August 11, 2021

Neguse Celebrates Extension of the Secure Rural Schools Program in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Congressman Neguse successfully passed a 2-year reauthorization of the program into law in 2019, one of nine bills he enacted during his first term in Congress

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joe Neguse celebrated the extension of the U.S. Forest Service’s Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS) through 2023 in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This program, which helps fund essential services in rural communities that are home to federal land, expired in September 2020. The last payments under the current authorization were distributed in April 2021.

Neguse introduced legislation in March to reauthorize SRS.

“For our mountain communities, funds from the Secure Rural Schools program are vital,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “These funds mean access to quality supplies, up-to-date materials, and upkeep for building safety. Our students deserve consistent support, and extending this important program will ensure they continue to receive the resources they need to succeed in the classroom.”

Recognizing its importance to his community, Neguse has supported SRS since his election to Congress. In 2019, he introduced legislation to reauthorize SRS and secured a two-year reauthorization. This was among the nine Neguse-sponsored bills enacted into law during his first term.