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.
  • Education
    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.
  • Agriculture
    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.
  • Infrastructure
    Investing in infrastructure in order to create jobs and build a sustainable rural economy.

The site has a page of links to news releases, one of links to pages on the Senate web site, and one with contact information for the Rural Outreach office.

It might be a good idea to let Sen. Lincoln and Majority Leader Harry Reid, who appointed her, know that we like that they’re paying attention to rural issues.

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3 Responses to “Dem Senators Reach Out to Rural America”

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  2. I have to say, I can not agree with you in 100%, but that’s just my opinion, which could be wrong.

  3. I wonder where the senators think food politics belongs. 

    Under health care? It is vital to our future health that we turn around our eating habits to include local foods and to eliminate the overuse of antibiotics and other added chemical enhancers in our poultry, cattle and other animal food sources (including milk production).

    Under Agriculture?  Or Economic Development? It is also very important that we support local food growers to keep that part of our rural economy alive and well.  Direct marketing at farmer markets and other places is a big boost to small business farming.

    I am glad to hear they have their thinking caps on.

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