Colorado sent two freshmen off to Congress this year, and by their own accounts, their constituents should be pleased.
"Congressman Joe Neguse Takes First Year By Storm" was the title of press release from his office Monday.
His staff went on to say the Democrat from Boulder introduced the most bills of any freshmen (30, four of which became law), launched a town hall initiative, hosted senior congressional officials in his 2nd District and was elected the freshman class' co-representative to House leadership.
Colorado's first black congressman also is the vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a vice chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law.
Neguse was able to receive a signature from President Trump to:
- funding rural schools.
- protecting wildlife in the Platte River Basin, a bill co-sponsored by the state's entire House delegation.
- ensuring water access for the town of Minturn at the Bolts Ditch Headgate in Eagle County, which was co-sponsored by Colorado Republican Reps. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs and Scott Tipton of Cortez.
- adding 124 acres adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park to the Arapaho National Forest, also co-sponsored by Lamborn and Tipton.
His office noted in a press released that Neguse passed the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act out of the House of Representatives to set aside 400,000 acres of public lands across the state and make Camp Hale a National Historic Landscape.
His service town hall initiative included partnerships with such organizations as the Larimer Humane Society, Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Boulder Bridge House and Broomfield FISH for service projects.
He also brought a field hearing to Boulder for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis for the Committee in August, as well as welcomed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Broomfield in August to talk about affordable health care innovation. Last month he joined Pelosi as part of a congressional delegation to Madrid for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Crow's office put out a freshman resume on Monday as well. The list for the Democrat from Aurora included introducing seven pieces of legislation and passing three in the government funding bill:
- Promoting energy efficiency by providing homeowners a tax credit up to $500 for investing in improvements.
- After being denied entry to the ICE detention facility in his district, Crow introduced the Public Oversight of Detention Centers Act to allow members of Congress to access such facilities on request.
- Crow introduced an amendment to increase funding by $100 million for the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program. "At Buckley Air Force Base, REPI has created hundreds of acres of protected land, built community partnerships, and helped secure money for local projects ensuring the community and Air Force Base grow in tandem," according to Crow's office.
Crow also made weekly visits to the Aurora ICE detention facility for what his staff called oversight and accountability "after disturbing reports and multiple disease outbreaks."
He has held 15 town halls called Crow on Your Corner.
Crow was host to a job fair in the 6th District in August that attracted more than 1,000 job seekers and more than 60 employers, according to a press release.
His office responded to 59,214 emails, letters or calls and credited the staff with helping 536 constituents, recouping collectively more than $1 million.