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Senators Ask Appropriations Committee to Include USDA-RD Funding in Next Relief Bill

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 9:45AM

A bipartisan group of 16 U.S. senators, led by Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this month, urging them to include emergency funding for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service program in the next round of COVID-19 emergency relief. The letter highlights that 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas and that 86 percent of counties struggling with persistent poverty are in rural areas. The letter specifically calls for emergency funding for Section 521 Rural Rental Assistance.

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