May 13, 2019

An Update from Congress!

Dear Friends,

It has been an eventful few weeks! In Washington, we passed major legislation to protect our climate, I testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to advocate for infrastructure investment in our district and we launched a new Congressional Caucus focused on encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. While I was at home, I was able to tour schools and small businesses across our district, judge artwork for this year's Congressional Art competition and I took a trip to Camp Hale to visit one of the sites that would be protected under our public lands package, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act. 


When back in district, I always treasure the opportunity to visit our community's schools and hear from students, educators and school leadership on a variety of issues. Recently I had the opportunity to meet with over one hundred 7th graders at Cache La Poudre Middle School who participated in a service day to bring awareness to disability issues by writing letters to my office to advocate for full IDEA funding. I was also able to tour Irish Elementary School and meet with students at Loveland High School and Thompson High School. At every age, I was astounded at the thoughtfulness of the questions I received from students and the innovative strategies our educators are using to provide the best learning environments. I am committed to working on solutions in Washington to ensure that the schools in our district are adequately funded, that we are investing in school infrastructure and the education of our students with disabilities and that all of Colorado's students have the resources they need to succeed.


My wife Andrea and I had an incredible time at this year's Congressional Art Competition. Since the "Artistic Discovery" competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. I'm so proud of all sixty-six students who submitted artwork for the competition and am excited to have these beautiful works displayed throughout the offices of the 2nd Congressional District and in our nation's Capitol!


Alongside Congressman Van Taylor of Texas, we launched the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to promote federal policies that create jobs and to encourage the growth of early-state innovative companies. From tech companies in Boulder and Fort Collins to the famous ski resorts in Vail and Breckenridge, Colorado’s 2nd District is known around the nation for our innovation and entrepreneurship. When we invest in creativity and innovation, we are investing in economic opportunity and growth for future generations. I’m excited to launch this caucus to ensure that our federal policies continue to encourage innovators around our country and the frontier spirit of entrepreneurship that exists across our district and state.


I had the incredible opportunity to visit Camp Hale, a World War II-era U.S. Army training facility constructed in 1942 for what became the 10th Mountain Division. At Camp Hale, soldiers were trained in mountain climbing, Alpine and Nordic skiing, cold-weather survival as well as various weapons skills. When it was in full operation, approximately 15,000 soldiers were housed there.

Through the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, this area would be designated as the first-ever National Historic Landscape to honor the legacy of the Army's 10th Mountain Division who trained in the Colorado mountains in World War II. This designation will ensure that future generations learn about this history and appreciate the sacrifices of our service members.

Thank you for following along with our progress in Washington.

Until next week,

Congressman Joe Neguse