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November 18, 2021

SHRED Act clears committee, heads for US Senate

by John LaConte

The SHRED Act stomped its landing out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday. Short for Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development, the SHRED Act would enable national forests to retain a portion of the annual fees paid into the U.S. Treasury by ski areas operating within their boundaries. The bill is being championed by U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and John Barrasso of Wyoming. "I'm pleased that our SHRED Act to support mountain communities in … Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Coloradan backs bill to add Amache to National Park Service system

by Noel Brennan

EVERGREEN, Colo. - Before history fills any book, someone lives it. "If I look a little unsteady on my feet, I'm 91," Bob Fuchigami said, taking a moment to rest on the seat of his walker. Fuchigami sat for a moment inside the basement storage room of his home in Evergreen where books and binders full of history occupy the shelves. "I'm trying to sort through it," Fuchigami said. Fuchigami preserves the history that he lived nearly eight decades ago. He was 11 when the … Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Colorado's Joe Neguse, John Hickenlooper play key roles bringing infrastructure bill to life

by Ernest Luning

Late on the night of Nov. 5, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse walked alongside two fellow Democratic lawmakers as they made their way outside the U.S. Capitol, prepared to announce that a deal had finally been reached to allow for a vote on the infrastructure bill that had been idling for weeks in the U.S. House of Representatives. Accompanying Neguse, the second-term lawmaker from Lafayette who arranged for the impromptu press conference, were U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, chair of the … Continue Reading


November 13, 2021

Back from COP26, Rep. Neguse urges ‘transformational’ climate spending in Biden budget bill

by Chase Woodruff

Returning this week from the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse said his second trip to a U.N. Climate Change Conference went a lot better than his first, to COP25 in Madrid, Spain, two years ago. "Boy, what a change two years can make," Neguse told reporters in a virtual press conference on Friday. In contrast to 2019, when senior members of former President Donald Trump's administration snubbed the conference altogether, Neguse said the reception for the U.S. … Continue Reading


November 12, 2021

Back from UN climate conference, Neguse and Hickenlooper talk up environmental and economic benefits of Biden agenda

by Miguel Otárola

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse on Friday stressed the need to pass the climate policies in the proposed $1.75-trillion budget bill after returning from the U.N. climate summit in Scotland. Neguse, who sits on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and the House Natural Resources Committee, was picked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to attend the conference as part of the Congressional delegation. Nearly 200 countries were still negotiating a global climate accord after the official … Continue Reading


November 08, 2021

Neguse and Gibbs: Invest in Colorado’s forests with Build Back Better Act

by Rep. Joe Neguse and Dan Gibbs

Last year's record-setting wildfire season in Colorado was a wake-up call. The Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires, which burned nearly 400,000 acres combined, threatened homes, businesses, wildlife, and local water supplies. In the wake of these fires, our communities were left with a massive recovery price tag and dwindling federal resources to restore severely burned soils, rebuild homes, protect watersheds and prepare for future wildfires that we know will follow this year's … Continue Reading


November 05, 2021

Ingrid Encalada Latorre granted stay of removal in immigration case after years of sanctuary in Boulder church

by Kelsey Hammon

For the first time in four years, Ingrid Encalada Latorre will get to go to the park with her three children, walk the aisles of the grocery store or go on a hike and take in mountain views. Encalada Latorre, a native of Peru, has been living in sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder with her three American-born children since 2017. If she stepped outside the church, at 5001 Pennsylvania Ave., she faced the possibility of being detained by Immigration and Customs … Continue Reading


November 04, 2021

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse introduces gun violence legislation in response to shooting that killed 10 in Boulder supermarket

by Deborah Swearingen

Suzanne Fountain was shopping in aisle 10 of the King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive on March 22, when a gunman opened fire. Fountain, 59, was one of 10 people who died that day. "A beacon was put out that day. It was absolutely senseless," her sister Jen Macaskill said. "She was grocery shopping. We all go grocery shopping. Why is it that we can't be safe in the grocery store?" While new legislation cannot bring back the people who died in March, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, who represents Boulder, … Continue Reading


November 03, 2021

Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse to introduce gun bill related to Boulder King Soopers shooting

by John Aguilar

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse will introduce legislation in the House Thursday to prohibit people convicted of violent misdemeanors from purchasing a firearm for five years, a measure the Lafayette Democrat said could help prevent tragedies like the Boulder King Soopers massacre from happening again. "It seems pretty clear to me in this case that this individual would not have been able to purchase a weapon had this law been the law of the land either in Colorado and ultimately at the federal level," … Continue Reading


November 02, 2021

The Time to End Gun Violence is Now

by Reps. Joe Neguse and Ted Deutch

Bringing Republicans and Democrats together at this hyper-partisan moment to pass substantial legislation has been enormously challenging. But it is still possible. In the House of Representatives, we have dealt with multiple crises in a bipartisan way, from hurricanes to wildfires to COVID-19. We are poised to pass the largest infrastructure investment in decades-also bipartisan. But we must remember the thousands of Americans we lose to gun violence each year will never drive on those … Continue Reading


October 28, 2021

Neguse wins Climate Conservation Corps funding as Democrats trim reconciliation bill

by Pat Poblete

As congressional Democrats negotiate cuts from President Joe Biden's Build Back Better package, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse announced his 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps is not on the chopping block. Biden on Thursday made the trip up Capitol Hill to urge House Democrats to embrace a framework on a $1.75 trillion bill packed with many of the components of his first-term domestic agenda. The budget reconciliation bill at one point carried a $3.5 billion price tag, though that figure appeared … Continue Reading


October 27, 2021

Neguse, Cheney team up to help out firefighters

by Joey Bunch

Liberal Democrat Joe Neguse of Colorado and conservative Republican Lynn Cheney have a common cause they care deeply about: taking care of wildland firefighters. The political odd couple penned an op-ed Wednesday in The Hill, a Washington, D.C.-focused news outlet, about their plan to raise pay and benefits for those increasingly called on to protect communities, forests and fauna. "It's long past time for Congress and the federal government to fully recognize the ongoing service and … Continue Reading


October 27, 2021

Congress must give federal wildland firefighters a pay raise

by Reps. Joe Neguse and Liz Cheney

We are pushing our federal firefighting workforce to a breaking point. That must change. As wildfires across the west grow more intense and more dangerous, federal firefighters leave behind their lives and families for months at a time, working an average of 16-hour daily shifts, sleeping in the dirt, with incredibly limited time off to reset and reconnect with loved ones. {mosads}These federal firefighters are highly skilled, and their vital services support every major wildfire response in … Continue Reading


October 27, 2021

Democrats push for boost in wildland firefighter pay, increased mental health benefits

by Sharon Udasin

Democrats - and select Republicans - voiced their support for a bipartisan bill that would boost wildland firefighter pay and reclassify their job titles as firefighters during a House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. "Wildfires today are really a year-round risk burning larger areas at higher intensity, and this is only projected to increase as the climate continues to warm," said Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), who chairs the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. "While … Continue Reading


October 18, 2021

As wildfires rage, lawmaker proposes legislation to raise firefighter pay

by Haley Talbot and Julie Tsirkin

As wildfire seasons grow longer and more deadly, Congress is taking steps to ease the immense pressure on federal firefighters battling the blazes. "The reality is these wildfires are not going away. They are going to get worse, and it is up to us to take the steps now to try and mitigate the harm and the damage in the future and to compensate and protect those firefighters who are being asked to do more and more with each passing year," said Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., the co-chair of the … Continue Reading


October 06, 2021

Afghan interpreter and his family land in Colorado to start a new life in Broomfield

by Paolo Zialcita and Hart Van Denburg

An Afghan interpreter and his family landed at Denver International Airport Tuesday night to settle in at their new home after the fall and evacuation of Kabul. Ahmad Siddiqi, his wife and four kids fled Afghanistan in August and hadn't found a permanent residence yet. He turned to Army veteran Scott Henkel, husband of Broomfield City Councilwoman Heidi Henkel, for help. They met while Henkel was serving in Afghanistan in 2006, and the two worked with Rep. Jason Crow and Rep. Joe Neguse's … Continue Reading


October 01, 2021

‘Woefully Undercompensated’: Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse Helping Ease Emotional, Financial Burden On Wildland Firefighters

by Shaun Boyd

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- Long hours and high stress are causing a surge in mental illness and suicides among federal wildland firefighters. They're leaving the job in record numbers amid escalating fires that are increasingly putting their lives at risk, pulling them away from families for months on end, and leaving them with trauma that often goes untreated. The suicide rate among federal wildland firefighters is 30 times that of the general population. Kate Dillon was among those who reached … Continue Reading


September 29, 2021

A Modern CCC Would Support the Climate, the Economy and Equity

by Rep. Joe Neguse and Ramón Cruz

If you turn on the TV or scroll through Twitter, you can see the disastrous impacts of climate change. Some of us only have to look out our windows to see it. Climate change isn't just coming - it's here. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico four years ago, claiming lives, collapsing an electric grid based on imported dirty fuels and turning individuals into climate refugees. Sierra Club President Ramón Cruz was one of them. Now his new home in New York, far from the tropical origins … Continue Reading


September 25, 2021

By and for Colorado, Civilian Climate Corps enjoys federal support

by Joey Bunch

Joe Neguse grew up a Colorado kid, like most Colorado kids, with Red Rocks Amphitheater in his cultural heritage. A few weeks ago he was out at the Denver city park touring the Civilian Conservation Corps site, the temporary home to about 200 men ages 18 to 25 who built the amphitheater. The New Deal program encompassed 3 million men to help get the country back on its feet from the Great Depression, the defining crisis of its time. Colorado was home to 172 CCC camps, where 32,000 men, … Continue Reading


September 24, 2021

Congressman Neguse proposes secure housing, mental health services for federal wildland fighters

by Dani Birzer

Congressman Joe Neguse, co-chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus, passed two proposals through the U.S. House of Representatives. These two pieces of legislation called Housing Our Firefighters Act and Care for Our Firefighters Act are each intended to meet the needs of many federal wildland fighters. The Housing Our Firefighters Act establishes a housing stipend for federal wildland firefighters, hired at a location more than 50 miles from their primary residence, and the Care for Our … Continue Reading

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