June 04, 2019

Most Town Halls, Legislation to Help Our Students & much more!

Dear Friends,

It has been an incredibly productive few weeks in Washington, D.C. and we have a lot to update you on! I introduced my 12th piece of legislation, was recognized for holding the most town halls of any freshman member of Congress, and secured an important hearing for legislation I introduced to install the Every Word We Utter statue as the first outdoor monument to the women's suffrage movement in Washington!

MOST TOWN HALLS OF ANY FRESHMAN MEMBER!

I was proud to be recognized by the Town Hall Project for holding the most town halls of any freshman member since the start of Congress!

Since taking office, we've held events in Estes Park, Fort Collins, Lafayette, Broomfield, Frisco, Superior, Nederland, Boulder, Vail, Lyons and Evergreen.

Engaging with and directly serving constituents is my most important task as an elected representative, and I look forward to continuing to communicate with and directly serve those I have the honor of representing!

A HEARING TO CREATE D.C.'S FIRST OUTDOOR STATUE HONORING THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT!

I was incredibly excited to secure our 2nd bill hearing in the Natural Resources Committee, to consider H.R. 473, legislation to establish the Every Word We Utter statue in Washington, D.C. This statute would be the first outdoor monument dedicated to the women's suffrage movement in our nation's capitol. That we had this hearing the same week as the 100th anniversary of the House passage of the 19th amendment to enfranchise women was moving and a terrific way to honor of the work of the multi-generational effort to pass this amendment.

I was honored to be joined by the artist of this sculpture, Loveland resident and renowned sculptor, Jane DeDecker and the President of the Every Word We Utter Board Jody Shadduck-McNally. Jane's creation in the Every Word We Utter statue is inspiring, and truly brings to life the incredible women who fought for the right to vote. I am so grateful to all who came from Colorado to join us for this hearing, to the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission for their advocacy and support, and to Jane for creating this incredible piece of art!

LEGISLATION TO FUND OUR RURAL SCHOOLS

Last week, I introduced my 12th bill, legislation to ensure funding for our rural schools, which will have a big impact on nearly every county in our district. The Secure Rural Schools Extension Act will extend funding for the Secure Rural Schools Program through 2020, allowing counties that include National Forests to get back payments derived through timber receipts and other leasing activities to provide additional funding for rural schools, mountain search and rescue and road maintenance.

This program allows counties and school districts to deliver essential services and its important we provide long-term certainty for this program and the residents who rely on it.

LEGISLATION TO HELP STUDENTS EARN ASSOCIATES DEGREES

Alongside a bipartisan group of colleagues, I also introduced bicameral legislation to help more community college transfer students earn degrees. The Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act of 2019 would ensure students who have transferred from community college to a four-year institution can obtain an associate’s degree with the reverse transfer of class credits. This bill is supported by Front Range Community College, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado Boulder, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Community College System.

We must ensure every student is provided a pathway to education that fits their goals and career path. This legislation ensures that students can receive credit and an earn an associate’s degree or short-term certificate regardless of where they completed their coursework, breaking down barriers for better paying jobs for students who are unable to finish at a four-year institution.

THE HOUSE PASSED THE EQUALITY ACT!

In other exciting news, the House voted to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act, to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are granted the full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law. The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans regarding employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations. I appreciated the opportunity to stand up for my LGBTQ constituents, family, and friends in support of this legislation. You can listen to my remarks on the floor about H.R. 5 here.

It is long past time that we end discrimination against those in the LGBTQ community in our country. Fairness, equality, access to opportunity - these are core American values. And yet, today in many states across the United States, Americans can be fired, denied a mortgage, or refused housing based solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. That ends with the passage of the Equality Act. Every American is equal under the law and I will always stand up for that equality!

Thank you for following along with my updates, I hope to see you at an upcoming event soon!

Sincerely,

Joe Neguse