September 02, 2021

Neguse Defends Climate Conservation Corps Funding in Natural Resources Reconciliation Markup

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, Chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, argued in support of inclusion of the Climate Conservation Corps in the Build Back Better Act. His comments followed an amendment from Congresswoman Boebert that would strike all Climate Conservation Corps provisions from the final bill. 

View his remarks HERE.  

“This Committee print invests in a robust Civilian Climate Corps that will train the next generation of American land managers, park rangers, and stewards of our natural resources,” said Congressman Neguse in Committee. “This bold investment is a necessary response to the climate crisis and prioritizes the maintenance and upkeep of public lands. This amendment, as I understand it, would strike the entire section, undermining a core component of this Committee’s vision for investing in the future of our public lands [...] This CCC program would invest billions of dollars towards doing critical [wildfire] mitigation work in our national forests, addressing deferred maintenance in our national parks, causes that I believe my colleagues on both sides of the aisle support.” 

Yesterday, Congressman Neguse and Senator Hickenlooper met with fire chiefs, park rangers, forest managers and scientists from across the 2nd district to discuss the urgent need for wildfire preparedness and climate resiliency.  

Legislation being advanced through the House Natural Resources Committee includes over $5 billion for the Climate Conservation Corps, including funding for community resilience projects, wildfire preparedness and investments in the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership and Every Kid Outdoors program, as outlined in Congressman Neguse’s CCC proposal. This funding builds on over $7 billion secured by Congressman Neguse in the bipartisan infrastructure bill to invest in wildfire preparedness and community resilience.