July 20, 2020

Congressman Joe Neguse Introduces the CORE Act as an Amendment to NDAA

His amendment to add the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act to NDAA will be considered on the floor today

Washington D.C. —Today, an amendment led by Congressman Joe Neguse which would add the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act as well as the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will be considered and debated on the House floor. The amendment is cosponsored by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva, lead sponsor of the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, and cleared the Rules Committee late Friday night. 

“It has been nearly 9 months since the House of Representatives passed my bill, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, and still the Senate has not taken the legislation up or brought it to Committee for consideration,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “The CORE Act was carefully-crafted by Coloradans over the last decade and they deserve to see this bill—which would conserve treasured public lands in our state and make major investments in our outdoor recreation economy—considered by the Senate. The CORE would create the first-of-its-kind National Historic Landscape at Camp Hale to honor the 10th Mountain Army Division and the legacy of Sandy Treat, a local WWII veteran, with an overlook named in his honor. As a result, the bill’s inclusion in the NDAA makes perfect sense, follows past precedent and will give the Senate another chance to take up this locally-driven bill and deliver for Colorado.”

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, the Senate author of the CORE Act, continues to press for Senate action. Bennet recently filed the CORE Act as amendment to the Senate NDAA, the Great American Outdoors Act in June, and the John D. Dingell Conservation, Management and Recreation Act in 2019. In September 2019, Bennet requested the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hold a hearing on the CORE Act.

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act was carefully crafted by Coloradans over the last 10 years, each of the bill’s provisions have been considered and are supported by the local communities they would impact. The bill would preserve approximately 400,000 acres of public land in Colorado. Of the land to be protected, about 73,000 acres are new wilderness areas, and nearly 80,000 acres are new recreation and conservation management areas that preserve existing outdoor uses, such as hiking and mountain biking. The bill also includes a first-of-its-kind National Historic Landscape to honor Colorado’s military legacy at Camp Hale. 

The CORE Act is supported by a majority of the Colorado delegation, the counties of Summit, Eagle, San Juan, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Pitkin, the cities of Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, and the towns of Ridgway, Crested Butte, Ophir, Telluride and Basalt.

The following resources for the CORE Act are available below: