January 14, 2022

The Time to Safeguard Voting Rights Is Now

Dear Friends,

On Monday, we will celebrate the powerful legacy of the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he did in his lifetime to advance justice and equality. As Dr. King poignantly said: "the time is always right to do what is right."

As we witness the most coordinated state-level effort in generations to restrict the right to vote, now is the time for the Congress to take clear, decisive action to advance voting rights. That's why, this week, the House took a vote to combine the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act into one comprehensive voting rights measure to send to the Senate for swift consideration. 

This legislation would combat voter suppression, ensure national access to vote by mail, expand access to drop boxes and other proven voter accessibility measures that have worked in Colorado, reform campaign finance laws and promote election security. These measures are absolutely critical, and I joined my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus this week as we implored the Senate to protect the precious right to vote. 

America is watching, we must not miss another opportunity to do what is right. 

WHAT ELSE ARE WE WORKING ON? 

  • As our community in Louisville, Superior and Boulder County begin to heal and rebuild from the devastating and tragic Marshall Fire, our office is doing all we can to bring the full force of federal resources home to our constituents and to assist our communities in navigating the complex process required in these next steps. This week I went to the House floor to thank the first responders and firefighters who worked to keep our community safe throughout this disaster and to acknowledge the pain and the heartache so many in our community are now facing. View here. 
     
  • This week I unveiled the Safe Routes for All Act, to expand a successful federal program to promote walking and biking to school. Coloradans know innately the benefits of being outdoors, and this bipartisan, bicameral proposal will expand safe opportunities to walk or bike to school, promoting healthy commute opportunities. 
  • Last year we passed a historic SNAP expansion to feed hungry Colorado kids and families, and now we are unveiling new legislation to ensure Colorado’s tribal communities can access these benefits, to combat growing financial and food insecurity due to the pandemic.

  • Three of my bills to implement climate security measures at the Defense Department were recently enacted into law. These measures will encourage climate resilient building practices, secure technology improvements and expand protections for local communities against climate change. 

Please reach out should you need anything from our office. Please stay safe, stay healthy and stay hopeful!