Letter urges Congress to address as part of CARES-2 rapid broadband deployment; improved healthcare access and funding; and aid to USPS to sustain rural delivery

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Today, the National Grange along with the National Rural Education Association and RetireSafe, sent a letter to Congress urging that they include in the proposed CARES-2 funding: rapid transition to mixed technology access for broadband; improved health care access and funding and an increase to USPS funding as necessary to assure continued rural delivery.

"...living in rural America in the best of times often presents a set of unique challenges for our residents... When stressed with the added complexities of the Coronavirus, our communities will experience significant economic disruption and unnecessary deaths."

Today the National Grange, National Rural Education Association and RetireSafe sent a letter to leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives urging action on critical issues in rural America

In it, the groups write, "As many Members of Congress understand, living in rural America in the best of times often presents a set of unique challenges for our residents including reduced economic and educational opportunities as well as limited access to health care. When stressed with the added complexities of the Coronavirus, our communities will experience significant economic disruption and unnecessary deaths."

They outline three specific areas they hope Congress will address in future rounds of funding in response to the COVID crisis:

  • rapid transition to mixed technology access for broadband;
  • improved health care access and funding
  • and an increase to USPS funding as necessary to assure continued rural delivery.

National Grange President Betsy Huber said there are unique and critical needs in rural America that have not yet been met in previous rounds of stimulus funding. Read the full letter here.

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