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Statement on Afghanistan, Hearing from the District

September 1, 2021
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OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THE TRAGEDY IN AFGHANISTAN

Tragically, 13 U.S. Servicemembers died in the terrorist attack on August 26th at the Kabul Airport. May God bless their families, and may they know that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

Our weak Commander-In-Chief invited bad actors to attack those donning the stars and stripes, a symbol that has long been known throughout the world to stand for freedom and strength. The Biden regime’s lack of leadership has fueled terrorists to grow in strength and numbers.

I have formally called on Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley to resign for their negligence which led to the deaths of 13 American service members in Afghanistan. 

VISITING THE MONTROSE FOREST PRODUCTS LUMBER MILL WITH RANKING MEMBER WESTERMAN

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Boebert and Westerman at Mill

Forest management is a pillar of rural communities here in Colorado. I was grateful that Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources Bruce Westerman drove through the night to join me at Montrose Forest Products to discuss the importance of our timber industry and actively managing our forests. Montrose Forest Products is a prime example of forest management success, and since 2012, it has invested over $42 million into the mill and our local economy.

Beetle-killed trees are dangerous for firefighters, since they provide highly combustible kindling. In order to mitigate the risk of catastrophic fires, beetle-killed trees need to be removed and processed at mills like Montrose Forest Products before they rot and twist.

We discussed my Active Forest Management, Wildfire Prevention, and Community Protection Act, which will support the lumber industry, remove beetle-killed trees, responsibly manage our forests, prevent wildfires, improve the environment, and boost rural economies.

MEETING WITH GLENWOOD SPRINGS MAYOR ON FULLY REOPENING I-70

From the beginning, I’ve been working with federal, state, regional, and local officials to get I-70 fully reopened and fully repaired as quickly as possible. The bipartisan and bicameral Colorado congressional delegation 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.

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 that request is made.

I sat down with Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes and local and regional stakeholders to develop a game plan for the future, and we discussed my American Infrastructure Modernization (AIM) Act, which would build new roads and improve existing interstates without increasing taxes or federal spending.

With the recent closure of Interstate 70, I’ve worked with local and state officials to identify and improve possible alternative routes in the event of a future I-70 closure. I toured Cottonwood Pass, and I am continuing to coordinate with regional officials on exploring several proposals.

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Glenwood Meeting

MEETING WITH DE BEQUE FIRE AND RESCUE

Joe Biden’s energy leasing moratorium devastated rural communities by killing jobs and reducing important funding for things like firefighting and law enforcement. Despite these challenges, De Beque Fire and Rescue is doing a phenomenal job keeping our community safe. I am working to secure resources for rural firefighters without raising taxes with my MORE PILT Act and my Active Forest Management Wildfire Prevention, and Community Protection Act.

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De Beque Fire

DISCUSSING ACTIVE LAND MANAGEMENT WITH THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Serving on the House Committee on Natural Resources, it is my top priority to ensure we are good stewards of our land. I met with the Bureau of Land Management to discuss active forest management and the importance of their multiple-use mandate. The path forward is clear: we need to be proactive, not reactive when managing our lands, water supply, energy, natural resources, and forests.

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Boebert Nat Resources

VISITING THE OURAY MINE

Colorado’s economic backbone is natural resource companies like Ouray Silver Mines. The Ouray Mine has created hundreds of jobs and contributed millions of dollars to our local economy. I’m very proud of the work Ouray Silver is doing here in Colorado, and its silver production is critical for electronics, cell phones, and more.

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American Workers

ENCOURAGING MORGAN CREEK FIREFIGHTERS

I joined the Forest Service near the Morgan Creek Fire to discuss the ongoing effort to control this incident as well as improve forest health within the region. We discussed my Active Forest Management, Wildfire Prevention, and Community Protection Act, which will prevent wildfires by removing combustible beetle-killed trees, actively managing our forests, and increasing funding for rural firefighting while reducing the national debt.

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Boebert local communities

ROUNDTABLE WITH THE ROUTT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

I met with the Routt County Commissioners to discuss ways we can work together to support rural Colorado. We talked about re-opening I-70, wildfire prevention, forest health, and supporting rural economies.

THANK YOU TO ROUTT COUNTY DISPATCH

Dispatchers are the forgotten men and women that keep our communities safe. From medical emergencies to violent crimes, dispatchers are the first to gather clues about an incident and initiate a response. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to meet Routt County’s finest. Thank you for your service, and may God bless you all.

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

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Archuleta County Mobile Office Hours
Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library                                                                
811 San Juan Street
Pagosa Springs, CO
1:00pm-3:00pm
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Dolores County Mobile Office Hours
Dolores County Administration Building
Dolores County Commissioners Board Room
409 North Main Street
Dove Creek, CO
1:00pm-3:00pm
Friday, September 10, 2021
Rio Blanco Mobile Office Hours
Rio Blanco County Annex Building
17497 Highway 64
Rangely, CO
11:30am-1:00pm
Monday, September 13, 2021
Huerfano County Mobile Office Hours
La Veta Community Center
131 E. Ryus Ave
La Veta, CO
2:00pm-4:00pm
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Conejos County Mobile Office Hours
La Jara Town Hall
221 Broadway Street
La Jara, CO  
1:00pm-3:00pm
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
La Plata County Mobile Office Hours
Pine River Library
Study Room 113
395 Bayfield Center Drive
Bayfield, CO
2:30pm-4:00pm
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