Rep. Neguse to lobby for affordable housing, Civilian Climate Corps support in White House meeting


    Rep. Joe Neguse, of Lafayette, votes to approve the second article of impeachment as the House Judiciary Committee holds a public hearing to vote on the two articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Dec. 13, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images)

    Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are meeting at the White House today with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, according to a Neguse spokesperson.

    The group will discuss the American Jobs Plan, and Neguse plans to advocate for Colorado priorities “including affordable housing investments and creation of the civilian climate corps,” according to the spokesperson.

    The Civilian Climate Corps is an initiative previously championed by the congressman. Corps-related funds in the American Jobs Plan would support conservation and wildfire resiliency workers, and help combat the growing threat of wildfires. The Corps “is critical to helping our communities in the wake of this year’s fires and training the next generation of wildfire resiliency and conservation workers,” Neguse said in a statement last week.

    Other Congressional Black Caucus participants in today’s White House meeting include Reps. Joyce Beatty, Steven Horsford, Brenda Lawrence, Hank Johnson, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Frederica Wilson and Jim Clyburn, and Sens. Cory Booker and Raphael Warnock.

    Cedric Richmond, a White House senior adviser and Office of Public Engagement director, and Louisa Terrell, White House legislative affairs director, were also expected to participate.

    Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11:19 a.m., April 13, 2021, after President Joe Biden was added to the expected participants in the meeting.