Center for Effective Lawmaking Ranks Congressman Neguse As Ninth Most Effective Lawmaker in Congress & Most Effective Colorado Lawmaker
Nonpartisan Center identified Neguse as “Top 10” lawmaker for Effectiveness and #1 Representative in Congress for Legislating on Public Lands
Washington D.C. — The nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking, in a new report, ranked Congressman Joe Neguse as one of the top 10 most effective lawmakers in the country. Neguse was also ranked as the most effective lawmaker in Colorado’s congressional delegation, the most effective lawmaker among the freshman class in the 116th Congress, and the most effective for legislating on public lands. Six of the nine bills Congressman Neguse enacted into law in the 116th Congress protect and invest in public lands in the 2nd Congressional District, including two bills to expand the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park.
“Our approach has always been to lead locally, and listen first. Through countless conversations throughout our district, speaking with Coloradans of all backgrounds and working collaboratively with the people of our state we’ve been able to introduce and enact legislation that solves problems and reflects the needs and priorities of our communities,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I was proud to usher nine of our bills into law in the 116th Congress, all of which will benefit the people of the 2nd district and Colorado, and I look forward to collaborating with President Biden in the important work ahead to assist our communities as we recover from the pandemic, ensure every American has access to a good paying job and quality education, and tackling the existential threat of climate change.”
“Rep. Neguse introduced 54 bills, which was three times as many as the average freshman, and he navigated [several] of them into law including an expansion of the Rocky Mountains National Park in his home state of Colorado,” states the Center for Effective Lawmaking report. “Of the 96 freshmen in the 116th U.S. House of Representatives, we found that 25 exceeded expectations as lawmakers. Those freshmen scored in ways that reflected typical party differences, with majority-party Democrats outperforming minority-party Republicans. Topping the list are Reps. Joe Neguse and Elaine Luria, both of whom were also featured on the top ten list for House Democrats.”
Each of the 9 laws enacted by Congressman Neguse in his first term will benefit Colorado communities and were developed with constituents and local leaders. They include:
- Secure Rural Schools Extension Act, to support Colorado’s mountain communities with funding for rural schools and road maintenance;
- Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Extension Act, to protect wildlife in the Platte River Basin and reauthorize a popular project that ensures continuation of water projects in the area;
- Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act, to ensure water access for the town of Minturn, Colorado at the Bolts Ditch Headgate;
- Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act, which incorporates a small land parcel adjacent to Arapaho National Forest into the park;
- Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Permanent Extension Act; which reauthorizes a critical antitrust enforcement program to ensure consumer protection;
- H.R. 473 which authorizes installation of a national women’s suffrage monument in the nation’s capital;
- Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act; which will extend whistleblower protections to antitrust whistleblowers;
- Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary Adjustment Act; to authorize a 40 acre land donation from former naval officer, NASA astronaut and Longmont, Colorado native Vance Brand; and
- Rocky Mountain National Park Ownership Correction Act; to correct a longstanding bank error and ensure proper ownership of the Forsyth family cabin.
In the 117th Congress, Congressman Joe Neguse will serve as Chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands and Vice Chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship. He is also a member of the House Democratic Leadership team, serving as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC).
The scores in the report are based on the combination of fifteen metrics regarding the bills that each member of Congress sponsors, how far they move through the lawmaking process, and how substantial their policy proposals are. The scores are normalized to an average value of 1.0 in both the House and the Senate. More on their methodology can be found here.
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