September 10, 2019

A Productive Month In District - Now Back to Work!

Dear Friends!

It was a great pleasure to spend the month of August back home in the beautiful 2nd Congressional District of Colorado! It was a busy month for my staff and I. From hosting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for a discussion about healthcare in Broomfield, to discussing higher education policy with the experts at our local universities, to visiting with our first responders and veterans, and so much more, it was a productive month that served as a tremendous reminder of the incredible work underway in Colorado and of the goals the people of the 2nd Congressional District want prioritized in the U.S. House.

VISITING OUR SOUTHERN BORDER ON A FACT FINDING MISSION

Last week, I visited El Paso on a fact finding mission to get answers and conduct necessary oversight on the awful conditions we have witnessed along our southern border. I visited the Clint U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility, as well as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing center in El Paso. I also joined the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship for a field hearing in El Paso focusing on conditions along the southern border and anti-immigrant rhetoric and violence aimed at immigrant communities.

We are a nation, not only that welcomes immigrants, but that is born of immigrants. As Americans, we will not sit by as a the bedrock legacy of immigration that has built our country is trampled on.

In El Paso, I also had the opportunity to join my friend and colleague Congresswoman Veronica Escobar for a visit of the El Paso memorial, honoring the 22 victims who were killed in the deadly mass shooting in a Walmart in El Paso just last month. I was moved beyond words to make that visit. Our country has an epidemic of gun violence that must be addressed urgently. We must also address the hate that's fueling this kind of violence, like that that was exhibited in the Walmart shooting.

HOSTING THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE FOR A DISCUSSION ON HEALTHCARE

This August I had the great pleasure of hosting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Broomfield, Colorado for a discussion on healthcare policy. Joined by Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway, we discussed a wide variety of topics including protecting and strengthening the Affordable Care Act, making prescription drugs more affordable for Americans, and supporting the national Federally Qualified Health Centers and the School-Based Health Centers programs.

We were also able to discuss new legislation I introduced this month that will specifically help Coloradans access more affordable healthcare. I introduced the Air Ambulance Affordability Act to eliminate surprise billing in our air ambulance services, legislation that ensures that our rural and mountain communities can obtain the emergency care they need without being buried in bills for medical care they may not have agreed to or received unknowingly. I look forward to continuing to fight for affordable, accessible health care for all Coloradans.

DISCUSSING HIGHER EDUCATION WITH THE EXPERTS

I was honored to have the opportunity to sit down with students, professors and faculty from Front Range Community College and Colorado State University to discuss a variety of topics relating to accessibility of higher education! I'm incredibly inspired by the work of President Andrew Dorsey and the faculty at Front Range Community College. Given the tremendous debt that far too many students take on to pursue higher education, each and every step our government and institutions of higher education take to increase affordability makes the realization of education and the American Dream that much more accessible. At the Federal level, I'm proud to be championing bills to expand the use of open resource text books and to simplify transfer processes. It is to the benefit not just of the individual, but our whole society when every American, regardless of income level or zip code, can access quality higher education and I'm pleased to represent so many higher ed institutions that are working hard every day to help each student access the academic path that fits with their needs.

BBQING WITH OUR FIRST RESPONDERS & AN OPEN HOUSE WITH THE VETERANS IN OUR DISTRICT

My team and I were thrilled to host an open house with resources for our district's veterans. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the resources available to Colorado's veterans and to have the opportunity to connect with many of those veterans in person. A big thank you to our local VA services staff for coming out to this veterans open house and answering questions on benefits and services in the area!

We were also excited to host a barbecue at Station 3 in Fort Collins for our firefighters, first responders and city officials. I always appreciate the opportunity to connect with these community heroes and express gratitude for their work on behalf of the entire 2nd Congressional District of Colorado.

EXPLORING OUR PUBLIC LANDS WITH THE SIERRA CLUB INDIAN PEAKS CHAPTER

Congressman Neguse hikes in Chautauqua Park I always enjoy the opportunity to explore Colorado's beautiful public lands and it was an extra treat to do so with the Indian Peaks Chapter of Sierra Club. While hiking in Chautauqua we discussed the need to preserve our cherished public spaces and the urgent actions necessary to combat the existential crisis of climate change.

These conversations have re-energized me to ensure we are taking substantial steps in the U.S. House to ensure that Colorado's public lands are preserved for all future generations and that we are focusing our greatest efforts on solving the climate crisis. I am proud to have several bills addressing these needs and look forward to moving those forward as Congress continues its legislative work.

BACK TO WORK IN D.C.

It was incredible to be back in district for the month of August, connecting with constituents from across our district. Now it's time to get back to work for the people and I am returning to Congress with renewed energy and a plethora of great ideas from the constituents I am so honored to represent!

Given the multiple appalling mass shootings that have occurred this summer, I am proud that one of the first actions we will take upon our return is a markup on gun safety measures in the Judiciary Committee, including a ban on high-capacity magazines, strengthening Extreme Risk Protection Orders, and enhancing background checks. I will be paying close attention to the bills we are hearing in the Judiciary Committee and am grateful for the opportunity to take meaningful action to address gun violence in our nation.

I look forward to getting back to work for you this Congress on a wide variety of issues!

Sincerely,

Congressman Joe Neguse