December 23, 2019

2019 Year In Review

Dear Friends,

It has been an incredibly successful year! I am so humbled by everything we have accomplished together in the last 12 months for the people of the 2nd Congressional District. It has been the honor of my life to serve you in the U.S. Congress. Colorado's 2nd is truly an incredible place and one I am privileged to call home.

29 BILLS INTRODUCED TO HELP OUR COMMUNITIES, 4 BILLS SIGNED IN THE HOUSE

It's been an honor to work across party lines, with our city leaders, county commissioners, federal labs, higher education institutions and constituents across the district to introduce twenty-nine original bills in the House, 4 of which have already been signed into law!

The four bills we introduced that were signed into law this year include legislation to allow the town of Minturn to access water at the Bolts Ditch Headgate, legislation to secure funds for rural schools in Colorado's mountain communities, legislation to protect Colorado wildlife in the Platte River Basin and legislation to incorporate ~124 new acres of public land into Rocky Mountain National Park.

Additionally, we are working with Front Range Community College on legislation to make it easier for students to transfer credit between schools and earn an associate’s degree and we are working with the Boulder Housing Authority to expand affordable housing opportunities, by closing loopholes in federal housing laws and opening opportunities for new developments that would meet the needs of our communities.

We introduced a bill alongside Karen Mahany, who lost her husband Patrick in a Flight for Life helicopter crash in Frisco, Summit County to ensure helicopter safety for all emergency vehicles and introduced two bills inspired by the young farmers in Boulder and Fort Collins to invest in regenerative agriculture research and healthy soils to help mitigate the climate crisis.

We are leading legislation to install the first outdoor monument in Washington D.C. to honor the women’s suffrage movement. The idea and design for the statue came from an artist in Loveland who was dedicated to this project and has spearheaded the effort.

And finally we introduced legislation to provide a pathway to modernize our federal labs, invest in solar energy, end climate censorship in our federal agencies, and get our young people engaged in the political process early by allowing for pre-registration of 16 and 17-year-olds.

I'm proud that our office has introduced more bills this year than any other freshman lawmaker. We will continue to legislate for our communities in the year to come!

24 TOWN HALLS TO HEAR YOUR FEEDBACK

Since taking office, I have made it a priority to hear from my constituents as often as possible.

We have traveled up and down the district over this past year holding town halls, meeting with constituents, touring small businesses, schools, farms, firehouses, federal labs, meeting with community leaders and hiking in our treasured public lands.

We have formed two advisory counsels -- a youth advisory counsel and senior advisory counsel to help guide our team on important policy decisions and launched two community service award programs to honor the work on those in our district.

We launched a first-of-its-kind community service town hall initiative to combine community service and town halls and turn down the temperature of our politics.

MAJOR COLORADO WILDERNESS LEGISLATION PASSED INTO LAW

I was thrilled to pass my bill on the House floor this year, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, the first statewide Colorado wilderness legislation to pass the House of Representatives in over a decade!

This legislation will preserve approximately 400,000 acres of public lands across the state of Colorado, including nearly 100,000 acres in White River National Forest in Summit and Eagle Counties, and it will invest in our outdoor recreation economy and the outdoor activities that are part of our way of life in Colorado, from hiking, biking, and boating to  backpacking, rock-climbing, hunting and fishing. This legislation is also special because it will establish the first-ever National Historic Landscape at Camp Hale to honor the storied legacy of the Army's 10th Mountain Division who trained for mountain warfare at Camp Hale in World War II.

HIGHLIGHTING COLORADO

It has been an honor and privilege to highlight the incredible work of Colorado on the national stage over the last year.

I was proud to secure Colorado as the location of the first and only field hearing from the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. From visits to Colorado's federal labs, who are at the forefront of green energy innovation, to a Congressional hearing with local climate leaders and educators, this visit was informative, inspiring, and will ultimately play an integral role in instructing the Select Committee's report on transitioning to green energy sources and combating the existential threat of climate change.

Additionally, I advocated for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to join us in Colorado to hear about our innovative work to lower the cost of healthcare, and hosted a republican colleague for a tour of innovative regenerative agriculture research in Colorado. It is an honor to highlightthe innovation, leadership and passion of Colorado to my colleagues in Congress.

WORKING FOR YOU

I'm especially proud of the robust constituent advocate team we have formed in the district. Across our district offices, we have a talented team of caseworkers who have worked to help connect individuals with federal agencies, solve issues, advocate for federal grants and educate our communities on resources available.

Our team has successfully completed 396 constituent cases and returned $419,639 directly to those individuals. Additionally, we've helped to earn $12,450,000 in federal grant money for organizations across the district. Our team has hosted two community health fairs, a veterans resources fair, a Congressional Art Competition and Congressional App-a-thon.

Our team is available to help with federal issues involving Social Security, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, immigration and visa issues. Please contact our offices, we are ready to help!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along, sharing your feedback and partnering with our office over the last year to better our communities and Colorado.

Wishing a happy holiday to you and your family!

All the best,

Congressman Joe Neguse