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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

September 17, 2021

Neguse gets $50 billion for climate proposal in Build Back Better bill

by Jacy Marmaduke

Funding for U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse's Climate Conservation Corps proposal made it into the Build Back Better Act, a $3.5 trillion spending package expected to reach a House of Representatives vote soon. The Climate Conservation Corps funding totals about $50 billion, close to the levels laid out in Neguse's 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps Act. That legislation envisioned a modern New Deal-inspired program creating jobs and bolstering wildfire preparedness, land restoration and climate … Continue Reading

September 15, 2021

Joe Neguse to hold online town hall Thursday to focus on housing, homelessness


U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse will hold a town-hall-style discussion of the affordable housing crisis online at noon-4 p.m. Thursday. The event will include two public listening sessions focused on affordable housing and homelessness across Colorado. "We are at an inflection point for affordable housing, and it's critical that we find creative solutions that meet this moment," Neguse said in a news release. Those interested in participating are asked to RSVP at to receive login … Continue Reading

September 13, 2021

Neguse’s Climate Corps funding gets nod in budget reconciliation plan

by Jacob Fischler

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats' sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The House action was only the starting point for the bill, which will be combined with those of several other House committees to form a … Continue Reading

September 11, 2021

As Colorado Announces Its Own Climate Corps, Democrats Push For A Far More Expansive National Version

by Sam Brasch

Carly Sorenson knew she wasn't a fit for college after less than a year at Metro State University in Denver. After trying two majors, the 22-year-old from Niwot dropped out with a sinking sense of dread about her future. She knew she felt stifled in a classroom, but couldn't imagine what would amount to a satisfying career. Today, Sorenson thinks she's found it in a job with Mile High Youth Corps. Armed with a chainsaw named after a Pokemon creature (Bonsly, if you were wondering), she … Continue Reading

September 09, 2021

Congressman Joe Neguse secures $50 billion for proposed Climate Conservation Corps

by Joey Bunch

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette is taking credit for landing more than $50 billion in stimulus money for the proposed 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps. The first $10 billion would go to hire thousands of young people and veterans starting out at $15 an hour, followed by $40 billion for local resilience and wildfire preparedness projects and other work to cut emissions, administered by the Department of Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. "For over a year, we've been working to … Continue Reading

September 01, 2021

Rep. Joe Neguse proposes legislation to complete Continental Divide Trail

by Lindsey Toomer

After 40 years in existence, 160 miles of gaps still separate parts of the trail Rep. Joe Neguse proposed legislation directing the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to work together to finish the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in time for the trail's 50th anniversary in 2028. The trail spans 3,100 miles from Montana to New Mexico going through Colorado and Summit County, but the trail has about 160 miles of incomplete routes due to gaps in public lands. The … Continue Reading

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

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