December 30, 2019

Congressman Neguse Breaks Records In His First Year in Office

Introduces Most Bills of Any Freshman Lawmaker, Launches Service Town Hall Initiative, Hosts Senior Congressional Officials in the 2nd District 

Washington, D.C.— In his first 12 months in Congress, Congressman Joe Neguse has taken Washington by storm, introducing a record 30 pieces of legislation—more than any other freshman lawmaker—holding 24 town halls, launching a first-of-its-kind service town hall initiative, and passing major Colorado wilderness legislation out of the U.S. House of Representatives. Before even being sworn in, Neguse was selected by his freshman colleagues to serve as a Co-Representative for the class at the Leadership table, where he joins other members of leadership in making decisions for the Democratic caucus. He also serves a Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law. 

In his first year, Congressman Neguse has introduced 30 pieces of legislation, four of which have been signed into law by the President, including legislation to fund rural schools in Colorado’s mountain communities, legislation to protect wildlife in the Platte River Basin, a provision to ensure water access for the town of Minturn at the Bolts Ditch Headgate in Eagle County and a provision that incorporates approximately 124 acres adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park into Arapaho National Forest

Additionally, Neguse has introduced bipartisan legislation to invest in regenerative agriculture research, cut red tape to expand affordable housing opportunities, ensure helicopter safety, make the transfer process easier for college students and build the first-ever outdoor monument to honor the women’s suffrage movement in Washington D.C. He’s worked alongside county commissioners, city leaders, local housing authorities, higher education institutions and constituents across the district for each bill he’s introduced to help meet tangible needs for communities in the district. See a full list of bills introduced here, including measures to invest in small-scale solar installations, create a pathway to modernize federal lab facilities, including those in the 2nd district, end climate censorship, transition the U.S. Capitol Complex to 100% renewable electricity, end surprise billing for air medical vehicles, ban fracking under National Priority Superfund sites and allow pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds. 

In October, Neguse passed the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act out of the House of Representatives, the first major statewide wilderness legislation to pass the House in over a decade. The legislation was crafted by Coloradans over the last decade and would preserve 400,000 acres of public lands across the state and designate the first-ever National Historic Landscape at Camp Hale. 

In the district, he has built out a robust community engagement operation, launching a service town hall initiative and partnering with local organizations, such as the Larimer Humane Society, Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Bridgehouse and Broomfield FISH for service projects. His staff in the district hosted two community health fairs in Boulder and Fort Collins, a veterans resources fair, Congressional App Challenge, Congressional Art Competition and he has launched two original service awards to recognize community members. Neguse was successful in helping to secure over $12,450,000 in federal grant money for the district, including a large grant for Grand County’s Lift system. Additionally, his staff returned $419,639 to constituents through casework.  

In August, Neguse hosted the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for the Committee’s first and only field hearing in Boulder, Colorado where they heard from state and local leaders on Colorado’s leadership in renewable energy and toured federal labs across Colorado. Neguse also hosted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in Broomfield for a discussion on affordable health care innovation and in November joined the Speaker for a high-level congressional delegation to Madrid Spain for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP25 Conference. 

Neguse also played an integral role in passing the American Dream and Promise Act on the House floor in May, where he gave the final rebuttal arguments in support of the legislation ahead of final passage.