Neguse Statement on President Biden’s Visit to Tour Marshall Fire Damage
Boulder, CO— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse joined Colorado Governor Jared Polis in hosting President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in Boulder County for a tour of Marshall Fire damage and visit with impacted community members.
“Today, the President saw Colorado’s strength and resilience on full display. As our community begins the long road to recovery following the unprecedented Marshall Fire, we were grateful to have President Biden and the first lady in Boulder County to see firsthand the impact this disaster has had on our community and the ways in which our community is coming together to help each other through this devastating tragedy,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Over the last week we’ve worked closely with state and local leaders to equip those in Superior, Louisville and throughout Boulder County with adequate federal resources as they begin to rebuild. I am deeply grateful to President Biden and his Administration for swiftly authorizing a Disaster Declaration last weekend to begin the flow of federal funds to our community. Throughout the visit today, I reiterated to the President the urgent need to bring additional help for short and long-term housing solutions, given our community’s affordable housing crisis, and expanded resources for local fire departments as Colorado faces increasingly more devastating wildfires. In the days and months ahead, our local, state and federal governments will be united to ensure our community and every family and individual impacted receives the help they need.”
Congressman Neguse played a pivotal role to ensure Individual Assistance was included in the Disaster Declaration authorized by the President earlier this week. Already over $269,000 has been authorized by FEMA to assist individuals directly. The Declaration also includes federal funding to rebuild public infrastructure lost in the fire, support for small businesses and expanded unemployment insurance for employees who have been impacted. In addition to these resources, Congressman Neguse is advocating for additional funding for SAFER grants, which support local fire departments, HUD Community Development Block Grants, to assist in the long-term recovery and restoration of housing and economic revitalization, an extension of the federal mortgage pause for disaster victims and the President’s continued support for bold climate resiliency measures as outlined in the House-passed Build Back Better Act.
For Marshall Fire Resources, visit Neguse.House.Gov/Marshall-Fire-Resources. For assistance replacing lost documents or navigating federal benefits contact Congressman Neguse’s office at: (303) 335-1045.
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