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USDA to Increase Irrigation Rental Rates for Republican River Farmers and Ranchers Following Urging...

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will increase Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) irrigation rental rates for farmers and ranchers in the Republican River system. USDA will raise the average annual rental rate for Colorado to $180 from $115 per acre. This program is critical for water conservation in the region.

Energy Department Announces Denver as Next Location for Solar Decathlon Competition in 2017

At an event today in Denver, Colorado, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Under Secretary for Science and Energy, Dr. Franklin Orr, joined Mayor Michael Hancock to announce Denver as the host city for the next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition in the fall of 2017.

Colorado Begins Using Uniform Mortgage Test; 51 State Agencies Now Using the Test

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced today that the Colorado Division of Real Estate, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, began using the National SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) Test with Uniform State Content on March 1, bringing the total number of state agencies that use the test to 51

Bennet Statement on Agreement Regarding Mt. Emmons and Freeport-McMoRan Acquisition of Crested Butte Water...

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement on the announcement that Freeport-McMoRan, through a subsidiary, has acquired the water treatment facility that treats the water that is released into Coal Creek and runs into Crested Butte. Freeport-McMoRan also has acquired the mining claims and mineral deposits on Mt. Emmons

Tipton Statement on Supreme Court Stay on EPA Regs on Affordable Power

Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) issued the following statement applauding the Supreme Court’s ruling to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ‘Clean Power Plan’ until state lawsuits are heard.

Ken Buck Co-Sponsors Resolution to Restore Legislative Power

Yesterday, Congressman Ken Buck joined a group of lawmakers in introducing H. Res. 613, a measure designed to reaffirm the powers granted to Congress by Article I of the Constitution. Since arriving in office, President Obama has consistently attempted to sidestep the legislative branch of government, using increasingly controversial executive orders, legally questionable regulations, and selective enforcement of statute to impose his radical and unpopular agenda on the American people.

Polis, Gardner, Bennet Introduce Bolts Ditch Legislation

When Holy Cross Wilderness Area was designated by Congress in 1980, Bolts Ditch was inadvertently left off of the list of existing water facilities. This legislation would authorize special use of the Bolts Ditch headgate and the segment of the Bolts Ditch within the Holy Cross Wilderness Area, allowing of Minturn to use its existing water right to fill Bolts Lake.

Wind and solar companies visit Colorado State Capitol to support clean energy economic growth

Top executives from leading U.S. wind, solar and clean tech companies will visit the State Capitol tomorrow to meet with top state policymakers to discuss how Colorado’s continued renewable energy leadership can help grow well-paying jobs and economic investment in the Centennial State

President’s Budget Proposal to Call for Permanent Reauthorization, Full Funding for LWCF

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today welcomed the Administration's announcement that its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget proposal will include full funding and permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation (LWCF) program. The budget allocates LWCF funding to several projects across Colorado.

Buck Votes to Improve Energy Security

Congressman Ken Buck voted today for the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015. This important legislation impacts energy accessibility and production in the United States, rolling back government regulation so that America can modernize its energy infrastructure and strengthen its energy security. The bill lifts the crude oil export ban, reforms the permitting process for energy projects, and improves the approval process for energy exports.

Ken Buck Votes for Approval of Executive Overreach Task Force

Today, in the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Ken Buck voted for the authorization of an executive overreach task force. The taskforce, of which he’ll be a member, will spend six months investigating ways in which the President has exceeded his constitutional scope

Bennet, Portman Introduce Amendment to Help Finance Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced an amendment to help power plants and industrial facilities finance the purchase and installation of carbon capture and storage equipment. The carbon that is captured can be used for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) or stored undergroun

Citizen scientists, community groups awarded grants to study impacts of oil and gas development

Five community-led projects from across Colorado will explore air and water quality and sustainable energy development with support from the latest round of grants from the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network based at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Bennet Introduces Bipartisan Amendment to Help Homeowners Reap Benefits of Energy-Efficient Homes

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced a bipartisan amendment with Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) based on their bill to establish more practical mortgage lending processes, encourage investments in energy-efficient homebuilding, and create tens of thousands of construction jobs. The amendment is based on the bipartisan Sensible Accounting to Value Energy (SAVE) Act that they've previously introduced

Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives Announce Five Rural Low-Income Community Solar Demonstration Projects

The Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives announce five community solar projects designed to demonstrate the viability of community solar models that serve low-income households. Delta Montrose Electric Association, Gunnison County Electric Association, Holy Cross Energy, San Miguel Power Association and Yampa Valley Electric Association have volunteered to build low-income projects totaling 579 kW

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Polis statement on Obama Administration’s move to increase homeowner access to...

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s announcement of new guidelines for families to install renewable energy and water conservation projects in their homes.

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Tipton: FHA Practices Pose Risk to Taxpayers

Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) questioned Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro during a House Committee on Financial Services oversight hearing to examine the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) precarious financial state 1st Priority Roofing