oday, Democrats in the House of Representatives joined their Senate colleagues by voting for the biggest boost for small towns and rural communities that we’ve seen in over a generation. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan provides $5 billion farmers of color, who have lost 90 percent of their land over the past century because of systemic discrimination and a cycle of debt; distrubutes $4 billion to support the food supply chain; allocates $750 million to support the Indian Housing Block Grant program and the Indian Community Development Block Grant program; and provides $140 million to support households residing in USDA-subsidized rural properties or who participate in USDA 502 and 504 Direct mortgage programs. [...]
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Today, Democrats passed one of the most significant pieces of legislation for working people in a generation. And the bill is also the biggest boost for small towns and rural communities we’ve seen in decades.[...]
The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganzing.org:
Like the rest of the country, rural America is hurting. The pandemic has had an outsize impact on rural towns and counties.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the member of Congress closely associated with the violent and manipulative QAnon group, was removed from her committees yesterday. Every Democrat present voted to remove Greene, and they were joined by 11 Republicans.
We won big![...]
Damn! What a week. We’ve made more progress in Rural America during President Joe Biden’s first week in office than any other seven day period in recent memory. With the appointment of national rural development experts in key positions within the administration, President Biden is assembling the team to build back better in rural America, and with swift executive action, he is beginning to correct the course climate change, the failing rural economy, immigration, and of course, the pandemic. [...]