March 09, 2022

Congressman Neguse Secures Funding for Community Projects in the 2nd District, Investments in Science and Wildfire Resiliency in Government Funding Legislation

The bill also includes $13.6 billion in emergency funding for security and humanitarian needs in Ukraine

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, a member of the House Rules Committee, secured funding for community projects across his district, investments in science, wildfire resilience and recovery, special education and public lands in government funding legislation for FY2022. The bill includes over $5 billion for wildfire management, $18.8 billion for disaster response and recovery efforts, millions for local firefighting crews, and an increase for the Community Development Block Grant program, which Congressman Neguse advocated for last week as communities in Boulder County recover from the Marshall Fire. The bill also includes dedicated funding for NOAA, the National Science Foundation and NASA Space Grant program and an increase in special education funding, all areas which Congressman Neguse has led on since coming to Congress. 

 “As Russia continues to wage a brutal, unprovoked war against Ukraine, instigating a massive refugee crisis throughout the region, the U.S. must stand with our allies, with the people of Ukraine and on the side of democracy. Today, we’re advancing critical security, humanitarian and economic support to equip Ukrainians and hold Russia accountable,” saidCongressman Joe Neguse.

“Additionally, I’m incredibly pleased that this funding legislation delivers for Colorado, funding critical community projects through our district; from search and rescue operations in Summit County and emergency management in Gilpin County to support for the Clear Creek Collaborative Care Center, funding to build an Emergency Egress in Nederland and much more. The bill invests in science and our federal labs, specifically designating funds for programs housed in the 2nd district to advance Colorado’s leadership in climate science and STEM engagement. The plan supports our communities in recovery with robust investments in wildfire management, disaster response and local firefighting operations and expands opportunities for our students with an increase in special education funding, something we’ve long advocated for.”

“As we work to build a brighter future, and support our community amidst converging challenges, these investments will prove critical to support our students, invest in science and help our communities tackle the growing threat of western wildfires.”  

Community Projects in the 2nd District to Be Funded:

  • $2 million to provide critical services for domestic violence victims in Adams County;
  • $1 million for the Clear Creek County Community Care Center;
  • $1 million to renovate the Pulliam Community Building in Loveland for community events and disaster sheltering; 
  • $1 million for the Colorado State-Adams State Mechanical Engineering Partnership;
  • $525,000 for the Town of Nederland to build an emergency egress in the Big Springs subdivision;
  • $500,000 to build a search and rescue training and vehicle storage facility in Frisco;
  • $358,000 for Jefferson County wildfire risk reduction efforts;
  • $275,000 for the University of Colorado Boulder Rural Outreach Partnership Program;
  • $275,000 to expand mental health services offered by the Boulder Strong Resource Center; and
  • $138,557 for the Gilpin County Emergency Operations Center.

Neguse-Led Initiatives to Be Funded: 

  • Over $5 billion for wildland fire management, $211 more than last year; Congressman Neguse and the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus advocated for this funding earlier this year;
  • $18.8 billion for disaster response and recovery efforts; including nearly $154 million for Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants which Congressman Neguse advocated for and $720 million for firefighter grant programs; 
  • $3.3 billion for Community Development Block Grants, a program that is vital for supporting home recovery and revitalization in the wake of the Marshall Fire and other natural disasters; 
  • Fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million; 
  • $13.3 billion for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, $406 million above last year;
  • $11 billion for Head Start, a $289 million increase over last year and $6.2 billion for Child Care Development Block Grants, an increase of $254 million over last year; 
  • $5.88 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a $447 million increase from last year; 
  • $137 million for NASA’s STEM Engagement education initiatives, including the NASA Space Grant program;
  • $8.84 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $351 million more than last year;
  • $11 million for the Open Textbook Pilot Program; a $4 million increase from last year
  • $50 million for community-based violence intervention initiatives; and
  • $12 million for Youth Affected by Substance Abuse.