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RuralOrganizing.org Statements on Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

The following is a statement from Aftyn Behn, Campaign Director at RuralOrganizing.org

Unfortunately for those of us living in Southern states, post-Roe conditions have been our reality for a long time. We know that rural women, low-income women and rural women of color will face even greater difficulty accessing abortion and reproductive care and that pregnancy and childbirth complications will lead to more deaths. 

Especially in southern states which codified the criminalization of pregnancy, abortion bans and the reversal of Roe is state-sanctioned violence. In this moment, I can only be hopeful and guided by the agency and doggedness of  abortion providers, organizers, lawyers, and reproductive justice networks that will continue to provide care and fight these oppressive laws rooted in white supremacy to control women’s bodies.  

Politicians have been working for decades to make abortion as difficult as possible to get: its time to reject  any candidates who do not believe in the right to abortion and defeating far right, extremist candidates who seek to impose their minority will upon our bodily autonomy. We will continue to  advocate and build a world where abortion isn’t just legal -- it’s accessible, affordable, and destigmatized.

The following is a statement from Annie Contractor, Policy Research Analyst at RuralOrganizing.org

There will never be a time when abortions don't happen, but more importantly, there will never be a time when we don’t NEED abortions. Access to abortion serves every single one of us - adults of all genders, children, from babies to the elderly. Access to abortion is a livelihoods issue, a hunger issue, an education issue, a domestic violence issue, a labor issue, a small business issue. We all need it.

But today's decision will instead criminalize women who dare to think they can make their own decisions, that their lives and bodies are their own, and anyone who dares to support them. And let's be clear: it's not women like me who will bear the brunt of this criminalization. It will be the women who always bear it - my family members with disabilities, my Black friends, my Indigenous neighbors.

It’s  worth thinking about what, and who, is served by today's decision. Who stands to gain when rights are taken away? And WHAT do they gain? When we get closer to each person having shared, equal rights, the power of the powerful loses potency.

The Supreme Court, between yesterday and today, could not have been more clear: not everyone deserves equal rights. Not everyone is a full person under our constitution. And our systems, from their inceptions, never intended to guarantee equal rights, but to concentrate power.

As the highest court in our country has decided it is going to spend its time ripping away peoples' rights, of course we can support abortion providers and the people in the interstate systems working their asses off to make sure people can get the care they need (and thank you to all of you doing so!). It is also time for civil disobedience. 

The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org:

As Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan said, "Above all others, women lacking financial resources will suffer from today’s decision."

That is why we support groups like The National Network of Abortion Funds which help remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. Donations can be made to The National Network of Abortion Funds here and there is more information about starting a fundraiser here. You can find your local fund here.

No woman needs Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh or Ted Cruz looking over their shoulder as they are making personal decisions about their health and their bodies. Today’s Supreme Court ruling by the right-wing Justices eviscerated Roe v. Wade. It is a despicable political decision by Justices who put their extreme right-wing politics ahead of the rights of women.

I've often heard that restricting abortion rights will be popular in rural areas so we tested that premise. Here's some important news. That isn't true. In 2020, RuralOrganizing.org conducted a poll of rural voters in battleground states asking:  “How Strongly do you agree with the following statement: Should Abortion be illegal?  Nationwide, 50% of rural voters disagreed with that statement - 35% strongly. 

And, that's what we are facing now. Republicans and their political accomplices on the Court are taking the steps to make abortion illegal. Access to rural health care is already a very serious crisis in many rural communities. GOP Senators hear that all the time. Instead of working on that, they are endangering the lives of women.

Please note that the entire RuralOrganizing.org team stands in solidarity with these statements.

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Rural Organizing Statement on Iowa Supreme Court Ruling Overturning 2018 Decision that Abortion is a Fundamental Right

The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org:

Today’s ruling by the conservatives on the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn the 2018 decision that abortion is a fundamental right is an extreme move that endangers the health of women across the state. As Chief Justice Christensen wrote in her dissent, this was a political decision engineered by Governor Kim Reynolds, who responded to the ruling by calling it a “significant victory.”

It’s only a victory for those who don’t believe women should have control over their bodies. Reynolds and her GOP allies are creating a health care system where extremists like Bob Vander Plaats stand between women and their health care providers.

For those who may think restricting abortion rights will be popular in rural areas, we have news: It’s not. In 2020, RuralOrganizing.org conducted a poll of rural voters in battleground states like Iowa, asking:  “How Strongly do you agree with the following statement: Should Abortion be illegal?  51% of rural voters disagreed with that statement - 35% strongly. 

Access to rural health care is already a serious concern in Iowa. Instead of focusing on that, Reynolds and the Iowa GOP have made it worse with today’s ruling by paving the way for an abortion ban when and if the United States  Supreme Court overturns Roe.

“The mission of RuralOrganizing.org Education Fund is to educate and empower everyday Americans with the nonpartisan movement building tools they need to create resilient, welcoming, and equitable communities. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing."


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RuralOrganizing.org Statement On Senate Agriculture SubCommittee Hearing on Drought Crisis Fueled by Climate Change

This week, the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry and Natural Resources held its first hearing in nine years about the worsening drought crisis fueled by climate change.

The Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), was ​​held to “examine the drought parching the American West.” In his opening remarks, Bennet said “This is a five-alarm crisis for the American West.” And, he told the Washington Post, “The main reason why this drought is so severe is because of climate change,” later adding, “Colorado is literally being incinerated as a result of climate change.”

The following is a statement  from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of Rural Organizing:

Thank you, Senator Bennet, for holding the hearing on the drought crisis and how climate change is making it worse . Anyone who lives in the west or midwest knows this reality. They live it. And, that’s especially true for anyone working in agriculture, or in my case, family who works in that business. The question isn’t “is climate change real?” It is “what are we going to do about it?” 

Rural communities are  facing some of the most dramatic impacts from climate change, yet often lack access to resources for resilience.  This is obviously a major concern for farmers, but also the damage brought by drought, violent storms, and fires are having outsize impact in rural areas. 

As the Colorado Senator noted the impact: more than 75 percent of the West is experiencing severe drought, which threatens to put farmers and ranchers out of business and also presents a dire situation for communities that rely on the Colorado River to sustain their families and their livelihoods.

With that in mind, we strongly support Senator Bennet’s efforts to pass legislation addressing this crisis this year as part of the budget reconciliation process. And, we are focused on the 2023 Farm bill as an opportunity to educate rural voters about the local benefits associated with the national transition to cheap, renewable, and clean energy  through our Campaign for Rural Progress.  

When a United States Senator can say, without hyperbole, that their state is being incinerated , there’s really no time to waste.

The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.

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There She Goes Again! Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Taking Credit for What Biden and Democrats Delivered

Yesterday, the office of Iowa’s Governor sent a press release with the headline, “Gov. Reynolds announces $20M investment in nonprofits to serve Iowans in need”. The release included a quote from the Governor, “Iowa nonprofits provide critical support to Iowans most in need,” said Gov. Reynolds. “While these organizations work around the clock to meet today’s needs, the Nonprofit Innovation Fund will provide innovative and transformational investments to help prepare Iowans for tomorrow.” 

If you scroll down to the last line of the release, you’ll see this line (emphasis added):

Funding for this grant opportunity is made available through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. 

The American Rescue Plan Act  passed in March of 2021 -- without a single Republican vote. The only member of the Iowa congressional delegation to support it was Rep. Cindy Axne. President Biden signed it into law.

But, of course, Reynolds doesn’t mention any of that. In the past, she referred to ARPA as  a “Blue State Bailout.”  This isn’t even the first time the Iowa Governor has touted funding delivered by the legislation she criticized.  During Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State speech on January 11, 2022, she cited investments in broadband and housing that were a result of ARPA funds leveraged by Iowa.  

When Kim Reynolds was tapped to deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union, her reelection campaign ran ads in Iowa media promoting her speech.  Those ads appeared with an article that begins, “ $100 million from the American Rescue Plan Act will go toward addressing Iowa’s housing shortage.”  

Kim Reynolds takes a lot of credit for projects funded by ARPA without mentioning those actually responsible. And, this week, she did it again. 

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RuralOrganizing.org Statement On Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing on “Opportunities and Challenges Facing Farmers, Families, And Rural Communities”

First, we are very happy to see the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee hold this hearing with Secretary Vilsack. Our rural communities, families, and farmers are facing issues that have beset them for years. This latest hearing builds on the previous hearing on the Committee’s hearing in March on “ Rural Quality of Life.”

In our rural communities, we see first-hand how Wall Street and agribusiness monopolies are rigging the system, and as a result, wages have stagnated, well paying jobs are harder to come by, and access to higher education and technical training programs as well as quality healthcare are increasingly scarce. Fortunately, the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats have made historic investments in rural communities, primarily through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Biden administration’s creation of the Rural Partners Network and the Rural Prosperity Interagency Policy Council.

USDA is not only tasked with addressing the challenges facing farmers and ranchers, but the agency also oversees a variety of rural economic development priorities that extend far beyond agriculture as more rural Americans are employed in the education services, health care and social assistance industry than agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining.  

There are several key issues that impact the daily lives of rural communities that need to be addressed. Poverty is persistent in rural America. In fact, per the USDA website, “according to the most recent estimates from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS), the nonmetro poverty rate was 15.4 percent in 2019, compared with 11.9 percent for metro areas.” 

These are some of the key challenges facing our rural families and communities:

Affordable Housing: This is probably the biggest concern we hear from our colleagues working in rural communities. It is a growing crisis and impacts the ability of residents to stay in their communities. There are programs that can address housing issues that could benefit from better coordination between USDA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Well paying jobs and supporting small businesses: Rural small business has remained an area of slow growth even before the pandemic crisis. Corporatized supply chains hollowed out rural America and are currently failing it in a crisis. Unfortunately, last week, Senate Republicans blocked legislation which would have supported these small businesses and invested in keeping jobs available in rural communities. 

Access to quality health care: First and foremost, people need to get the care that they need to keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe. Rural hospitals are closing and access is harder to find while hospital consolidation and privatization is increasing costs without increasing quality or service offerings. At the same time,  long-term care for our aging population is a critical need that is hard to meet in rural communities due to a lack of providers.

Access to child care: Another issue that is a constant concern for rural families and an issue that directly impacts our local economies. We need more child care workers and more child care availability. Solutions both for families in need of quality care that meet the unique needs of rural families and solutions to the broken childcare economic model that makes it hard for providers to stay in business are urgent needs for rural communities.

Climate resilience: Rural communities are on the frontlines of climate change and facing some of the most dramatic impacts, yet often lack access to resources for resilience.  This is obviously a major concern for farmers, but also the damage brought by drought, violent storms, and fires are having outsize impact in rural areas.

This is not an exhaustive list, but is meant to highlight some of the biggest concerns, which we know are faced across the country. For rural communities, we believe an important next step is passage of S.486,  The Rebuild Rural America Act, sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, which will help address the critical issues facing rural communities by- providing enough resources for our local governments to start addressing these issues. Importantly, the legislation ensures that solutions are locally led and locally driven.  

 The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.

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This week, Republican Senators Vote Against Rural Businesses while Republican House Members Vote Against Rural Families

This week, Republican Senators Vote Against Rural Businesses while Republican House Members Vote Against Rural Families

This week, 43 Republican Senators Voted To Block Legislation to “provide COVID relief for restaurants, gyms, minor league sports teams, border businesses, live venue service providers, exclave businesses, and providers of transportation services.” 

On the other side of the Capitol, every House Republican member of Congress voted against “Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act,” which would help  while 192 House Republicans voted “Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022,” which addresses the current formula shortage.

The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of Rural Organizing:

Republicans are showing us - again - that despite all their rhetoric, they do not prioritize the needs of their rural constituents.   Our top priorities have been to increase wages for small businesses while prioritizing small, local businesses, which includes many family owned restaurants, and to decrease daily expenses for rural families. Those are our priorities because that is what we hear from people living in rural America all the time. Yet, those are not the priorities for Republican lawmakers in DC. Not even close. This week alone, instead of meeting the needs of their rural constituents, Republican lawmakers, many of whom represent large rural constituencies, vote against those needs. Republicans either  don’t  understand or care that these are rural issues where rural people need support from Congress. Based on their track records, I’m going with don’t care.

It should be shocking but it’s par for the course. Lots of talk from Republicans, little action. Fortunately, Democrats on Capitol Hill continue to put the needs of their constituents first - and that includes rural constituents.  

The following is a statement by Annie Contractor, Policy Research Analyst with RuralOrganizing.org:

Republicans’ unwillingness to address the issue facing rural families points to how little they understand about how these crises impact rural people even more substantially than those in urban areas. Republicans clearly don't understand rural concerns as much as they claim.

The baby formula shortage is a graphic example. Every member of Congress, but especially those representing rural states and districts, should be standing up to make sure babies get fed, it’s as simple as that. Instead, we are seeing Republicans vote as if the availability of products and workers is the same in rural areas as they are in cities, which isn’t the case. For rural families, you may have to drive to another town to the one store that sells formula. Now, you have to track Facebook groups or get into an Amazon bidding war to get it. If you are a low income family on WIC, you can’t use your benefits to get formula through these channels, and you might use up the last of the gas in your tank and dip into your rent money to get formula for the week. And 65 percent of all formulas in the United States are purchased by families through WIC, according to the National WIC Association. That’s a lot of families who Democrats are trying to help and Republicans just aren’t. 

Background:

Rural restaurants grew faster than the rest of the private sector following the Great Recession and independent restaurants are important cultural and community assets in rural communities. Now all restaurants are facing labor, inflation, and supply chain crises and each of these challenges hit rural restaurants harder.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition estimates that 50% of independent restaurants will be forced to close in the next 6 months, as they are still reeling from the impacts of the COVID pandemic and the small business support is a pressing need. While almost 300,000 restaurants applied for Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants in 2021,  nearly 200,000 restaurants did not receive funding as the fund was exhausted and had been waiting for the fund to be replenished. Yesterday’s vote signaled that their waiting was in vain.
 

 The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.

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RuralOrganizing.org Statement In Response to Action by the Biden Administration to Make High Speed Internet More Affordable

The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org:

For years, we’ve heard politicians in Washington talk about the need to deliver broadband to rural America.. But, until now, there has been little federal action to ensure rural people have affordable, high speed access to the digital economy. Yesterday, we heard the President of the United States make good on his promises and his words were especially relevant for rural communities in our country:  "High-speed internet service is no longer a luxury — it's a necessity,"

Since January of 2021, we’ve seen an unprecedented focus on delivering access to high speed broadband  to the American people, particularly those of us living in rural towns. The American Rescue Plan Act provided $10 billion for a state broadband program to build out high-speed internet. Additionally, a new $2 billion county and Tribal assistance fund is added to make payments to eligible revenue-sharing counties and Tribes.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act also made a multi billion dollar commitment to expanding and improving broadband access. Importantly, as President Biden explained yesterday, that law provided funds that addressed another important element: affordability. The Affordable Connectivity Program, which is administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), makes qualifying  families eligible for a $30 monthly credit.  The President noted that 40 percent of the households in America qualify. It’s likely higher in rural communities as it’s no secret that poverty rates are higher in non-metro parts of our country. 

Access and affordability matter to families across the country. And, after years of lip service from Republicans about rural concerns, we’re finally seeing concrete actions from Democrats that will improve the lives of people in our communities. 

“The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.”

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RuralOrganizing.org Statement on Ohio’s Primary Election and the Path Ahead in Rural Counties

The following is a statement from Brent Edwards, Ohio Organizer for RuralOrganizing.Org:

Rural.Organizing.org would like to congratulate Nan Whaley for winning the Democratic primary for Governor. Her courageous leadership of the City of Dayton has shown her ability as well as her genuine connection to the citizens of Ohio. She has proudly declared that Ohio is a pro-choice state, and will never waiver when it comes to defending reproductive rights. Her bold progressive values will sharply contrast with Governor Mike Dewine’s record of cowering to far-right extremists. 

RuralOrganizing.org also congratulates Tim Ryan for his victory in the Democratic Senate primary this Tuesday. Tim Ryan has proven his passion for the dignity of work, and for rebalancing the playing field so Ohio’s workers can compete in the global economy. He is the right candidate to expose JD Vance whose campaign is bankrolled by a secretive big data tech billionaire shorting Ohio workers.

Ohio can and does elect Democrats. Fortunately, we have a model for how to do it without scapegoating immigrants or foreign countries: Senator Sherrod Brown.  He puts his constituents first and shows candidates how to win statewide, including rural voters without engaging in ugly demagoguery so often present from Republicans.

When analyzing the election results a few stark facts emerge. Turnout this cycle for the Democratic Governor’s race was 510,362. This represents a 24 percent decline when compared to the last Governor’s primary in 2018. Furthermore when the mainly rural counties are looked at, the decline is even sharper at 27 percent. We urge all statewide Democratic candidates to reject the failed conventional wisdom that vicory can only be won through campaigning in the largest cities. Rural voters have been ignored for too long by the Democratic establishment, and their voices and concerns must be taken into account.

As a rural-focused progressive organization, RuralOrganizing.org is working tirelessly to promote the candidates and issues that will motivate rural voters and make a meaningful difference in the lives of rural people throughout Ohio. In Ohio, our multi-county strategy focuses on empowering local groups to be the trusted messengers in their communities rather than parachuting in. With Rural Organizing’s support, these local community groups strategically located in rural bellwether counties  will work to inform, persuade, and turnout the rural voters necessary to expand the electorate and improve vote margins  in their counties by targeting the most persuadable voters with a coordinated and layered approach.
 

The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.

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With The Creation Of the Rural Partners Network and the Rural Prosperity Interagency Policy Council, The Biden Administration Continues to Show Up and Deliver for Small Towns and Rural Communities

The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.Org:

We applaud the Biden administration for the creation of the Rural Partners Network and the Rural Prosperity Interagency Policy Council.

 While addressing the challenges facing America's small towns and rural communities will take historic action by Congress, the new “proof of concept” Rural Partners Network is giving a few select communities a big head start. And we are excited to apply the lessons from RPN to future legislation like the upcoming Farm Bill.

The newly announced “Rural Prosperity Interagency Policy Council” will create a new, desperately needed whole-of-government approach to rural economic development and conduct outreach to rural communities and rural leaders to disseminate information, offer technical assistance support, and seek input regarding the economic development barriers they face and support they need. While we acknowledge the need to grow this approach to include at least Tribal leadership and the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy, the recognition of the need to pull federal agencies together to coordinate an approach to rural development is a significant step.

For over two years, RuralOrganizing.org has pushed for a White House Office of Rural Prosperity, as proposed in legislation by Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), to coordinate access to all federal government programs in one place. Many of the challenges we’re looking to address through such an office, like helping rural communities identify and leverage critical federal resources, are also being explored through the Rural Partners Network and the Rural Prosperity Interagency Policy Council.

We are excited that the Biden Administration is taking definitive administrative actions while working within the limitations of existing law. Now, we need action from Congress. Through  bills like the Build Back Better Act, the Rural Prosperity Act, and the Rebuild Rural America Act, we can ensure our communities have the resources needed to build homegrown, bottom up rural prosperity for generations to come.

“The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.”

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RuralOrganizing.org Statement on President Biden’s Visit to Rural Iowa  

Today, President Biden traveled to  Menlo, Iowa, a small town about 45 minutes west of Des Moines with a POET Bioprocessing plant to kick off a three week rural America tour as part of a “Building A Better America rural infrastructure tour” to talk about the impact of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments, as well as the President’s broader commitment to ensure federal resources reach all communities in rural America. 

The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.Org:

Yesterday, we welcomed the Biden administration’s Rural Playbook. Today, the President  is making good on the report’s promise to tour rural communities with a visit to Menlo, Iowa.

Rural voters want elected officials who know their communities are worth fighting for and they want to see results. Today, President Biden is not only “showing up,” he’s got the chance to show rural voters that he’s on their side and making sure their government works for them.

Since President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law nearly five months ago, the Biden-Harris Administration has hit the ground running to deliver results. The Administration has made key progress towards implementing the largest long-term investment in America’s infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century.

The President and his administration established the Rural Playbook to coordinate programs in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act federal programs that are meant to benefit state, local, Tribal and territorial governments in rural areas.  

It’s important to remember that without Biden in office, there would be no infrastructure bill. Already, in Iowa, we know that there have been financial commitments to the infrastructure law to the Iowa Departments of Public Safety and Human Rights.  We also know that Iowa’s Republican Senators split their votes on the infrastructure bill while all three Republican House members voted no. 

We believe the President and his administration can learn a lot by talking to the local officials who are trying to successfully utilize the new funding.  Also, we hope this is an opportunity for the Biden Administration to share more about the diversity of people and economies which make up rural America.  For example, 80% of rural Iowans are not involved in production agriculture and more rural Americans are employed in the education services, health care and social assistance industry than agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and mining

We consider the Rural Playbook an important step in the right direction as we continue to push for the White House Office of Rural Prosperity, as proposed in legislation by Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), to coordinate access to all federal government programs in one place.

According to our analysis of data from USASpending.gov, Iowa has already $4.3 million in federal grants through the infrastructure bill.

  • The Iowa Department of Human Rights was awarded $937,361 through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families for low-income home energy assistance. The objective of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to make grants available to states and tribal governments for the purpose of assisting eligible households to meet the costs of home energy. Supplemental Leveraging Incentive funds may be awarded to reward states that provide additional benefits and services to LIHEAP-eligible households beyond what could be provided with Federal funds. A portion of the leveraging incentive funds may be set aside by HHS for LIHEAP recipients to provide services through local administrating agencies to help LIHEAP-eligible households reduce their energy vulnerability under the Residential Energy Assistance Challenge Program (REACH). Training and Technical Assistance funds are authorized to conduct federal monitoring and provide training and technical assistance to recipients administering the LIHEAP block grant.

  • The Iowa Department of Public Safety was:

    • Awarded $276,931.32 through the Department of Transportation and the Department of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for state and community highway safety. The program provides a coordinated national highway safety program to reduce traffic crashes, deaths, injuries, and property damage.

    • Awarded $162,292.91 through the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for national priority safety programs for the specific purpose of impaired driving countermeasures. The program encourages states to address national priorities for reducing highway deaths and injuries through occupant protection programs, state traffic safety information system improvements, impaired driving countermeasures, passage of effective laws to reduce distracted driving, implementation of motorcyclist safety programs, and the implementation of graduated driving licensing laws.

    • Awarded $47,192.50 through the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for national priority safety programs for the specific purpose of state traffic safety information system improvements. The program encourages states to address national priorities for reducing highway deaths and injuries through occupant protection programs, state traffic safety information system improvements, impaired driving countermeasures, passage of effective laws to reduce distracted driving, implementation of motorcyclist safety programs, and the implementation of graduated driving licensing laws.

    • Awarded $40,870.05 through the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for national priority safety programs for the specific purpose of occupant protection. The program encourages states to address national priorities for reducing highway deaths and injuries through occupant protection programs, state traffic safety information system improvements, impaired driving countermeasures, passage of effective laws to reduce distracted driving, implementation of motorcyclist safety programs, and the implementation of graduated driving licensing laws

In addition to the infrastructure law, the Rural Organizing Education Fund found that the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), has made millions of dollars available to all of Iowa’s 99 counties. These funds will be available for COVID recovery, public health, and community resilience programs through December 31, 2024.  This vital law, which Governor Reynolds often touts, was opposed by all the Republican members of the Iowa delegation.
 

“The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.” 

 

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