November 18, 2020

Congressman Joe Neguse Applauds Senate Hearing on the CORE Act

Public lands legislation authored by Congressman Neguse and Senator Bennet to be considered in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today 

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse applauded the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for consideration of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Neguse and Senator Michael Bennet to protect over 400,000 acres of public land in Colorado and boost the state’s outdoor economy. Congressman Neguse secured bipartisan passage of the legislation through the U.S. House of Representatives in October 2019, and again this summer as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Today’s hearing is the first time the bill will be considered before a Senate Committee. The hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET. 

“The CORE Act would invest in the very best of Colorado, by preserving our treasured public lands and strengthening our economy through major investments in outdoor recreation. I’m proud of our work to ensure its passage in the House twice, and welcome this action by the Senate to move it forward in the legislative process,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I’m grateful for Senator Bennet’s leadership and continued advocacy to ensure this legislation gets the consideration it deserves in the Senate and for fighting to deliver this success for Coloradans.” 

Background

In 2019, Bennet and Neguse introduced the bicameral CORE Act in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives with the support of counties, cities, towns, local leaders, conservation groups, sportsmen, and a wide range of outdoor businesses. The CORE Act combines four Colorado public lands proposals that were developed over a decade and builds on longstanding efforts to protect public lands in Colorado by establishing new wilderness, recreation, and conservation areas, including the first-ever National Historic Landscape at Camp Hale.   

The CORE Act quickly gained momentum in the House, with a House Natural Resources Committee hearing in April 2019, and later passed out of committee in June 2019. The bill passed the full House of Representatives in October 2019 with bipartisan support, and again passed the House in July as an amendment to the House version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In September, Bennet and Neguse convened a group of public lands leaders, veterans, and local elected officials at the Divide Trail in Colorado to advocate for the CORE Act’s inclusion in the FY 2021 NDAA. In October, Bennet and Neguse urged the leaders of the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include the CORE Act in the final FY 2021 NDAA.

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