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July 08, 2022

Neguse pays tribute to Vietnam vets in Longmont

by Matthew Bennett

U.S. Army veteran Randy Blehm remembers coming home after serving for roughly 18 months in the Vietnam War like it was yesterday. "I had rocks thrown at me. I was spit on. I was cursed. I was called a baby killer," Blehm said Friday. "For two years, a lot of that haunted me." Blehm was 19-years-old when he fought in the Vietnam War in 1973. Born and raised in Colorado, predominantly in the Greeley-area, Blehm served in the Army for 10 years. Blehm and other Vietnam Veterans were honored by … Continue Reading

June 10, 2022

Joe Neguse Didn’t Come to Congress to Fight Wildfires. Climate Change Had Other Plans

by Justin Worland

Despite clear directions from my GPS, I?felt certain I was in the wrong place as I drove the last mile to meet Colorado Representative Joe Neguse in March. We were meeting in the city of Superior at the site of a recent devastating wildfire in his district, and yet the subdivisions I sped past seemed to be buzzing along normally. Shoppers drove into a shopping complex while parents ferried kids to school. But then, in the middle of idyllic suburbia, it appeared: a 30-acre subdivision in ruins. … Continue Reading

June 09, 2022

Rep. Joe Neguse receives national award for bipartisan approach to lawmaking

by Ernest Ludding

A national organization that promotes bipartisanship named U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse as one of its 2022 Legislative Action Award winners Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. The Lafayette Democrat was one of six members of Congress honored by the Bipartisan Policy Center for working across party lines at a ceremony at the International Spy Museum. "Our country is divided, but it is not ungovernable," said Jason Grumet, the think tank's president, in a statement. "The recipients of BPC's 2022 … Continue Reading

June 07, 2022

Neguse speaks in favor of Protecting Our Kids Act

Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-2), a Vice-Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, spoke in favor of H.R. 7910, the Protecting Our Kids Act, during the House Judiciary Committee markup on gun violence prevention measures. Following the tragic mass shooting in Boulder, Colo. last year, Neguse introduced and advocated for several measures to address the gun violence epidemic, including leading a letter to President Biden requesting he issue an executive order banning the importation … Continue Reading

June 02, 2022

House committee discusses gun violence prevention measures

Congressman Joe Neguse participated in a discussion with the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Thursday focused on the Protecting Our Kids Act. The Protecting Our Kids Act is a bill that includes: proposals to raise the age limit to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21 years old create a new federal firearms offense for gun trafficking address safe gun storage codify several Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives gun regulations from recent years "For as long as I … Continue Reading

May 31, 2022

Space Command HQ benefits from Colorado’s universities, scientists and aerospace engineers, say officials

by Caitlyn Kim

Colorado's universities and robust aerospace workforce are part of the latest pitch to keep Space Command headquarters in Colorado. This time it's coming from Rep. Joe Neguse and leaders of Colorado's higher education community. They have all written Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin and Sec. of the Air Force Frank Kendall to highlight Colorado's research and scientific labs that would benefit Space Command. "Colorado's universities have been training and fostering this talented pool of aerospace … Continue Reading

May 25, 2022

'Heartbroken': Colorado officials, candidates react to massacre at Texas elementary school

Colorado officials and candidates for statewide and federal office reacted Tuesday with anguish and outrage following an attack by an 18-year-old gunman at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that left at least 22 dead, including 19 children. The gunman was killed by law enforcement, authorities said. Amid calls for prayers and action, some state leaders noted that Coloradans are all too familiar with mass shootings, from the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 to the shooting last … Continue Reading

May 25, 2022

U.S. representatives for Western states call for more federal funding to fight wildfires

Members of Congress representing Western states are calling for more federal funding to help states fight wildfires this summer. In a letter dated April 29 that was spearheaded by Reps. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., and John Curtis, R-Utah, the lawmakers asked a U.S. House subcommittee to "provide robust funding to programs" that will help bolster emergency preparedness, wildfire response, and mitigation efforts. "In Colorado, and across the West, our communities are facing unprecedented … Continue Reading

May 20, 2022

Colorado Democrats ask for federal funding for Front Range rail

by Robert Davis

Colorado's Democratic U.S. representatives sent a letter to federal officials requesting funding for the Front Range rail project that has been in the works for years. The letter, sent to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration, was spearheaded by Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., and was co-signed by fellow Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Jason Crow, and Diana DeGette. "The population among the Front Range is expected to grow by 35%, increasing the pressure on … Continue Reading

May 19, 2022

Congressman Neguse urges action to secure baby formula supply chain

Today, Congressman Joe Neguse signed on to a letter to President Biden in response to the growing consolidation in the baby formula market and the impact of market monopolization on rising costs and regional shortages of this critical food supplement. The letter urges the White House and relevant federal agencies to use all tools at their disposal to restore competition and increase resiliency to secure this vital supply chain. "Across the country, parents are struggling to find adequate, … Continue Reading

May 17, 2022

Chairmen Neguse, King seeking necessary funding for America’s National Parks

Congressman Joe Neguse, as the Chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Landshas been a champion of legislation to preserve our public lands, restore our forests and protect our communities from record-breaking wildfires. Since coming to Congress, Congressman Neguse has advocated for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the renewal of a reimagined 21st Century Conservation Corps and introduced the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy … Continue Reading

May 16, 2022

New bill aims to boost tribal access to clean water

by Alex Hager

Two recent moves aim to benefit water access for tribal communities in the Colorado River basin. One, a bill in the U.S. Congress, could increase access to clean water. Another, the release of a "shared vision" statement, outlines the goals of tribes and conservation nonprofits. Tribes in the basin hold rights to about a quarter of the river's flow, but have often been excluded from negotiations about how the river's water is used. At the same time, tribal communities often lack reliable … Continue Reading

May 08, 2022

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse visits planned Breckenridge housing site

by Luke Vidic

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse stopped by Breckenridge Friday, May 6, to visit a planned workforce housing site along with Summit County and Breckenridge officials. The "Justice Center parcel project," as town officials have unofficially dubbed it, will provide the town with 52 workforce housing units. "It's exciting," Neguse said. "Kudos to the county leadership, (town) leadership and local community that has the foresight to address this acute housing affordability crisis." The units will be priced … Continue Reading

May 06, 2022

Colorado Mountain College celebrates graduates with first public event since the COVID-19 pandemic

by Luke Vidic

Colorado Mountain College celebrated graduation for over 100 students across the Breckenridge and Dillon campuses on Friday. Hundreds of family members and friends gathered at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center for the main graduation, and about 50 attended the nursing graduation at the Breckenridge campus. This marked the first graduation to allow an unlimited number of in-person guests since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic . "It really is inspiring to join such an exceptional group of … Continue Reading

April 29, 2022

Neguse presses for higher pay for wildland firefighters

by Colorado Politics Staff

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, along with several House colleagues, is urging Congress to raise the pay for federal wildland firefighters as they battle tinder-dry conditions across the country, particularly in the West. In Colorado, experts say the conditions have cranked up April's fire risk to what the state would normally see in the summer. In a letter to U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree of Maine and Dave Joyce of Ohio, Neguse noted that federal firefighters are broadly classified as a "forestry … Continue Reading

April 22, 2022

Polis, Colorado officials announce legislation on climate preparedness, wildfire response

by Blayke Roznowski

DENVER - Gov. Jared Polis and local and state leaders announced new legislation on Friday to help prepare for, respond to and recover from wildfires in Colorado. Senate Bill 206 creates two grant funds to help families and businesses trying to rebuild after a natural disaster, like a wildfire. The bill would create the Disaster Resilience Rebuilding Program, which is a $15 million fund that would provide loans and grants to homeowners, owners of residential rental property, … Continue Reading

April 22, 2022

US Reps. Neguse and Curtis discuss bipartisan ways to address climate change

by Kelsey Simpkins

More than 150 people gathered at CU Boulder earlier this month for a lively, moderated discussion between U.S. Reps. Joe Neguse, Democrat of Colorado and John Curtis, Republican of Utah (who joined virtually), on how finding common ground in politics could help fight the climate crisis. The April 14 panel, hosted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, explored lawmakers' motivations for … Continue Reading

April 12, 2022

Rep. Joe Neguse introduces bills to support gun violence survivors, prevent mass shootings

by Sara Wilson

Rep. Joe Neguse introduced a package of bills Tuesday designed to prevent mass shootings and provide resources to victims, especially workers, who survive. "The legislation that we are announcing today is born from the deep anguish that we feel at each of these tragedies and the deep desire we have to ensure that each of these tragedies don't happen again," the Boulder Democrat said during a press conference at the #BoulderStrong Resource Center, which was set up to support survivors from the … Continue Reading

April 11, 2022

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse visit NCAR Fire burn area

by Mitchell Byars

A little more than two weeks after the NCAR Fire, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse looked over the burn area and saw green growth already beginning to replace the blackened ground. But a line of red fire retardant between the burn area and a south Boulder neighborhood is still visible, a reminder of how a few hundred yards of grass and a line of firefighters were all that stood between a wall of flames and homes on Stony Hill Road. "It's pretty darn close," Wildfire … Continue Reading

April 11, 2022

With support for gun control lacking, Rep. Neguse aims to blunt mass shooting impacts in other ways

by John Aguilar

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse will announce on Tuesday a three-pronged approach to preventing, blunting and recovering from mass shooting events, with the unveiling of a trio of bills he will introduce in Congress just weeks after the first anniversary of the Boulder King Soopers shooting that claimed 10 lives. Specifically, the bills will expand worker safety, provide preventative security measures to workplaces and increase mental health and trauma support in the wake of mass shootings. The hope … Continue Reading

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