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July 31, 2021

We Need a Civilian Climate Corps to Take on Today’s Crises

by Heather Hansman

Democrats in Congress are pushing for a federal jobs program that would tackle climate, land use, infrastructure, and more. Here's why it's so urgent. Colorado representative Joe Neguse says the reality of climate change hit hard when he was in the burn zone of the Cameron Peak Fire last year. He was wading through the wreckage of the largest fire in the state's history with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Colorado senator Michael Bennett. It had ripped through Neguse's district, … Continue Reading

July 30, 2021

Guest Commentary: Voting rights can’t wait

by Congressman Joe Neguse

A few weeks after I was first elected to the U.S. Congress in November of 2018, I travelled to Washington D.C. for congressional orientation. Amidst the many panel presentations, policy discussions and introductions to my new colleagues, there was one experience that I will simply never forget - meeting civil rights hero, and my future colleague, John Lewis, for the very first time. I didn't fully appreciate how nervous I was to meet him until we shook hands. I couldn't believe it - here he … Continue Reading

July 29, 2021

Camp Amache Preservation Bill Overwhelmingly Passes US House

by Caitlyn Kim

The House passed a bill Thursday that would make Camp Amache, a former Japanese American internment camp located in southeastern Colorado, part of the National Park System, on a 416-2 vote. Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse, who introduced the Amache National Historic Site Act, said he was "extremely excited" that the bill passed. He described it as an "important step in terms of ultimately ensuring that this important story that is told by the Amache internment camp is preserved for future … Continue Reading

July 27, 2021

Rep. Neguse encourages vaccinations in African American community in new video

by Julia Fennell

Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, released a public service announcement video this week to encourage members of the African American community to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The video included messages from Neguse and several Black community leaders in Colorado. "The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and extremely effective," Maya Wheeler, the executive director of the African Chamber of Commerce of Colorado, says in the video. "You are doing a good deed … Continue Reading

June 25, 2021

Colorado lawmaker warns of fire season becoming year-round

by Sharon Udasin

Colorado residents and their representatives in Congress are bracing for another summer of raining ash and uncontrolled blazes as wildfires rage along the state's Western Slope. Smoke is billowing across the Centennial State, but it's the duration and frequency of the fires that is causing the greatest alarm. What was once a seasonal occurrence is now extending beyond a few months each year. "We have transitioned from having fire seasons to now having fire years," Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) … Continue Reading

June 21, 2021

Colorado Reps Buck And Neguse Find Common Ground In Desire To Reform Big Tech

by Caitlyn Kim

Rep. Ken Buck never thought he'd be leading an antitrust charge. The Windsor Republican, who represents much of the Eastern Plains, said if you had asked him about sponsoring antitrust bills 18 months ago, you would not have gotten a positive response. "I was very much a market person. I looked at this and said, the market will take care of this. At some point, Amazon will start fading and, and other companies will rise and the marketplace can handle this," he recalled. In 2019, the House … Continue Reading

June 18, 2021

MAPLand Act Would Provide Digital Map Records For Public Land Use

by Harley Barnes

The newly proposed federal MAPLand Act would provide resources to digitize map records as part of an effort to improve access to public lands. Representatives Blake Moore (R-UT), Ross Fulcher (R-ID), Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Kim Schrier (D-WA) recently introduced the Modernizing Access to our Public Land Act to digitize federal land mapping records. "There are people that desperately want to know where they can go and enjoy these public lands," Congressman Blake Moore said. He said the … Continue Reading

June 16, 2021

Effort To Designate WWII Site, Preserve 400,000 Acres Of Colorado Land Finds More Support At Congress

by Caitlyn Kim

A new senator, a new Congress, and a new administration all added up to a warmer reception for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act in a key Senate subcommittee hearing. The CORE Act had its first Senate hearing of 2021 on Wednesday in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The bill would protect 400,000 acres of public land in the Continental Divide, Thompson Divide, the San Juan Mountains and the Curecanti National Recreation Area. It includes 73,000 acres of new … Continue Reading

June 16, 2021

Neguse Stresses Support for Climate Action, Civilian Climate Corps

by James O'Rourke

During a congressional hearing on Friday, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) emphasized the importance to communities in Colorado of taking action to address climate change. "In 2020, we had a devastating and historic year for wildfires. Three of the five largest fires in state history occurred in the last year, and two of those were in my congressional district," said Neguse during the hearing, referencing the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome fires. The American West has been impacted by severe … Continue Reading

June 14, 2021

Neguse Bill Would Prohibit Jurisdictions From Using Ketamine In Law Enforcement Situations

by Caitlyn Kim

Rep. Joe Neguse is introducing a bill that would ban the use of the sedative ketamine during arrests and detention. Use of the drug in non-hospital settings has been under intense scrutiny after the death of Elijah McClain. Paramedics injected McClain with ketamine after Aurora police tried to arrest the young, black man. McClain went into cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital. It was McClain's death that drove Neguse to act. "His death underscored for me, and I think many others, the … Continue Reading

June 14, 2021

Neguse bill would ban law enforcement from using ketamine in arrests

by Ernest Luning

A bill introduced Monday by U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using the powerful sedative ketamine during the arrest or detention of suspects. The legislation comes on the heels of a Colorado bill to restrict use of the drug in law enforcement encounters. That bill, which awaits Gov. Jared Polis' signature, was in response to outrage over the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who was injected with the drug while under arrest … Continue Reading

June 14, 2021

Rep. Joe Neguse pushes for better access, funding for federal lands

by Sawyer D'Argonne

Rep. Joe Neguse is pushing to improve access and funding for public lands in Colorado and around the country. Last week, Neguse, who chairs the U.S. Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, presented the subcommittee with three bills targeted at improving access to public lands and supporting Colorado's outdoor recreation economy. By and large, the bills would help to simplify the permitting process for allowing guide services and individual parties to access public lands, … Continue Reading

June 12, 2021

Colorado’s federal forests are overrun. Ski fees and Congress could help.

by Justin Wingerter

A few years ago, the U.S. Forest Service sat down with Eagle County officials and delivered some bad news: The federal agency was short-staffed and would be closing campgrounds in the mountainous county that includes Vail, where outdoor recreation is king. Eagle County responded by spending its own tax dollars to pay USFS employees, an unusual arrangement that has become commonplace in Colorado's high country, where waves of tourists have poured into some of the most-visited forests in the … Continue Reading

June 10, 2021

Ski area fee retention legislation ‘moving fast,’ seeing bipartisan support

by John LaConte

The SHRED Act appears to be aptly named. It made a rapid run through a U.S. House subcommittee hearing Tuesday and is primed for a full send in Congress. And Rep. Joe Neguse says if the conditions are right, he'll have the act at apres by the end of summer. Short for Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development, Neguse said the SHRED Act is a response to the permitting needs and backlog that exists for improvement projects in the White River National Forest. "For White River National Forest … Continue Reading

June 09, 2021

Earmarks list for states in U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B

by Laura Olson

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Democrats' highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process. The 1,473 projects that made the cut were out of 2,383 that Democratic and Republican legislators requested for inclusion in a federal infrastructure bill, at a time when infrastructure is the subject of prolonged, high-profile … Continue Reading

June 01, 2021

Civilian Conservation Corps shaped Colorado. Joe Neguse and Joe Biden think it’s time for a reboot.

by Justin Wingerter

On a recent Monday night in Morrison, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse walked through a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp where, 80 years ago, impoverished young men from across the country came to escape dire unemployment and build Red Rocks Amphitheatre. "It worked before and it can work again," the Democrat from Lafayette said of the New Deal-era program, which he and President Joe Biden would like to revive - albeit on a smaller scale and focused on combating climate change. Neguse's plan is … Continue Reading

May 27, 2021

70 percent of House Democrats pressure Biden to expand Medicare in American Families Plan

by Justine Coleman

A large coalition of House Democrats launched a campaign to ramp up pressure on President Biden, calling on him to follow through with a campaign promise and prioritize expanding Medicare in the American Families Plan. A total of 156 House Democrats, ranging from moderate to progressive, signed a letter requesting the administration lower the eligibility age for Medicare, decrease prescription drug costs and expand coverage to dental, vision and hearing. The signers of the letter represent … Continue Reading

May 27, 2021

Congressman Neguse takes 48-hour road trip across the District, talks COVID-19 recovery and wildfire preparedness

by Office of Congressman Neguse

This week, Congressman Joe Neguse took a road trip across the 2nd District, making stops in 12 towns and 6 counties and speaking with community members, child care providers, small business owners, and fire chiefs about relief the American Rescue Plan is providing and his proposal to make historic investments in wildfire preparedness through the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus that he chairs and the 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps legislation he has introduced. "With the American Rescue Plan, … Continue Reading

May 23, 2021

How To Be A Citizen: What It Takes To Run For Office With Joe Neguse

by Michel Martin

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Congressman Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) about how and why he decided to get involved in politics and civic life. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: This year, as you may know, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first ALL THINGS CONSIDERED broadcast back in 1971. That is 50 years of doing our best to inform the public, which in turn, we hope, will help you be a better citizen. So today we're starting a series featuring conversations with different people, some of … Continue Reading

May 21, 2021

Joe Neguse, a top House Democrat on public lands issues, urges Interior secretary to keep BLM headquarters in Colorado

by Derek Draplin

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., wants the Biden administration to keep the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) headquarters "fully functioning" and in Colorado, according to a letter he sent Wednesday to the country's top land manager. Neguse sent the letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland supporting the BLM's current headquarters in Grand Junction as some Democrats and environmental activists lobby the Biden administration to move the agency back to Washington, … Continue Reading

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