Dem Senators Reach Out to Rural America
By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
The White House may have its Office of Urban Affairs, but we rural folk have almost half the US Senate watching our backs. Democratic Senators on Wednesday unveiled a new web site devoted to rural issues.
Introducing the site, Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, newly appointed Chair for Rural Outreach, said
Our nation’s rural communities embody the American spirit with their values, culture, and tradition. Rural America is home to more than 50 million citizens who strengthen and support our nation through hard work and a commitment to the ideals we hold sacred. In the 111th Congress, Democrats are committed to fighting for rural Americans and ensuring their needs are a top priority.
Lincoln is part of a seventh-generation farm family, born and raised in the Arkansas Delta.
The site identifies seven issues as the Senate Democrats’ rural agenda.
- Health Care
Providing rural Americans with access to affordable, quality health care.
Offering students in rural America an opportunity to excel in the classroom through education policy that recognizes the unique challenges for rural schools.
- Economic Development
Promoting economic development programs and initiatives to give rural communities the tools needed for success in a changing global economy.
Supporting family farmers, ranchers, and producers as a vital part of the rural economy.
- Energy and Natural Resources
Promoting rural America as a leader in the development of renewable energy technologies that will help stimulate the rural economy, while preserving our environment for future generations.
- Veterans and National Guard
Ensuring that our nation’s veterans and service members are provided with benefits and services worthy of their sacrifices.
- Rural Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Equipping first responders with the training and tools necessary to protect rural communities.
Investing in infrastructure in order to create jobs and build a sustainable rural economy.