July 14, 2022

10 Rep. Neguse-Led Amendments Pass the House as Part of the FY23 NDAA

For the second year in a row, Colorado Congressman advances a record number of priorities through the legislative package.

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse secured the passage of 10 amendments through the House of Representatives as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23). The bill includes amendments advancing critical priorities for the people of Colorado by expanding support for climate resiliency, mental health care, wildfire recovery, public lands, and service members and their families. 

“The amendments that we’ve crafted make tremendous strides towards protecting the American people from real and current threats to our country. From expanding support to our nation’s veterans and active service members and increasing access to mental health services, to making great strides toward climate resiliency, the House-crafted NDAA addresses many concerns our office hears from constituents about on a daily basis,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “ I am encouraged to see several measures to support public lands and bolster wildfire recovery – many of which we’ve been fighting for through different avenues in the Congress – find a successful passage in this bill, and will continue to work to get them across the finish line.” 

The 10 amendments championed by Neguse include:

  • The CORE Act: a bill that has now passed the House for the 5th time and works to preserve 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands and establish the first-ever National Historic Landscape at Camp Hale; 

  • The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Completion Act: directs the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to work together to finish the 3,100-mile Continental Divide National Scenic Trail by its 50th anniversary in 2028. 

  • The REPLACE Act: amends the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 to require that certain critical document fees be automatically waived for individuals and households that are affected by major disasters and where Individuals and Households Program (IHP) assistance has been granted for that disaster. 

  • A specific provision within Tim’s Act: establishes a wildland firefighter retention bonus, by creating a program wherein a recruitment or retention bonus of no less than $1,000 shall be paid to each federal wildland firefighter. 

  • The HUBS for Veterans Act: supports local “network hubs” which streamline access to essential resources for veterans, service members, and their families, helping to assist in the transition from military personnel to civilian life. Read more here.

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Processing Claims Improvement Act: overhauls the VA’s PTSD claims processing training in order to improve treatment and compensation for our veterans. Read more here. 

  • The Hiring Expansion and Licensure Portability for Military Spouses (HELP for Military Spouses) Act: amends a military spouse hiring roundtable to include a discussion of the benefits of licensure reform and portability through compacts for military spouses.

  • The VA Mental Health Internships Act (Mentor) Act: expands the definition of a licensed civilian behavioral health care provider. 

  • The Land Resilience and Restoration Act: establishes the Community Resilience and Restoration Fund, a program to provide grants to communities looking to restore and improve the resilience of public lands through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). 

  • The Surveying the Heat Island Effect across Large Divisions (SHIELD) Act: directs the construction of large-scale military installations throughout the country, meant to mitigate the "heat island" effect, increasing greenery to mitigate the consequences of this climate phenomenon. 

The inclusion of these measures marks the second year in a row Neguse has secured a record number of priorities in the legislative package. Last year, he was also successful in securing a sweep of amendments ranking high amongst his colleagues in the ability to move measures through the House. In his first term, Neguse had a total of 9 bills signed into law, ranking him the most effective lawmaker in his class and one of the 10 most effective legislators in the 116th Congress. Neguse has secured the passage of 21 laws since the start of the 117th Congress.