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The Durango Herald: Boebert Responds to Herald Editorial

June 17, 2021
Editorial

Rep. Boebert: "I put Colorado first."

The Durango Herald editorial board recently published a partisan attack piece falsely accusing me of not focusing on Colorado’s 3rd District.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is that the editorial board simply disagrees with the agenda I am focused on, which is the same agenda I ran on.

I have worked to keep the Bureau of Land Management in Grand Junction; protect energy jobs; support farmers and ranchers; mitigate wildfires; build infrastructure; support law enforcement; help constituents having issues with federal agencies and so much more.

I am leading a bipartisan effort to keep the BLM headquarters in Grand Junction to give rural Coloradans a voice in land-use decisions, save taxpayers millions of dollars and create hundreds of good-paying jobs across the West. In February, I joined community leaders, Gov. Jared Polis and Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper in a roundtable discussion, and I introduced the LOCAL Act to keep the bureau’s headquarters in Grand Junction and to explore moving other positions out West.

My husband is a natural gas drilling foreman, so I know how important energy jobs are, and I am working hard to protect them from President Joe Biden’s job-killing policies. I introduced a discharge petition on my Protecting America’s Energy Jobs Act to allow members of Congress to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stranglehold and vote to nullify Biden’s anti-energy policies.

I am working to protect farmers and ranchers from federal overreaches with my Western Water Security Act and by leading opposition to Biden’s 30 x 30 plan, which aims to lock up 30% of America’s lands and waters in the next nine years.

Last year, Colorado experienced the worst wildfires in its history, and I am proud that my bipartisan amendment to use scientific active forest management to protect critical infrastructure passed through the House Committee on Natural Resources unanimously. I will be introducing a comprehensive active forest management bill soon that will protect lives and property.

My America’s Infrastructure Modernization Act is ahead of the curve in working toward a bipartisan infrastructure plan for the American people. Instead of raising taxes like Biden, my bill funds real infrastructure projects like roads and bridges without raising taxes by using already appropriated and unspent stimulus funds. Additionally, my bill empowers local governments to allocate block grants to infrastructure projects that meet their unique needs.

I put rural Colorado first, and I introduced the MORE PILT Act to support rural law enforcement, search and rescue operations, wildfire fighting and quality education. I strive to be responsive to local leaders. I’ve helped Glenwood Springs submit a grant application for the South Bridge Project, Silver Cliff work to restore its unique ZIP code, and the San Luis Valley work to get its weather radar connected to the National Weather Service’s system.

From helping veterans with Veteran’s Administration issues to assisting senior citizens with Social Security, I have closed almost 150 cases for Coloradans having issues with the federal government, and I am currently working on an additional 100 cases. To date, my office has returned over $171,000 to constituents in my district. If you are having trouble with a federal agency, please reach out and I will be happy to help you.

My staff hosts mobile office hours to serve constituents throughout the district in addition to our permanent offices in Durango, Pueblo and Grand Junction.

It is the greatest honor of my life to be the representative for rural Colorado. I encourage you to stay directly engaged with the work I am doing by signing up for updates at boebert.house.gov.

I am here to fight for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and I fight to win.

Rep. Boebert's editorial was originally published in the Durango Herald

Issues:AgricultureBack the BlueDefense and VeteransInfrastructure and TransportationStanding up for Local CommunitiesEnergy and Natural Resources