November 15, 2021

Congressman Neguse to Attend White House Signing Ceremony for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Neguse secured funding for wildfire prevention, grid modernization, rural schools and forest restoration programs in the bill 

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse will attend the historic signing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act at the White House. Neguse secured several key investments for wildfire management and climate resiliency in the bill, including his Joint-Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership proposal, upgrades to America’s power grid to help communities prepare for climate related natural disasters and an extension of the Secure Rural Schools program, a proposal Rep. Neguse has been pushing since he started in Congress. 

“I’m thrilled to attend today’s historic signing ceremony for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “This bill will provide considerable investments in Colorado families, our forests and our schools. I was proud to secure the inclusion of several critical climate resiliency priorities in the plan, including our proposal to formally authorize the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership program which will invest in our forests, funds to upgrade our power grid and an extension of the Secure Rural Schools program which supports Colorado’s mountain communities. This plan will create jobs, invest in Colorado’s roads and bridges and help prepare our communities for future climate-related disasters. We’re excited to deliver these crucial investments for Colorado.”

 The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes the following Neguse-led proposals: 

  • $5.75 billion for wildfire management to reduce the threat of wildfire, rehabilitate burn areas and support forest restoration;
  • $5 billion to prevent power outages and enhance the resilience of the electric grid, Congressman Neguse’s Disaster Safe Power Grid Act similarly aims to address power grid issues;  
  • Rep. Neguse’s proposal to formally authorize the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership program; 
  • Rep. Neguse’s proposal to extend the Secure Rural Schools program, to bring needed funding to Colorado’s mountain communities; and
  • $300 million for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, a federal program that is supporting watershed restoration efforts in the Cameron Peak and East Troublesome burn scars.