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October 22, 2022

Joe Neguse calls for more wildfire mitigation resources to White River National Forest, other priority areas

While wildfire mitigation projects are considered one of the best approaches to preventing and preparing against increasing wildfire risk, these projects require a significant number of resources, including manpower, equipment and, of course, funding - all of which can be challenging to secure and allocate. This was the impetus behind a recent letter penned by Rep. Joe Neguse to the U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Frank Beum. Dated Sept. 21, 2022, the letter urges Beum to allocate … Continue Reading

October 19, 2022

I-70 Floyd Hill project groundbreaking kicks off initial off-highway work

by Jon Murray

Federal and state officials on Wednesday kicked off several off-highway projects that will serve as a prelude to next year's massive reconstruction of Interstate 70 at Floyd Hill. Soon, work will begin on new roundabouts that are meant to smooth local and overflow traffic on U.S. 40 along I-70 between the paired Beaver Brook and Floyd Hill exits. The first of two planned wildlife crossings will include an underpass below I-70 near Genesee; the second, starting next year, will be a land bridge … Continue Reading

October 14, 2022

Bennet, Neguse: Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument is a victory for Colorado

by Op-ed: Michael Bennet and Joe Neguse

This week brought historic news for Colorado: Camp Hale and the Tenmile Range is officially a national monument. This designation - which we've spent years fighting to secure - will immortalize Camp Hale's singular legacy and protect this treasured landscape for generations to come. As Coloradans, we know the importance of our public lands to our environment, economy, and way of life. The president's designation will preserve the 53,804 acres surrounding Camp Hale as the country's newest … Continue Reading

October 14, 2022

Over $1 million in federal money coming to Grand County

by Kyle McCabe

Rep. Joe Neguse from Colorado's 2nd District announced Oct. 4 that his district will receive just over $6.35 million from the Local Consistency and Tribal Assistance Fund, which is part of the American Rescue Plan. Grand County will receive about $1.27 million. The money will come in two equal amounts for fiscal year 2022 and 2023. The fund looks to provide flexible support for rural, mountain and tribal communities, so counties can use the money on schools, roads, emergency operations or any … Continue Reading

October 12, 2022

President Biden came to Colorado to explain why he created the country’s newest national monument

by Nick Coltrain and Conrad Swanson

President Joe Biden is arriving in Colorado today for the first time since he surveyed the damage from the Marshall Fire in January - and thankfully, it will be under much less somber (though not universally beloved) circumstances. The president invoked the Antiquities Act Wednesday morning to designate nearly 54,000 acres of high country near Leadville and Vail as the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument. The designation aims to protect and preserve the training ground for the … Continue Reading

September 29, 2022

A Big Tech antitrust bill championed by Ken Buck and Joe Neguse passes the US House

by Caitlyn Kim

A small package of bipartisan Big Tech antitrust bills championed by Colorado Reps. Ken Buck and Joe Neguse passed the House Thursday, 242-184. The package consists of three provisions. First, Neguse's Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act, which would update fees for the first time in 20 years to ensure the Justice Department has the funding it needs to pursue antitrust cases. The second is Buck's State Anti-Trust Enforcement Act, which gives state officials the same deference as federal … Continue Reading

September 21, 2022

Joe Neguse visits Gilpin

by Wes Isenhart

The event included appearances by CD 2 Congressman Neguse, State Board of Education At Large candidate Kathy Plomer, Colorado SD 8 candidate Dylan Roberts and HD 49 House Representative Judy Amabile. Local candidates for office: Susan Berumen for county commissioner, Sahari McCormick for county clerk and recorder and April Nielsen for county assessor also spoke at the event. The event featured tributes to the victims and survivors of 9/11 and to those who risked all to help others in need on … Continue Reading

September 19, 2022

Curtis, Neguse bill on wildfire recovery passes House

This week, Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) and Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO) Co-Chairs and Founders of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus, announced that the House of Representatives passed their legislation to help ensure impacted communities have the resources they need to recover from devastating wildfires. The bipartisan Wildfire Recovery Act would increase flexibility in the federal cost share for Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG) to bring in additional resources for communities as they … Continue Reading

September 08, 2022

Reps. Neguse, Crow Discuss Inflation Reduction Act, Lower Health Care Costs for Colorado Seniors

Rep. Joe Neguse joined Rep. Jason Crow and Coloradans from across the state to discuss the historic passage of the Inflation Reduction Act during a press call with Protect Our Care. Colorado seniors and working families in the 2nd Congressional District will soon see more affordable prescription drugs for Medicare recipients and lower health insurance premiums made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act. "With the Inflation Reduction Act now the law of the land, we have taken bold, necessary … Continue Reading

August 26, 2022

Letter to Biden from Bennet, Hickenlooper, Polis and Neguse urges ‘Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument’ creation

by John LaConte

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, along with Gov. Jared Polis and Rep. Joe Neguse, sent a letter to President Biden on Friday, urging the president to create a new national monument at Camp Hale. National monuments can be created by presidential decree as a result of the Antiquities Act of 1906, and national parks such as Grand Canyon, Arches, Zion and Olympic were first created as national monuments. In 2015, President Obama created the Browns Canyon National Monument in … Continue Reading

August 17, 2022

From brush clearing to thorny issues, Rep. Joe Neguse tries a new twist on the town hall

by Caitlyn Kim, Max Lubbers, and Will Cornelius

On a recent afternoon, about three dozen volunteers worked to clear out underbrush as part of wildfire mitigation work in Lory State Park, just outside of Fort Collins. They sawed off low-hanging and dead branches and hauled them out. It was hard work on a hot day. And in the thick of it was Democratic Congressman Joe Neguse, work gloves on and his arms full of branches. It was the soft relaunch of a signature Neguse initiative: the service town hall. The idea is to bring constituents … Continue Reading

August 15, 2022

Community Wildfire Defense Grant program passes, with Rep. Neguse’s efforts

Congressman Joe Neguse, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus, announced the launch of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new $1 billion Community Wildfire Defense Grant program. This five-year, competitive program is made possible as part of wildfire investments Rep. Neguse worked to secure in the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law - signed into law November 2021 - and will provide at-risk communities, including Tribal communities, non-profit organizations, and … Continue Reading

August 02, 2022

Rep. Neguse pushes for natural disaster and conservation bill as it moves to the Senate

by Luke Vidic

More pay, more staff and larger wildfire fuel management projects may come as a result of the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act. The act passed the U.S. House of Representatives Friday and is an amalgamation of more than 45 effort from federal lawmakers to address natural disasters. The bill, pushed by U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, would boost pay and benefits for federal wildland firefighters and would bring in additional resources for communities as they rebuild from wildfire damage, in … Continue Reading

July 29, 2022

U.S. House passes Neguse-backed wildfire and drought bill addressing firefighter pay, forest health and recovery dollars

by Caitlyn Kim

With wildfires and drought becoming increasingly existential problems for Colorado and neighboring states, the House took action Friday, passing a package of nearly 50 bills that Rep. Joe Neguse says "meets the moment for the West." Neguse is a lead sponsor on the package, known as the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act, as well as the author of some of its specific provisions. It passed the House on a nearly party-line vote of 218-199. "We need to apply a 'whole of government' … Continue Reading

July 29, 2022

Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse introduces bill to help communities recover from wildfires, drought

by Jennifer McRae

The U.S. House is expected to consider a new bill that would help communities hit by climate disasters recover and rebuild. On Thursday, Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse introduced the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act. The Democrat represents Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, which includes Boulder County where the Marshall Fire destroyed more than 1,000 homes last December. The bill would help communities invest in fire suppression and mitigation efforts. It would also … Continue Reading

July 28, 2022

Colorado's Joe Neguse leads policy package to address wildfires, droughts nationwide

by Hannah Metzger

Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse is leading a package of 49 bills designed to help address wildfires and droughts throughout the country. Neguse, D-Lafayette, on Thursday unveiled the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act, which combines dozens of previously introduced legislation, including bills to increase firefighter pay to at least $20 per hour, fund $500 million in preservation of reservoirs and provide various assistance to victims of wildfires and droughts. "We need to apply a … Continue Reading

July 23, 2022

Neguse secures $3 million in funding for water conservation programs

Congressman Joe Neguse, member of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, secured two measures to increase funding for critical water conservation programs as part of H.R. 8294, the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY 23) Appropriations Minibus, which passed the House July 20. "With drought conditions in Western states worsening, it is more important than ever that Congress invests in programs to conserve resources still available, ensuring as much sustainability for future generations as possible," … Continue Reading

July 22, 2022

Rep. Neguse introduces amendment to restrict wild horse roundups

by Ashley Eberhardt

After the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) moved forward with a July roundup of wild horses despite large scale pushback, Congressman Joe Neguse introduced an amendment that would end federal funding for roundups. The Piceance Basin roundup was originally scheduled to occur in September, but the BLM pushed that date forward to July. The roundup began July 15, despite heavy criticism and calls from the public and lawmakers alike. Colorado Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis … Continue Reading

July 18, 2022

Rep. Joe Neguse visits Summit County to discuss inflation, mutual aid with local organizations

Congressman Joe Neguse stopped by Dillon to meet with local nonprofit leaders about legislation that will impact working families in Colorado and across the country. Neguse toured the Family & Intercultural Resource Center on Sunday, July 17, to see the center's food market. Following the tour, Neguse hosted a roundtable with various entities that support families in Summit County and surrounding communities. Neguse said that recently signed legislation, such as the Ocean Shipping Reform … Continue Reading

July 15, 2022

Neguse bill to complete the Continental Divide Trail included in FY23 NDAA

On Friday, July 15, Congressman Joe Neguse, Chair of the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee, announced that his bill - the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Completion Act - passed the House of Representatives as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY 2023). The provision directs the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to work together to complete the 3,100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail by its 50th … Continue Reading

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