April 12, 2019

As Only Member of U.S. House Leadership from Colorado, Neguse Hits Ground Running in First 100 Days

Washington D.C.—In the first 100 Days of the 116th Congress, Congressman Joe Neguse has already started delivering on his promises for the 2nd Congressional District, introducing a record 10 pieces of legislation, more than any other freshman member of Congress, holding 11 town halls, and launching the first-of-its kind “community service town hall” initiative. He also secured a key hearing for his public lands package (the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act), and successfully secured passage of an amendment on the House floor—Neguse’s amendment was to allow for voter pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds. Finally, Neguse secured two key public lands provisions for the 2nd district, which were signed into law last month by President Trump.  Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District and serves a member of the Democratic Caucus’ Leadership team.

“I’m proud that in the first 100 days, our team has been able to make great legislative gains for the district and for Colorado, including passing two bills and securing a hearing on an important public lands package in Committee,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I am focused on the work that will impact our communities and our families most—investing in affordable housing and infrastructure, conserving our public lands, lowering the cost of health care, addressing climate change and ensuring the health and economic wellbeing of all Colorado families.”

Neguse introduced his first piece of legislation just one week after being sworn into office—the Solar EDGE Act, which would increase investments in the solar industry through a 20% increase in the current solar tax investment. Since then, he has introduced 10 bills total (co-sponsoring over 100 others), including two provisions, the Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act and the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act, which were signed into law by the President earlier this year in the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. Other legislation introduced by the Congressman includes the Safe Helicopters Now Act, the Next Generation Votes Act (which passed on the House floor as an amendment to H.R. 1), the Affordable College Textbooks Act, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, the Veterans Conservation Corps Act and legislation inspired by constituents that would install the “Every Word We Utter” monument as the first outdoor monument to the women’s suffrage movement in Washington, D.C..

While in Colorado, Neguse has held 11 town halls across the district in Estes Park, Fort Collins, Lafayette, Broomfield, Frisco, Superior, Nederland, Boulder, and Lyons. He launched a first-of-its-kind community service town hall initiative to combine community service projects with typical town halls, the first of which partnered with the Bridge House Ready to Work program in Boulder. In the upcoming district week, he has town halls scheduled in Evergreen and Fort Collins and will host his second service town hall at Rocky Mountain National Park on the first day of National Parks Week.

In addition to working aggressively to launch his legislative priorities and hear directly from his constituents as often as possible, Neguse was appointed to three key House Committees—the Judiciary Committee, the Natural Resources Committee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis—and four subcommittees and was appointed to the Democratic Leadership team as co-representative to the freshman class. Other leadership positions include Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Vice Chair of the Medicare for All Caucus, Vice Chair for Housing and Transportation for the Majority Leader Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity and Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law. In his position on the Judiciary Committee, he has been able to participate in the Committee’s robust oversight agenda, including a hearing on the Trump Administration’s family separation policy and the Administration’s action to rescind protections for DACA and TPS holders, and he has re-launched the bipartisan Refugee Caucus as a Co-Chair. Through his role on the Natural Resources Committee, he was able to secure a key hearing for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, legislation introduced by Neguse and Senator Michael Bennet to conserve about 400,000 acres of public land across the state of Colorado.

He has presided over the House floor twice and played a key role in the introduction and passage of key House Democratic priorities, including H.R. 1, a sweeping democratic reform package, H.R. 8 the first gun violence prevention legislation passed in nearly a decade, H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Save the Internet Act and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He was also selected as just one of a few members to introduce the Speaker’s priority climate bill—H.R. 9, legislation that would ensure that the U.S. upholds its commitment to reducing carbon emissions since the President’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords. Additionally, the Democratic Majority is working to bring bold legislation to the House floor—including the Equality Act to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans, the Dream and Promise Act to protect America’s Dreamers and TPS holders, and the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore access to the ballot box.

View photos from the first 100 days here.