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Reopening I-70, Delivering Solutions

August 18, 2021
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 LEADING THE CHARGE TO REOPEN I-70

I am grateful to all the contractors and CDOT employees working around the clock to reopen this critical artery for Western Colorado and the West. Having an opportunity to see this catastrophic disaster firsthand has reinforced the severity of this event and the need for long-term resiliency. I will continue leading the charge to get I-70 fully reopened while collaborating with regional stakeholders to find viable solutions moving forward.

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Boebert I-70

The bipartisan and bicameral Colorado delegation is already delivering results. We secured $11.6 million in initial emergency funding from the Department of Transportation, and we anticipate more support to come in after the governor makes his request for a federal emergency declaration.

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Roadworkers Photo with Rep. Boebert

I am also leading the bipartisan Colorado House of Representatives delegation in a draft letter calling on President Biden to approve Governor Polis’ request for a federal Stafford disaster declaration. Once the Governor makes his request, I will send the letter and push to ensure Colorado has the necessary federal resources to repair and fully reopen this federal interstate.

 

SUPPORTING REAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The I-70 shutdown shows why our country needs real infrastructure investments—not a liberal slush-fund that pays for salmon habitat restoration, electric school buses, the ‘Civilian Climate Corps,’ and other wasteful programs that have nothing to do with infrastructure.

Instead of supporting the Green New Deal-lite infrastructure spending spree, I introduced the American Infrastructure Modernization Act to repurpose the billions of unspent stimulus money to fund real infrastructure like roads, bridges, and airports. It’s a commonsense, reasonable solution that puts the American taxpayer first by not increasing government spending at all while also delivering results for much-needed infrastructure improvement projects.

BIDEN’S FAILED LEADERSHIP IN AFGHANISTAN

I am forever grateful for the brave men and women who served in Afghanistan. They are heroes who stepped up to lead and serve. Unfortunately, President Biden has not followed their example, and his pull-out of Afghanistan has lacked leadership and a clear plan for success.

It is time to bring our troops home, but Biden needed to have a better plan that did not abandon and put Americans at risk. He should have also taken action to secure weapons, protect personnel, and look out for our Afghan allies who served as interpreters and partners in the war on terror. I stand with our Afghan allies, and I voted for the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3237 to allocate $500 million to evacuate Afghan allies, to allocate $600 million to Afghan refugee emergency transport, and to allow 8,000 additional visas to rescue our Afghan allies.

WORKING ON SOLUTIONS FOR WESTERN DROUGHT

You can’t solve Western drought from a desk in D.C., which is why the Bureau of Land Management headquarters needs to remain in Grand Junction. It’s also why I brought my D.C. team out to Colorado to meet with local stakeholders and work on solutions for water storage projects and other ways to mitigate Western drought by managing our resources effectively.

My team and I talked with farmers, ranchers, Forest Service officials, water district leaders, firefighters, and other regional leaders about the need for more water storage projects and the need to actively manage our forests to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

I’ve consistently called on the Bureau of Reclamation to support more water storage projects, and I will continue to make sure we build up dams rather than tear them down like the radical enviros want. Additionally, I will continue to advocate for policies that reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires by responsibly managing our forests. My Active Forest Management, Wildfire Prevention, and Community Protection Act will do just that by removing bark beetle-killed trees, cutting bureaucratic red tape, and reinvesting 25% of the revenue from timber harvests back into rural communities.

 

SUPPORTING COLORADO’S ENERGY JOBS

This week, President Biden begged OPEC to pump more oil to import into the United States. Under President Trump, America was energy dominant, and we were exporting our oil and natural gas to our allies around the world while enjoying good-paying jobs and cheap energy prices at home. We are not even a year into the Biden administration, and we are already back to being dependent on the Middle East again for our energy needs. We are also in the midst of a disastrous pullout from Afghanistan. History is repeating itself from when Joe Biden was Vice President. In just a few months, Biden took us from being strong and energy-independent to being weak and dependent on countries that hate us.

Enough is enough, and I introduced the Protecting American Energy Jobs Act to nullify and defund President Biden’s job-killing Green New Deal executive orders that locked up federal land to responsible energy development. Colorado lost 9,000 jobs in the oil and natural gas industry this past year, and economists project that over the next two decades, Biden's federal leasing ban will result in $639.6 billion in lost GDP, $286 billion in lost wages, $151 billion in lost state tax revenue, and job losses climbing to 343,088 annually in eight western states alone. Congress should stand up and put a halt to these disastrous policies by passing my Protecting American Energy Jobs Act.

STANDING UP AGAINST THE BIDEN BORDER CRISIS

In a leaked tape, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas admitted that the Biden Border Crisis is “unsustainable” and that America is “going to lose” with the dramatic influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border. Mayorkas said, “we can’t continue like this,” and for once, he is right.

I introduced a censure resolution to hold President Biden accountable for the border crisis he created, and it also calls on Secretary Mayorkas to be fired for his egregious lies to the American people—claiming the border is closed when his own words show he knows this not to be true.

We need real solutions for the Biden Border Crisis, which I why I introduced the No Amnesty Act to nullify and defund President Biden’s executive orders that enable and incentivize illegal immigration and the Secure the Southern Border Act to restore President Trump’s effective border security policies like building the wall, ending catch and release, and restoring the remain in Mexico policy.

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Boebert Border
MOBILE OFFICE HOURS
 
If you are having issues with a federal agency, want to share your story, or want your voice to be heard, please come to my staff’s mobile office hours, and we will be happy to assist you. My office is honored to help veterans having trouble with the VA, travelers having difficulties applying for a passport, taxpayers being harassed by the IRS, senior citizens having issues with Social Security or Medicare, and people having other problems with federal agencies.
Thursday, August 19, 2021
San Juan County Mobile Office Hours
Grand Imperial Hotel
1219 Greene Street
Silverton, CO 81433
10:00-11:00 am
 
Ouray County Mobile Office Hours  
True Grit Café (upstairs)
123 North Lena Street
Ridgway, CO 81432
1:15-2:15 pm
 
San Miguel County Mobile Office Hours
Wilkinson Public Library
Meeting Room #1
100 West Pacific Avenue
Telluride, CO 81435
3:30-4:30 pm
 
Friday, August 20, 2021
Dolores County Mobile Office Hours
Dolores County Administration Building
County Commissioner Board Room
409 North Main Street
Dove Creek, CO 81324
1:00-2:00 pm
 
Montezuma County Mobile Office Hours
Montezuma County Administration Building
County Commissioner Board Room
109 West Main Street
Cortez, CO 81321
3:30-4:30 pm
 
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Saguache County Mobile Office Hours
Center Town Hall
294 Worth Street
Center, CO 81125

1:00-3:00 pm

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