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Joe Neguse

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for CO-02 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

Other positions:
Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship
Chair, National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands subcommittee

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News

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse will hold a town-hall-style discussion of the affordable housing crisis online at noon-4 p.m. Thursday.

The event will include two public listening sessions focused on affordable housing and homelessness across Colorado.

“We are at an inflection point for affordable housing, and it’s critical that we find creative solutions that meet this moment,” Neguse said in a news release.

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About

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Congressman Joe Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to his first term in November 2018, becoming the first African-American member of Congress in Colorado history. He serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.

Rep. Neguse was elected by his colleagues to serve as a member of House Democratic Leadership in the 117th Congress, as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC). In his first term, Rep. Neguse served as Co-Freshman Representative to Leadership, representing first term members at the leadership table. He also serves as one of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Vice Chairs. In 2020, he was recognized as the most bipartisan member of Colorado’s congressional delegation by the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and received the “Spirit of Service” award from the Town Hall Project for his successful Service Town Hall initiative. During his first term in Congress, he introduced more legislation than any freshman lawmaker in the country, and has had more legislation signed into law by the President than any member of Colorado’s congressional delegation. The Center for Effective Lawmaking recently ranked Congressman Neguse among the top 10 most effective lawmakers in Congress, including as the most effective for legislation on public lands.

Before his election, Rep. Neguse served in the Governor of Colorado’s Cabinet as the Executive Director of Colorado’s consumer protection agency. As one of the youngest people to serve as a state-Cabinet secretary at age 31, he achieved key victories, including the recovery of millions of dollars for consumers, investigations culminating in significant financial-fraud cases, the championing of legislation to combat financial fraud against seniors, and the launch of the state’s first online filing system for civil rights discrimination complaints.

Previously Rep. Neguse was elected to represent Colorado’s 2nd District on the University of Colorado Board of Regents, where he served a six-year term fighting to make higher education more affordable and accessible and building consensus on tough issues, including efforts to lower student health insurance costs, increase wages for the University’s lowest paid workers and make voter registration more accessible to students. He also worked in the Colorado House of Representatives, as a Commissioner at Boulder Housing Partners and co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization non-profit. He received his B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude, and received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Over 40 years ago, Rep. Neguse’s parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea. As hardworking immigrants and naturalized citizens, they never forgot nor took for granted the freedom and opportunities the United States gave them and their children. Their experience motivated Rep. Neguse to be an active participant in our democracy at an early age, and to give back through public service. Rep. Neguse’s public service is rooted in his firm belief that we should be expanding—not restricting—opportunities for all Americans, and he has spent his career doing the same. His priorities in Congress include lowering health care costs and prescription drug prices, raising workers’ wages, ensuring greater accountability in government, protecting our treasured public lands, and fighting the existential threat of climate change.

Rep. Neguse and his wife Andrea live in Lafayette, where they are raising their young daughter, Natalie.

Committees

Representative Joe Neguse serves on House Leadership as Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Congressman Neguse also serves as the Chair of the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee. In addition, he holds a position as a Vice Chair on several key subcommittees and caucuses, including serving as a Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a Vice Chair of the Medicare for All Caucus and a Vice Chair for the Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee.

A full list of Neguse’s Committees and Caucuses is below:

Representative Joe Neguse is a member of the House Judiciary Committee

  • Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
  • Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship (Vice Chair)
  • Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet

the House Natural Resources Committee

  • Chair of the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands subcommittee

The Rules Committee and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

  • Subcommitte on Legislative and Budget Process
  • Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House

Representative Neguse holds leadership roles on the following Subcommittees and Caucuses:

  • Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus 
  • Founder and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus
  • Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Co-Chair of the Refugee Caucus
  • Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Caucus
  • Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce
  • Vice Chair of the Medicare for All Caucus
  • Vice Chair for Housing and Transportation for the Poverty and Opportunity Task Force

Caucuses

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Offices

Boulder
2503 Walnut Street, Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone (303) 335-1045

Fort Collins
1220 S. College Avenue, Unit 100A
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 372-3971

Washington, DC
1419 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2161

Experience

Education

Offices

Boulder
2503 Walnut Street, Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: (303) 335-1045

Fort Collins
1220 S. College Avenue, Unit 100A
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970) 372-3971

Washington D.C.
1419 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2161

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Wikipedia entry

Joseph D. Neguse (/nəˈɡs/ nə-GOOS;[1][2] born May 13, 1984) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district since 2019. The district is based in Boulder and includes many of Denver‘s northwestern suburbs, as well as Fort Collins. A member of the Democratic Party, he was a Regent of the University of Colorado from 2008 to 2015.[3] Neguse is the first Eritrean-American elected to the United States Congress and Colorado’s first black member of Congress.[4]

Early life

Neguse’s parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea. They met while living in Bakersfield, California, where they married and had Joe and his younger sister.[5] The family moved to Colorado when he was six years old. After living in Aurora, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch, the family settled in Boulder.[6] Neguse graduated from ThunderRidge High School,[5] the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics summa cum laude in 2005, and the University of Colorado Law School with his Juris Doctor in 2009.[7]

Earlier career

While he was a student, Neguse founded New Era Colorado, an organization to get young people involved in politics. He worked at the Colorado State Capitol as an assistant to Andrew Romanoff when Romanoff was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives. In 2008 Neguse was elected to the Regents of the University of Colorado, representing Colorado’s 2nd congressional district.[8]

Neguse ran for Secretary of State of Colorado in 2014,[9][10][11] losing to Wayne W. Williams, 47.5% to 44.9%.[12] Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Neguse the executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in June 2015.[13]

In 2017, Neguse resigned from DORA to run in the 2018 elections for the United States House of Representatives in Colorado’s 2nd congressional district, seeking to succeed Jared Polis, who successfully ran for governor of Colorado.[14] He also joined the law firm Snell & Wilmer, working in administrative law.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

On June 13, 2017, Neguse announced he would run for the Democratic nomination after incumbent U.S. Representative Jared Polis announced he would not run for reelection and would run for governor of Colorado.[16][17] In the June 26, 2018, Democratic primary—the real contest in this heavily Democratic district—Neguse faced businessman and former Boulder County Democratic Party chairman Mark Williams.[18] Neguse defeated Williams with 65.7% of the vote, winning all 10 counties in the district.[19][20]

Neguse then defeated the Republican nominee, businessman Peter Yu, in the November 6 general election, receiving 60.2% of the vote, and winning all but two counties.[21][22] Neguse became the first African-American to represent Colorado in the House.[23][24]

Tenure

Neguse voted for the impeachment of Donald Trump in 2019.[25] In 2020, he was named the most bipartisan member of the Colorado congressional delegation by the Lugar Center.[26]

On January 12, 2021, Neguse voted to impeach Trump a second time, and was named as a House impeachment manager for the second impeachment trial.[27]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Civil rights

Neguse supports the Equality Act.[25]

Racial equality

Neguse supports the Voting Rights Act and co-sponsored the Emmett Till Antilynching Act.[25]

Climate change

Neguse calls climate change an “existential threat.” He has introduced legislation to create an expansion of the Civilian Conservation Corps to focus on forest management and wildfire mitigation.[26] Neguse opposed the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. He supports the Green New Deal.[29]

Drugs

He supports the national legalization of cannabis.[29]

Energy

He supports efforts to increase fuel efficiency and federal incentives for renewable energy use.[29]

Environment

Neguse supports endangered wildlife protections, including sponsoring bills to support wildlife protections on the South Platte River. He also wants to expand the size of Arapaho National Forest.[25]

Health care

Neguse supports Medicare for All and a universal health care. He also supports mandatory coverage of preexisting conditions and opposes repealing the Affordable Care Act.[29]

COVID-19

He supports the national expansion of COVID-19 testing and voted in support of stimulus funding related to the pandemic. Neguse opposed the Trump administration’s decision to leave the World Health Organization during the pandemic.[29]

Government reform

Elections and voting rights

Neguse supports national mail-in voting.[29] He also supports the Voting Rights Act and has introduced legislation to allow people aged 16 and 17 to preregister to vote.[25]

Gun law

Neguse supports universal background checks and believes there are limitations to the Second Amendment.[29]

Immigration

Neguse supports a pathway for citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the US and the DREAM Act.[29][25]

Military

He opposes increased military spending.[29]

Law enforcement

Neguse supports police reform.[29]

Taxes

He opposes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[29]

Electoral history

Democratic primary results, Colorado 2018[30]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Joe Neguse 76,829 65.74%
DemocraticMark Williams40,04434.26%
Total votes116,873 100%
Colorado’s 2nd congressional district results, 2018[31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Joe Neguse 259,608 60.27%
RepublicanPeter Yu144,90133.64%
IndependentNick Thomas16,3563.80%
LibertarianRoger Barris9,7492.26%
Write-in1510.03%
Total votes430,765 100%
Democratic hold
Colorado’s 2nd congressional district results, 2020[32]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Joe Neguse (incumbent) 316,925 61.5%
RepublicanCharles Winn182,54735.4%
LibertarianThom Atkinson13,6572.6%
UnityGary Swing2,5340.5%
Total votes515,663 100%
Democratic hold

Personal life

Neguse is married to Andrea Jimenez Rael.[33] They met in Boulder County.[25] Their daughter[26] was born in August 2018.[4][34] They live in Lafayette, south of Boulder.[35]

See also

References

  1. ^ Rep. Joe Neguse [@RepJoeNeguse] (August 14, 2020). “Americans rely on #USPS to deliver medicine, paychecks, social security, ballots and more. The President’s attempt to sabotage and undermine these critical services in the middle of a pandemic is unconscionable and dangerous. We cannot let this stand” (Tweet). Retrieved November 8, 2020 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Rep. Joe Neguse [@RepJoeNeguse] (October 26, 2020). “The terrible wildfires our state and community have experienced have taken a very heavy toll. But Coloradans are resilient. And I know that — working together — we will overcome these challenges. #ColoradoStrong #EastTroublesomeFire #CameronPeakFire” (Tweet). Retrieved November 8, 2020 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ “The Human Limits of Human Capital: An Overview of Noncompete Agreements and Best Practices for Protecting Trade Secrets from Unlawful Misappropriation” (PDF).
  4. ^ a b “Parents’ Journey Inspired US Congress’ 1st Eritrean-American”. VOA. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Swinnerton, Jamie (June 19, 2014). “Joe Neguse — “I go by Joe” — on his run for Secretary of State”. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Michael Roberts (August 31, 2018). “Joe Neguse Interview About Colorado Second District Congressional Run 2018”. Westword. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  7. ^ “2008 Candidate Profile: Joseph Neguse, Democrat”. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  8. ^ “Neguse, Fitz-Gerald assembly winners – Boulder Daily Camera”. Dailycamera.com. July 30, 2009. Archived from the original on October 11, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Daily, Boulder (June 24, 2013). “CU Regent Joe Neguse seeks Democratic nod for secretary of state – The Denver Post”. Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  10. ^ “Democrat Joe Neguse files for SoS – Colorado Politics”. Coloradostatesman.com. June 27, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ Lynn Bartels (April 10, 2014). “Joe Neguse, son of immigrants, runs for Colorado secretary of state”. Blogs.denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ “GOP sweeps statewide seats for second election in a row – Colorado Politics”. Coloradostatesman.com. November 7, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  13. ^ “Secretary Williams touts one-time rival, Joe Neguse, for cabinet post – Lynn Bartels on SOS.state.co.us”. bartels-on.sos.state.co.us. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  14. ^ Matthews, Mark K. (June 13, 2017). “Joe Neguse declares run for Jared Polis’ seat in Congress – The Denver Post”. Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Paul, Jesse (August 29, 2017). “Joe Neguse joins Denver law office of Snell & Wilmer”. Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  16. ^ “Joe Neguse declares run for Jared Polis’ seat in Congress”. The Denver Post. June 13, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  17. ^ “Neguse resigning as DORA executive director, running for Congress”. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  18. ^ “Congressional candidates want Medicare for all and to impeach Trump. Money divides them”. Coloradoan. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  19. ^ “Election Night Reporting”. results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  20. ^ “Colorado Primary Election Results: Second House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  21. ^ “Election Night Reporting”. results.enr.clarityelections.com. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  22. ^ “Colorado Election Results: Second House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  23. ^ “Joe Neguse Becomes First African-American To Represent Colorado In Congress”. November 6, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  24. ^ “Joe Neguse wins 2nd Congressional District seat, becomes Colorado’s 1st black congressman”. The Denver Post. November 7, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g “Joe Neguse”. Colorado Encyclopedia. July 6, 2020.
  26. ^ a b c Marmaduke, Jacy (October 14, 2020). “Colorado Congressional election: Q&A with U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse”. The Coloradoan.
  27. ^ “Pelosi Names Impeachment Managers”. Speaker Nancy Pelosi. January 12, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  28. ^ “Caucus Members”. Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k “Colorado CD2 2020: Rep. Joe Neguse, Charlie Winn On The Issues”. Colorado Public Radio. October 12, 2020.
  30. ^ “2018 Colorado Democratic primary election results”. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  31. ^ “2018 Colorado general election results”. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  32. ^ “2020 General Election – Official Compiled Results”. Colorado Secretary of State. Retrieved December 6, 2020.
  33. ^ Roy, Lisa (January 12, 2020). “Joseph (Joe) Neguse (1984- ) •”.
  34. ^ “2nd Congressional District candidates meet in quest to replace Jared Polis”. Broomfield Enterprise. August 29, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  35. ^ Lundquist, Paulette (November 28, 2018). “Neguse”. TheHill.

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Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Joe Neguse (D)259,60860.3%
Peter Yu (R)144,90133.6%
TOTAL404,509

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Finances

NEGUSE, JOE has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $31,926.

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Committees

Committees

House Judiciary Committee
House Natural Resources Committee
Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Subcommittees

Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship
Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Voting Record

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Issues

Civil Rights

Economy

ECONOMY

A strong, stable economy rests on supporting businesses and working families. In order for positive economic growth to continue, Congress must pursue policies that allow employees to benefit from the financial gains of companies; promote job creation for small businesses; and build ladders of opportunity to create economic mobility.

Growing the Middle Class
Despite recent growth in the stock market, we continue to see stagnated wages and growing economic inequality. The rising costs of child-care, increasing housing costs, lack of paid sick and family leave, as well as the inability for many workers to invest in retirement plans, creates significant barriers to growing wealth. Representative Neguse is fighting to ensure that American workers have basic workplace protections and fair wages that families need in order to pursue their economic goals. Representative Neguse supports fair wage policies such as the Paycheck Fairness Act and Raise the Wage legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 to ensure that we build out an economy that works for everyone.

Housing
Access to affordable housing is the cornerstone to helping communities, families, and businesses thrive. A healthy housing market provides a mix of housing options – both homeownership and affordable apartments – for all households on the income spectrum. Numerous studies have proven that stable housing has benefits beyond putting a roof over one’s head, including improved early childhood education outcomes and reducing chronic health conditions. However, many Coloradans find themselves dedicating more of their income on housing costs as rental markets have tightened and housing sale prices have soared. Representative Neguse is working to balance the housing system to help Colorado families have access to housing that best meets their needs and financial goals while ensuring salaries can keep pace with the higher costs.

Small Businesses, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Small businesses form the engine of our economy, making up nearly half of private-sector employment. Fostering an environment for entrepreneurs to pursue their business goals, enabling small businesses to grow and allowing employees to partake in the growth of a company not only builds a strong economy, but also creates a sustainable one.

Tax Reform
The success of businesses and workers depends on fundamentally reforming the tax code. By limiting deductions and eliminating special interest loopholes we can support job creation, encourage investments in small businesses and help working families keep more money in their pockets. We need a simple and fair tax code that ensures predictability for businesses, individuals and our federal budget.

Consumer Protection
Having served as director of Colorado’s consumer protection agency, Representative Neguse is committed to protecting the civil rights of every Coloradan and strengthening consumer protections and safeguards. As Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, Representative Neguse will continue to champion legislation on behalf of consumers.

Environment

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

Colorado’s lands, air and water are the heart of our state’s character, and sustain our livelihoods. Visitors from across the globe come to Colorado year-round to get a taste of what we’re surrounded by every day. In Colorado, we see first-hand that the health of our environment directly relates to the health of our citizens and the health of our economy. We owe it to future generations to protect everything around us that we love.

America is a beautiful, innovative country, but for too long, we have ignored the poisonous pollution leaking into our skies and rivers. It’s past time to act. Representative Neguse is committed to the fight for clean air, clean water, and preservation of our public lands and natural resources. He supports bold action to combat climate change by increasing investments in renewable energy, supporting the research of Federal research labs throughout Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District and drastically reducing carbon emissions by eliminating subsidies for fossil-fuel companies. We must reject the false choice between a clean planet and economic prosperity. As a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), an action-based caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Neguse is working with his colleagues in the Congress and the Administration to advance policies that recognize these important priorities.

Climate Change
Climate change is an existential threat that we need to begin tackling head on. In Colorado, we already see the first-hand effects of a changing climate and its impact on our ecosystems including flooding, droughts, and more intense storms. Our state’s recreation-based industries have a lot to lose as well: threatening skiing, hiking and backpacking, rafting, fishing, and wildlife dependent activities. Backcountry enthusiasts flock to Colorado to enjoy our natural wonders; global climate change could damage this important sector of Colorado’s economy. Simply put, Colorado has a vested stake in the health of our world’s climate.

As one of 15 members appointed to serve on the House Select Committee on Climate Change, Representative Neguse plans to fight for bold action on climate change. We must put science before special interests as we shape public policy. Together, we must change our attitudes and behavior to slow the dangerous pattern of global climate change.

Public Lands
Over 50% of Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District is designated public lands. Colorado’s landscape goes hand in hand with its people and its character, and we are lucky to have so many beautiful places set aside as public lands. Colorado’s economy relies on the health of those public lands and draws masses of visitors every year to explore everything from Rocky Mountain National Park to the Indian Peaks Wilderness, from hiking the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness to skiing on our world-class slopes in the White River National Forest.

It is imperative that we keep these lands pristine. Environmental protection and lands stewardship where necessary directly affects our public health, our local economies and the world our children will encounter.

Representative Neguse is working with his colleagues to ensure that our public lands continue to be protected not only for our future generations but also for the sake of maintaining their natural state and the wildlife and vegetation that depend on it.  He is also supporting new wilderness areas that will protect these lands while never forgetting the people that live on their boundaries and enjoy recreating in them.

Already in the 116th Congress, Representative Neguse has seen passage of two of his first pieces of legislation, the Bolts Ditch Use and Access Act and the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment (WEDGE) Act, both of which directly impact the public lands in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Arapaho National Forest and Roosevelt National Forest

Wildland Fire Management

White River National Forest

Pike and San Isabel National Forest and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC)

Energy Development
It is now time to think about energy in a holistic, sustainable and long-term way. By encouraging long-term investments in renewable, clean energy, we can create millions of jobs, and we can make a rapid change for the better.

Our nation’s energy future won’t be found under Colorado’s mountains, in Canada’s oil sands, Alaska’s wildlife refuges or on the Outer Continental Shelf.  We have to secure a long term Production Tax Credit that will grow rapid investment in green jobs workforce training that will help drive down costs and we must form a responsible carbon pricing policy that will help spur innovation, invest in new technologies, and sustainable communities that save our planet.

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Health Care

HEALTHCARE

Representative Neguse believes that all Americans have the right to high-quality, affordable health care. He is committed to defending against efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, fighting for Medicare-For-All and lowering prescription drug prices. One of the first pieces of legislation he co sponsored in the 116th Congress was a legislative package to provide sweeping cost relief to American consumers purchase of prescription drugs and he seeks to make affordable healthcare one of his priority issues in the 116th Congress.

Medicare for All
The Affordable Care Act was a critically important step towards the goal of universal healthcare, allowing for 22 million Americans to gain health insurance for the first time, young adults to stay on their parent’s health plans until they’re 26 and individuals with pre-existing conditions to benefit from increased protections. As we move forward, though, we must continue to build on the success of the ACA to achieve the goal of universal health care.

Twenty-nine million Americans today still do not have health insurance and millions more are underinsured and cannot afford the high copayments and deductibles charged by private health insurance companies that put profits before people. Healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. The only long-term solution to America’s health-care crisis is a single-payer national health care program. Representative Neguse supports the Medicare for All Act which would reduce overhead and administration costs in our healthcare system, focus federal investments on training health care providers, build on the strength of the 50 years of success of the Medicare program and finally separate health insurance from employment. He is also a Vice Chair of the Medicare for All caucus.

Lowering the Cost of Prescription Drugs
Today, American consumers pay far more for drugs than it costs to manufacture them. The government is giving exclusive monopoly to pharmaceuticals, and it has to stop. Lowering prescription drug prices and providing cost relief to Americans has to be a priority. A life-saving drug does no good if the people who need it cannot afford that drug. Representative Neguse supports efforts to allow for Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices with prescription drug companies, as the Veterans Administration currently does. He also supports efforts to allow American consumers and pharmacies to import drugs from Canada and other major countries. Fundamentally, Representative Neguse believes we must get the profit motive out of our healthcare system, this begins with putting a check on the pharmaceutical companies’ reckless price hikes and lowering prescription drug prices across the board.

Medicare
Representative Neguse views Medicare as an indispensable social safety net. Approximately 50 million Americans receive coverage through the program each year, including nearly 900,000 Colorado seniors. Representative Neguse is committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the program for future generations, and will oppose any legislation that undermines the opportunity for our seniors to maintain a healthy and productive standard of living after they retire.

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