Neguse Secures CO-02 Funding Priorities in House-Passed Appropriations Package
Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse secured key funding priorities for Colorado’s public lands, labs, and state NASA partnerships in H.R. 3055, the second “minibus” package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations, which funds the Departments of Interior, Energy, Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Science, Veterans Affairs, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Food and Drug Administration.
Congressman Neguse passed amendments to the bill which secured $120 million for construction at NIST labs, $49 million for the NASA Space Grant program, $524 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, $644 million for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, robust funding for state grants to the National Instant Background Check System and $1 million in funding to the USDA Office of the Inspector General for the enforcement of anti-animal fighting statutes.
- Neguse passed an amendment in support of $120 million, an increase of 13%, for National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), specifically to support research construction facilities. This will benefit both the NIST laboratories in Boulder and the University of Colorado-Boulder JILA lab. In February, Congressman Neguse toured the NIST facility, including buildings on their campus that are outdated and in need of construction.
- Neguse secured $644 million, a 14% increase, for the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. NOAA funding supports the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, the University of Colorado - Boulder Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and Colorado State University’s Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA).
- He passed an amendment to secure an additional $1 million, for a total of $49 million, for the NASA Space Grant program, which hosts three consortium programs at Colorado State University, the University of Colorado-Boulder and Front Range Community College in the 2nd district. Congressman Neguse also led a letter earlier in the process to secure a base $48 million for the program, which was included in the bill. Watch his remarks debating his amendment here.
- He advocated for robust funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Watch his remarks here). In the last five years, Colorado has received $278 million in LWCF funding, including for Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. The appropriations package that passed today included $524 million for LWCF.
- He secured robust funding for the EPA’s Global Change Research Program, rejecting the President’s FY20 Budget Request which sought to eliminate the program.
- He advocated for robust funding for the National Instant Background Check System. View his remarks on the House floor here.
- He led an amendment to secure $1 million in funding to the USDA Office of the Inspector General for the investigation of animal fighting crimes, and co-led an amendment to secure an addition $1 million for the prosecution of these crimes through the Department of Justice.
- He passed an amendment to secure $1 million for juvenile justice programs, critical to rebuilding our communities and reforming our criminal justice system.
- And he advocated to expand existing protections for state-legal regulated cannabis programs across the country.
In addition, Congressman Neguse helped secure several other provisions benefitting Colorado communities in H.R. 3055 including:
- $8.64 billion for the National Science Foundation, $1.6 million above the President’s budget request
- $3.38 billion for the National Park Service, $649 above the President’s budget request
- $9.53 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, $3.3 billion above the President’s budget request
- $3.9 billion for rural development and infrastructure, including $680 million for expansion of broadband service
- $61 billion for the Department of Transportation infrastructure development
- $125 million to make schools safer