets without using additional taxpayer dollars.

Bennet: Enterprise, Partners Win $250,000 Grant to Support Denver Pay-for-Success Initiative to Reduce Homelessness

Recently Introduced Bennet Bill will Allow More Communities to Engage in Pay for Success Projects

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced today that Enterprise Community Partners, along with Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and Social Impact Solutions, has won a $250,000 grant to advance a pay-for-success initiative to reduce chronic homelessness in Denver. The competitive grant from Nonprofit Finance Fund is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Services Social Innovation Fund. Denver's Housing to Health Initiative will provide housing to 300 chronically homeless people with serious primary and behavioral health challenges. It is part of Mayor Michael B. Hancock's comprehensive plan to reduce chronic homelessness in the metro area.

Bennet’s Better Buildings Act Signed into Law

New Law Aims to Boost Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today applauded the president's signature on a bill that includes the bipartisan Better Buildings Act he authored with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). The Better Buildings Act encourages tenants of commercial buildings to voluntarily implement cost-effective measures that will help reduce energy consumption and ultimately lower utility costs for businesses. Bennet attended the signing ceremony at the White House today.
Following a hearing on energy efficiency bills in the Senate's energy committee, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is renewing his call for the Senate to pass the bipartisan SAVE Act.

Bennet Proposes Changes to Make College More Affordable for Colorado Families

Bennet Files Amendments to College Savings Plan Bill in Senate Finance Committee

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today is pushing several changes to college savings plans to make college more affordable for middle class and lower income families. Bennet filed several amendments in the Senate Finance Committee which is considering a bill to improve 529 plans today.
U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced bipartisan legislation on Tuesday to improve access to America's National Forests through improved trail maintenance and preservation. The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2014 would make better use of existing resources within the Forest Service to significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in maintaining the usability and sustainability of the National Forest's trail system.
Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today reintroduced the Social Impact Partnership Act, S.1089, legislation that aims to achieve better outcomes in social and public health programs for both beneficiaries and taxpayers.

Bennet: Colorado Counties, School Districts Receive Almost $10 Million in SRS Funding

Secure Rural Schools Funding Authorized Under Recently Passed Bipartisan Bill

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet applauded U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's announcement today that Colorado counties will receive $9,847,536 in funding from the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. Much of the funding will go to rural school districts. The SRS program was recently extended as a part of the passage of a bill to permanently fix the Medicare reimbursement system. The SRS program provides vital resources for public schools, road improvements, and maintenance projects, in more than 700 rural counties nationwide. The provision extended funding for the SRS program for two years at 95 percent of the previous year's level.