February 19, 2022

Welcome to Colorado, Secretary Pete Buttigieg!

Dear Friends,

In November, we did something historic in passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. In the next year alone, the bill will provide our state with $45 million for bridges and $54 million to upgrade public transit systems, putting thousands of Coloradans to work cutting down commute times and reducing emissions. It also allocates over $700 million dollars for highway repairs in the next five years. 

As implementation of this historic law continues, I was thrilled to welcome Secretary Pete Buttigieg to Colorado this week to show him firsthand the unique challenges our heavy tourism corridors face. We Coloradans know too well how prone to closures I-70 is, weather events cause spins and crashes and make for dangerous driving conditions. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will meet these challenges directly to build a safer and more reliable future for our communities. 

View my remarks here.

A MOVING TRIBUTE

This past week I joined my good friends Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Senator Michael Bennet in remembering those interned at the Amache incarceration site. I was deeply moved by the site's survivors and the strength of local leaders.  

WHAT ELSE HAVE WE BEEN WORKING ON?  

I called on my colleagues to join me in supporting the Ban Conflicted Trading Act, to be sure Members of Congress are working in the interest of the American people, not in the interest of their personal stock portfolio. View my remarks here.

President Biden signed the PRICE Act into law! This will help Colorado’s small businesses access federal contracts that are often out of reach, especially for businesses owners in rural and unrepresented communities. The PRICE Act expands access and empowers entrepreneurs to continue to give back to their community. Read more about this bill here

I had the opportunity to visit an electric bus facility in Fort Collins, taking a ride on one of the county's first electric buses. The federal government is committed to providing our cities with funding for electric vehicles and public transit. Learn more about my visit here

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Calling all Coloradans: Serve Colorado is accepting grant applications now through March 20, 2022 to help local leaders place hundreds of AmeriCorps members throughout Colorado! More information here.

The Congressional Art Competition is back! And we are very excited to see the creativity in this year's submissions. Learn more about the guidelines here.

Should you need anything from our team, don't hesitate to reach out

Please stay safe, stay healthy and stay hopeful,