October 31, 2019

Congressman Joe Neguse’s CORE Act Passes the U.S. House of Representatives

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse’s Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support 227-182. The legislation is the first Colorado-specific legislation to get a vote from Congress this year and the first statewide Colorado wilderness legislation to pass the U.S. House of Representatives in over a decade. 

“I’m proud to pass legislation on the House floor that was written by Coloradans to conserve the treasured public lands across our state. For decades, local leaders, ranchers, anglers, outdoor businesses and conservationists across our state have hammered out the designations to create the bill that we considered on the floor today, “said Congressman Joe Neguse. “As representatives in Washington, we should be following the lead of our constituents and local communities, and that is exactly what this legislation proposes. This legislation will invest in the outdoor activities that are part of our way of life in Colorado, preserve our treasured public lands and designate the first-ever National Historic Landscape at Camp Hale to honor the legacy of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. As it moves to the Senate, I implore my colleagues to support it.” 

“Colorado’s public lands and wild spaces are critical to the Colorado way of life and are why so many people love our great state,” said Governor Jared Polis. “The CORE Act will preserve hundreds of thousands of acres, preserving outdoor recreation opportunities for Coloradans and visitors alike. As a Congressman, I was happy to sponsor similar legislation and I’m thrilled to see this bill moving forward.”

“In Summit County, we are very thankful for the passage of the CORE Act! We have been awaiting federal legislation to protect our lands for over ten years,” said Karn Stiegelmeier, Summit County Commissioner. “We thank Congressman Neguse and Senator Bennet for their leadership in protecting our public lands. Our public lands and Wilderness areas help define Summit County and drive our recreation economy. We have waited too long for federal action and we urge our Senators to move this important, beneficial legislation forward for all of Colorado.”

“Eagle County applauds the passage of the CORE Act in the House of Representatives today. This important public lands bill includes the designation of one of the County’s Crown Jewels, Camp Hale, as a National Historic Landscape. The heroism of the Tenth Mountain Division and their contributions to the skiing world are memorialized in this Act,” said Kathy Chandler Henry, Eagle County Commissioner. “The CORE Act also preserves important wildlife habitat and environment in Eagle and Summit Counties.  We are excited about this national commitment to our wild spaces and our heritage. This bipartisan effort has included local input over many years and we are hopeful that this work will result in passage in the Senate as well.”

View Congressman Neguse’s remarks on the House floor discussing the legislation ahead of passage here.