November 06, 2021

Neguse-Led Proposals Pass the House with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Washington, D.C.— Yesterday, Congressman Joe Neguse secured passage of several key-climate resiliency priorities as the House passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The plan includes investments in wildfire management and climate resiliency, 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. 

“As communities across Colorado face more frequent and more severe climate-related weather events— such as the record-setting wildfires and terrible flash flooding we’ve witnessed this past year— it’s more clear than ever that we need to make major investments in our lands, our forests and our communities,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “For the last year we’ve been calling on Congress to robustly address the threat of catastrophic wildfire and fund climate resilient infrastructure. Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which passed the House last night, we are delivering on several of these key priorities for Colorado. Included in the bill are our proposals to make major investments in wildfire prevention and collaborative forest programs, upgrade our power grid and reauthorize the secure rural schools program, providing essential funds to Colorado schools. These investments will have a tangible impact on our Colorado communities and it was critical to get them into the hands of our families and communities.”

“Let me be clear also that this is a first step of many. Passing the Build Back Better Act and fully delivering on the Biden Agenda is absolutely critical as we support our communities recovering from record-setting wildfires, invest in American families and finally take meaningful action to tackle the climate crisis. I look forward to delivering on the full Build Back Better Agenda in the coming weeks.”

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; 
  • $1 billion for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program;  
  • $300 million for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program;
  • $300 million for Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trail Meditation, as outlined in Neguse’s CCC proposal; and
  • $492 million for NOAA’s National Coastal Resiliency Fund.