March 31, 2021

Congressman Joe Neguse Welcomes Inclusion of the 21st Century Conservation Corps In President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, issued the following statement, applauding the release of President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan. The plan includes a $10 billion fund for a civilian conservation corps, as outlined in Congressman Neguse and Senator Wyden’s 21st Century Conservation Corps Act. 

“President Biden’s American Jobs Plan hits at the heart of so many of the challenges communities in our district are facing,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “This plan will jumpstart our economy, by putting millions of Americans back to work addressing our nation’s infrastructure needs, and making needed changes to our energy grid, transportations systems and more to help tackle the climate crisis. As we’ve proposed through our 21st Century Conservation Corps Act, his American Jobs Plan calls for a $10 billion investment to mobilize the next generation of conservation and resilience workers through a new Civilian Climate Corps.  His proposal also calls for major investments to fix our roads, and bridges, like those needed on I-70 and I-25. It would expand affordable housing opportunities, and make major investments in rural broadband—both critical needs for families in northern Colorado and in our mountain communities. Additionally, his plan includes several of the priorities our office has been working on over the last several years to support our local communities, including making investments in our research infrastructure and supporting federal labs and scientists, prioritizing climate resiliency to equip our communities in the wake of wildfires, floods and other climate-related weather events, and creating good-paying jobs to expand the electric vehicle market. His plan also includes investments in research and development funds for small businesses, startups and innovation hubs, which we have advocated for. President Biden’s plan will reimagine and rebuild a new American economy, putting Coloradans and Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic back to work to build infrastructure for the future. This is a bold and visionary proposal that will chart a new course for the American economy over the next decade.”

Background

In July, Congressman Neguse and Senator Ron Wyden introduced the 21st Century Conservation Corps Act, which would make a $9 billion investment in the natural resource workforce, to put the next generation of Americans back to work restoring our lands and forests. The proposal is included in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan as proposed today. Congressman Joe Neguse has also introduced the Federal Labs Modernization Act, which would provide a pathway to modernize our federal labs and invest in science. His bills, the Climate Resilient Communities Act and Wildfire Recovery Act, both call for federal investments to support communities recovering from climate-related weather events, such as the record-breaking wildfires and intense floods seen in Colorado recently. He has also championed the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act. He is also leading the Research and Development Tax Credit Expansion Act to double the refundable research and development (R&D) tax credit for startups and extend it to more small businesses.

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