January 07, 2022

Beginning to Rebuild, with Strength and Resilience

Dear Friends,

The last week has been an incredibly difficult one for Superior, Louisville and Boulder County as our community begins the recovery process following the unprecedented and devastating Marshall Fire. Over 1,000 individuals and families have lost their homes, countless more are dealing with damage and smoke destruction, and many are reeling from this traumatic incident. As our community begins to rebuild and heal, our office stands ready to assist in any way that we can. 

Visit our website for a list of resources available to impacted individuals. The Disaster Assistance Center is open daily in Lafayette from 9am to 7pm at 1755 South Public Road, Lafayette, CO. Call our office with any other questions: (303) 335-1045. We are here to support you in every step. 

Last week, we worked quickly to obtain an emergency Disaster Declaration authorization from President Biden to ensure federal funds could flow immediately to our community in this time of need. This Declaration will support the repair of local public infrastructure projects destroyed in the fire, direct assistance for individuals who have lost their homes, and support for small businesses and employees impacted by the fires. We were grateful to have President Biden and the first lady in Boulder today to see firsthand the level of impact this disaster has had on our community and the ways in which our community is coming together to help each other through this devastating tragedy.

As wildfire seasons grow longer, more destructive and more invasive on our local communities, I am working to move legislation to comprehensively equip our communities with prevention, suppression and recovery tools. Our Western Wildfire Support Act, will increase FEMA wildfire recovery efforts and expand local access to firefighting equipment and wildfire detection tools. 

WHAT ELSE HAVE WE BEEN WORKING ON? 

  • I joined my colleagues in Washington D.C. yesterday to reflect on the 1 year anniversary of the January 6th Capitol Insurrection. We held a moment of silence on the House floor to honor the fallen heroes and express our gratitude for the brave Capitol Police Officers who worked to keep us safe and protect our Republic a year ago. 
     
  • Just before the end of the year, our bill to provide expanded travel allowances to military families attending funeral services was enacted into law. Additionally, the President also signed our legislation to strengthen our nation's cybersecurity workforce. To see a full list of bills we enacted in 2021, read our end of year report. 
     
  • I’m thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Congressional App Challenge! Congrats to Aditya, Yosha, Avanti and Weston for incredible skill and expertise in creating this year’s winning apps. 

My thoughts are with everyone in our community as we continue to battle unprecedented challenges. Together, we will get through them with compassion and resilience. 

Sincerely,