September 27, 2019

Working for Colorado!

Dear Friends,

The past week has been a full one in Washington D.C.! Each day has been packed with committee hearings, floor activity, and meeting with as many of my constituents as possible. We had some major victories for Colorado this week, and I look forward to many more in the coming months.

PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES, ENDING GUN VIOLENCE

In the House Judiciary Committee, we held an all-day markup, voting on legislation that would protect Coloradans and Americans from the rampant gun violence epidemic plaguing our nation. I voted to ban high capacity ammunition magazines and increase state's abilities to enact red flag laws that would protect our children and families from real dangers within our communities. While it was a privilege to work with my colleagues in Judiciary on these issues, it was also a sobering reminder that we are still working to resolve an issue of grave consequence in our nation and our state.

Colorado has seen far too many incidents of gun violence in the past decades, from Columbine to Aurora to Highlands Ranch. It's well past time to implement real solutions and pass common-sense gun reform to keep our communities safe. I will continue this fight to make Colorado a safer place, for the good of our families, our neighbors, and all Coloradans.

THE NEXT STEP FOR A NATIONAL WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE MONUMENT

In the Natural Resources Committee this week, my bill to install the first outdoor monument in Washington D.C. honoring the women's suffrage movement passed through the Committee with bipartisan support! It is with great pleasure that I continue to move this outstanding testament to women's courage and creativity through the legislative process. It has been an honor to work with constituents in Loveland and the Every Word We Utter Board to get this bill passed and enact this monument in our nation's capital.

The women behind the 19th amendment were American heroes, and they deserve to have their bravery, resilience, and resolve recognized.

ACTION ON CLIMATE

In the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, we had the opportunity to hear from some of the youngest climate activists in the world. Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, who sailed to the United States over the course of two weeks in an energy efficient sailboat joined us for the hearing. In lieu of a testimony, she chose to enter into the record the IPCC report, saying simply “I don't want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists." Listening to the scientists at this moment could not be more important.

We are dealing with a global crisis that will continue to get worse if we fail to come to the table to discuss positive changes that must be made as a society and as a nation. That is why I am committed to supporting voices of future generations who depend upon our actions now, in Congress and in Colorado's 2nd district.

LISTENING TO OUR COMMUNITIES. NEXT STOP: NEDERLAND

One of the highlights of my job is getting to visit with people from all across the 2nd district. I recently had the pleasure of walking through Nederland with Mayor Kris Larsen, where I got to tour the food bank, visit local businesses, and witness the infamous Carousel of Happiness. I love learning about the needs of my constituents first hand, and I'm proud to say that I've made it to all 10 counties in the district since taking office in January!

I have loved getting to travel up and down our district in the last few months, touring Colorado's beautiful landscapes and talking with small business owners, teachers, families and local officials. I make it a priority to listen to all views and do my best to represent my constituents in every vote. Thanks to everyone who makes that possible by sharing their views in meetings, town halls, and events in the district!

CHATTING ABOUT OUR SERVICE TOWN HALL INITIATIVE WITH THE TOWN HALL PROJECT

I also recently sat down with the Town Hall Project to discuss our service town hall initiative that has received widespread recognition from my colleagues in Congress. In our district, we make it a point to serve by listening to constituents and by giving back to the community. That's why I have been hosting service town halls, where I get the opportunity to hear from you and work beside you on community service projects that improve our planet and our home towns.

I look forward to hosting more of these service town halls in the coming months, especially as we approach the holidays! Stay tuned for more opportunities to make your voice heard.

Until next time,

Congressman Joe Neguse