Right now, we have a huge opportunity to fight climate change and ensure coal communities have access to good, green jobs. On May 1, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee passed the RECLAIM Act, H.R. 2156, on a bipartisan vote. The bill was created to spur job creation and local business investment through projects to clean up abandoned coal mines and restore wildlife habitats.
Small towns and rural communities are vital contributors to our national political and civic life, and we, the undersigned rural voters and organizations, demand more from candidates seeking elected office in 2020.
Trump's border wall isn't just a political stunt. It's an unreasonable federal government seizure of private property that will hurt rural property owners along the US/Mexico border for years to come. Less than one-third of the needed land for Trump's border wall is currently owned by the federal government. The rest — as much as 1,300 miles — is held by private owners, Native American tribes and state governments.
Rates of black lung, an incurable disease caused by long-term exposure to coal dust, have been on the rise in Appalachia in recent years.
Just months after passing a massive tax cut for millionaires and billionaires, House Republicans are proposing to cut or reduce food assistance benefits for 2 million people, many of whom are low-income working families with children.
I grew up in a small town and when folks fell on hard times the community always stepped up and helped them out. That’s what it means to be a progressive—we look out for each other and believe that everyone should have a shot at the American Dream.
We're compiling stories from communities impacted by opioids that we'll post on our blog and send to lawmakers in Washington, DC. Please use this form to tell us how opioids have impacted your community.
If you care about small towns and rural communities, then you'll want to make sure to pay close attention to recent developments coming out of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Right now, millions of working families in rural communities from Mississippi to Upstate New York are counting on Sen. Mitch McConnell to protect critical anti-poverty programs from cuts proposed by Donald Trump.
According to the Center for Rural Affairs, Nearly 7 in 10 rural Americans fear their small town life may be dying, yet 90% say this way of life is worth fighting for. However, instead of expanding federal programs to rebuild rural America, the Trump Administration is demoting and cutting the only program at the United States Department of Agriculture solely focused on supporting small towns and rural communities.