December 20, 2019

Congressman Neguse Secures Important Funding for Communities in Colorado’s 2nd District in FY2020 Budget

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District and serves in House Leadership, secured key funding priorities for Colorado’s public lands, federal labs, education, zero-emission transportation options, rural broadband, affordable housing and more in the two end-of-year spending bills signed into law by the President. 

“For the last several months we have been advocating for communities across the 2nd Congressional District,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I am proud that we were able to secure key funding in the FY2020 budget for Colorado’s many federal labs, increased funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Act and Secure Rural Schools programs, funding to conserve our public lands, invest in science and protect the environment.”

Two original bills from Congressman Neguse were included in the end-of-year spending package and signed into law by the President today, the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Extension Act will allow water projects across the Platte River Basin to comply with the Endangered Species Act, and the Secure Rural Schools Extension Act will provide needed funding for Colorado’s mountain communities. 

Additionally, Congressman Neguse helped secure the following provisions in the FY2020 budget: 

Investments in education: 

  • $12.76 billion, an increase of $400 million for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 
  • $7 million for open textbooks pilot program 

Investments in federal science

  • $590 million, an increase of $24 million over FY19, or 4% increase for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic Atmospheric Research 
  • $118 million, increase of $12 million over FY19, or 11% increase for NIST Construction and Research Facilities 
  • $754 million, increase of $29 million over FY19, or 4% increase for NIST Scientific and Technical Research and Services 
  • $48 million, a $4 million increase over FY19, or 9% increase for the NASA Space Grant program 
  • $8.28 billion, an increase of $203.3 million above FY19 and $1.2 billion above the President’s request for the National Science Foundation 

Investments in environmental protection: 

  • $495 million for LWCF, including $237 million for the federal program and $258 million for state programs. 
  • $38.586 billion, an increase of $2.9 billion above FY19 and $7 billion above the President’s request for the Department of Interior
  • $3.38 billion for the National Park Service, $155 million above FY19 and $636 million above the President’s budget request

Investments in infrastructure and rural broadband: 

  • $640 million for rural broadband
  • $6.9 billion in loan authority for rural electric and telephone infrastructure loans
  • $1 billion for TIGER/BUILD infrastructure grants, $100 million above 2019 level and ensures parity between urban and rural awards
  • $510 million for Transit infrastructure grants, including $75 million for low and no-emission buses
  • $1 million to conduct a study on effective measurement of the resilience of transportation systems to natural disasters, hazards, and other disruptions
  • Extension of the National Flood Insurance Program 

Investments in affordable housing: 

  • $3.4 billion for Community Development Block Grants. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating this program.
  • Strong funding for Tenant-based Rental Assistance, including $40 million for supportive housing for veterans. 

Investments in gun violence prevention: 

  • Funding for gun violence research at HHS and CDC for the first time in more than two decades