October 3rd, 2017
Congressional candidate for Colorado’s 2nd District condemns the president’s proposed cuts to Colorado’s Federal research labs and instead calls for increased funding
Boulder, CO — Today, on the 47th anniversary of the Boulder-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Joe Neguse called on Congress to reject the President’s proposed budget cuts to Colorado’s research agencies and implored Congress to increase funding for Colorado’s Federal research labs.
“Today is NOAA’s 47th anniversary, and its mission is more important now than it ever was. The proposed cuts to NOAA and Colorado’s Federal labs more broadly would be disastrous,” said Neguse. “Just look at the events of the past month. Our country—and our planet—are already experiencing the catastrophic impacts of climate change, from more powerful hurricanes, to more frequent forest fires across the western United States and right here at home in Colorado. The last thing we should do is drastically reduce funding for our Federal labs and the National Weather Service.”
Neguse, 33, previously served as a member of the CU Board of Regents, representing the 2nd Congressional District for six-years from 2009 to 2015. The Board oversees the University of Colorado system, which is the fourth-largest employer in the state and a partner to multiple Federal labs, including NOAA. NOAA was formally established within the U.S. Department of Commerce on October 3, 1970, combining multiple environmental and research agencies (some of which had previously existed for over a century), including the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, the Weather Bureau, and the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries.
“Donald Trump’s war on science must stop. In Congress, I will work to increase funding for the incredible Federal labs in the 2nd Congressional District, which are engaged in cutting-edge and critically important scientific research and truly leading the fight against climate change.”
President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget cuts NOAA by 16 percent and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) by 23 percent. In addition to NOAA and NIST, the 2nd Congressional District is home to numerous Federal research institutions and labs, including the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), both located in Boulder, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) in Fort Collins. Colorado’s Federal labs perform essential scientific research on our climate and the environment, and keep our country on the cutting edge of science. Moreover, in 2015, according to one study Colorado’s Federal labs contributed approximately $2.6 billion to our state’s economy and supported 17,600 jobs.
“I’ve worked with Joe for many years, and throughout his time as a CU Regent Joe was a passionate advocate for STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—education and supporting our educational and research institutions more broadly. That’s one of many reasons why I am proud to support Joe Neguse for Congress,” said Physics Professor and cp-Director of the Center for STEM Learning, Dr. Noah Finkelstein.
“The work of NOAA is vital to providing Americans weather forecasts and warnings for dangerous weather events like hurricanes. We need to elect someone to Congress who will make policy based on science and oppose drastic budget cuts to our Federal labs, and Joe Neguse will do precisely that,” said Dr. Chris Hansen, State Representative for House District 6.
If elected, Neguse, would become the first African-American ever elected to Congress from the state of Colorado, and would be one of the youngest members of Congress. Neguse is an attorney who, as stated above, previously served as a member of the University Of Colorado Board Of Regents, representing the Second Congressional District for six years from 2009 through 2015. He also co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization organization.