March 29, 2022

Congressman Neguse Applauds Major Investment in Climate Conservation Corps in Biden’s FY2023 Budget Request

Budget blueprint also includes investments in clean energy, wildfire management, veterans’ healthcare and housing and special education programs

Washington D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse applauded President Biden’s inclusion of hundreds of millions for the Climate Conservation Corps in his FY2023 budget request. The President’s Budget request also includes many other Colorado priorities, including increased investments for wildfire management, compensation for federal wildland firefighters, clean energy jobs, veterans support and special education programs. 

“I’m thrilled to see the President doubling down on his commitment for a Climate Conservation Corps in his FY2023 Budget request. As communities in my district and across the West battle the growing threats of the climate crisis – through historic and devastating wildfires, flash flooding and worsening air quality – the need for decisive, transformative action to reduce emissions and protect our environment could not be more urgent. The President’s proposed investment in our Climate Conservation Corps proposal will support new jobs restoring our forests and public lands and tackling the climate crisis. This bold vision has captured the imagination of the American public and will have a tangible impact on Colorado communities and our lands,” said Congressman Joe Neguse, Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus and Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. “As our community recovers from more frequent and more historic wildfires, including the Marshall Fire and NCAR Fire, the President’s Budget proposal also includes investments in federal firefighting and climate resilience, a boost for the National Park Service and funding to create clean energy jobs. I look forward to beginning our work in the Congress to craft legislation that fulfills President Biden’s vision to build a better America, lowers costs for everyday Coloradans, creates jobs and boldly advances climate action. ” 

Neguse-Led Priorities Included in the President’s Budget Request: 

  • $18 billion for climate resilience and adaptation programs across the Federal Government, including nearly $5 billion for wildland fire management, funding for watershed protection and $1.8 billion to pay firefighters $15/an hour;
  • $3.3 billion to support clean energy projects that will create good paying jobs, continue to cut to cost of clean energy, and drive progress toward President Biden’s climate goals;
  • $3.6 billion for the National Park Service for Fiscal Year 2023, an increase of $492.2 million compared to an FY 2022 Continuing Resolution;
  • $3.3 billion increase for IDEA Grants to States to support special education in schools– the largest two-year increase, a program Congressman Neguse has led on for several years; 
  • $7.6 billion for child care and development block grants and $12.2 billion for Head Start;
  • Doubles maximum Pell grants by 2029, including an increase of $2,175 for the 2023-2024 school year; 
  • $1.7 billion – a 13% increase over the FY22 enacted level – for ATF to enforce our common sense gun laws; 
  • $765 million for USCIS to efficiently process increasing asylum caseloads, address the backlog of applications for work authorization, naturalization, adjustment of status and other immigration benefits;
  • $119 billion—a historic 32 percent increase above the 2021 enacted level—to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare quality and delivery; 
  • A $2.7 billion increase for veterans’ homelessness programs, similar to Congressman Neguse’s Veterans Job Training Act, and 
  • $3.55 billion in funding for the Community Development Block Grant program, which is helping communities recover following the Marshall Fire.