January 06, 2021

Congressman Joe Neguse Enacts Ninth Law During His First Term in Congress, 2nd Most of Any Lawmaker in the Nation

Washington D.C.—In his first term in Congress, Congressman Joe Neguse has positioned himself as one of the most effective lawmakers in the country. During the 116th Congress, he introduced over 55 pieces of legislation—the most of any freshman lawmaker—had 19 measures pass out of the U.S. House of Representatives, and had a record 9 laws signed by the President and enacted into law—the 2nd most of any lawmaker in the nation. 

Each of the 9 laws enacted by Congressman Neguse in his first term all benefit Colorado communities and were developed with constituents and local leaders. They include: 

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic Congressman Neguse introduced 13 legislative proposals to equip communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, several of which were included in the emergency COVID-19 relief package enacted in late December:

Congressman Neguse also partnered with local public health experts and state officials to coordinate response to the pandemic; including:

  • ensuring first responders and firefighters be given priority COVID-19 testing; 

  • advocating for increased federal testing and PPE resources for Colorado; 

  • aiding in repatriation of stranded constituents;

  • Securing a FDA guidance change to allow distilleries to produce hand sanitizer; and

  • helping small business owners and Coloradans navigate CARES Act resources; PPP loans, economic impact payments, pandemic unemployment benefits, etc.

Additionally, Congressman Neguse played a leading role on climate action during his first term, as the only member representing the Rocky Mountain West to serve on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.  

In August 2019,  Congressman Neguse secured Boulder, Colorado as the location for the first and only field hearing held by the Committee during the research phase for their comprehensive report. The Committee visited several labs in Colorado and heard testimony from Governor Jared Polis and local leaders on Colorado’s leadership in battling the climate crisis. Many of these ideas were eventually cited in the Committee’s final report, along with several Colorado priorities and initiatives led by Congressman Neguse, including his proposals to: 

  • Expand clean energy and transportation;

  • Conserve public lands and stimulate the outdoor recreation economy;

  • Plan for wildfire mitigation and forest health;

  • Safeguard federal labs and climate science;

  • Invest in regenerative agriculture research and natural solutions;

  • Build resilient communities;

  • Address the national security threats posed by climate change; and

  • Bring Colorado’s commitment to sustainability to Washington D.C.

Amidst devastating wildfires in the 2nd district and across Colorado, Congressman Neguse partnered with firefighters and local public safety officials to bring in needed federal resources. 

In his role as Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, Congressman Neguse helped lead a bipartisan investigation into anti-competitive behaviors in the digital marketplace. 

  • The Committee held 7 oversight hearings, including direct questioning of the CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple. 

  • As part of the investigation, Congressman Neguse secured a field hearing in Boulder, Colorado to hear directly from entrepreneurs and small business owners impacted by these tactics. 

In the 116th Congress, Joe Neguse was elected by his colleagues to serve in House Democratic Leadership as Co-Representative to the Freshman Class. He was recently selected to serve another term in House Leadership as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) in the 117th Congress. 

In October 2019, Congressman Neguse secured House passage of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, the first major Colorado wilderness legislation to pass the House in over a decade which would preserve 400,000 acres of public lands across the state and designate the first-ever National Historic Landscape at Camp Hale in Eagle County.  

BY THE NUMBERS: 

  • 55 bills introduced 

  • 9 bills signed into law 

  • 19 measures passed through Congress 

  • 46 town halls hosted

  • 1,300+ constituent cases successfully closed

  • 162,000+ emails, letters and calls to constituents 

  • $1,850,000 returned to constituents