September 24, 2021

10 Neguse-Led Amendments Pass the House as Part of NDAA

The prolific passage reinforces Neguse’s reputation as one of Congress’ most productive members.

Washington, D.C.— Last night, Congressman Neguse secured the passage of a remarkable 10 amendments through the House of Representatives as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendments advance Colorado priorities by better preparing for the impacts of climate change, supporting small businesses, encouraging diversity, and caring for wildland firefighters.

“Defending our nation looks a little different than it has in the past—now, protecting our communities means mitigating climate impacts and addressing extreme poverty. It means stepping up for those who step up for us,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “From ensuring that the families of our brave servicemembers are able to say their final goodbyes to those who died in service, to giving the DOD opportunities to take proactive steps towards climate resiliency, this legislation will help our national security apparatus adapt to modern day threats and proactively meet the climate crisis head on. I am proud to see these policies pass the House and I hope the Senate will support this important effort without delay.”

The 10 amendments championed by Neguse include:

  • The CORE Act: a bill that passed the House for a 4th time and would preserve 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands and establish the first-ever National Historic Landscape at Camp Hale; 

  • The Housing Our Firefighters Act: secures housing for all federal wildland firefighters;

  • The Care for Our Firefighters Act: supports post-traumatic care and mental health services for federal wildland firefighters;

  • The SPUR Act: supports federal contracting opportunities for local small businesses;

  • The Defense Energy Efficiency Act: aims to reduce the military’s carbon footprint;

  • The Securing Technology Against Climate Act: protects U.S. military technology from cyberattacks and climate impacts;

  • The Local Resiliency Act: allows the DOD greater power to protect local communities and state-owned National Guard installations from the impacts of climate change;

  • The Climate Science for Readiness Resolution: utilizes findings from the most recent IPCC report to ensure military infrastructure will be climate resilient;

  • Bereaved Military Families Travel Allowance: expands funding to allow family members to attend the military funerals of their loved ones;

  • Diversity of Military Apprenticeships: expands opportunities for marginalized groups to seek military apprenticeships.

This legislative package represents the latest in Neguse’s efforts to address the national security threats posed by the climate crisis. In 2020, he and Representative Spanberger introduced the Climate Readiness Act of 2020, which directed the DOD to report on security threats caused by climate change. This was in response to former President Trump’s decision to strike mentions of climate change from the U.S. National Security Strategy in 2017.

Since entering office in 2019, Congressman Neguse has fought for climate action and has introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at combating the climate crisis. These policies have ranged from wildfire recovery and mitigation to climate resiliency efforts to his proposal for a 21st Century Climate Conservation Corps—modeled after the CCC of the 1930’s.

Neguse’s success in securing amendments places his total (10) among the highest of his House colleagues. This is in line with his performance throughout his time in Congress, as his first-term total of 9 bills signed into law made him the most effective lawmaker in his class and one of the 10 most effective legislators in the 116th Congress.